Contact: David or Mary Prett 936-874-2535 DavidPrett@aol.com
We appreciate the importance of easy access to accurate, up-to-date, and timely
information describing all aspects of our parish organization, processes and
programs. It is understood as a critical factor in enabling a welcoming
atmosphere and fullest and informed participation of all parishioners in our
Our mission is to assure that all in the parish have easy and timely access to
open, transparent, and accurate information about all parish ministries,
activities, initiatives, and programs so that we can all fully and effectively
participate in our individual, family, and community spiritual development.
This is a new ministry started in April 2015. Our first task was to create an
“Information Booth/Virtual Office”. This product was first rolled out at the 2015
Parish Fall Festival on October 18th. The Virtual Office was opened in the Parish
Hall for the first time on Sunday, November 1st, 2015 from 8:30AM to 2:30PM.
The current plan is to have the office open each Sunday during these hours. We
will also have the “Religious Articles Display Case” open for business during
these hours. This display case is operated by the “St. Thomas Ladies” (See
Very quickly it became apparent that the “Virtual Office” was being used by our
parishioners as much more than an office. It quickly became a community
gathering place where parishioners could socialize, share hopes for, and ideas
and concerns about our Parish. Using the available Pew Cards (See Section 9.)
our parishioners now have a vehicle for more deeply communicating with all the
various ministries in our parish to either offer their assistance in ministry or to
avail of their services. The “Virtual Office” has become very “Real”. It is now a
parish office/social gathering /mini-town hall meeting place. It has become,
essentially, a center for Fellowship, Discipleship, and Stewardship. Although
outside the scope of our original intent we gladly embrace this expansion as a
blessed Gift from the Holy Spirit. We hope to reinforce this community building
aspect by also providing coffee, juice, cookies and doughnuts.
This quick evolution of the “Virtual Office” into a parish gathering place means
that we can offer our services to all groups in the parish to help further their
mission. Should any group want to hold a “recruitment drive”, a fundraiser, or
any group special event we stand ready to serve and to help in that activity.
For all parishioners we offer our services in any way that can more effectively
engage you and your family in more full participation in furthering our Parish
The “Information Booth” is a concrete product containing all this information
and guidelines on how to best utilize it.
The “Virtual Office” is, as the name implies, a “concept” or “idea” that is “close
to being something without actually being it”. In this case we have created a
“concept” that will reflect the parish office even when the office is closed.
Queries can be received, questions answered, instructions given, forms given out
and accepted for later processing by the parish office during normal open hours.
Also, the parish office can rely on the “Virtual Office” to disseminate materials to
people who cannot come by the office during office open hours but will be
attending weekend services. Two concrete examples may illustrate:
- A person calls the office seeking information on a parish program during office
hours, receives that information and discovers that it requires filling out a form.
They cannot make it to the office during working hours so the form is given to
the “Virtual Office” for later pickup by this person (possibly at a Mass the
-A person approaches a Hospitality Minister during mass with a similar query.
The Hospitality Minister answers the query with the help of the “Information
Booth” and presents a form that is required to be filled out. This form is then
received back by the Hospitality Minister and delivered to the “real” office for
processing during normal open hours.
Maintaining, updating and assuring the completeness and accuracy of all the
information in the “Information Booth/Virtual Office” and assuring the effective
operation of the “Virtual Office” component so that it is a living entity are the
core responsibilities of the Information Committee.
Seek to continuously improve and facilitate communication and information
transfer between all of the parish councils, committees, ministries, and
group/outreach initiatives and between these groups and the parish at large.
Assure that the Parish Website is continuously updated with the information
contained in the “Information Booth/Virtual Office”.
(As previously mentioned this Committee is currently in its infancy. Our long
term mission is to develop the Committee so that it is essentially the Parish CIO.
As such its Mission will include such functions as Technology and Information
Management, Innovating and Tracking the creation, flow, and secure storage of
data records and assets, and Facilitating information access as appropriate. The
Committee will also provide for the analysis of data for strategic purposes in
support of our Parish Mission.)
In the spirit of our Parish credo “…there is no inequality of significance amongst
us save holiness…” we wish to extend to ALL in the parish the opportunity to join
us in our work. To achieve our mission requires that we have members from the
most diverse cross-section of our parish community. We are very interested in
having whole families join our committee so that we can begin to represent all
age groups in our attempts to achieve our parish mission.
Since our core mission centers around “information” we are also very interested
in having members with IT skills (Systems, Software, Product Design, Website
Management, and Hardware).
Coordinators: David and Mary Prett 936-874-2535 Davidprett@aol.com
Members(at large): Cheryl Cummings 932-581-0451 Dave_Cheryl@Hotmail.com
Kathy Kernek 936-295-7467 Kathyk001@sbcglobal.net
Parish Website WebMaster: Maria Clausen
IT Domain Experts: -Software, Websites : John Clausen, Dena Shipley Mary Prett
Hardware Technology: Juan Coronado
WebTeam Members (other): Kathy Kernek, David Prett, Kathleen Price (Design)
Hispanic Contact and Translator: Maria Luisa Sandoval email@example.com
Hispanic Contacts: Imelda Isaias, Gregoria McGuire, Fernanda Avila, Dagoberto and Elizabeth Avila and Family
Student Contacts: Bridget Schabron firstname.lastname@example.org
IBVO “Business Card”:
This is a card that advertises the existence of the IBVO. One side is in English
while the reverse side is in Spanish. It outlines the time the IBVO is open in the
Parish Hall, a brief statement of our function, and three contacts with names and
phone numbers. These cards will be in the Narthex of our church and are
available to be given to any parishioner that has a question or a need of the
parish that cannot be immediately answered (by serving ministers and others,
for example). The person can be directed to the IBVO if it happens to be open at
that time or they can simply call or email the indicated contacts. The contacts
English - David and Mary Prett, and Cheryl Cummings
Spanish- Imelda Isaias, Gregoria McGuire, and Fernanda Avila
We have included the PARISH NETWORK in this section, but this is something
that Marion Wagamon started years ago to keep parishioners informed of
schedule changes, illnesses, updates and other things of interest to the parish.
She has the contacts for almost 200 families.
Contact: Marion Wagamon (936) 439-4625 ParishNetwork@gmail.com
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