Fellowship: Nights of Praise and Adoration

While we are in the season of Advent, let’s look a little into the future. About six months from now, the Catholic community of believers will celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, which emphasizes the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  When I was a small boy, my…

Evangelization is Marketing

Today, we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent – the start of the new liturgical year, as we prepare for The Feast of the Incarnation of Our Lord (commonly known as Christmas).  In about 6 months, we’ll celebrate the feast of Pentecost, the day the Apostles received the Holy Spirit, and emerged from their locked…

Happy New Year!

There are many “New Year” celebrations – The New Year of the calendar that starts on January 1, Chinese New Year, the fiscal new year, the Jewish New Year, and, to give us the fifth one to complete the system, the Church’s new year, which begins on the First Sunday of Advent. Today, as we…

The FIRES Framework

This is the 5th of 5 postings that set up the necessary systems framework so that parishes can either grow or, if they are currently growing, be able to manage that growth. Last week’s entry provided an introduction to systems thinking, since we have been conditioned from the time that we began school to think…

The Complexity of Systems Thinking

This is the 4th of 5 articles which set up the necessary systems framework so parishes can either grow or, if they are currently growing, manage that growth. Last week, I offered an overview of the system of systems that has been developed for schools. To review, each of the five systems are identified by…