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* 1. Meetings and events in our parish or collaborative begin and end in prayer

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* 2. Parishioners and parish leaders pray about key decisions in the life of our parish and collaborative

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* 3. Staff, councils, and other parish groups operate as teams within a team

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* 4. People and groups are free to encourage one another to consider programs and ministries in light of the overall mission of the parish and collaborative

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* 5. Our parish or collaborative has a clear vision, a sense of direction, that leadership and parishioners know and share.

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* 6. Our parish or collaborative regularly communicates with parishioners and ministries through staff, councils, the bulletin, website, email, and social media.

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* 7. Our parish is not afraid to stop doing ministries or activities that are no longer bearing fruit or in line with the vision and start new mission-oriented ministries and activities.

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* 8. Adoration, Mass, and Confession are available at convenient times in our parish or collaborative.

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* 9. Devotions and prayers such as the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Novenas, and Liturgy of Hours are regularly practiced and promoted in our parish or collaborative. 

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* 10. Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Altar Servers, Choir Members and more are well formed for their particular role.

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* 11. Those who participate in the sacraments (Baptism, Marriage, etc.) are actively engaged in parish or collaborative life.

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* 12. The music at Mass encourages parishioners to sing, is prepared with excellence and leads people deeper into prayer.

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* 13. Ushers and greeters focus on warmly greeting everyone, rather than only those they already know, and are prepared to speak about parish activities and ministries with those who ask.

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* 14. Interacting with parish staff and volunteer leaders is a pleasant experience.

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* 15. It is easy to find Mass times, directions to our parish or collaborative, and parking information on our website.

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* 16. Parish staff and volunteers follow up with those who participate in weddings, funerals, baptisms, and other activities in the life of the parish or collaborative.

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* 17. Our parish or collaborative has faith formation opportunities for all age groups - children, youth, young adults, and adults.

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* 18. Our faith formation programs and RCIA opportunities help participants to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ and become comfortable sharing their faith with others.

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* 19. Our parish has opportunities for participation in small group discipleship for a variety of different audiences and interests, such as Bible studies, women's or men's groups, faith sharing groups, and prayer groups.  They are well-known, easy to join, and focused on helping participants grow as disciples of Jesus Christ and share their faith.

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* 20. Our parish or collaborative intentionally fosters small group discipleship as follow-up to initiatives such as parish missions or retreats.

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* 21. Our parish has a culture of promoting vocations to the priesthood, marriage, and religious life and supports the universal call to holiness.

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* 22. Our parish makes people of all ages aware of the opportunity for vocations to the priesthood and religious life and of strategies to foster and support healthy relationships.

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* 23. Our parish or collaborative is a positive presence in our community and serves people in all walks of life.

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* 24. Parishioners understand their role in apostolic and charitable activities to be a means of living out personal discipleship, finding Christ in those in need, and following Christ's example to serve others on His behalf.

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* 25. Our parish or collaborative regularly engages in the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and understands the relationship between service and the themes of Catholic Social Teaching.

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* 26. Apostolic and charitable activities regularly involve personal encounters with those in need.

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* 27. Parishioners are well prepared to participate in service opportunities and are able to talk about their faith if asked during their service.

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* 28. Our parish or collaborative has the financial and human resources needed to support out programs, ministries, and activities and to maintain and improve our facilities.

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* 29. There are opportunities for parishioners to discern their God-given gifts and talents and match them to appropriate opportunities for ministry.

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* 30. Our facilities (meeting rooms, bathrooms, worship and prayer spaces, parking lots, and more) are clean, accessible, well-lit, and clearly marked so that a newcomer can easily find his or her way.

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* 31. Parish leadership communicates openly and honestly about parish and collaborative financial status such that parishioners are aware of current needs and challenges.

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