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Fr. Jaime Lorenzo Addresses Hard Questions from Catholic Parents in New Podcast

Fr. Jaime Lorenzo, LC, was ordained only three years ago on September 5, 2020, but he has been working with youth and young adults for nearly a decade. Today, he is serving as the Executive Youth and Camp Director for ECYD, and he has recently begun a new video podcast series called Building Holy Families, designed to provide parents with the tools and resources to support them along their spiritual journey and in their mission to build a happy and holy home.

 

It was his years of work with youth that inspired and motivated Fr. Jaime to focus on the spiritual formation of parents and helping them to build a foundation of faith in the family. In organizing and hosting the various youth events, retreats, clubs, activities, and camps that his ministry entailed, and accompanying so many boys and young adults over so many years, Fr. Jaime came to realize that he, as a priest, could only do so much, and that the solution to many of the faith struggles he was witnessing in the youth he was serving could only really be found in the families themselves.


“At one point during a moment of prayer/frustration, I realized that I am only doing half of what these kids need – the other half, or most of the work, is done in the home,” says Fr. Jaime. “And I felt the call to reach out to the families and work with them – personally with those who are close by, but also through videos and social media as a way to reach a wider audience.”


The Building Holy Families podcast provides conversations and suggestions on a diverse variety of topics (like “How to have meaningful conversations with your children,” “Inspiring trust,” and “Should my child get a phone?”) but what they all have in common is that they are short, sharable, and practical. Most of the episodes are approximately 7-10 minutes long, and offer parents ideas, motivations, and challenges to get them thinking about their own spiritual journey and owning the faith for their family. Here, parents can find best practices to guide their children through the world that is full of spiritual obstacles and not always amenable to the faith, while their eyes and hearts are set on heaven. And one of the biggest spiritual obstacles facing Catholic families today, according to Fr. Jaime, is a lack of passion for the faith.


“The faith has become very basic and very easy to live, but the fire, the excitement, and the depth is sometimes lacking,” says Fr. Jaime, who sees many families simply going through the motions – attending Mass and receiving the sacraments, but living a Catholic faith that is dry and monotonous and lacking true life and a real thirst for God. “The world has humanized God, and humanized the faith, to the point where the call to grow isn’t very strong. What’s really lacking is growth in the faith as a family, the call to grow, to go deeper. A lot of families don’t know how to do that, or they’re looking for places or people to help them be formed and guided and keep growing in the faith, and they don’t know where to go.”


Fr. Jaime’s podcast offers a space for these conversations to happen. In one of his episodes, Fr. Jaime talks with Jacquie Lustig, a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi and the Assistant Vocations Director for the Consecrated Women, who is currently working with youth ages 10-18 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Together, Fr. Jaime and Jacquie discuss how parents can show active love towards their children in the face of challenges, discouragement, frustration, and exhaustion, and when it even feels like their love is not reciprocated or appreciated. “When kids get home, even if they don’t know it sometimes, those girls or those boys are testing to see ‘how loveable can I all of me be?’,” suggest Jacquie. “No one has a harder job than being a parent, because you’re kind of like the cliff that those waves keep crashing against, but sometimes you just need to stay the course and give yourself permission to say, ‘I’m doing a good job.’ And just keep showing up.”


But in the midst of the all the challenges facing the family today, Fr. Jaime sees an abundance of hope. For him, the Church is a place with a multitude of resources around the globe, particularly within the world of technology, and a space where people can come to be nourished, to be accompanied, and to grow, and Fr. Jaime sees his podcast as just one more resource of personal formation and growth for the family. “It’s a beautiful thing that Regnum Christi, and, in fact, the whole Church, is called to offer that place to have those conversations, to share experiences and stories, successes and failures, and to support and accompany each other through this journey together.”


Fr. Jaime releases a new episode approximately once a week during the school year, and he plans to introduce new topics and new guests in the upcoming months. You can watch Building Holy Families on YouTube or listen to it on any podcast platform. If there are any topics you would like Fr. Jaime to cover, feel free to email him.


 

Besides his work with youth, Fr. Jaime is one of the core team of Regnum Christi Music Collective, a musical group consisting of Legionary priests, Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi, and lay Regnum Christi members, who come together to create and perform. You can hear their music anywhere you stream music, or on their website rcmusiccollective.org, or subscribe to their Regnum Christi Music Collective YouTube channel for updates on new music.

 
 
 

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Meet the Regular Catholic Guy

These men may live next door or work in the next office. They pass you in their cars, walk by you on a busy sidewalk and might be a close friend or relative.

They are doctors, lawyers, accountants, bus drivers, truckers, teachers, musicians, farmers, construction workers and even the idle rich. They come in every shape, size, and ethnic background.

Many are Catholics or former Catholics. Some may sit in the pews around you at Mass on Sunday. They are likely the guys checking their watches to see how much longer the service will last.

They are the men who are ready to meet “The Regular Catholic Guy.”

Jeff Garrett used to be one of those guys. He was a cradle Catholic who didn’t know much about his faith. But being involved in Regnum Christi for the past 19 years turned him into a Regular Catholic Guy and motivated him to found The Regular Catholic Guy, a website/podcast/blog/resource for guys like he once was.

“This was one of those things that came to me in prayer,” Jeff said. “I think the seed was planted at the Convocation for Catholic Leaders last July. I kept putting it off and putting it off. I’d do a little, then I’d put it off. And I did a little more and finally launched it on June 9, 2018 on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

Jeff explained that all three aspects of Regnum Christi are vital: spirituality, communion, and mission. “Mission is key because being a Regnum Christi member isn’t just about personal formation – it is putting that formation into a mission, which is what this podcast and its related elements are all about.”

The five dimensions of RC are vital. These are spiritual life, formation, apostolate, personal accompaniment, and team life. Apostolate and mission are the two keys.

“I want to reach out to the guy sitting in the pew who really doesn’t know much about his faith – he may not even understand much about what is going on,” Jeff continued. “He might have grown up in the Catholic faith but didn’t get much real formation. He might be going to Mass for his wife’s sake, to be a good example for the kids or he might be one of those guys who just shows up at Christmas and Easter.

“He might even be someone who left the church. He could be your neighbor, brother, brother-in-law or father-in-law. I hope someone will share the podcast with guys like this and it will start them on the path to learning more about their faith.”

Catholic websites and blogs abound. Does the world really need another? Jeff thinks it does and explains why The Regular Catholic Guy is different:

“There is a lot available on the web, but most is for guys who are already into their faith and want answers about interpretations. There isn’t much for the person just starting out. The guys I have in mind have really basic questions: How do I pray…what do you mean the Eucharist is real…What is the point of confession? What I’m doing isn’t a theological treatise – it is for the entry-level Catholic.”

Regular Catholic GuyAnd as a Regular Catholic Guy, Jeff has the prudence to draw on the expertise of a chaplain, Fr. Mark McKercher, a Catholic priest in the diocese of Omaha, Nebraska. He is a frequent guest on the podcast.

You can ask a question by clicking on Ask Fr. Mark on the website. He will answer them on the show. The button is in the lower right corner of the site. And Jeff means literally ask a question because they record what you want to know and Fr. Mark answers it in an upcoming podcast.

 

Upcoming podcast topics include:

  • How to pray
  • Parenting
  • How to go to Mass with small children
  • Pornography and its impact
  • Protecting kids on social media
  • Understanding the Mass (a series)

“We’re also going to cover some fun, guy topics like cooking on the grill and sports,” Jeff explained. “We’re blessed to have a Regular Catholic Guy Priest in Fr. Mark who enjoys a Budweiser and baseball.”

As visitors to the Regular Catholic Guy website will quickly learn, Jeff has a full suite of social meeting.  And on Facebook you may recognize some familiar contributors: Fr. Michael Sliney, LC, and Fr. Daniel Brandenburg, LC.

Although the podcast is in its infancy, there already are several podcasts for you to catch up on.  Jeff plans to have a new show weekly – and a written blog a couple times a month. More than 150 podcasts have been downloaded by listeners and the initial Instagram post has over 1,000 likes.

Jeff says he is encouraged – and hopes the site will bring men to a better understanding of their faith.

Jeff’s Story:

Regular Catholic Guy

“I grew up as a ‘cradle Catholic.’ I went to public schools and attended CCD like many of you. I did not get much out of CCD and went as I got older only because there were girls there.

In college I left the faith and went on a self-discovery. Most of the professors were atheist or agnostic at best. So I waded through these and thought that agnostic was better than an atheist because I did believe there was a God. I was a “Chreaster” meaning I went to church at Christmas and Easter, when I was at home on break.

I started attending mass again when I met my wife. Funny how this works for men. We floated between parishes trying to find one that had a school because we wanted to send the kids to Catholic schools. She had gone to Catholic schools through high school.

We have four children. We have two boys and two girls. We had girl, boy, girl, boy just as we planned it (just kidding). Well when my oldest daughter got to be about four she started asking inquisitive questions about the faith. They were good questions and I could not answer them. So I decided I better learn about the faith so I could answer a four year old’s questions. I studied books, listened to tapes and CDs. I learned about apologetics and got to the point that I could facilitate classes in it. Now I want to help men like you become men who know their faith. I have learned that the more men know about the Catholic faith, the more they come to appreciate its beauty and how much it makes sense yet at the same time remains a mystery.”

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Alex Kucera

Atlanta

Alex Kucera has lived in Atlanta, GA, for the last 46 years. He is one of 9 children, married to his wife Karmen, and has 3 girls, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. Alex joined Regnum Christi in 2007. Out of the gate, he joined the Helping Hands Medical Missions apostolate and is still participating today with the Ghana Friendship Mission.

In 2009, Alex was asked to be the Atlanta RC Renewal Coordinator for the Atlanta Locality to help the RC members with the RC renewal process. Alex became a Group Leader in 2012 for four of the Atlanta Men’s Section Teams and continues today. Running in parallel, in 2013, Alex became a Team Leader and shepherded a large team of good men.

Alex was honored to be the Atlanta Mission Coordinator between 2010 to 2022 (12 years), coordinating 5-8 Holy Week Mission teams across Georgia. He also created and coordinated missions at a parish in Athens, GA, for 9 years. Alex continues to coordinate Holy Week Missions, Advent Missions, and Monthly missions at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming, GA.

From 2016 to 2022, Alex also served as the Men’s Section Assistant in Atlanta. He loved working with the Men’s Section Director, the Legionaries, Consecrated, and Women’s Section leadership teams.

Alex is exceptionally grateful to the Legionaries, Consecrated, and many RC members who he’s journeyed shoulder to shoulder, growing his relationship with Christ and others along the way. He knows that there is only one way, that’s Christ’s Way, with others!