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“Some priests record their homilies and send them out,” Esposito added.
For the Rev. Andrew Lauricella, parochial vicar of the parish, the new online system provides speed.
“This helps us to communicate with parishioners during the week, and not just on weekends when we have their attention,” he said.
The Flocknote system also allows for specialized listings, so priests can easily communicate with ushers or the choir or other specific groups, Esposito noted.
“Church communities are really built on relationships,” Hayes noted. “Using Flocknote you can actually comment on the announcement sent to you. You can also participate in polls. It’s a way of listening to the parish.”
And while some parishioners in the Military Road parish — which includes the Prince of Peace campus on Military and the Catholic Academy Elementary School — will continue to prefer communication via telephone and weekly church bulletins, or even the most old fashioned way — person to person — church leaders are seeking to sign up more of their 5,000 membership. Currently only about five percent have joined, but while some may not bet tech-savvy, the experience is designed to be easy.
“It’s so neat, this fresh, young perspective,” Esposito said of Flocknote. “The site even has a happiness engineer. That’s so adorable. If you have a problem you call the happiness engineer and she takes care of you.”
FLOCKNOTE Those interested in knowing more about Flocknotes, an online system that links the parisioners of St. Vincent De Paul, can send a text to 84576 and type in the word "vincent." Flocknotes will send a confirmation text; or visit www.flocknotes.com/svdp; or phone the parish at 283-2715.