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An Invitational Church

Posted by Patty Settles on 10/28/20

The difference between growing churches and declining churches is where it puts its focus. Growing churches do everything short of sin to reach those outside the faith. Declining churches keep the focus inward – festivals, fundraising, traditions, and personal preferences. I don’t think it was a coincidence that Jesus ... Read More »

30th Sunday

Posted by Patty Settles on 10/28/20


Transform everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world.

Pope Francis


Pope Francis’ dream is a perfect description of a missional community. In case you were wondering what evangelization ... Read More »

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Patty Settles on 10/14/20

Dear Friends,

Archbishop Lucas recently established a goal for the Archdiocese of Omaha. He would like every parish in 6 years to be a Missional Community. There are specific characteristics of a Missional Community he would like to see: 1) parishes with clear paths for growing disciples; 2) pastors ... Read More »

Where we are going.

Posted by Fr. Jeff Lorig on 10/09/20

Dear Friends,

As we move forward into the future with a network of parishes, our organizational structure will need to be adjusted. Here is where we would like to be by July 1, 2021.

A Church Organizational Structure that:

  Is Capable of Serving More Than One Parish with ... Read More »

A View From Eighty

Posted by Patty Settles on 10/07/20

A View from Eighty

Dear Friends,

               One of my favorite podcasts to listen to is Carey Nieuwhof’s Leadership Podcast. Recently, his guest Gordon MacDonald, a Christian author and former pastor, shared 15 insights from his view from 80 years old. I found the whole conversation moving and worth ... Read More »


Posted by Patty Settles on 9/29/20

Time is the measurement of change. For those who have the most years, you have seen the most change. Since time marches on, so will change. Our parishes have changed. Remember there was a time not too long ago when our parishes didn’t exist. St. Thomas More and St. ... Read More »

In what sort of work have the Council been involved in recently?

Posted by Patty Settles on 9/22/20

In what sort of work have the Councils been involved recently?


In the latter part of June before my assignment began, I met with the Parish and Finance Councils of each parish separately. This was a chance for us to get to know one another. I gave them ... Read More »

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Patty Settles on 9/16/20

Dear Friends,

As I write this bulletin article, it is 10 days before most of you will read it either after a Mass or during the homily.


Posted by Patty Settles on 9/10/20

To grow an engaged church, individuals in the church must have certain emotional needs met. The first need, which I alluded to, but didn’t explicitly talk about last week, has to do with focus. All of us crave focus in order to feel engaged. Focus is created by clarifying ... Read More »

Growing An Engaged Church

Posted by Patty Settles on 9/03/20

Growing an Engaged Church     Another one of my side gigs, which is connected with my chancery job, is doing strategic planning with parishes who wish to engage in it.     I have been working with the St. Philip Neri/Blessed Sacrament Parish Council since December, 2019. After hours and ... Read More »


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