St. John’s Catholic Church in Indianapolis, Indiana is a sight to behold. Smack in the middle of downtown, within two blocks of Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Colts) and serving as the Newman Center for nearby Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI), the historic parish is home to a robust community.

According to Communication Director Megan Fish, Flocknote has become a staple in their parish, and is a large part of their success in connecting with parishioners.

“We use Flocknote to really increase engagement with our parishioners,” she said. “We do weekly emails, which has been a good benefit to get them engaged in the parish. We also love the text messaging — to remind parishioners of an upcoming Holy Day or a special event that’s happening.”

Although Flocknote is used for a myriad of things at St. John’s, Fish recounted one particular situation that we think was pretty darn innovative.

A group of college students from nearby IUPUI, along with St. John’s pastor, Fr. Rick Nagel, planned a pilgrimage to Philadelphia during Pope Francis’ recent visit to the U.S.

In order to both offer prayers for those traveling and involve the larger parish community in the trip, St. John’s planned a novena (nine-day prayer) to coincide with the pilgrimage.

Each day, Fish would send a text message using Flocknote, giving over 1400 parishioners a link to that day’s prayer. In addition, the pilgrims themselves would send back videos of what they were up to, which Fish was able to send out via email (using Flocknote) to share with the greater parish community.

This great idea, coupled with St. John’s readiness by having its parishioners registered for Flocknote, allowed an already-thriving community to grow closer through a pilgrimage, a Pope, and a few text messages.

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