Start spreading the Good News

By Bryan Cones| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
The first (and most ignored) rule of preaching the gospel: "Know your audience."

A friend's birthday party occasioned one of the odder questions I've been asked lately: "Do you practice religion?" My questioner seemed genuinely curious-not hostile or incredulous-but I couldn't help feeling as if I'd been asked how often I sacrifice goats. The stylish, 25-year-old woman represented the demographic brass ring for most churches, the coveted-though-AWOL, professional, single "young adult." Yet she knew next to nothing about religion.


Make it personal

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Article Spirituality
Millions have headed for the exits without getting the best of what we have to offer.

Seven habits of highly effective mass goers

By David Philippart| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments

 

Have you ever tried to have a conversation with someone who won't respond? Or tried to dance with someone who won't move? What would happen if the outfielders just stood there and stared as the ball was hit deep into center?


Come one come all

By Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck and Lisa Calderone-Stewart| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Young Adults

Religious education is not just for kids anymore as more parishes are including the entire family. Even Grandpa's invited. Shortly before Christmas last year, Rachel Squier, 11, of Streetsboro, Ohio announced to her parents that she thought the family should "go visit some poor people."

While Rachel's parents were pleased that their daughter was showing concern for those less fortunate, they knew a discussion was in order.


Come one come all

By Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck and Lisa Calderone-Stewart| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Young Adults

Religious education is not just for kids anymore as more parishes are including the entire family. Even Grandpa's invited. Shortly before Christmas last year, Rachel Squier, 11, of Streetsboro, Ohio announced to her parents that she thought the family should "go visit some poor people."

While Rachel's parents were pleased that their daughter was showing concern for those less fortunate, they knew a discussion was in order.


Closing arguments

By J. Peter Nixon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
Though they agree that sometimes a parish must be closed, U.S. Catholic readers have plenty of suggestions on how the process might be improved.

Closing arguments

By J. Peter Nixon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
Though they agree that sometimes a parish must be closed, U.S. Catholic readers have plenty of suggestions on how the process might be improved.

Under new management

By Father Darren M. Henson and Patrick T. Reardon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life

 

A new pastor's offers suggestions for those preparing the parish welcome wagon.

"You must  be Father Darren. You're our new pastor!" Those were the first words uttered by a couple I had never seen in my life. They excitedly approached me with smiles, wide bug eyes, and extended hands.


Under new management

By Father Darren M. Henson and Patrick T. Reardon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life

 

A new pastor's offers suggestions for those preparing the parish welcome wagon.

"You must  be Father Darren. You're our new pastor!" Those were the first words uttered by a couple I had never seen in my life. They excitedly approached me with smiles, wide bug eyes, and extended hands.


Who's the Boss

By Richard R. Gaillardetz| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
  
Authority seems to get a bad rap in the Catholic church. For many it comes with a negative connotation of oppression or suppression. Why is that?

There are examples of abusive authority in the history of the church that have contributed to that. But in fact, if you look at how our ancient tradition understands authority, it's not that simple. We need to place it in a larger context.


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