Our monthly Ministry Blog features posts from bishops and USCCB staff on topics relative to their work, offering insight into how the goals and mission of the bishops can be implemented into your own ministry work.

Live the truth and beauty of God’s plan for married love!

Live the truth and beauty of God’s plan for married love!   By Theresa Notare Assistant Director of the USCCB’s NFP Program Creation overflows with God’s life and love! Make no mistake about it—God made you and our world out of His great love! Let’s consider how this truth includes marriage. And let’s take a look at how the methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) honor the truth and beauty of God’s plan for married [...]

July 1st, 2020|Categories: August 2020, Ministry Blog|Tags: , , , |

Fathers’ Irreplaceable Role in Welcoming Life 

Fathers’ Irreplaceable Role in Welcoming Life  Although fathers do not physically carry their children from conception, fathers can still be overwhelmed by an unexpected pregnancy. We Christians must support men who, in following the example of St. Joseph, choose to embrace their role as a father in all circumstances, but especially in challenging situations. St. Joseph was unexpectedly called to fatherhood amid extremely confusing and difficult circumstances. However, despite many obstacles, St. Joseph chose [...]

May 15th, 2020|Categories: Ministry Blog|Tags: , , , |

The Calling to Care for Migrant Youth

The Calling to Care for Migrant Youth Celebrating Foster Care Month 2020 Catholic Social Teaching tells us that a moral society is founded on the dignity of the human person. At USCCB, our Migration and Refugee Services’ Foster Care Program works to support this pillar of Catholic Social Teaching by working with our affiliate organizations to place unaccompanied migrant and refugee children into safe and appropriate foster care. Child migrants, due to the nature [...]

May 4th, 2020|Categories: Ministry Blog|Tags: , |

Fostering a Culture of Protection and Healing Through Right Relationships

Fostering a Culture of Protection and Healing Through Right Relationships April marks Child Abuse Prevention Month for the nation. This annual commemoration reminds us of an essential element in our efforts of child and youth protection. To use a phrase from our moral tradition, we call this element “right relationship.” Its principles inform interactions across all ages and situations. The development of right relationships between the people in the pews and their clergy is [...]

April 1st, 2020|Categories: Ministry Blog|Tags: , |

Journey to the Foot of the Cross – 10 Things to Remember for Lent

By Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, former chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis Remember the formula. The Church does a good job capturing certain truths with easy-to-remember lists and formulas: 10 Commandments, 7 sacraments, 3 persons in the Trinity. For Lent, the Church gives us almost a slogan—Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving—as the three things we need to work on during the season. It’s a time of prayer. Lent is essentially an [...]

February 5th, 2020|Categories: Ministry Blog|Tags: |

Building a Domestic Church

  “The family is, so to speak, the domestic church. In it, parents should, by their word and example, be the first preachers of the faith to their children. . .” (Lumen gentium, no. 11)   There’s a lot that goes into marriage preparation, and this post is here to offer you some short tips on how to educate, encourage, and engage couples preparing for marriage to build a domestic church in their future home [...]