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A Resource From The Pastoral Center Submitted by Paul Canavese

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This site is an experiment in presenting the Gospel in an engaging way to help Catholics and seekers consider it in a new light.
• We offer resources for reflecting on a different aspect of our faith as a message series, over a period of weeks.
• We connect this learning to the weekly lectionary readings, and provide tips for optionally connecting our series to preaching or other lectionary-based programs.
• We seek to use language, media, and insights that will speak even to those who are not currently engaged in their faith.
• We provide a web page for each week in a series which can be easily shared with those who are engaged in your parish, but more importantly also with those who are not.

The current offered series include:
• One Table (May/June) – Jesus was all about sharing meals, and he did it in a counter-cultural way: eating with the wrong people and breaking the rules of sharing. How do we bring Jesus’ example of One Table living into our lives and neighborhoods?
• The World As It Should Be (Year A Summer) – Jesus talked about the “Kingdom of God” more than any other subject. It was his big idea: a vision of the world as it should be. A new way of seeing. How well do we understand this “already begun” kingdom we’re helping build—on earth as it is in heaven? And how does it change the way we live and believe?
• Faith@Work (Year A Fall) – Whether you are in a traditional job, searching for a job, in retirement, a student, a stay-at-home parent, or in another situation, your occupation–the work you do from day-to-day matters to God.
• Advent Conspiracy (Advent) – The Christmas story is a story of love, hope, redemption and relationship. So, what happened? How did it turn into stuff, stress and debt? Somehow, we’ve traded the best story in the world for the story of what’s on sale. Advent Conspiracy is a global movement of people and churches resisting the cultural Christmas narrative of consumption by choosing a revolutionary Christmas through Worshipping Fully, Spending Less, Giving More and Loving All.
• Helping without Hurting (Lent or at other times) – God is not shy about taking the side of the poor and obligating us to do the same. While we may want to help, good intentions are not enough and our attempts can do harm—to ourselves and those we try to help. How can we best help those in need, using Gospel values?

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