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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Pastor Transitions: He’s Leaving! Now What?

The First in a Three-Part Series on Navigating Changes in Pastoral Leadership MARTI R. JEWELL You just heard the announcement. Anticipated or unexpected, it has come....

7 Steps for a Do-It-Yourself Retreat

Plan this retreat for catechists involved in sacramental formation BY DEANNA BARTALINI Catechists work hard. They share their faith and knowledge, and they give up personal...

Doing our Easter Duty

Michael Daley  It's not every day that you come across profound theological truths reading the sports page. Yet, this is just what happened to me...

End-of-Year Inventory

Piles of Bibles. Workbooks. Boxes of pens. Stacks of papers.

Parish Leader: “My home life is suffering as a result of parish ministry.”

Like the call to have a regular spiritual practice, the need to "have a life" outside of parish work is essential. It not only...

Leading DRE: Communicating with Parish Leaders

From optional to optimal COLLEEN VERMEULEN Great to see you!” I exclaimed as I sat down for a cup of coffee with a fellow DRE from...

Pastor Transitions: Uncertainty in In-Between Times

Part 2 of a 3-part Series MARTI JEWELL We just don’t know what to do,” were the words of one faith formation director. You’ve begun moving...

Reconciliation and First Eucharist Preparation: An evangelization opportunity

BY DAVID DZIENA A friend of mine (let’s call her “Jamie”) recently posted this question on Facebook: I am struggling with something. I am not...

Coping with the Church Sex Abuse Scandals: Resources for Catechists (with updates)

This is not an easy time for the Catholic Church in the U.S., or the world, for that matter. We are scandalized by the...

Parent: “Will they remember everything I taught them?”

Every day after the kids left for school, my mom sat on the edge of her bed and said her prayers using a little...