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 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.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

It Was Here a Minute Ago!


Have you ever tried to incorporate a file sent to you only to find that the page disappears when you make a PDF? Or has someone emailed you an image from a church event and even though you place it on a bulletin page, it disappears once you turn the file into PDF? These pictures may be too big in file size for Adobe to embed. 

The solution is an easy fix. Simply save any photo as a TIF file and then reinsert into your bulletin. This will reduce the file size of your document so when you create a PDF file for printing, Adobe will embed your images. 

Follow these instructions to save your photos to a TIF file:

Place and resize your picture in Publisher.  

Right click and choose: Save as picture.

A new window will open. Hit the down arrow on the right in the Save as type option.  

Select Tag Image File Format.  This is saving it as a TIF file. Under Resolution click on Change and choose High quality printing 300 dpi if you have this option.  

Click on OK and then Save.

Delete the original picture and click on Insert, Picture and click on Browse. Insert this new TIF file.  Now when creating a PDF file of your bulletin, the image will stay put.

Be sure to take the time to look through the pages of your PDF file before uploading it for printing just in case you find something is missing on a page. Remember, we only see and receive the PDF file, so be sure to look over and print that version of the bulletin to check for errors.