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From this month’s International Catholic Stewardship Council’s e-Bulletin:
Seldom has a papal encyclical been anticipated with so much noise and discussion and even premature criticism and fear as our Holy Father, Pope Francis’ Laudato si (“Praise Be to You”); with a beautiful subtitle “On Care for Our Common Home.” Each of us, as Christian stewards, will find something that inspires and challenges us from Pope Francis’ prescription for a healthy planet.
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Hospitality is an important issue of stewardship. In fact, opening up the home to invite others in can actually be one of the most practical ways to practice good stewardship.
Is showing hospitality just something that logically makes sense, or is it something that God specifically commands us to do?
In the wake of the tragic shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston on June 17th, LPi created a complimentary bulletin cover and prayer card to encourage prayers and reflection. The Catholic Community of St. Jude in DeWitt, MA received our email sharing the bulletin and prayer card artwork files and wanted to express their community’s prayers.
In addition to placing the bulletin cover in their June 27 Sunday bulletin, they wanted to make an eight-foot banner for all of their parishioners to sign on Sunday and send the banner to Emanuel African Methodist Church. To make this happen, the church needed a larger logo for the banner.
They reached out to LPi to ask for a larger image of the logo “Remembering Our Brothers & Sisters in Faith” to place on their banner. LPi was able to accommodate their request quickly so the Catholic Community of St Jude was able to accomplish their project this past Sunday.
St. John Vianney Catholic Parish is a welcoming Catholic faith community with a dedication to lifelong faith formation of its parishioners. It has numerous ministries, an active school and parish community, as well asan engaging website. The goal of this makeover was to help the parish fully utilize the power of its weekly print bulletin to proclaim the Gospel of Christ.
Using the entire space for staff information prevented the parish from using its bulletin cover for the faith formation of its parishioners. The solid block of color with white type reversed out was hard to read. Moving this information to pages 2-3 opened up space to feature the church photo from its website home page and to highlight the weekend’s Gospel reading. The parish mission statement was hidden away on page 7; now featured on the cover each week, it will get more attention.
Highlights from the makeover of the interior pages
Colors drawn from the parish website tie it to the bulletin, photos and graphics make the pages pop, and background images and shading separate articles without harsh lines.
Mostly colorless and unformatted, these inside bulletin pages don’t use the white space effectively and leave large gaps between items.
For more inspiration and design ideas for all your parish communications, click here.
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee released a powerful video that follows the story of two friends, one an Atheist, who are drawn into the joy and beauty of the Catholic Mass and the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. Their story stands as a great testimony to the need for evangelization in our everyday lives and how everything can be changed in a single encounter with the Lord of Lords.
Each year, LPi conducts dozens of Building a Vibrant Parish seminars across the country to help local parishes engage their members and strengthen the Church. Today our team is at Spirit of Life Catholic Church in Mandan, ND sharing our experiences, tools, and strategies to help build a more vibrant parish.
The church bulletin is certainly the oldest and most common channel of communication used by parishes. How it is used and what is included as content varies greatly from place to place. But too often, it is seen as little less than a handout containing dates, times, and advertisements for programs. The potential of many a bulletin is left completely untapped.
You could create a dozen different ways of communicating in your parish, but the bulletin is the only way to communicate to all Mass attendees and visitors. Even as the digital world expands, that paper bulletin is gold in terms of evangelization value, because you get it right into their physical hands. Imagine the Catholic who has returned after years away, the young adult who showed up for the first time not sure whether church is even relevant in her life, and the young family that is church shopping and had a difficult time just getting all the children out the door, all at your church on a Sunday morning. What is contained in that bulletin you place in their hands that might make all of the difference? Does the ink tell of only news, or does it clearly celebrate the good news?
To read more from Communicating Kerygma, A Fresh Look at Parish Communication by Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS, Director of Parish Community & Engagement at LPi, click here.
Broadcaster and recent Catholic convert Adrian Chiles recently set himself a challenge to go to church every day for more than a month, and never the same one twice. Most of us will never have this kind of opportunity, but Chiles’ insights, reflections, and images speak to every one of us who have ever sat in a pew.
Here’s an excerpt:
“For the Lent just gone by, I resolved to go to church every day. I’m a Catholic, so it would be Mass every day for more than a month. It felt like it would be a real struggle – a penance. It turned out to be anything but. It was a rich and enriching experience – spiritually, obviously, but I was also enraptured by the churches themselves, the communities they serve, and the people with whom I shared all those Masses.”
With more and more of the Internet traffic being on mobile devices, it is critically important that your church website be mobile friendly. Remember, your website is a marketing and engagement tool. It is how local Catholics, traveling Catholics, and anyone interested in finding a church can learn about your parish online.
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