Vibrant Parish Toolkit

Solving Everyday Parish Finance Issues

The heating bill, payroll for your office of staff members, & reimbursement checks are a few parish expenses. These little day-to-day tasks can add up to big problems without proper handling.

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Simple Ideas to Build Church Community

When I return to my hometown and join my parents for Sunday Mass, the only thing that’s changed is the new little faces with wide eyes reaching for their dessert in the church basement.

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Your Faith Community on Facebook

Facebook can be an invaluable tool for fostering engagement with newcomers and can serve as a vital source of genuine connection for your members. Utilizing the helpful features on your parish profile — even just a few — will help keep your presence vibrant both in person and on the web.

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the power of storytelling

Giving & The Power of Storytelling

Your church has a mission, and it has a story — hundreds of them, in fact! Learn why stories impact us, and discover ways your parish can harness the power of storytelling.

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Hospitality as a Way of Life

The slumbering church is awakening. We are realizing that our pews are empty, our familiar way of doing things isn’t working, and we are facing an unexpected future. We are asking how we will be viable in the years to come. How will we bring back our young people, our Gen -Xers and a growing […]

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From Visitor to Parishioner: Online Registration for Easter

A young family is new in town and they found your Easter Mass times online. When Easter morning comes around, they arrive at your doors and are greeted warmly by your hospitality team. They look around to see the flowers and decorations. They are inspired by the music and dynamic homily. They’re moved by the […]

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Learn From Hawaiian Hospitality

On a recent trip to Maui to visit family, I learned a word and fell in love with it! The word is ohana. According to the Urban Dictionary, “Ohana means nobody gets left behind. It can also refer to a close group of friends or class that resemble a family.” I was so happy to […]

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3 Lenten Preparation Tips for Church Employees

“Is Stations of the Cross in the bulletin?” “Who submitted the invoice for the parish mission speaker? “The confirmation retreat is the weekend after Ash Wednesday. We can’t order pepperoni pizza for Friday! Change the order!” If these concerns sound familiar to you, you might be a church employee! Lenten considerations look a little different […]

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Your Parish Collaboration Needs a Brand

We live in a changing religious landscape. Areas that once featured a Catholic Church on every block now find themselves unable to support the infrastructure while suburban parishes boom and expand. New immigrant arrivals mean ethnically and linguistically diverse parishes. Newly ordained priests don’t always replace the numbers who retire. In many dioceses, this means […]

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New Year, New Dreams

I am so happy for 2018. I love fresh starts! My calendar is new — no crossed-out appointments, no rescheduled meetings — just fresh new days and empty pages ready to be filled. I spent an afternoon getting my new planner all set for the year, adding meetings and things I knew were coming up. […]

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4 Tips to Prepare Your Catholic Parish for Advent

It may not be Thanksgiving yet, but if your parish has not begun Advent preparation, you might not be ready for the season of readiness!

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Vibrant Witness: Living the Gift of Hospitality

Where do we learn what it means to live and to love? Jane Angha shares how her mother’s example gave her values for a lifetime: the gift of hospitality.

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