Introduce Parishioners to the Saints

There are just so many saints. Everyone has their patrons, their favorites, and the ones they don’t understand. There’s an easy way to systematically introduce parishioners to lesser-known saints or saints with a local connection. Choose four or five who you think are particularly special, order a few hundred prayer cards of each, and mix them […]

Radical Community at Your Parish

We are living in a time where community bonds are growing weaker, with churches and membership-based organizations losing members at an alarming rate. But Christ has called us to be a Church, a visible community of faith that reaches your neighborhood and across the world. The answer? Commit to creating a radical community at your parish. […]

Generational Barriers to Faith

This era of big data can be overwhelming, but surveys and polls can help your parish in its evangelization efforts. One of the best religious research organizations in America is the Barna Group, which regularly conducts large and well-regarded polls about religious belief. Here’s an interesting graphic from a 2018 poll they conducted about generational barriers […]

Bishop Barron meets Jordan Peterson

Have you heard the latest – Bishop Barron meets Jordan Peterson? In the last few years, Canadian psychologist Jordan B. Peterson has risen to fame, particularly among young men in the United States and Canada, for his socially conservative, no-nonsense approach to the issues of the day. His lectures, many of which examine Biblical narratives […]

YouTube is More than Cat Videos

We are all guilty of visiting YouTube to check out a video a friend said we simply “had to see.” Perhaps you watched a music video from your childhood, viewed the newest movie trailer, or got your fix of adorable cat videos. But YouTube is more than cat videos. It is an amazing place to […]

Equipping Parents to Equip Children

In 2018, St. Mary’s Press shocked the Church in North America when it published its research project, Going, Going Gone: Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics.  The report showed that most young Catholics who stopped believing or caring about their religious identity did so around age 13, and that 87% of young people who left Catholicism stated […]

Giving Frequent Blessings

The Book of Blessings, used in almost every Catholic church since the 1980s, is full of ritual blessings for everything from rosaries to fishing gear (seriously, there’s a blessing for fishing gear in there). As you look ahead to the start of another busy school year of ministry, evangelization, and religious education later this calendar […]

Using Personal Testimonials

As the church in North America continues to change, many parishes are moving from organizations focused on maintaining the status quo to communities focused on missionary discipleship. One of the easiest ways to begin this journey is to encourage that every parish meeting, event, or community gathering open with someone sharing a short personal testimonial […]

Responding to Church Scandals

A year after the clergy abuse crisis came to light again, news reports continue to come out that can disturb and frighten Catholics. If you, your pastor, or a parishioner are seeking healthy, healing ways to respond, you need to consider how you’re responding to Church scandals. Here are two excellent resources to get started: […]