Best Practices

Best Practices on this page include practical programs that have been successful in at least one parish, and that could potentially be implemented in other parishes. Browse for the latest Best Practices below or search across the multiple areas of parish life.

Young People Learn True Meaning of Happiness

Parish Uses “Healing the Culture” Program to Educate Its Youth

Parish: St. Mark, Shoreline, Washington, Seattle
Categories: Faith Formation, Sacraments, Youth

School of Virtue: K4J Helps Catholic Parish & School

St. Thomas More uses K4J School of Virtue Program to enhance its catechesis.

Parish: St. Thomas More, Pittsburgh, PA, Pittsburgh
Categories: Faith Formation, Youth

Parish VBS Offers Truly Catholic Curriculum

St. Mary's Vacation Bible School enhances religious education program.

Parish: St. Mary's Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Diocese of Kalamazoo
Categories: Faith Formation, Family, Outreach, Youth

Making Pentecost Come Alive for Kids and Parents

A simple, powerfully effective method for families and parishes to recognize the gifts of the Holy Spirit within their children.

Parish: Saint Joseph's Catholic Church, Palmyra, MO, Diocese of Jefferson City
Categories: Faith Formation, Family, Youth

24 Hours of Grace

Priests come together to offer 24 hours of Reconciliation and adoration for those who need it most.

Parish: Church of St. Mary, Lake Forest, IL 60045, Archdiocese of Chicago
Categories: Outreach, Sacraments

Parish Night at the Movies

Ignatius Press offers a redeeming alternative to the usual movie rental fare.

Parish: St. Peter's/All Hallow's Catholic Church, Sacramento, CA, Diocese of Sacramento
Categories: Administration and Finance, Family, Outreach, Youth

Balancing "Ordinary" and "Extraordinary"

Pastors enrich parish worship through flexible application of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum without causing controversy.

Parish: Holy Angels, Mt. Airy, NC, Diocese of Charlotte
Categories: Ongoing Priestly Formation, Sacraments

A Parish Retreat That Overflows - in Numbers and in Grace

Matthew Kelly's retreats spark conversions and and a new impulse toward holiness among parishioners.

Parish: SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Huntington, IN 46750, Fort Wayne - South Bend
Categories: Faith Formation, Family, Outreach, Sacraments, Youth

Transforming Parishioners into Lay Apostles

Called and Gifted Seminars provide lay parishioners with a substantial, practical, and motivational understanding of authentic lay spirituality and apostolate.

Parish: St. Dominic Catholic Church, San Francisco, CA, Archdiocese of San Francisco
Category: Faith Formation

Heavenly Music for Your Parish

Annual CMAA Sacred Music Colloquium Renews Parish Music Programs