The Crisis of Discipleship

Pope Benedict XVI coined the phrase “crisis of discipleship” to describe a current predicament in the Church. More people are leaving the Church at a younger age than ever before. Father Bart Timmerman talks about how this crisis plays out in his own family and why he is committed to the New Evangelization. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Madison, …

Lent: Strengthening Our Faith

Father Bart Timmerman explains the season of Lent in which we strengthen our faith. We can strengthen our faith by three traditional practices. The first practice is prayer, where we are encouraged to spend more time in prayer and challenged to add more prayer into our daily routines to become closer with Christ. The second practice is fasting, where we …

Our Vision for the Future

Father Bart Timmerman speaks about how St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church takes the call to engage in the New Evangelization quite seriously. Knowing that Mass attendance, baptisms and marriages in the Church are down, we must do our part to turn this scenario around. The lives and souls of so many people adrift in the modern world depend upon it. …

NEW METHODS FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAMS

How do we engage families at Mass? How do we encourage them grow their relationship with God to naturally want to attend Mass and become more active in our parish? We’ve noticed that family are starting to attend Mass less and less, so at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, we’ve developed a new method for evangelazation in our parish. We started …