Scottish Church urges parishes to go online

A joint initiative between the Catholic Church in Scotland and ISYS Computer Services a Glasgow based IT company will be launched next week urging all of Scotland's 500 parishes to go online.
In May of this year in his 43rd World Communications Day message, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the subject of "digital technology" in a very positive way. In a pastoral letter, Bishop Philip Tartaglia, President of the National Communications Commission, sent to all Scottish parishes he described how the Catholic Media Office was developing and using its own website and subsequently urged parishes that had not already done so to go online with a parish website.
The National Communications Commission subsequently discussed how best parishes could utilise the internet and agreed to circulate information on establishing parish websites. In collaboration with "ISYS Computer Services" the Church agreed a template package, which would allow any parish to quickly establish and maintain a professional online presence.
Director of the Catholic Media Office, Peter Kearney said; "This is a very exiting and innovative package which would allow any parish to establish a professional website quickly and easily I hope it will encourage as many parishes as possible to get online."
Kevin O'Neill (Director) of ISYS Computer Services, added; "ISYS are very aware of the value of an online presence to any organisation and the benefits that can come from it. We are delighted to work in partnership with the Catholic Church to offer professional hosting, web design, domain name registration and email to every Catholic parish in Scotland."
Mr O'Neill added: "Even if a parish already has a website they may be interested in joining the rest of the parishes in adopting a common website address format, or in using our service to provide every member of the Clergy with a personalised email address in a standardised, non-Parish specific format - easily allowing priests to keep their own email address as they move between parishes."
To view a sample page showing the website design ­ please visit

Source: SCMO

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