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December 7, 2017

Thanksgiving Dinner 2017 by the Numbers – St. Monica Catholic Community, Santa Monica, CA

Our holidays at St. Monica Catholic Community began Wednesday, Nov. 22, with the 38th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Once again, every corner of the parish, every grade level in our schools, every ministry, and many loving parishioners provided time, r...

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October 20, 2016

World’s Largest Block Party

“Open the gates and they will come.”  That was the idea when Historic Old St. Patrick’s Parish in Chicago’s previous pastor Father Jack Wall first attempted to host a big concert in 1984 to create a buzz as well as raise revenue for the chur...

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June 24, 2016

Sustainability and a Parish Vegetable Garden

Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, is a trailblazer when it comes to the environment. In 2013, they were officially certified as a “green parish” by GreenFaith, an interreligious organization that works to improve the e...

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June 24, 2016

Fostering Encounter with Christ: St. Dominic Parish and the Shroud of Turin

When Michael Cumpton, a lawyer and parishioner at St. Dominic Parish in Mobile, AL, considered the situation of the Catholic Church in contemporary American society, he felt discouraged. A longtime volunteer attorney for the American Center of Law an...

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June 24, 2016

Cornerstone Retreats

Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, NJ, has witnessed firsthand the power of well-designed retreats to attract, engage, and transform members of its community. For the past thirty-five years, Presentation has hosted multiple Cornerstone...

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June 24, 2016

Career Management Group

Anyone currently out of work or looking for a job can tell you that job-searching is tough. While unemployment levels are not as dire as they were during the depths of the recession, many people are still struggling to find work that is both satisfyi...

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June 24, 2016

Welcoming New Movers into the Church

It is ideal for all parishes to reach out and welcome new people who just recently moved to the community. This gives the “new movers” a sense of belongingness to the parish community, and at the same time this helps the parish grow. The folks at...

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March 14, 2016

Evangelization though Community: Why Catholic Beer Club is Different

Like many great ideas, Catholic Beer Club was discovered by accident. One evening, a couple of friends simply decided to grab a beer. As they sat together discussing higher things and the beauty of relationships, they ...

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December 14, 2015

“Making Space for Millennials,” Not Just Making Room

At the 2013 Theology on Tap series at St. Denis Catholic Community, a small group of young adults decided they wanted to continue fellowshipping. Now here we are in 2015, and the group of young adults is still gatherin...

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November 12, 2015

Reflect, Refine, Repeat

As a relatively “young” Catholic center for evangelization, you might say that St. Paul Inside the Walls is just growing out of its infancy and into its adolescent years. When the center was founded back in 2008, i...

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