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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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Why Your Parish Online Stuff Isn’t “Working”: You’re Doing It Wrong

This week a connection shared an article from the Catholic News Service titled “Most Catholics aren’t searching for spirituality online, study says”   The article bothered (ok, I confess . . . frustrated) me for many reasons and mainly because at one point it suggests that print has been more successful so we should just keep […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Google+ Pages Part II: Why You Should Have One

So Google+ Pages went live this past week.  Someone in your parish office or a parishioner might even suggested that your parish set one up.  Then the thought comes to your mind, “Well, we have that Facebook page they told us we should get; why do we need another one somewhere else?”  Good question, and […]

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Why I Unliked Your Facebook Page: Top 5 Admin Mistakes

Facebook pages can have great uses for our parishes, and any Facebook user has probably ‘Liked’ a page or two.  As ‘Admins’ of those pages we know we need to get those ‘Likes’ right?  And building the number of those ‘Likes’ is paramount often times for us too.  But have you ever wondered why someone […]

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Catholic Android Apps Spotlight

Yes, I’m an Android user.  One of the first things I looked for was Catholic Apps for Android and found several, but we’ll focus on two here. The first is Catholic One by Aycka Soft.  This free app provides users with: Daily readings Prayers Rosary Access to the NAB Bible (when online only) Aycka Soft has been […]

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Cyberbullying: What Parents Need To Know And How To Prevent It

If you weren’t aware, October has been National Anti-Bullying Month.   When I hear the word “bully”, it sometimes seems harmless.  I picture that kid on the movie A Christmas Story.  The truth is that it’s not harmless.  In recent years it’s even been taken to another level with technology to what is now called […]

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Two Great Catholic Uses For Google+ Hangouts

This past year I read a great book by Jennifer Haigh called “Faith”.   The story begins in Boston in the 50’s and I remember this one little part standing out to me.  The Mother in the story gets her rosary, sits next to an open window in her apartment, and participates in a group […]

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A Bishop Re-tweeted My Post

A Bishop Re-tweeted My Post

I’m spending the weekend at the Catholic New Media Conference and quite frankly, I’m impressed. The quality of the speakers, the content, and the questions are on par with any secular social media conference I’ve seen. There’s about 120 people here from a broad spectrum of parishes and dioceses and they’re all excited and engaged. […]

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To: The Romans From: St. Paul

As the conversation continues about technology and the Church, those advocating it’s uses encounter a lot of objections.  The objections interestingly seem to be pretty consistent.  It came up again last night in a phone conversation and today online, and a question has been going through my mind for a while now . . . […]

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Poll: Best way to share photos at CNMC

Tomorrow, I begin my trek to Kansas City and the 2011 Catholic New Media Conference. Considering the level of tech-geekdom in attendance, I expect many will have their smartphones and taking pictures. The question is – what’s the best way to share all of them?

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