Resources for Parish Leaders
Videos, podcasts, articles, and other helpful resources to help your parish.

Past Webinars

Sacramental Preparation

Interactive Marriage Preparation Solutions in a Socially Distanced Church
May 12

Join moderator, Tom McCabe, author of Joy-Filled Marriage, and Helene Hallowell, Ascension's coordinator of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Marriage Preparation Program, and Lauren McCann, Product Manager of Ascension's self-paced online sacramental certification programs, as we explore and take your questions on:

  • How to arrange a live online marriage preparation course and what to avoid.
  • Ascension's new Joy-Filled Marriage self-paced online marriage preparation and certification program.

Those attending will receive free access to Ascension's new Joy-Filled Marriage self-paced online marriage certification program for a limited time.

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Confirmation Preparation: Finishing the Year and Preparing for the Fall
May 26

This week, we are excited to welcome Clayton Imoo, associate director of the Ministries and Outreach Office of the Archdiocese of Vancouver in Canada, and Caroline Harvey, associate communication director of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, as they speak about the current challenges of confirmation preparation and planning. You will come away from the webinar with:

  • Concrete tips and strategies about how to conclude this year’s program and plan for the fall
  • Advice about how to connect with students, parents, and sponsors

We are excited to announce that those who attend will receive a special offer for our Chosen program!

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The Art and Science of Being an Effective Confirmation Catechist
June 30

Preparing teens for Confirmation is an enormous privilege. But it comes with it's own challenges. Uncooperative candidates (or overly-enthusiastic ones who monopolize the discussions). Disengaged parents and sponsors. And of top of all that, there's still that nagging, underlying question: "What do we mean when we say we "prepare" teens for Confirmation?" How do we do that?

Join us for a free one-hour webinar with host Colin MacIver, author of the Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation Parent's Guide, Sponsor's Guide, and Director's Manual. Colin will lay out the practical, nuts and bolts "science" of effective Confirmation prep as well as coach us on the "art" of guiding your teens into lifelong discipleship.

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Online Marriage Preparation: Balancing the Digital and the Pastoral
July 29

Join moderator, Tom McCabe, author of Joy-Filled Marriage, as we explore and take your questions on: best practices for delivering an online marriage preparation program; the importance of pastoral guidance to engaged couples taking online prep; and Ascension's new Joy-Filled Marriage self-paced online marriage preparation and certification program.

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Youth Ministry

Teens and Screens Youth Ministry and the Theology of the Body
May 19

Join Mari Pablo as she shares how we can view teen ministry through the lens of the Theology of the Body. We know that the life of teens is centered around friends and socializing, which presents a particular challenge during this stay-at-home period. During this webinar, Mari will present concrete, Theology of the Body-informed tips and strategies for you to consider implementing to support teens in your parish community.


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Should We be Talking about Sex in Parish Religious Education Classes?
July 14

Brian Butler, Executive Director & Co-Founder of Dumb Ox Ministries as well as co-author of Theology of the Body Middle School and YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, will join us this week to explain the Theology of the Body and present some tips and strategies for discussing Theology of the Body related topics within parish religion education settings.


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Special Topics

Livestreams, Social Media and More for Parishes
May 5

Are you looking for creative ways to reach your parishioners on social media, or stream Sunday Mass or host a webinar? Join Marisa Beyer and Matt Pirrall, members of Ascension's expert media and video production team as they share useful tips and tricks on the many ways to reach your parishioners and what not to use.

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What Your Parish Needs to Know about the Payroll Protection Program: How to Apply for Funding and Understanding the CARES Act
May 8

On the webinar, Matthew Pinto, President of Ascension hosts and is joined by attorneys Chris Connell, and Jennifer Gniady, from the law firm of Stradley Ronon, Stevens & Young. Chris and Jennifer will discuss what you need to know about the PPP program and also address your questions.

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How Parishes Can Encourage and Build Up the Domestic Church
June 16

On the webinar, host Colin MacIver sits down with Michael Gormley, co-host of Ascension's weekly Catholic podcast on evangelization Every Knee Shall Bow, and author and speaker Lisa Hendey as they share tips, strategies, and insights on how to help Catholics foster the domestic Church in their homes.

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Evangelization

Making Your Parish a Center of Hope and Evangelization
June 2 

This week, we welcome Father Josh Johnson as he shares strategies on how to make your parish a place of hope and evangelization. The current pandemic and “stay-at-home” reality have presented the Church with challenges in keeping Catholics engaged in parish life. This webinar will offer some concrete tips on how to reach out to those who may not find their way back to Mass—as well as presenting ways for welcoming new faces or faces that you haven’t seen for quite some time!

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