Best Practices

Best Practices on this page include practical programs that have been successful in at least one parish, and that could potentially be implemented in other parishes. Browse for the latest Best Practices below or search across the multiple areas of parish life.

Feb 25, 2008: Do-it-yourself ENDOW small-group study program is inspiring hundreds of Catholic women by teaching their true dignity and vocation in the Church and the world.

Parish: St. Thomas More Catholic Church , Centennial, CO 80112 , Archdiocese of Denver
Categories: Outreach, Family, Faith Formation

Feb 18, 2008: Theology of the Body for Teens is a life-changing chastity program winning rave reviews from teens and teachers.

Parish: Shiner Catholic Church; Saints Cyril and Methodius , Shiner, TX 77984 , Diocese of Victoria
Categories: Youth, Vocation Promotion, Outreach, Faith Formation

Feb 4, 2008: Participation in financial ministry program grows close to 500% in one and one half years.

Parish: St. Vincent de Paul , Fort Wayne, IN , Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend
Categories: Outreach, Family, Faith Formation, Administration and Finance

Jan 21, 2008: Singer Gretchen Harris Teaches Prayer through Song

Parish: St. Francis of Assisi , Bakersfield, CA , Diocese of Fresno
Categories: Youth, Sacraments, Outreach, Family, Faith Formation, Administration and Finance

Jan 14, 2008: Getting your parishioners to go to Jesus through Mary, which is the core of St. Louis de Montfort's "True Devotion to Mary," fits into and unifies every aspect of parish life--from sacramental to devotional.

Parish: St. Charles Church , Bellows Falls, VT 05101 , Diocese of Burlington
Categories: Family, Faith Formation

Dec 10, 2007: Turning post-Confirmation teens religious education into "training" for a kind of "Special Forces Evangelizing Team" TRIPLED class attendance.

Parish: Holy Spirit , Annandale, VA 22003-4165 , Diocese of Arlington
Categories: Youth, Faith Formation

Dec 3, 2007: Simple formula for a revitalizing monthly get-together for priests

Parish: St. Ann's , Charlotte, NC , Diocese of Charlotte
Category: Ongoing Priestly Formation

Nov 26, 2007: Holy Family Apostolate Gives Christ through Song, Stories, and Personal Testimonies

Parish: St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church , Portland, Oregon , Portland
Categories: Youth, Sacraments, Outreach, Family, Faith Formation

Nov 19, 2007: A simple seminarian "adoption" program sparks active discernment among parish young people.

Parish: Southern Catholic College , Dawsonville, GA , Archdiocese of Atlanta
Categories: Youth, Vocation Promotion

Oct 15, 2007: Architect Henry Hardinge Menzies combines architectural excellence and an exquisite sense of the sacred in his church renovations.

Parish: St. Augustine's Parish
, Bridgeport, CT , Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport
Category: Administration and Finance

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