Youth Ministry: How You Belong in the Church

Often times once you are confirmed in the church, you may struggle with a reason to attend Mass anymore. You feel as though you have learned enough through Religious Education, and that attending Mass will not provide any real benefit to your life. That is simply not true. As we mature, our minds widen. That is why it is important to attend Mass and allow our minds to develop with Catholic teachings. Youth Ministry (YM) allows us to do so.

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Youth Ministry – Top 5 Reasons as to Why Your Church Should Have One

Youth Ministries seem to be popping up more frequently around the Catholic Church. Growing up, my family’s church didn’t have one. I never understood the importance of gathering with my peers and having discussions about faith, and fun activities to do with one another. So I thought I’d share 5 reasons as to why your church should have one so today’s youth doesn’t miss out on all the fun!

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The Importance of Social Media Part 2

As you probably remember, last week we started the conversation as to why your parish should use social media. You can attract Millenials and iGens to your church, convert with RCIA, use it for events and to broadcast your weekly mass. That is just a small fraction of what you are able to do with Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Here are some successful events we have found using various social media sites!

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Religious Education – Parish Edition

Preface:

So you probably read our “Parent’s Side” blog on Tuesday. Here we thought we’d dedicate this blog post to our church admin. Without you, Parish Giving would not be where we are today! Because of that, we want to make life a bit easier for you when it comes to Religious Education sign ups!

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Religious Education – The Parent’s Side

Preface:

After much discussion, we decided to write two different blogs this week about Religious Education. We already informed you as to why you should send your child(ren) to Religious Education; now we thought we’d let you know how easy it is to sign up! Since we want to cater to both our parishes and parents, we thought we’d do a blog focusing on each individual! Look out for a part 2 for parishes later on this week!

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Why use our Forms?

Church is about much more than just religion; it’s about building a community. What better way to build a community than to offer events at your parish. It brings people together that share a common bond, values and other interests. Everything from a Parish Picnic to Baseball and everything in between are great activities and fund raisers for the church. It can all be simplified with an online giving form too!

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Religious Education Forms!

Does the thought of another year of Religious Education forms send a shiver down your spine? If it does, then you have come to the correct place! Here at Parish Giving, we want to make the process of Religious Education registration easier on the church and its parishioners.

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Religious Education – More than just becoming an Adult in the Church

We learn as we grow. As children and young adults, we learn daily lessons at school each day. This helps our mind to develop, and for us to start thinking freely. As adults, we learn to apply those lessons to life. It is the same with Religious Education: as children we learn the lesson, and as adults we learn to relate it to life. This is why Religious Education will always be a building block in life and in learning.

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A Day in the Life

It’s 8:30am. The Parish Giving office phone rings. The person on the other end of the phone expects an automated machine directory telling them to press 1 for Person A, or press 2 for Person B. Instead, they are greeted by a friendly voice saying, “Parish Giving”. The caller shocked and surprised as the receptionist repeats, “This is Parish Giving”. Now the person on the end of the phone feels at ease and asks to speak to someone about their account. Real people talking to real people; a concept we believe in here at Parish Giving that sets us apart from others.

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Catholic Schools: Mind, Heart and Spirit

On the eve of Catholic School Week 2018, it is important for us to know why we have one. Each year, the last Sunday in January commences Catholic School Week. For those who received a Catholic school education know that it is about more than just uniforms and religious education classes; it’s about the Mind, Heart and Spirit.

  • Mind

As everyone knows, an education helps to form your mind. You first start to learn your ABC’s and your 123’s. From there you learn how to create words with the letters, and how to add and subtract your numbers. This can be taught in any school system. The great thing about a Catholic education is how it helps to develop your mind.

Your mind is vital. It helps you grow and helps shape who you become. Without the proper mindset, you may not be able to achieve your goals and desires. Given the right education, your mind will flourish and help define the type of person you become. With intimate classroom sizes, small student teacher ratios and plenty of one-on-one attention, a student’s mind will grow beyond your expectations.

  • Heart

What is heart? In Catholic school, heart is a feeling. It’s a feeling of belonging, and teaching others to accept one another through faith; something that many believe is not taught in other schools. Children are taught at a young age to love one another despite their differences and opinions; it is all about acceptance. This is why heart is the core of a Catholic school education and our community.

  • Spirit

Excellence is always supported and expected at a Catholic school. Students are encouraged to do their best, and to continuously challenge themselves. You are taught to always strive for more. Be the person you want to be, not the person people expect you to be.

Mind, Heart and Spirit individually make Catholic schools appealing, but putting them together creates a powerhouse education. Adolescents become more mindful young adults, in which turn into extraordinary adults.

Catholic schools provide more than just an education – they provide a way of life. Acceptance, love and tolerance are at the core of the education. This is why we celebrate Catholic School Week each year.