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Wednesday, April 23 
Solemnity of Easter Wednesday
Chant a hymn of praise
A sequence is the name given a chant or hymn sung or recited during the celebration of the Eucharist. Only a few medieval sequences survive in the modern Eucharistic liturgy, including the Victimae Paschali Laudes chanted at Easter. One stanza goes like this: “Tell us, Mary: Say what thou didst see upon the way. The tomb the Living did enclose; I saw Christ’s glory as He rose!” The stanza asks a good question, one you can answer for yourself: What did you see this Easter?

Today’s readings: Acts 3:1-10; Luke 24:13-35 (263). “He took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened.”

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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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