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!

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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?