Vibrant Parish Toolkit

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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Re-imagining Advent in a Pandemic

With the season marking the start of the new liturgical year, it’s time for the spirit of creativity to take hold in your plans. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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4 End-of-Year Donation Appeal Templates

As we prepare to close the books on 2020, now is the perfect time to start planning your end of year donation requests. Here are four ready-to-use templates to utilize in your own end of year donation push.

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52 Sundays Brings Families Closer to Christ

Although Sunday has long since been a day designated to God, it rarely is. The Archdiocese of Detroit is trying to change that with its family resource, “52 Sundays.” It includes reflections on saints, a prayer activity, and a recipe for each week.

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The Process of Parish Reopening

Some think that many Catholics will jump back into Mass once churches reopen, while others theorize that some may never return. Wherever you are in your parish reopening plan, here are some ways to keep Mass and the Catholic faith at the forefront of your members in a safe way.

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The “Benefits” of a Difficult Conversation

As a pastor, you’re bound to run into some uncomfortable situations. Whether that be with a parishioner who is unhappy with the quality of the music, or a staff member feeling burned out and showing it, sometimes you need to have difficult conversations.

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What the Coronavirus is Teaching Churches About Evangelization

For parishes that haven’t focused as intently as they should have on evangelization, COVID-19 was a complete wake up call. The health pandemic taught parishes that they needed a back-up plan and ways to connect with members using as many digital methods as possible.

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Can Instagram Work for your Parish?

You already know that keeping your parish current on social media trends is just as important as any of your ministry offerings. More than likely, you already keep your website updated, post to Facebook regularly, and upload videos to YouTube. But are you active on Instagram?

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Weathering Your Parish Through Any Crisis

No one could have predicted what COVID-19 would do to our parishes. But by utilizing online resources and calling on parishioners to volunteer for help, parishes have proven that Church really isn’t a place – it’s who we are as people of God

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How Parishes Can “Reap a Harvest from Good SEEDs”

To strengthen and enliven parishes and dioceses in today’s ever-growing secular culture, we need to become harvesters of SEEDs. Tracy Earl Welliver and Fr. James Mallon tackle some important questions of how to move forward.

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3 Crowdfunding Examples to Inspire Your Annual Parish Appeal

With so many new ways of doing things changing every day, it’s inevitable that some parishes will need to get creative if they want to continue capturing the interest of their congregation. Here are some crowdfunding ideas that you can apply to your own parish.

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5 Ways Parishes are Making a “Catholic Comeback”

Your parish has adapted to doing the work of Christ digitally. Now that the country is beginning to open again, it’s time to ask the question — where do parishes go from here? Following are five things parishes are doing to make a “great Catholic comeback.”

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