Financial Transparency at the Parish

For centuries religious institutions were some of the most trusted organizations in most cultures. But in the modern era, suspicion of all authority figures and public institutions is on the rise. The “Me Too” era has shined a light into many dark areas of our culture, exposing abuse and corruption. (See here for an example of what […]

Publishing Mass Times on Facebook

Earlier this month I mentioned that 95% of your website visitors are just looking for Mass times. The same is true for people who search for your church on Facebook. Are you publishing Mass times on Facebook? The best place to display Mass times on Facebook is in your page’s “About” section, under your “Story”: […]

Bishop Barron meets Jordan Peterson

Have you heard the latest – Bishop Barron meets Jordan Peterson? In the last few years, Canadian psychologist Jordan B. Peterson has risen to fame, particularly among young men in the United States and Canada, for his socially conservative, no-nonsense approach to the issues of the day. His lectures, many of which examine Biblical narratives […]

Publish Your Mass Times Everywhere

What are 95% of the visitors to your parish website looking for? Mass times. That’s it. This was brought home to our staff this week when we spotted this Tweet by Catholic evangelist Meg Hunter-Kilmer (see below). The long and short of it? Publish your Mass times everywhere! Stop what you’re doing and open your […]

A Future Without Bulletins?

The Sunday bulletin has been a staple of Catholic life in North America for more than 75 years. But as almost all areas of life become digital, a paper bulletin may soon become a thing of the past (and maybe you’re already moving toward digital fundraising letters). Can we imagine a future without bulletins? What […]

Using Personal Testimonials

As the church in North America continues to change, many parishes are moving from organizations focused on maintaining the status quo to communities focused on missionary discipleship. One of the easiest ways to begin this journey is to encourage that every parish meeting, event, or community gathering open with someone sharing a short personal testimonial […]

Responding to Church Scandals

A year after the clergy abuse crisis came to light again, news reports continue to come out that can disturb and frighten Catholics. If you, your pastor, or a parishioner are seeking healthy, healing ways to respond, you need to consider how you’re responding to Church scandals. Here are two excellent resources to get started: […]

Implementing Welcome Teams

Hopefully it’s easy for new parishioners to register at your parish. What happens after a new household registers is just as important as the registration itself. An increasing number of parishes in North America are implementing welcome teams to help draw new parishioners closer to the heart of the community. Here are a few way to get started: Choose […]

Using Intercessory Prayer Teams

Saint James writes in his epistle that “the fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful” (Jsa 5:13). We have all seen the power of prayer at work in our parish communities. This is the reason that the Archdiocese of Detroit requested that every parish launch an intercessory prayer team leading up to its 2016 […]

Follow CARA at Georgetown University

Last month we included a post about the number of people entering the Catholic Church in the United States and around the world. That information came from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), which was founded at Georgetown University in 1964. Over the last 55 years, CARA has been researching demographic trends […]