What is Parishes Online?
Parishes Online connects an online community of businesses, and the local congregations they support. Parishes Online publicizes the businesses in your area that support your local congregation - these are community members that live in your area and fund the printing of your parish bulletin. When you are making purchases or looking for services, wouldn't you feel better patronizing businesses that support your community? Parishes Online can help you do just that.
Every congregation who publishes with LPi has a listing page on Parishes Online, and so does every business that advertises with us. These listing pages are maintained by Parishes Online, but once you claim your listing, you can customize it to best serve your community.
How is Parishes Online useful to me as a consumer?
By publicizing the businesses in your area that support your local congregation, Parishes Online informs and empowers consumers to make educated decisions about the businesses they choose to visit. Many parishioners wish to show their appreciation by patronizing businesses that help to fund their parish bulletin. Since these businesses are community members that live in your area, many wish to support local small businesses with their consumer dollars. To learn how to start finding local businesses now, click here.
How is Parishes Online useful to me as a business owner?
Parishes Online gives your business a presence online. Every business that advertises in one of our publications has a listing page on Parishes Online. When you claim your listing page, you are able to customize it to fit your needs.
Why can’t I find the business or church I’m looking for?
Search results are listed based on proximity to your location. If no results show up, it's possible your congregation doesn't print its publications with LPi, or the business you are searching for doesn't advertise in one of the publications we print.
How do I find my church?
You may search by entering the name of the church in the search bar, or by clicking "browse" in the main navigation and select "catholic" to show a list of those near you. Additionally, shortcut links are found in the bar just below the search box. We automatically determine the church closest to you based on your location. If the church shown is incorrect, you can choose a new church from a list of other suggestions.
How do I sign up to be notified when a new bulletin or newsletter is posted?
Visit your church's listing page, scroll down to "recent publications" and click "Subscribe to publications via e-mail" and enter your name and e-mail address in the pop-up window. You will now be notified when a new publication is ready to be viewed.
How do I find a business?
You may search by entering the name of the business in the search bar, or by clicking "browse" in the main navigation and selecting a category. Additionally, some businesses can be found in the featured businesses section on the home page of Parishes Online.
How did my business or church get on Parishes Online?
All customers of LPi automatically get a free listing page. Parishes Online provides more visibility for your church or business.
How do I claim my listing?
First, you’ll need to sign in to Parishes Online for the first time. This creates an identity unique to you. Part of this process is creating a login name you’ll use to access your listing in the future. You can’t claim a listing if Parishes Online doesn't know who you are, so signing in once to create a login you'll use in the future is how Parishes Online remembers you. Click on the "Log in" button on the upper right corner of the screen and follow the on-screen instructions to create your login.
You won’t need your login to use Parishes Online to search for your own or other churches and businesses, but you will need it to access your listing page and make changes.
Once you’ve logged in using your login information, follow these steps to claim your listing:
- Navigate to your listing page by searching your business or church name on ParishesOnline.com. When you arrive at your listing page:
- Scroll down to the "claim this listing" button in the middle right hand side of the page (pictured at right), and follow the steps on screen. This action allows the owner of the listing to make changes to the main information on that page. As the listing owner, you can add contact information, business hours or Mass times, publications, and more.
- You may need to wait up to 48 hours for LPi approval once you've followed the steps above. We must verify your e-mail address as being associated with your church name to ensure that a third party isn't attempting to take ownership of your page without the right to do so. Once you’ve received approval, you can log in to your listing page and start adding information.
Once you’ve received approval, you can log in to your listing page and start adding information.
How can I edit the information on my listing?
Before you can edit your listing, you will need to claim your listing. Once your listing is claimed, log in to your account and find your listing page. Each section of your page is directly editable. Move your cursor over the section that needs to be changed, and click the Edit button in the upper right corner. Once changes are made to each section, they are instantly updated on your listing.
I forgot my login information.
If you have already received your username and password and need a reminder, click on the "log in" button. On the pop-up, click on the “Forgot your password?” link. Follow the steps on your screen to reset your password.
How do I post my bulletins or publications on Parishes Online?
If your bulletin is printed by LPi, it's automatically posted to your listing page once it has been printed. However, if you aren't an LPi bulletin customer or would like to post additional files, you can upload them manually.
Step 1: Log into your account and visit your Parishes Online listing page. Scroll down to Recent Publications and click Manage.
Step 2: Under the tab My Uploads, click Add.
Step 3: Click Choose File to browse your computer and upload your desired publication or file. Then click Save. Your file will automatically show up as the first item in your Recent Publications box and labeled as New.
How long will published bulletins stay on my Parishes Online listing?
Parishes Online currently posts the 12 most recent issues.
Can I make changes to bulletins that are already published online?
The publications posted to Parishes Online have already been printed and sent out. If changes need to be made for any reason, please contact our customer service department.
Can I get my bulletins to display on my church’s own website?
Yes, you can display your bulletins on your own Web page by using the customizable Parishes Online widget.
The widget is a window on your website, placed where you choose, in which members can click on a cover image to download a PDF version of your publication. Once it's installed, you don't need to do anything; your bulletin or newsletter will appear in the widget automatically, and each will include the sponsor page that makes it possible for your publication to be printed and shipped. In addition, your members can sign up to receive your publication automatically via e-mail, keeping them informed whether they're at Mass or not.
To install the Parishes Online widget, you’ll first need to have claimed your listing page. If you haven’t done so, directions can be found here.
If you're already using the widget, you know what a useful tool it is in providing your members instant access to your bulletin or newsletter content right from your web page. But if the widget on your page has a grey and red Seek And Find logo with a circular arrow, you're using the old widget and need to update it to gain access to new features.
Whether you're adding the widget for the first time or updating from old to new, these simple directions will help you add this tool to your site today:
Step 1: On your listing page, click on the "Get Widget" button found in your "recent publications” section shown here:
Step 2: Because the widget and the publications displayed within it will be visible to anyone visiting your website, you’ll want to title the widget "Our weekly bulletin" or "Our publications," then determine the number of publications to display from 1 to 12; and the widget width and height (in pixels) you'd like to display on your site.
If you leave these options blank, the widget will conform to the width and height of the area you paste it into. Click Next.
Step 3: You’ll see a small pop-up window that will display special HTML code you can use to embed the widget on your website:
Unless you also manage and regularly make changes to your website, you’ll need to pass this code along to your webmaster, who will paste it into your website in the appropriate location and ensure the widget functions correctly.
If you are managing your own website, here are some popular site types and their help pages:
This widget can be added to any Web page and will show the most recent printed publications. Just click on the relevant week number and that publication will open in a separate window.