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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 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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Part 4: An Ideal Parish is Missionary

There is a certain appeal to being a missionary. Perhaps you, like me, have fantasized about going to a foreign country to preach the Gospel. St. Thérèse of Lisieux did. She said, “I would travel to every land to preach Thy name, O my Beloved…I would spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth…I would be a Missionary” (The Story of a Soul, pp. 181–182). But the truth is, if we do not have a missionary heart in our own home, workplace or parish, being a missionary anywhere else will only ever be a fantasy.

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Part 3: An Ideal Parish is Communal

It’s kinda like four-year-old soccer. I’m referring to our instinct for community. I’m sure most people have seen four-year-old soccer. It’s cute. Tedious, but cute. All the kids know is that the game has something to do a ball, a net, and an opposing team. Outside of that, it’s pretty much a mosh-pit of little legs, distracted looks, random kicks, and the occasional pouting lip.

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Part 2: An Ideal Parish is Christological

I like dipping bread in oil. It’s yummy! Especially if the bread is fresh and the oil has some seasoning in it. So, it struck me the other day: our parish should be like bread dipped in oil. Sure, I know that sounds kind of weird, but let me explain.

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Morality Matters

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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The Loss of the Dignity of Sex

Sex is difficult to speak about, and that makes sense. Not because sex is something to be ashamed of but because sex has lost its dignity. A loss of dignity occurs when something with inherent value is perceived or treated as having little or no value and is treated as such. This is what has happened to sex in our culture.

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The Messiness of Divorce

In all my years of ministry, teaching junior high, high school, college, and adult formation, it has been my experience that the Catholic teaching on divorce is one of the most misunderstood teachings. Both in the practical teaching of the subject and the pastoral care, divorce quite simply, is messy.

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