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How One Parish is Approaching ‘Online Church’

When our parish first closed its doors three months ago in observance of COVID-19 guidelines, everything we did in response seemed like a temporary solution to a temporary problem.  We anticipated that our experimental forays into Zoom staff meetings, Masses said to a camera and empty pews, online small groups, and new social media channels […]

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The Coming War Against Online Church

Everyone is excited about the prospect of getting back to church. Here at Nativity, we are reintroducing live streaming this weekend and inviting our staff to join us physically for Mass. If all goes well, we can begin welcoming back parishioners after a few more weeks of testing of our safety measures. But we do […]

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Pause in the Pain of Another

Towards the end of his life Jesus friend Lazarus died. Jesus, as we know, raised Lazarus from the dead, his last and greatest miracle. But, that’s not the first thing he did when he arrived. The first thing he did was…nothing. Nothing at all. Scripture tells us he paused and wept.  Jesus wept. John 11:35 […]

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Love in Action Through Difficult Days

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,so that everyone who believes in himmight not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 This weekend is marked, ecclesially, by the celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The Trinity, which is revealed throughout Scripture, tells us that God is a […]

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Personal Contact in a Time of Pandemic

When the initial quarantine began, we turned to technology to indiscriminately fill the gaps that had been created in our communication.  Social media and online Mass broadcasts provided a means to reach multitudes of people at once with a single, all-encompassing message.  This technology has borne some incredible fruit at our parish and we will […]

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A “Mobile-First’ Church

In a recent homily, Pope Francis offered a caution for parishes turning to digital means of communication to do ministry.  He said clearly that a church which exclusively operates online, without physical presence and celebration of the sacraments, would be at risk of becoming individualistic, insular, and detached from a living faith. This caution comes […]

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