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Saints Peter and Paul

 

Tuesday, July 29 

Memorial of Martha

Put housework in its place

It appears that the pressure on women to be perfect housekeepers and hostesses existed all the way back to biblical times. Like her namesake Martha Stewart, Saint Martha was trying to be a domestic dynamo. Can you blame her when she had someone like Jesus for a guest? And her sister Mary had the gall to sit around and socialize with him without helping out! Jesus chides Martha—affectionately, you can tell. He tells her to do as Mary does and focus on what matters most: the people in our midst.

Today’s readings: Jeremiah 14:17-22 (402); John 11:19-27 or Luke 10:38-42 (607). “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing.”

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Tools for Rebuilding: 75 Really, Really Practical Ways to Make Your Parish Better

In their barn-burning first book, Rebuilt, Michael White and Tom Corcoran shared their story and vision of building better Catholic parishes. Now, in their eagerly-anticipated second book, White and Corcoran lay out seventy-five proven tactics for getting the job done.

Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran know that the fundamental work of the Church is to evangelize--to introduce people to Christ and make them disciples. Still, they're the first to admit: "the difficulty comes when we reach down into the details and get to work." In Tools for Rebuilding, White and Corcoran share seventy-five foundational tactics that helped to rejuvenate their parish. Their candid, hands-on advice gives a clear way forward--one that will make church matter to the people in the pews and that anyone working in parish ministry can implement.

Principles/tactics include:

  • Get the Right People on the Bus
  • Christmas Is Over, So Throw Out the Dead Poinsettias
  • Stop Advertising (Other People's Stuff) in Your Bulletin
  • Don't Let the Insiders Take All the Good Seats
  • Just Because It's Slow Doesn't Mean It's Holy
  • When It Comes to First Communion, Just Surrender
  • Funerals Are Scud Missiles
  • Preach the Announcements
  • Start Getting Rid of Fundraisers
  • Everything Takes Longer (Than You Think)
  • Pastor, It's Not All About You
  • Stop Trying to Make People Go to Church and Make Church Matter
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