Parish Excellence Awards

The Parish Excellence Awards recognize the intense effort exemplified by parishes during the pandemic.

 

Award winners and Honorable Mentions were revealed during the Parish Excellence Summit (November 9-13, 2020).  A list of winners and the award presentation videos are below.  

 

Parish Excellence Awards Recipients

Award recipients are being announced at the closing of each day's presentations. Announcement videos will be re-posted below. If you are not yet registered for the Summit, you may do so by clicking here

Day 1

Parish Excellence Awards - Day 1

1. Broadcasting Mass (Technical Excellence): Parish demonstrated excellence in implementing livestream technology during Covid

2. Broadcasting Mass (Participation & Engagement): Livestreamed Masses achieved strong viewership and engagement rates

3. Broadcasting Mass (Multi-Cultural & Multi-Lingual): Livestreamed Masses served multiple cultural and language groups well 

Day 2

Parish Excellence Awards - Day 2

1. Parish Outreach to Families: Parishioners felt supported and connected to the parish during the shutdown as a result of the efforts of the parish's communications and messages

2. Pastor's Outreach to Parishioners: Parishioners felt supported and connected to the parish during the shutdown as a result of the pastor's outreach efforts 

3. Reopening of Mass: Procedures for resuming public Masses and other parish activities were well-organized and well-communicated


Day 3

Parish Excellence Awards - Day 3

1. New Service Ministries: Parish added ministries to serve those significantly impacted by the pandemic

2. Service Ministry Continuation: Excellence in continuing pre-existing ministries in new ways during Covid

3. Offertory Retention/Recovery: Parish executed effective initiatives to encourage generosity and to make it easier for parishioners to give in new ways to allow offertory levels to be maintained or to minimize decreases


Day 4

Parish Excellence Awards - Day 4

1. Adult Faith Formation via Technology: Parish executed strong faith formation programs for adults during Covid

2. Faith Formation for Youth via Technology: Parish executed strong sacramental preparation and faith formation programs for youth during Covid

3. Community Prayer via Technology: Parish offered virtual gatherings for parishioners to pray together

4. Small Groups via Technology: Parish held impactful virtual small groups during Covid


Day 5

Parish Excellence Awards - Day 4

1. Website Innovations & Excellence During Covid: Parish implemented significant upgrades and/or new content to their website to improve parishioner experience during Covid. 

2. Social Media Innovations & Excellence During Covid: Parish increased its social media presence to keep parishioners up-to-date and engaged during Covid.

3. Email Innovations & Excellence During Covid: Parish implemented significant improvement to its emails and/or increased its email frequency to keep parishioners up-to-date and engaged during Covid. 


The Parish Excellence Awards is sponsored by Unbound

Unbound partners with families living in poverty, empowering them to become self-sufficient and fulfill their desired potential. Parish Excellence thanks Unbound for their support.

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List of 2020 Parish Excellence Award Winners

We congratulate the following parishes and pastors on their Parish Excellence Awards and Honorable Mentions:

 

Broadcasting Mass (Technical Excellence)

  • Parish Excellence Award: Our Lady of Grace (Indian Land, SC)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Monica (Santa Monica, CA)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Patrick’s Cathedral (New York City, NY)

Broadcasting Mass (Participation / Engagement)

  • Parish Excellence Award: Church of the Nativity (Timonium, MD)
  • Honorable Mention: Cathedral of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Knoxville, TN)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Rose of Lima (Short Hills, NJ)

Broadcasting Mass (Multi-Cultural / Multi-Lingual)

  • Parish Excellence Award: St. Stanislaus Kostka (Chicago, IL)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Edward (Keizer, OR)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Andrew Avellino (Flushing, NY)

Parish Outreach to Families during Covid

  • Parish Excellence Award: St. Thomas More/St. Veronica (Narragansett , RI)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Walter (Roselle, IL)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Mary (Littleton, CO)

Pastor’s Outreach to Parishioners

  • Parish Excellence Award: St. Anne Roman Catholic (GILBERT, AZ)
  • Honorable Mention: Our Lady of Mount Carmel (BOONTON, NJ)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Mary (Dedham , MA)

Reopening of Mass

  • Parish Excellence Award: St. Rose of Lima (Short Hills, NJ)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Mary (Littleton, CO)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Joseph (Mechanicsburg, PA)

New Service Ministry

  • Parish Excellence Award: Blessed Trinity (Miami Springs, FL)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Thomas Aquinas- Flatlands (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Albert the Great (Austin, TX)

Service Ministry Continuation

  • Parish Excellence Award: Queen of Peace (Gainesville, FL)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Joseph (Mechanicsburg, PA)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Edward the Confessor (Clifton Park, NY)
  • Honorable Mention: Our Lady of the Presentation (Lees Summit, MO)

Offertory Retention / Recovery

  • Parish Excellence Award: St. Anne Roman Catholic (GILBERT, AZ)
  • Honorable Mention: Holy Family (Novi, MI)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Joseph (Mechanicsburg, PA)

Adult Faith Formation via Technology

  • Parish Excellence Award: Our Lady of Peace (Erie, PA)
  • Honorable Mention: Immaculate Conception - St. Joseph (Chicago, IL)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Joseph (Mechanicsburg, PA)

Faith Formation for Youth via Technology

  • Parish Excellence Award: Catholic Community of Falmouth (Falmouth, MA)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Alphonsus Liguori (Zionsville, IN)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Joseph (Mechanicsburg, PA)

Community Prayer via Technology

  • Parish Excellence Award: St. James (North Miami, FL)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Joseph (Mechanicsburg, PA)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Denis (Havertown, PA)

Small Groups via Technology

  • Parish Excellence Award: St. Jude Cathedral (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Walter (Roselle, IL)
  • Honorable Mention: Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (Queens, NY)

Website Innovations / Excellence During Covid

  • Parish Excellence Award: St. Michael (Fall River, MA)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Thomas the Apostle (Coeur d'Alene, ID)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Jude Cathedral (St. Petersburg, FL)

Social Media Innovations/ Excellence During Covid

  • Parish Excellence Award: St. Matthew (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Walter (Roselle, IL)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Joseph (Mechanicsburg, PA)

Email Innovations / Excellence During Covid

  • Parish Excellence Award: St. Joseph (Mechanicsburg, PA)
  • Honorable Mention: Transfiguration-St. Stanislaus Kostka (Maspeth, NY)
  • Honorable Mention: St. Thomas More (Chapel Hill, NC)

 

Parish Excellence Award Categories:

Parishes across the country have been nominated for their demonstrated excellence across the following 16 categories:

Note: The nomination window closed on October 19. Please join us at the virtual Parish Excellence Summit to recognize the award winners!

  • Broadcasting Mass (Technical Excellence)

    Parish demonstrated excellence in implementing livestream technology during Covid

  • Broadcasting Mass (Participation & Engagement)

    Livestreamed Masses achieved strong viewership and engagement rates

  • Broadcasting Mass (Multi-Cultural & Multi-Lingual)

    Livestreamed Masses served multiple cultural and language groups well

  • Parish Outreach to Families

    Parishioners felt supported and connected to the parish during the shutdown as a result of the efforts of the parish's communications and messages

  • Pastor's Outreach to Parishioners

    Parishioners felt supported and connected to the parish during the shutdown as a result of the pastor's outreach efforts 

  • Reopening of Mass

    Procedures for resuming public Masses and other parish activities were well-organized and well-communicated

  • Offertory Retention/Recovery

    Parish executed effective initiatives to encourage generosity and to make it easier for parishioners to give in new ways to allow offertory levels to be maintained or to minimize decreases

  • Service Ministry Continuation

    Excellence in continuing pre-existing ministries in new ways during Covid

  • New Service Ministries

    Parish added ministries to serve those significantly impacted by the pandemic

  • Adult Faith Formation via Technology

    Parish executed strong faith formation programs for adults during Covid

  • Small Groups via Technology

    Parish held impactful virtual small groups during Covid

  • Faith Formation for Youth via Technology

    Parish executed strong sacramental preparation and faith formation programs for youth during Covid

  • Community Prayer via Technology

    Parish offered virtual gatherings for parishioners to pray together

  • Website

    Parishes implemented significant upgrades and/or new content to their website to improve parishioner experience during Covid

  • Email

    Parishes implemented significant improvement to their emails and/or increased email frequency to keep parishioners up-to-date during Covid

  • Social Media

    Parishes increased their social media presence to keep parishioners up-to-date during Covid

Watch the Presentations from the

Parish Excellence Summit

Leaders of parishes that innovated during Covid-19 and parish revitalization experts shared strong practices for parishes to implement during the pandemic. The Summit was held from November 9-13, 2020. 

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