Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Classic Images



Every now and then you might want a “traditional” image of a Bible scene or saint like you might see on a holy card. While images such as these appear regularly on the weekly covers, sometimes you may want something without text on it, or just a little different from the cover art. If that is the case, then one place you can turn to for such classic images is the Subscriber Resource Center’s Classic Images page.



Clicking on
 Classic Image tab will take you to a page with these images listed in alphabetical order by title. They include images of the saints, of Mary, and of Jesus. The images show scenes from the Bible as well as depictions of Mary and Jesus by their titles. They are by well-known artists and lesser-known artists and are suitable for use on feast days, saints’ days, and whenever they match the readings of the week.

Take a browse through the Classic Images and see what beauty you can add to your bulletin.








Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Picture This!: How to Use the Different Images in the Subscriber Resource Center

 

J.S. Paluch’s Subscriber Resource Center provides numerous images for you to use weekly throughout your bulletin. However, you may be wondering: “Where is the best place for this image in my bulletin?”

 

Here are some ideas of how to better utilize our images within your bulletin:


1- Full Page Cover Photos

Cover photos are best used for your front page. They are large scaled images that include Sunday’s date, the type of Sunday, and a quote from one of the Sunday readings. We provide several different images in English and Spanish and in color and black and white. You can use these images to fill the entire front page or if you have a large space to fill in between your church information.

 




Tip:

If you are a bilingual bulletin and need the cover in both languages on the same image, we also provide the same cover photos without text so that you can add any text you’d like to the image.

 

You can manually type out the information in both languages as shown here.







2- Half Page Cover Photos

Half page cover photos are smaller versions of the full page cover photos. Just like full page cover photos, these also have the Sunday, date, and a quote from the Sunday readings. As shown here, you can use the photo as a way to break up text on your page. You can also use these images for smaller areas that you may need to fill on your cover page.

 


3- Sunday Reflections

It’s one of the first images you’ll find when you search for images in our Subscriber Resource. This image contains a border with the Sunday and date, and text with reflections on the Sunday homily and readings. You’ll also notice that the Sunday readings are also listed on the bottom right corner of the image. These images are typically used as a full page filler for one of the inside pages. We have these images available in English and Spanish and in black and white.


4- Borders

Borders you’ll see mimic the cover photos in that they will have the same images, the Sunday, date, and the same quote from the Sunday readings. Just like cover photos, we have English and Spanish and black and white versions available. These can be used in various way throughout the bulletin.

Here are a couple of ways that you can incorporate the borders into your bulletin design:



5- Additional Images

While we have lots of images with the dates and Sundays, we also have additional images that  complement the Sunday readings or they may just be general images with no text. These images can be used throughout your entire bulletin to break up some of your text. It’s helpful to add some other elements other than just all text. Images can draw eyes in and make the design more exciting to look at. These images are available in English and Spanish and in color and black & white.


 

6- Saints and Special Observances

Additionally, we also have images depicting the saints we celebrate for the week and any additional observances that correlate with the week you are working on. We also have Saint Snippets which is a weekly cartoon we feature with a saint of the week we recognize, along with a quotation. We have English and Spanish and color and black & white versions of all images.

Tip:

In our text files for each week, we also include a weekly calendar of saints and special observances celebrated. To add an extra element to the text file, you could add one of the images to  accompany the text.


7- Children’s cartoons & activities

For the kids, we have several different activity pages that you can add into your bulletin. These can be a full page or fill larger space of the bulletin. We also have the Pastor Al and The Little Ones comic strips that can be used to fill smaller areas of your bulletin. The Letters from Heaven activity is available in color and black and white. All other activity pages and comic strips are available in black & white only.

 





 


  

 


 


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Diocesan Downloads

 


Sometimes dioceses ask us to make available materials that they want their parishes to put in their bulletins. We have found that the best place to do this is on a dedicated page in the Subscriber Resource Center (SRC), the Diocesan Downloads page. If you have a communication from your diocese telling you to find something from them on your bulletin company’s web site, this is where you’ll find it. On the Diocesan Downloads page you’ll see newsletters, notices for events, and materials for capital campaigns.

 


This is also the place to find the commemorative covers that we create whenever a new diocesan bishop is being installed. When a new bishop is announced, once we have created the cover you’ll see a notice in the announcements section at the top of any SRC page directing you to the Diocesan Downloads page for covers for that new bishop.


If your diocese is getting a new bishop, watch for an announcement here, then simply go to the Diocesan Downloads page and download the cover(s) that you want.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Pick A Date

Today's bulletin editors are working from various locations not limited to their office. They juggle countless responsibilities and often work on multiple bulletin issues at once. 

To keep track of the issue date, there is an area on the upload site that prompts you to choose the Sunday date you are uploading your bulletin PDF file for.  Please share these steps with anyone who may be uploading the bulletin each week, or even just occasionally. 

1. Visit www.jspupload.com 

2. Click on Upload or Click here to upload your weekly bulletin.

3. The next screen will prompt you to type in your bulletin number. Click on I’m not a robot and click on continue.

4. The next screen will show the Sunday date you are uploading your file for. This will automatically default to the current week but, if you are working ahead, you will need to change the date to reflect that issue.  Click on the calendar icon on the right side of the date and a window will open that will allow you to choose which Sunday date you are uploading.  Once you choose that date, you can upload your file for that week.




 Feel free to bookmark this page for quick reference. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

“Special Days” on the SRC

 


A number of the features on the J. S. Paluch Subscriber Resource Center (SRC) are designed to save you mouse clicks, searching, and scrolling. Today’s feature is one of these. You can find “Special Days” on the SRC by opening the “All Resources” tab and clicking on Select a Month under “Choose a Feast/Holiday” on the left sidebar.

 

Choose the month you want, and a page will appear with a calendar and a list of “Special Days” for that month.

 

Click on the link associated with the date that you’re interested in, and you’ll be shown a selection of art resources that pertain to that day.



From there you can download the item that you want in the usual way.

Items available for the “Special Days” aren’t necessarily a comprehensive selection, but one of them can be just what you need without a lot of extra scrolling and clicking.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

JS Paluch, Investing in the Future for our Parishes

Father James Marchionda, OP, visited our JS Paluch corporate production facility in Franklin Park, IL to bless a few of the new digital machines in our printing plant. 



Two new digital printing presses (one pictured here being blessed by Father Marchionda) are now installed in our Franklin Park plant. This press is producing hundreds of parish bulletins each week. Another press, which uses the very latest in inkjet technology, is being installed and brought into operation very soon. These new machines will put us at the forefront of digital printing technology. Bulletins from some churches will continue to be printed on our traditional presses as we grow and expand these new capabilities.

In California, a newly revamped and relocated digital print center will have an eco-friendly press and continue to service many of our churches in the western part of the country.

JS Paluch remains committed to producing the finest product we can for our churches. 


Vice-President of Operations, Daniel Shrader, Owner, Mary Lou Paluch, and Fr. James Marchionda, OP, pose alongside one of our new printing presses. 


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Working Ahead

From time to time, every bulletin editor chooses to work ahead, getting the contents of the bulletin lined up for a few coming weeks, or even a month or more. Doing so generally doesn’t mean any changes in working with the Subscriber Resource Center Bulletin Resources (SRC), as most of the resources are posted for the entire year. Even the photo covers are posted at least six weeks in advance, and often longer than that. But if you are accustomed to finding your material on the specialty pages like Photo Covers, Weekly Text Pages, Thematic Resources, or Comics, you will have to change your approach if you want to work more than four weeks ahead.

Why? These pages are designed for quick and easy access to the most-frequently-used items on the SRC. In order to keep them (relatively) uncluttered, they are limited to showing the available resources for only the next four Sundays. That doesn’t mean that those resources aren’t available beyond the next four weeks—it only means that’s all that those pages are capable of showing you.



 

So what do you do if you want to work five or more Sundays into the future? Just go to the All Resources page (the All tab—the first item on the left in the gray bar at the top of any SRC search results page) and select the Sunday or range of Sundays that you want to work with. There you will see covers, text pages, thematic resources, and comics for as far into the future as they are currently posted, along with all the other materials available for any given Sunday.

 


Remember, if you think that the item you need hasn’t been posted yet, be sure to look it up on the All Resources page. It’s probably there already, just hidden from the specialty page that you may have been using.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Gods Word

Did you know that we have fun and educational pages for children available free for download on our Subscriber Resource Center at www.jspaluch.com?

Each week’s file includes two different TIFF images that can be used individually or combined to create a four page booklet.

Login to the Subscriber Resource Center and use the keyword search for GODSWORD (no spaces) to locate these images.

Each file is categorized by the corresponding Sunday, for example, God’s Word Advent 01, God’s Word Advent 02, God’s Word Advent 03.

Images can also be located on the THIS SUNDAY tab and by using the same keyword search: GODSWORD. This will display the images for the current issue. 

These images look great as quarter, half or even full pages! 


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

“Secret” Bulletin Building Blocks


Some of our users have told us that they are overwhelmed by all the choices provided for a given Sunday and just want to see the items that used to be available on Bulletin Building Blocks. So we created a “secret” way to do just that. The catch is that it only works well on the Sunday tab.


Here is how to do it: click on the This Sunday item when you first log in, or the Sunday tab on the bar across the top of the page. 



When the resulting search page opens, before doing anything else, type “BBB” (without the quotes) in the Type Keywords box and hit Enter.



The result is a listing of only the Bulletin Building Blocks items for the upcoming Sunday.



This is one secret that nobody will mind if you share!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

One Last Look

 



 
Do you scan through your completed PDF file before you upload it for printing each week? Here are a few reasons why you should.  

Occasionally editors miss things in the Publisher file. Looking at the PDF format with a "fresh eye" can help you to find errors that might have been overlooked. It is easier to notice things that might need to be "tweaked" after the file is converted, plus the PDF file is the one that we receive for printing, so it should be the copy that is proofed.

The most common things that we notice when reviewing and printing a hard copy of the PDF for proofing include:

  • Headers with dates that were not updated
  • Missing graphics that were in the Publisher file but disappear in the PDF
  • Text that looks like hieroglyphics
  • Pieces of text boxes or images hanging just at the edge of the page, but not on the printable area of the page. 

We highly recommend proofing your bulletin PDF file before transmitting it for print. Keep in mind that what you upload is what we will print.  Also, don't forget those JSP settings! :) 

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Sunday Readings No Longer Available on the Subscriber Resource Center

Back in April, when it became apparent that many churches in the United States would not be open for Mass any time soon, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) decided to make the texts of the Sunday scriptures available free of charge to anyone who wanted to publish them. This was intended to allow people staying at home easier access to the Sunday readings through their electronic Sunday bulletins or other means. It was a temporary measure to help with an unprecedented situation. We at J. S. Paluch decided to offer these free readings to our customers on the Subscriber Resource Center (SRC) for as long as they were available. A couple months later, the USCCB extended the free reprint permission until the end of the liturgical year. We have continued to offer these free readings on the SRC as well.

The liturgical year ends on Sunday, November 22, and the USCCB has not extended the free reprint permission beyond that date. So starting with Sunday, November 29, we will no longer be offering the Sunday scripture texts on the SRC. Summaries of the Sunday readings and the citations for the readings are still available in the Today’s Readings and Readings for the Week features that have always been available to our customers.

Parishes can provide their parishioners a link to the readings at https://bible.usccb.org but they can no longer reprint the texts of the readings in their bulletins without paying a fee to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.