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It’s Spring! Time to Rebuild

Eastertime and springtime…there’s something undeniably special about this season. A time, above every other time of the year, of rebirth and renewal. If you’re looking for a path or a plan, check out the 5 steps in Rebuilt Faith. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Serve We are called to embrace the privilege of serving others with hearts overflowing with love […]

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Celebrating the Joy of Easter: A Brief Scriptural Reflection                                                                           

Guest Blog Post:                                                                           As the Lenten season comes to an end, Christians worldwide prepare to celebrate one of the most sacred events of our faith: Easter. Beyond the colorful decorations and joyful gatherings, Easter holds unequaled significance as a time to reflect on and celebrate our central Christian belief.  At the heart of Easter lies […]

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New Year’s Wishes

As holidays go, New Year’s feels quite relaxed around Nativity. Our staff takes a well-deserved rest following the rush to Christmas, and most families are enjoying down time before school and work pick up again. The church is not closed of course (we offer the regular Mass schedule), but our celebrations are more subdued. During […]

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The Opportunities Fall Brings

Next to Christmas itself, Fall is absolutely my favorite season of the year. The days get cooler, the nights get longer (which I love) and here in Maryland the foliage delights with its annual colorful display (no where more impressive than right here on our church campus). But for us churchpeople it is also the season of […]

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Rediscovering Our Mission Post Covid

It’s hard to imagine a bigger disruption to church life in the last hundred years than our experience with the Covid-19 crisis. Gathering together for worship and the Sacraments, at the very heart of our mission, was halted and, when we did come back, it looked very different. Parish leaders were left to navigate this […]

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Growing Through Audacious Goals

I’m not entirely sure where the number even came from. One moment, we were talking generally about the desire to increase participation in our small group program. The next, my associate Tom Corcoran was declaring in front of the whole congregation and our online audience that our goal for this year was to get 1,000 […]

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What If They Don’t Come Back?

Recently a friend forwarded to me an “OSV Talk” (think Catholic “Ted Talk”) given by Dan Cellucci, with Catholic Leadership Institute. The piece, titled “What If They Don’t Come Back?”, is a candid look at the reality of the ever-shrinking population of church-going Americans and the effect the pandemic will have on this well-established trend. […]

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