An Important Complicated Catholic Pop Culture Mash-Up

So, apparently Facebook is changing the things I get to see in my newsfeed and the way I get to see it again. This has resulted in my missing out on several things over the past week that I thought were important, interesting, or entertaining. This will be my Throw Back Thursday to the newsfeed information I missed.

 

Facebook also changed the way it will display images you post. If you don’t use the right size, it will crop or leave lots of white space in your post! Michael spells it all out here: New Facebook Image Sizes

 

Youth Ministry Science

First, Sr. Caroline Cerveny sent out a link to a survey for youth ministers to fill out regarding how we address science with young people. If we are going to remain relevant in a scientifically dominated culture, we must be able to address the issues! You should take it. I would love to see the results!

 

Neil Patrick Harris True Story

The End of How I Met Your Mother

Next, How I met your mother ended. Two of my favorite bloggers addressed this better than I could have. I did find an alternative ending on youtube that wouldn’t have made me cry nearly as much! Read D. Scott Miller’s take here: “How I Met”  and Alex Johannigman from All That Catholic Jazz here: Uncomfortably Realistic

 

Contrition, Confession, Satisfaction

Outside da Box posted another inspiring video piece for their Video catechism series. We love Outside da Box, and their partnership with the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston to create the VCAT is one of the most important and potentially impactful projects of modern times. I put it right there with Fr. Barron’s “Catholicism” Series. This one is on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Everyone should watch the video, and then everyone should go to confession! Watch it.

 

A Jesuit priest was martyred in Syria

He refused to leave while his flock needed tending. He pled for help from the international community. The Pope prayed for his martyred Jesuit brother priest. This is a big deal, and all Catholics should be aware of it, especially those of us in leadership positions who are able to offer relevant stories that inspire action and faith.

 

Husband *Slash* Priest

A married man was ordained a priest in the Maronite Catholic Church in the US for the first time in 90 years. It could be kind of a big deal. Actually, it’s already starting to become a big deal on the internets!

 

 

 

Catholic Video Contest

There is an amazing Catholic Video contest going on right now called Imagine+Nation People’s Choice Awards. One video was created by a great friend of ours, Rob Kaczmark, over at Spirit Juice Studios, and another one features some fantastic priest friends of ours from the Dallas Diocese. You should definitely watch the videos and make your vote count! Let meknow which videos are your favorites, and which ones may be the most useful in ministry!

 

BlueprintsBlueprints on Youth Leadership

Some powerful voices in the youth ministry community came together to discuss Youth Leadership Development on the rebuildmychurch.org program “Blueprints”

 

 

Total Eclipse of the Moon

There are some Total Lunar Eclipses coming up, and that is always exciting! It’s called a blood moon and some say it is a sign of the impending apocalypse!

 

 

Somebody’s Gotta Do It

Mike Rowe has a new show, and it sounds awesome! He is such a cool guy, and he, even if it is unintentional, is a great example of someone who actively promotes the Catholic Social Teaching of the Dignity of Work!

 

 

The Next Book You Should Read

Tony just posted a review of one of the greatest books on ministry of the year: WOO by Morgan Schmidt. Check it out here and then buy her book! Find out if you need to add it to your summer reading list!

 

 

The Great Colbert Announcement

And finally, It was just announced that Steven Colbert will take over the Late Show when David Letterman retires in 2015.  Late Night Colbert Report Old video clips are popping up everywhere! I can’t wait to see what this Catholic Sunday School teacher can do on late night!

 

 

 

Fr. James Martin, SJ

Late Night’s Official Chaplain?

Fr. James Martin expressed uncertainty as to his future as Colbert’s “Official Chaplain” during his AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit   Maybe, if he starts looking for a replacement, he could be the Official Chaplain of ProjectYM!

Scott Dougherty

Scott Dougherty is the Director of Ministry Development for Perpetual Motion Ministries and a co-founder of Project YM. His professional ministry career has included time as a camp missionary, Jr. High Youth Minister, Diocesan YM Special Initiative Director, RCIA Director, and Coordinator of Faith Formation for Children and Adults. Scott has a young family that includes his 4 kids; Jonah Thomas, Gabriel Joseph, Lucy Anne, and newest addition Francis Kelly III. He would be incapable of completing the simplest of tasks if not for his amazing wife Jennifer. He travels the country consulting with ministry professionals and developing programs designed to engage the unique charisms of each parish.


Scott Dougherty


Scott Dougherty is the Director of Ministry Development for Perpetual Motion Ministries and a co-founder of Project YM. His professional ministry career has included time as a camp missionary, Jr. High Youth Minister, Diocesan YM Special Initiative Director, RCIA Director, and Coordinator of Faith Formation for Children and Adults. Scott has a young family that includes his 4 kids; Jonah Thomas, Gabriel Joseph, Lucy Anne, and newest addition Francis Kelly III. He would be incapable of completing the simplest of tasks if not for his amazing wife Jennifer. He travels the country consulting with ministry professionals and developing programs designed to engage the unique charisms of each parish.



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