In a matter of hours on January 23 & 24, New York City and the surrounding area was blanketed in more snow than many had seen in years. With snow as deep as 36″ in places, many parishes within the Archdiocese of New York were canceling Masses and meetings left and right. Others kept the same schedule but needed to alleviate confusion among parishioners. In both cases, they needed to reach their people, and Flocknote was just the solution.
We heard from several parishes within the archdiocese about their efforts. Some opted for a more lengthy and detailed email to parishioners, like the Church of St. Gregory Barbarigo in Garnerville, when others simply sent a quick text message letting parishioners know Mass would continue as planned, like Incarnation Parish in Manhattan. Others, like Annunciation/Our Lady of Fatima parish in Crestwood and Scarsdale, chose email, but in hindsight thought a text message would have worked much better in that situation. Whether the parishes chose to send emails or text messages for weather closures, many found simply having the ability to do so in a quick and timely manner invaluable.
Here’s what others are saying: