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Should There Be A Standard for Mass Times?

Should There Be A Standard for Mass Times?

If someone is just visiting a Catholic Church website, there’s a good chance they’re looking for the church’s Mass times.  Unfortunately, too many church websites still don’t have their mass times updated regularly.  While I’d love to solve that issue, it probably can only be accomplished one one church at a time.  The one issue, [...]

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Making the Most Out of Using and Securing Your Parish Data

Making the Most Out of Using and Securing Your Parish Data

I had the opportunity at this year’s ICSC Conference to do a presentation on securing your parish data.  There are some simple steps and approaches you can take to noticeably improve your church’s data security. Here’s my presentation from ICSC 2013.  

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Half of All Catholics Have No Idea that their Church has any Internet Presence

Half of All Catholics Have No Idea that their Church has any Internet Presence

I read an interesting summary of the state of Media and the Catholic Church by Greg Erlandson from OSV today.  It’s well worth a read with Greg providing a very good overview of media and the Catholic Church and where we need to go. One statement he made just caused me to stop in my [...]

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Social Media’s Impact on the Church

Social Media’s Impact on the Church

I received an email from my Archbishop about a week ago.  You can read the text of the letter here in blog form, http://www.archmil.org/Our-Faith/Blogs/Archbishop-Listecki/JEL-20130626.htm. The contents of the email and the blog addresses the priest sexual abuse scandal, its impact on those affected, what the diocese did about it and what they continue to do [...]

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Cloud-based Backup Solutions

Cloud-based Backup Solutions

I had the opportunity at this year’s Diocesan Information Services Conference, DISC 2013, to do a presentation on cloud-based backup solutions.  These solutions still have one core challenge which is bandwidth, but for churches with limited to no IT support personnel they’re potentially simple and affordable solution to backing up and safeguarding your data. Here’s [...]

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Less is More in User Input Form Design

Less is More in User Input Form Design

My web team at work has been designing a lot of user input form for websites lately.  When creating a Contact Us, Registration, Payment, or really any kind of form, there’s a natural inclination to try and capture as much information as possible.  The user is typing data in, so why not ask them for [...]

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The Pros and Cons of Credit Card Merchant Accounts for Your Church

The Pros and Cons of Credit Card Merchant Accounts for Your Church

As more and more churches look at online giving, the topic of needing a Credit Card Merchant Account invariable comes up.  Of the major online giving solutions you see in Catholic Churches these days, its pretty well evenly split between those that require a credit card merchant account and those who do not.  If you’re [...]

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CRS’ Virtual Votive Website

CRS’ Virtual Votive Website

Sure, I know that this a marketing campaign to obtain email addresses of committed Catholics, BUT what a wonderful campaign it is!  It serves a purpose, adds value to the user, and clearly lets you opt in or out of additional emails. Take 2 minutes, light a virtual calendar and submit your prayer. Let’s help [...]

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Backing Up Your Parish’s Data

Backing Up Your Parish’s Data

Chances are in every diocese this year, at least one of each diocese’s parishes will suffer from a catastrophic data loss.  I’m sure you’ve heard a similar story:  a hard drive crash, spilled coffee or even theft and the all important PC or MAC with the parish’s Church Management System, QuickBooks files, census data, and/or [...]

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An Open Source Church Management Software?

An Open Source Church Management Software?

I just ran across Church Info, which bills itself as an Open Source Church Management Software.  This would be a huge development in the Church Management System world.  I’d love to talk to a church or two that’s using this product, does anyone know of a church using this software?  If so, please add a [...]

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Facebook’s Guide to Non-Profits

Facebook’s Guide to Non-Profits

Brad West uncovered this.  Its a great how to guide for using Facebook.  Its geared for all non-profits, but very applicable to Catholic Churches.  Well worth the read. Help tell your story and build a lasting relationship with your parishioners.  

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Script Kiddies and the Complacency of Open Source

Script Kiddies and the Complacency of Open Source

I love Open Source technologies as so do many church website administrators.  Open Source Content Management Systems (CMS) such as WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal can be used to build some very nice church websites and for very low cost. Besides the robustness and easy of use of these CMSs, one of their other key benefits [...]

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Your Scrip Program Online

Your Scrip Program Online

One of the most common fundraisers you see within a church, particularly if there’s a school associated with the church, is the Scrip table at the back church after Mass.  Scrip is a simple concept that does indeed earn money for your church but can require a lot of volunteer effort.  It also comes with [...]

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Technology Adoption within the Church

Technology Adoption within the Church

If you’ve ever had anyone wonder if your parishioners are ready to adopt technology or technology is really needed within your church, show them these pictures below.  Below are two pictures from St. Peter’s square, the first right before the election of Pope Benedict XVI and the second taken last week just prior to the [...]

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Your Annual Appeal Campaign Internet Style

Your Annual Appeal Campaign Internet Style

I’m amazed at how little the annual appeal process has changed in the churches and dioceses I’m familiar with.  Here’s how the typical process works… About this time of year parishioners (sometimes just past donors to save on mailing costs), receive a letter from their church and later a separate letter from their diocese.  The [...]

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Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid

I’m sure you’ve all heard Bob Dufford’s hymn, “Be Not Afraid”  This should be our theme song for church leaders looking to enter that Digital Continent of technology and social media that is the Internet.  The church’s key challenge within moving to this Digital Continent is not a technology gap, but rather fear and not [...]

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Is Your Website Ready for Lent?

Is Your Website Ready for Lent?

Christmas and Easter may be your church’s busy days of the year, but Ash Wednesday is your church websites’s busiest day.  It actually makes sense if you think about it.  Most parishioners know (or should!) when Easter Sunday mass is and Christmas masses tend to follow the typical Saturday and Sunday mass schedule, but not [...]

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Archdiocese of the Internet

Archdiocese of the Internet

I received an email from the Austin Diocese the other day wondering if this blog operates on the approval of our diocese.  In writing back, I responded somewhat flippantly with the question, “Which diocese covers the Internet?”  The point I was trying to make was, of course, that there isn’t a diocese that covers this [...]

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