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.

Adaptation of "True Devotion" Unifies and Vivifies Parish

Getting your parishioners to go to Jesus through Mary, which is the core of St. Louis de Montfort's "True Devotion to Mary," fits into and unifies every aspect of parish life--from sacramental to devotional.

Parish: St. Charles Church, Bellows Falls, VT 05101, Diocese of Burlington
Categories: Faith Formation, Family

Basic Training to Defend the Faith

Turning post-Confirmation teens religious education into "training" for a kind of "Special Forces Evangelizing Team" TRIPLED class attendance.

Parish: Holy Spirit, Annandale, VA 22003-4165, Diocese of Arlington
Categories: Faith Formation, Youth

Keeping the Spiritual Gas Tank Full

Simple formula for a revitalizing monthly get-together for priests

Parish: St. Ann's, Charlotte, NC, Diocese of Charlotte
Category: Ongoing Priestly Formation

Traveling Music Ministry Renews Parishes & Families

Holy Family Apostolate Gives Christ through Song, Stories, and Personal Testimonies

Parish: St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Portland, Oregon, Portland
Categories: Faith Formation, Family, Outreach, Sacraments, Youth

Multiplying Vocations by Adopting Seminarians

A simple seminarian "adoption" program sparks active discernment among parish young people.

Parish: Southern Catholic College, Dawsonville, GA, Archdiocese of Atlanta
Categories: Vocation Promotion, Youth

Renovating Churches with Style, Grace, and Truth

Architect Henry Hardinge Menzies combines architectural excellence and an exquisite sense of the sacred in his church renovations.

Parish: St. Augustine's Parish, Bridgeport, CT, Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport
Category: Administration and Finance

"Bible-Study-In-A-Box" Multiplies Pastor's Efforts

"Catholic Scripture Study" (CSS) is a substantial, engaging, do-it-yourself, and thoroughly Catholic Bible Study that is spreading like wildfire."

Parish: St. Vincent De Paul, Charlotte, NC, Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte
Categories: Faith Formation, Outreach, Youth

Hassle-free Pilgrimages for Parishes

Unitours pilgrimages bolster parishioners' faith without overloading pastors' schedules.

Parish: Holy Cross, Flatbush, NY, Diocese of Brooklyn
Categories: Administration and Finance, Faith Formation, Family, Ongoing Priestly Formation, Sacraments, Youth

Becoming Scripture-Smart Catholics

Moses and the Torah: the latest book in a lay-friendly Catholic Bible study series

Parish: Sacred Heart Cathedral, Glendive, Montana, Diocese of Great Falls - Billings
Categories: Faith Formation, Family, Ongoing Priestly Formation, Outreach, Youth

"Fiat" Girls Love Christ in the Eucharist and Spread His Joy

When seventh-grade girls start asking how they can learn to hear God's voice more clearly, the fruits of "Fiat" are clear.

Parish: Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Annandale, VA 22003-4165, Arlington
Category: Youth