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…)

Six Mistakes Churches Make With Online Giving

Posted on January 22, 2018 by - Catholic Tech Talk

Online Giving Program

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…)

Maximizing WeShare for Your Catholic School

Posted on January 18, 2018 by - Catholic Tech Talk

catholic schools week

 

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…)

Church Technology Trends in 2018

Posted on January 4, 2018 by - Catholic Tech Talk

church technology trends

 

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.

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Leveraging Technology for Mission in the Catholic Church

Posted on December 14, 2017 by - Catholic Tech Talk

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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.

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Tech Tips for #Giving Tuesday

Posted on November 20, 2017 by - Catholic Tech Talk

giving tuesday churchGet Ready for #GivingTuesday

Just a few short days before the start of Advent, is an increasingly popular and important day of giving. It’s called #GivingTuesday. It’s an inherently online phenomenon created in response to the consumer shopping dates of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on Tuesday November 28th, 2017. In 2015, over $116 million was raised online for non-profits around the world. Did your church take part in this? It’s not too late to kick off Advent and the season of giving with a promotion for your church on #GivingTuesday! Here are seven ideas you can leverage in your parish.

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Top Tips for Mobilizing Your Parishioners this Giving Tuesday

Posted on November 6, 2017 by - Catholic Tech Talk

giving tuesday tips

 

Giving Tuesday has been around long enough that most of your parishioners have heard of it. It’s a great opportunity to create a giving campaign for your parish on an online platform or mobilize your parishioners to donate to causes you all care about. If you want to invite your parishioners into the #iGiveCatholic movement this holiday season, here are some ideas.

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Tech Innovation for World Mission Sunday

Posted on October 12, 2017 by - Catholic Tech Talk

world mission

 

When you picture world missions, what do you imagine? Most of us might think of a remote village, building projects, and catechism lessons in one-room schoolhouses. Modern American life is disconnected on multiple levels from the everyday life of a foreign missionary. This World Mission Month, the team at Missio is trying to bridge that gap in an innovative way: a Papal ChatBot.

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