The Power of Personal Invitation

You’re getting bombarded with new programs every week – ministry programs that claim to lead hundreds into RCIA, pack the pews, invigorate the young people in your church and so on. It’s a sign of the times. We all know that demographically, Catholicism is declining in the Western Hemisphere, and we are all looking for […]

Start Your Meetings on Time

For years I sat on the finance committee of St. Leo’s parish in Omaha, Nebraska. And, unlike many parish meetings that I’ve attended over the years, these meetings always started on time. What was the secret? “Father,” I asked, “how do you start your meetings on time?” It was standing policy that the last person to […]

Gather Digital Prayer Requests

There is an entire universe of priests who are active on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. In addition to their own local duties, they minister to people online, evangelizing, catechizing, and counseling the laity on these platforms. In the last few years, one of the most edifying and powerful things some of them […]

The Church’s Response to Loneliness

Many clergy, theologians, and lay ministers have been thinking about the Church’s response to loneliness. Study after study has shown that there’s an epidemic of loneliness in modern life. Life in Christ is the answer – joining the One Body that makes up the Church and experiencing true love and friendship. If you feel there are people […]

The School of Prayer

Many Christians – Catholics and Protestants alike – think they are bad at prayer and are embarrassed about it. And generations of Catholic catechesis and education has assumed that everyone knows how to pray and doesn’t need to be taught. Wrong. WRONG. WRONG! Even Jesus’ disciples beg Him, “Lord, teach us to pray!” All the […]

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 […]

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 […]