Pope Francis has invited us...

to be a church capable of walking at people's sides... which accompanies them on their journey.

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Learn about accompaniment and make a pastoral plan.

Pastoral tools to help you work as a team toward this goal

Gain a deeper understanding of accompaniment and learn how your parish can do this together.

The Art of Accompaniment

Bill Huebsch

Four essential conversations on becoming the
kind of parish the church needs today. Learn more

How to Become an Accompanying Parish

Bill Huebsch

Powerpoint planning process to support your
conversations about The Art of Accompaniment. Learn more

Walking with Jesus

Art Zannoni, Ann Naffziger, Paul Canavese

A four-session bible study for learning
how to accompany others as Jesus did. Learn more

Going to the Well to Build Community

Timothy E. Tighman

A guide to evangelization based on
accompaniment and an African-American perspective. Learn more

Becoming a Parish of Mercy

Matthew W. Halbach

A new vision for total parish evangelization
with mercy, evangelization, and accompaniment. Learn more

Joy of Love Learning Bundle

Paul Canavese

A complete kit for understanding and teaching Amoris Laetitia, on family life. Learn more

Resources to Invite & Welcome

It's more difficult than you might think to consistently reach out and be hospitable to the outsider visiting your parish. These tools will help.

How to Invite and Welcome in God's Name: Parish Leader Kit (FREE)

Our Pastoral Center Team

Six practical handouts and leaflets, for leaders, parishioners, and newcomers. Learn more

Room at the Inn: Pastoral Planning Kit to Prepare for Christmas Visitors

Paul Canavese & Ann Naffziger

Be intentional about welcoming fresh faces at Christmas services with this planning process. Learn more

Embracing Hospitality: 10 Reflections on the Virtue of Welcoming

Robert F. Morneau

A compact and insightful booklet by Bishop Morneau. Learn more

Accompany Families

Help families navigate different stages, from baptism through high school (and beyond)!

Start at Baptism!

Meet parents where they are at—in all the messiness and chaos of welcoming a baby into their lives.

Make Baptism preparation matter

Use Growing Up Catholic Baptism Preparation to engage and evangelize parents. Help them reflect on how God is working in their lives and how they are dying to themselves in self-giving love for their child, as Jesus did for us.

Help parents go deeper

Gather parents in small groups to reflect on this stage and support each other using books such as Full of Grace or Then Comes Baby. Or send home other resources to help them reflect at home.

Accompany Young Families

Stay connected to parents during these busy years, when we often lose touch with them.

Stay in touch and form young parents

Use After to Plunge to easily send postal mailings to families after baptism to say you remember them, invite them to the parish, and coach them about introducing faith to their child.

Gather families for circle time

Invite parents and their children for story, song, and play time, and help parents learn how to teeach faith to their children. Use the Wee Wonder curriculum and other resources for toddlers and preschoolers.

Accompany during the Sacraments

This is a wonderful time to form families together and coach parents on how to pass on their faith.

Bring parents into the prep process

Form parents and help them form their own children by using Growing Up Catholic Sacramental Preparation. Help them prepare for First Eucharist and Reconciliation, but also learn to bring the faith home.

Form families with other tools

Additional activities, booklets, videos, and books can help parents and children enter these sacraments more deeply.

Accompany in the Early School Years

Involve parents throughout faith formation and help them reflect on and address the challenges they face with the help of their faith.

Learn about whole family catechesis

Find out why this approach is so essential and effective. Download our free Growing Up Catholic Whole Family Catechetical Planner and Why Coach Parents? Resource Kit to get started.

Hold whole family sessions

Invite parents and kids to attend fun, activity-based whole family sessions to form parents and help them practice passing on their faith with the support of catechists and other parents.

Gather parents for conversation

Give parents the gift of adult conversation by holding parent sessions whlie their children are in class. Use our Growing Up Catholic Parent Conversations and other resources to teach them about faith and address common issues such as managing their kids' technology use.

Send helpful tools home

Distribute our compact "On the Run" leaflets, as well as other books and booklets for busy parents. Give parents helpful tips about bringing faith home in bite-sized pieces.

Accompany in the Teen Years

Help teenagers remember how helpful and relevant their faith is as they grow into adulthood, and encourage parents to remain active in passing on their faith.

Evangelize youth and their parents

Remain relevant to teens, lead them to Jesus, and walk with them through these sometimes tumultuous years. Give parents the tools they need to help their teen children.

Minister to families through Confirmation

In dioceses where confirmation is received during the teen years, facilitate conversation between between parents and candidates with Learning Centers for Confirmation and use other tools to make this a meaningful experience.

Accompany Adults

Help families navigate different stages, from baptism through high school (and beyond)!

Accompany Young Adults

Don't neglect reaching out to those in their 20s and 30s, during this important time before they may have started families of their own.

Offer support for college

Utilize Catholic and College Bound and other resources to remind students how their faith can support them as they discern an occupation and learn to live with more independence.

Reach out to young adults

Is your parish full of 20- and 30-somethings? See Catholic & Starting Out and Not Your Grandparents' Church for ideas of how to accompany these members of our family, speak their language, and understand their issues.

Accompany Married Couples

Walk with couples as they prepare for marriage and navigate the challenges life brings, using insights from Pope Francis' document The Joy of Love.

Prepare couples well

Be a true accompanist, using a strong tool that will help you address the specific situation of each couple. Perspectives on Marriage and Picture of Love (updated based on The Joy of Love are both excellent tools.

Invite couples to convalidate

Many Catholic couples today do not initially marry in the church, but we should invite them to do so and use it as an opportunity to accompany them. Don't use a regular preparation process: Picture of Love has a specific edition to address this situation.

Address divorce, annulment, and remarriage

Pope Francis is asking the church to act with mercy and support people through these difficult situations. Be prepared to do it well. Review our resources, including the To Trust Again preparation process for remarriage.

Offer marriage enrichment

Marriage is not easy, but we often ignore married couples unless they come to us with their problems. Be proactive by offering workshops, retreats (such as A Project of Love, based on The Joy of Love, or supportive resources.

Accompany Senior Adults

Support senior adults as they navigate the life transition into retirement, grandparenthood, volunteerism, and/or spiritual awakenings.

Offer reflection on senior adulthood

Don't make seniors figure this out alone. Offer a retreat like The Best Is Yet to Be or facilitate book groups on some of the excellent books that explore the second half of life from a faith perspective.

Coach grandparents

Give grandparents support and ideas, during this time when they may be the only ones actively passing faith on to their grandkids. Help them find fun ways to share their wisdom, insights, and faith.

Accompany during Grief & Illness

This is one of the most important times for us to be available to our people, no matter what age they might need healing.

Help in times of grief & anxiety

Start a grief support group and/or a lending library, and utilize the wealth of books and videos to address many specific situations. Accompany throughout the funeral process and beyond.

Support in times of illness

Support those experiencing illness as well as their caregivers. Resources are available for specific situations, such as Alzheimers, dementia, and cancer.

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