WOODSIDE – As parish life re-emerges after the pandemic, there’s good news for parishes and organizations in the diocese looking for a way to keep the public informed about their upcoming events, and it comes in the form of a website – Catholic gatherings.
DeSales Media Group, the diocese’s technology and communications ministry and parent company of The Tablet, launched Catholic News as an online bulletin board where churches and organizations can not only post information about their own events, but also learn about those in other countries. parishes in the diocese.
And this information should not be limited to words. Churches can increase the exposure of the event by placing a cover image that will be displayed in rotation on the main page of Catholic Gatherings as well as on the event detail page. In addition, churches can download a page with more information.
The new website was launched at exactly the right time, said Jim DelCiopo, tablet editor. “As we come out of the pandemic and churches and organizations are hosting more events, Tablet wants to help spread the word and spread the word,” he explained.
To submit an event online for tablet inclusion, users can go to thetablet.org/catholicgatherings and click Submit Event. After the event, users are encouraged to share their photos and videos with The Tablet thetablet.org/sendus.
“Our hope is to create a platform where people can find out what’s happening not just in their own parish, but in other parishes,” explained Len Camporeale, director of marketing and digital at DeSales Media Group. “You probably know there’s a service meeting at your church, but you don’t hear about the fair at the church next door.
“What we want is to focus everyone on this platform.”
To help spread the word about Catholic Gatherings, DeSales Media Group contacted parish secretaries and schools in the diocese.
“The next step is really for people to start posting their events out there,” Camporeale said. “We need people to say, ‘I’m going to commit to my events next year, so this is going to be a place to promote my events for the long term and promote church events.’
Catholic Gatherings is a good fit with DeSales Media Group’s ministry, which needs to evangelize, Camporeale added.
“Evangelism begins with calling,” he said. “Many of our churches hold events and invite people to come and get to know the church. We have developed a platform that will help them organize their events.”
“Catholic Gatherings is a great resource for people to stay informed about what’s going on in the diocese,” DelCioppo added. “It offers organizers an easy way to reach out to the faithful in the diocese.”
Churches in the Diocese of Brooklyn are once again buzzing with activity after the pandemic, with all kinds of gatherings revitalizing churches, including everything from youth ministry meetings to flea markets during the holidays.
With the worst of COVID-19 in the rearview mirror, churches are coming to life. Some have resumed regular Mass schedules as early as 2020, and they are still in effect. But church-centered social activities have been slower to return to normal, pastors told The Tablet.
“We’re fully back and it’s been a while. I would say the last six or seven months have been really busy,” said Pastor Carlos Velazquez of St. Brigid’s Church in Bushwick.
As he spoke to the tablet on Monday, Father Velázquez was finalizing plans for the church’s Nov. 1 All Saints Day celebration — which will include a children’s mass and procession around the church.
“We are a very committed church,” he said, adding that St. Brigid’s parish has many religious communities. “We have a lot of rides.”
St. Brigid’s also has a large youth population—for example, there are 700 students in the faith formation program—and the church hosts a number of children-oriented events throughout the year.
Other churches in the diocese are also seeing increased activity.
“For the most part, we’re back to work,” said Father Christopher O’Connor, pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians in Woodside, also known as St. Mary’s in Winfield.
The Youth Ministry at St Mary’s in Winfield has announced the return of Youth Nights. The group meets on Sunday evenings from 6pm to 8pm in the Paris Room. The Golden Age Club plans to travel by bus to Atlantic City on November 10th.
Smaller, less important gatherings are back. St. Mary’s in Winfield invites you to “Sip on some Pumpkin Spice This Fall” with coffee served Mondays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the conference room.
The church, which recently reopened its worship chapel after it was destroyed by Hurricane Ida last year, is recruiting volunteers to serve as worshipers on hourly shifts to make the Holy of Holies a perpetual worship chapel. Open 24/7.
With so many parishioners signed up, only 12 hours of the 168-hour week remain.
Plans are underway for a church Christmas party at Mary Queen of Heaven Church in Mill Basin. According to Pastor Father Thomas Leach, a large crowd of about 150 will attend the event.
Even after the pandemic began to ease, church activities were suspended for a long time, Father Leach admitted, “but we are trying to get things back on track.”