2020 archive of Pastor's Blog

2020 archive of Pastor's Blog

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.

AS A MEMBER OF MY PARISH, I KNOW WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME.

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 »

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Patty Settles on 8/27/20

Dear St. Thomas More Parishioners,As we enter this new month, it will be wonderful to see students and parents on campus again. That was the longest summer break ever. It was hardly a break though for anyone. Families and teachers all had to adjust to finish out the year ... Read More »

What is Alpha?

Posted by Patty Settles on 8/18/20

One of the things I still do with my former team at the Chancery is produce a weekly podcast called the EquipCast. A couple of weeks ago we had a chance to interview Jodi Meyer who is a Mary our Queen parishioner and the Alpha Nebraska Network Director. She ... Read More »

Pull, Don't Push

Posted by Patty Settles on 8/05/20

Pull, Don’t Push

By Fr. Jeff Lorig, Pastor

This has been my prayer the last several days. The best leaders like Jesus himself invite rather than push people in a certain direction. Before Jesus pushed his people to “Go, make disciples”, he pulled them in by inviting them to ... Read More »

Not Going Back to Normal

Posted by Fr. Jeff Lorig on 8/02/20

By Fr. Jeff Lorig, Pastor

I’ll be the first to admit, I was hoping things would be returning back to normal by now. While I’m very happy that businesses and churches opened up back in May, this pandemic doesn’t seem to be losing steam. Whether this virus is just ... Read More »

Sharing the Treasure with Alpha

Posted by Fr. Jeff Lorig on 8/02/20

What is Alpha? 

The Alpha Course is a practical introduction to the Christian faith, where guests have an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. Each session, people enjoy a simple meal, laughter and learning about the person and teachings of Jesus in a ... Read More »

The World Needs Our Leadership

Posted by Fr. Jeff Lorig on 8/02/20

It's a strange world we're living in, but God chose us for this time. Because we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20), we have the power and responsibility to make a difference in the world. God could do it himself, but he entrusted the mission to us and ... Read More »

The Missionary Option

Posted by Fr. Jeff Lorig on 8/02/20

Dear Friends,

Winston Churchill once said, “There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away.” I certainly don’t want to hold out false hopes to you, but I also don’t want us to despair. God has something new in ... Read More »

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