A Return to Normalcy?

Is a return to normalcy coming soon? Even while social distancing continues around the world, it’s time to begin thinking about the first normal day back at the parish, perhaps once a vaccine is available. No doubt the first Sunday Mass will be a poignant celebration for everyone. You want to acknowledge the hardships everyone […]

Using Parishioner Spotlights

Ever wonder about that new family two pews down from you? They have been attending Mass regularly, but you never see them stay for coffee and donuts. I wonder where they are from. Why did they join our parish? Are they interested in joining a ministry? There are plenty of ways you can engage new parishioners. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Use the Newsfeed for Good

Ever wondered how the Facebook newsfeed works? As of 2019, it takes into account millions of factors when determining what appears in your parishioners’ feeds. But the three most important factors are still 1) which pages your parishioners have liked and followed, 2) what sort of posts they like, share, and comment on, and 3) […]

Social Media’s 80/20 Rule

Do you know social media’s 80/20 rule? It’s the same as the 80/20 rule in other areas of Catholic parish life. If you review your parish finances, it’s highly likely that 80 percent of your offertory comes from 20 percent of your families. Likewise, 20 percent of your volunteers are completing 80 percent of your […]