Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Mighty Template

In the hustle and bustle of a busy church day, it may seem easier to begin a new bulletin from last week’s file. However, using the same file over and over can cause problems. The file can become corrupt. Text frames can slip outside the margins. Background layers that you didn’t realize were there can “peek” through in the final PDF file.

Consider these questions regarding how you prepare the weekly bulletin:

Q: Do you have a template file?

A: The best way to begin a new bulletin is from a clean template file that contains only the essential elements of your bulletin, ie. margins, columns, and repetitive information like Mass Schedule, offertory, sick lists, etc. Keep your template file clean by renaming it with the current Sunday’s date before typing and saving any weekly information to it. This will ensure that you always have a clean file to start from in upcoming weeks.

Q: Is the scratch area around your page overflowing?

A: That gray area around your Publisher document page is meant for the temporary storage of images or text frames while you work on the design. The more you store out there in the scratch area, the larger your file size becomes over time. Consider placing items that you want to have handy for future reference into the Content Library or Building Block section of Microsoft® Publisher®. The information is still available in any document you work in, but it isn’t weighing down your bulletin file. 


Save Your Bulletins

One of the benefits of being a J.S. Paluch bulletin subscriber is that we will take a year’s worth of your printed bulletins and bind them into a beautiful, hard back book to keep for your parish archives. Below is a review of some of our most frequently asked questions regarding these bound books.

Can we get more than one book per year?   
YES! J.S. Paluch will provide the first book free of charge.     
Additional books may be purchased at a cost of $50.00 per book.

Do I have to send a complete year in for binding?
That is your decision. If your contract begins in June, you can
send us June - December and we’ll bind that. If you prefer to wait and send us June - June, we’ll bind that instead.

Can we include inserts/flyers? 
Yes, but they are best kept to a minimum as there is only so much space available in a book. Flyers should also match the bulletin size. Please do not include newspaper or cardboard as it makes the binding difficult. Also, please remove ALL staples.

Are there special instructions we should include when submitting bulletins?  Yes. Please indicate how you would like the title of the book to appear, ie. “Saint Joseph Parish” or “St. Joseph Church,” etc. Including a picture of the spine of a previous book for us to match is also a good suggestion. 

How long does it take to receive our bound book?  Typically, it takes from 1 to 6 months to receive your bound book. Books are prepared on a first come, first served basis.

Is there a deadline to submit bulletins? 
No, you may submit bulletins to be bound at any time throughout the year.

Missing Bulletins?
Print out your PDF file and include those with the bulletins so that you have a complete year. J.S. Paluch does not keep copies of printed bulletins. 

Where should we send the bulletins? 
A set of bulletins to be bound may be sent to your local JSP office or can be sent directly to: 
Hortencia Guerrero 
JS Paluch Company, Inc. 
3708 River Road, Ste 400
Franklin Park, IL 60131

Questions can be directed to Hortencia at 847-233-2935.

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