Preach the Gospel Always; If Necessary, Use Words

This quotation is usually credited to St. Francis of Assisi, but is of unknown origin.  No matter – it’s still an excellent credo to live by.  There’s a secular correlating quotation, too: “Actions speak louder than words.” That’s why this article is a short one. It reminds me of lyrics from one of my favorite…

The Envelope is Dead

I work in sales, and there are some sales experts out there that believe that because of the Internet, the practice of “cold calling” prospect who have never heard of you or your company is dead.  I’m one of those believers, even though most sales experts say the best way to reach a person is…

Gathering the Greater Community to Build Fellowship

Many parishes have festivals during the summer, and consider the festival to be their “big fundraising event”…even though it’s really not.  Even though it might raise significant dollars, the function of the festival is the same as the monthly spaghetti dinners and the weekly Fish Fries during Lent.  The secondary benefit is the generation of revenue; their main…

Being Good Stewards of the Funds Entrusted to Us

Happy new year! Last week, the topic of Stewardship in the “FIRES” framework completed the first cycle of five suggestions regarding those elements.  As you’ll recall, there will not be suggestions regarding “Initiation” in future postings, since the Catholic Church already has an excellent initiation process in RCIA, RCIC and Sacramental preparation classes for parents…

The Difference Between Stewardship and Development

There are at least 3 new year celebrations throughout the year that most of us celebrate – the calendar new year, the Church’s new year (which begins on the First Sunday of Advent), while our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrate their new year on Rosh Hashanah, and the start of the fiscal year, which, for…

The Unspoken Significance of the Manger

Christmastime is Here. You may be familiar with that song since it’s from one of the most beloved Peanuts specials, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”  It has a very special significance to me just because of the song’s musical structure, as written by jazz great Vince Guaraldi.  When the children’s choir sings the word “here,” the…