Triumph from Tragedy: 18 years later Hope Prevails

As a junior in high school I was looking forward to going to prom in a week and celebrating my 17th birthday a few days after that.  But in one fateful morning all of that became inconsequential and my life was forever changed. It was a beautiful spring day and we begged the teachers to let us … Continue reading Triumph from Tragedy: 18 years later Hope Prevails

The Maintenance of Mission

Our parish recently went through a revitalization of our vision. This led to a very successful capital campaign and a unified drive within the ministries of the parish. The tagline that kept our eyes focused on the vision was that we are moving from ‘Maintenance to Mission’. This idea is amazing, but often can be … Continue reading The Maintenance of Mission

I Wish the Saints Were Kidding Sometimes

Part of my Lenten activities this year include reading a book called "A Lenten Journey with Jesus Christ and St. John of the Cross", by Rev. George Mangiaracina, O.C.D. This book has a reflection for every day in Lent. I have to admit, this hasn't been easy for me. I am drawn to St. John … Continue reading I Wish the Saints Were Kidding Sometimes

Ways to Win this Lent: 7 Quick Tips

1. Intentionally look beyond yourself Though Lent is a time for prayer and fasting, it does not mean you are called to be a narcissist.  Strive to build up the kingdom of God through your prayers and fasting.  Do someone else’s chores. Invite someone to join you for a Holy Hour. Offer up your suffering for … Continue reading Ways to Win this Lent: 7 Quick Tips

Those Turds

Maybe it’s just our ministries and you don’t have this problem, but we have some unique children in our programs that we lovingly refer to as “turds”. I sincerely mean that. We love them, but their behavior stinks. It’s ok though, they’re keeping us all on our toes, as well as sometimes on our last … Continue reading Those Turds

Battling Burnout

When I was new into ministry I asked a priest if he had an advice for a new youth minister. “Take care of yourself,” he said. “You have to look out for yourself because no one else will.” I thought he might be exaggerating, after all I was working for a Church and anyone working … Continue reading Battling Burnout

Becoming a Man of Prayer: Part 4

Thanks for joining me, Matt, on this series for men. We've come a long way and here we are at the conclusion. To recap, we started off talking about the ways men are attacked. We are fed lies from the Devil and grow burdened with our fears and our sins. In response to this, we must … Continue reading Becoming a Man of Prayer: Part 4

Taking A Lesson from C. S. Lewis

“I have no intention of explaining how the correspondence which I now offer to the public fell into my hands. There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy … Continue reading Taking A Lesson from C. S. Lewis

Becoming a Man of Prayer: Part 3

Thanks for joining us for Part 3 of our series for men. In Part 1, we talked about how the world we live in is hurting. Depression, alcoholism, pornography… the list goes on and it’s obvious to see there is an attack on men in this world. Last week in Part 2, we discussed how the … Continue reading Becoming a Man of Prayer: Part 3

Becoming a Man of Prayer: Part 2

Welcome back to our series for men. I encourage you to share this with the men at your parish, your brothers in Christ, and anyone God has placed in your life who you think would benefit from this series. Last week, we talked about how the world we live in is hurting. Depression, alcoholism, pornography... the … Continue reading Becoming a Man of Prayer: Part 2