All posts by Dana Kingrey

Ministries, Messages, and Groups for Parishioners

Pew research reports that 97% of all Americans own a cell phone with 85% of that number being smartphone users. And that’s up from 77% in recent years. Worldwide, cell phone usage is 83.72%.  Again, referring to Pew Research Center’s survey. The need continues to grow and most people depend on their phones for daily communication.

myParish App can help you share the beauty of our Catholic faith in 3 simple ways right from our phones with your parishioners.

  • MESSAGE button – Share messages such as pot luck dinners, a fish fry, Christmas program info, and even cancelation and rescheduling of events .
  • MINISTRIES buttons – Many of these you will find using the GROUP button. Outreach, prayer chains,  mom’s support groups,  etc.
  • GROUPS button – Provides your parishioners with  groups that they can join on the app.

As Catholic evangelists, and we continue to reach our parishioners, it is necessary to use all forms of social media. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and of course myParish, are just a few of the platforms we can use to increase communication using technology.
If you have questions about any of these popular options, please don’t hesitate to let us know—we are here to help!

Social media, used wisely, can share the joy of the Good News.
Catholic Life Every Day.

 

Relax, Refresh, and Renew

Summer typically signals a time to slow down. As an app administrator, here are some thoughts that you can share with your parishioners as they relax, refresh and renew both personally and spiritually.

While you’re out at the beach, a lake, in the park or waiting for an appointment, your myParish app gives you quick access to many aspects of your Catholic life every day.

One touch takes you to the USCCB readings of the day. Another and you will find a selection of prayers in the Prayer button. Catching up on the news is a snap by touching the News button. There are interesting articles from the Catholic News Agency. Looking for someone to share a rosary? Push the Rosary button and hear the soothing voice of Fr. John Riccardo.

Have a moment for a quick read? Click the Inspire Daily light bulb and find daily blogs from Catholic writers based on the day’s readings.

If you’re trying to find a church while traveling this summer, tap the three lines in the upper left hand corner while on the myParish app. Then type in the zip code of your destination where it says Find a Parish. In seconds you will see the parishes in that zip. To see parishes in the surrounding area, please type in the city and state. And you can also touch the Discover Mass button and enter a city name and state.

All these aspects of Catholic life and more can be found in your myParish app.

May it allow you an experience of your faith, just a fingertip away.  Catholic life every day.

Get Them Back to Church


It’s been a little over two years since the world “stopped” due to Covid. In recent months we are seeing things start to turn around. The plan of the Church is to get people back to Mass as a community. With Palm Sunday this weekend, Holy Week and Easter next week, here are some suggestions to share with your parishioners.

As my colleague, Arthur Richardson, stated in a recent Diocesan podcast, people are hurting, we are broken, and the Church is a place for healing. Fellowship between family, friends, and other parishioners is a key component to that healing. Reminding parishioners to come back can be communicated in a number of ways. Depending on budgets and staff time, a call or post card, or even an email to parishioners who haven’t been there ‘live’ is a thoughtful reminder that they are missed. 

Another parish suggestion is to pass around note cards this Sunday, or as soon as time allows, and ask parishioners for names and contact information for someone that might enjoy attending Mass at your parish for Easter or anytime.

Invite parishioners to tell their Catholic faith story, and if they are willing, add it to the testimonial page of your website or social pages. It might just be the little something that another person needs to hear. Oftentimes, your Catholic life could be strengthened by another’s testimony.

In closing, it’s important to keep your social media, myParish app, Evangelus, and websites up to date, but especially during holidays when families are traveling and are looking for Mass times and activities at your parish. 

At Diocesan, we hope these ideas to get your community members back in the pews will help.

Our Blessings to you for a beautiful Easter.
Let Easter be YOUR time for change and renewal.

 

Four Ways to Use myParish App as You Prepare for Easter

 

Easter is fast approaching. Use these suggestions as you prepare your parishioners.

  1. Use messaging. Often. Your parish has a lot going on – study groups, missions, special services, extra confession times. Taking 5 minutes a day to send out a message can help keep folks informed.
  2. Keep important app information updated. This is the time you’ll really want to make sure bulletins are up-to-date on the app, as are Father’s homilies. Also, make sure basic parish information is current. People travel a lot this time of year and look for a church – you don’t want them to show up for 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday when you changed the schedule months ago.
  3. Tell people about the app. Keep the Launch Kit banner up in the parish hall. Have teens pass out information during coffee after Mass. Run information on how to download the app in the bulletin. Remember, this is the time of year when folks who often don’t go to church will be there – giving them the app is a wonderful gift!
  4. Use the app yourself. First, you’ll know for sure if something isn’t right! But use the app for your own spiritual enrichment. Too often, parish workers set aside their own spiritual life for everyone else’s. You can’t give what you don’t have, so dig into the readings of the day, and set prayer reminders to go off to  help you stay on track.

Find Peace in the remaining days of Lent.

Make the Lenten Season a time for YOUR change.

 

 

Preparing for Lent With Communication

In the time before Lent, many of us start thinking about what we and our family members are going to “give up for Lent” Many bad habits are put on hold during that six week period, while other habits are given up completely. As the years have passed and I don’t have small children to guide through the process, I find myself looking for a balance. Not only do I focus on something I can give up, but something I can change about myself to help me be more in touch with the beauty of the Lenten and Easter Season.

Lent is a special time of grace in the Church and as parish communicators, we can support and foster our parishioners and visitors in their desire to grow in holiness through inspiring and welcoming images, thoughtful reflections and links to meaningful content. Preplan your Lenten online communications. Ash Wednesday is March 2. 

As others approach you to share their sacrifice, below are a few that you might offer:

  1. Take the time to set up online giving, it is easy to do and will help you give consistently throughout the year.
  2. Set a prayer reminder and pray every day. Need more accountability? Set one with a group of friends.
  3. Start a daily Lenten reflection through the Inspire Daily button.
  4. Be more accepting of other peoples’ habits that seem to push you over the edge. Close your eyes, smile and think about why that person or action annoys you. When you take a moment to think about it, you might feel better about yourself which will in turn help you to be more accepting of others.
  5. Start weekly and offer acts of kindness to your friends; surprise a friend with a meal, stop by with a little inexpensive gift for them, offer to run an errand for someone or pick up something from the grocery store for them. Even something as simple as a happy text. Seeing the gratitude from others will encourage you to continue this lifestyle habit.

myParish App has a wealth of resources to help your community make Lent meaningful. Click HERE

Make the Lenten Season a time for YOUR change.