Renewing Parish Culture: Building for a Catholic Future

Renewing Parish Culture: Building for a Catholic Future

by John J. Piderit S.J., Melanie M. Morey


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American Catholic parishes throughout the country have been shrinking since the 1960s. John J. Pideret, S.J., and Melanie Morey bring fifty years of experience in Catholic colleges and universities where they had extensive contact with young Catholics and New York City parishes. In this volume they discuss the general problem of declining parishes and specify several solutions to the various underlying issues. The authors employ four basic principles-narrative, norms, benefits, and practices-to increase Mass attendance, to strengthen a broad Eucharistic culture, to encourage a wider use of prayer, and to establish enduring religious education. This book is an important resource for every Catholic church.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742559042
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.05(w) x 9.07(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Rev. John J. Piderit, S.J. is president of the Catholic Education Institute and former president of Loyola University Chicago. He is coauthor with Melanie M. Morey of Catholic Higher Education: A Culture in Crisis. Melanie Morey is senior director for research and consulting at NarrowGate Consulting, a division of the Catholic Education Institute.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreward Part 2 Preface Part 3 Part I: The Framework Chapter 4 Chapter 1: The Parish Chapter 5 Chapter 2: Catholic Culture and the Sisterhoods - A Legacy of Strong Leadership Chapter 6 Chapter 3: Reclaiming the Sisters' Legacy Part 7 Part II: Issues for Parishes Chapter 8 Chapter 4: Mass Attendance Chapter 9 Chapter 5: Eucharistic Culture Chapter 10 Chapter 6: Penance - The Sacrament of Reconciliation Chapter 11 Chapter 7: Divine Intervention and Prayer Chapter 12 Chapter 8: Religious Education of Children and Adults Chapter 13 Chapter 9: Loving Service in a Faith Community Part 14 Part III: Issues for both Parishes and Dioceses Chapter 15 Chapter 10: Priest Shortage and Pastors Chapter 16 Chapter 11: Lay Leaders in the Parish Chapter 17 Chapter 12: Finances and Growth Chapter 18 Chapter 13: Politics and the Witness Community

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