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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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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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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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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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Parish Fundraising and Stewardship Library

July 29, 2009

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There are many printed resources available to help parishes with almost every imaginable aspect of fundraising and stewardship from such diverse sources as the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to the International Catholic Stewarship Council. We’ve assembled a recommended reading list on another page, including links to purchase them, but for now here’s the list of titles itself:

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Fall Fundraising Forums: Developing Great Parishes

January 15, 2009

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On January 15, Tom Sonni described an approach and framework for parish leaders to develop a great parish. Thomas J. Sonni, president of Greater Mission Development Services, is dedicated to lifting the Church toward her greater mission potential. Mr. Sonni will draw on his extensive experience in strategic pastoral and business planning, comprehensive fund development, […]

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