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General Guidelines and Principles, by Fr. Rick Sherman

 Live Simply That Others May Simply Live (Read Gospels for Clues)

Everything good comes from God; share in proportion to what God has given you. (See Gospels).

Become very familiar with the major events and periods of Salvation History as depicted in the Bible. This is your family story; pass it on and find your place in it. (See 'Great Adventure' from Ascension Press)

Become very familiar with 'Theology of the Body for Teens' (Ascension Press) and pass it on. Share with others, especially younger people, how the becoming one flesh of your marriage is enhanced by the 'becoming one body, one spirit in Christ' of receiving the Eucharist. Share how you have experienced this developing sense of transcended oneness over the course of your life. If you are single, make sure you have a spiritual guide.

Husbands (and boyfriends), love your wives (and girlfriends) as Christ loved the Church. Ephesians 5.

Wives (and girlfriends) see above. Help them and don't be afraid to wait.

Know where your food comes from and the process entailed in getting it to your table. Consider "Eating is a Moral Act" from the National Catholic Rural Life Conference.

Grow a garden and feed yourself and others with the bounty.

Cook your own food several times per week. (Agave does not count as a vegetable).

Know where your water comes from. Is it sustainable?

Determine your 'carbon footprint' and take the St. Francis Pledge. See US Council of Catholic Bishops on the environment.  (

Become very familiar with the 8 major themes of Catholic Social Teaching and apply them to the ongoing decisions you make especially when voting, when making lifestyle changes and when making big purchases. See US Council of Catholic Bishops (

Read at least one chapter from one of the Gospels each day. Pray through all four Gospels and then start over; forever.

Write your autobiography. Be relentlessly honest and share your whole story with a trusted friend (not necessarily your spouse). See Fr. Rick for suggested guidelines.

Walk, bike, hike,run or swim almost every day.

Share your hobby or special talent with a young person.

Have more face-to-face conversations.

Be completely quiet for 30 minutes each day ... not counting sleep.


*Elders could be those of any age who can pass along the wisdom of Catholic Tradition with experiential credibility. If you are over 50, you should be an elder.


Join us January 13, 9:00 am - 11:30 am in Bishop Federal Hall at the Pastoral Center for a discussion of Catholic Social Teaching and best strategies for Catholic advocacy.

This training session will focus on learning how to "meddle in politics" in the most Catholic way. The event will be non-partisan; as Catholics, we recognize that our moral values do not always line up with our political system or party demographics. We do recognize the need to act, speak, and advocate on behalf of the marginalized in our society.

YOU is a study program produced by Ascension Press, the same publisher that brings to our Parish; Chosen, A journey toward Confirmation and Altaration the Mystery of the Mass revealed.

The world has changed. The modern presentation of person-hood has challenges that didn't exist in the past. Today, teens are given conflicting messages on a daily basis, and an approach based simply in rules to be followed is not enough. They need to know that not only is each teen unique, unrepeatable gift of God, but so also is their sexuality, and all aspects of their lives.

Christ in the City SLC is an opportunity for Catholic young adults from the Utah Valley to come together in prayer and conversation. It is co-sponsored by St. Catherine's Newman Center and the Diocese of Salt Lake City. This is meant to be an area-wide event, so even if you can't make it, please share it with your friends!

We meet on the 1st Wednesday of every month at the Cathedral of the Madeleine (331 E South West Temple, SLC). Our event is targeted to Catholic young adults (ages 18-35) in the greater Salt Lake City area, but all are welcome to join!

The night starts off with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a Holy Hour of prayer, music, and silence. Priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We end the night by going somewhere to socialize and build community.