Vibrant Parish Toolkit

Pastors: How to Tell Your Story Through the Homily

Congregations appreciate being invited into their pastor’s personal experiences, but sharing your conversion story, background, and life experiences can be an intimidating task. Here are five tips for sharing your story through the homily

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How Your Parish Can Help Families Instill the Importance of Giving

The time is now for children to learn the importance of stewardship because they are hearing plenty of counterproductive messages. Here are some ways you can help families at your parish teach children to look outside of themselves, helping to cultivate a generation of stewards for tomorrow.

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5 Reasons Your Parishioners Aren’t Giving on a Regular Basis

It’s an ongoing problem for all Catholic parishes: financial stewardship. Here are some common reasons why even faithful churchgoers aren’t giving to their parish on a regular basis.

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How to Invite your Parishioners (Safely) Back to Mass

Whether your parish has begun holding public Mass again or is still in the planning stages, the reality for many churches is that turnout is lower than expected. Here are some things to consider that may help your parishioners feel welcomed, safe, and encouraged to return.

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4 Reasons Why First Time Guests Are Not Joining Your Church

People are more willing than ever to attend churches further away if it means their spiritual needs are being met. If you find yourself with a revolving door parish, here are four things to consider that help first-time visitors become life-long members.

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Lent in 2021

If your parish is looking for new ways to engage and invite your parishioners into deeper communion with Christ this Lent, take a look at one parish’s COVID-19 Lenten schedule, and adapt it based on your parish’s wants and needs.

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This Lent, Begin by Focusing on Yourself

As we begin to prepare our communities for the upcoming Lenten season, it’s time to admit something difficult but truthful: we can’t fill our parishioners’ spiritual buckets if ours are running on empty. Following are some ways you can step back and renew your faith.

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3 Ideas to Build Your Church Community Post-COVID

While we still have months before many of us will see the vaccine, now is the time to prepare to welcome our parishioners back to the fold. Here are three simple ideas you can build upon to ensure your members continue their relationship with Christ.

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Why WeShare is Perfect for your School

With Catholic Schools Week right around the corner, your faith community will have the opportunity to celebrate what makes your parochial school so great. Your parish school provides an excellent, well-rounded education with Jesus Christ at the center of it all.

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Hope Wins the Day

What will the year 2021 have in store for us all? The truth is we never really know what each new day holds. When we focus on what we do know, instead of what we do not, that is when hope comes alive, and our lives have true meaning so we can look forward to each new day.

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Does Your Parish Know About Grants?

If you haven’t yet discovered, grants are a great resource to tap into. The key is locating ones that your parish qualifies for, and then writing a formal and complete proposal. Here are some things to keep in mind as you consider your grant options.

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The Changing Roles of Ushers & Parish Volunteers

You need to do everything in your control to keep your parishioners safe so they can come back to worship. In order to do this, church leaders need to assemble a team of volunteers to tackle the many tasks associated with it.

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