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Characteristics in a Parish

Three characteristics stood out as most important:

  1. Quality of worship service (92% “very important”)
  2. Whether the “parish embraces Church teachings and values” (78%)
  3. Convenient Mass schedules (72%)

Teens and college-age adults look for more ministries and activities when selecting a parish.

Children’s ministries and Catholic schools were most important to those between the ages of 26-50.


Parish Characteristics

Characteristics
% "very important"
Quality worship service
91%
Parish embraces Church teachings and values
78%
Daily and weekend Mass schedules
72%
Children's ministries (for all age groups)
57%
Catholic school
46%
Service activities
44%
Parish social groups/gatherings
42%
Devotions (rosary, adoration, etc.)
41%
Traditional music
40%
Opportunities for penance/confession
40%
Small group ministries (e.g. Bible Study)
34%
Contemporary music
27%
Mass in language(s) other than English
9%


More Important to Teens and College-Age Adults

  1. Opportunities for penance/confession
  2. Service activities
  3. Social groups/gatherings
  4. Devotions
  5. Small group ministries