A Reliance on Prayer & the Sacraments Resources

Start praying the Amazing Parish prayer and ask God to guide and bless your parish.


Heavenly Father, We thank you for gathering us together and calling us to serve as your disciples. You have charged us through Your Son, Jesus, with the great mission of evangelizing and witnessing your love to the world. Send your Holy Spirit to guide us as we discern Your will for the spiritual renewal of our parish. Give us strength, courage, and clear vision as we use our gifts to serve You. We entrust our parish family to the care of Mary, our mother, and ask for her intercession and guidance as we strive to bear witness to the Gospel and build an amazing parish. Amen.


Intentional Prayer as a Parish Leadership Team

  • Pray every day as a team. If you’re not sure what to pray, start by using the Amazing Parish prayer.
  • Begin and end all meetings with prayer.
  • Pray for your pastor, parish staff, parishioners and each other.
  • Consider going to Mass as a team or doing a devotional prayer together.
  • Start a prayer journal and write down the intentions of your parish leadership team members. The Amazing Parish staff keeps a prayer journal, and it’s been amazing to see how God has answered so many of our prayers!

Intentional Prayer as a Parish Community

Ask your congregation to pray for your parish, that it may become a strong community of missionary disciples. Consider adding this intention to the Prayers of the Faithful during Mass at your parish. Here are some examples of prayer intentions that parishes have written and included during the Prayers of the Faithful:

  • For our parish, that we might be transformed through our encounter with Jesus Christ and be compelled to share the Gospel with others. We pray to the Lord.
  • For our parish, that we might become a community of discipleship, outreach, and charity. We pray to the Lord.

Consider making Eucharistic Adoration, the rosary or other devotional prayer available at your parish and ask your parishioners to pray specifically for the direction of your parish.

Personal Prayer

Commit time every day to prayer.
If you are having trouble thinking of ways to grow in your personal prayer life, here are some ideas:

  • Sign up for a weekly holy hour
  • Attend daily Mass
  • Learn how to pray with Scripture – here’s a short guide to Lectio Divina (Holy Reading).
  • Start a prayer journal
  • Read a spiritual book
  • Consider getting a spiritual director, someone who can guide you on your spiritual journey
  • Receive the sacrament of Reconciliation monthly

A Commitment to a Healthy Organization Resources

Team Model - Learn the 5 behaviors of a healthy leadership team.

Team Model Illustrated

Learn the 5 behaviors of a healthy leadership team.

Overcome Team Dysfunction

Overcome these 5 dysfunctions to build and maintain a cohesive parish leadership team.

A Guide to Building Teams for Catholic Parishes

Getting teamwork to take root – and continue – takes ongoing work and real courage on the part of a pastor and team members.

Vision - A Simple Approach

The purpose of this process is to allow a pastor and his parish leadership team to flesh out the basic elements of its vision for the parish.

Thematic Goal & Parish Scorecard Example

A resource to help you determine what's most important for your parish right now.

A Passion for Evangelization & Discipleship Resources


Inviting People To Come To Know Christ



Provides lifelong missionary training for college students and beyond.


Reboot! Live!

Inspiring and practical events led by Chris Stefanick.


Word On Fire

Bishop Robert Barron’s videos, homilies, podcasts and blog.


Lighthouse Catholic Media

Inspiring CDs and books to help parishes evangelize.


St. Paul Street Evangelization

Provides tools and training for engaging the culture.


The Coming Home Network

Resources for converts and reverts to the Catholic faith.


Catholics Come Home

Support for those returning to the Catholic faith.



Introducing people to a relationship with Christ.


Helping People Deepen Their Relationship With Christ



Unlimited access to programs, studies, movies and books with a parish membership.


The Great Adventure Bible Study

Bible study led by Jeff Cavins.


Real Life Catholic

Videos and resources to ignite a bold and contagious faith in your parish.


Families of Character

Build your family’s character by exploring and studying different virtues.


That Man Is You

Small groups, retreats and leadership formation for men.


The King’s Men

Small groups and retreats to build up men through education, formation, healing and action.


Walking With Purpose

Small group Bible study that enables women to know Christ through Scripture.



Women’s study to reclaim the vocation of motherhood.




Youth program to engage teens and their families.


Steubenville Conferences

Weekend conferences to set teens on fire for Christ.

YD Logo


Small group discipleship groups for teens.


NET Ministries

Traveling missionary teams that lead retreats and events for youth.


Theology of the Body for Teens

Videos to help navigate teens through questions about God, sex and the meaning of life.

The Sunday Experience Resources

Among the many activities of a parish, “none is as vital or as community-forming as the Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day.”
—Pope Saint John Paul II


As parish leaders, we have the responsibility and great opportunity to shape the Sunday Experience so that we maximize the opportunities for God to reach people through their experience at Mass. The books Rebuilt by Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran and Divine Renovation by Fr. James Mallon discuss three areas that a parish can focus on in order to improve their Sunday Experience:

Music | Hymns

Message | Homilies

Ministers | Hospitality



 by Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran


Divine Renovation

by Fr. James Mallon


The primary purpose of good music at Mass is to help people to praise and worship God. Beyond that, music creates an environment of peace, prayer, community and engagement. Pope Benedict XVI provided three basic criteria for music: it is related to God’s word and saving action, it lifts the human heart toward God, and it unites the individual with the larger community.

Enhancing the Beauty of the Mass

Now, different people will have different tastes and preferences when it comes to liturgical music, but they will all have one thing in common: they don’t like bad music. What is bad music? It is poorly performed, distracting, inappropriate — or perhaps all of these.

Whether your parish is doing traditional hymns, modern praise and worship music or Gregorian chant, make sure it enhances the beauty of the Mass and improves the Sunday Experience.

Watch this video from The Sunday Experience presentation at one of our conferences.

Music & Ministers

Video from Rebuilt about the impact they have on the Sunday Experience at your parish.


All other things being equal (and they never are), the best homilies have three things in common: they are delivered with a genuine sense of passion, they give people an idea of how they can take action, and they are relatively short and to the point. Regardless of how eloquent or charismatic a priest is naturally, these three qualities ensure that parishioners will listen to, remember and talk about the homily with others.

Watch this video from The Sunday Experience presentation at one of our conferences.

Make the Message Matter

Video and ideas from Rebuilt to help prepare relevant homilies.

ePriest – Resources to help priests prepare effective homilies.


Examples of Pastors with Podcasts


Fr. Ed Fride


Fr. Jeremy Leatherby


Fr. John Riccardo


Whether someone is a long time parishioner or is attending your church for the first time, it’s very important that each person is greeted and feels welcome. First impressions are powerful, and the way someone is met when they approach the front doors of a church makes a difference in terms of their mindset coming in to Mass, and their attitude about the parish as a whole. Every parish understands this theoretically, but many still lack effective greeting and welcoming programs. They are either too informal about organizing these activities, or they don’t believe they make a difference.

It’s also important…

that parishioners are able to serve and give their time and talent to the parish. The goal should be that every parish member be a minister and serve the church in one way or another. 

Watch this video from The Sunday Experience presentation at one of our conferences.

Making Ministry a Team Sport

Video and ideas from Rebuilt to help get members involved in ministry


Have Your Staff Work Weekends

Too many pastors are left alone to create a great Sunday Experience at their parish because staff members aren’t present during the weekend Masses. A pastor can’t do it alone. He needs a team to help him. Consider having the parish staff around and available for the weekend Masses and giving them another day off during the week. Remember, the weekend Masses are the best opportunity your parish has to reach out and welcome others into your community of faith.

Post-Mass Fellowship

When parishioners scramble for the exits as soon as the priest gives his final blessing, and sprint to their cars to get home, they often miss a rich opportunity for fellowship and encouragement in their faith. What is more, parishes miss a great opportunity for discipleship, and for sharing the programs and ministries that can change parishioners’ lives. An amazing parish will provide parishioners with attractive and easy opportunities to stay after Mass to grow in their faith and build on what they experienced during the previous hour. This doesn’t have to be complicated. Some parishes simply have coffee and donuts available after Mass while others may be able to support a parish coffee shop. Do whatever makes sense for your parish, but definitely do something to help facilitate fellowship after Mass.

Evangelization Team

Again, Sunday is your biggest opportunity to encounter newcomers or “church shoppers”. Having a team of people available to answer questions and welcome new faces is very important. Consider having your parish office open for people to walk-in and learn more about the parish.