Jennifer Fitz

How to Be a Catholic Missionary

Today I’m talking with Michael Hall, Director of Ministry Training and Program Development with Catholic Christian Outreach. Michael, can you tell us in a few words what CCO does to fulfill the Great Commission? CCO is a movement dedicated to...

What Good Catholic Teens Want from the Church

At 10:30 on a school night I texted my daughter: Is everything okay? She had gone with her friend’s family to watch a ballgame. When she rolled in five minutes later (“I didn’t answer because I didn’t want to text and drive”), what followed was...

How to Help Teens Learn Their Faith

Among catechists and parents familiar with the program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is consistently ranked one of the most effective ways to help children develop a deep, personal relationship with God. That’s super, but there are two...

Tired Priests, Tired Parishioners and the Quest for Catholic Community Life

Monday morning at Ladies’ Bible Study, Father told us how hard Sundays can be. He’s young and devoted and determined to do what his parishioners need. “I know that people can’t all meet during the week. That’s why we have to meet on Sundays,” he...

Dear Mr. Bible Guy Who Tried to Convert My Son and His Friends

Dear Christian Bible Guy, I want to thank you for coming up to my son and his friends at our state’s March for Life and trying to talk them out of the Catholic faith. You were bound to talk to someone. The pro-life movement is the place of all...

Are You a Maker or a Manager?

As a young stay-at-home mom, overwhelmed by my inability to keep up with kids and chores and managing the home, something embarrassing happened to me: I had to go away on a trip. We hired a lovely, sweet-spirited college student to stay with the...

Does the Seal of Confession Help Criminals?

In the news recently: A laicized priest who murdered one of his penitents back in 1960 has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The case finally came to trial after a second now-laicized priest, who had

Are Sports Sabotaging or Strengthening Your Family’s Faith?

I never imagined I would become a sports mom. I was the kind of person who would nod knowingly at articles like this satire from The Federalist on the American religion of “Athletica”. Now that I’ve seen up close both the benefits and pitfalls of...

11 Ways to Prepare Your Boy to be a Great Priest

We hear a lot of noise about praying for vocations, and sometimes it sounds like we’re all hoping the Vocations Fairy will sprinkle Magic Vocation Dust on our dioceses, causing priests to pop up in the lawn like mushrooms after wet...

What Do Priests Know About Marriage?

Do priests have “no credibility” when it comes to marriage ministry? Cardinal Kevin Farrell reportedly asserted as much at a recent gathering of laity. Lacking more information and the full text of his comments, I’m not here to pick a fight over...