This week our parish is launching a new website (under the same domain name…hfparish.net). There is still more for us to add to the site but as you can see we are trying to create it where it has more of an evangelizing approach to it. It now offers opportunities for those who have questions about the faith or are looking to come back to church to reach out and hopefully find help or direction.
Though the primary way for people to come to know the faith is through personal contact, personal invitation (like St. Phillip said to St. Batholomew: “Come and see.”), and the sacraments, we also need to reach out in avenues that people are privately searching. This is why a website is important because it is a way people feel comfortable taking a step and getting some answers or finding out about a parish. Also a good website is important because it gives the first impression which can impact someone right away. In time there are things I would like to add (if financially we can afford it) that offer video series on different aspects of the faith (for example there is a wonderful program called “Formed” which offers many talks (such as some of the Lighthouse Media cds), videos (Bishop Barron as
well as free classic Catholic movies), etc. but runs for a monthly subscription of $125).
Please check it out and let me know any suggestions you may have for it or if you notice something missing that was on our website before.
Online Giving: Beginning the first weekend in November, we will be offering parishioners the opportunity to choose between donating each week by giving in the collection at Mass or by giving online. Those who give online can choose to have their weekly donation, and other donations, taken automatically from their bank account (so they don’t have to worry about preparing a check or having cash for the weekly collection). Parishes that are doing this usually see in increase in parish financial support as well. In the upcoming weeks we will
explain how to set this up for those who are interested.
New CDs: There are many new Lighthouse Media cds in the back of the church and entrance of the Parish Center that I encourage everyone to listen to. It is only $3 per cd and I think you will find them very insightful and helpful in your growing in your faith.