If you can get beyond all the sorrow, horror, and fury about sex, there’s a space miraculously constant, both still and flowing, that is the heart of the Catholic Church. It goes by the name of parish, and it means ritual, community, spirit, and faith. The best parishes are constantly renewing themselves, while somehow keeping that constancy.
The editors at US Catholic asked me to write about the best practices of Catholic parishes, mundane seeming stuff that’s crucial for success. I talked with parish leaders around the country about communications, faith formation, getting parishioners involved, making a good first impression, and keeping track of what’s working and what’s not working.
From Oregon to Maryland, parishes are still key. Take a look!