Posted on January 25, 2018 by LPi - Vibrant Parish Toolkit
We live in a changing religious landscape. Areas that once featured a Catholic Church on every block now find themselves unable to support the infrastructure while suburban parishes boom and expand. New immigrant arrivals mean ethnically and linguistically diverse parishes. Newly ordained priests don’t always replace the numbers who retire.
In many dioceses, this means adaptability and collaboration on the part of the average parish. These collaborations often bring tensions between staff and parishioners, even perhaps the fear that one day a beloved parish will close or lose it’s unique identity.
Posted on January 22, 2018 by LPi - Catholic Tech Talk
So your church selected an online giving program and rolled it out to parishioners. Great! This was the right decision!
More than 50% of churches now offer online programs, up from 11% in 2011, and there is potential for your parish donations to increase by 30%. (more…)
Posted on January 22, 2018 by LPi - LPi News
For many parishioners at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Carmel, Indiana, “stewardship” was synonymous with fiscal generosity. On Saturday, January 20th, Tracy Earl Welliver led over ninety staff members and ministry leaders in a daylong immersive exploration of stewardship as a way of life.
Posted on January 18, 2018 by LPi - Catholic Tech Talk
With Catholic Schools Week right around the corner (January 28 – February 3), we celebrate what makes our parochial schools so great. Your parish school provides an excellent, well-rounded education with Jesus Christ at the center of it all. That’s something to celebrate! There are always new ways to learn, grow, and expand as a school:
- Field trips spanning multiple days or to more expensive locations
- New sports equipment for athletic teams
- Student life activities
- Academic or need-based scholarship funds
- Facilities updates for computer labs, theaters, libraries, gymnasiums, chapels, or sports fields
When it comes to fundraising, moving things online to your parish WeShare account can help! (more…)
Posted on January 15, 2018 by LPi - LPi News
What happens to your parish brand identity when your parish collaborates or clusters with others? LPi’s Vice President of Marketing, Carin Winghart, shared best practice tips at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s G3 conference on Thursday, January 11th.
The conference was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Milwaukee, WI and drew attendees across ministerial lines, from pastors and DREs to business administrators and IT professionals. A changing religious landscape across the United States requires adaptability and collaboration on the part of the average parish. (more…)
Posted on January 4, 2018 by LPi - Catholic Tech Talk
In St. Augustine’s Confessions, he refers to God’s beauty as “ever ancient, ever new.” As Catholic churches, we pass on our rich heritage of tradition to the next generation. But in an ever-changing world, the Church challenges us to a New Evangelization, “new in its ardor, methods and expression.” We know that while technology isn’t the solution, it’s certainly an incredibly effective tool for engaging parishioners and inviting them to greater discipleship. So as we look ahead to 2018, here are some key Church technology trends to keep an eye on.
Posted on December 28, 2017 by LPi - Vibrant Parish Toolkit
Greeters at the door and public welcome from the pulpit will go a long way to making sure people feel welcome when they return to your parish. But what about when they walk out the parish doors? Most visitors will walk out with something in hand – your bulletin. You want them to open it, discover a new event, and get connected. In a media-driven world, including attractive visual elements in your bulletin can make a world of difference. Make a New Year’s resolution to add one new piece of art per week. We’re offering four tips to make your bulletin more eye-catching, more inspirational, and more organized. (more…)
Posted on December 18, 2017 by LPi - Vibrant Parish Toolkit
Christmas is a week away! As Catholic churches around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior, we remember that “the regulars” – Mary and Joseph – were not alone that Christmas night. While there was no room in the inn, there was space in the stable to welcome the shepherds.
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Midnight Mass…tis the season for fuller pews. How can your parish best handle the influx and prepare an inviting celebration for all?
Posted on December 14, 2017 by LPi - Catholic Tech Talk
This is a guest post from Fr. Nathan March, pastor of Parish of the Holy Savior in Mexico, ME.
I’ve always been sort of a paradox. Before becoming a priest, I studied Electrical Engineering and worked for about 5 years designing computer chips for companies like Texas Instruments and Motorola. As an engineer, when all my co-workers were rebuilding the pre-amp stage of their home stereo system, I was on a silent retreat in a monastery. In seminary studying to be a priest, while my classmates were visiting the monasteries I was installing Linux on my PC and writing a program to translate my Latin homework. In my life, technology and religion have always been integrated.
Posted on November 29, 2017 by LPi - LPi News
With the late November emphasis on shopping, supporting small businesses, and hot online deals, we know it can be easy to lose sight of what really matters. #GivingTuesday is an international day of generosity. Individuals and organizations donate to worthy causes around the world. LPi is grateful to have partnered with three Catholic organizations building vibrant communities, matching donations dollar for dollar this Giving Tuesday.
Our Giving Tuesday results are in! Together we raised $11,960! Because of your generosity, Catholic Climate Covenant will have more resources to inspire and equip people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor. Haiti180 will have support to build infrastructure changing lives in Haiti. Life Teen International has increased ability to reach today’s teens, restore parishes, transform lives, and reclaim culture.
Together we can build vibrant parishes, a vibrant Church, and help one another change the world.