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 […]

Gather Digital Prayer Requests

There is an entire universe of priests who are active on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. In addition to their own local duties, they minister to people online, evangelizing, catechizing, and counseling the laity on these platforms. In the last few years, one of the most edifying and powerful things some of them […]

The Church’s Response to Loneliness

Many clergy, theologians, and lay ministers have been thinking about the Church’s response to loneliness. Study after study has shown that there’s an epidemic of loneliness in modern life. Life in Christ is the answer – joining the One Body that makes up the Church and experiencing true love and friendship. If you feel there are people […]

The School of Prayer

Many Christians – Catholics and Protestants alike – think they are bad at prayer and are embarrassed about it. And generations of Catholic catechesis and education has assumed that everyone knows how to pray and doesn’t need to be taught. Wrong. WRONG. WRONG! Even Jesus’ disciples beg Him, “Lord, teach us to pray!” All the […]

Check Out Great Catholic Preaching

Catholicism isn’t necessarily known for its rousing homilies (at least in this day and age), but we are blessed with numerous gifted preachers in our Church. One resource that highlights many of these deacons, priests, and bishops is Great Catholic Preaching. The GCP team crowdsources audio and video recordings of some of the great preachers of […]

Stewardship a Disciple’s Response

December 31 is just nine short months away, and with it will come year-end giving decisions for many of your parishioners. In addition to reminding them of the tax benefits and various ways they can support the parish, you also need to give them food for thought so their giving is in line with their […]