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What On Earth Am I Here For?

By : March 16, 2019

We are in the third week of our Lenten message series asking the basic question “Why?” “Why am I doing this?” “What am I here for?” Sometimes it can happen at a party when we don’t know many people or feel out of place, especially if you are an introvert like me. Or we step […]

Lent Takes Time

By : March 6, 2019

In many countries the period before Lent is called “Carnival,” originally a Latin phrase meaning literally “farewell to meat.” The phrase was a reference to the rather rigorous approach to the whole extended season of Lent observed by the faithful and the devout in many places. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and extends until the […]

Join Our Fishing Expedition

By : February 24, 2019

We are about to launch a very interesting project in the life of the parish. We’re going to complete the balcony we left unfinished when we opened our new church last year. Because of the success of our Vision Campaign we were able to complete some of the more costly items involved in a balcony […]

Followers Fish

By : February 13, 2019

We are kicking off a brief three-week series all about fishing. And as we begin I should acknowledge, for purposes of transparency, I have never been fishing in my life. And I have absolutely no interest in ever giving it a try. So it might seem like a funny topic to propose. But, when Jesus […]

Guest Post from Tom Corcoran – (Little) Kids & Church: What Works for Us

By : February 3, 2019

Last week my pastor, Father Michael White, posted a blog which underscored the value we place on programs for infants and toddlers that parents can use while they’re attending Mass. Within hours his Twitter account lit up with dozens of responses, mostly negative. Fr. Michael acknowledges that he could have done a better job of […]

Why We Don’t Encourage (little) Kids In Church

By : January 26, 2019

This Sunday brings one of my favorite readings from one of my favorite books of the Bible. We are looking at a passage from Nehemiah, which is all about rebuilding.  Nehemiah gets permission from the king of Persia to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls around the city, which were broken and a […]

5 Signs of a Great Staff Culture

By : January 18, 2019

We spent some time this week reflecting on our staff culture. Culture, as we write in Rebuilt, is the potent brew of what an organization believes, what it does, and how it operates. It encompasses traditions, values, norms, behaviors. Author and management consultant, Peter Drucker, writes simply: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”  It affects everything. […]

Our Debate About Online Church

By : January 12, 2019

Recently we had a very extended and animated discussion in our Strategic Leadership Team. And what sparked the debate? Our online campus, specifically live streaming Sunday Masses “on demand” services and programming during the week Basically the debate came down to one that, I suspect, is happening in many settings these days. Is the online […]

2019

By : January 3, 2019

As we ring in the New Year I am thinking about some of the things I’ll be working on in the coming months. Here are some of my thoughts and hopes, in no particular order. Message Series We are looking forward to some interesting and exciting message series this winter and spring beginning this weekend […]

Christmas Greetings and Thanks

By : December 25, 2018

I love Christmas. It is simply my favorite time of year. One of the best things about the Christmas season is watching Christmas movies. And one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies is the classic cartoon, A Charlie Brown Christmas. The special is filled with iconic moments, now deeply ingrained in our culture. Remember the […]