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Website Update: The Year for Priests

I’ve just posted the 2009-2010 Sacrament application forms on the Parish website. You’ll find links to them by slecting the “Sacraments” tab then the Sacrament name from the pull-down menu. You’ll find that the same application form is used for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation.

The website’s homepage now includes a Prayer for Priests as we begin this special Year for Priests announced by Pope Benedict XVI. I hope you’ll join me in praying not only for all priests, but especially for our parish priests, Fr. Nau and Fr. Mark Moore.

Jim Coyle

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How Are We Doing?

Eight months since the last blog post. That’s a long time – way too long. For our parish, it’s been a time for new experiences of worship, meetings and activities together as members of one parish instead of our original 6 parishes. We’ve been together through our first Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter. How are we doing? Next month marks the 1st anniversary of the closing of the old parishes and the begining of our life together as Triumph of the Cross Parish. And we’ll mark the 1st anniversary of Fr. Thomas Nau moving to Steubenville to serve as our Pastor. There’s been so much change in the past year. How are we doing?

As I was getting ready to write this post, I thought I’d just be sharing about the Triumph of the Cross Parish website
(www.triumphofthecross.org) and some of the things we’ve tried to start on the site to help members of the parish know more about our activities and remember some of the things we’ve shared – our liturgies, our first parish social (the “January Thaw” which was, ironically, postponed ’til February because of icy winter weather), and our Parish Mission with Fr. Tom Forrest. We’ve taken and posted pictures on the Parish website, as well as audio recordings of all of Fr. Forrest’s Parish Mission talks, and recordings of the Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil homilies given at Holy Name Cathedral by Bishop Conlon and Fr. Mark Moore. There are even a couple of videos from the February Thaw social. And every week, of course, you’ll find the latest Parish Bulletin posted online, along with archives of the previous bulletins. I usually read and post the new bulletin file before the weekend, so when I pick up and read my printed bulletin after Mass on Sunday, it seems like it’s “old news.”

The Triumph of the Cross website is also the place you’ll find information and forms for Sacramental preparation as well as the Catechetical programs for our parish and others in the city of Steubenville. This week several forms are being reviewed and revised, and I’ll have them online soon after they’re approved. We’re trying to not only have the parish website be an informative site for you, but one that can help each of us connect with the parish and with one another more than we do already.

The steps we’ve taken are small ones, and we hope to have a “new, improved” website serving the people of Triumph of the Cross
Parish that will offer much more. When, I don’t know. Like many parishoners, I’m working on the site as a volunteer, glad to have
the opportunity to share what knowledge I have of websites with my Church. Website dreams and wishes are more plentiful to me than time to implement them. We’ll see what develops as time marches on.

The 43rd World Communications Day was just celebrated by the Catholic Church in many places around the world. The U.S. Catholic
Communications Campaign occurred a couple of weeks ago. As I write this, Catholic communications professionals are meeting at their annual convention, reflecting on Catholic Church communications today and in the future. (I’ve frequently participated in this conference, but am happy to stay home to celebrate our youngest son’s graduation from Catholic Central High School.) Pope Benedict XVI’s message for the 2009 World Communications Day is spot on for today’s culture: “New Technologies, New Relationships. Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship” (available through this link to the Vatican’s website). I was planning to offer some thoughts about the Pope’s message, but I’ll let that wait for another post.

When I asked “How are we doing?” at the beginning of this post, I thought it was worth reflecting on as a parish and as individual members of the parish. Now I’d like to ask the question as an invitation for you to give us feedback about the parish website and our use of the Internet as a parish. How are we doing? And more importantly, How can we serve you through these resources?

I’d like to hear your thoughts. Please email me at web@totcmail.org. Thanks.

Jim Coyle
Parish Webmaster
You can follow me on Twitter: @iJimCoyle

(By the way, I consider “webmaster” an ironic term since there are so many rules and picky programming procedures that MUST be followed to do things on the web. In my opinion, “web servant” is more accurate.)

Lots of Change

The first half of 2008 brought several significant changes to most of the Roman Catholic parishes in the city of Steubenville as well as changes at other parishes in the Diocese. They’ve been reported in the Diocesan newpaper and the regular news media.

After receiving input from several groups and committees, Bishop Conlon decreed that even though there weren’t sufficient funds available to build the new Triumph of the Cross church and cathedral at this time, the six parishes which would form Triumph of the Cross Parish would close June 8, 2008, and their parishioners would become the members of Triumph of the Cross. Fundraising will continue for a new Triumph of the Cross church and cathedral. For now, we’re meeting and worshiping at two buildings – Holy Name Cathedral and Holy Rosary church.

Celebrations were held at the closing parishes June 7 and 8 with parishioners sharing their memories of life in their parishes.

Another major change affecting Triumph of the Cross as well as several other parishes thorughout the diocese was Bishop Conlon’s announcement that many priests would be moving to different parishes, effective July 1, 2008. Among the changes, Fr. Tim McGuire – our founding pastor – was assigned to be pastor of parishes in nearby Harrison county, and Fr. Thomas Nau came from Ironton in the southern part of our diocese to become pastor of Triumph of the Cross Parish. Fr. Nau introduced himself to parishioners at the July 5 & 6 Saturday and Sunday Masses.

As summer continues, we’re experiencing our early life as a single parish. Step by step we’ll become a strong community of God’s people.

Jim Coyle

New Parish Website

Today, the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, we completed work on the first phase of the new Triumph of the Cross website. As I write this, the Internet’s computers are making the changes needed to have our address (URL) – www.triumphofthecross.org – get you to the right “place” on the Web. This process usually takes about 24 hours to complete. We still have some areas to clean up, and we’ll be adding a lot more information in the weeks and months to come. As we grow the website, we hope you’ll find it to be an informative and enriching outreach of Triumph of the Cross Parish.

I want to extend special thanks to Steve Feher and The Ridgefield Group in Steubenville for developing and hosting our new site. Steve has been our contact and site developer, and I know from his late-night e-mails that many, many hours have been spent on this effort. As he wrote in one e-mail to me, “Eh…sleep is overrated! Work is too much fun!” Thanks, Steve!

And I want to thank the fine folks at RCNet, an Internet Service Provider and website hosting company in Michigan that hosted our initial site. RCNet has been serving the Catholic Church for years, offering advertising-free complimentary hosting for parishes, dioceses and religious groups. Any design and operation problems came from my work, not theirs.

Jim Coyle
Member, Triumph of the Cross Building Committee

First Parish Website

The initial website for Triumph of the Cross Parish is now online! As the parish building process continues, we’ll be adding much more information. We invite you to visit often.