A Blog of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Parish Programs vs. Discipleship

This is an article I wish I had written.  (As you can see, could stand to do a bit more writing.)

... a parish communal life that consists of bringing in the herd, giving them a message, and then sending them home to their separate lives will not work.

Jen Fitz writes eloquently HERE.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Daily Scripture Devotion for Teens--by Text

Teaching kids--or adults for that matter--to develop a daily quiet time with Scripture is one of the most challenging and rewarding habits of intentional discipleship.  I have long lamented the lack of good materials to help kids to do this.

This week, I stumbled upon something that could be a real answer to prayer.  It's a website called Carpe Verbum (Sieze the Word), and it offers a daily dose of scripture plus a little reflection and application to life.  You can have it sent directly to your text if you want, just text CARPE to 84576 to check it out for yourself.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Re-Routing: A Disciple's GPS

Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in the Archdiocese of Detroit is laying out a path of discipleship for it's parishioners.  Fascinating, Creative, and.........well let's just say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

You can check out the whole plan HERE.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

USCCB Releases Strategic Priorities

The United States Catholic Bishops have identified the priorities for the strategic plan that will guide the Church over the next several years.  The plan is based on the theme “Encountering the Mercy of Christ and Accompanying His People With Joy” and sets five key priorities.  According to the USCCB website:
The plan is centered on five strategic priorities approved by the full body of bishops a year ago, and are aimed at encountering those in need, bringing them hope, and nurturing them spiritually and physically. These priorities are:
  • Evangelization: Open wide the doors to Christ through missionary discipleship and personal encounter.
  • Family and marriage: Encourage and heal families; inspire Catholics to embrace the sacrament of matrimony.
  • Human life and dignity: Uphold the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death with special concern for the poor and vulnerable.
  • Vocations and ongoing formation: Encourage vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, and provide meaningful ongoing formation to clergy, religious and lay ministers.
  • Religious freedom: Promote and defend the freedom to serve, witness and worship, in the U.S. and abroad.
The identified priorities are also an invitation to diocesan and parish leaders into the collective work of the bishops at the national level. "Where there are opportunities at all levels of the Church to work together, the strategic plan will truly find its deepest meaning," reads the report. "So too, the identified priorities are an invitation to the broader people of God, whose generosity and prayer give lifeblood to the apostolic life of the Conference and the Church."
  It's not going away folks!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Best Practices for Involving Parents in Kids Formation

It has long been lamented that the parish is bearing too much of the burden for the faith formation of children.  Parents are the primary educators of their children in the faith, so devoting time to their formation and support can only enrich the work done by catechists in the parish.

Jen Fitz shares some insights into things that are working.  Read the whole thing HERE.