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A Lack of Conviction

by Dcn. Ralph

When I a young teenager, going through my religious education, I recall going on a Diocesan retreat. There was a notable surprise about the retreat that meant nothing to me at the time, but in hindsight explains much of our current struggles to pass on the Faith. Most of the weekend (70%) was doing fun […]

Developing Effective Community for Yourself

by Dcn. Ralph

When a predator moves in on a flock of sheep, its goal is to single out one of the sheep and separate them from the flock. Once they are removed from the safety of the flock, they are almost always powerless to defend themselves. Without some outside help, they get devoured in short order. While […]

Not Just Learning But Living

by Dcn. Ralph

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.” Matt. 7:21 NASB My standard practice for preparing to present a parish mission is to ask the parish leadership a set of questions. This enables me […]

Getting Grounded in the Disciplines

by Dcn. Ralph

Three Weeks! ? Three Weeks! ? Three Weeks! After a person encounters Jesus Christ through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, all that Satan needs to get someone back to living the lives they lived before they encountered Him is three weeks. This is what I help audiences around the country understand while I […]

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 […]