WORKS OF MERCY. Parishioners of San Francisco Javier Mission in Laredo, Texas, comfort a homebound woman Oct. 30, 2015 (CNS photo/courtesy Catholic Extension).
Thomas P. SweetserMay 12, 2016
How to become more attractive to active and inactive parishioners alike.
Environmental activists hold a banner as they pose for photos after attending Pope Francis' Angelus at the Vatican June 28. Some 1,500 people marched to the Vatican in support of Pope Francis' recent encyclical on the environment. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Thomas P. SweetserJuly 06, 2015
Our Common HomePope Francis in quot Laudato Si rsquo quot stated ldquo It is my hope that this Encyclical Letter can help us to acknowledge the appeal immensity and urgency of the challenge we face rdquo No 15 The urgency is not only on a global scale but relates to the local level as w
In All Things
Thomas P. SweetserSeptember 30, 2014
Many Catholic dioceses are going through the difficult journey of merging two or more parishes into a single entity nbsp Usually after a long process of planning for the change the moment arrives for the parishes to give up their identity and form a new entity It is a heart-wrenching experience
Youngstown Diocese celebrates St. Rose's centennial with a group project
Thomas P. SweetserSeptember 26, 2013
Evangelization needs to be practical, if is to succeed in inviting people to embrace Christ and live the Gospel more wholeheartedly. A working definition might be: Evangelization is a radical call to do things differently, in very concrete and practical ways, in order to set people’s hearts on
Faith in Focus
Thomas P. SweetserFebruary 14, 2011
A profound expression of what it means to be a pastor
Faith in Focus
Thomas P. SweetserJuly 30, 2007
To be pastor for a typical Catholic parish these days is to attempt the impossible, for the pastor’s role has grown too large. It includes pastoral duties (preaching, counseling, presiding at liturgies, administrating sacraments, visiting parishioners), managing human resources (staff directio
Thomas P. SweetserOctober 28, 2002
In the first century, Peter had a dream in Joppa, a strange dream that encouraged him to eat prohibited food that was common and unclean. This was not kosher. Then he heard a knock at the door. A group of gentiles, sent by Cornelius, asked him to come with them to Caesarea. He agreed, mystified by t
Thomas P. SweetserJuly 02, 2001
We pastors have been meeting in focus groups around the country, trying to cope with the stress and strains of pastoral leadership. Though a small group, only 50 in all, we are from seven different parts of the country and represent the feelings and desires of many other pastors like ourselves. Afte