My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.  I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old- things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us.

We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done...

Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands...

                                 Psalm 78:1-8

Why Story Telling?

  • Storytelling focuses you to think about how God has acted in your life and give thanks for His blessings.
  • We are all called to evangelize. As we relate our own experience of God’s action in our lives, we present irrefutable evidence of God’s love for us.
  • Stories reveal who we are. They humanize us.
  • Stories connect us and bridge the gaps reaching out across divisions and inviting others to revel in our common human experience.
  • Stories help us grow in our faith.

What are we looking for?

What will we do with your story?

  • Short stories that reveal how you have seen God acting in your life.
  • Stories that do not place identifiable persons in a negative light.
  • Suggested Topics (Click Here)

  • Stories will be cataloged for Father Anthony so that he will have this resource of parishioner experiences to draw upon.
  • ALL submissions will be confidential unless we have permission to publish.
  • With permission, stories may be selected to appear on the Parish website after content has been reviewed.
  • Pending future development of the Storytelling Project at OLMC, stories may be expanded into different formats (e.g. video).


Article by Bruce Feiler, NY Times,  illustrates the effect family stories have on children.


Daniel McDermon details “How to Tell a Story” for oral storytelling recommending spoken to written and back to a polished spoken version of your story.

Five C’s of Storytelling:

  •   Character Development
  •   Conflict Build Up
  •   Response to the Conflict
  •   Climax or End Result
  •   Closing Statement