Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Writer In You

There is no denying that your weekly bulletin is a vital communication tool used to relay important and timely information to your parishioners and visitors. If your parish does not have a newsletter or website, it may be the only form of communication most parishioners are exposed to other than pulpit announcements. Are you making the  most of it?
Here are a few simple tips:

  • Grammar and Punctuation. We’ve all heard it before and that is because it is true. Your reader will get hung up on grammatical errors and poor punctuation. Your message could get overlooked as a result. Solution: Have someone else double-check your work and always run spell-check.
  • Don’t be so serious all the time. Humor or a lighthearted writing style go a long way toward keeping people interested. Readers tend to get bored just reading about times, dates, and meetings. Find your inner funny and use it to get your message across. Share God’s Good News with a positive, infectious and even humorous writing style.
  • Use more than one voice. Enlist other staff members to contribute recurring articles as a way of giving a different voice to your publication. Invite the Pastor, Director of Religious Education, Youth Minister - anyone with a message to share - and rotate their contributing articles. It keeps content fresh and your readers engaged. 
Layout and design are important features that help you create a polished and professional publication. Ultimately, the message is the most important element in any bulletin. Happy writing! 

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OneParish Online Giving


Grow your online donations 
Our parishes are now discovering how a better online giving system can make a huge difference. 

Using our new OneParish* Online Giving, they have seen significant growth in online giving. Many of these parishes already had online giving but switching to a better tool led to more and happier donors.

What makes our system better? Check out how we combined technology and neuroscience to create a better giving experience for your parishioners:

Start today using this simple process:
1.     Direct your parishioners to give via https://my.oneparish.com/give or the OneParish app.
2.     We will send you the donations via check and a report every 2–3 weeks.
3.     Continue sharing the link via Facebook, email, and other channels every 5–10 days. Most people need to be asked at least five times before they say yes to a donation.

If you prefer direct deposit or have any other questions, contact info@oneparish.com or 574-347-8851.

          * OneParish is a J.S. Paluch company.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Art of Cerezo Barredo


One of the treasures you will find every week in the Subscriber Resource Center (SRC) is the art of Maximino Cerezo Barredo. He is a Spanish Claretian priest and artist who was assigned to Peru in 1970. During the ensuing years he served in various Latin American countries, absorbing the culture of the region and becoming its artistic spokesperson. His striking images take the Gospels proclaimed each Sunday and illustrate them from the perspective of contemporary life in Latin America. Some of his images are heartbreaking.

Sometimes they are playful, and often they are quite moving as they speak to the poverty and oppression as well as the simple joy of the people who live in Latin America. Here, in the image for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, he illustrates the verse “although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the little ones.”


One web site that hosts his art says: “There are liberation theologians . . . and there are “liberation painters.” Maximino Cerezo Barredo is one of them. His drawings have been running, during the past decades, through Latin American publications and passing from one to the other without copyrights or royalties, from photocopy to photocopy until they wear out and become almost unrecognizable . . . as true ‘property of the Latin American People’ that they are.”


We have obtained from the artist high-resolution versions of these images for all the Sundays of the liturgical year, and many of the feasts. They are available for you to enjoy, admire, and meditate upon as you share them with your parishioners. There is at least one image of his every week of the year. If you are on the “This Sunday” page of the SRC, you can scroll down to search for the image (his style is quite recognizable), or you can use “Cerezo” as a keyword to find it immediately. On the “All Resources” page, you can execute a keyword search like “Ordinary Time 14, Year A, Cerezo” to find the image for any particular Sunday, or just enter the artist’s name, “Cerezo Barredo,” to see all his works for the current year. Take some time to explore Cerezo’s work—you’ll be glad you did!


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Our Commitment to Green



Doing Our Part


As we try to be good stewards of God’s creation, the J.S. Paluch Company strives to lessen our impact on our world’s natural resources. We have taken important steps to save on paper, boxes, and fuel costs used for shipping. We do all of this in an effort reduce our company’s carbon footprint.

We hope that you also will consider ways to help us protect our environment. Please review the following suggestions:

  • Routinely check quantity shipped and make reductions whenever possible while making sure your distribution is not affected. Seasonal reductions are helpful. If you need fewer quantities during the summer months, let us know on your Information Page when you upload your bulletin.
  • Try to minimize the number of pages in your bulletin.Examine how line spacing and font size can save space. Our training staff can help you to learn ways to reduce space without hindering readership.
If you have any further suggestions or ideas to help us in this effort, please let us know. We are in this together.


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                                        Staying In Touch

JS Paluch routinely sends out e-mail announcements regarding new resources, supplemental bulletins, and holiday deadlines.

It is important that we always have your current e-mail and contact information to pass along these important messages. Please keep us posted when you have a change of staff (bulletin editor) or change of office e-mail address. 

Our upload website now has an easy way to update our offices with a change of address. 



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Prepare for Transmission


Before transmitting your bulletin for printing, please review this checklist to ensure the following:

þ Verify that all text, headers, footers, and graphics are within the required half-inch margin. 

þ Verify that the correct naming convention is used when saving the document file. Please use the six-digit bulletin number + Sunday’s date.

þ Verify that you are using the JSP settings when converting your file into PDF. After selecting your Adobe PDF printer, click on Printer Properties to confirm that the Default Settings are listed as JSP. Also, once the PDF file is created, the Ctrl + D function will bring up your document properties, where you can double-check that all fonts have been embedded into your PDF file by clicking on the Font tab.

þ Verify that the information on your Information Page is correct and up to date, especially the bulletin quantity. 

Reviewing these steps each week will help ensure that the bulletin file is ready for print.










Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Introducing keyword searches


The main categories on the J. S. Paluch Subscriber Resource Center (SRC) home page will show you the most-commonly-sought resources available to you, like This Sunday, Photo Covers, Weekly Text Pages, Traditions, and so on. But what if you are looking for something not covered by those categories? This is where a Keyword Search can be most helpful. It enables you to look through all the resources online to see what’s available to you.

Start by clicking on All Resources on the main page, or on the All tab at the top of any other page. 













In the Search Resources box on the left, enter your search terms in the Type Keywords field (today we’re looking for “Prayer Breakfast”), and hit your Enter key.



The results page will show all the items associated with that keyword combination, in English and in Spanish (unless you specify the Engish-only filter, but that’s a subject for another day.)

But what if you’re not sure about what words to search on? There’s a very helpful feature that will help you to build a successful search. Right above the Type Keywords field you will see a little magnifying glass. 



If you click on that, it will take you to an expanded search page where you can explore existing key words alphabetically:



Click on B and scroll down to see the term “breakfast.” You can highlight that term with your cursor, then click on the right-pointing arrows to add it to the Selected Keyword(s) list.



Next, click on the letter P, look for “Prayer” and add it to the list the same way.



Then click on Continue and the two search terms are added to the Type Keywords field.



When you hit the Enter key, the items associated with those two terms in combination will appear in the results.

There are ways that you can refine your search using the filters and the choices in the “Match All” box just below the Type Keywords field. 



When you are done with a search, just click on (Clear) to start a new search.

Take some time to experiment and get to know the options. The Keyword Search is a powerful tool that can unlock all kinds of hidden treasures for you once you get to know it.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020


Bulletin Editor Guide to Early Deadlines for 2020







Deadline                                            Issue Date

Friday, June 26                                 July 5 issue is due

Friday, November 20                         November 29 issue is due

Friday, December 11                         December 20 issue is due

Thursday, December 17                    December 27 issue is due

Wednesday, December 23                January 3, 2021 issue is due 

e-churchbulletins.com


   e-churchbulletins.com



Posting your bulletin to the parish website during this time of uncertainty has become increasing important. With JS Paluch, keeping the bulletin front and center as a vital communication tool has never been easier.  

www.e-churchbulletins.com is a user-friendly site that allows you to manually download a complete PDF bulletin file, with ads, for posting to your parish website.




Download Your Complete Bulletin 

  • Visit www.e-churchbulletins.com
  • Click on Download - Download Bulletin 
  • Key in your six-digit bulletin number
  • Click on the filename to display your current bulletin with ads
  • Save the file to your computer and then upload it to your website. 




Posting your complete bulletin each week gives your loyal advertisers added online exposure. It's a great way to show them how much you appreciate their support!















Thursday, May 28, 2020

Treasures from Our Tradition


Treasures From Our Tradition Fans, Rejoice!




One of our most popular pages on the J. S. Paluch Subscriber Resource Center (SRC) is the “Traditions” section. Our new streamlined page arrangement puts the complete Years A, B, and C front and center. Now when you go to retrieve Treasures from Our Tradition or Tradiciones de Nuestra Fe articles, the first items you see are complete files for Years A, B, and C, in English and Spanish. No gaps, no hunting around for missing Sundays.





New, complete files for each year

The English files have these names: 000eYrAComplete, 000eYrBComplete, and 000eYrCComplete. These files correspond to the three years of the Sunday Lectionary, Years A, B, and C. Each file contains undated entries for all the possible Sundays that might occur in any one of these years, both the “numbered” Sundays and the special feasts, in chronological order. The Spanish files are similarly named: 000sYrAComplete, 000sYrBComplete, and 000sYrCComplete, with an “s” instead of an “e” after the zeros. 


So for this year, you can download the Year A file once, save it to your computer, and have Treasures or Tradiciones for the entire year.

The old files are still there, too

All the previous files remain on the Traditions page for browsing, both in large collections and individual articles, just in case you are looking for something different for a particular Sunday. Finding Treasures and Tradiciones in the SRC has never been easier!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Welcome!


Welcome to Paluch Connections! 

We are delighted that you are here! This blog is for you, the busy bulletin editor, to help you with tips and suggestions for building an even better bulletin for your parish. You’ll see ideas for layout, suggestions for content, and tips for how to find and use all the resources at your fingertips on the J. S. Paluch Subscriber Resource Center (SRC). And because this is a blog, you can comment on the articles, asking questions and offering your own tips and ideas. We’d love to hear from you!

Subscribe and Win

We know that you are busy, and maybe can’t take time every day to open your browser and navigate here to see whether there’s a new article posted, so we’ve made it easy for you to subscribe to Paluch Connections. Just enter your email in the box under Follow by Email over on the right side of this page, and click on the Submit button. From there on, you’ll get a notification in your email box whenever there is an update to this page. Be among the first 25 subscribers and receive a FREE 4-page newsletter for your parish! 

Come Back Often

This new weekly blog will offer plenty of fresh and inspiring content for you whenever you visit. Come back often and join the conversation. We can’t wait to hear from you!


Wednesday, May 20, 2020






Focus on: Bulletin Advertisers

Local businesses support the production, labor, and shipping of your bulletin with their ads. Their continued support can be showcased with  new artwork available exclusively on the Subscriber Resource Center at www.jspaluch.com. We encourage bulletin editors to routinely ask your readers to patronize these businesses. Celebrate community and let them know that you saw their ad in the church bulletin!




Sample Information Page

Changing Times

As parishes across the country are working to communicate well in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the J. S. Paluch Company is committed to helping you reach your flock even when they can’t be at Mass.

Your parish may have different needs in terms of your bulletin quantity in the upcoming weeks. The best way to  communicate changes to your quantity or page count is on your parish information page. If you are not currently using an information page, please insert a blank page at the end of your document and type your bulletin number and the quantity of bulletins needed for that week.  Our production department will make note of the request and replace the information page with your advertiser page (s).





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We are continually adding information, prayers, and  intercessions regarding Covid-19 for your use. Login to www.jspaluch.com and visit the Current Concerns section of the Subscriber  Resource Center to download these useful and timely resources.


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Not Your Average Announcement

Download the artwork below from our Subscriber Resource Center to honor the men and women who lost their lives while serving the U.S. Military. A simple, no-fill text box with white text creates a striking design to add to your bulletin layout.  
Stay tuned for more tips and tricks each week.  





Praying Through the Pandemic




The Current Concerns page on the Subscriber Resource Center (SRC)
During these challenging times, it can be hard to know where to turn for reliable resources for your bulletin or your parish community that can address the pandemic with sensitivity and grace. One place you can turn to with confidence is the J. S. Paluch Subscriber Resource Center (SRC), where we have a special page for just such events—the Current Concerns page. When you log in to the SRC bulletin resource page, you can go immediately to Current Concerns by scrolling down to that item on the home page grid:





Or you can click on the “Concerns” tab from the top of any other page on the SRC:



Once you get there, you'll find a broad selection of items, most having to do with the pandemic these days. 

Locating "Praying Through the Pandemic"
One item that I'd like to point out is part way down the page with titles visible in both English and Spanish: “Praying through” or “Orar en tiempo”:



This is a fine prayer resource in English or Spanish for people who wish to pray about—and through—the COVID-19 pandemic in a fuller or more focused way. It’s called “A New Birth to a Living Hope.” It offers a simple three-part prayer format suitable for use by individuals, families, or small groups gathered online: scripture reading, litany of intercession, concluding prayer. The resource includes multiple options for each part: four scripture readings, three litanies, and twelve concluding prayers—allowing the prayer to be prayed periodically with variations or with a different focus. Courage, perseverance, intercession, self-giving, and hope are the themes addressed by these prayers. This is a booklet that you can download and distribute to your parishioners, or share with them electronically.

Use it for your bulletin, too
You can also download it to use as a resource for your bulletin. You can take any prayer from these pages and put it in your bulletin for the benefit of all your parishioners. Just be sure to include the copyright notice from the bottom of the page. Here is just one of the numerous beautiful prayers:

Loving and faithful God,
we turn to you in our doubt, our disbelief, our fear.
So much is unknown to us. The future is uncertain.
We feel helpless, alone, worried.


Fill us with the courage to face whatever happens
and the common sense to follow public health directives
until the threat of the disease is diminished,
friends and loved ones are able to reunite,
people get back to work,
and communities of faith gather once again to sing your praise.

We pray through Christ our Lord.

© 2020 by Steven R. Janco. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Why not download this booklet today to help your parishioners pray well through these difficult days?