Don’t Just GO to Church – BE Church

Did you go to Church today?  Perhaps an even better question is, WERE you Church today to those that are in need?  Remember that the Church isn’t just a place of worship.  It’s the place where you are in this world. Why? The Church isn’t a building.  The Church is the people of God.  When we are dismissed from Mass,…

Real-Time Revenue Reports

One of the things I always hated about meetings when I was a board member of a non-profit organization was that data from any report we received was almost always a month old.  We had our meetings on the last Monday of the month, so the “stop-point” was always the end of the previous month. …

The Parish Picnic

This week’s installment begins a series of three more “rounds” of “FRES” items.  Yes, it’s supposed to be “FIRES,” but, just like there is no “I” in “team,” there is no “I”, since the “Initiation” element is wonderfully handled by the Catholic Church’s Rites of Christian Initiation already!  This week, we focus on the “F” for…

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” is dead.  I’m one of those believers, even though most sales experts say the best way to reach a person is by phone.  What’s the difference.  Seems like two completely different…

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…