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Totus Tuus Camp 2024

Give your children the gift of a closer relationship with Christ while creating life-long memories and friendships along the way!  We encourage you to have your children attend our annual Totus Tuus Camp at St. Francis of Assisi. Click HERE for more details.

Summer 2024 ACTS Retreats

Our Summer ACTS Retreats for both Women and Men are coming up! ACTS stands for Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service. Interested in learning more about ACTS and how to register?

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Father's Focus

Part 12: An Ideal Parish is Ministerial

There are very few things that are as nice as good service. Like waiters or waitresses that provide the perfect balance of conversation and attention, neither too wordy nor too distant. Or a department store attendant who recognizes your confused look and gently offers help, takes you to the right spot, and makes sure your questions are answered. Or like a computer technician who recognizes the frustration in your voice, asks truly pertinent questions, and leads you through troubleshooting until your problem is resolved.

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Part 11: An Ideal Parish is Youth Filled

I remember hearing about Ponce de Leon searching for the fountain of youth: a magical water source capable of reversing the aging process. Alas, never did he find it, nor does it seem that such a fountain exists. Yet now-a-days it seems that people search for their own fountain of youth through beauty products, weight loss programs, or even medical procedures

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Hour of Mercy

Nearly one hundred years ago, the Church was blessed with the devotion to the Divine Mercy, first promoted by St. Faustina Kowalska. Flowing from the Divine Mercy came the new devotional, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which, prayed on rosary beads, begs for Jesus’ sorrowful passion to pour mercy onto those for whom it is prayed.

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Part 10: An Ideal Parish is Familial

Can you guess where these lyrics come from: Sometimes you want to go / Where everybody knows your name, / and they're always glad you came. / You wanna be where you can see, / our troubles are all the same / You wanna be where everybody knows / Your name.

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Part 9: An Ideal Parish is Catechetical

I love it when children discover echo spots. Maybe it's in the foyer of a church or in a huge cavern but when toddlers discover an echo it brings them to a stop. Their hands go out. Their eyes start casting back and forth. They concentrate on their hearing by tilting their head slightly upward. Then they squeeze out a little bleat or they began saying, "Hey!" All the while hearing echo follow upon echo.

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Part 8: An Ideal Parish is Sacramental

I have been told that an earthquake in Minnesota caused some hot springs in Arkansas to stop being hot springs. Imagine that! That there is such a labyrinth of underground streams that an earthquake hundreds of miles to the North can stop water flowing hundreds of miles to the South!

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Part 7: An Ideal Parish is Charismatic (Charism-filled)

I think that I am a bit of a pyromaniac; I like campfires. I’m the kind of person that, when I’m setting by a fire, I can’t just let the flames burn low. I like getting up, rolling the logs, adding new fuel, repositioning the embers, and getting a better oxygen flow. Frankly, it makes people around the fire a little uneasy because sparks tend to fly everywhere.

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Part 6: An Ideal Parish is Pneumatological

Some words are just freaky looking. Like "onomatopoeia" or "kakorrhaphiophobic." See? Freaky! (Yes, both of these are actual English words.) Theology has its own share of "freaky words" too. Recently we saw the word "kerygma" which is a fancy way of referring to the basic message of the Gospel: God's love Redeems us from sin so that through the Advent of Christ all who Confess his name may receive Eternal life (G.R.A.C.E.).

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Part 5: An Ideal Parish is Kerygmatic

Popcorn is a funny little food. Good corn gets so old that it completely hardens with a seemingly impenetrable shell. But if you take that same corn and subject it to heat, the inside of the kernel gets so hot-and-bothered that not even the hard shell can contain the pressure! Then pop-you've got popcorn! What was once so hard you could not bite it without chipping a tooth now is so soft you could smoosh it with your fingers.

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Morality Matters

Plant A Seed of Kindness - An Instructional Response to the "Pride" Community

At the closing of "Pride Month," let us take a moment to consider a few things. First, always defy the stereotype that people think you are. To modern American culture, anything less than the total enthusiastic celebration of all things "pride" suggests one is filled with hatred and bigotry. So, in response, never, ever act like the stereotype they think you are. We can improve so much of life through one simple rule: be kind.

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Understanding Spiritual Joy Through the Example of St. John the Baptist

In June, we celebrate the birth of St. John the Baptist who is patron saint of JOY! It’s often a battle to hold on to joy amidst the trials and crosses of life in our world today. True joy, however, is not a fleeting feeling or emotion, but a spiritual fruit of the Holy Spirit that arises out of God’s grace and being mindful of and working against the things that rob us of that joy. Be on the lookout for the 7 thieves of joy, or the seven deadly sins.

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Courage and Encourage: A Catholic Apostolate for LGBTQ Support

As we continue the month of June and the culture at large supports and affirms the LGBTQ community through the celebration of “Pride month,” it is essential to remember the Catholic position on homosexuality.

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Know it's Not Done

On August 14, 1999 if, someone would have asked me, "Do you know Maria (my wife)?" I would have said, "YES! Of course. I know her favorite song, band, favorite color, her family, and where she went to school. I know her. I am about to profess my love to her in front of God, family, and friends." However, after five years of marriage, I could confidently say I knew Maria more.

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The Church Teaching on Homosexuality and Sexual Identity

June signals the beginning of "Pride" month in secular society, a time dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQ community and the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, a demonstration considered a "tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement."

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Pornagraphy and Human Objectification

What happens when we lose sight of how we were created? What happens when we see God's commands as arbitrary or pick and choose which to follow without understanding the "why"? He longs to protect us. He sees the grave consequences when many times we don't. In the case of pornography, it can lead to devastating ripples that greatly affect others.

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Protecting Our Children from Sexual Perversion

In today's digital age, children are exposed to various influences much earlier than previous generations. Among these are sexual perversion and inappropriate content media, which can have lasting impacts on their understanding of relationships and sex. As parents and guardians, it is crucial to guide our children properly and supervise against their exposure to such content, ensuring a healthy development.

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Evangelization and the Wildfire Ministry

Christians are called to Evangelize. In Luke 24:46-47, it is written: "that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in His name to all nations." The season of Easter is a perfect time to recall, celebrate, and share this good news. For many reasons, however, people feel uncomfortable with sharing.

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Theology of the Body

The Theology of the Body is a series of teachings by St. John Paul II that explore human identity, the role of our bodies, and the purpose of our sexuality. Delivered from 1979 to 1984 over 129 papal audiences, these talks delve into biblical representations of the human body and marriage, offering a detailed theological framework that addresses questions about human dignity, sexuality, and relationships.

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