A Look Back to Pentecost and Trinity Sunday

Earlier this month, we celebrated Trinity Sunday, and the previous week, Pentecost.  It’s the day when the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit so they could boldly proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We’re all familiar with the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are iterative – that is, one leads to…

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…

Revenue Management: It’s Not Just About Income and Expenses

In writing advancement articles for schools, administrators seem to take sides – is the faith-based school a business, or is it a ministry?  Recent articles have been written to say that it’s BOTH – just as Jesus was both true God and true man. In the spirit of “Next Practices,” I suggest that it’s not…

Initiation: Discernment Causes a Change in Plans

When my wife and I were preparing for marriage, our Catholic Engaged Encounter weekend experience made us realize there were five steps to making a decision: Prayer, Discernment, Mutual Decision, Mutual Responsibility, and Openness to Change. That’s not only a good process for marriage, that’s a good process for any kind of decision…especially the openness…

Fellowship: Nights of Praise and Adoration

Later this month, the Catholic community 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 mom took me to church in the afternoon on this Sunday when it was called the Feast of Corpus…

It’s Pentecost! Happy Birthday, Church!

Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon those gathered in the upper room – even though the doors were locked – and our Risen Lord appeared to them. When we are open to inviting the Holy Spirit to be a part of our lives, amazing things can happen.  Every year, this day…