Jesus lifted up women in his ministry and in his personal life. Women in the Gospel also lifted Jesus’ spirit and comforted him. One such tender story is when Jesus healed the dying daughter of Jairus, inviting her to arise, “Tal′itha cu′m” (in Aramaic). We are invited to rise up as women with each gr ace and invitation to growth. God’s will is that we would be women fully alive, ever ready to hea..
The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are known as “the synoptic Gospels.” But just what makes them “synoptic” is not well understood. Clearly they are similar to each other and yet the three are very different from the Gospel of John. How do we explain that these three Gospels are not exactly alike? Understanding how these Gospels emerged from the primitive Christian communities and their formati..
In the Roman rite, the Divine Office of Compline is a distinctive and solemn prayer tradition that is said before going to sleep each night. Praying Compline can be enriched through the singing of hymns, psalms and antiphons. In this workshop, Ian Callanan addresses the challenges of praying night prayer – whether as personal devotion or in a community setting – and offers strategies, music sugges..
The Black Lives Matter movement has brought much attention to the troubled relations between police departments and the Black and Latino communities. Can some of the same principles of the movement be applied to the survival of our Catholic schools and parishes in black and brown communities? We will look at the recent Black Catholic Congress XII and the upcoming Encuentro V for best practices and..
In this session, we will reflect on the transformation that happens to us, the change that invites itself into thinking and into the articulation of our faith, as the events of life offer us the opportunity to awaken and to see anew our connection with the Holy. We will attempt to see faith as an organic evolutionary event that moves us toward a holistic experience of the Divine and helps us trans..
Gender identity and transgender issues have become hot topics in politics and media, evoking challenging conversations for the Church and Catholic schools. How does the Gospel teach us to serve young Catholics on their journeys? How are we called to be loving in the midst of challenging theological questions? In this session, Dr. Arthur Fitzmaurice, with Fr. Bryan Massingale and a panelist, will s..
Why do we acclaim: “When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again”? Somehow, it seems from our acclamation, that before it is a sacrament of life, the Eucharist is a sacrament of death! Interested in finding out why? Don’t miss this mystagogy and this heart-to-heart conversation about the wondrous repeatable sacrament of initiation: Eucharist – mea..
Pope Francis calls us to reject the “globalization of indifference.” This workshop explains what global solidarity is, its scriptural and magisterial background, and how we can teach, preach and live it in our parish and our ministries. We will outline a three-step method for communicating this effectively. Rev. David GarciaFr. David Garcia is Director of the Old Spanish Missions for the Archdioce..
“Boy, that was such a fun election,” said no one, ever! Politics is a strange thing, an expression of our values, a long-standing institution, the reason for many a plate of perfectly good turkey and gravy* being flung in anger across the Thanksgiving table. So how do we keep the ideology of “us vs. them” from infiltrating our churches, our homes, our workplaces, our hearts? With song, prayer, hum..
St. Paul writes to the Corinthians that what we profess as Christians appears foolish to those who operate according to a worldly wisdom and logic. This workshop will explore the radical foolishness of Christianity as a positive force for change and conversion in the face of division, discrimination and violence. Drawing on the examples of St. Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis, we will consider w..
It’s a beautiful sentiment, isn’t it? Feels good saying and singing it! Alas, that’s the sin. Nothing is risked and no faith is needed to simply feel the sentiment while saying and singing the words. But there’s hope! Proclaiming and manifesting these words in our living is where the power of faith moves the mountains of prejudice and bigotry in all manifestations. The next big thing isn’t technol..
What do we need to know about these two generations that make up almost two-thirds of our church? How are they different and similar? This workshop will explore strategies on how to reach both Generation Z youth and Millennial young adults based upon their generational characteristics, including recent research findings. Dr. Charlotte McCorquodaleLouisiana native Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale has bee..
The “I” words: incessant input, information inundation, idealizing immediacy, ignoring introspection. Today’s culture poses serious challenges to evangelization and catechesis. Yet there are other “screams” and other “I” words that Jesus and the Church have to shout to the “I” screams. Mike PatinMike Patin – the “engaging” Cajun – lives in Lafayette, La., and has served the church as a high school..
If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck but barks like a dog, maybe it’s not a duck. Often, we see families as lazy and apathetic with misplaced priorities. But if we invested with more energy in empathic listening, we’d discover that beneath the surface are scared, hurt, disillusioned people who feel abandoned by God. Many families today experience church as lacking understanding of their real..
Many of us belong to “shared parishes” – a community of communities that presents challenges at different levels, including the way we pray together. Sharing a vision of what it is to be the Body of Christ is a key factor. Come and join the conversation to hear about best practices where various ministries of the parish can create opportunities to form a welcoming community in which all experience..