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Our Faithful Departed: Loving Them After Death

Leonard J. DeLorenzo

When someone we love dies, it’s difficult to look beyond our grief to understand that they are still with us. Yet in the Vatican II document Lumen Gentium, the Church the teaches that union between the living and the dead is “in no way interrupted” for those who abide in Christ. In this webinar, University of Notre Dame theologian Leonard J. DeLorenzo will discuss what the Catholic Church teaches about death, heaven, and the communion of the living and the dead. He will guide us to help those we minister to live the truth that we are still in communion with the faithful departed.

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Faith-Sharing Groups: A Solution to Combat Loneliness and Isolation

Fr. Michael White, Tom Corcoran

The last two years of the Covid crisis revealed a pandemic of loneliness. More than ever people are isolated from one another. As a Church we are well positioned to solve this problem. We are all about connecting people and creating healthy communities. Small faith sharing groups especially alleviate loneliness, create healthy community in a parish, and are vital for people to grow in relationship with Christ. In this webinar, Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran, bestselling authors of Rebuilt, will guide you to know the purpose behind small groups, receive a few key tips to get groups started, and discover how to grow groups in your parish.

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The Digital Culture is Here to Stay: How Can Parish Leaders Best Use Technology to Serve

Deanna Bartalini

Join spiritual director, writer, and speaker Deanna Bartalini for a presentation on how to use digital tools and social media platforms to our advantage in spreading the Gospel message. She will help us envision how we can use technology to engage, develop, and strengthen both online and in-person communities.

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How to Ride Your Dragon: Strengthening Your Inner Life and Enhancing Interpersonal Relations in Challenging Times

Robert J. Wicks

One of the greatest gifts we can share with others is our own peace. However, we can’t share what we don’t have. By discussing psychological and classic spiritual approaches to maintaining a healthy perspective and enhancing resilience in challenging times, Robert J. Wicks, an expert on the prevention of secondary stress (the pressures experienced in reaching out to others) and author of Riding the Dragon: 10 Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times, explains how we can develop a more resilient life and extend our warmth to others without losing our own inner fire in the process. Practical, illustrative, and lively, this webinar will provide essential information on resilience, compassion, and personal and professional wellbeing.

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