The Diocesan technology office has and will continue to be available to you and your parish and school staff for any and all of your technology-related needs, including hardware, software, and telecommunications.
* We will be updating this page as new resources become available
- Zoom.us-great tool for free audio and video meetings (*free meetings are limited to 40 minutes) installed on a PC, Mac and mobile device (iPhone, iPad, android)
- Working on discount pricing for parishes-$75 annual fee for the professional license with no time limit and 100 attendees
- MyParishApp-another way to communicate with parishioners-*The Diocese has special pricing for this-Contact email@example.com
- Flocknote-not free but a great way to send both texts and emails. Great templates for e-newsletters
- Logmein Emergency remote work kits-free for 90 days for nonprofits-Contact Dawn Wolf for your kit (firstname.lastname@example.org)
*The Technology office has been partnering with the Office of Catholic Schools for specific educational resources regarding online learning. Feel free to contact the IT office if your schools or staff are needing technical assistance.
Streaming Mass, Digital Devotions and Messages
Youtube live streaming https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2474026?hl=en
*In order to stream to YouTube live from your phone app, you need at least 1,000 subscribers to your channel. You can do it with a computer or webcam without 1,000 subscribers… just not your phone.
Great article to read about why free live streaming might violate copyright laws of the music you may or may not use or other issues to consider.
Another option for Livestreaming
https://churchstreaming.tv/ -90 days free-no contract
With any LiveStream service watch out for the “you need an expensive camera and other equipment” sales pitch
How to Livestream from Facebook-Step by Step Guide
Parish Staff -We know there is still a lot to do but IF time allows tackle those “Rainy day” projects
- Hunt down missing addresses
- Call and gather email addresses so you can better communicate with families
- Add Sacramental data to your family directory
- Setup a Facebook page-Did you know 82% of Baby Boomers have a social media account
- Invite every family to follow the parish Facebook page
- Create a stewardship plan
- Redesign the new parishioner welcome packet
- Improve your website
- Don’t have a website-Contact Dawn Wolf about setting up a FREE website using Google Sites
- Create an Electronic Form and take e-requests for help and prayers from your website
- Improve your online giving page-Did you know that on average parish giving increases by 25% after online giving is implemented?
- Sign up for online giving-Did you know that 59% of people over 66 have given online?
- Implement Text to Give-Did you know that mobile giving has increased 205% in the past year
- Form prayer teams
- Make phone calls to shut-ins
Volunteer Sign Up Tools
- Google Forms
*I know SignupGenius is popular and free BUT BE CAREFUL -Parishes are reporting that there are Planned Parenthood Ads appearing with this service. We do NOT recommend this service.
- Virtru-data encryption for sensitive content
Software Discounts for NonProfits
- Techsoup-requires signup, Contact IT office for assistance
Content ideas for social media
- Use Adobe Spark or Canva (both free) to create great looking content for social media
- The ultimate list of Free Stock Photos for Churches
- Provide parish updates about Livestream Masses, rosaries and bible studies
- Share Daily Mass resource, Bishop Barron https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/WhctKJVqrrdtHVHWQPrvcmtFTkrztSMWlCVdHTRLgCbDLbKCMHtjkQZBxZZkgfhkPsXrcdl
- Ask for prayer intentions
- Promote volunteer-from-home opportunities
- Remind families of Formed.org or Word on Fire
- Share Catholic podcasts and other resources