NFPC This Week, #748: February 18-February 24, 2018

Of Note This Week -.



NFPC This Week, #747: February 11-February 17, 2018


In honor of President’s Day, February 19, 2018, the National Federation of Priests’ Councils will be closed.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.


Father Tony talks ‘Priest Burnout’ with Gary Zimak on Spirit in the Morning, February 12, 2018

National and International News

Ash Wednesday – February 14, 2018

2018 Chinese New Year

Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign Revived After 50 Years

Open letter calls on Vatican to rethink China deal, calling it a “regrettable mistake”

Flu Season Prompts Dioceses to Take Measures at Mass

FEMA Shift Opens Door to Disaster Funds for Religious Groups

Priests in the News

Bishop of Saginaw Asks for Prayers Following Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich and Amoris Laetitia Developments


Professional Development Webinars for Parish Ministers

February 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST



NFPC This Week, #746: February 4-February 10, 2018

Here is your NFPC This Week for February 4-February 10, 2018:

Clergy News:

Fr. Joel Konzen New Auxiliary Bishop in Atlanta

The ‘Dreamer’ Who Grew Up to be a Priest

National and Global Highlights:

Pope Francis’ 2018 Message for Lent

Transition of Catholic Leadership in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Philadelphia’s Archbishop Chaput on “Charity, Clarity and their Opposite.”

Pilgrim pope: Benedict Says He’s Journeying Toward God

Pope Paul VI Will Soon be St Paul VI

Olympic Committee Invites Delegation from Holy See to the Winter Games

February 8 – International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Trafficking




NFPC This Week, #745: January 28-February 3, 2018

Here is your NFPC This Week for January 28 to February 3, 2018:


Self-Awareness – A Leadership Skill All Pastors Should Practice

Clergy News:

Hispanic Bishops’ Visit to Holy Land

National and Global Highlights:

Pope’s Morning Homily: Shepherds Do Not Put Up Signs With Hours

Pope Will Send Delegate to Investigate Bishop Barros Charges in Chile

Archbishop Chaput & Cardinal O’Malley Make a ‘Friendly Wager’ on Super Bowl

Why Are Young Catholics Leaving the Church?

Let Laity Lead Parishes

Inspiration and Guidance from Thomas Merton Trappist Monk Models 4 Ways Priests Can Grow in Holiness

Carter G. Woodson, ‘The Father of Black History Month” and Contributions of Black Catholic


NFPC This Week, #744: January 21-27, 2018

Here is your NFPC This Week for January 21 to January 27, 2018:


Dan Snow will no longer be compiling This Week. Responsibility for the e-letter will pass on to the NFPC’s newest employee, Vill Harmon ([email protected]).

Vill joined the NFPC following a seven-year tenure with the Archdiocese of Chicago in the Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Department.  A native Chicagoan, Vill is also very active at Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she recently completed ten years of service as a Catechist, and most recently, became a member of the parish’s newly-formed Interfaith Committee. Vill is also very involved with the Chicago area Focolare Movement.


“Proud to be Catholic: a groundbreaking America survey asks women about their lives in the Church” – A reflection by Fr. Jim Hewes

Clergy News

‘If they come for you, they come for me’: A ‘dreamer’ priest faces deportation — and a divided congregation

Dairy farm to the episcopate: Stockton gets a new bishop

Archbishop-Emeritus Daniel M. Buechlein, OSB, 79, has died at Saint Meinrad Archabbey

7 Steps to Support the Newly Ordained

Chicago priest pledges hunger strike to support ‘Dreamers’

National and Global Highlights

Catholic bishops side with labor unions in Supreme Court case

10 Roman Catholic priests arrested in protests in Congo

Pope tells 1.3 million in Peru to get involved, spurn ‘Jonah syndrome’

Creating a ‘Safe Haven’ From the Pornography Pandemic

Pope Francis Unusually Isolated in Chilean Priest Sex Abuse Scandal


Seventeenth Annual Acculturation Seminar for International Priests

Association of Chicago Priests’ 51st Annual Mardi Gras & Ministry Awards

NFPC This Week, #743 – 1/14/2018-1/20/2018

Here is your NFPC This Week for January 14 to January 20, 2018:

Priests in the News

Bishop Knestout Installed as Thirteenth Bishop of Richmond

Missile alert prompts Bishop of Honolulu to give general absolution to deacon group

Father Martin Linebach named vicar general of Louisville

News Highlights

Proud to be Catholic? A groundbreaking America survey asks women about their lives in the church

With new U.S. administration, USCCB enters policy debates more often in 2017

Francis tells Chile’s clergy to seek pardon for abuse and betrayed trust

Book Review

“On Hope” by Pope Francis (Loyola Press)

NFPC This Week, #742 – 1/7/2018-1/13/2018

Here is your NFPC This Week for January 7 to January 13, 2018:


Principles of clustering for a new Mass schedule by Father Jim Hewes 

USCCB Homily Help/Liturgical Aid 


Council Notes from New Orleans (December 2017)


Cardinal Cupich welcomes gifts of ‘new Magi’ at migration Mass

Aging in community: how elderly priests are cared for by their religious communities

US bishops: End of protected status for Salvadorans is ‘heartbreaking’

Why some priests leave


Pope Francis’s trip to Chile and Peru

Alliance for Catholic Education organizes run fundraiser for Georgia school

FOCUS Student Leadership Summit – Equipping young people with tools to evangelize

Pope Francis addresses North Korea, says world peace depends on right to life and disarmament

Participating in the March for Life? There’s an indulgence for that


How HR Gets a Seat at the Table – Webinar – February 6

From Toxic to Tolerable: Navigating a Difficult Workplace – Webinar – January 25

Adult Faith Formation Practices for Mature Adults – Webinar – January 23

NFPC This Week, #741 – 12/31/2017-1/6/2018

Weekly Update #741

Here is your NFPC This Week for December 31, 2017 to January 6, 2018:


A New Year Begins by Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski


Jesuits issue letter to defend Honduran priest

Bishop Curlin laid to rest in Charlotte

Catholic parishes assist after Bronx fire


FEMA to allow aid for religious groups


National Migration Week

Share the Journey Campaign: Highlights and Reflections webinar

Living the Eucharist: Great Ideas for Your Parish for Lent 2018

NFPC This Week, #740 – 12/24-12/30/2017

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NFPC This Week, #739 – 12/17-12/24/2017

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Editor’s Note: A truly blessed and peaceful Christmas filled with the joy and love of the infant Jesus.

Editor’s Note 2:

Dear Friends,

This issue of NFPC This Week is my last as editor. I am retiring from NFPC as of January 1. It was not an easy decision. I’m taking my cues from Father Ron Knott, who recently retired from writing his weekly column for the Louisville archdiocesan newspaper, The Record. “’Knowing when to quit’ is something that all of us have to deal with at different points of our lives. The opposite is ‘overstaying your welcome,’” Fr. Ron stated.

I’ve been very fortunate to have worked at a job I love for nearly 21 years. I’m grateful for the support over the years of five presidents and our Board and Council of Consultors. And most importantly, I am deeply grateful for collaborative, cooperative, and super coworkers.

At the end of his column Father Ron quotes an unknown author: “There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind, but keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.”

Father Ron received NFPC’s Touchstone award in 2008.

Thank you, our priest-readers, for your support and editorial comments through the years.

We’ll keep you posted on my replacement as soon as that decision is made.

Peace and all good,

Alan Szafraniec