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Figuring Out this “Domestic Church” Stuff

Recently Josh Danis of the Archdiocesan Family Life office in Sidney gave a talk for a Marriage Night in our Pastoral Region entitled “The Domestic Church: Stories and Tips.”   It was entertaining and we thoroughly enjoyed it, but Josh raised some important questions in the minds of my husband and me concerning this topic.  Although I would be about the last one to suggest that we don’t all need more encouragement to live with Christ as the center of our homes, and with our families as a reflection of Trinitarian love … it started me …

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Game Changers, Part II

Fr. Satish wrote his thoughts about game changers for youth and young adults’ growing indifference to the Church. Part one is here. He continues his thoughts now: Church In the Marketplace Before I came to the United States, I spent a year in Lyon, France, learning the practical dimensions of pastoral communication. One of the concepts that I became familiar with was proposed by an immensely respected pastoral communication guru, Fr. Pierre Babin. He spoke about the “Church in the market place.” What he was referring to was the paradigm shift in the way we …

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Game Changers, Part I

“You Lost Me,” screamed the title of my last blog. I based it on the book, by David Kinnaman, by the same title, which focuses on young adult’s angst with the Church. Since then Archbishop Schnurr had three meetings with archdiocesan stakeholders in youth and young adult faith formation. One of the purposes of the conversation was to discover “game-changers” to the youth and young adults’ growing indifference what the Church has to offer. The discussion I was at was complex and mildly contentious yet honest and real. I want to share my “game-changer” ideas. …

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The Real Good Shepherd

Sociologists of religion talk about a new category of religious people who do not identify with any denomination or tradition, including non-denominational. On surveys about religion, they choose “none,” even though they are professing Christians who attend some kind of church services. Sociologists and other researchers have dubbed this group the “nones.” During my studies as a master’s student, I spent a few weeks researching a local Dayton church community for a class on Protestantism. The community I researched was made up of people who would probably classify themselves as “nones.” As part of my …

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You Lost Me!

I received this e-mail just a few days ago: Dear Fr. Satish, I recently got engaged to my boyfriend of a few years, a week ago. So I’m starting to think about wedding plans and things even though we aren’t planning on getting married until next year at the earliest. And this might sound ridiculous but ever since I came to mass at IC I’ve always wanted you to do the marriage ceremony. However 1) I’m not a member of IC, and 2) Neither my fiance nor I are practicing Catholics. While we both were confirmed …

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Searchers: Spirituality and Religion

The homily at St. Helen this past Sunday reflected on the apostle Thomas as a “searcher” not a “doubter.” This got me thinking about the searchers in our world today, especially our young adult searchers, who talk about searching for God/spirituality, not religion. As Fr. Dave mentioned in his homily, we believers need to hear and respect what these searchers are saying in order both to learn from them and to speak to them. Recently I read a memoir by a young adult woman, Alisa Harris, who shares her story of moving from being conservative …

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Vatican II and the Living Church

Recently I participated in a committee meeting of my congregation, the Sisters of the Precious Blood. It was a gathering of our Vocation Ministry Committee. I came away energized as I do with most community meetings but this one was different. Upon reflection, I realize it was different for me than some of our other meetings of women religious simply because the committee members include the addition of four people who are not Sisters, two women and two men. More importantly, they are members of the millennial generation.  What is energizing about working with the …

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