Parish Bulletin Program
A Simple and Effective Way to Give Your Parishioners the Help They Need Through Your Weekly Parish Bulletin!
Our Parish Subscription Program will help raise public awareness about Godly principles for handling money and address the financial problems facing Catholic families today. The subscription package costs only $7 per month and offers the following:
Inspirational and practical weekly short segments for your parish bulletin written by Phil Lenahan, author of 7 Steps to Becoming Financially Free: A Catholic Small Group Study. Offer your parishioners the sound advice and practical help they need based on the teachings of the Catholic Church. Watch as your bulletins become more popular each week, while your parishioners learn to become "Stewards of Providence."
Monthly articles include:
- One 500-600 word article monthly.
- 50 word short segments for every week in the month.
Here is a sample main article -- the parish package provides for one of these every month
Financial Tips for Husbands and Fathers
Dad, do you want to improve your financial future and that of your family? Here are several steps you can take to bring financial peace and contentment to your household. Most of these relate to what I call “Soft” issues, but they are even more important than financial techniques. Get them right, and solid financial plans will follow.
The first – and most important – step is to develop a strong relationship with the Lord. The extent to which husbands and fathers fulfill their spiritual role in the family has numerous cascading effects. One of these will be how well money is managed in the home. Because your faith influences your priorities and guides you toward a virtuous life, growing in it will be a key to making sound financial decisions.
The second step? Love your spouse well. There can be no financial peace in the home if there isn’t financial peace between spouses. When it comes to money, loving your spouse means you’ll develop a unified financial plan, communicate openly – and honestly – as the plan unfolds, and make adjustments as appropriate. You’ll also take your responsibilities as a provider seriously, being diligent in your work, while maintaining a healthy balance for both spiritual development and family time.
Another key to financial peace relates to children, both while they are in the home and after they leave as adults. My wife, Chelsey, has shared a saying that parents are only as happy as their saddest child. So your third step is to make sure to pass on the faith to your children. Of course, our primary reason for living the faith and passing it on is eternal life with God. But faith also provides a roadmap for life. Just as it provides you with a foundation for daily living, including your finances, so it should for your children.
What’s the key to successfully passing on your faith? A Switzerland study has shown that if father and mother regularly attend church, the probability of their children regularly attending as adults increase by tenfold! Fathers, the role you play in the development of your children’s faith is critical. Consider the words of the prophet Malachi: “And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers” (Mal. 4:6).
Of course, in addition to the “Soft” issues, you need to do the basic blocking and tackling of financial planning. You’ll want to create a solid annual cash flow plan that reflects Godly priorities: a generous spirit; the formation and education of children; avoidance of unproductive debt; saving for rainy day and other reserve funds; and the creation of wealth with a purpose.
Being a steward of Providence means you are called to fulfill both the “Soft” and technical issues related to money management well. Look to St. Joseph as an example worth emulating. St. Joseph, pray for us. God love you and Happy Father’s Day!
Here is a sample of the short content provided for each week in the month.
Life and Money with Phil Lenahan
Deuteronomy 10:14 says, "Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it." One couple I know used to have the typical "his" versus "hers" arguments over money until they realized all they had belonged to the Lord. Something to think about.
It's easy! Simply complete the subscription registration and start receiving your bulletin articles on the 10th of each month. Note that if you sign up after the 9th of the month, your subscription will begin on the 10th of the following month. Subscribers are notified via email of the availability of the articles and are provided a link where the articles can be downloaded in either Word or .txt format. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.