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.
Bible Study Resource Stirs Massive Response
May 14, 2007: Jeff Cavins's adult Bible Study material made Scripture and Church teaching relevant, satisfying, and stimulating for over 800 participants in a 24-week program.
Categories: Outreach, Faith Formation
Youth Group Raises Its Own Funds with Gusto
May 7, 2007: Parishioners launch youth missionaries by purchasing "Stock In Youth"
Categories: Youth, Administration and Finance
Collections at Daily Mass Boost Parish Morale and Funds
Apr 30, 2007: Daily communicants contribute 15% of Parish's weekly contributions. Commuters join parish as Associate Members.
Categories: Outreach, Administration and Finance
Two-Pronged Vigil Ups Pro-Life Participation
Apr 23, 2007: Simultaneous prayer vigils at abortion clinic and parish, followed by Mass with candles representing aborted babies, multiply parish pro-life efforts.
Categories: Youth, Outreach, Family, Faith Formation
Successfully Launching Perpetual Adoration
Apr 16, 2007: Going from no adoration to a full schedule of perpetual adoration in just one month -- and sustaining it for years.
Categories: Vocation Promotion, Sacraments
Traveling Chalice and Statue Spur Vocations
Apr 9, 2007: Simple, easy-to-implement program stirs spontaneous interest in vocations among both boys and girls.
Categories: Youth, Vocation Promotion, Family
Mission Is Possible
Mar 22, 2007: A summer Youth for the Third Millennium (YTM) mission "jump started" a parish's Holy Week mission, resulting in eight new families joining the parish and five new students enrolling in the parish school.
Categories: Youth, Sacraments, Outreach, Family, Faith Formation
Knights Energize Youth & Churn Out Vocations
Mar 13, 2007: Following St. Maximilian Kolbe's motto, "To win all souls for God, and as soon as possible," the "Youth Knights of the Immaculata" have helped our youth group give the Church 25 vocations in 13 years.
Categories: Youth, Vocation Promotion, Sacraments, Outreach, Faith Formation
Breaking Catholic News Reaches Parish Bulletin
Mar 6, 2007: Zenit News articles bring solid, worldwide Catholic news to the parish level, adding something new and fresh to the bulletin, without incurring additonal cost.
, Northlake, IL , Archdiocese of Chicago
Category: Faith Formation
All Night Vigil Is Hidden Source of Spiritual Vitality
Feb 19, 2007: Young people and Catholics of all ages flock to this All Night Vigil for prayer, confession, and fellowship.
, New York , New York
Categories: Youth, Sacraments, Outreach, Faith Formation