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Time For Staff Training and Planning

by Dcn. Ralph

Having worked for three Catholic churches, ranging in size from 500 – 3,100 families, I have a very good understanding of the rigors of ministry life. Like any other job, it comes in waves and can be quite taxing at different times of the year. For most churches, the summer is a time to catch […]

Catechizing for Action

by Dcn. Ralph

In response to what appears to be a tremendous lack of knowledge of the Catholic Faith in Catholic adults & teens, the Church has greatly improved its efforts to instruct their faithful with solid teaching. The Holy Spirit has called numerous ministries, like NEM, to service the Church with new methodologies and presentation content. It […]

An Office or Committee of Evangelization 2

by Dcn. Ralph

The process of evangelization wasn’t done within the vacuum of one particular ministry. Jesus commissioned the Apostles and the rest of the Church to go out and make disciples of all nations. (Matt. 28) If we look at that task honestly, can any of us say that we have made ourselves disciples by learning information? […]

An Office or Committee of Evangelization 1

by Dcn. Ralph

Since the 1960s, the Church began calling for a “New Evangelization” as the Bishops began to recognize a phenomenon occurring in Europe. Within the twenty-first century, we have come to see our American bishops heralding the call and taking steps to initiate a New Evangelization within their own dioceses. In turn, their pastors started taking […]

The Church’s Responsibility for the Mission

by Dcn. Ralph

II Tim. 4:1-5 “I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will […]

Restoring Your Broken Wedding Vows

by Dcn. Ralph

When we stand before our beloved, ready to state our wedding vows, we intend to live them out fully. Yet with all the greatest intentions, that doesn’t mean that we will do that perfectly. In fact, because of our fallen nature, we all will fail. We can neither live nor love perfectly, therefore, we will […]

Saying Your Wedding Vows

by Dcn. Ralph

I will never forget the day I stood before my fiancé, Susan, and said my wedding vows. For me, it was a moment of great emotion, mixed with a little fear, and a great peace and firm resolve to be united with her for the rest of my life. That day, that act of self […]

An Earthly Comparison to a Heavenly Plan

by Dcn. Ralph

The Catholic Church is known as a Sacramental Church. That is to say that we understand that much of what is going on in the elements of our faith in God is Sacramental. Simply put, a Sacrament is a physical sign of an invisible reality. This is a point of frequent confusion from both cradle […]

Transforming Initial Sacrament Conversations

by Dcn. Ralph

One of the greatest challenges about transitioning from our old paradigms of religious education to a true Discipleship Formation Process is getting the regular parishioner to accept the change. People simply don’t like to change and find it difficult to understand why their experience is no longer acceptable. If I were a plumber and randomly […]