Archive | September, 2009

2009 Parish Stewardship & Fundraising Issue of The Pilot

September 18, 2009

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Catholics experience our Church most regularly through their parishes.  A number of our parishes within the Archdiocese of Boston are struggling financially.  The rest know that they could further their mission if they had more revenue. Much of the work in the Central Ministries of the Archdiocese is to help parishes thrive in every way.  […]

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Why a Parish Campaign Makes Sense in this Economy

September 18, 2009

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“Parishioners Laid Off.” “Stock Values Plummet.” “Housing Bubble Bursts.” “Tax Increases Coming.” Pick a headline, any headline among these and dozens of other “bad news” stories of the past year and then move beyond it to the “Good News” of “Why a Parish Campaign Makes Sense in this Economy”. It isn’t easy, we at Partners in Mission understand that, but it may be the best news you will hear this year.

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Increasing Parishioner Engagement & Mass Attendance

September 18, 2009

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Much effort is underway in the Catholic Church across the United States and within the Archdiocese of Boston to welcome home so many of our Catholic brothers and sisters to the regular practice of our great faith. On an average weekend, only about one in six Catholics attend Mass, so there is much work to do.

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7 Characteristics of a Strong Stewardship Parish

September 18, 2009

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Enter any parish preparing for Mass and you can predict almost instantly how healthy their stewardship program is. Did someone greet you with a smile? Do people look happy to be there? Can you feel the Holy Spirit? If the answers are ‘yes,’ you’ve entered a community of great stewardship . . . or incredible potential.

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Capital Campaigns: A long-term investment you can start today

September 18, 2009

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There are many good reasons to undertake a capital campaign. From enhanced ministry needs to broken boilers or leaky roofs, to expansion of parking space to a refurbished parish life center, most parishes could quickly reel off at least a short to-do list with an infusion of much-needed cash.

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The Catholic Foundation Announces New Legacy Society

September 18, 2009

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The Catholic Foundation is pleased to announce the formation of The Catholic Legacy Society – a new name and identity for what has been called “The 1808 Heritage Society.”

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Best Practices for Enrolling Parishioners in Electronic Giving

September 18, 2009

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As electronic giving continues to grow as a means for the Catholic faithful to live out their commitment to stewardship of treasure, one of the biggest challenges for parishes is the enrollment process. In order to successfully convert parishioners from envelope/cash donations to electronic donations, two areas of consideration are critical: parish communication and the enrollment process.

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Best Ways to Support the Parish’s Offertory

September 18, 2009

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Given the advance in electronic giving and other forms of Church support, parish families are frequently asking “What’s the best way to support my parish’s offertory collection?”

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Utilizing Bulletins to Grow Parishioner Contributions

September 18, 2009

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Parish staff and bulletin editors might wonder if people actually read the weekly church bulletin from front to back. People call the parish office frequently asking questions about meetings or liturgy schedules that had been printed in the bulletin. But seasoned bulletin editors know that bulletins are well read because on that rare occasion a mistake is made, someone will be quick to point it out to the parish staff.

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A Parish Capital Campaign in this Economy?

September 18, 2009

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Why would you consider conducting a capital campaign in such difficult economic conditions? The answer: “Because you need to”. It has been said that there is no good time to raise money, though many fundraising professionals would argue this statement. Perhaps the best time to raise money is when you can clearly demonstrate, and it is widely accepted, that you need to do so.

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