Robert H. Castellini 10 Guiding Business Principles

September 12, 2012 under Meeting Materials


From Bob Castellini’s presentation about Faith, Family and Business Ethics:



Principle #1 Have a vision and communicate it

Principle #2 Surround yourself with good people and empower them

Principle #3 Bad partners make bad deals

Principle#4 Let others take the credit

Principle #5 It’s all about the customer

Principle #6 Reputation, reputation, reputation

Principle #7 Tell it like it is

Principle #8 Work smart

Principle #9 Litigation is taboo 99% of the time

Principle #10 Give back


In addition, here’s a copy of the Prayers of Saint Bridget

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What is the New Evangelization?

September 1, 2012 under Meeting Materials

The New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel.  The focus of the New Evangelization calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize.  In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on ‘re-proposing’ the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith.  Pope Benedict XVI called for the re-proposing of the Gospel “to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization.”  The New Evangelization invites each Catholic to renew their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church.


Here’s the video from the presentation:


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May 4, 2012 under Meeting Materials

At the end of the large presentation of Understanding the Non-Negotiables in Politics, we showed the following video:


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Support Your Parish Current Involvement

April 19, 2012 under Meeting Materials, Resources

As promised, here is the recap of all the ministries our Fathers are involved in here at IHM.  This was collected during of the “Support your parish” topic.  If you are interested in a particular ministry, reach out to one of your fellow father’s for an introduction and discussion surrounding the ministries work.

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Internet Safety Presentation

March 16, 2012 under Meeting Materials

Jody Detzel presented about Internet Safety at our March 9 meeting.


He’s slide show is available here


Here are the videos that were referenced in the slideshow:



Finally, a copy of the family contract is available here

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Stages of Faith and Power

February 26, 2012 under Meeting Materials

Chris Pollock had referenced Stages of Faith and Power by Janet Hagberg during the presentation of Finding a Spiritual Advisor.


Here is a short excerpt:

We need all the stages of faith for full spiritual formation

The six stages of faith and the Wall that are highlighted in The Critical Journey are all important in our spiritual journey. Each one has a profound impact and role in our lives. For instance,

  • Stage One humbles us
  • Stage Two grounds us
  • Stage Three rewards us
  • Stage Four unsettles us
  • the Wall unmasks us
  • Stage Five transforms us
  • Stage Six transcends us
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Follow-up on Deacon Dave’s presentation last week

February 16, 2012 under Meeting Materials

Attached are the questions that Deacon Dave provided surrounding “the stages of marriage.”  This would be a great thing for us to review with our wives!

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The 10 Must-Do’s of Middle Age

February 1, 2012 under Meeting Materials

From Kevin Scott in preparation for this weeks topic of Finding A Spiritual Advisor :

Forwarding you the link to All-Pro Dad and the attachment from today’s message – the 10 Must do’s of Middle Age. Check out the website and today’s message. If inspired, let’s link the website to the Father’s Team site for “everyday.”

As you know, All-Pro Dad was founded by Tony Dungy and hence takes on the “NFL flavor”. Their website and e-mail push outs are real and life changing. Very Christian based and deal with the real men realities we all face.

I like it as  it is get’s men past the “polite stage” to a deeper level and provides the simple solution “check list”.


Steve Jobs, one of America’s most influential innovators and business entrepreneurs, passed away at age 56.  Midlife.  And we grieved at his life seemingly cut short.  Not many people ever imagine life ending at 56 or anywhere near it. When most of us think of dying, we imagine ourselves old and gray and passing away peacefully. If we are lucky, that is. But in midlife, we palpably see we have more asphalt behind us than in front of us and that the end is coming.  Some guys go into midlife crisis mode.  But that doesn’t have to be you.  Midlife is a time for re-evaluation and re-energization, if you have purpose and meaning.  Here are the 10 Must-Do’s of Midlife to help you finish well.

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Dad’s Top 10 Reasons To Attend Church

January 31, 2012 under Meeting Materials

Contributed from Paul DeLuca.  Read during Apologetics:  Defending The Catholic Faith presentation.


    1. BALANCE:   I’ve always felt off balance when I’ve strayed away from a connection with my faith and it’s mass that brings me back and helps me stay connected.
    2. PRACTICE PRAISING:  It’s where we learn how to praise God and since that’s what we will do in eternity we need to get lots of practice now.
    3. GOD CENTER:  Once I truly came to believe that everything is from God I had a deeper desire to be close to Him always.  
    4. HIS CHANNEL:   I can do GREAT things when I let Jesus work through me.  
    5. BEING OUR BEST:   Becoming the best version of ourselves must include God
    6. LOVE OF NEIGHBOR:   Humans are meant to be social creatures building relationships with other human beings throughout life.  Mass nurtures and develops our spirit to help us see how we should behave in this world toward others.  
    7. STAYING ON TRACK:   Following God in one’s life is the ‘road less traveled’.  Weekly Mass provides the road map to find your way on that road.  
    8. SANCTIFICATION: – the process of growing Christ like.  
    9. PROTECTION:   There is a constant force in the world trying to get in-between us and God.  It can be called many things: secular society, pop culture, individualism, etc.  Don’t be fooled it is the devil.  We need the Mass as our weapon against this constant force.
    10. WALK TOWARD HIM:   For every step you take towards God, He takes 1000 steps toward you. 
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Welcome to Holland

January 24, 2012 under Meeting Materials

Here is the short story referenced during Accepting Children with Special Needs meeting:

by Emily Perl Kingsley.

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this……

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.”

“Holland?!?” you say. “What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”

But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around…. and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills….and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy… and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away… because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

But… if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things … about Holland.

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