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.

Jan 21, 2008: Singer Gretchen Harris Teaches Prayer through Song

Parish: St. Francis of Assisi, Bakersfield, CA, Diocese of Fresno

Jan 14, 2008: 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

Dec 10, 2007: 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

Dec 3, 2007: Simple formula for a revitalizing monthly get-together for priests

Parish: St. Ann's, Charlotte, NC, Diocese of Charlotte

Nov 26, 2007: Holy Family Apostolate Gives Christ through Song, Stories, and Personal Testimonies

Parish: St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Portland, Oregon, Portland

Nov 19, 2007: A simple seminarian "adoption" program sparks active discernment among parish young people.

Parish: Southern Catholic College, Dawsonville, GA, Archdiocese of Atlanta

Oct 15, 2007: 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

Oct 8, 2007: "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

Oct 1, 2007: Unitours pilgrimages bolster parishioners' faith without overloading pastors' schedules.

Parish: Holy Cross, Flatbush, NY, Diocese of Brooklyn

Sep 24, 2007: 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

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