4 Ways to Revitalize Online Giving for Lent

Posted on February 15, 2018 by - Catholic Tech Talk

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Lent is the perfect time to revitalize your online giving program as your parish enters into an intentional time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The mood shifts, church decorations change, parish events increase, and discipleship is on people’s minds. As parishioners consider ways to give sacrificially during Lent, here are four ways to engage your church and utilize your online giving program for the season.

Customize and Refresh Your Collections & Events
  • Add new, engaging images and descriptions to your online giving collections.
  • Create additional collections like funding Easter flowers, the Living Stations play, or a special speaker for your Lenten parish mission
  • If Lenten events require tickets or have limit seating, use WeShare to manage attendees
Promote the Benefits of Online Giving Everywhere
  • Hang up posters in high traffic areas of your parish that describe the benefits of online giving and give direction on how to participate
  • Include a bulletin insert during Holy Week Masses to encourage visitors to give to the church.
  • Feature online giving prominently on your website home page to take advantage of higher than usual website traffic during Lent.
almsgivingPromote Your Collections
  •  Ask your pastor to make an announcement during each Sunday of Lent describing specific collections and why almsgiving is an important part of Lenten practice
  • Promote a new collection in your church bulletin every week.
  • Share links to your collections on Facebook and ask parishioners to share
Promote Your Events
  • Mention special events in your bulletin every week during Lent.
  • Feature events on your website and include steps that walk through how people can register online
  • Share links to your events on Facebook and ask parishioners to sign up

Online giving offers a convenient way for parishioners to participate in Lenten almsgiving. How are you offering them the opportunity?

Press Release: Liturgical Publications Becomes LPi

Posted on February 14, 2018 by - LPi News

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Since the birth of our company in 1972, employees and customers have known us as Liturgical Publications. We began as a local company providing ad-supported printed products for our Catholic parish customers. Over the past several decades, our market has expanded considerably.

We are a national stewardship and communications leader, offering a broad suite of digital, print, and coaching products to our church customers. While the Catholic Church remains by far our largest non-profit customer segment, we now work with non-profits across a wide spectrum of sectors.

To best showcase the breadth of our offerings and customer base, as well as to better align with our corporate growth strategy, “Liturgical Publications” will now go to market simply as “LPi.” (more…)

Mercy Flows From the Flood

Posted on February 14, 2018 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection

Connect! Sunday Reflection: Mercy Flows from the FloodFor Sunday, February 18, 2018
First Sunday of Lent

Genesis 9:8-15
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:12-15

The story of Noah and the flood is one of the most fascinating narratives in the Bible. Not only is it a gripping saga of survival, it also relates the destructive power of sin and God’s desire to
save us.

The book of Genesis tells us that when God saw the wickedness on the earth, “[He] was sorry that he had made mankind …” (Gen 6:6). The people whom He created “very good” had turned out to be wicked. God is saddened by the sinfulness of His people.

This story gives us some insight into how sin offends God. Our Heavenly Father is all good, and He created us to be good also. However, when we sin, we reject God’s goodness and choose something less. (more…)

Encountering Everyday Miracles

Posted on February 11, 2018 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

If you witnessed a miracle, wouldn’t you want to tell everyone? If you saw the sun dance in the sky, a crippled man walk, or the Virgin Mary appear in front of you, wouldn’t you just want to shout about it from a rooftop so all could hear? (more…)

3 Lenten Preparation Tips for Church Employees

Posted on February 8, 2018 by - Vibrant Parish Toolkit

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“Is Stations of the Cross in the bulletin?” “Who submitted the invoice for the parish mission speaker? “The confirmation retreat is the weekend after Ash Wednesday. We can’t order pepperoni pizza for Friday! Change the order!”

If these concerns sound familiar to you, you might be a church employee! Lenten considerations look a little different if you’re on a parish staff. It can be easier to feel like Martha rather than Mary. But the Lenten invitation to conversion and sacrifice is extended to every person, even – and perhaps especially – when faith is your job. Read on for a few ways to enter into the season of Lent in your heart, not just on your ministerial to-do list. (more…)

What Is the Rudder in Your Life?

Posted on February 7, 2018 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection

Connect! Sunday Reflection: What Is the Rudder in Your Life?For Sunday, February 11, 2018
Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
1 Corinthians 10:31—11:1
Mark 1:40-45

“If you wish, you can make me clean … I do will it. Be made clean.” This dialogue can easily be on each of our lips as we begin the season of Lent this week. This season is a wonderful opportunity to take an assessment of where we are on our journey of faith. Lent is a time of discovery, renewal, conversion, and repentance. To be fully engaged in this intimate walk with God, we must be prepared to be vulnerable, humble, and brutally honest. Not only does God want to make us whole, but we desperately desire, in the depths of our being, to have our often fragmented and disjointed lives gathered and healed.

Lent is a time of healing and wholeness. St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater development and greater riches. Children have very little time for their parents and parents have very little time for their children and for each other. So the breakdown of peace in the world begins at home.” (more…)

Ordinary Gifts

Posted on February 4, 2018 by - Everyday Stewardship

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An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sometimes we can feel like we are living the life of Job: everything is going wrong all at the same time. Everyone finds himself or herself in a valley once in awhile. How we got there is not nearly as important as how are we going to get out.

Everyday stewards are called to be grateful for all things, large and small. (more…)

Is Your Church Website Ready for Lent?

Posted on February 1, 2018 by - Catholic Tech Talk

Ash Wednesday

Christmas and Easter may be your church’s busy days of the year, but Ash Wednesday is the busiest day for your parish website. Why? It makes sense if you think about it. Most parishioners know—or should!—when Easter or Christmas Masses take place. Typically these holidays follow the typical Saturday and Sunday Mass schedule, but not Ash Wednesday! This means parishioners and visitors will be looking one main place for their Mass time information—the parish website. (more…)