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Embrac­ing our Deep­er Mis­sion

Dur­ing the last sev­er­al weeks, arti­cles have been appear­ing here in the One Voice about the upcom­ing Dioce­san Eucharis­tic Con­gress to be held at the Birm­ing­ham-Jef­fer­son Civic Cen­ter (BJCC) on June 28–29, 2019. I am excit­ed about this upcom­ing event—particularly because it can serve as both a “wake-up call” as well as an oppor­tu­ni­ty…

Our Mis­sion (Should we choose to accept it)

The word “Mis­sion” or “Mis­sion­ary” is one of those church-y words that calls up imme­di­ate men­tal images. A com­mon word with what seems like an easy def­i­n­i­tion. Our Office of Dis­ci­ple­ship and Mis­sion web­site is “disciplesonmission.com” and there was a very inten­tion­al debate about choos­ing that spe­cif­ic name. What is a mis­sion­ary, and what…

Dis­ci­plines of Dis­ci­ple­ship:

Matthew 28:19 is one of the most often quot­ed and eas­i­ly rec­og­niz­able vers­es in the Bible. “Go, there­fore, and make dis­ci­ples of all nations, bap­tiz­ing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spir­it, teach­ing them to observe all that I have com­mand­ed you. And behold, I…

Why have a Eucharis­tic Con­gress?

This arti­cle first appeared in the One Voice.“…through the Eucharist!” These words are spo­ken often by Bish­op Bak­er about the upcom­ing Eucharis­tic Con­gress. Any idea, any plan, any theme that has been men­tioned is fol­lowed up with these words. While the Church is engag­ing in con­ver­sa­tions about becom­ing bet­ter dis­ci­ples, or how to bet­ter…

What is a Eucharis­tic Con­gress?

The first time I heard the term Eucharis­tic Con­gress was in the mid-1990’s. Some­one was try­ing to refer to a com­mon­ly sung hymn, and he ref­er­enced it say­ing, “You know, the one from the Eucharis­tic Con­gress.” Well, I knew the hymn, but I cer­tain­ly did NOT know the Eucharis­tic Con­gress. The phrase called to…

I Don’t Go To Church To Social­ize

If you go around a Catholic dio­cese tout­ing the val­ue of small groups, dis­ci­ple­ship groups, home groups, small Chris­t­ian Com­mu­ni­ties, or what­ev­er oth­er vocab­u­lary hap­pens to be the phrase of the day, you are like­ly to come across this reac­tion: I don’t go to Church on Sun­day for oth­er peo­ple. I go to wor­ship…

Are small groups a new fad?

One com­ment we’ve got­ten a lot since begin­ning the con­ver­sa­tion about mak­ing dis­ci­ples through small groups here in the Dio­cese of Birm­ing­ham is: Small groups seem like a fad that is sweep­ing through protes­tant church­es. It’s a phase that’ll like­ly fiz­zle out because it isn’t what we as Catholics have done for thou­sands of…