Category Archives: Administrators

Button, Button, We Have New Buttons

myParish App isn’t just about the features you see on the screen. If you do a little creative thinking, you and your parishioners can use the app in some unique ways.

There are a couple of new buttons and a custom option that would be inspiring for your parishioners. For instance, two new buttons were shared in our recent podcast.

    • Consider having the Eucharistic Miracles button added to your app. Click this link for a list of Miracles from all over the world. This button can be added to your parish’s app for easy access for your parishioners.
    • Purpose, connection, peace—these desires are written on our hearts for a reason. The answer lies at the very center of our faith: the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  This Revival button will link to the National Eucharistic Revival YouTube channel to give your parishioners another source in expanding their faith journey.
    • How much do your parishioners know about your parish’s patron saint? If you have information about your patron saint on your website, that could easily be linked to your Parish Info button. In addition, you could send a message on the saint’s feast or send a message with a prayer for your patron’s intercession on a regular schedule (weekly, or monthly.)

With just a little effort, your parish community can use myParish App to stay connected to the world-wide Catholic community in prayer, and learn some new things as well. For questions or details on adding these buttons, email myparishapp@diocesan.com

Catholic Life Every Day.

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.

 

 

Engage Your Ministries Through Messages and Groups

Summer is coming to an end and fall is nipping at our heels. Churches have reopened and parishioners are wanting to be more involved again. As the app administrator, you can help your ministry leaders promote and engage parishioners through myParish App messaging.

The Groups feature is an excellent tool for ministry leaders. Start by creating a group for each ministry, then assign a moderator/group leader. Be sure to include a thorough description of the ministry. This is a good way to spark interest from potential new members. Parishioners can find out what your ministries are about and tap the join button to learn more and get involved. Do this before your Parish ministry fair. As people visit the ministry booths, they can open myParish app, tap on the ministry and join instantly!

Another tool for engaging parishioners is parish wide messaging. Messaging can be used to highlight buttons and resources in your app or put emphasis on specific ministries. A fun idea would be to highlight a “Ministry of the Month” Here is an example of a message for The Knights of Columbus:

“Have you considered Joining the Knights of Columbus? Through charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism we support and encourage our fellow brothers to work to make life better in our parish and community. To learn more about what we do, tap HERE. To join the Knights, tap on the groups button and find our group!”

We can link to your resources in the myParish App. Through existing buttons and custom buttons we can add all of the great content you have created for your community! If your youth group or Knights of Columbus has a YouTube or Facebook page for something they are doing, a link can be added and possibly a button can be created for your app that connects you directly with those resources. We are always open to conversation about your communication ideas.

In addition, here is a reminder of group features and benefits for App Admin‘s to share:

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.

As a myParish App administrator you can send and delete a message right from your phone to your entire community!

All these aspects of Catholic life and more can be found in your myParish app. Share with your parishioners. They will appreciate it. May it allow them an experience of our faith, just a touch away. Catholic life every day.

We continue to improve the ease and accessibility of myParish App for everyone. We are always happy to chat and to assist you with bringing an experience of Catholic life every day to your parishioners with myParish App.

“Summer Outreach..It is what Jesus would do”

Ahh, it’s finally summer! After a pandemic, shutdowns, and restrictions, life is loosening up and becoming somewhat normal. Late June/early July is a time to relax, refresh and renew both personally and spiritually. Help your parishioners stay connected to their faith community this summer. Faith formation does not always have to take place within the parish. While they’re at a picnic with friends, a day at the beach, riding bikes in the park, or waiting for an appointment, the myParish app gives your parishioners quick access to many aspects of Catholic life every day. Encourage them to give it a try!

One-touch takes them to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) readings of the day. Another and they will find prayers in the Prayer button. Catching up on the news is a snap for them by touching the News button. There are interesting articles that they will find from the Catholic News Agency. If they are looking for someone to share a rosary,  they can tap the Rosary button and hear the soothing voice of Fr. John Riccardo. And, they can take a moment for a quick read by clicking the Inspire Daily light bulb and finding daily blogs from Catholic writers based on the day’s readings.

There are many button options to choose from. Is there a topic or link that you would like to expand on for your parishioners? Give us a call to see if a custom button would work for your parish.

Communicate to them if they need to find a church while traveling this summer, the myParish App is the perfect tool to turn to. 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 they will see the closest 10 parishes to that location using the app. If they don’t know the zip code, have them touch the Discover Mass button and enter a city name and state. When you send more messages, highlight one of these many great ways to utilize myParish App.

All these aspects of Catholic life and more can be found in your myParish app. Share with your parishioners. They will appreciate it. May it allow them an experience of our faith, just a touch away. Catholic life every day.

Join us, Thursday, July 1 at 1:00 pm to discuss practical ways to evangelize over the summer. Interaction, personalization, and experience matter.

We continue to improve the ease and accessibility of myParish App for everyone. We are always happy to chat and to assist you with bringing an experience of Catholic life every day to your parishioners with myParish App.

We Listened – You Win!

myParish App has been serving the communication needs of many Catholic churches for quite some time. Mobility is a must, and approximately 85% of the consumer market has indicated a preference for apps over mobile websites. It is interesting to consider where these technologies are going, but one certainty is that they are here to stay.

Over time we continue to make enhancements that offer better usability. Last year, with churches closed, the app experienced extremely high usage. Since then we have been compiling a list of suggestions from you. Check out some of our new features for both you, the admin, and your parishioners.

  • Text Size – With this popular feature, you can now change the text size from small to medium, to large all within the menu of the app.
  • Language – You can change the language from English to Spanish from the menu of the app. No longer do you need to go to the phone settings to change the app language.
  • Admin Analytics – We recently introduced our new analytics platform. And we are already making changes and updates to make it even more valuable.  We are adding the ability to view the number of clicks on a given button by day, week, or month.

Great news! Join Marc Wadaga with the Diocesan Customer Care team on Thursday, May 20 at 1:00 pm EST for a webinar. He will cover and answer questions about these new features.

We continue to improve the ease and accessibility of myParish App for everyone. We are always happy to chat and to assist you with bringing an experience of Catholic life every day to your parishioners with myParish App.

Analytics. New and Improved!

“What does this mean and how can we use this information to help people live their Catholic life every day and bring people in our community closer to Christ?”

Over the past year, we have been working hard to develop our new myParish App analytics. After hearing from you and taking into consideration your needs we are excited to offer our new platform that will help you evaluate your app activity.

Building Catholic Community

Let me take you on a short journey before we dive into the data. I, like many of my colleagues, come from the parish world. Until this past summer, I was the youth director for three parishes in my community and wore many hats when I was full-time at the parish. Like many of you, I was a great multitasker; answered phones sat on committees, and organized many parish events. I can remember, time after time, our team would plan faith-filled events hopeful each would have a better turnout. Think of the hours spent in planning and hosting each of these events. When we brought in a speaker there would often be an additional monetary expense as well. Our goal was basically the same each time: to bring people closer to Christ and live their Catholic life more fully every day. As a full-time team member at Diocesan, I have this same goal. I help people like yourself help your community live their Catholic life every day.

Each time a parishioner goes to the myParish app and taps on a button or a feature they are engaging in your virtual community. If the message sent or the announcement you made inspires them to open the app, you have helped them grow in their faith. In just a few short minutes each week, you have the potential to reach every parishioner who has downloaded the app. If they choose to open the app a second time or a third, your communication helped to make that happen. Instead of weeks of planning for one event, just minutes of intentional planning and implementation with your app will have an ongoing impact.

Now more than ever your faith community is looking to connect through technology. Let’s seize this opportunity to bring our fellow Christians closer to Christ. Although analytics gives us a clear idea of how many people have engaged in your app over time it does not tell the whole story. Take a deeper look into what these numbers are telling us and the opportunities they present to engage your community more fully.

The Details

The analytics page in the myParish app portal displays your parish’s unique users over a period of time. (It is important to note that accurate numbers were not reported until the beginning of February 2021.) Not all users will access myParish app every week. Looking at a month or more of data is a good starting point. The frequency of users to your app is based largely on the frequency of your communication. Sending messages and promoting myParish app features will generally increase usage of your app.

Here are some insightful questions to ask yourself when evaluating your data:

  • Are there spikes in viewership?
    • Was a message sent out on that day?
    • Was an announcement made at Mass?
    • Was it a feast day or a special day in the liturgical season?
    • Did our parish have a special event happening that day or the next?
  • Are there valleys in viewership?
    • What days of the week are these trending?
    • Is there an opportunity to engage in a mid-week event?
  • How often are these happening?
    • What buttons might appeal to your community every day?
      • Prayers? Setting a daily prayer reminder?
      • Readings? Reading the daily readings every day?
      • Custom Button? Inspire Daily or Three-Minute Theology?

myParish app will assist your parishioners in living their Catholic life every day

A little work on your part will inspire and strengthen the faith of your parishioners.

Our team will continue to develop the analytics platform with features that will allow you to see the number of new users as well as how your users are specifically utilizing your app. You will know if your messaging is inspiring new downloads and what features to promote. Our team and our Admin Resource Center have a wealth of resources to help you do this with ease. Please schedule a call below for a 1-on-1 review of your app’s analytics.

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