Every year for the past 20+ years, St. Matthew Parish has published a Parish Directory containing the names, addresses and phone numbers of all its members. This has been a great tool for people to use to contact one another. But times have changed and the printed directory doesn't always meet the needs of our parishioners.
We are pleased to announce that St. Matthew Parish has launched a new Online Directory and Mobile App. This is a new service provided by Guidebook Publishing, the company that has printed and published our paper directory for many years. We are not doing away with the printed edition (in fact our parishioners should be receiving their 2017 Guidebook and Directory in the mail very soon), but rather adding to what we already provide. We are basically taking the information that we already publish and making it available in another format.
With the new Online Directory and Mobile App, you as a parishioner will have much more control over what is shared and be able to communicate with the Parish Office and your fellow parishioners much easier. Here are a couple of examples.
Say for instance, you move and your address has changed. You can go into the online directory and make that change yourself. That information will automatically be forwarded to the Parish Office so that your records can be updated. The same holds true with any of your family or individual information. AND you can upload family and individual photos, which is a great way for people to recognize and get to know one another.
Another great thing you can do in the new online directory is search for other people who are say for instance, in a particular ministry or part of a particular organization. Let's say you are an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and you happen to find out that you will not be available on a particular date when you are scheduled to serve. You can pull up a directory of all the other people in that ministry, making it easy for you to find their phone numbers and call around to find someone to take your place. OR, to make it even easier, you can send them an email, either individually or as a group, and let them know that you need a substitute. That will make the process of finding substitutes so much easier.
For your peace of mind, the directory is password protected and only available to members of our congregation. Those members of our parish for whom we have email addresses on file have received an email which contains their username and password, as well as instructions on how to log in and get started. Once you are logged on, you can change your password if you wish as well as make changes and correction to your family/family member profile. If we do not have your email address, you can get started by clicking HERE or follow the link found in the Quick Links section of this webpage (see right hand side of page).
Once you have your username and password, you can search "Guide Book Publishing" at your app store and download it for free. Then all the directory information will literally be "at your fingertips."