Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
February 9, 2009
Facebook spurs connection, reflection in Archdiocese
BY GLEN ARGAN
As of Jan. 30, the Nothing More Beautiful Facebook group had 84 members. Joining the online group requires Papenbrock’s permission. It’s just a way of ensuring that only those who live in the archdiocese and have a valid interest in the Church can join.
The group keeps members informed about upcoming events related to Nothing More Beautiful. If you say that you are planning to attend, a click of the mouse will lead you to a list of others who have said they will attend the event too.
The Facebook group also includes a link to the Nothing More Beautiful website (www.edmontoncatholic-church.com/beautiful.shtml), which includes resources and background information about the archdiocese’s new evangelization process. Also included is a 30-minute video of the first Nothing More Beautiful session on Dec. 12.
The second session, featuring talks on The Human Body in God’s Creative Design by Sister Timothy Prokes and Michael and Terese Ferri, will be held at St. Joseph’s Basilica, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.
Mike Landry, youth minister at Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove-Stony Plain, uses Facebook as a means of connecting with young parishioners.
“As a tool, it is easy to use and the possibilities are endless,” Landry said.
St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Spruce Grove has about 750 students and Landry estimates that about 500 are on Facebook. “My youth are there, so I have to be there,” he said.
If he finds a post that says, for example, “John is having a bad day,” then he will know to make contact with “John.”
Landry realizes that contact through Facebook is not as good as a personal invitation, either on the phone or through face-to-face contact.
But others don’t want a personal meeting. Through Facebook, he has been working for eight months with a young woman who has been having a personal crisis. She will not come to a meeting, but will discuss her problem with Landry through Facebook.
“That’s an opportunity I never would have had without Facebook.”
Landry also coordinates the monthly XLT prayer meeting and Facebook has proven invaluable there. A Facebook group for XLT has 274 members, all of whom get a personal invitation every month. About half of them take a second to reply, saying whether they will attend.
As well, the XLT prayer meeting shows up among the coming events in each member’s Facebook homepage.
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