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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 […]

Parish Transition To Making Disciples Part 8: Transition To Real Results

by Dcn. Ralph

No factory is going to start up with the intention of producing nothing. They will set up their goals, create their designs, manufacture the parts, assemble them together and TEST their functionality. If, after all their work, they find that they have not achieved their goal, they will go back and discover the problem and […]

Parish Transition To Making Disciples Part 7: Faith In The Message

by Dcn. Ralph

We are all afraid of going adrift because we don’t know where it will take us. I can totally understand that fear. I also appreciate the integrity of the bishops and pastors who genuinely fear that they will not be fulfilling the task given to them by Christ. However, if we are brutally honest, we […]

Parish Transition To Making Disciples Part 6: Going Adrift

by Dcn. Ralph

In consulting with Parishes and Dioceses, I have begun to ask some questions that are (I confess) a bit unnerving. They are questions that, I believe, must be addressed if we are going to seriously take a leap of faith and trust the Spirit. A Paradigm That Hinders Searching for Solutions The current paradigm for […]