Trust in God

“If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own power. Your self-sufficiency, your selfishness and your intellectual pride will inhibit His coming to live in your heart because God cannot fill what is already full. It is as simple as that.” -Blessed Mother Teresa

Are you trusting in your own power or in God’s? Take courage–if you put the Lord in charge of your life, in all its struggles, joys, confusion, pain, and peace, you will find that you have the fortitude to endure all things, because He gives you strength. (See Phil 4:13)

Check out this audio and written recap of a lecture given by Dr. Theirfelder, President of Belmont Abbey College.

Holy Daring: Fearless Trust in the Public Square

“The title of his talk was taken from a book by John Udris entitled Holy Daring: The Fearless Trust of St. Therese of Lisieux.  The author highlights her bold confidence in the power of God’s love and the courage to put that trust into action in her daily life even to the moment of her death.” (Explanation taken from the IntegratedCatholicLife.org.)

2010 Georgia Catholic Men’s Conference

GA Catholic Mens ConferenceCatholic Men of Georgia and surrounding areas: Join hundreds of other men for the 2010 Georgia Catholic Men’s Conference on Saturday, November 6th! It’s a day of motivational speakers and spiritual enrichment. For information and to register, go to: www.gacatholicmen.org. Tom Peterson, President and Founder of CatholicsComeHome.org will be the lunch time key note speaker! Don’t miss this great event!

CCH Recommends…

New Rosary-Sri“The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessings.” – Blessed Alan de la Roche

Looking to enhance your prayer life by going deeper into the mysteries of the Holy RRosary-Journey to Beloved-Jansenosary? Check out these great books to help you draw closer to Jesus and Mary as you pray the Rosary.

The New Rosary in Scripture: Biblical Insights for Praying the 20 Mysteries – Edward Sri

Rosary-Chain of Hope-GroeschelThe Rosary: A Journey to the Beloved – Gary Jansen

The Rosary: Chain of Hope (Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary with Twenty Renaissance Paintings) – Fr. Benedict Groeschel

More book recommendations on prayer, Mary, and other topics? Check out the Shop section at CatholicsComeHome.org.

Pope says Church’s mission a duty of every Catholic (Catholic News Agency)

Pope_Benedict_XVICheck out this news article on Catholic News Agency on His Holiness’ “message prepared for the annual day of prayer and promotion of the Church’s missionary activity, to be celebrated this year on Oct. 24.”

In it, the Holy Father implores Christians to recognize and participate in the Church’s mission to evangelize all people.

“The Father calls us to be sons and daughters, loved in the beloved Son, and to recognize that we are all brothers and sisters in (Christ), who is the gift of salvation for humanity.”

Saint André Bessette

Brother André Bessette, founder of St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, Canada, was proclaimed a SaiSaint Andre Bassettent at the Vatican this past Sunday, October 17.

Check out this video reflection about Saint André Bessette by Father Thomas Rosica.

“It is with the smallest brushes that the artist paints the most exquisitely beautiful pictures.” -Saint André Bessette

CatholicsComeHome.org "TV Evangelization Effort Bore Fruit" in the Archdiocese of Seattle!

The Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington announces that the CatholicsComeHome.org “TV Evangelization Effort Bore Fruit” following their Lent 2010 Catholics Come Home® initiative.  Read the article excerpt below from The Catholic Northwest Progress, the official Newspaper for the Archdiocese of Seattle:

AROUND THE ARCHDIOCESE THE CATHOLIC NORTHWEST PROGRESS
OCTOBER 14, 2010

TV evangelization effort bore fruit

Annual parish Mass counts in month of October will provide more accurate estimate of returning Catholics following Catholics Come Home campaign

WESTERN WASHINGTON

Parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle sponsored a campaign inviting Catholics who have been away from the church for a time to come home during Lent 2010.
The television advertising campaign created by Catholics Come Home was effective, but a precise estimate of how many Catholics returned to the fold will not be known until numbers from October Mass counts are tallied.
At the conclusion of the media campaign, the archdiocesan Office of Planning and Research coordinated Mass counts in April that reported an estimated increase in Mass attendance of 4.5 percent, just over 6,000 people, from counts taken in October 2009. In all, 131 parishes in the archdiocese participated in the April survey using the same procedures followed for the annual October Mass counts.
The counts taken during the five October weekends of 2010 will yield a more accurate assessment of increases in Mass attendance, providing a year-over-year comparison for the same month, according to the report from the archdiocesan research office.
The local ad campaign was made possible by literally thousands of small and large donations from local Catholics who wanted their friends, relatives and co-workers to come home to the Catholic Church.
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Please continue to pray for all dioceses who are partnering to air CatholicsComeHome.org TV commercials beginning this December, and for all those away from the faith who will receive this invitation to return home to Christ’s Catholic Church!


The Diocese of Green Bay Releases CCH findings!

The Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin announces their findings of a 7.4% increase in Mass attendance following their Lent 2010 CatholicsComeHome.org evangelization initiative.  Read the article excerpt below from The Compass, the Official Newspaper for the Diocese of Green Bay:

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Diocese releases CCH findings

Written by Sam Lucero | The Compass
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 10:37

Survey: Mass attendance increased 7.4 percent after Catholics Come Home

GREEN BAY — Eight months ago, the Diocese of Green Bay began airing television commercials for six weeks that invited Catholics to Come Home. This month, the diocese released survey findings that show Mass attendance increased an average of 7.4 percent after the commercials began to air.

In addition, more than 95 percent of parish leaders and parishioners reported that CCH had a positive influence on their lives.

Kristina DeNeve, director of spirituality and evangelization for the diocese and coordinator of the CCH initiative, released a summary of findings to parishes last week. In an interview, DeNeve said she was happy with the results, which offered some surprises.CatholicComeHomeLogoweb

“Probably the biggest, and most pleasant surprise associated with the surveys was the large number of people who actually began talking to other people once these commercials came out,” she said. “Over 55 percent of respondents said they talked more about faith matters either in public places or in private with friends and family.”

The CCH evaluation used four methods to reach its findings: A parish Mass attendance census taken in 96 percent of diocesan parishes; an online survey completed by 354 people; feedback from parish leaders during CCH gratitude dinners; and random calls to 20 percent of diocesan parishes. “This gave us both specific and general feedback, both verbally and in quantifiable ways, from people ranging from pastors to ordinary people in the pews,” said DeNeve.

Mass attendance

The Mass attendance census used figures taken in October 2009 and figures taken two weekends in April 2010. DeNeve noted that first Communions were held at 75 of the churches in April, which could have affected the statistical results.

She also noted that some parishes reported not seeing a change in attendance. “Some of our smaller parishes may have only had one or two more people come for the sacraments, which may not seem like a lot,” she explained. “And large parishes that have over 500 people at Mass may not even notice if there are 25 or 35 more people attending Mass that day. The program was a great success, but that does not mean our Masses became standing-room-only events.”
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Please continue to pray for all dioceses who are partnering to air CatholicsComeHome.org TV commercials begining this December, and for all those away from the faith who will receive this invitation to return home to Christ’s Catholic Church!

Meeting Christ in the Saints

“Devotion to a particular saint always means that the saint in question is held in high personal regard. Not only do we have particular reverence for the saint, but we are spiritually fascinated by his life, works, and virtues. Somehow weSBernard_BR2 are able spiritually to enter into his life: we seem to understand and grasp something of his unique spiritual genius. Not only that, but we want to be influenced by this saint, because the way he lived and practiced virtue on earth is viewed as a thing of compelling beauty.” (Father Michael D Griffin, O.C.D, Saint Joseph – A Theological Introduction)

Which saints do you hold in high personal regard? What about their sainthood most makes them so beautiful to you? Which of their virtues compells you to work toward your own sanctity with more fervor and devotion?

“Ah! from how great bitterness of soul have you often delivered me, O Good Jesus, coming to me!… How often has StAugustineprayer taken me on the brink of despair, and restored me to the state of soul of one exulting in joy and confident forgiveness. Those who are afflicted in this way, behold they know that the Lord Jesus is truly a Physician Who healeth the broken of heart and bindeth up their bruses” (St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Canticles ch.XX)

“Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! Lo, you were within, but I outside, seeking there for you, and upon the shapely things you have made I rushed headlong – I, misshapen. You were with me, but I was not with you. They held me back far from you, those things which would have no being, were they not in you. You called, shouted, broke through my deafness; you flared, blazed, banished my blindness; you lavished your fragrance, I gasped; and now I pant for you; I tasted you, and now I hunger and thirst; you touched me, and I burned for your peace.” (St. Augustine, Confessions X:27)therese

“I have never wished for human glory, contempt it was that had attraction for my heart; but having recognized that this again was too glorious for me, I ardently desire to be forgotten.” (St. Therese of Lisieux)

Good Article Alert!

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Check out this article on “The Problem of Evil” by Dr. Peter Kreeft on the Integrated Catholic Life.

“The Cross is God’s part of the practical solution to evil. Our part, according to the same Gospel, is to repent, to believe, and to work with God in fighting evil by the power of love.”

What happens when the Catholic Church uses modern media to evangelize? – Archdiocese of Chicago Blog

The Archdiocese of Chicago is kicking-off their second year of airing Advent CatholicsComeHome.org TV commercials in the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Diocese of Rockford, and the Diocese of Joliet begining this December 2010. Nancy Polacek is the coordinator of CatholicsComeHome.org Chicago in the Office for Evangelization, check out her latest blog below:

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Catholic Chicago Blog

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October 2010

nancypolacekWhat happens when the Catholic Church uses modern media to evangelize?

According to surveys sent in after the Catholics Come Home ads went off the air last January, people really did “come home.”  Parishes reported that after the five weeks of television ads combined with their outreach efforts, more people were attending Mass and participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  An unexpected benefit to the television ads was that active parishioners felt a renewed sense of pride and Catholic identity because of the positive portrayal of the Church on TV.

Get ready for a new ad this year.  Once again you’ll see beautiful images and hear the signature music behind all of the Catholics Come Home ads, but this one may surprise people.  American television doesn’t usually send messages like, “simplicity brings joy and humility leads to happiness.”  While those statements are quite counter-cultural on their own, they will really stand apart when heard next to the usual Christmas advertisements that focus on buying more products to achieve happiness.

This year the focus on Catholics Come Home ads are part of the Archdiocesan evangelization efforts that will take a more personal approach.  The ad called “Home” mentions the peace and forgiveness that comes from faith.  Parishes will take advantage of this media event to promote ways that individuals can develop a deeper faith through prayer and the Sacraments.

The ads begin in mid-December, but the preparation in parishes has already begun this week.  There are eight Orientation sessions that will offer all the new aspects of Catholics Come Home Chicago to our 357 parishes.  The Parish Contacts will get materials and supplies so that their parish can join in this major evangelization initiative in the Chicago Archdiocese and the Dioceses of Joliet and Rockford.  Find out who your Parish Contact person is and ask how you can help to bring more Catholics back home.

Remember to:  “Keep the faith, but not to yourself!” – Share the CatholicsComeHome.org website with a friend today!