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 […]

Should Your Parish Offer WiFi?

Every year we are drawing closer to the moment when every man, woman, and child has an internet-enabled device on them at all times. Love it or hate it, that’s the way the culture is going. All of this begs the question – should your parish offer WiFi to guests?  Here are a few points […]

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 […]

Introduce Parishioners to the Saints

There are just so many saints. Everyone has their patrons, their favorites, and the ones they don’t understand. There’s an easy way to systematically introduce parishioners to lesser-known saints or saints with a local connection. Choose four or five who you think are particularly special, order a few hundred prayer cards of each, and mix them […]

Radical Community at Your Parish

We are living in a time where community bonds are growing weaker, with churches and membership-based organizations losing members at an alarming rate. But Christ has called us to be a Church, a visible community of faith that reaches your neighborhood and across the world. The answer? Commit to creating a radical community at your parish. […]

Generational Barriers to Faith

This era of big data can be overwhelming, but surveys and polls can help your parish in its evangelization efforts. One of the best religious research organizations in America is the Barna Group, which regularly conducts large and well-regarded polls about religious belief. Here’s an interesting graphic from a 2018 poll they conducted about generational barriers […]

Equipping Parents to Equip Children

In 2018, St. Mary’s Press shocked the Church in North America when it published its research project, Going, Going Gone: Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics.  The report showed that most young Catholics who stopped believing or caring about their religious identity did so around age 13, and that 87% of young people who left Catholicism stated […]

Celebrating Baptisms in a New Way

How is your parish celebrating baptisms? Outside of the sacrament itself, there are lots of ways to commemorate a new life claimed in Christ. Here are just a few thoughts: Start a program where each newly baptized infant receives a “Welcome to God’s family!” card one week after his or her baptism. Bonus points if […]