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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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Parishes and Parishioners Win with Electronic Offertory

September 18, 2009

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Are you writing as many checks as you used to?

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Offertory Envelope Best Practices

September 18, 2009

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Offertory envelopes remain the primary way parishioners deliver their support to their parish. Choices that parishes make on the type of envelopes and the gift options listed can significantly impact the contributions they receive.

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Ten Successful Practices for Parish Grand Annuals

September 18, 2009

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Grand Annuals are critical to the funding of the mission of a majority of the parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston.

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The Parish Offertory: 10 Ways to Improve Giving in Your Parish

September 18, 2009

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It is in times of financial distress that churches need more, not less, of our help as dedicated parishioners. This is because the material, emotional and spiritual support they provide us all is needed all the more. I would humbly suggest that we think less about the economy’s impact on our trips to the mall and perhaps a bit more about how fewer trips to the mall might enable us to discover a better use for our dollars. I promise to do such thinking myself! We’ve all heard the adage about lighting a candle rather than cursing the darkness. It might also benefit us to reflect upon Saint Paul’s admonition in his letter to the Galatians (6:2-3): “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, deceives himself.”

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Developing A Mission-Driven Parish

September 18, 2009

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…[T]here are proven practices that can be adapted in every parish to help it reach toward its mission potential. Drawing on research and best practices from within Catholic parishes and beyond, an approach has been developed for parish leaders to share a coherent set of keys built into a framework for developing a dynamic, mission-driven parish: Singularly, these keys may seem rather basic. Together, they can lead to a high level of parish vitality. The five keys are: (1) Christ is the Center of Life; (2) People Care for People; (3) Selfless Generosity Rules; (4) Excellence is the Standard; and (5) Members Live Mission.

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Best Practices for Conducting a Grand Annual Campaign

September 18, 2009

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By Thomas M. Wilson For the past few decades many Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston have conducted Grand Annual Campaigns.  During the past fiscal year, in fact, 215 of the Archdiocese’s 291 parishes undertook these campaigns – about 74% of all RCAB parishes.  Typically, the parish Grand Annual Campaign involves a request for […]

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Basic Steps to Enhance Parish Offertory Collections

September 18, 2009

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Recently I found cause for optimism about parish offertory collections. In early August I attended a conference held by O’Meara, Ferguson, Whelan and Conway: “Development, Financing and Catholic Education in a Turbulent Economy”. The conference focused on exercising good stewardship on the temporal resources of the church.

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Successful Grand Annual Practices (Overview)

September 4, 2009

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Scot Landry and Tim Regele from the Catholic Foundation recently conducted 9 interviews with pastors in the Archdiocese of Boston that run some of the largest and/or fast-growing grand annual campaigns.  We are grateful for the willingness of these 9 pastors to share how they implement their Grand Annual campaigns and explain why they think […]

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