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It’s August already

From Michael It’s August and we have about 5 weeks left until our fall programs start. Staff have been rotating in and out of vacations and down time. And it is obvious that many parishioners are away these days too. But there is a lot going on anyway. Here’s an update: 1. The evidence of […]

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On Building Sandcastles

From Michael This past week I was on vacation, retreating to the Jersey Shore as is my custom, summer and winter. Another custom is the annual sandcastle construction I undertake with my nephew Jack. Jack is 10 and each year since he was a baby we have enjoyed building sandcastles together, but over time our […]

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Focused Intensity

From Tom This summer, my wife and I are working on cleaning our attic. Over time it has become pretty cluttered and we both can’t take it anymore and are working to clean it up. We have started a few times on the project, but have failed. The problem has been a lack of focus […]

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Some Thoughts on Summer

From Tom Below are a few quick unrelated thoughts on summer life at the Church. ● I have a bit of love/hate relationship with summer right now. I love summer and look forward to the chance to slow down, but that really hasn’t happened yet. Plus, it can be difficult when volunteers and staff are […]

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Summer Experiments

This summer is a really interesting one for us, message wise. Currently we are offering a series called “What God Wants.” It is a message that we have given before, and we have been up front about that. It is also a video message: we film during the week and show the video after Masses […]

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Making Church Matter | Vision

Visioneering

Saturday our Parish Staff gathered together at Loyola College with about 40 leaders from our Church: members of the Parish Council, Financial Council, Cooperators and some of our ministry leaders. The group was truly outstanding in terms of talent and commitment. We meet to begin looking ahead. Why now? Well, this month we are finishing […]

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Waking up the Church

I have a friend who is Pastor of a big Church. He says it “sleeps” 700. This is a sadly common description of many Catholic congregations: asleep.  I know that description fit this Church was not so long ago.   Churches that need waking up have prevailing cultures of detachment and shallow commitment which almost always […]

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Monday Morning Thoughts on the Weekend

In this weekend’s message we reflected on John 6 where Jesus lays out some pretty heavy teaching and then watches as many of the people following him grumble and complain and eventually leave.  They quit being his disciples.  Guess what?  It hurt, it felt bad, Jesus hurt and felt bad.  Just like we do when […]

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