John O'Malley
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All Parish Book Read Update

Started Feb 8, 2013 0 Replies

Hello everyone.I would like to share what has been the response from our congregation regarding our Lenten 2013 program.We started our campaign to have 500 people take a book and begin to participate…Continue

2013 Evangelization Initiative- "THE PARISH BOOK READ"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mila Glodava Dec 27, 2012. 2 Replies

This is one program we are going to try in early 2013 to help move our parish, St. Charles Borromeo, towards becoming a more active faith congregation.Some background:I recently attended Christmas…Continue

Tags: Dynamic, a, Catholic, St., Borromeo

Colbert and Cardinal Dolan: Dueling Comedians

Started this discussion. Last reply by Suzanne E Walsh Sep 23, 2012. 4 Replies

Full disclose ... I attend Fordham Graduate School of Religion (part-time) and am doing course work towards a Graduate Degree. So for this week's posting, I make no apologies for actively promoting a…Continue

Tags: James, Martin, evangelization, Fr., Dolan

We're all marketers now

Started this discussion. Last reply by John O'Malley Sep 15, 2012. 4 Replies

This article is from McKinsey Quarterly and is being read in many college and university marketing courses. It was published last year and the authors present the idea that marketing is not just the…Continue

Tags: marketers, now, all, We're, Fordham


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What is your vocational state:
Lay Ecclesial Minister
What is the type of Catholic entity you affiliate with in this forum:
Name of your affiliated Catholic entity(e.g. St. Ann's Church, Diocese of Gary, Franciscan Friars Northeast region, etc.)
St. Charles Borromeo, Brooklyn, New York
What is your title, position, or role with your affiliated Catholic entity? (e.g. parishioner, pastoral council, Parish Catechetical Leader, Bussiness Manager, Vicar General, etc.)
Member of the Pastoral Council, I organize the Theology on Tap program, and the Lenten Program
What (Arch)diocese is your Catholic entity located in?
Brooklyn/Queens New York
City of your affiliated Catholic entity:
Brooklyn, New York
State of your affiliated Catholic entity:
New York
Why would you like to participate in this forum?
In addition to my active role At St. Charles Borromeo I am also a graduate student in Fordham University Graduate School of Religion (Bronx, New York)

Our parish was very close to being closed. Through the work/leadership of the new pastor and the commitment of lay people we have moved the parish from the closure list to one of improving health. We accomplished this in three years and we now are struggling with the issue of getting more people involved to help reduce the workload of those have been active in the process. For so long we have been focusing on maintenance of the building that we find ourselves struggling to become more active in finding our Catholic mission.

I run the marketing efforts at St. Charles and we have an active church website that is constantly updated. As a member of the Pastoral Council we have improved in our efforts to grow the parish membership and increase our activities. We have succeeded in changing the congregation "conversation" away from, "what St. Charles used to be" to one of "what St. Charles could be". We are proud of our efforts, but we know we have to move the bar again. We are finding that it is the same people who continue to assume the burden, and they are getting worn out.

My forum efforts will be directed towards helping other parishes improve their social media efforts using our results at St. Charles as a model. It continues to work for us, but social media alone didn't cause us to reverse our downward trend. It took other activities that have helped to change our direction.

So my participation as a facilitator will be geared towards the "view from the pew". I am seeking to find out what worked, and how it was implemented. Even if it was less than successful, why didn't it work is also important to discuss.

The efforts of the Roundtable address' these same issues on both the local and national levels. At St. Charles we altered a downward trend. We certainly understand that there continues to be too much empty pews at our Masses. I want to offer to a wider audience of what we accomplished and more importantly how we did it. I am also looking for ideas for us to use to increase our volunteer involvement so that we don't burnout our active volunteer members.

Thank you,

John O'Malley

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At 8:49am on July 30, 2012, Scott Bucko said…
Hello. Thank you for being a facilitator. I would like to learn more about what you did to move your parish from a potential closure candidate to one that is improving. Scott Bucko, Parish Field Director in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. I work with about 50 parishes.

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