It’s so easy to use…

I’m one of the parish’s webmasters for the website and I think webmaster is a generous title because it is so easy to use the web content management system to update and upload documents and text. It makes me feel technologically brilliant because my changes are made instantaneously to the website but I’m not really doing anything. If you know how to use a word document, you can learn how to use the web content management system."
– Simone Rizkallah, Director of Religious Education
St. Ambrose Parish, Annandale, Virginia

Your web presence can either lead someone in or send them away…

One of the things that we don’t like to admit is that there are many parishioners and future members of the Church who look at the website first before coming in and meeting you. So your impression, your web presence, can either lead someone in or send them away unfortunately. I’ve had new people come into my office and say, ‘I checked out your website. It was impressive, it was beautiful and it made me want to come in….” So that has really warmed my heart because that’s exactly what we want right away from the beginning, even virtually, to have a welcoming feeling."
– Simone Rizkallah, Director of Religious Education
St. Ambrose Parish, Annandale, Virginia

You see how what you’re looking for connects to a bigger picture

My experience is that people check out the website usually seeking one thing or one piece of information: when’s this Mass, when are confessions, how do I sign my kid up for the youth group, whatever it might be. But while you are doing that, you see how what you’re looking for connects to a bigger picture of faith and parish life. There are quotes and pieces of the catechism. You’re actually receiving the faith and learning more about the faith. And so anyone who visits the website is going to realize that what I’m looking for, I not only will find in this parish and in the Catholic Church, but it’s inviting me to even more."
– Rev. Andrew Fisher, Pastor
St. Ambrose Parish, Annandale, Virginia

It is my oasis…

When duties turn my attention away from prayer, silence, and my planned time with God, I visit the Intimate Path part of the site. It is my oasis where stories, Scripture passages, written text, questions and a variety of resources lead me to Him. No matter how scarce my time, I can retreat from the world, meet God in His creatures and His creation and find peace within it. All these and more at my fingertips."
– Ging Graham, Parishioner
St. John the Evangelist Parish, Silver Spring, Maryland

Having these five categories is helping people to think differently…

I think because we’re just at the beginning of the New Evangelization, many people aren’t used to having these categories for a website. And yet having these categories is helping people to think differently about how they approach the Church, their gifts, the charismas that they have and the community. So I have found the website as a tool, so [parishioners] can look at it and say, ‘oh, this is where I can serve! I have a gift and a call to serve the parish’."
– Simone Rizkallah, Director of Religious Education
St. Ambrose Parish, Annandale, Virginia

Lumen made it so easy for us.

From the very beginning, we wanted to use Lumen Catechetical Consultants to do our website. From the very first conversation to the completion of the website, everyone we have worked with has said, ‘Father, we want this to be a source of grace, of blessings’. Lumen made it so easy for us to take what would be just a technological project and make it a source of evangelization, focusing on how we can serve our parish and our community."
– Rev. Andrew Fisher, Pastor
St. Ambrose Parish, Annandale, Virginia

It’s very cutting edge…

I think we’re just on the brink of evangelizing through the web and this site is right at the front of it all. So, its very cutting edge and I’m so blessed that we’re one of the parishes that are able to have it."
– Simone Rizkallah, Director of Religious Education
St. Ambrose Parish, Annandale, Virginia

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Let us boldly become citizens of the digital world….The Church needs to be concerned for, and present in, the world of communication, in order to dialogue with people today and to help them encounter Christ.”
– Pope Francis, World Communications Day Message 2014