Archive for 2015

Merry Christmas

By : December 23, 2015

Just a quick update on Christmas plans here. Christmas Eve morning I will be appearing on Catholic TV offering the daily TV Mass (9:30 E.S.T. rebroadcast at 7:00pm). If you don’t get Catholic TV you can always watch their live stream at catholictv.com. Later, we will be at the Cow Palace on Christmas Eve for […]

Make Christmas Eve Matter: Four Strategies for a More Effective Experience

By : December 17, 2015

Despite what you may have heard, Christmas still matters to most people, including the unchurched. The reasons many people come to church on Christmas Eve may be nothing more than to please a family member or sing carols. But it’s the church’s job to transform that experience and use it as an opportunity for evangelization. […]

John the Baptist- Agent of Change

By : December 9, 2015

We’re already moving into the third week of Advent, and I’d like to take a quick opportunity to reflect on some pretty amazing passage about John the Baptist taken from our Advent readings. They say: A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every […]

Christmas is Coming

By : November 30, 2015

It never fails to amaze me. It just gets earlier and earlier every year. Christmas is officially on the mind of almost every American. If you haven’t started already, your church is probably already planning to buy your Advent candles, wreaths, and lights for Christmas. But have you and your staff sat down together to […]

Time For Thanks

By : November 19, 2015

The weekend before Thanksgiving is always a very special one around here. It’s when we ask for money. A few notes about that. First, we only ask for money once a year. Not counting the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, which we have no control over, we only ask for money once year when it comes to […]

WOW! Matter 15

By : November 10, 2015

If you were with us for Matter 15 there is nothing I need say, nothing I could say that would adequately express the experience. This post is for those of you who couldn’t join us. And to tell you the truth, I hesitated even making the post at the risk of sounding self-congratulatory. But, frankly, […]

Matter 15

By : November 2, 2015

Matter has mass and occupies volume. Our Catholic faith is grounded in matter: The Sacraments of the Church and the Incarnation of the Lord all rely on matter. Our parish churches are all about matter: people, buildings, a geographical location, and parish boundaries. Matter also refers to meaning and importance and is a value we […]

Five Core Values of a Healthy Church

By : October 25, 2015

The Church is a living thing. It’s a body, not a building. When we talk about a healthy church, it’s important we make that distinction, because often our plan for growing healthy churches is aimed more at the latter than the former. And they are very different in practice. Think of some healthy churches and […]

Teaching Tithing

By : October 17, 2015

This past week at Nativity we preached a tough message, at least for most Catholics: Giving. And not just giving, but we dared to call it by its biblical name: Tithing. Everybody knows churches, like any organization, need money and resources to function, but for any number of reasons, giving and tithing have become a […]

The Countdown Begins

By : October 8, 2015

Matter 15 Conference is now less than a month away. Whether you are looking for tools for widening your evangelistic reach to the unchurched, or new ways to deepen the faith of disciples already in your pews, this is a conference for everyone involved in parish leadership. In fact, there’s no other conference out there […]