The Galley: Food for Thought

Liturgical Year 2019 – Changes, plus the ‘Un-business Plan’

As The Catholic Navigator sets out upon its sixth year of charting a course to Christ, rough seas and strong winds complicate our passage. The Church is being buffeted, and in some countries nearly obliterated. A new age of martyrdom has dawned, and the Enemy has appeared under new guises. And, while we are assured that the Gates of Hell will not ultimately prevail, large numbers of baptized Catholics are falling away and are adrift. The faith of youth and young adults in today’s culture is particularly at risk.*

We have assessed how our apostolate can best respond to these ever changing seas. Some changes seemed appropriate in view of our mission. Please review these in this PDF file as they extend free terms of use to individual subscribers:
(Parishes and schools wishing to arrange for special use licensing should refer to information on our Home page.)

LY2019 Catholic Navigator Changes- for individuals

As noted in our un-business plan, we’re making our publications available free of charge to individuals as well as to parishes and schools in accord with our licensing terms. Thus, we trust in Our Lord and Our Lady to help us meet our publication costs. Perhaps He and she will even influence a foundation or wealthy benefactor to assist with the finances. Theirs would be an act of giving as Christ called for (Mt. 6:2-4) because The Catholic Navigator Apostolate has not sought IRS 501C-3 status.

*(See USCCB 2019 Catechetical Theme, posted below)

The Third Sunday of Advent- Gaudete – C-  LY2019

The Catholic Navigator – Third Sunday of Advent – Gaudete

The Catholic Clipper – Third Sunday of Advent – Gaudete

The Catholic Schooner – Third Sunday of Advent – Gaudete

Terms of Use- (non-institutional): Because this material is copyrighted, you are permitted to read and/or download and print one copy weekly of each posted faith supplement for your personal use. To print multiple copies, please request permission by emailing  However, the PDF file may not be duplicated or electronically transmitted, displayed on a website or sent via email. Instead, please encourage friends and family at a distance to visit this website.

USCCB 2019 Catechetical Theme

Bishop Robert Barron, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, delivered a somber message on Catechetical Sunday 2018, at the USCCB website.

One sentence commanded our attention, “We are losing baptized Catholics at an alarming rate.” To stem this tide, the new catechetical theme: “Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ,” identifies the activity envisioned: “to enable the faithful to claim their true roles as witnesses to Jesus Christ.”  We are thus encouraged to believe that the changes we have made for Liturgical Year 2019 will contribute to the USCCB’s efforts.

We might add:  “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.” (1 Peter 3:15) This is found in our apostolate’s mission statement on our website’s Reason for Hope page. Peter’s statement could be paraphrased, “Know and live your faith well; others will notice and inquire.” 

Voices from Catholic Land

This article explains one reason why we made certain changes this year…
Why Catholics are leaving the faith by age 10 – and what parents can do about it

Here, a Catholic layman looks at the new age of martyrs and the expiation of sin…

Deacon John Beagan asks whether Hell plays a role in evangelization…

And finally, ardent convert Stephen Beale reminds us of
The Importance of Cultivating Silence During Advent

Might we suggest that one expression of personal Missionary Discipleship is to join with us in our apostolate by encouraging others to visit this website for access to the faith supplements?