It Takes a Child to Raise a Village
Ministering to Whole Families
We spend a great deal of time catechizing young people about God, who will return home to no experiences of faith in God. We are sowing seed in shadow soil. What we must do, what Pope Francis is urging us to do, is evangelize families as we catechize their children. Come discover strategies to reach and engage entire families with a compelling message of the Gospel.
To the Heights!
A Culture of Grace
In the Sacraments, we experience a true foretaste of heaven. You have likely experienced it firsthand. Perhaps you’ve even thought, “If everyone knew what I knew, they would ALL be here!” Well…they don’t know what they don’t know. In a culture steeped in consumerism, we have made even the reception of the sacraments a transaction. How do we bring greater richness to both our sacramental preparation and sacramental experiences so that our parish gathers not as consumers of sacraments but as a community steeped in a culture of God’s grace.
Sing with All Our Skill
“Why aren’t they singing?” is a mantra of music ministers and religious educators and liturgists alike. Culturally, singing is perceived by many as a risk. Our society reinforces the roles of “performer” and “audience.” However, these obstacles can be overcome. We’ve all experienced a singing, praying, passionate congregation. The fact is there is not one factor but many that help people to enter into communal prayer. Take time to evaluate the “sing ability” of your liturgy and prayer, and learn strategies to create greater participation in your parish prayer.