Can You Be Gay and Serve Within the Catholic Church?

A few weeks back, a petition was circulating social media sites regarding the firing of a theology teacher who had become engaged to her same-sex partner.  Naturally, countless people, both Catholics and non-Catholics, gladly signed the petition by which the … Continue reading

Wife and Mother First, Youth Minister Second: The Ups and Down of Life as a Married Youth Minister with Children

This past week, I had the opportunity to spend a day at a retreat center in northern Maryland, where I was able to do a little resting and recharging, as well as a lot of reflecting (and about an hour … Continue reading

The Church: The Stone Tied to the Feet of the Sinner or the Rock Against Which the Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail?

When I’m sitting in my office ticking off the tasks in my planner, I like to break the silence with Christian Contemporary music (interspersed with the occasional country hit).  Recently, I was struck by a particular song, or more specifically, … Continue reading

VBS Improvements: How Minor Changes Made a Major Difference

Every summer, our parish hosts a Vacation Bible School program, a week-long camp that features Bible stories, craft projects, music lessons, games, and snack time.  In years past, this program brought in about fifteen children, with thirty counselors to assist … Continue reading