What Do You Want from Your Parish? Social, Administrative & Communications

Our weeklong series “What Do You Want from Your Parish?” continues. Today the focus is on “Miscellaneous” but very vital areas of social life, communications, and parish administration.

How can your parish best aid you in your mission within your Domestic Church in these areas of parish life that make Church feel like home? How can your parish best communicate with you? What types of social programs would you like to see happening at Church? What great experiences can you share from your own parish, or other good ones you’ve heard of? If you were able to make a request of your pastor in this area, what would you ask for?

Please include your comments below or feel free to email me at lisahendey@gmail.com. And if you’d really like my unending gratitude, record a one minute video answering this question and email it to me. In order for our talk to be a good resource for those attending, your feedback is essential and greatly appreciated!

About Lisa M. Hendey

Lisa Hendey is the founder and webmaster of CatholicMom.com and the author of The Grace of YesA Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and The Handbook for Catholic Moms. Lisa writes for several online and print publications, enjoys speaking around the country and is a frequent television and radio guest and host. Visit her at LisaHendey.com.

  • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

    One way, that I have yet to approach with my pastor due to some pretty severe regulations in my archdiocese against social media, is that people like me would be better served with some asynchronous catechesis.

    I’ve found some of my own by subscribing to flocknote’s “read x in a year” series. Currently reading the Gospels (I hope the USCCB doesn’t foul that up with copyright law the way they did the “Read the Catechism in a year” series- I completed it, but halfway through the year, we switched to the Youcat due to copyright issues).

    • lisahendey

      Theodore could you help me better understand what you mean by “asynchronous catechesis”? Sorry to be dense. I just want to fully understand what you’re suggesting. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

      • Ruth Curcuru

        Lisa, it sounds to me like he was suggesting some sort of social media/blog-type catechetical program, where the leader would post something online and the participants could respond. I was thinking the same thing. I’m interested in adult classes but there is really no good time in my schedule for them–yes, I could make it a priority yada yada yada, but the reality is, when asked to choose between regularly attending a class at church or helping my daugther with her homework, she wins.

        • lisahendey

          Thanks Ruth – You are correct. I looked up the word “asynchronous” and found out that what he’s suggesting is a terrific idea. Plus I learned a new word of the day! Asynchronously…

      • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

        Ruth is correct below- sorry, I’m a software engineer. I tend to think of information flow as being synchronous (like a classroom or a telephone call) or asynchronous (like e-mail or a blog).

        One other aspect of this that I feel is *badly* needed- we need to bring back and staff the office of censor in the chancery to create a web 2.0 solution to the old idea of nihil obstat. It’s hard enough sorting out on the web what is Orthodox and what is not.

  • http://platytera.blogspot.com Christian LeBlanc

    I must live in Catholic Happyland. Nothing about my intersection with The System is unsatisfactory. Pushed to think of something:

    The Institutional Church might enable the laity to use its structure to do things that the Institutional Church doesn’t initiate, or direct, or manage, or oversee. Take my Diocese of Charleston SC. About 200k Catholics. Let’s assume at a 1% rate, there are 2,000 Intentional Disciples in the state. I know maybe 100 of them. Suppose there were a clearinghouse for all self-identified IDs? That’d be useful for the motivated laity to know who all the others are, and coordinate, and support each other in ways we can only guess at. There are great things only the laity can do. But until we know who is ready to act we can only act individually, and in isolation. We can coalesce imperfectly around existing structures such as prolife and RE, but I believe we’ll thrive if the Church simply calls the scattered mustard seeds to know each other. And leaves the rest to Holy Spirit.

  • Mary

    If money were not object, parishes could (should?) have someone on staff who is tech-savvy enough to maintain the website daily, keep the parish visible in the social media world (Twitter, FB, Google +, etc…), and find a way to make the bulletin something that the 35% who do attend Mass actually want to read.

    I agree that it would be nice if there were an imprimatur or nihil obstat to know what sites are actually true to the magesterium. We would love to put external links, or book references on our parish website, or in the bulletin, but it never fails that someone complains that they found something offensive – probably three links down stream, but they blame the original site.

    I like the asynchronous catechesis idea, but I think that it’s available now through sites like CatholicMom. I would really like ways that we can build relationships with our neighbors. Yes, I can use a website, but the website should be encouraging me to become involved in the bricks-and-mortar bible study that is offered on site. I think that ultimately that’s the goal of all our communication and social media efforts – to get people back in the pews, or to strengthen the faith of the people who are there only out of an obligation.


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