Whole Community Catechesis & Effective Social Media

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Whole Community Catechesis & Effective Social Media

On August 21, nearly eighty parish staff members gathered at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Derry for a professional development day. 

The morning session on Whole Community Catechesis was presented by the staff at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. They discussed how they started their program, challenges and successes faced through the years, what the program looks like today, and the positive impact it has had on their parish community.

Raphael Bastek and Annie Wade, from the Diocese of Manchester Communications Department, presented the afternoon session on Effective Social Media. They highlighted social media best practices, methods and strategies for scheduling content, examples of successful content, the difference in paid advertising vs. organic reach, and more.


Click on the embedded video below to view a recording of both workshops from this day.

00:00:00 - Introduction, Whole Community Catechesis
00:11:45 - Break (Group Discussion)
01:18:55 - Break (Followed by 01:18:59 - Fr. Pacheco, the Pastor's Role in Whole Community Catechesis)
01:59:42 - Break (Lunch, followed by 01:59:48 - Effective Social Media)


Click on the links below to download various resources shared during the day.

Whole Community Catechesis

Whole Community Catechesis Schedule & Info

Effective Social Media

PowerPoint Presentation:
Download a PDF of the presentation
Download a PowerPoint Show of the presentation
Please be advised that these are both large files (~240 MB). They contain the same information; the only difference is the file format.

Effective Usage of Social Media 
Diocese of Manchester Electronic Communications Policy 
How to Create an Instagram Account
Memo - Use of Unlicensed Images
Scheduling Posts through Facebook
Social Media and Website Audit Checklist
Social Media Cheatsheet
Social Media Resources and Apps
Storyboarding 101

Photo Gallery

See a selection of photos from our day, courtesy of Annie Wade and Cynthia Proulx. Click on the images to see them enlarged.