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.
Reinvigorated Catholic Women Invigorate Their Parish
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.
Categories: Outreach, Family, Faith Formation
Insight into Theology of the Body Gives Teens Hope
Feb 18, 2008: Theology of the Body for Teens is a life-changing chastity program winning rave reviews from teens and teachers.
Categories: Youth, Vocation Promotion, Outreach, Faith Formation
Managing Money Responsibly in Light of Catholic Teachings
Feb 4, 2008: Participation in financial ministry program grows close to 500% in one and one half years.
Categories: Outreach, Family, Faith Formation, Administration and Finance
Igniting Catholics with the Fire of Faith
Jan 21, 2008: Singer Gretchen Harris Teaches Prayer through Song
Categories: Youth, Sacraments, Outreach, Family, Faith Formation, Administration and Finance
Adaptation of "True Devotion" Unifies and Vivifies Parish
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.
Categories: Family, Faith Formation
Basic Training to Defend the Faith
Dec 10, 2007: Turning post-Confirmation teens religious education into "training" for a kind of "Special Forces Evangelizing Team" TRIPLED class attendance.
Categories: Youth, Faith Formation
Keeping the Spiritual Gas Tank Full
Dec 3, 2007: Simple formula for a revitalizing monthly get-together for priests
Category: Ongoing Priestly Formation
Traveling Music Ministry Renews Parishes & Families
Nov 26, 2007: Holy Family Apostolate Gives Christ through Song, Stories, and Personal Testimonies
Categories: Youth, Sacraments, Outreach, Family, Faith Formation
Multiplying Vocations by Adopting Seminarians
Nov 19, 2007: A simple seminarian "adoption" program sparks active discernment among parish young people.
Categories: Youth, Vocation Promotion
Renovating Churches with Style, Grace, and Truth
Oct 15, 2007: Architect Henry Hardinge Menzies combines architectural excellence and an exquisite sense of the sacred in his church renovations.
, Bridgeport, CT , Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport
Category: Administration and Finance