Wednesday, February 18, 2009

"Parish Family" show to air on CatholicTV starting this March

The good folks at Boston-based (but you can view it online from anywhere) CatholicTV tell us about a new show starting this March called "parishFamily." (That's the way the spell it.)

From the release:

“parishFamily” is about the culture that exists in a parish and how Catholics must work to build a bright Catholic future. Dr. Melanie Morey and Father Reed spend some time sitting in the pews and discussing the parish as the place where Catholic culture is nurtured, sustained and transmitted.

“parishFamily” is hosted by Dr. Melanie Morey and Fr. Robert Reed. Dr. Morey has worked for thirty-five years in the areas of education and administration. Her main areas of expertise are Catholic culture, leadership, institutional identity, and governance. Dr. Morey is the co-founder of Substantially Catholic Summer Seminars Integrating the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and co-author of the book, Renewing Parish Culture: Building for a Catholic Future. Fr. Robert Reed was once a Pastor of a parish and understands very well the challenges of managing a parish.

Topics discussed on the show include:

  • Mass attendance
  • reconciliation
  • religious education of children
  • the priest shortage and pastors
  • lay leadership
  • finances
  • and politics.
I haven't seen the show, but I do belong to a parish. My questions to you:

Do you consider your parish a "family?"

If so, (or even if not), what bulleted topics above strike any kind of response in you, and why?

(The show plans to air on Mondays at 8:00 PM, Tuesdays at 11:00 AM, Wednesdays at 4:00 PM, Thursdays at 12:30 PM and 9:00 PM, Saturdays at 3:30 PM, and Sundays at 4:00 in the morning. Check your local listings or view it here.)