Great Catholic Parishes

Author: William E. Simon
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
ISBN: 1594714185
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What is really happening in the Catholic Church in North America? Are parishes thriving or dying? Is dissatisfaction among Catholics growing or are they becoming more engaged in the evangelizing mission of the Church? Businessman, professor, and philanthropist, William E. Simon Jr. has been highly influenced by the dynamic and inspiring Catholic parishes he has attended for more than 25 years. In 2012, he founded Parish Catalyst, an organization devoted to researching and supporting the health and development of Catholic parishes. Great Catholic Parishes looks at Simon’s insights and the success stories of 244 vibrant parishes to show what makes them great. In 2012 and 2013, Simon and his team studied 244 Catholic parishes to determine what made them exceptional. The study found that all of the parishes shared four foundational practices that led to a profound sense of belonging within their parish communities and a deepening commitment to discipleship: Share leadership by using clergy and lay staff with the best talents and skills to direct the community Foster spiritual maturity and plan for discipleship by offering a variety of formation programs and ministry opportunities to reach parishioners at differing points in their lives Excel on Sundays by dedicating significant time, energy, and money to liturgical celebrations that parishioners and visitors find welcoming Intentionally evangelize by challenging insiders to look outward and providing service programs, social events, global mission opportunities, and pastoral care at key sacramental moments that focus on inviting outsiders to deeper relationship with Christ and the Church. In Great Catholic Parishes, Simon shares personal stories such as finding a welcoming parish home and what he learned about evangelizing from a mission trip to Kenya. Pastors from exceptional parishes offer helpful ideas, strategic advice, and practical strategies, as well as anecdotes about lay ministry development initiatives and reworking religious education so that it is family focused and web-based. You will also learn creative solutions to familiar challenges such as spiritual stagnation among parishioners, reconciling diverse needs in the parish, allowing the pastor to focus on pastoring and preaching, and reaching youth and young adults who leave the Church in disproportionate numbers. Each chapter closes with either crucial takeaways or a summary of practical challenges that will help pastors and leaders focus on growth and excellence.

22 Steps To A Great Catholic Parish

Author: James N. Reinhardt
Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications
ISBN: 9781585957958
Size: 45.14 MB
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In these pages parish leaders (and parishioners) will find practical, tangible, and specific plans for transforming their parish into a place where all this can happen--and more. The author also shares personal experiences around these issues as examples of how the parish can be the place where Catholics enthusiastically share and live their faith. Topics include Sunday liturgy, prayer, stewardship, evangelization, communication, catechesis, staff development, thinking green, and many other practical parish issues.

Excellent Catholic Parishes

Author: Paul Wilkes
Publisher: Paulist Press
ISBN: 9780809139927
Size: 57.96 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
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The author provides an in-depth look at eight diverse models of excellence, a directory of hundreds of great parishes throughout the country, and listings of those traits common to excellence that can be reproduced in parishes everywhere.

The Cost Of Catholic Parishes And Schools

Author: Joseph Claude Harris
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781556128530
Size: 61.76 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
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Proposes concrete suggestions for approaching the challenges of managing todayOs parishes and schools.

The Catholic Parish

Author: Robert J. Hater
Publisher: Paulist Press
ISBN: 9780809142811
Size: 64.63 MB
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"The Catholic Parish is a book intended for those interested in making their parish a more faith-filled community. To help them accomplish this goal, it blends real-life stories, pastoral experiences, church directives, theological conclusions, managerial perspectives, and pastoral suggestions into a holistic approach that addresses the complex challenges facing parishes. Robert Hater provides a roadmap that will guide parishes through an examination and renewal of pastoral ministry relevant to today's world."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

German Catholic Parishes Of Maryland And Pennsylvania

Author: John H. Foertschbeck, Sr.
Publisher: John H. Foertschbeck, Sr.
ISBN: 0982934424
Size: 67.86 MB
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A brief history of early Catholics and German Catholics and the Jesuit and Redemptorist missionaries in the Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Great Catholic Writings

Author: James Donald Childs
Publisher: Saint Mary's Press
ISBN: 0884898873
Size: 59.95 MB
Format: PDF
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Includes an introduction for each writing, suggested grade levels, related themes, review questions and answers, suggested activities, and discussion ideas.

The Great Commission

Author: Timothy E. Byerley
Publisher: Paulist Press
ISBN: 9780809145584
Size: 79.52 MB
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This book proposes six specific and distinct biblical models of Catholic evangelization for reflection, comparison, and consideration, along with corresponding practical examples from American Catholic Church history. Book jacket.

The Great Crowd

Author: Michael J. Tan Creti
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1499081006
Size: 60.99 MB
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The Great Crowd is a social history of All Saints Episcopal Church of Omaha, Nebraska. Founded in 1885, precisely at the moment when Omaha was experiencing a spurt of rapid grown, the parish has continued to succeed as a religious community deeply enmeshed in the life of the city. It was from the beginning a distinctly urban parish and, as change came for the city, underwent its changes, including a major relocation of its facility. It also found itself navigating the changes in national culture and in the character of the larger Episcopal Church. Curiously, very different rectors—eight in all, with different configurations of lay leadership drawn from across the city—responded to these successive waves of change, and yet, they held on the conviction that they had maintained the unique identity of the parish that they had inherited from those who had gone before them. They did so in no small part by telling their story. Drawing from the parish archives, including its vestry minutes, correspondence, and publications the author, himself one of the eight rectors, has taken up a critical retelling the story bring up to 9/11, 2001. These pages contain a strange tapestry of names and faces, from Omaha’s cowboy mayor to its storied lawyers and devout bus drivers who melded themselves in that strange unity called a parish. In the author’s telling, the story becomes a critical tool for understanding how a Christian community works and for providing a basis for a critical assessment of the purpose and meaning of religious community in American life.