“Stay Awake”: Homeless Teens

Simple, wise thoughts from my friend Pastor Mary Brown about spotting and engaging homeless youth:

“Youth who are homeless often will hang out in malls or other warm public places. If you are leaving a mall after hours and see a youth still there, s/he may need help. If a youth is hungry, s/he sometimes will walk by the bulk bins at the grocery store and fill his/her pockets hoping no one will see. Tonight on what I thought would be a quick trip to the grocery store, I encountered a youth doing just that. When I asked if she needed help, she quietly said, ‘Yes.’ There are many resources across the country for youth who are experiencing homelessness. Wherever you live, if you need help for yourself or someone you know or have met, call my personal cell phone anytime. No youth should be without a home.”

Books by Trish

Coloring as Prayer and Meditation

Do you find silent reflection and prayer soothing? Consider one of these coloring books. With words from the Bible and saints to inspire you, here is an invitation to pause, to color, to meditate, and to pray.

The stunning, jewel-toned windows of cathedrals popularly called rose windows have been a rich decorative motif in sacred spaces for more than ten centuries. As you bring color to the windows in this book, may the designs you create enlighten and enliven your soul as well. May each pane radiate a sense of God’s presence, and the presence of all those who have preceded us and will follow us in faith. Buy it here…


With St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of Creatures to inspire you, here is an invitation to pause, to color, to meditate, and to pray.

It is believed that St. Francis wrote the Canticle of the sun, also known as the Canticle of the Creatures, in 1224 while recuperating from serious illness in a small cottage in San Damiano, Italy. He expanded the simple prayer over the years. Tradition holds that Francis and his brothers sang the full canticle together for the first time as Francis lay dying. Buy it here…

Books by Trish

From Mass To Mission by Trish Sullivan Vanni


“Participating at Sunday Mass is the most important action of the week for Catholic Christians. From Mass to Mission deepens our understanding of the Mass and how it shapes us to live as Christ’s disciples in the world. Developed for three different age groups (adults, teens, and children), the From Mass to Mission series includes booklets and Leader’s Guides that offer the entire parish the opportunity to grow deeper in their understanding of and participation in the liturgy. From Mass to Mission: Understanding the Mass and Its Significance for Our Christian Life, Leader s Guide provides adult faith formation leaders with the tools for leading effective formation sessions about the Mass. A companion DVD provides a variety of downloadable materials that will enhance your sessions and assist with advertising and connecting with adults in your parish. Buy it here…




“Pope Francis to activists: Stand with migrants, do not deny climate science, there is no such thing as ‘Islamic terrorism'”

From America magazine:

“In a letter written to a leaders of grassroots organizations and social movements meeting this week in California, Pope Francis said Christians must resist the temptation to demonize others, protect the earth and fight against ‘the invisible tyranny of money that only guarantees the privileges of a few.’

“Writing that the world is in the midst of an ‘historic turning point,’ Francis said the ‘worsening crisis’ presents both danger and opportunity, using language sure to recall tensions between some Catholic leaders and the fledgling Trump administration.

“’The grave danger is to disown our neighbors. When we do so, we deny their humanity and our own humanity without realizing it; we deny ourselves, and we deny the most important Commandments of Jesus,’ Francis wrote in the letter, which was dated Feb. 10 and published in Spanish.”

The full article is here.


Religious Freedom Narrowly Conceived

“Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and  Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, jointly issued the following statement urging support for the draft executive order.”

Read it here. Remarkably lacking a broader trajectory, and how Muslims and others are sensing their religious freedom threatenened.