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Fr. Brian Fallon's picture

I love to bowl! I like getting a group of friends together and walking into some dingy bowling alley that smells like moldy potatoes, putting on some stranger's shoes, and getting ridiculed by some '90s animated bowling pin. I know those descriptions don't make it seem like I enjoy bowling, but I love every minute of it.

Did I mention I'm lousy at bowling? Yeah, it's not my strong suit. In the rare moments when I knock down all the pins I run around like I just won the lottery. But the rest of the time I'm just trying my best to stay on the lane, not to cross the red line or to see my ball end up in one of the gutters. More often than not there are more than a few pins remaining after I've finished my turn, so I've learned not to expect to be hoisting any bowling trophies over my head anytime soon. Read more »

What in the Word?!

Rachel Allen's picture



We are just about ten days away from the implementation of the revised Roman Missal – but you already knew that, didn’t you? I’m sure that you, along with the rest of the English-speaking Church, have been eagerly learning everything you can about what words are changing, and why, right?

Oh…just me, then? Read more »

Not Just Another Long Car Ride

Paul Masek's picture



It happened last month.  Four of us on our ministry team settled into my vehicle for a long car ride to a destination over three hours away.  And we were all surprised – and blessed – by what ended up happening.  I’m sharing it with you in the hope that you might have a comparable experience some day. Read more »

Tweeting a Youth Ministry Event

Fighting Ministry Burnout

Paul Masek's picture

 Fighting Ministry Burnout.  Yup.  That was my topic for a talk I gave recently to youth ministers here in St. Louis.  If you want to listen, just go hereImagee

Study the faith? Enough school already!

Greg Robeson's picture


Do I really need to study my faith after all these years of religion class? I am tired of homework!

Isn’t it enough to just love Jesus and work on my prayer life? After all heaven is based on my relationship with Jesus, not book knowledge, right? Read more »

Wreaking Havoc

Rachel Allen's picture



How do you like to picture Jesus?

I don’t mean to conjure up the dinner table scene from Talladega Nights (although I do sometimes like to picture Jesus in a tuxedo t-shirt). What I want to know is what you honestly see when you think about Jesus. Is he at a carpentry bench, or on a hillside with a sheep over one shoulder, or sitting at the Last Supper?

Every once in awhile, it’s good to have something come along and challenge our Jesus-picture. Read more »

3 Days Later

Gretchen Pacheco's picture

This is a follow-up to my previous post Adoption Update and Thanks.  It was originally an email to supporters of the REAP Team.

Adoption Update and Praise    Read more »

Adoption Update - Thanks

Gretchen Pacheco's picture

Adoption Update – thanks    

Carlos and I want to thank everyone who has been praying for us and helping us through our adoption journey.  As you may know, last December we were approached by my cousin about adopting her baby to be born in July.  We met some obstacles along the way and so many people stepped up to help us.  In May at the REAP picnic many people contributed to a “money tree” for us.  That was such a surprise and blessing, especially because we had a couple of expenses looming that we weren’t sure how we were going to cover.   Some great friends arranged baby showers for us so we would have everything that we need.  It seemed like everything was falling in to place and God was sending us all the help we needed.   Read more »

Back to School!

Fr. Brian Fallon's picture

Welcome back. You ready? Do you have enough notebooks, pens, loose leaf, and a big shiny apple for your homeroom teacher? It's that time of year again, where suddenly the pools empty and the classrooms fill up, alarm clocks are dusted off and set for some God-forsaken time, and students head to their respective schools to learn learn learn while trying to remember all the stuff they forgot over the past few months. Hooray! Read more »