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Parishes as Centres of Service
Building Stronger Parishes: Information and Resources

The Building Stronger Parishes research project conducted by the Australian Catholic Bishop's Conference Pastoral Research Office explores how Catholic parishes, in various contexts, use their strengths and available resources to respond to a variety of challenges. The aim of this research is to identify and analyse some of these initiatives in parishes throughout Australia, which can then be implemented in other parishes facing similar challenges. Particular emphasis is given to stories of vitality and hope that bring life to their communities and have an underlying foundation in an ecclesiology of communion.
To read more about the Building Stronger Parishes research project, including links to latest news, resources, reports and books, click here.
To access the Building Stronger Parishes reports directly, click here
A Handbook for Building Stronger Parishes: Case Studies, Reflections, Worksheets, Action Plan
Trudy Dantis draws on her research into factors that lead to parish vitality providing Australian case studies with examples of what can be achieved in eight key areas that lead to stronger parishes, including:

* Planning
* Spirituality and faith formation
* Liturgy
* Community building
* Welcoming and hospitality
* Outreach
* Evangelisation
* Leadership.
To purchase Trudy Dantis' book A Handbook for Building Stronger Parishes: Case Studies, Reflections, Worksheets, Action Plans, click here.
And click here for a review by Adrian Foley of the Handbook.  

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