I need to start this post out with an apology. Actually, I need to apologize twice, first for being woefully tardy in posting lately and second for posting an advertorial. I’ve tried not to let my work at Liturgical Publications (LPi) permeate through this blog. This blog is about the intersection of the technology and the church both how technology is both changing and how it can aid our church. Vendors like, LPi, can indeed help the church, but we’re not the only answer.
That being said, I’m just a little too proud of what my IT team accomplished not to share. After many months of work we launched our new Art & Media Portal. This service may just be the largest collection of Catholic Clip Art and downloadable Catholic art work online on the Internet. At LPI, our bread-and-butter business has historically been printing church bulletins. We print church bulletins for about 4200 Catholic Churches around the country. To say we just print the bulletin is a common misconception. We help design, layout, print, ship, and in most cases make the service free to our customers by selling sponsorships or advertising on these bulletins. Bulletins don’t show up at your church every week through divine intervention. Its actually a lot of handwork by your parish staff and your bulletin company every week to make sure those publications are ready every weekend.
Our customers rely on us for art work, cover art, scripture content, and stewardship content all of which is accessible on the Internet in our Art & Media Portal. This searchable database of over 30,000 images and written content serves up what your church needs every week for your bulletin. The recommended content for your church follows the liturgical calendar and can be configured to the type of printing your bulletin uses
For the programmers reading this, our service is built entirely on a LAMP architecture utilizing PHP and the PHP Zend Framework.
For those interested, please take a look at this service, here. For your church’s bulletin editor they’re all invited to try a free 30 day trial of our service by entering the Promo Code, CTT, and clicking redeem. If your church is interested in utilization this service and you’re a small church who can’t afford the $30 monthly fee, please let me know, and I will see if I can get you a free subscription.
For me, this service is an interesting mix. Its utilizing the Internet to help facilitate one the Catholic Church’s most common form of communication, the printed bulletin. This is really just the first step. Who knows, we may just one day soon be designing the bulletin online and publishing them to your iPad!