This has been an exciting week for St John XXIII Parish as we are now enjoying the fruits of many months of planning, designing, and content building of the new communications for our parish. While the Communications Team were all involved with creating the new logo, new website, and new bulletin, I want to give special recognition to a few of our members.
We are grateful to Paula Bodnar Schmitt for shepherding us through the process of graphic design. She spent many hours working with the Archdiocese graphic design team to shape our inspiration into our final parish logo and identity. Her professional skills and her eye for design brought us to final products that we believe are beautiful representations of our new parish identity.
Our thanks to Deb Winarski for her leadership on building the new website. Working with our web designer, the staff, a small sub-team, and various heads of ministries and groups, she powered through collecting and organizing content for the website. As our resident photographer, Deb spent countless hours at both St. Mary and St. Nicholas churches during Holy Week and captured the beautiful liturgies to showcase on the website and in social media. Deb is also the primary administrator for the St John XXIII Facebook page. Check it out for photos of parish life.
We want to recognize Susan Schaffrath’s expertise on the new bulletin. She and Marti Murray spent many hours reviewing St Mary’s and St Nicholas’ parish bulletins as well as researching 30 other church bulletins to get ideas for content and formatting. Susan then worked closely with a graphic designer to create page layouts and templates that would include the information for both churches and also space for articles, news, announcements, and photographs.
Lastly, Shelley Benson has been the engine that drives the Communications Team. Her organizational skills kept us pointed in the right direction and her collaborative nature made our weekly meetings enjoyable and productive. Shelley’s leadership kept us focused on the goal to accomplish everything that we are unveiling this month.
Would you like to know more? Check out the new video on our website, which explains the unification process and how we came to our new identity.
With God’s peace and love,
Member, Communications Team
Shelley Benson, Coordinator
Paula Bodnar Schmitt