In this year’s Mass Madness brackets for Catholics, who do you have going to the Faithful Four? (Click to enlarge)
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Fridays in Lent mean no meat so sometimes we call them #fishfriday.
Remind your parishioners in a subtle-but-cute way to abstain by using this little emoticon:
No fancy keyboard or graphics needed, just the shift key.
You might post this on social media or your church website, along with:
<‘ ))))>< No meat today, but you can have your alms-giving well done and make your Scripture reading not a rare event!
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Opening Day in 2014 falls right after Laetare Sunday, giving us two opportunities to recognize that our long winter will not continue indefinitely. Last night’s flurries in DC, I must confess, briefly shook my confidence in that previous statement.
So how are church and baseball connected. Leo Durocher said, “Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand.” But my wife, sister-in-law and I found many more similarities between church and baseball that we’ve noted before. We were welcoming a friend and baseball fan into the Church one Easter in the early 1990s when we came up with this lis:
10. Sometimes you stand and sing, other times you sit.
9. It can go into extra innings.
8. Hard to follow without a program.
7. Organ music.
6. Uncomfortable seats.
5. Sometimes you spend more than you want to.
4. Gotta know how to read the signs.
3. Long line for alcohol.
2. You’re preparing for post-season play.
And the number 1 way going to church imitates baseball…
1. Ultimately, if you screw up, you get sent down.
If you’re making a good Lent, you’ll have a clean slate just like all the Opening Day teams. Enjoy your season and let us know any other similarities we can add to the list!
Santa’s checking his list at this time of year — and so should you if you’re running a parish website. Here are the 10 steps to prepare your church site for Advent.
Are these the kind of steps you’re taking? Let us know what your online preparations are in the comments.
Looking for some Veterans Day graphics to go along with your prayers for veterans? Share this animated gif:
The VA Dept. has individual posters for downloading here. More posters are available from:
Thank you to all those who’ve served.
Some candidates don’t have a prayer of winning, but you might want to share an election prayer on your church website or on your church’s social media accounts. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
Lastly, here’s an election prayer by the US Catholic Bishops:
Lord God, as the election approaches,
we seek to better understand the issues and concerns
that confront our city/state/country,
and how the Gospel compels us
to respond as faithful citizens in our community.
We ask for eyes that are free from blindness
so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters,
one and equal in dignity,
especially those who are victims of abuse and violence,
deceit and poverty.
We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn
and those abandoned,
men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender.
We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders
who will bring us closer to your Kingdom.
We pray for discernment so that we may choose leaders
who hear your Word, live your love, and keep in the ways of your truth
as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles
and guide us to your Kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ,
and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
It means it’s Pentecost Sunday. And the folks who brought you #baconless during Lent are back with another Catholic meme. Just like the apostles went forth regardless of language, you’re invited to evangelize whatever your preferred social network. So on Pentecost, check in using hashtag #MassCheckIn whether you’re on Facebook or Foursquare, and tag a photo on Flickr or Instagram. See more info about #MassCheckIn.