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Bulletin Website Bytes

The following is an archive list of select Website Bytes that have been published in our parish bulletin. 

 

PARISH EVENT CANCELLATIONS

When a parish event is cancelled, such as school, adoration, Mass, faith formation, bingo, youth activities, a RED banner will appear across the top of our website.  In addition, the parish will occasionally post general alerts or notices that will appear in a YELLOW banner. 

When school is closed due to weather, the parish office will be on a 2 hour delay.  School closing notices are posted on the parish website across the top of the home page in a red banner.

EMAIL ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPDATES

Did you know that the parish sends out a weekly email, typically on Monday, that generally includes announcements and information about various events taking place.  Various links are provided for readers to learn more about items mentioned in each email.  If you are not receiving these emails, it’s due to one of two reasons: either we do not have an email for you OR the email we do have for you has changed.

It is very simple to provide us your email address:

  • Go to the parish website, choose ’Contact’ and then ’Provide Us Your Email’; and follow the instructions there, or CLICK HERE
  • Send an email to parishoffice@stmarycathedral.org and that you would like to receive the weekly email

Feel free to provide multiple email addresses for your family. St. Mary Cathedral does not share personal information, including email lists, with individuals or outside organizations.       

WHAT IS A HOME PAGE?

A HOME PAGE (also referred to as a Landing Page or a Start Page) is the introductory page of a website, the ‘point of entry’ to all the information stored within; it is the page that your browser will open up the site to.  Similar to a table of contents or a front page of a newspaper, a website home page also contains navigational links to areas within your own website as well as links to other recommended sites and resources separate from the website itself.

Our parish website home page contains a TON of information.  The best way for you to familiarize yourself with everything out there is simple – just click on it!  Spend some time finding your way around our parish website by clicking on everything and seeing where it takes you. 

RESOURCES AT THE BOTTOM OF OUR HOME PAGE

Have you had a chance to look at what is at the very bottom of our website homepage yet?  If not, you need to check it out!  You will find four buttons entitled:  Pope Francis Reflections, Daily Reading and Prayer, Faith in Action, and Family Living.  Provided by Our Sunday Visitor, these links are great resources that we hope you take advantage of on a daily or weekly basis.

  • Pope Francis Reflections -  Spend a few minutes with Pope Francis each day. These daily reflections are sure to deepen your Catholic faith journey.
  • Daily Reading and Prayer is a spiritual reflection on the daily readings that help cultivate a pattern of daily prayer and a deepening relationship with God. 
  • Faith In Action is a resource that offers insightful, faith-filled solutions for real life issues and creative ideas for living out your Catholic faith
  • FAmily Living offers tips and tools to help your family integrate the faith into daily life

Each of these resources are updated regularly, either daily, weekly or every few days AND, you can also find past postings within each area if you’ve missed a few days or are just getting started and want to look back at what you’ve missed.  Go check it out, we guarantee it will be well worth your time.   

NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS

March 9, 2014
Hopefully you took the advice given the last two weekends and spent some time navigating through all the nooks and crannies of our parish website.  If you did, you probably noticed the heading called “News and Upcoming Events” found by scrolling about half way down the home page.  Typically, five or six headlines will be listed there with links to Read more.  These links can direct you to a page within the parish calendar, a separate page within our site containing more detailed information, a flyer or video link, and links to other websites where additional information can be found about that headline.  Additional events can also be found within the Parish Events Calendar — more to come about the parish calendar next week.

PARISH EVENTS CALENDAR

March 16, 2014
The Parish Events Calendar can be found on the right side of the home page and also under the Parish Life tab.  We are in the process of adding more events online, but not everything is there yet.  You are encouraged always to use both the bulletin and the website as sources of happening within our parish.  One feature on the website calendar worthy of pointing out is the sort option.  When viewing the online calendar, there is a drop down menu in the upper left hand corner of the screen – we suggest switching between viewing All Events and Non-Mass Events.  Also, if you see lines and an arrow in the bottom right hand corner of a date box, that means there are additional items on the calendar and you will need to click on it to view those items.  Lastly, if you would like to submit an item to be added to the parish calendar, an online form can be found under the Contact tab. 

ARCHIVE LISTING OF WEEKLY WEBSITE BYTES

March 23, 2014
DID YOU KNOW that an archive list of all Weekly Website Bytes that have been published in the bulletin can be found on our website?  They can be found under the Bulletin tab.  We started this BYTES column in January, so go back and take a look at what you might have missed.  Each week we offer bytes of information that we hope are helping you learn more about our website, what types of information can be found there and tip and tricks to navigating within it.       

MAKE THESE 40 DAYS HOLY - Spiritual Opportunities During Lent

March 30, 2014
You may have noticed a box on the home page entitled “Make These 40 Days Holy”.  If you click on it, you will find a list of several different spiritual opportunities that are available in our parish this Lent.  Hopefully you’ve had an opportunity to participate in some of these already; Eucharistic Adoration, Daily Morning and Evening prayer, Wednesday evening Mass, Stations of the Cross, Reconciliation, Forty Days for Life, Scripture Sharing, Soup Supper, Lenten Speaker Series, Operation Rice Bowl, Fish Fry, and Daily Reflections.  In addition, a link to the NLCC Lenten Schedule can be found there and on the home page.   

THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

April 6, 2014
Would you like to learn more about the Sacrament of Reconciliation?  On our website, you can learn about the four steps of the Sacrament; how to make a good confession, a good examination of conscience as well as other information.  A link can be found on our home page right column below the Mass schedule AND within the ‘Our Faith’ tab under Sacraments.  Recognizing that we are all sinners, it does the soul so much good to place ourselves completely in God’s hands by admitting that we have offended Him, offended others and that we have even hurt ourselves.  We encourage you to take advantage of the regularly scheduled times for Confession or join us for the Communal Penance service with individual Confessions on Wednesday, April 9th at 7pm.  Just think, with a simple click of a button on our parish website, you can learn what steps you can take towards your healing and forgiveness.

HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT OUR NEW PARISH WEBSITE YET?

April 20, 2014
If you haven’t checked out our new parish website yet, you need to do so very soon!  There is a ton of information available to you, news and upcoming events, mass times, oodles of information to read about our faith, links to other great sites, weekly bulletins, and much more.  It’s a great way for you to stay connected with what’s going on in our parish.  Also, be sure to LIKE US on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stmarycathedralmountcarmel

WHAT IS THE CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL (CSA)?

May 4, 2014
Additional information about the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) can be found on our parish website under the Stewardship tab, and then under Financial Stewardship.

  • Learn more about “what” CSA funds and the  amounts budgeted by the Diocese for each area;
  • View regularly updated “Total Gifts and Pledges received” and watch our parish thermometer climb as we reach 100% of our target;
  • Give your gift online or print off a copy of the 2014 pledge card to complete and return;
  • View suggested giving levels

While you’re there, click on the drop down that says “What is Stewardship”.  Definitely worth reading!

REGISTER ONLINE TO SEE MATTHEW KELLY LIVE IN GAYLORD

May 18, 2014
Have you registered for our parish MATTHEW KELLY event yet?  Did you know that you can register to attend the event directly  from our parish website?  Tickets are required to attend this life-changing event.  

Matthew Kelly is an internationally acclaimed speaker and author and has presented his Passion & Purpose event to tens of thousands of people throughout the country.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to see him here in Gaylord on Saturday, August 30 from 9am-1:30pm.  This event will relate to EVERY aspect of your life, including prayer & spirituality, work, dating & marriage, personal finances, health & well-being, parenting, and more!

Space is limited and this event will SELL OUT!  Scroll down to the bottom of our parish website and click on the Event Poster.  There you will find information about the event as well as a link to “Register Online”.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

June 1, 2014
By now, you’ve probably heard about and read a lot in the bulletin about Perpetual  Eucharistic Adoration, which began in our parish December 2013.  Have you thought about participating but maybe aren’t quite sure what to do or how to get started?  Do you have questions but feel uncomfortable asking?

What exactly is it and what does it mean?  What do you do during Adoration?  Why does Jesus want us to adore him?  How might adoration change my life?

To help you learn more about Eucharistic Adoration, a page has been created on our website.  It is located on the home page; click on the box that says “Eucharistic Adoration”. 

FAITH IN ACTION FEEDS

December 21 and 28, 2014
Did you know there is a great treasure found at the bottom of our home page?  Be sure to check it out sometime over Christmas…you will be pleasantly surprised. 

Brought to our parish from Our Sunday Visitor Catholic publishing company, you will find five different Faith In Action Feeds:

  • Pope Francis Reflections (daily)
  • Reading & Prayer (daily)
  • Faith in Action (weekly)
  • Family Living (weekly)
  • Catholic News & Perspective (weekly)