Roman Catholics once got all of their parish-related news by way of their parish’s weekly bulletin and their archdiocesan newspaper. These print sources alerted them to Mass schedule changes, anniversaries, deaths and funeral notices, baptisms, and other relevant faith-based details.
If they missed Mass or lost their newspaper in the mail, people had no way of knowing what was going on in their parish. Parishes and the Catholic archdiocese of Detroit, however, continue to embrace technology to reach parishioners and alert the laity to the goings-on of the Church and the parish itself.
Parish Apps and Online Bulletins
Within the last decade, many parishes have created websites for their parishioners to use. The websites contain uploaded weekly bulletins, email addresses to parish staff, galleries of local parish events, and other news in which people may take an interest.
While the websites are well-received by Catholics of all ages, they increasingly are taking a back seat to parish apps. Many people now use their smartphones and tablets more than their laptop or desktop computers to get online. Catholic parishes intent on reaching these smartphone and tablet-using Catholics increasingly are using apps to keep watch over their proverbial flocks. The apps are typically free to download and offer all of the same information that can be found on parish websites. The apps also have other features that make them fun, practical, and easy to use.
For example, many Catholics forget important prayers during a Latin Mass in Detroit or when they go to confession. Nothing embarrasses them more than forgetting the words to the Regina Coeli or the Act of Contrition.
Despite having learned these prayers as children, people have a difficult time remembering them as adults. Rather than stumble around for the right words and passages, people can use their parish apps to find prayers most often used in everyday Catholic life. They can have the prayers in front of them and recite them without missing a word.
Likewise, many Catholics do not carry Bibles with them during their daily routine. Many parish apps include links to online Bibles that people can read whenever they choose. The apps make these features available for free. The apps themselves are designed to keep people practicing their faith.
Catholic Church embraces New Media: ‘OneParish’ app now being used by parishioners in thousands of US Catholic parishes., prnewswire.com
The Catholic Parish & Church Mobile App, parishsolutionsco.com