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IFRM pilot parishes see increased offertory

June 18, 2010

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by Jim Lockwood BRAINTREE — Some parishes volunteering to help the Archdiocese of Boston pilot a new model of financial support for its central ministries report seeing success in the first step in that process: increasing monthly offertory. The archdiocese rolled out a new model of parish financial support of the archdiocese’s central ministries in […]

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New parish financial relationship model ready for roll out

December 11, 2009

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On Dec. 4 Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley sent a letter to all pastors and administrators asking if their respective parishes would like to be part of the launching of a first phase of a “proposed model of financial relationship” — a relationship which archdiocesan officials are hopeful could produce more collaboration between the archdiocese and the parishes, as well as between parishes.

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What’s the best way to contribute to my parish in 2010?

December 11, 2009

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As parishioners, we know that our pastors and parishes are grateful for our financial support. However, some support methods are better than others from the parish’s and the parishioner’s perspectives. The options below vary on convenience, cost, processing time, transaction recording time, and tax receipt quality. As we close 2009 and prepare for 2010, it is a good time for families across the archdiocese to consider how best to support their parishes next year.

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Would you buy your priest dinner this Christmas?

December 11, 2009

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Our priests help us to reflect on the gift that is given to us in the Nativity. This time of year is when our churches swell with the faithful who experience that special feeling that comes when we celebrate Christmas as a community. We are reminded of the many gifts we have received in our lifetime, big and small.

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Electronic offertory: Clear benefits for parishioners and parishes

November 13, 2009

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About 20 percent of parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston are now receiving a large number of electronic contributions. I’m convinced that there are parishioners in all of our parishes who would benefit from having this as an option. And there are clearly many benefits for parishes that adopt this new method of support.

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Archdiocesan Catholic Advancement Professional Development Day

November 5, 2009

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On November 5, 2009. for the first time in many years, Catholic fundraising professionals and board members from across the archdiocese gathered together to learn and discuss new approaches to working with the philanthropic community.  The Catholic Foundation hosted a workshop at the archdiocese’s Pastoral Center in Braintree that featured Paul G. Schervish, Professor of […]

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Caring for our senior priests

October 30, 2009

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A year ago Cardinal Seán determined that one of his top priorities would be assuring the priests of the archdiocese that the Clergy Health and Retirement Funds would be available for their well being and care. The cardinal wanted to use the occasion of his 25th anniversary as a bishop to draw attention to the need of our senior priests to help stabilize the funds that provide security for their benefits.

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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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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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