PTW 2016 new website promotion

Prepare to be wowed

We have rebuilt the Prepare the Word website from the ground up and are eager for you try it out. Rather than force you into the new format, we will give you a couple of weeks to wander around the new site, view the 6-minute tutorial screencast, test-drive it, and generally become comfortable with the new layout.

Here are some of the new things you will find:

  • A clean, modern design with intuitive controls

  • “Adaptive” design allowing content to be comfortably viewed on all platforms, from desktop computers to tablets … even on smartphones

  • A redesigned navigation menu to allow you to quickly find the materials you use most

  • New features, including The Craft of Preaching.

Take me there now!

If you’re not quite ready to make the switch, take your time, but don’t take too long. Beginning May 1 we will no longer offer current content on the old site. The old site will remain active for a few months so you can refer back to it for older content, but everything will be accessible from the new site as well.

We welcome your questions and comments. Please contact us via one of the media listed below if you have things to say about the new website. We hope you come to like it as much as we do, but more than anything, we hope you find that it makes your job as a preacher or youth minister/DRE or bulletin editor easier than ever.

Contact information

For customer service, billing questions, or technical support, you may reach us at:


TrueQuest Communications, L.L.C.
The Monadnock Building
53 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1140
Chicago, IL 60606-3619
Phone: 312-356-9900
Fax: 312-356-9903

Sunday Reflection for May 01, 2016
Sixth Sunday of Easter
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Sunday Summary

Acts of the Apostles 15:1-2, 22-29 Paul and Barnabas get helpful back-up from the elders in Jerusalem.
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 God’s mercy shines on those who seek their salvation from the Lord.
Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23 The holy city is one that finds the Lamb of God at its heart.
John 14:23-29 Jesus promises the church a profound back-up source in the Spirit.

6th Sunday of Easter

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Exploring the Word
Who’s got your back?
A lot of folks have trouble with authority. Some of that is leftover stuff from childhood, when parents, teachers, or other authority figures may have misused the power vested in them and made the idea of an overseer repellent ever after. But no matter how we feel about it, authority is here to stay. Most of us will have a boss or superior in adult life. Even if we become top dog in our sphere of influence, there are legal limits and governing bodies ...
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Weekday Homily Reflection for May 01, 2016
Put out the welcome mat

There’s an old saying, “You can’t go home again,” taken from the title of a novel by Thomas Wolfe. It means things change and sometimes people get disconnected from their pasts. During this Year of Mercy, Catholics are called upon to remedy this notion and welcome back anyone who has been away from the church or who feels alienated for any reason. Open your heart and arms and invite everyone to come together for Christ’s own return as well as ours to an eternal home.

Today's readings:Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23-29 (57)
“I am going away and I will come back to you.”

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World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, May 01, 2016

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Preaching the News
» Conscious consumption is caring consumption – Early Christians, it turns out, were as concerned with dietary restrictions as are we, though perhaps for different reasons. The reading from Acts of the Apostles this Sunday recounts how the elders of Jerusalem laid out dietary restrictions for early Christians that involved limits on the kind of meat and animal products to be consumed. Twenty-first century vegans and vegetarians restrict the consumption of meat and animal products for health reasons, and a growing body of evidence suggests that such a diet also would be healthier for the planet for a number of reasons.

Researchers found that if everyone went vegan, enough food could be produced to feed the growing world population until at least 2050 without the need to contribute further to deforestation, where forests are destroyed to create agricultural land.

A team of researchers from the Institute of Social Ecology found that the way to make sure there is enough food in the next three decades is if the world turns vegan by cutting meat from the diet and eating organic products. This transition not only might help save the forests across the globe but also would promote a healthier lifestyle.

Shifting to lower meat consumption, vegetarianism, and lower-yield organic farming techniques ... More...
Quote of the Week
"The real war against climate change is being fought on our plates, multiple times a day with every food choice we make. One of the biggest challenges facing our planet, and our species is that we are knowingly eating ourselves into extinction, and doing very little about it."
—Nil Zacharias, co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Green Planet

Eating more vegetables is good for the environment

Fact of the Week

Approximately 25 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of wheat. Around 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of meat.

Pastoral Trends
Participation is more than a laughing matter
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . .  Read more...