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Excellent Catholic Parishes: The Guide to Best Places and Practices e-book

Author:

Paul Wilkes

Language:

English

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Churches & Church Leadership

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1623 kb

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Rating:

4.5

Publisher:

Paulist Pr; First Edition edition (February 1, 2001)

Pages:

272

ISBN:

0809105292

Excellent Catholic Parishes: The Guide to Best Places and Practices e-book

by Paul Wilkes


Excellent Catholic Parishes is an inspiration and a challenge. You will find yourself glued to this book. Well-known in religious circles, his work often touches on Catholic themes.

Excellent Catholic Parishes is an inspiration and a challenge. - Spiritual Book News. His books include Beyond the Walls, The Good Enough Catholic, and The Seven Secrets of Successful Catholics.

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Paul Wilkes was born September 12, 1938 to Paul and Margaret (Vilk) Wilkes in Cleveland, Ohio, the last of seven children. Excellent Catholic Parishes: The Guide to the Best Places and Practices, nonfiction (New York: Paulist Press, 2001). His father, a coal miner and carpenter, and mother, who worked as a domestic, both of Slovak heritage, were educated only to the sixth grade. Excellent Protestant Congregations: The Guide to the Best Places and Practices, nonfiction (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001).

Wilkes sees his book as a survival guide for anyone picking a new spiritual home, as well as anyone-lay or clergy-working in a parish. Not every excellent parish excelled in every area, but together they touched on all aspects of parish life: from finances to devotions, social action to renovations, adult education to outreach to the unchurched. Also, the parishes themselves are widely different, ranging from inner city to suburban, conservative to liberal, co-pastorates to churches without a pastor, homogenous to ethnically diverse-showing that excellence can be produced anywhere.

Best Practices from Amerca's Best Churches. com User, July 27, 2008 Thy. com User, July 27, 2008 Thy Kingdom come. Eight different parish situations are presented, and the inspired, sometimes difficult, choices of the parish leaders are discussed, as are the responses of the People of God who make up the assembly in the parish.

272 pages, softcover While many individuals might seek out an assortment of spiritual practices and approaches, the local .

272 pages, softcover. Excellent Protestant Congregations: The Guide to Best Places and Practices (9780664223298) by Paul Wilkes. While many individuals might seek out an assortment of spiritual practices and approaches, the local congregation still remains the place where most Christians turn for religious education, nurture, ritual, and a sense of community. Yet many congregations struggle to respond to the spiritual needs of new faces in their pews. Paul Wilkes is an American writer, speaker, and filmmaker who is best known for his focus on religion, especially Roman Catholicism and its monastic tradition.

Fitzgo: The Wild Dog of Central Park, nonfiction (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1973).

Paul Wilkes (born 1938) is an American writer of Slovak origin and filmmaker who is best known for his focus on religion, especially Roman Catholicism and its monastic tradition. Fitzgo: The Wild Dog of Central Park, nonfiction (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1973). These Priests Stay, biography (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1973).

1999) "Excellent Catholic Parishes: The Guide to the Best Places and Practices", nonfiction (New York: Paulist . Paul Martini - Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini, 29 March 1983.

Paul Martini - Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini, 29 March 1983.

Paul Wilkes is a journalist, writer, and documentarian who has written extensively .

Paul Wilkes is a journalist, writer, and documentarian who has written extensively about individual spirituality as well as the role of religion in public and personal lives. As a social entrepreneur he has worked to aid the poor and marginalized both in America and in India. His book, In Mysterious Ways: The Death and Life of a Parish Priest, which began as a New Yorker profile, won a Christopher Award in 1990.

Online family Christian book store. PUBWestminster/John Knox)Wilkes profiles eight exemplary churches, examining their 'points of excellence' and the programs that made a difference in each community. All in all, a total of 300 churches around the country are identified--with their special ministries listed in the index. Loaded with practical inspiration! 272 pages, softcover. Church Wellness: A Best Practices Guide to Nurturing Healthy Congregations - eBook Author: Tom Ehrich.

A directory of hundreds of recommended Catholic parishes also offers detailed examinations of eight Catholic parishes that the author believes are exemplary, evaluating each in such areas as social action, adult education, and outreach programs.
AfinaS
What is your parish like? What would you like it to be? What is it that transforms parishes? How do we keep our schools open? And, there are many similar questions that most of us have. How would you like the following to be the description of your parish? "This parish provides a free elementary school education for all its children, and when those children graduate, the parish pays the tuition at the regional Catholic high school. Weekly attendance at the Sunday liturgies hovers at 85 percent, and no one budges until the servers extinguish the last candle. Over three hundred people attend weekday Mass--not including the school children. This parish has no second collections or bingo, yet its income not only takes care of the parish's needs, but also helps other Catholic churches in the area. It supports a free medical clinic for the working poor, providing everything from heart valve replacements to amoxicillin for a baby's infected ear. It's a parish where perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament has been observed for over a decade."

The above quote is the first paragraph you will read in this book about Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Wichita, KS. It sounds ideal! That's because it is. It wasn't always that way. As the author describes, "The story of this parish, like some of the others discussed in this book, started on a less than encouraging note. Father Thomas McGread was assigned to St. Francis.... [It already] had seen three pastors come and three pastors go in less than two years. It was considered a priest's graveyard. Father McGread was told that if he could not or did not want to continue after a six-month trial period, he would be reassigned with no questions asked."

He didn't go! He wasn't reassigned! He did what most would seem impossible. What did this priest do differently? You'll have to read the chapter on this parish. As the author states, "this parish provides a stunning example of what happens when a young priest with a vision at once simple and profound, modern and biblical takes seriously what had always been considered a Protestant concept. In the process, he transformed not only a parish, which great priests can certainly do, but also the entire diocese in which he serves."

This book is inspirational in this regard. It has the ability to generate ideas and produce great ideas. Take some that suit you! Ignore others! Simulate! Design what will work for you! It is not a verbatim or perfect guide! You will have to bring some imagination and creativity with you to apply what is presented to individual settings. Also, discretion is always an individual responsibility, given examples of what has or can be done. The book doesn't show all the hard work necessary to accomplish such a goal. It can, however, act as a stepping stone to looking further at possibilities, gathering insights, and digging deeper into principles and practices that have worked and can be implemented in other parish environments. It can lead to discovering unknown resources that may be lying dormant and untapped, or resources that are readily available, like "Stewardship," but have not been tried or risks that have not been taken. It can open the door to the greatest resources--parishioners--sharing in parish life, transforming it with their time and talent. The priests can't do it. There's only one or two of them in a parish. It takes the people, and from the many success stories, they can do it with the prayers of a parish community, the right kind of leadership and solid, clear vision. The above parish is only one example. There are others. Of these you must pick and choose. However, a personal visit by me to Saint Francis of Assisi Parish proved to show that these amazing results took place there. The book is worth much more than the purchase price if this is the only one example that you find useful, and that is: because you can profit from it!

This is a tool in the hands of a Parish Council, other parish teams, or individual parishioners to read and use in conjunction with their Pastors, with a caveat that agrees with some of the negative reviews found here: THIS WILL NOT MAKE CATHOLIC WHAT IS NOT ALREADY CATHOLIC! IT WILL NOT TURN BAD THEOLOGY OR LITURGICAL ABUSES INTO GOOD THEOLOGY OR LITURGY. It's like a computer: Garbage In--Garbage Out! That's what can make all the difference!
Kelenn
We are in the threshold of time when the Catholic parishes are transforming. This book by Paul Wilkes will be an asset for showing the way..
Arashilkis
Mr. Wilkes offers an inspiring overview of "excellent" Catholic parishes, but the nuts and bolts of running an "excellent" parish are ignored. This is not a "how-to" book as much as a presentation of church communities too good to be true.

In fact, I have been to three of these "excellent" parishes and can assure you that they are simply hyped parishes who at one time or another had a charismatic pastor. They are the flavor of the month, and in a few years will look as faddishly ridiculous as afros or SUVs.

St. Mary Magdalen in Florida, where I grew up, is now a parish ruled by a "lay-ocracy" of parishioners, typically wealthy, who push through their own programs at the expense of less influential members. They recently raised money to renovate their 25 year old chuch, but wealthy members convinced a weak pastor to spend the money on a gymnasium instead. A product of central Florida's explosive growth, they will be saddled with brick-and-mortar monuments in years to come.

Old St. Pat's in Chicago prides itself on a celebration of diversity and ecumenism. One Holy Week, the pastor and his parishioner confidantes decided to cancel the Holy Thursday liturgy in favor of a Seder--limited seating (100 people) at $20 a head. Most parishioners were excluded from a celebration of one of Catholicism's most solemn liturgies. Fortunately, Cardinal Bernardin had a proper liturgy in the cathedral not far from good old Pat's.

Santa Monica in California is a touchy, feel-good church with a dynamic pastor, lots of wealthy parishioners (then-Mayor Riordan donated $1 million to repair a bell tower damaged in an earthquake), and enough film stars in attendance to rival Spago's. In the country's largest diocese, it offers good liturgies and an involved community that is unrivaled by other Los Angeles parishes; the diocese has no commitment to liturgy, so anything rising a few inches above the ruck is bound to be considered "excellent."

Mr. Wilke would do better to look at the true nature of his parishes, which may not have been possible in his short stays. The diamond may shine on first look, but closer examination shows a dirty black core.
The Rollers of Vildar
Nice book
CopamHuk
An excellent motivator and inspiration for laity and clergy using various
examples of Parishes throughout the United States who have created more
active laity involvement, brought more families into the parish and increased
their treasures.
Gunos
This is a helpful and thought provoking book for those seeking to improve their Parishes to become more vibrant examples of Christ's love. The challenge our Church faces is to adapt to the coming Church (increased lay leadership with a great emphasis on welcome and acceptance) while retaining the traditional strengths of our faith tradition. This book provides examples of specific approaches that have been tried without claiming there is one right way or recommending a specific regimented program. I highly recommend it for anyone wrestling with how to improve their parish.
Fordrekelv
Excellent Catholic Parishes: The Guide to Best Places and Practices
Provides an inspiring survey of strategies that make a parish successful at fulfilling the prayer, "...Thy Kingdom come..." Eight different parish situations are presented, and the inspired, sometimes difficult, choices of the parish leaders are discussed, as are the responses of the People of God who make up the assembly in the parish. Encouraging, insightful, and hopeful to all who wish to improve parish life.

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