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.

Gripping Theatre Productions Bring the Faith to Life

Theater of the Word, Inc. presents a creative method for preaching the gospel and building the Church.

Parish: Immaculate Heart of Mary, New Melle, MO, Archdiocese of St. Louis
Categories: Faith Formation, Outreach

Reinvigorating Lapsed Catholics

Tested program takes the initiative in bringing distant Catholics back to the Church.

Parish: Our Lady of the Way, Petrie Parish, Petrie, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Archdiocese of Brisbane
Categories: Faith Formation, Outreach

Reenergize Parishioners with Life-Changing Pilgrimage

Catholic apologist Steve Ray energizes priests and parishioners with dynamic pilgrimages to the birthplaces of Christianity.

Parish: Transfiguration Catholic Church, Ypsilanti, MI, Diocese of Lansing
Categories: Faith Formation, Ongoing Priestly Formation, Youth

High Level Scripture Study for Hungry Souls

Catholic Scripture Study International sets a high standard for excellence and depth in Catholic Bible studies.

Parish: St. John Neumann, Canton, MI, Archdiocese of Detroit
Categories: Faith Formation, Outreach, Sacraments, Youth

Parish Conference Stirs up Faith and Fervor

A parish-based conference helps passive parishioners become more active in their faith.


Teaching Married Couples to Pray Together

Six-week program builds intimacy through praying together.

Parish: Our Lady of Good Counsel, Plymouth, MI 48170, Archdiocese of Detroit
Categories: Administration and Finance, Faith Formation, Family, Outreach, Youth

Increase Efficiency without Losing Personal Touch

Progressive dinner allows priest to reach out in a personal way to multiple families in just one night.

Parish: Mary Queen Of Peace, Rogers, MN, Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis
Categories: Family, Outreach

Weblog Keeps Choir on Same Page

Weblogs, YouTube Feeds, and Musicasacra.org links help make an interactive blogspot that brings a parish music program into the information age.

Parish: Sts.Boniface and Mary Churches, Piqua, OH, Archdiocese of Cinncinati; http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/
Category: Sacraments

Bolstering Eucharistic Adoration

Parish team finds creative ways to boost perpetual adoration.

Parish: St Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Naperville, Illinois, Diocese of Joliet
Categories: Faith Formation, Outreach, Sacraments, Vocation Promotion, Youth

Prayer-Blanket Ministry Unites Parishioners with the Sick

Parishioners find joy in giving prayers and comfort to those in need.

Parish: St Matthew's Parish, Jacksonville, FL 32210, Diocese of St Augustine
Category: Outreach