“Xtreme” gender differences

Lightening Reaction Xtreme is a different type of game. Two to four players grab a metal handle out of a plastic base and one presses a button on the base to begin. Spooky music plays while the light flashes red. [...]

#ThanksPontifex for Francis’s First 6 months

6 months ago we celebrated the last moments of Benedict’s Papacy by tweeting our gratitude with #ThanksPontifex. Now we approach Pope Francis’ 6 month anniversary; it’s Friday, September 13th. Discussing it briefly with a few twiends (friends on twitter), I [...]

Twerking Who Can Be a Teen Role Model

We always need to tweak our standards to see if a certain person should be a model for our teens. One star, Miley Cyrus, just “twerked” most people’s perception of her. However, I saw red flags back when she first started [...]

Catholic Youth Ministry and Facebook – 7 Top Tips

In youth ministry we have one looming elephant in the room that we so often wonder how to use. Facebook. According to Pew about ¾ of teens use Facebook, and most of them every day. The average one has 425 [...]

The 7 Essential Steps For Converting First Communion Parents

I was recently reading Marc Cardaronella’s post which points out a gap many parishes have in their Catechesis programs. When we prepare kids for first communion, we have the opportunity to evangelize parents, but do we do it? Probably a [...]

Arcatheos – Why It’s a Top Catholic Camp

I just got back from Arcatheos. It may just be the best summer camp in North America. It was recently rated the 2nd coolest in the world on Cracked.com. The number 1 camp cost $10,000, and includes supersonic flights and [...]

Using Twitter in Catholic Ministry

If social media is like the town square, Twitter is the center of the square while other social media is the restaurants and shops around the edge. Being a super-public forum, it is a great place to engage culture beyond [...]

I’m on retreat

This post is scheduled. I started my retreat on Friday. I’m doing 8-day spiritual exercises based on the Ignatian method. On Saturday the 29th, God-willing, I will be ordained a deacon with 22 of my brother Legionaries. If you follow [...]

7 Social Media Secrets in Catholic Youth Ministry

The goal of Catholic Youth Ministry is to help teens know and experience Christ. To do this we need to reach teens. But where are teens? Today many are on social media. Yet social media can seem daunting to those [...]

100,000 Hail Marys for our 2 Popes

Both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict need our help, our prayers. I thought, what a better way then to invoke Mary thousands of times for them. But there is no way for me to do that alone, so I’m asking [...]

Twitterstorm 3pm Friday, #ITrustinU for the Feast of the Sacred Heart

We all trust Jesus. Yet so many in the world fail to do so. This Friday is the Feast of the Sacred Heart, it’s a first Friday, and 3pm is the Great Hour of Mercy (according to St. Faustina). I [...]

Accompaniment from Top to Bottom and Bottom to Top

What does it feel like to be in front of a group and have open questions? Just imagine when you know they have tough questions; when they are going to question what you do. How does everyone look at you? [...]