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 […]

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 […]

Giving Frequent Blessings

The Book of Blessings, used in almost every Catholic church since the 1980s, is full of ritual blessings for everything from rosaries to fishing gear (seriously, there’s a blessing for fishing gear in there). As you look ahead to the start of another busy school year of ministry, evangelization, and religious education later this calendar […]

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: […]

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 […]

Taking Prayer Requests Online

Maybe you take prayer requests at your Catholic parish, but have you ever considered taking prayer requests online? In our work with we promote clean, simple online giving forms. Today, consider adding just one more field to your giving page – a prayer request form. By asking a donor to share his or her prayer […]

Every Knee Shall Bow

We are all called to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. However, we are often at a loss as to how we can do that well. Enter Every Knee Shall Bow (EKSB), a new podcast from Ascension Press. Every Knee Shall Bow is hosted by two amazing lay evangelists, Michael Gormley, also known as […]

Count Your Blessings at the Parish

When’s the last time you took a moment to count your blessings at the parish? We’ve all heard it before: an “attitude of gratitude” can make all the difference in someone’s life. But how do you practice gratitude on a parish-wide level at your Catholic church? Earlier we shared how you can begin thanking volunteers […]