Vibrant Parish Toolkit

Helping Families Stay Engaged Past First Communion

Every Spring, kids get dressed up in white dresses or little suits and walk into a church packed with parents, siblings, and grandparents to watch the young ones receive Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time in Holy Communion. But the sad reality is that some families see First Communion as a rite of passage but end up not maintaining a faith life for themselves or their children.

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Tips to Honor Your Administrative Staff

Your administrative staff is invaluable at your office. They manage day-to-day responsibilities and, when needed, put out those little metaphorical fires that sometimes pop up. Here are some ways you can show your appreciation for your colleagues.

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Parish Ministries – Should It Stay or Should It Go?

Every so often, a parish must re-evaluate its offering of ministries or programs to see if it’s serving its original purpose. Sometimes, if you find that a particular group has dwindling involvement, it may be time to cut that ministry back.

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Make the Most of Your Brainstorming Sessions

When a parish wants to tackle a project, often a group of people — including the priest, parish staff, and other leadership — will get together to plan or problem solve. Follow these tips to make these meetings more fruitful.

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Invest in Children’s Ministry for a Healthy Parish

It takes volunteer efforts, time, and money to create a successful children’s ministry program. But it’s an investment that can lead to a richer faith life for children. If your parish is looking into implementing one, here’s what you need to consider.

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How To Know When It’s Time To ReBrand Your Parish

Is your website responsive? Is your logo up to date with today’s trends? When was the last time you looked at updating your weekly bulletin? Here are a few things to look at when deciding whether it’s time to rebrand your parish.

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4 Ways to Keep Parishioners Engaged During the Coronavirus

With the Coronavirus in full swing, how can we find ways to spiritually support and engage our congregations during this time of fear and uncertainty? Following are four ways to support your parishioners whether they’re in the pews or not.

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The Intricate Relationship Between Donor & Receiver

Parishes need donors to sustain their ministries — but what’s in it for the person giving the money? Here are some reasons why parishioners and visitors give to a parish and ways that we can take their giving to the next level.

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The Incredible Benefits of Parish Volunteers

With pastors responsible for multiple parishes, parish staff tasked with many congregations, and everyone doing more with less, volunteers are an essential part of the church. All you need is a little recruitment, an examining of their gifts, and a way to keep it all on track.

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Preaching for the Next Generation

Writing homilies is often one of a priest’s biggest challenges — particularly as he considers preaching to the younger generations. So how can priests tailor their homilies to be more engaging, especially for the younger generation? See some tips below.

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5 Top Lent Ideas for your Parish

It’s already time to start thinking of ways to help your parishioners get the most out of it this coming Lent. From online reflection programs to reminders on your social media feeds, here are five ways to help your members navigate to a better relationship with Christ in 2020.

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