List of 'best practices'

November 11, 2013 

Following is the Pastoral Plan for Parish Renewal and Restructuring "Best Practices" for partnered parishes:

Worship:

* Combine Mass schedules for holy days of obligation

* Plan to rotate Easter Triduum schedule

* Celebrate Confirmation together

* Share music directs and choirs

* Hold joint Reconciliation services

* Alternate priests/preachers on occasion

* Sponsor joint training for liturgical ministers from several parishes

* Schedule joint celebrations for anointing the sick (followed by a social)

* Plan shared/rotating devotions (Stations of the Cross, Perpetual Help novenas, etc.)

* Rotate Memorial Day prayer services at nearby Catholic cemeteries

Faith Formation

* Joint programs for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

* Share upcoming parish mission

* Combine Parish Schools of Religion (PSR)

* Join together for summer vacation bible school

* Combine youth ministry in several parishes

* Merge Pre-Cana and marriage preparation sessions

* Conduct annual multi-parish Day of Recollection

* Share weekly "Adult Faith Formation" evenings with parish partner

Outreach

* Work together "Hungry Hearts" project for poor children during summer

* Combine outreach to nearby college/campus students

* Combine outreach at Cosgrove Kitchen/bus meals

* Join together with partner for various socials/dinners

* Create a multi-parish "call list" for senior transportation to parish events

* Implement shared program for outreach to inactive/alienated Catholics

* Hold annual parish families picnics (not fundraisers) for partner parishes

* Coordinate ministry to Hispanics

* Share a "sister parish"/missions

* Combine St. Vincent de Paul activities

Administration

* Share a deacon

* Monthly meetings of parish partner leadership groups

* Share a parish bulletin

* Consider one parish office

* Create parish partnership Facebook page

* Establish joint finance committee

* Discuss standardizing data/information systems between partner parishes

* Share a business manager or bookkeeper

* Share health insurance coordinator

* Hold occasional staff meetings in common

* Future retirement of staff person: new hire made by both parishes

* Invite one representative from partner parish to Pastoral Council meetings

* Publish joint parish partnership directory

* Consider combining parish groups, e.g. men's/women's groups, sodalities, Knights of Columbus

Belleville News-Democrat is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service