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Saints Peter and Paul

 

Tuesday, September 30 

Memorial of Jerome, priest, Doctor of the church

In other words

Saint Jerome, brilliant biblical scholar, patron of librarians and translators, was fascinated by the meaning of words. Unlike many translators of his day, he favored use of what modern scripture-schlolar Father Leslie Hoppe, O.F.M., calls “dynamic equivalence.” That is, Jerome sought to translate texts from their original Hebrew and Greek “sense for sense” rather than “word for word.” Jerome’s contributions to Catholics’ understanding of the Bible are unsurpassed. But perhaps his most significant contribution was simply his love of the Word. Spend some time today savoring the words and struggling with the meaning of scripture. 

Today’s readings: Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23; Luke 9:51-56 (456). “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?”

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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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