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Why do I Stay?

Posted by Jennifer Bober on Oct 3, 2018 1:56:25 PM

My friends all know that I am a Catholic, because I have always been very open with them about my faith. So, when the news broke about Cardinal McCarrick, who long served in my home archdiocese of Newark, and the grand jury report was released in Pennsylvania where my father now lives, many people asked me, “How can you stay when the Church is so corrupt?”

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Topics: Belonging Matters, Witness Matters, Laity

Make Couples Feel Special in God’s Eyes

Posted by RENEW International on Feb 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Celebrating married love with a parish event is a meaningful way to publicly affirm the beauty of this sacrament. It also strengthens couples’ sense of belonging to the parish community.

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Topics: Belonging Matters, Bright Ideas for Parishes

The Four Questions of Belonging

Posted by RENEW International on Feb 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Being a member of a parish is not the same as belonging to a parish. Being a member is as simple as filling out the registration card. Belonging means being actively involved in the life and spirit of a community.

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Topics: Belonging Matters

Enhancing the Sense of Belonging in Your Parish

Posted by RENEW International on Jan 20, 2017 2:12:16 PM

Welcoming new members and actively engaging current members adds vitality to your parish as the Body of Christ. For parishioners, the experience of belonging to a vibrant parish community offers opportunities to encounter the living Christ and grow in faith. When parish leaders and staff bring this idea to life, they practice everyday evangelization which can lead to greater discipleship among their parishioners.

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Topics: Belonging Matters

A Parish Leader’s Reflection on Gifts

Posted by RENEW International on Dec 16, 2016 10:44:33 AM

Imagine the gifts under a Christmas tree when a large extended family gets together to celebrate. There are presents of all sizes and shapes. There are gifts in a variety of wrappings, some clothed with exquisite paper and delicate ornaments, some bundled in simple brown paper, and some hidden underneath the pile. Guessing what’s inside is one of the most enjoyable parts of the celebration.

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Topics: Belonging Matters, The Joy of the Gospel

Belonging and Why It Matters

Posted by RENEW International on Nov 10, 2016 3:45:13 PM

Have you ever stopped to think about the spiritual encouragement your parish offers you, especially the ways in which your parish leads you to grow in faith and follow Jesus Christ?

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Topics: Belonging Matters

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