Sacramental index

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The sacramental index is a statistic sometimes used by Roman Catholic bishops as a rough approximation of how active a parish is, based on the occurrence of sacraments or rites of passage. The precise formula varies; in the Archdiocese of Boston, the sacramental index for a parish is calculated by adding the total numbers of baptisms and funerals, and twice the number of weddings.[1]

The index is used to help determine the number of priests assigned to a parish.


  1. Mary Jo. Bane, Brent. Coffin, Richard Higgins, ed. (2005). Taking Faith Seriously. Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: Harvard University Press. p. 326. ISBN 9780674017108. Retrieved 8 January 2013. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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