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The Indispensability of In-Person Worship

This week, a couple of large and successful churches across the country took a step which I found unexpected. They announced that, in view of the pandemic, they would stay closed to in-person worship services through the end of the year. Some of this decision is explained by their large size (making it harder to […]

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Evangelization | Making Church Matter

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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Communication | Evangelization | Scripture

Habits

We just started a new series for this new year about something that shapes a huge portion of our behavior and identity – though we don’t always know it.  Our habits operate below the surface, quietly automating our lives, sometimes unbeknownst to us. It’s an especially timely series, given the multitude of resolutions we make […]

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Making Church Matter | Vision

Stewardship Weekend

We usually say that “Kick-Off” weekend is the best weekend of the year, but “Stewardship” Weekend is a close second.  That’s right, one of our staff’s (and our parishioner’s) favorite weekends of the year is the weekend when we ask for money.  This coming weekend is Stewardship Weekend, the only weekend of the year that […]

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Making Church Matter

“All-In” for Rebuilt 2020

One of the hardest things to do when beginning a parish rebuilding process is to imagine the vision clearly and concretely.  There are so many things that just can’t be grasped through the written word or digital channels.  The feel of a place when you walk in.  The warmth that comes from a gracious welcome.  […]

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