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100 Parish Actions
Last edited 20th November 2014

It is important that parishes review and renew their activities as well as plan for the future so they can move forward with confidence and purpose. The list of parish actions provided on this website represents the wisdom of our communities gathered through consultation, and that of our pastors, as well as research into the best practice of parishes both here in Australia and overseas.

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Year of Consecrated Life to Begin November 30
Last edited 18th November 2014

The year dedicated to consecrated life, announced by Pope Francis last December, will begin on the First Sunday of Advent with Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.


Great Typographic Designs of Bible Verses and Lines from Hymns
Last edited 18th November 2014

Typographic Verses is a website run by Jonathan Ogden (@ogvidius) as a place to share great typographic designs of Bible verses and lines from hymns. Designs are done by Jonathan Ogden and also submissions from guest designers (which are all credited in the description).

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The Problem With the Youth Group Mentality
Last edited 17th November 2014

“We may live in a culture in which bigger has become synonymous with better, but we serve a Lord who spoke of his kingdom in terms of a mustard seed, a widow’s mite and a single lost sheep. I love building a crowd. It makes me feel good. It makes me look good. And because of what building a crowd does for me, I have often mistaken short-term success for long-term effectiveness.” Mark DeVries – Family Based Youth Ministry


Three Ways to Be a Better Pro-Lifer
Last edited 17th November 2014

I'm often asked, "How do you keep your cool and give such effective answers when you discuss abortion with pro-choice callers on Catholic Answers Live?" My answers is that I use the following three approaches when responding to these callers. I recommend everyone use these tips when discussing this subject, or frankly, any controversial issue.


Why Go to Church?
Last edited 16th November 2014

Everyone knows that a lot of people no longer bother going to church on a Sunday. The latest study of this trend examines the motives behind this and also attempts to suggest ways to reconnect these people with institutional religion. “Churchless: Understanding Today’s Unchurched and How to Connect with Them,” (Tynedale Momentum), was edited by George Barna and David Kinnaman. It draws on extensive research by the Barna Group, founded by George


And Death is Gain…A Reflection on the Christian View of Death
Last edited 13th November 2014

In the month of November, we remember the souls of the faithful departed and our obligation to pray for them. November and into the early part of Advent is also a part of the Church year during which we begin to ponder the last things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell.

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Spirituality and the Soldier
Last edited 16th November 2014

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Jamie Hickman went to West Point and then Afghanistan. In this interview, Jamie Hickman talks about how his military service deepened his career goals and his faith.

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Youth Are Dying for a Challenge - Give Them One, US Bishops Told
Last edited 10th November 2014

Young people are “crying out” for a challenge, and the Church must answer through saintly witness, the apostolic nuncio to the United States insisted to the nation's bishops on Monday.

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God Goes to the Limit - Not Halfway - To Save Sinners, Pope Says
Last edited 6th November 2014

In his homily on Thursday Pope Francis condemned those who are afraid “to dirty their hands” by welcoming sinners, and encouraged all to imitate Jesus – who gave everything in search of the lost.

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