C3 Blog: Device Sunday, how did it go and how can we host one for our parish?
On March 2nd, three parishes in San Fernando Pastoral Region (St. Mels, Our Lady of Lourdes, and St. Euphrasia) celebrated “Digital Device Sunday.” After the closing prayer but prior to dismal as a faith community the pastor and the parish social media coordinator explained to the congregation how the parish would share faith this Lent with other parishioners in various ways, including using social media or digital devices. Parishioners were encouraged to bring digital devices (tablets, smart phones, etc.) to church on March 2nd and learn how those devices can be tools for growing in faith this Lent.
Part of the presentation was a video from Bishop Wilkerson, where he quoted Pope Francis challenge to each of us in his Message on World Communications Day, “The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of wires but of people.” This lent we will have an opportunity to grow spiritually and share faith with others through a variety of digital faith-based initiatives. On Sunday, March 2nd, please bring your digital devices (tablets, smart phones, etc.) to church so you learn more about how we can be a part of a faith network this Lent. For more information on Pope Francis teaching on World Communications Day go to:
In our evaluation of the experience of Device Sunday, parish staff reported the experience to be positive. The Bishop video was very good and had a positive impact on helping people see that this is part of a bigger effort with support from the Bishop and the Pope. In case your parish wants to try something like this, I have included in this blog the final script and blessing used for Device Sunday.
SCRIPT AND BLESSING FOR DEVICE SUNDAY: March 2, 2014
PASTOR: (1 minute)
Please be seated, I would like to take a few minutes of your time to tell you about how this year’s Lent can be filled with growth and reflection by using your digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers.
Each year as you know the Church observes Lent, a time when we participate in practices that include prayer, abstinence, Stations of the Cross, fasting, confession, acts of mercy and service so to reject sin in our lives, strengthen our faith, and prepare ourselves for the Easter celebration.
How will you grow in faith this Lent? I am sure you have begun to think about what you will give up or what you will do for others. Because our parish is participating in the C3 Project or Catholic Communication Collaboration Pilot, we are offering new ways for you to learn and grow in faith this Lent.
Let us take a few minutes to watch a video of Bishop Wilkerson who invites us all to join him in a new and different way of going about our Lenten journey.
PLAY BISHOP VIDEO (3 minutes 30 seconds)
SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR (1 minute 30 seconds)
As the Bishop explained there are many ways for you to grow in faith this lent by using your digital devices. In your pew is a flyer that lists many options we have put together for you. I would like to take a few minutes to highlight a few of them.
THE SOCIAL MEDIA COORDIANTOR WILL HIGHLIGHT THREE ITEMS ON THE FLYER OF THEIR CHOOSING.
PASTOR (1 minute)
Now let us stand for our final blessing and I ask you to hold out your cellphone or other device if you brought it in one hand and extend your other hand out towards this community gathered:
Let us pray:
Lord God, you have called us in Jesus to be Your beloved people, living pure and blameless lives in Your sight.
Bless + these digital devices
Let your Spirit guide our words, texts, photos and videos so that the light of Christ may shine before all and lead all who receive them to give You praise. May our words, texts, photos and videos be filled with the spirit of love, with the obedience of faith, and the strength of hope.
Bless + the network of people that surround our lives and with whom we share faith.
Make our lives be joyful in Your service, and bring those we connect with closer to You.
We ask this blessing through Christ our Lord.
(This prayer is adapted from “Blessing of Our Cell Phones” – http://acyberpilgrim.org/2011/07/13/technology-prayers/)