All posts by Andrea Perry

Out with the old–Messages, that is!

Do you wish your app messages would go away sometimes?
We encourage app administrators NOT to remove messages.

Messages are a great resource when looking at your analytics!

When reviewing your app user analytics, it may help to consider the following:

  • Temporal and liturgical seasons and how they affect parishioner engagement.
  • The frequency and quality of Messages sent to parishioners prompting app usage.
  • Timing of your communications. What time of day and week are you sending Messages? Are the Messages being sent best suited to those times?
  • How up-to-date is your app content? (e.g. Messages, Calendar, Homilies, Mass/Confession Times)
  • Sometimes parishioners want to refer back to Messages.  But, you can remove messages on just your phone. Just swipe on the message from right to left. You’ll see a delete button to tap and voila! the message is gone.

Check out the Analytics page below. The spikes on the graph are good indicators of trends of impactful messaging!

Resolution: Let the Lord’s face shine upon me

January is coming to a close, and while 45 percent of us will make resolutions only 8 percent will be successful at achieving them, according to a survey by the Opinion Corporation.  Let us resolve to create new habits and refresh our spiritual life in this new year.

Our New Year’s Day Masses rang with Blessing’s from our Lord;

The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!
– Numbers 6:24-26a – A blessing for us to be enthusiastic, to be living in God.

St. Augustine gave us advice on how to let the Lord’s face shine upon us. He proposed giving alms, opening our hearts to the word of God, fasting, and rushing to Church. Think about it, at Church, the Lord’s face truly shines upon us from the tabernacle, from the proclamation of Scripture, from those around us, and especially at the elevation of the Sacred Host, and Precious Blood.

At the beginning of this New Year let us take the advice of St. Augustine, letting the face of our Lord shine upon us daily, living more and more in God, living En Theos, living life enthusiastically. Fight the temptation to be lukewarm, do something more this year; going to an extra Mass during the week, pray the rosary every day, a holy hour with the Eucharist every week, more time with Scripture, more spiritual reading. (Fr. Ankley, New Year’s Day homily, January 1, 2019)

Five great Ideas!

Add one of these simple, practical faith builders to improve your spiritual life in the new year and beyond.

  1. Go an extra day to Mass – The Sacrifice of the Mass is the source and summit of our faith and our very lives! Find a daily Mass that fits your schedule, or attend daily Mass on your day off. Just 30 minutes of your day! https://discovermass.com/
  2. Pray the rosary – As Catholics, we know -we do not merely believe, we know, that the rosary is the most powerful recitation we can make when we desire a miracle or some other grace from God. By reflecting on Our Most Holy Mother’s experiences and the life of Jesus, we become more like the woman who bore all things for the sake of obedience to God’s will.
    Find a new rosary for a new life of devotion to Our Holy Mother.
  3. Spend a holy hour with the Eucharist – You Affect The Lives Of Every Person
    In The World During Your Holy Hour
    From the quotes of our Popes and Saints concerning Holy Hours of adoration, we can see how much importance they placed on adoration for a healthy spiritual life. The power of each Holy Hour that we make can be gleaned from these writings. These writings tell us that our Holy Hour is more powerful than anything in this world outside of Mass. Check out Our Catholic Prayer website to learn more about the value of a holy hour.
  4. Read Scripture – Many people resolve to read the entire Bible each new year. Too few Christians have actually followed through with this though. What kind of reading plan is best? The one you’re going to finish. If you get behind, it’s okay, just pick up where you left off. Or just do five minutes for the first month of the year and pray, “Lord, make this a delight to me.” Does sticking to a plan sound intimidating? Have you tried it before and failed? People can make an impossible plan possible. Grab a couple friends and commit to a plan together. Read the daily readings on myParish App or at usccb.org.
  5. Journey with a Saint – Use this fun Saint name generator to learn about a new Saint and include them in your journey of faith throughout the year. http://saintsnamegenerator.com/

As this new year gets underway, let’s begin it in the faith and confidence that belongs to those who believe in Jesus Christ, as you receive God’s special blessing for you:

In this new year may The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace! Within our heart let us hear these words every day.

Embracing Technology for the Glory of God

Pew research reports that 95% of all Americans own a cell phone of some kind. The share of Americans that own smartphones are now 77%, up from just 35% in Pew Research Center’s first survey of smartphone ownership conducted in 2011. Half of all Americans own a tablet. One-in-five Americans are now ‘smartphone only’ internet users at home. There is a growing need to meet people where they are at 24/7.

As Catholic evangelists, it is necessary to use all forms of social media. If you have yet to delve into Catholic communications via technology here is a little breakdown to get you started

If this is a bit overwhelming, don’t despair— we are here to help!

myParish App can help you share the beauty of our Catholic faith in 3 simple ways.

  • MESSAGE button – Share the message of the Sunday homily during the week.
  • POPE’s MSG button – Share a parish-wide message directing parishioners to the Pope’s Message of the Day.
  • INSPIRE DAILY button – Provides your parishioners with short daily reflections on the readings of the day.
For more great ideas check out this great article written by Sherry Hayes-Pierce:
 “Five things every parish should post on social media.”

The social media landscape is parched for the joy of the Good News–the living water of God’s love and mercy! Come join us!

New GROUPS Features for myParish App

App administrators check out the new features in GROUPS.

  • Join Access – CLOSED / OPEN - Choose join access open and anyone can join, no approval needed. Choose join access closed and all new join requests must be approved by moderators.
  • Visibility – PRIVATE / PUBLIC – Choose private and your active group will be visible only to those in the group. Choose public and the group will be visible to all.
  • Commenting – OFF / ON – Choose off and you have one-way communication. Choose on for group discussions.
  • Activation – DEACTIVATED / ACTIVATED – Choose deactivate for groups that are seasonal. Choose reactivate when you are ready to get going again!

Watch a short video highlighting these features.

⚔️ Fight the Good Fight

St. Michael, the Archangel, appears in the book of Revelation where he leads the armies of God in battle against the forces of evil.

“Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.”  Revelation 12:7-8

Michael is Hebrew for “Who is like unto God,” He is typically depicted with a sword, scales, banner, and an incumbent dragon. He is a symbol of victory over evil; a reminder that we Christians will always struggle with the forces of evil in the world.

The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel is an abbreviated version of a prayer written by Pope Leo XIII (1810 -1903). He composed it after a frightening vision of the attacks on the Church. Prior to Vatican II, the prayer was commonly said at the conclusion of all daily Masses. In 1994, Blessed John Paul II recommended we bring the prayer back into regular practice to strengthen the Church.

Attacks on the Church … a need to strengthen the Church … sound at all familiar?

Use myParish App messaging to inform and inspire.

Check out the sample messages below encouraging users to pray the St. Michael prayer.

Pray with us! 🙏
St. Michael, the Archangel, appears in the book of Revelation where he leads the armies of God in battle against the forces of evil.

“Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.”  Revelation 12:7-8

Join us in the war against Satan, tap the PRAYERS button, set a reminder to pray the St. Michael prayer daily.

From the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, Satan knew he had a new enemy and has since organized and prepared his troops for 2000 years in attempt to destroy Christ’s Church.

The powers of Satan’s destruction are manifest everywhere. But Jesus Christ promises victory over evil — His power, mercy, and grace will overcome. But we must do our part. Our Church needs strengthening.

Tap on the PRAYERS button, find the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, set a reminder to pray daily and join us in the battle against Satan.   🙏

Buttonology

myParish App has been configured for over 3000 Catholic Parishes. A common question we are asked is “Why are the buttons ordered the way they are?”

We have great reasoning on why the buttons are ordered in a certain way. Below is some research behind our decisions.

What buttons are being used most?
From google analytics we learn which buttons have the highest rate of use. Here is the order as of July 2018:

  1. Messages
  2. Readings
  3. Prayers
  4. Bulletin
  5. Calendar
  6. News
  7. Confession
  8. Mass Times
  9. Parish Info
  10. Groups
  11. Inspire Daily
  12. Homilies
  13. Giving
  14. Discover Mass

How do people hold and operate their phones?
Next we wanted to know where it is most advantageous for parishioners to have the most commonly used buttons located.

Scouring the internet for research regarding how people hold and use their phone we found some nifty stuff.  It is most common for people to hold their phone with their left hand and tap it with their right hand. Also, we found that it is very common for people to hold and operate their phones with just one hand.

Marketing studies suggest on a page or screen where all things are equal, that people tend to start skimming at the top left, move to the top right, and then move diagonally to the bottom left.

Therefore we wanted to know the best place to put the buttons that are used most. Research suggested something along the lines of this image.

All Things Considered
After looking at the research and evaluating parishioners use, each button on the home screen is in a favorable location to be explored.

Discover Something New
Invite parishioners, through push notification messaging, to tour buttons that are low on the list of hits. There is always something new to discover!  

Lent is Coming Lent is Coming!

Analytic reports show that Ash Wednesday is consistently a time of high engagement on myParish App.

Get Ready!

  • Get myParish App promo cards out.
  • Put the myParish App banner up in a prominent location.
  • Add myParish App to the bulletin.
  • Check out the digital launch kit for announcements and graphics.
  • Share on social media, invite people to install the app.

Use this message to inspire parishioners to engage more fully in the Lenten Season:

We listen to the words that the priest says to us as he places the ashes on our forehead: “Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.” Or, “Turn away from sin, and be faithful to the Gospel. Watch this nifty video http://bit.ly/2F8RMie

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