The parish that works: Business practices for the church
Synergy, efficiency, and compliance aren’t just for business. They’re also important for a stronger church.
Business schooled: Experts weigh in on church management
Father Tom Sweetser, S.J., says it’s not in his capacity to reform the entire U.S. church, but he knows he’s making a difference in the scores of parishes where he has consulted. It is what he is able to do.
Similarly, in the wake of one wretched sexual abuse revelation after another, some of the most influential Catholics in the United States have come together to do what they are able to do. Where Sweetser is a David, they are collectively a Goliath. The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management (NLRCM) formed out of an intial meeting in 2004.
Resources for parishes that want to work
Resources for running a parish using business' best practices
Many nations under God: Multicultural liturgies
Parishes cross barriers of language and culture to make their Sunday celebrations more inclusive.
When Gini Eagen came to Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia three decades ago, the parish had “a very white population,” she says. Now Eagen is the church’s pastoral associate, and things have changed. “We are today the Catholic Church I used to picture in my prayer life,” she says. “When you’re young and you hear that there are people all over the world saying the same prayers that you say, you can picture it, but this is the reality we can see on Sunday.”
To change or not to change: Responding to the new Mass
American Catholics who still strongly dislike the new liturgical texts once they are implemented this Advent season will have three options:
1. Stop going to church.
2. Keep attending but stop participating fully in Mass.
3. Attend, participate, and learn to live with them.
Sing a new song: New music for the new Mass
Anyone who’s seen The King’s Speech, about King George VI and his speech therapist, knows people don’t stutter when they sing. So will singing similarly help Mass-goers with the words of the new missal translation?
Composer Steven Warner says yes. Singing will keep people from slipping back into the familiar words of the old translation. He sings a demonstration of the new “The Lord be with you” and its response, “And with your spirit.”
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Editors' note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.
Learn your lines: How parishes are preparing for the new Mass
It’s dress rehearsal time as parishes prepare for the new Mass.
It was last Advent season when Andy Hentz first heard his pastor talk about the new Latin-to-English translations coming to the Mass. But it wasn’t until Hentz, a mail carrier who reads Catholic magazines and listens to Catholic radio, read excerpts of the new texts on the Internet earlier this year that he realized how dramatic the changes will be.
Upon this empty lot: Building a church
Parishes building new churches struggle to find the right marriage of bricks and mortar to house the body of Christ.
On the last Sunday of every month, Father John Jamnicky gets on a scale. Within moments his weight loss is posted on a big chart in the fellowship room of his church. “At 65, I have probably lost and gained more weight than the whole parish combined!” says Jamnicky, laughing.