Mark Your Calendar -
      Saturday, July 12, 2014

        Picnic for People with Disabilities
   
    St. Gregory the Great Parish
      200 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville
      Noon-3:00 PM with hot dogs and
      beverages provided, bring a dish to
      pass, RSVP to 716-688-5760

      REGISTER NOW!
      May 16, 2014
 
       The Rebuilt Church
         Awakening the Faithful
         Reaching the Lost
         Making the Church Matter
  
  
      at Christ the King Seminary
      with Rev. Michael White
      and Tom Corcoran - authors
      of REBUILT and TOOLS FOR
      REBUILDING

      and join Bishop Malone
      to celebrate a closing Mass

  

   For Easter...

     BRING ONE OF THESE TO YOUR PARISH:   

        Joy Within Reach - Parish Retreat
        - Meaning Within Reach
        - Belonging Within Reach
        - Strength Within Reach

      God Awaits Us in Our Stories - Parish Retreat
        -  My Faith Story
        - A Confident Faith

        -  A God-sized Faith
        plus additional sessions:
        God Leads Us through Our Questions

        Catholic AND Confident
      
Today - evangelization is everyone's
       business!  Host this three session
       mini-course for parish leaders
       to obtain essential evangelization
       skills:

       - Gain Confidence in Christ

       - Discover My Faith Story

       - Share My Faith Story

     Contact Dennis Mahaney in the Office of Parish
     Life or call 716-847-8393 to schedule a workshop,
     retreat or course for your parish
     or parish cluster.   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Christ is Risen.  Alleluia!

 

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It may not get any easier than this!

Why not take a friend or loved one to this movie during the Easter Season? Go out afterward for something to drink.  Ask for their response - How did they feel about the teacher... the student?  How might they have responded to this challenge?  You may be able to just sit back and watch God at work!  The movie is currently playing: 

Regal Walden Galleria Stadium 16 - 1 Walden Galleria Drive, Buffalo, NY - Map
11:50am‎ - ‎2:40‎ - ‎6:40‎ - ‎9:45pm‎

Regal Quaker Crossing 18 - 3450 Amelia Drive, Orchard Park, NY - Map
1:15‎ - ‎4:00‎ - ‎6:45‎ - ‎9:25pm

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Evangelization through Announcements?

As Easter approaches, we recognize that there will be lots of visitors.  We give particular attention to the details because we want to make a good impression.  Church announcements are a perennial issue, and they becomes even more worrisome at high traffic times like Easter.  How can we be sensitive to people's schedules and still seize the opportunity that this privileged opportunity represents?

We’ve all heard it - keep’em short!  But is that the REAL secret to good announcements at the end of Mass?  Then logically, omitting these announcements completely would be even better!  Surveys suggest that one of the top complaints made by people is that they are not kept informed.  And Easter is such a significant opportunity to reach so many newcomers.  So, what do we do?  Is it a bad time for people who are preparing to leave?  Some parishes delay the start of liturgy, and allow latecomers a few more minutes on Easter, by doing some words of welcome and announcements before Mass begins.  This reduces the need to say so much afterward when people are ready to go. 

What is necessary to say after communion?  Time after communion is a mixed bag of emotions and energy.  Some of the best churches see this as a privileged moment, when people are most aware of their missionary identity.  Some take advantage of this to present a call to action!  Consider these best practices..

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Extend an Easter Welcome to Catholics
- Old and New!

 

it might be as easy as: 1. Send one of these links to them, 2. Wait a week or so.  3. Ask them about their visit to the website.  4. Invite them to join you for a cup of coffee to discuss it or to accompany you to a church event.

Catholics Come Home offers personalized doorways for anyone interested in the Catholic Church.  It is filled with energetic videos and action links.

Rediscover provides vibrant and powerful messages for all spiritual seekers on meaning, belonging, strength and peace. And it is filled with a host of other topics and resources as well.

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Life on the Digital Continent

Don't look now... but we've reached the tipping point!  Yes, for the first time, Americans now use mobile devices (phones and tablets) more than PC's to access the internet.

According to the Pew Internet Project’s Research Mobile Technology Fact Sheet, as of 2014: 90% of American adults have a cell phone, 58% of American adults have a smartphone, 32% of American adults own an e-reader, 42% of American adults own a tablet computer, 44% of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed because they wanted to make sure they didn't miss any calls, text messages, or other updates during the night and 29% of cell owners describe their cell phone as ”something they can't imagine living without.” And these numbers are only going to keep climbing.

Web developers saw this coming, and they are already responding (pun intended) by creating Responsive Web Designs (RWD). ”Responsive” design optimizes your content to make viewing and navigation easy no matter what device is being used. A site that is not responsive design may look teeny-tiny to your eye on a phone. Without responsive design the viewer is forced to zoom in and out as well as do all kinds of other positioning contortions to navigate the site.

In some cases, the headings or other content is scrambled or missing.  In others, links and drop down menus may cease to function.” Most use the term &ldquoresponsive design&ldquo to describe a web design that is universal and displays well, regardless of which browser or device is being used for viewing.  Other terms include: “receptive”, “device neutral” or “adaptive”.

If you are not sure whether your website is “RWD”, all you need to do is to view it on different devices, or open the site on your laptop (or pc), and gradually resize the browser window that displays the site. If the site adjusts to the different window sizes, it is a responsive site. If it looks exactly the same on each device and you have to scroll around to view the entire site, the site may be mobile ready but it is “un-responsive”.

In some rare cases, the cost of converting to a responsive site is not justified. One thing that you can do is check your analytics (definitely Google Analytics if you have it). It is likely that you will find the percentage of those who view it using a mobile device. But most of us will need to retool for life on the emerging digital continent.

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What Can Catholics Do?

Grow in faith, give witness to faith, share faith and be transformed in faith...

Keep Learning this Summer

Explore the Spiritual Riches of Lent

Use your Mission Passport in 2013

Bless the Home 

Bendiciòn de Hogar

Read the Daily Scripture Passage

Pray as You Go (Podcast)

Pray the New York Prayer for New Evangelization by Rev. James Vacco, OFM

View a Daily Video Reflection

Read a Daily Inspiration for Greater Faith

Learn About the Saint of the Month

Pray the Morning Office (video)

Visit the Vatican Year of Faith site

Digest Church Teaching in Daily Doses

Follow the Blog of Bishop Richard J. Malone

Purchase inspiring and informative cd's from Lighthouse Catholic Media


What Can a Parish Do?

Parish Bucket List

Bless the Bicycles

Easter - an Ancient Opportunity for a New Evangelization

Connect, Welcome and Engage Catholics

Publish Your Own Parish Lent Prayer Booklet

Re-post Bishop Richard J. Malone's Blog  for parishioners

Support Families to Learn, Grow and Celebrate Faith

Equip Parish Leaders as Catholic and Confident

Host a God Awaits Us... in Our Stories Parish Retreat

Conduct a Parish Vitality Assessment

Develop Parish Vitality

Open Doors, Minds, and Hearts for People with Disabilities


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