Unfortunately 'Unwind' Isn’t Really So Far-Fetched

Saturday, October 18, 2014 3:00 PM Comments (9)

My niece introduced me to the Unwind series of books last year after she had to read the first book in school. I found them so engaging and wonderfully written that I have since gone on to read them all.

Imagine that abortion was outlawed. There was a huge war (seemingly a sort of civil war). The flip side, according to the storyline, is that between the ages of 13 and 18, parents and guardians can have teens “unwound,” which is a sort of deconstruction of their body, though all the parts are have to be 90% or more repurposed, such as in transplants for others. 

This solved two problems, according to the book’s government: that of the “feral” teens who were causing problems and wreaking...READ MORE

Filed under culture of death, culture of life vs culture of death, morality, technology, unwind

Register Radio - Marriage & Family Synod and Parish Communication

Friday, October 17, 2014 8:07 PM Comments (0)

This week on Register Radio, Jeanette De Melo gets a synod synopsis from Register blogger Jimmy Akin. Also, Elena Rodríguez and Matthew Warner talk about the Archdiocese of New York City and their adoption of a brand new parish communications strategy.

Jimmy Akin on the Marriage & Family Synod

Jimmy Akin is a regular blogger for the Register as well as Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live.” Today he’ll discuss the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, now meeting at the Vatican.

Akin mentioned, as he did recently at the Register, that there is good news coming from the Synod that’s just...READ MORE

Filed under communication, flocknote, flocknote.com, jimmy akin, matthew kelly, parish life, register radio, synod 2014, synod on marriage and the family

A Gem of a Book: Trusting God with St. Therese

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:00 AM Comments (0)

Trusting God is easier said that done, at least for me. I always seem to think I know better. Or that I can do it myself, which puts me at about the same level as my three-year-old.

Over the years, I’ve become quite a St. Therese fangirl, though I will admit that I struggle sometimes. Her Little Way doesn’t seem little in terms of effort or difficulty. Her philosophy trumps me. And yet I keep coming back to her.

So I was intrigued by Connie Rossini’s new book Trusting God with St. Therese (Four Waters Press). Rossini seems to be a highly practical person, so I didn’t expect a lot of flowery advice that I won’t be able to follow anyway.

In the first chapter, she says this:

[This book]...READ MORE

Filed under book review, books, connie rossini, st. therese of lisieux, trust in god

Parish Communications in New York Going to a New Level

Saturday, October 11, 2014 3:00 PM Comments (4)

This week, Flocknote and eCatholic announced an exciting partnership with the Archdiocese of New York. The Archdiocese is going to be equipping each of their 350+ parishes with both Flocknote and eCatholic.

Connecting the Church from eCatholic on Vimeo.

The partnership hopes to accomplish a few goals. According to Matthew Warner, founder of Flocknote, “In working with thousands of parishes across the country, we've learned that one of the biggest hurdles for a parish is not just *having* technology, but it's having technology that they'll actually use and benefit from – which are two very different things! Both Flocknote and eCatholic have created simple approaches to solving key...READ MORE

Filed under catholic, communication, ecatholic, evangelization, flocknote, technology

Register Radio - Synod for Marriage and Family / Increasing Lifelong Faithful Marriages

Friday, October 10, 2014 10:04 PM Comments (1)

, Dan Burke gets insights from Ignatius Press’ Mark Brumley about the first week of the Synod for Marriage and Family in Rome. Also, Jeanette De Melo talks to Hilary Towers who together with 48 scholars and marriage advocates sent an open letter to the Synod Fathers. That letter included concrete ways of stemming divorce and cohabitation rates while increasing lifelong, faithful and happy marriages.

Mark Brumley on the Synod for Marriage and Family

Mark Brumley is the Chief Executive Officer for Ignatius Press. He also oversees the online magazines for Ignatius Press, is project coordinator for the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. Mark joins us to talk about the Synod of the Family in the...READ MORE

Filed under faith, family, hilary towers, mark brumley, marriage, register radio, synod 2014

Interview with Authors of Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?

Wednesday, October 08, 2014 7:00 AM Comments (26)

Br. Guy and Fr. Paul

I knew, when I received the blue galley copy of Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: … and Other Questions from the Astronomers’ In-box at the Vatican Observatory that it was a book I wanted to read.

I haven’t read it cover to cover, but what I have sampled of it has been a great read for anyone who loves science and faith. Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller tag-team in the book and explore the intersection of faith and science. Their bios are impressive, and their approach is humble.

From the Big Bang theory to the Galileo controversy, the discrepancies in Genesis and the star of Bethlehem, Consolmango and Mueller deliver facts…and fun. They have a dialogue format, which...READ MORE

Filed under brother guy consolmagno, father paul mueller, interview

Making Confirmation Engaging: Lessons From Chris Stefanick and Chosen

Saturday, October 04, 2014 3:00 PM Comments (2)

As a confirmation catechist and program leader, I am always looking for great resources. Our parish has never found anything that works completely and totally. We have a program we use, sort of, but it comes down to a team approach of tapping into resources, pulling together what this year’s candidates are asking about in their interviews and letting the Holy Spirit work through us.

Even so, knowing that there’s probably no program that will meet all the unique needs of our program, I took some time to sit down with Ascension Press’ new Chosen confirmation program.

It is, in a word, “incredible.” I think it has a place with many parishes and programs. It’s essentially a toolbox, and it’s...READ MORE

Filed under catechesis, chris stefanick, confirmation, confirmation program, interview

Register Radio - Sister Miriam Demjanovich and St. Thérèse

Friday, October 03, 2014 2:30 PM Comments (1)

This week on Register Radio, a beatification on U.S. soil and for the first time! Jeanette De Melo talks to Register columnist Fr. Roger Landry about the beatification of Sister Miriam Demjanovich. Also, a little warrior like a little flower? You bet! Dan Burke talks to Fr. Dwight Longenecker about St. Thérèse, known as “the Little Flower.”

Beatification of Sister Miriam Demjanovich

You may remember Fr. Roger Landry as one of the on-site commentators for EWTN’s special coverage of the 2013 papal conclave and election of Pope Francis.  Fr. Landry is a concelebrant at the first Mass of beatification—ever—on U.S. soil… the beatification of Sr. Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, in Newark, New...READ MORE

Filed under beatification, fr. dwight longenecker, fr. roger landry, register radio, saints, sister miriam demjanovich, st. thérèse

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Sarah Reinhard is a Catholic wife, mom, writer, parish worker and catechist, and coffee drinker. You’re just as likely to find her hiding out back with a book as you are to discover her playing in the yard with a few farm animals (or wait — are those her kids?) She is the author of five books, the most recent of which is A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism. She blogs at SnoringScholar.com and CatholicMom.com. Reinhard holds a master’s degree in marketing and communications and has worked for many years in corporate and nonprofit organizations. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and three children. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads.