Great idea a little too late

The biggest lie in Christianity
Our Church gave out thousands of these, one for each Family. Yesterday was Easter Sunday…packed to standing room only.

Great idea a little too late.

Could have named the TED Talk: The biggest lie in customer service and what to do about it.

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The gift of an ordinary day is now

jeff noel and Mike Attardi
Last night at Holy Family Catholic Church’s PREP class pep rally.


It’s easy to allow being moody to be okay, but it shouldn’t be.

Dropping by the middle school at lunch yesterday for an impromptu visit, the teen asked his dad, “How are you so happy all the time?”

“Gratitude”, the dad answered without hesitation.

Later that evening was PREP class and coincidently a pep rally for the “Soup-er Bowl Challenge”, with former NFL player Mike Attardi as the keynote speaker.

Mike saw the Pixar tee-shirt and introduced himself and his young son. We know many of the same Disney legends. Mike is an NFL legend to football fans, and to non-fans, he’s just another Parishioner.

Even legends must manage their mood.

And Mike was the perfect gentleman. With me, and then with the entire cafeteria full of middle-schoolers.

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Lines are blurry when instincts and passion are high

PREP class at Catholic Church
Too many bad, unnecessary things happen that can be prevented with hard work.


PREP class at Catholic Church
This is brand new territory that needs to be explored and safely navigated.


An insane amount of tension and worry when a teen reaches puberty. Sexual attraction is about as powerful and self-evident as any law of nature.

The Church’s middle school PREP class last night required a parent to attend.

The topics:

  1. Love
  2. Friendship
  3. Infatuation
  4. Manipulation

The focus?

Helping young teens understand the difference between the four.


Because the lines are blurry when instincts and passion are high.

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The deadline for this challenge is death

Mother Teresa


(photo: Taken last night in the PREP office at Holy Family Catholic Church School)

Julie, the PREP teacher is a stay-at-home Mom. She volunteers her time to teach 7th and 8th graders about Jesus.

This is what Mid Life Celebration means when it challenges people to:

Do something great

The deadline for this challenge is death.

Seems like a long, long way away.

We can’t really believe that can we?

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mind • body • spirit • work • home

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Struggling Catechist

Wednesday. Children’s Liturgy of the Word.

Our son (9) attends Catechism, and Miss Jenny (may or may not be her real name), leads this small (12) group of future spiritual leaders, fututre parents, and possibly, future Catechists.

And then there’s me, a struggling Catechist.

The past two years I’ve been invited to assist on Wednesday nights. This was a natural and desirable opportunity, since I drive our son to attend.

Otherwise, I’d just sit in the car, doing work on a laptop, which is what I did three years ago when this started.

But this year, something is different. Mostly my schedule. It’s the busiest I can ever remember being. Ever.

In fact, the first month, September, was the busiest travel month all year. I missed every single session. October was not much different.

I feel like dropping out. If I can’t give it my all, my full attention, I feel guilty.

What would you do?