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Is Your Website Mobile Friendly?

Earlier this month, Google changed its search algorithms to promote websites that it believes are mobile-friendly.  The reverse is, unfortunately, also true.  It will demote sites that are not mobile friendly.  With more and more of the Internet traffic being on mobile devices, it is critically important that your church website be mobile friendly.  Remember, […]

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Parish Apps – Yes, there is now an App for That

“There’s an App For That” is a phrase now embedded in our modern lexicon that has finally come to our local parishes.  Over the past year a few Catholic Parish apps have emerged on the market that has caused quite a bit of excitement within many parishes. I was initially somewhat skeptical of the value […]

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A Holy Year of Mercy

Time sure flies by. I remember a time not so long ago when we were preparing for the end of time. We weren’t in doomsday cults, but we were normal everyday people who were told that the entire world would be thrown into a tremendous chaos and we would suffer immeasurable hardships. The crazy thing […]

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Video Ideas for Your Parish Website

More and more parishes are starting to incorporate video on their website. Video can be a great way of demonstrating what your parish has to offer and video is becoming a very common way for people on the Internet to learn and explore. I’ve received requests from churches on how to videotape and publish their […]

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Ten Tips for Recording Video on Your Phone

Videos are a great way to connect with visitors to your website and nearly everyone has a powerful video camera in their pocket–their smartphone. With a little practice and these few tips you can create great footage for your website. In addition to livening up your website, videos are also a great way to connect to […]

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Communicating Kerygma

Perhaps you didn’t hear about the latest Dead Sea Scrolls found in a cave at Qumran! They offer new insight into the great commission Jesus gave to his followers before he ascended into heaven. Most are familiar with the words already contained in Matthew 28, but now additional text has been discovered that sheds light […]

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Get Your Technical Training at Digital Discipleship Bootcamp

Get Your Technical Training at Digital Discipleship Bootcamp

Ever wonder how to create a blog like this?  Manage your church’s website?  Or grow your social media presence? Then the Digital Discipleship Bootcamp (DDBC) may be for you.  This Bootcamp is run by Sister Caroline Cerveny.  I’ve never attended this bootcamp but have seen Sister Caroline present before.  If you’re looking to get started […]

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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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