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.

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.

Parish: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton , Hastings, Minnesota , Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Categories: Outreach, Faith Formation

May 7, 2007: Parishioners launch youth missionaries by purchasing "Stock In Youth"

Parish: Church of St. Michael , St. Michael , Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Categories: Youth, Administration and Finance

Apr 30, 2007: Daily communicants contribute 15% of Parish's weekly contributions. Commuters join parish as Associate Members.

Parish: St. Olaf , Minneapolis , Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Categories: Outreach, Administration and Finance

Apr 23, 2007: Simultaneous prayer vigils at abortion clinic and parish, followed by Mass with candles representing aborted babies, multiply parish pro-life efforts.

Parish: Holy Family Catholic Church , St. Louis Park, MN , Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis
Categories: Youth, Outreach, Family, Faith Formation

Apr 16, 2007: Going from no adoration to a full schedule of perpetual adoration in just one month -- and sustaining it for years.

Parish: St. Paschal Baylon , Thousand Oaks, CA , Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Categories: Vocation Promotion, Sacraments

Apr 9, 2007: Simple, easy-to-implement program stirs spontaneous interest in vocations among both boys and girls.

Parish: Church of St. John , Foley, Minnesota , Diocese of St. Cloud
Categories: Youth, Vocation Promotion, Family

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.

Parish: St. Stanislaus Kostka , Chicago, IL , Archdiocese of Chicago
Categories: Youth, Sacraments, Outreach, Family, Faith Formation

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.

Parish: St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church , Lafayette , Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana
Categories: Youth, Vocation Promotion, Sacraments, Outreach, Faith Formation

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.

Parish: St. John Vianney
, Northlake, IL , Archdiocese of Chicago
Category: Faith Formation

Feb 19, 2007: Young people and Catholics of all ages flock to this All Night Vigil for prayer, confession, and fellowship.

Parish: Our Lady of Peace
, New York , New York
Categories: Youth, Sacraments, Outreach, Faith Formation

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