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Thursday, April 24 
Solemnity of Easter Thursday

A world of witness

Christians are all called to be witnesses to the Resurrection, and they do it in a myriad of ways: When we forgive the person who has betrayed us; when we love the person who loathes us; when we care for the person who would wish us ill. The truth of Christ’s conquest over death is revealed over and over when we choose to be in relationship with others and show compassion rather than indifference; unity rather than discord. “Christ died for all,” says Pope Benedict XVI in Christ Our Hope. “To live for Christ means allowing [ourselves] to be drawn into his being for others.

Today’s readings: Acts 3:11-26; Luke 24:35-48 (264). “The angels there attesting; shroud with grave-clothes resting.”

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Tools for Rebuilding: 75 Really, Really Practical Ways to Make Your Parish Better

In their barn-burning first book, Rebuilt, Michael White and Tom Corcoran shared their story and vision of building better Catholic parishes. Now, in their eagerly-anticipated second book, White and Corcoran lay out seventy-five proven tactics for getting the job done.

Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran know that the fundamental work of the Church is to evangelize--to introduce people to Christ and make them disciples. Still, they're the first to admit: "the difficulty comes when we reach down into the details and get to work." In Tools for Rebuilding, White and Corcoran share seventy-five foundational tactics that helped to rejuvenate their parish. Their candid, hands-on advice gives a clear way forward--one that will make church matter to the people in the pews and that anyone working in parish ministry can implement.

Principles/tactics include:

  • Get the Right People on the Bus
  • Christmas Is Over, So Throw Out the Dead Poinsettias
  • Stop Advertising (Other People's Stuff) in Your Bulletin
  • Don't Let the Insiders Take All the Good Seats
  • Just Because It's Slow Doesn't Mean It's Holy
  • When It Comes to First Communion, Just Surrender
  • Funerals Are Scud Missiles
  • Preach the Announcements
  • Start Getting Rid of Fundraisers
  • Everything Takes Longer (Than You Think)
  • Pastor, It's Not All About You
  • Stop Trying to Make People Go to Church and Make Church Matter
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