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March 27, 2020  

Money Stories: From Debt to Ministry

Like many others, Jon and Evelyn Bean used to spend their money without much thought and without a plan. After taking a Bible study focused on money management in the 80's, they started down a long road that eventually led to them founding Compass Catholic Ministries. In the first episode of Money Stories, Caitlyn Kano interviews Jon and Evelyn to talk about their personal story and how their experiences influenced their roles with Compass Catholic Ministries.

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March 27, 2020  

Money Stories: A New Compass Catholic Podcast Series

Have you sat in Mass on Sunday, knowing you should be focusing on the homily, but instead stressing about your money? The thoughts that pop in our heads range from small “Did I pay that electric bill?” type questions to bigger concerns like “How can we ever afford kids when we’re too strapped paying our student loans?” We sit there and wonder how we can be such anxious mess while everyone else looks like they have their financial act together.

The truth is that most of our financial issues are not unique. We just think they are because we don’t talk about them. The Money Stories Podcast aims to get Catholics talking about their money because we learn best by listening to stories. In this podcast, Caitlyn Kano, AFC FFC, will interview fellow Catholics who have a money story to tell. Together, we can benefit from the lessons they learned on their personal journeys to become faithful financial stewards. 

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March 25, 2020  

Money Decisions for Your Marriage

Money can destroy a marriage.

All the assumptions and experiences of the way your family used and managed money come into your marriage. Each spouse was raised in a different environment, so no two people come into a marriage thinking exactly the same way as their spouse on any issue, most especially money. And that difference can mean disaster.

Learn how to tackle those important money decisions as a team in this podcast and the Compass Catholic blog

March 18, 2020  

How to Handle a Financial Pandemic

The world seems a little upside down right now with a lot of uncertainty about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, consumer mayhem in stores, events being cancelled and the ensuring financial panic.

We may be on edge because of uncertainty or we may be in panic mode because everyone around us in is panic mode and the media is doing a great job of spreading the fears.

None of us knows the future. All we have is today. If you are feeling overwhelmed by everything around you, meditate on these verses:

Isaiah 41: 10 “Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”

Psalm 46:2  “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress.”

The Compass Catholic blog has more on staying calm while the winds of fortune swirl around us. It also has links to several charts showing the ups and downs of the financial market. 

March 11, 2020  

Manage Your Money God’s Way - You Need a Will

“Thus says the LORD, ‘Set your house in order, for you are about to die’” (2 Kings 20:1). Not a very pleasant thought is it?

Even if you live, your family may need to deal with your affairs in case of an accident or illness. Being prepared is the best gift you can give them. If you don’t do it, the government will make those decisions for you.

Our guest on this podcast is Vanessa J. Skinner, an estate attorney at Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman, P.A., who will share thoughts on what to consider in estate planning, which is NOT just for those who are rich.

The Compass blog has more on what to consider in your estate plan. The Compass Catholic Set Your House in Order Bible study provides forms and discussion points for you to consider when making these important decisions.

March 4, 2020  

Sunday is not Monday

Sunday has turned into just another day of the week, instead of being that one day dedicated to the Lord when we relax, recharge and spend special time with family and friends.

If the pressure to work on Sunday is limiting the time you have for the important people in your life, it’s time to make some changes.

The Compass blog has changes to consider if you are challenged by feeling like you have to work seven days a week.

February 19, 2020  

Tackle Your Taxes

Filing your tax return is a once-a-year event but paying attention to your taxes all year could easily save you thousands of dollars.

The goal is to be tax neutral–not paying too much or too little. The Compass blog has more on what to consider in adjusting your W-4 so you can come out as close as possible to that net zero goal.

Our guest on this podcast is Matt Marcoux, CFP and co-founder of CandorPath Financial.

February 17, 2020  

Lessons from a Financial Train Wreck

The website features interesting people telling their financial life stories in their own words.

While many of the stories are uplifting as people have gotten their finances straightened out, many of the stories are so sad as the people have gotten themselves in to terrible financial situations.

This is the story of one couple who did just about everything wrong in their finances. AND they continue to make the same mistakes.

Here’s their story and suggestions about how we at Compass Catholic can help people recover from these same mistakes.

February 12, 2020  

Marriage and Money Matters

Money can ruin a marriage or make it stronger. Couples who are opposites when it comes to money can be in never ending conflict unless they find a way to work together.

Surveys show that couples who talk about money, share financial goals and make joint financial decisions report happier marriages than those who don’t.

The Compass Catholic blog and podcast this week are about why it is so important for couples to work together to manage money in their marriage.

January 29, 2020  

7 Steps to Help You Keep Your Resolutions

The failure rate for keeping new year resolutions is 80%.  What seems like a good idea at the time can turn into drudgery if you don’t have a solid plan in place for how to actually keep the resolutions you make—whether you make them at the beginning of the year or the middle of July.

Here are 7 Steps to help you keep those resolutions:

  1. Make one or two resolutions, not more
  2. Define the reason you want to make the change
  3. Make sure your resolution is achievable
  4. Make your resolution part of a long term goal
  5. Make the resolution very specific
  6. Automate as much as you can
  7. Check you progress regularly

The Compass Catholic blog has more details about the above suggestions for actually making the change you want in your life.