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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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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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Your Parish: How To Get Started With An Online Initiative

The other night I participated in an interview for a Diocese publication.  I apologized to her as well because I am really bad at interviews.  Anyway, one of the questions she asked was, “What would you suggest for a parish just starting out?”  I have to admit that I was kind of taken back.  I […]

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Google+ Launches ‘Communities’ With Great Benefits For Parishes

Since Google+’s launch, I’ve been a big fan of it.  It’s often misunderstood as “just another social network” in my opinion, because it’s actually far more than that.  And it’s not at all a simple “apples to apples” comparison with Facebook.  Facebook definitely has benefits to opening up new communication avenues for parishes and the Church […]

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Open-Source Catholics: Everyone Benefits From Collaboration

So you’re venturing into a new project at your parish, or you’re getting a bit lost in the tech stuff for your parish . . . what do you do?  The simple answer . . . ask another parish or ask another Catholic involved in tech for our unique environments.  We’re becoming an ever-growing sub-culture […]

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Your Parish As The Light Of Christ Online

One of my favorite Catholic rituals is the candle lighting at the Easter Vigil.  A few years ago I witnessed this event in a somewhat large parish from a balcony.  The whole worship space was pitch black.  In comes the newly lit Pascal Candle down the main aisle.  Candles of those in the pews on […]

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Google+ Events For Parishes: Finally An Events System To Truly Come and See!

I truly have become a big fan of social networks such as Facebook and Google+ for parishes.  These systems allow for our faith communities to become connected and a part of everyday lives like never before.  One of the things I love about them is event sharing and keeping photos of events for everyone to […]

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Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive: Great Online Storage Options

For years backups have always been a challenge.  For anyone else who has lost a hard drive or had a computer crash you know the importance of backing up your files and data.  The solution has often been a local external hard drive connected to the computer and or a local network.  This is ok […]

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Google+ Vs. Facebook: How They Both Benefit Parishes

It’s been about 9 months since Google+ has launched, and many of us have gotten a good idea of what it’s all about and how it can best  be used.   The biggest misconception I’ve found is the tendency to try and understand the service through a simple “apples to apples” comparison with Facebook.  The […]

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5 Things To Do To Plan Your Parish Social Media Strategy Effectively

You’ve probably heard about the potential benefits for your parish.  You’ve read about it here.  You’ve heard me say it.  Even some Bishops are tweeting.  The Facebook thing looks great.  Google+ looks interesting.  So you and the Pastor decide to give it a go.  You set up all the accounts, do your customization, you tweet, you […]

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Putting Facebook Apps and Tabs To Work On Your Page

The new Facebook Timeline for Pages has a lot of great benefits for a much richer visitor experience.  One the things I like with the change especially is the more prominent “tabs” display at the top and some really good apps that have been coming out.  For example, as I was recently ramping up our […]

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Is It a Sin to Pin?: Understanding Image Use Online

The other day a friend of mine posted a link to an article where a Pinterest user had come to some point where she felt uncomfortable with using the service and violating copyrights.  The writer was a not only a photographer, but a lawyer.  After reading the article, my friend (who has been an artist […]

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Oh, The Tangled Web: Understanding Facebook Page Insights

So you’ve taken the time to set up your parish Facebook Page.  You’ve got some “likes” and are posting away.  It’s been fun and exciting, and now you might be wondering what the “pay offs” are and how to actually gauge the performance.  I was thinking this myself the other night.  I’ve been very pleased with […]

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Are You Really Sure Your Parish Owns Your Twitter Account: The Importance of Tech Policies

It’s nice to see so many parishes embracing social media and establishing accounts on services like Twitter and building Facebook Pages.  As I look at various parish websites that have staff email addresses posted I have noticed that many are obviously personal addresses (i.e. @Yahoo.com, @Live.com, etc.) I wonder how many parishes have a technology, […]

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Which Internet Browser?

As most internet users have found out, not all browsers are created equally.  Internet Explorer was basically the one most used for several years, but then quickly got tired of the fact that the internet moved faster but your browser didn’t.  Or that they made the application increasingly more complicated to the point of not […]

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Music Lover Prayers Answered: Google Music

Ever since I was a kid I have loved music.  I remember spending hours sifting through and listening to 45’s (yes, I’m that old).  Later on, like many people, I amassed the large number albums, then cassettes, and then CD’s.  There was always a few problems I ran into with these: Storage Finding the music […]

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5 Great Google Updates You Might Have Missed

If you’re a Google user like me you probably noticed what seemed to be “rapid fire” changes this past year. All of which were great changes too. Let’s take a look: Google+ – A lot of people have mistakenly approached Google+ as simply a competitor to Facebook.  In all honesty, Google+ is what Facebook has […]

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Have Cloud, Will Travel

The past two weekends my wife and I traveled to visit family.  I’m a fan of traveling, but I’ve never been a fan of packing.  In addition to clothes and toiletries, now we have to be concerned with access to business stuff plus you want stuff to do.  So here’s what we took in addition to our […]

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