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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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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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Parish Life Begins with Engagement and is Sustained through Commitment

September 18, 2009

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At a time of great challenge for Catholic parishes today – innovative, strategic and proven solutions are called for to ensure parishes remain viable and sustainable. For Catholic parishes to realize a new found era of financial stability, a shared commitment to ministry engagement, offertory support and alternative methods of giving are paramount.

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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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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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List of Parish Bulletin Providers

July 1, 2009

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Parish Bulletins have the potential to be the Church’s #1 communications tool because they are picked up and read by all mass attending Catholics. This far surpasses the current reach of The Pilot, CatholicTV, BostonCatholic.org, CardinalSeansBlog.org and other communication tools of the Archdiocese.

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List of Offertory Envelope Providers

July 1, 2009

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Offertory Envelopes are a critical tool in encouraging regular and consistent generosity of parishioners to support the Mission of the Church at the parish level.

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