Best practices for worship

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Does your parish have Mass appeal? Try these tips to help liven up your Sunday liturgies.

Let’s start with a confession from a Vatican II Catholic. About 15 years ago, I noticed an announcement before Mass: “In order to more fully, consciously, and actively participate in the liturgy, please silence all pagers, beepers, and cell phones at this time.”


Better Know A Parish: Spirit of Christ Catholic Community, Arvada, Colorado

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Parish Name: Spirit of Christ Catholic Community

Location: Arvada, Colorado

Founded: 1974

Diocese: Denver

Pastor: Father David Bluejacket

Number of Parishioners: 3,400 households

Parish websitewww.spiritofchrist.org


Five habits of highly effective parishes

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How do bustling parishes stir up so much activity and enthusiasm? Experts share a few key ingredients that have proven to be a recipe for success.

It’s a good man, or rather a good deacon, who sees remodeling a parish bathroom as a great opportunity to attract new parishioners. But then Deacon Jesus Espinoza sees most everything as a chance to welcome newcomers at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Aloha, a suburb of Portland, Oregon.


Better Know A Parish: Cross in the Woods, Indian River, Michigan

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Parish Name: Cross in the Woods

Location: Indian River, Michigan

Founded: 1948

Diocese: Gaylord

Pastor: Father Michael Haney, O.F.M.

Number of Parishioners: 877 persons

Parish websitewww.crossinthewoods.com


Don't be stingy with the sacraments

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Instead of greeting people with the third degree, the church should welcome them with open arms.

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One day a woman came to our church office just wanting me to bless her 3-year-old son. Boy, did he put up a fight. The only offices he knew were medical offices, and he thought I was going to give him a shot. Unfortunately, that little boy is not the only Catholic intimidated to visit a church office.


Better Know A Parish: St. Thomas Aquinas, Ruston, Louisiana

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Parish Name: St. Thomas Aquinas

Location: Ruston, Louisiana

Founded: 1941

Diocese: Shreveport

Pastor: Fr. Frank Folino, O.F.M.

Number of Parishioners: 320 households

Parish website: www.rustoncatholic.com


Ramp it up: How parishes can increase accessibility

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Despite a few stellar examples, many parishes have a long way to go to make sure all people can literally get in the door.

How disabilities can promote a true culture of life

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By getting to know people with disabilities, we can learn to value all as part of the human family.

In a June 11 audio message to the Italian Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Pope Francis encouraged the association to “spread a culture of encounter, solidarity and hospitality towards persons with disabilities, not just asking for the proper social services but also encouraging their active participation in society.”


Real presence: What Catholics with developmental disabilities bring to the table

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Catholic churches strive to welcome those with developmental disabilities through special ministries and a change in attitude.

Better Know A Parish: All Saints Catholic Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Parish Name: All Saints Catholic Church

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Founded: 1994

Diocese: Milwaukee

Pastor: Father Carl Diederichs

Number of Parishioners: 600 families

Parish websiteallsaintsmilwaukee.org


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