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Is Your Online Donation System Ready for Advent?

Advent is a season of celebration and anticipation as Catholics worldwide await the coming of the Lord Jesus. Advent is also a season when churches are so full it can be hard to find a seat at mass.  Every year churches scramble to find extra staff and volunteer resources. The church needs to be decorated […]

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Advent Calendars Online

My kids are now teenagers, but my wife still buys them the chocolate Advent Calendars.  They still love them and open up the little paper windows dutifully every day.  I was surprised to find a few online Advent calendars.  No chocolate in these, but a little inspiration sprinkled with humor never hurt anyone. Thanks to […]

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Introducing LPI’s Art & Media Portal

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 […]

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Create a Meal Ministry at Your Parish

Create a Meal Ministry at Your Parish

On April 30th our daughter was unexpectedly born 5 weeks early, and we were thrown into a hectic routine of traveling between home (where our confused 2 year old was), and the NICU hospital room where Lucia spent 18 days. During that time we had the help and support of our amazing family, friends, and […]

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Catholic Book Giveaway

Catholic Book Giveaway

Now that Lent is over, it can sometimes be easy to forget to spend the same amount of time in prayer as we did during those 40 days. So this month I’m giving away Randy Hain’s The Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work, a book that has been a great help for living my […]

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Amazon and Google Lower Fees for Cloud Storage

Amazon and Google Lower Fees for Cloud Storage

Back in January I reviewed My Cloud, a private cloud storage option with a 3 TB capacity. This works great for our family—but it may not be the best option for a business or church. Sometimes, the convenience of allowing a public service to maintain, back-up, and secure your data in the cloud is the […]

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Grant Me The Serenity: Facebook and Twitter Updates You Might Have Missed

If you are experienced running social profile like Facebook Pages and/or Twitter accounts for organizations, you may not like change but you are probably getting used to them.  If you are new to this, my advice . . . don’t ever get too comfortable.  Unlike a website that you design and pretty much have control […]

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Breaking Bread: Moving From Attraction To Engagement

As I look through recent social media news and blogs, the landscape is littered with the wails barriers to exposure and possibly having to pay to get more. We are even seeing this at the Church level, and quite honestly it’s a sign that it’s time to “sit down at the table” and “break bread”. What I mean is that we’ve spent enough time attracting and now it’s time to shift to improving content, truly engaging your audience and the world, and using these profiles for also also enhancing community communications.

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3 Ways To Boost Your Facebook Page Posts

So I went back and took a real hard look at the posts we were putting out, and decided to do a few tests on a couple different pages. I also took into a account a little development from Facebook that many Page Managers have been overlooking . . . the introduction of exposure to other pages’ fan bases by mentioning those other pages in your posts. But like anything, it’s not a fix to simply mention other pages. It’s a combination of things, and remember when I told you that it’s important to start focusing on being social as the Church. Well, that truly comes into play here.

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How Social Media Isolates Us [Video]

How Social Media Isolates Us [Video]

This video came out last year, so I’m a bit late in sharing this. But it illustrates how social networks affect our interactions and expectations of others—and why they might make us lonelier. Granted, there are a lot of generalizations made, but it’s worth watching. We’re expecting more from technology, and less from each other. After watching […]

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What does “Facebook Zero” Mean for Churches?

What does “Facebook Zero” Mean for Churches?

If you’re an administrator of a Facebook page, you have probably noticed a drop in organic engagement. Facebook’s ever-changing algorithms are steadily declining your content’s organic reach—meaning fewer people are seeing your posts because you’re not paying to “promote” them to those who have liked your page. An interesting whitepaper was put out by Social@Ogilvy: […]

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Looking for a New Font?

Looking for a New Font?

I tend to be a little bit of a typography nerd… I might even get mad at the TV if I see a poorly-used font in a commercial. I’m not the only one who does that, right? Just like a commercial, the right font in the right place can do wonders for a parish website […]

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Catholic Book Giveaway

Catholic Book Giveaway

Time for another Catholic book giveaway! No strings attached, just pass it on to someone else once you’ve finished it. This month I’m giving away Matthew Kelly’s Rediscover Lent. The reviews for this devotional have been fantastic so I’ll be reading it as well this Lent. It walks the reader through the seven pillars of […]

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Lenten Resources for 2014

Lenten Resources for 2014

Lent begins on March 5th this year—only a few weeks away. Below are my top five online or reading resources that are either free or very affordable. Please share any resources or prayer aids you use in the comments below! Lenten Magnificat Companion (iPhone) (Kindle) The Little Black Book for Lent (Kindle) Living Lent Daily from […]

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Does your website make it easy to ask a Catholic question?

Does your website make it easy to ask a Catholic question?

It can be frustrating to hear someone assume something inaccurately about the Catholic Church. You’ve all heard the typical assumptions or flawed interpretations… we worship Mary, we shouldn’t baptize infants, there’s no need to confess our sins to a priest, etc. Not only are these signs that the Church is easily misunderstood, but it could […]

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Catholic Book Giveaway

Catholic Book Giveaway

There are a number of Catholic books I’ve really enjoyed and would love to pass on to others, no strings attached. Well, one catch—I’d ask that you pass the book on to someone else once you’ve finished it. For the first book, I’m giving away Matt Swaim’s Prayer in the Digital Age. Swaim’s book addresses […]

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Kids Don’t Know Tech and Why Education Is Important

A 5 year-old can start a car if you hand them the keys, but it doesn’t mean they are responsible enough yet to drive it. It’s a common thought that “kids know tech”.  We have taken this attitude and philosophy that young age equals tech knowledge including how to effectively and strategically use technology.  They […]

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