Committing to Child Care

If you’re looking to make your parish more family-friendly, the next best thing is not free parenting classes or Dave Ramsey money management classes. It’s committing to child care. That’s it. The number one thing stopping young families from becoming more involved in your parish is not that young people are godless heathens or shallow goof-offs […]

Appeals, campaigns, and events

Not all fundraising activities are created equal. All parish and school fundraising opportunities are unique and while your leaders likely have a firm grasp on how they differ, it’s important to let your parishioners and school families know the purpose and goal of each fundraising event. Consider the following as a general outline to separate […]

Saint Dymphna’s Playbook Podcast

Parish clergy and staff are often on the frontlines, dealing with mental health issues, and we know it can be a challenge. After all, you provide spiritual care, not necessarily psychological care – though the two are completely intertwined. If you’re looking for some informal assistance while you are busy helping parishioners, check out the Saint […]

Worst Fundraising Ideas Ever

Magazine subscriptions. Chocolate sales. Caramel corn delivery services. We’ve all participated in these sorts of gimmicky fundraising schemes, hawked by companies that claim their particular product will raise tens of thousands of dollars for your Catholic parish. They tend to be some of the worst fundraising ideas ever. Here are four reasons to avoid them […]

The Power of Personal Invitation

You’re getting bombarded with new programs every week – ministry programs that claim to lead hundreds into RCIA, pack the pews, invigorate the young people in your church and so on. It’s a sign of the times. We all know that demographically, Catholicism is declining in the Western Hemisphere, and we are all looking for […]

You Get What You Ask For

The CSM team often works with pastors and staff that say, “We wish parishioners would increase their financial support.” The response that we offer, though simple, often comes as a surprise to many. We ask in return, “Have you asked for it?”  People are willing to increase their support if they feel engaged in the mission and […]

Start Your Meetings on Time

For years I sat on the finance committee of St. Leo’s parish in Omaha, Nebraska. And, unlike many parish meetings that I’ve attended over the years, these meetings always started on time. What was the secret? “Father,” I asked, “how do you start your meetings on time?” It was standing policy that the last person to […]

Revisit Novo Millennio Ineunte

On the Feast of the Epiphany, 2001, Pope Saint John Paul II published “Novo Millenio Ineunte,” or “At the Dawn of the New Millenium,” his strategy for the Church in 2001 and beyond. (See here for the full text.) As cultural Catholicism is fading away, the Church in North America is returning to a missionary […]