Tag Archives: Parish Website
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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Maximize Evangelizing With Your Content

As the saying goes . . . content is king.  We know that content is what gets attention, provides exposure, and gets you in front of an audience.  It’s important to maximize that attentive opportunity.  Content whether it be a photos, a video, a blog post, etc. all provide a great opportunity for evangelizing much […]

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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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2013 Parish Website Contest Winners

2013 Parish Website Contest Winners

I am pleased to announce that the judges have finished scoring the finalists, and we have our top three winners of the 2013 Catholic Parish Website of the Year contest! Each of our winners will receive a plaque for their parish office, and the first place winner will receive a $500.00 donation from Liturgical Publications […]

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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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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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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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Notable Parish Websites

The Parish Website is becoming more and more common.  Most parishioners think the parish needs one, and most Pastors want one.  I’m a firm believer that every parish should have a website.  It’s my firm belief that the parish website’s purpose is to serve as a community hub and 24/7 extension of your parish office. […]

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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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Google+ Pages Are Live: The Set Up

As most know, Google+ launched a while ago and one thing I have particularly loved about it is the strong Catholic user presence on the service.  Up until yesterday the service lacked the ability for organizations and brands to have their own “page” like Facebook Pages.  So the announcement yesterday was very welcome news.  I […]

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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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Parish Online Communities – Private vs. Public

Parish Online Communities – Private vs. Public

Among the top questions I’m asked when speaking with parishes about private social networks is “Why not just use Facebook”. Public networks like Facebook are extremely popular to say the least. Setting up a company or personal page is easy and free. The ability to reach people and share information is direct and simple. Parishes […]

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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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Why Is No One Reading Your Blog: The Importance Of Tagging

There’s been a lot of good discussion on Google+ lately in regards to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Catholics over the last week. Craig Berry then came out with a great post “Catholic SEO: A Failing Grade?”  When it comes to how search engines and discovery works on the internet a lot of people get […]

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Listening To Your Parishioners Through Numbers: Understanding ‘Analytics’

As a manager for over 17 years, numbers have a great deal of importance to me.  The biggest lesson I’ve learned in regards to interpreting data is that numbers “tell a story” and they are a key means to “hearing” your customers.  The great thing about the internet is that a lot of data is […]

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We Gather Together To Scan? 5 Ways Parishes Can Use QR Codes

You may have been seeing these wacky-looking little images popping up everywhere.  If you don’t know what they are, they are called QR Codes.  Simply put, a QR Code is an image one can scan with their smartphone that directs the phone for a number of different purposes.  Some of these directions can be: – […]

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Let Us Donate: The Case For Online Donations

This morning I checked in and read Joe Luedtke’s post “Why This Blog Is Important” and one thing (plus others) really stood out to me, “I pay all my bills online except for the check I write each week to the Church. ”  It’s one of those things I’ve been suggesting at my own parish […]

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Go, Tweet It On The Mountain: Understanding How To use Twitter

Go, Tweet It On The Mountain: Understanding How To use Twitter

One of my favorite hymns (especially at Christmas) is “Go Tell It On The Mountain”.  In the olden days, going to a high place and yelling good news was a way to be heard over a large distance.  Compare this to everyone standing in a crowd and just yelling.  You’d never really be heard.  It’s […]

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