Many parish bulletins have to be put together some good time in advance of their printing and delivery and distribution.
However, on Sunday Pope Francis dropped a surprise on the entire Catholic Church by calling for a day of prayer and fasting (7 September).
How many parish priests would have searched for Pope Francis’ remarks at the Angelus before their Sunday Masses? How many chancery officials, who could then send out a blast email or fax to parishes to let priests know so that they could say something in pulpit announcements?
So, we might want to be a little more nibble with our social communication tools (especially with this spontaneous Pope)!
Thinking out loud here:
I have every bishop should designate someone as “The Guy”. The Guy watches the news for the bishop, scans important journals and periodicals, perhaps even reads over the bishop’s texts and talks looking for any point which sounds wrong or which is sure to be misinterpreted, etc.
Also, chanceries, parishes, need a fast method of communication. The chancery has to be able to penetrate through the fog of war that the parish priests experience. It would be great for parishes to have a way to communicate with parishioners: email, tweets, sms, etc.