The user’s accounts must be disabled immediately, including any accounts maintained externally “in the cloud.” All content belongs to the location and may need to be preserved, as appropriate.See also the Archdiocesan Community Email Services (ACES).
[move to new 10.6] The archdiocese, not an individual parish, school, or archdiocesan entity, maintains responsibility for all media relations. Refer all media inquiries to the Communications Department (213-637-7215, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Everyone working or volunteering at a Location must be informed of the policy.
[move to 10.3] How does the AUP apply to priests and permanent deacons? Activities of clergy are subject to the Archdiocesan AUP. If the priest is using a Clergy Connect or other archdiocesan device all uses at all times are subject to the Archdiocesan AUP. Also, if a priest is using a personal device his use of the device, even for personal activities, may be subject to the AUP. For example, if a priest who lives in a rectory on parish property relaxes after dinner by browsing the Internet or streaming movies to watch, the Archdiocesan AUP applies if he:
Tells office staff about what he has seen
Accesses movies and submits a bill for payment
Leaves his device turned on where anyone else can see what he is browsing or watching
Of course, if the priest uses a parish device, it is covered by the policy since the device is the property of the parish/archdiocese. In addition, his activities are subject to the separate canonical obligations of clergy.If a permanent deacon’s online shopping and online magazine subscriptions implicate the parish or the archdiocese—for instance, the permanent deacon submits a bill for reimbursement—then the Archdiocesan AUP applies. Otherwise his online conduct is private. Of course, the principles and values that inform the Archdiocesan AUP are the principles and values that he, as a deacon, is ordained to follow and model.Back to top
Yes. Your devices are covered by the Archdiocesan AUP in two ways. First, when you use them on parish, school, or archdiocesan premises, and second, if you use them in such a way that the parish, school, or archdiocese may be implicated in their use.If a school teacher occasionally brings devices from home to class to use for presentations, the Archdiocesan AUP applies to the school teacher. If the school teacher travels outside the archdiocese and uses his or her smart phone to answer school or parish emails, the Archdiocesan AUP applies to the school teacher.If someone who conducts religious education classes lets a religious education student borrow devices for use at the student’s home, the Archdiocesan AUP applies to the use of the devices.Back to top
Yes and no. Perhaps your children take their cell phones and smart phones to school and activities at the parish and school. The Archdiocesan AUP has general provisions that apply to all electronic communications devices, regardless of how simple or sophisticated they are. However, the Archdiocesan AUP allows archdiocesan locations to develop their own rules on cell phone and smart phone use. Therefore, you should check with the location to find out if any local policies apply.Back to top
The Church encourages those in ministry to communicate via the Internet. The archdiocese has expanded its Communications Department by launching a digital office to serve its various ministries, taking these words of Pope Francis to heart: "Let us boldly become citizens of the digital world” (Pope Francis, Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter, World Communications Day 2014, Vatican). Engaging in these communications is indeed an important aspect of outreach and communication for our faith communities, but it requires diligence, oversight, and proper safeguards. Perhaps you are a pastor, priest administrator, or parish life director and you want to improve communications with the parish community. You may believe that setting up automated telephone calls, emailing eBlasts, texting, blogging, tweeting, podcasting, and hosting web forums are essential for your ministry. In starting an effort and in monitoring ongoing activities, the parish should address several areas.
Refer to the Location Technology Checklist to help determine the nature and feasibility of the types of electronic communication systems and devices your parish wishes to use.
Be certain that you have complied with the Archdiocesan AUP and applicable copyright laws before posting information, music, or any other content from other sourcesMake sure that if you engage in direct one-to-one electronic communication, you contact only members of the parish community. If the contact lists you use include people who are members of the general public and your communications include fundraising solicitations, various laws apply and you may need to obtain a permit from your local or state government.When parishes and schools send mass emails and texts, they should protect privacy by putting all “to” information in the “bcc” or blind copy line.
Make sure that if you plan to set up automated telephone calls, send texts, or email eBlasts, you obtain the recipients’ written agreements first and specify the type of automated calls, texts, or eBlasts you plan to send. It is illegal to send automated messages to cell phones and other wireless devices unless the recipients have agreed in advance to accept such messages.
Allow people to opt out of receiving your emails, calls, and texts, especially if your phone list includes the numbers for wireless devices. You may want to let parishioners know that you’re going to launch these methods of communication and give them an opportunity to register for a parish Do Not Call list before you start sending out your mass communications. See the Do Not Call Notice (sample). Once you have a Do Not Call list, make sure you check it regularly and update your contact lists accordingly.
Unless you are sending out emergency communications, don’t hit "call," "send," or "post" until you’ve taken the time to think and review carefully what you are communicating. You can’t recall most electronic messages (even web postings and blogs can linger in a search engine cache) and retracting your words is often embarrassing.
Websites are available for the whole world to see, so it’s important that the policies and procedures set forth in this chapter are followed. Some of the most critical requirements are listed in this section. Under the Acceptable Use and Responsibility Policy for Electronic Communications (“Archdiocesan AUP”), see Prohibited Practices and Guidelines for Email Correspondence and Other Electronic Communications.
The website must be owned and controlled by the location. An individual may not personally launch anything that can be regarded as owned, sponsored, endorsed, or supported by the parish, school, or any related or affiliated ministry. There are several reasons why an individual may not host any parish website on his or her own domain or with a web hosting service that does not have a contract with the location itself.First, locations should be able to control the existence of their own website(s) and if a site is hosted on someone else’s domain, the location does not have that control. If the owner of the domain fails to pay the hosting service or becomes estranged from the parish, for instance, the location cannot access its website(s). Petitioning a web hosting service to take down a site that does not belong to you is an exercise in futility; generally, only a court order will suffice.Second, locations should be able to control the content posted on their own website(s). If the location doesn’t have a webmaster whose access to the site can be regulated, it doesn’t have the appropriate content control. If the webmaster is the same person who hosts the website, the webmaster is in control, not the location.Third, changing a website from one hosting service to another can be time-consuming and costly and may be very difficult if an individual and not the location controls the hosting.
Get permission to set up the parish website. Contact the person in charge of your parish (the pastor, priest administrator, or parish life director) or the principal.
Assume that all content accessible via the Internet, including emails, is private property. The use of any content created by another person (photos, videos, words, designs, or music) requires the express permission of its creator. Certain limited exceptions are given for educational and liturgical purposes. Significant financial penalties may ensue for copyright violations. Don’t copy trademarked logos or icons without permission. And once you have permission, be sure to credit the source. See the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Copyright and Video Screening Policy.
Make every effort to validate information and sources before posting content. Ensure that what you post conforms to Catholic teaching and values. And be familiar with and follow the Electronic Communications, Copyright, and Acceptable Use Policies.
Consult with the Office of Financial Services or Office of the Legal Counsel BEFORE using the website for fund-raising purposes. Strict regulations apply to conducting financial transactions on the Internet and certain activities such as online auctions may raise sales/use tax or unrelated business income tax issues.
To request your parish’s website be added to the online parish directory, call or email the Applied Technology Help Desk at 213-637-7699 or email@example.com. The Safeguard the Children Committee in my parish is concerned about the safe use of electronic communications. Are resources available to train our parish on the topic?Yes, the Safeguard the Children Committee may refer to the Electronic Communications, Copyright, and Acceptable Use Policies.Back to top
The main concerns are respecting people’s right to privacy and their right to control their own image and likeness and, in certain instances, protecting copyright.
Don’t assume all church activities are public. Church activities can be considered private, public, or both. Certain ceremonies are much more private than others; therefore, don’t assume that pictures of people attending every single type of church event are OK to publish on the Internet. For instance, don’t publish pictures of people standing in line for confession. If in doubt, consult the person in charge of your parish or school, or contact the eReference Desk at eReferencedesk@la-archdiocese.org or 213-637-7403.Before you publish pictures taken in a public setting, determine if you need to obtain permissions. You may publish pictures taken in a public setting, such as on a public street, in a public park, or in a public building that is open to everyone at any time, as long as you don’t focus on a particular person, because people have rights to their privacy.A school fiesta is likely to be considered a public event so that those in attendance probably do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy. However, the uncontrolled posting of photos (which may have been taken by anyone using a cell phone) on a giant screen or through a web app may cause embarrassment at a minimum or may actually invade privacy. Unlike the professional scanning of crowds at a Dodger game or rock concert, where the contents are likely to be filtered before broadcasting, there may be no one is checking the school fiesta photos before they show up on the giant screen or the app. Nothing would prevent someone from taking pictures in a portable toilet, for example, and sharing those with everyone at the event. People can lack good judgment, so you should be cautious and filter the pictures before you post them.
First, disclose to those attending an event if you plan to take and publish any photos. A Notice of consent to be photographed, filmed or recorded [insert link to renamed resource] should state that by being present, those in attendance agree to have their pictures taken and publicized. The posted notice must be prominently displayed, perhaps by using a large poster on an easel at the venue entrance of the event.If possible, ask people in the photos to sign explicit waivers allowing photo publication. Photos of people taken in private settings, such as small faith community meetings, may not be published on parish, school, or archdiocesan websites without the express written permission of the owners of the private location as well as everyone in the photos. See the Parent/Guardian Release for Student or Minor (Noncommercial) (English version and Spanish version) and Adult Release (Noncommercial).
Don’t automatically publish professional photography. Publishing photographs of weddings and other events where there’s an official photographer may have additional contractual issues of copyright and infringement on exclusive arrangements for publicity. Publishing these photos must be decided on a case-by-case basis and only after consultation with the families and professional photographers.Back to top
Perhaps the parish choir recently sang at the Christmas concert, the performance was videotaped for people who could not attend, and this video shows lyrics with the score projected onto a screen in the sanctuary. There are a number of issue to consider when deciding whether to include the performance on YouTube® and the parish website.
These are the principal questions: Who composed the music? Who published the score? If the choir performed music written and published by the music director or a member of the choir, you can simply ask that person for permission to post the video and then get the permission in writing.But if the choir performed music composed by someone who still retains the copyright, you should find out what permissions were granted to the choir by the copyright holder(s), who could be the original composer or someone else who purchased the rights. With music, copyrights may be held by the composer, lyricist, arranger, and/or music publisher. The copyright holder(s) could have limited permission to one performance in church only, with or without permission to record. Or the copyright holder(s) could have granted a much broader permission, which includes the right to post the performance on the Internet. If the copyright holder(s) did not include permission to post on the Internet, you must obtain permission in writing before posting. It’s possible that you’ll have to pay royalty fees.On the other hand, if the choir performed music by Handel or Bach that wasn’t a special musical arrangement by a current copyright holder, you don’t need to worry about composer copyright. For works created after 1978, the copyright exists for as long as the life of the creator plus 70 years. For works created in the late 19th century though 1977, the laws are complex. It’s safest to assume that songs are copyrighted and obtain permission.You should also find out if the choir got permission to display the written score on the screen in the sanctuary. Usually, the publisher of a music score is different from the composer and the publisher has its own rights, including the right to limit republication. Therefore, you should make sure that the right to display the score includes the right to record on video and to republish on the Internet. If not, you’ll have to obtain permission and, again, you may well have to pay a royalty.For additional information, see the Music Copyright and Guides to Licensing.You should also ask for and obtain permission in writing from the person(s) who made the video recording. They, too, have a copyright that you should respect. If the location decides to retain its own videographer to record the parish function, use the Video Production Agreement to determine who owns the rights.
If a parish event is being videotaped, make sure that a sign of reasonable size (minimum 8.5" x 11") is posted in a visible location, disclosing that videos may be posted on the Internet; see the Disclosure Notice Sample. So you should find out if the people at the concert were told that the performance was being videotaped. If not, you’ll have to be careful about including in the videotape people who are identifiable; they have a right of privacy and should give their permission before you post their faces on the Internet. Don’t publish any identifying information about any minors without the written consent of the parents/guardians; see the Parent/Guardian Release for Student or Minor (Noncommercial) (English version and Spanish version).Don’t publish any identifying information about any adult without that person’s written consent; see the Adult Release (Noncommercial).Back to top
Forums and blogs are attractive, easy ways to engage in discussions with people who share similar interests. However, charity and common sense do not always prevail; far too often people think that these are casual exchanges so they don’t exercise good judgment. Therefore, participation should be strictly controlled and postings should be closely monitored. You will need to have a person or committee of persons who monitors the postings on at least a daily basis and hopefully, on a more frequent basis in “real time.” Keep the following guidelines in mind.
Establish an approval process before material gets posted. At all times, whoever is in control should also be able to access the site and edit or take down a posting.
Postings must conform to the teachings of the Roman Catholic faith. What is posted on a parish website is often understood by the viewer to be appropriate material and official Church teaching or approved by the pastor, bishop, cardinal, and even the pope. Back to top
On parish and school websites, you may post links to other Catholic websites, provided that you follow the guidelines below.
You should make every effort to insure that the resources linked on a parish, school, or archdiocesan website accurately reflect Catholic teaching. The authoritative sites for the Catholic Church include:
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
California Catholic Conference
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Wherever you provide a link to an external website, you should include a statement of non-endorsement (a disclaimer). The disclaimer should also state that the person in charge retains the discretion to remove any link. See the Disclaimer for Links to Other Websites (sample).
Insert only the link without any logo or icon. If you want to use a logo or icon as well as the link, you need to ask for permission from the site creators. Doing so without permission could be a copyright or trademark violation. Under the Acceptable Use and Responsibility Policy for Electronic Communications (“Archdiocesan AUP”), see Prohibited Practices. See also the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Copyright and Video Screening Policy. You should only link to the home page of another website by using either a link or a thumbnail. “Framing” another site on your website so that the other site opens up inside your site can be considered copyright infringement. Before linking, it’s best to ask permission from the site you wish to link to. For additional information on the correct method of linking, see Connecting to Other Websites from Stanford University Libraries.Back to top
As nonprofit entities, neither the archdiocese nor any of the locations can endorse or solicit for a commercial for-profit enterprise (although under proper circumstances, you can accept advertising in bulletins and other materials). Any agreement your location signs with web hosting services or content providers should include that provision. Therefore, if you notice that your web hosting service or content provider includes advertisements on your website, you should discuss the matter with the service or provider. If you have any questions about these matters, contact the archdiocesan Office of the Legal Counsel at 213-637-7511.Back to top
As elections all over the world have shown, using the Internet for political action involves an amazingly powerful medium. However, because our Church and schools are tax-exempt nonprofit religious entities, we are subject to strict laws and internal policies on lobbying and political activities, as well as special reporting rules. The archdiocese has guidelines on what kinds of activities are and are not permitted. As a general matter, during an election season the archdiocese uses only informational and voter education materials that are approved and issued by the California Catholic Conference. Therefore, before you publish anything using any medium, including a website, make sure that you consult the archdiocesan guidelines and if you have any questions, contact the Office of the Legal Counsel. See also the California Catholic Conference’s Guidelines for Advocacy, Lobbying and Political Action.Back to top
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued Social Media Guidelines. Additional guidelines are available:
Archdiocese of Baltimore: Technology Procedural Recommendations
Archdiocese of Cincinnati: Social Media Policy and Photos on Websites
Diocese of Oakland: Guidelines for the Pastoral Use of Technology and Social Media
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Teachers, catechists, those involved in parish ministry, and other members of school or parish staffs are allowed to establish Facebook® and other social networking groups or sites for personal use. Keep in mind that the policies and practices of the Archdiocesan AUP apply to all interactions on the Internet that may implicate the parish, school, archdiocese, or Church. Even if you’re engaging in private social interactions, you should strive to adhere to the Christian values that underlie the Archdiocesan AUP.
Facebook® and similar networking sites are understandably popular methods of communicating with your real and virtual friends. However, keep in mind that there’s a difference between teachers and parish catechists being “friendly” with children and youth and teachers and parish catechists adults being “friends” with children and youth.Because of the nature of Facebook® and similar social networks, teachers, catechists, those involved in parish ministry, and other members of school or parish staffs may not accept or request current students as friends, and they cannot accept or request students, current or former, under 18 years old as a friend. Even having former students as “friends” can connect existing students to their teachers as “friends of friends.” Because of this linkage, teachers, catechists, those involved in parish ministry, and other members of school or parish staffs are strongly urged not to disclose personal information online and to be vigilant about what they post. Under the Acceptable Use and Responsibility Policy for Electronic Communications (“Archdiocesan AUP”), see Prohibited Practices.As an adult, you must maintain a healthy boundary between yourself and the young people you teach or mentor. Young people are not the peers of adults serving in a church or school. Therefore, you shouldn’t allow children or youth to become overly friendly or familiar with you. For instance, they shouldn’t be calling you by a personal or familiar nickname and you shouldn’t include them in an adult social circle.Those who serve youth should not be accessible to the young people they serve on a constant on-call basis, except in cases of emergency. Professionals and volunteers in the Church and school should strongly consider not offering or publishing their home or cell phone numbers or home or email addresses, except to other adults. Such disclosures of personal information, while intended to give the sense of pastoral availability, might not be best for maintaining the professional boundaries called for as a teacher or minister.
Social networking sites allow members to set up groups for communications, file sharing, and so on. For such a group to work, however, all participants need to be registered on the site, even for an “open” group. It’s possible that some parents/guardians will not give their children permission to register for the site; therefore, you may be excluding some children or youth from participating in your group. In addition, if you’re an adult, you shouldn’t be making such online connections with minors.Instead of using a private Facebook® account, you should explore with your school or parish the possibility of setting up a social networking site that is officially monitored and maintained. Private, password-protected social networking systems may provide the communications tools you’re looking for as alternatives to Facebook®.
Parents/guardians should be informed of the school’s policies on the use of personal devices by students, access to the Internet, and the use of social media sites.
See the Bring Your Own Device Policy Acknowledgement Form, Parental/Guardian's Permission for Access to the Internet, Contract for Appropriate Internet Use by Minors, Principal Letter to Parents/Guardians re Social Media (sample), and Letter for Parents/Guardians to Send to a Social Networking Site (sample).Back to top
If you’re an elementary school or high school teacher, you may email or text your students, provided you do so using ACES or an email system that is administered by the location, or a cell phone that is owned and managed by the location. Such systems may be monitored, which protects both the teacher and the students. You shouldn’t email or text your students from a personal, private email account or cell phone that isn’t monitored by the location and you shouldn’t send emails or texts at times when they could be viewed as an inappropriate personal communication rather than an official communication.If a student sends you a message on a personal, private email address or social networking site, the best practice is to not reply from your private email or the social networking site. Forward the student’s message to your email account that is maintained by the location or to the location’s cell phone so that you and the location will have a formal record of the communication. Address the message’s contents and the appropriateness of the method of communication with the student in a manner that’s appropriate to the nature of the message (e.g., if the message is fairly innocuous, talk to the student). If the message raises issues, discuss those with the principal or your supervisor and the student’s parents/guardians.In case you’re thinking of using Skype or other instant messaging (IM) applications to communicate with your students, note that in-class communications are appropriate on the school website. Generally other communications are not, but exceptions are instant messaging tools built into a schoolwide or parishwide approved social networking communications system. If you’re a youth minister in your parish, there are specific instances when you may call or text students from your personal cell phone or email students from your personal email account. You may use your personal cell phone or email only to convey business information such as times and locations of meetings. You may not use your personal cell phone or email for any other content or type of communication.Under Acceptable Use and Responsibility Policy for Electronic Communications (“Archdiocesan AUP”), see Electronic Communications Systems, Devices, and Materials and the Users Covered and Prohibited Practices.Back to top
Maintaining the privacy not only of minors but also of all people should be something to think about whenever you communicate via the Internet. You should take great care in assuring that you don’t put any children or youth at risk of inappropriate actions by others or violate their privacy. Here are some guidelines.
Don’t post personal contact information or pictures of minors without prior written permission from their parents/guardians. This includes names, home addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, lists and photos of award winners at school or athletic events, confirmation candidates, children engaged in school social service, etc. Beware of posting minors’ personal contact information even on password-protected intranet sites. When in doubt, don’t post. The basic assumption is that minors’ privacy must be protected even if it may be inconvenient.
Do exercise discretion when posting items such as altar server schedules if the servers are minors. While it’s convenient to post such items on the parish website, take care to protect the servers’ privacy. You might consider using minors’ initials only on the website and in the parish bulletin, especially if you also post the bulletin on the parish website. You could also try to move or hide the schedule from public view and make the information available only to people with usernames and passwords.
Do use the Contract for Appropriate Internet Use by Minors and Parental/Guardian's Permission for Access to the Internet in a way to educate parents/guardians and minors about privacy issues.Back to top
Yes. A principal may want to make sure his or her students behave responsibly when they use the Internet and that the parents/guardians support the school’s efforts in that regard. See the Contract for Appropriate Internet Use by Minors that a principal might use; this features a section that parents/guardians have to sign.Back to top
Yes, the Safeguard the Children Committee may refer to the Electronic Communications, Copyright, and Acceptable Use Policies.Back to top
Disclose the information immediately to the person in charge of your location (the pastor, priest administrator, parish life director, or principal). Staff members, faculty members, and volunteers should respect confidential information concerning minors or confidential information of a personal nature shared by a minor. However, if a minor shares confidential information that could pose a threat to the minor or others, the staff member, faculty member, or volunteer has an obligation to notify the proper public or police authorities. You may also contact the archdiocesan Victims Assistance Ministry at 213-637-7650. That office will help you in responding and making sure that others address the issues raised. See Safe Environment.Back to top
The Archdiocesan Community Email Services (ACES) is the primary administrative communications system between all locations in a controlled email environment. Creating an account in ACES is simple but does require Internet access. Back to top
Go to ACES and click the "Sign up for an account" link. You will be asked for your location’s Department ID and ZIP code. The Financial Services Department at the Archdiocesan Catholic Center (ACC) has assigned an ID for every location; check with your bookkeeper if you don’t know yours. ACES uses this information to automatically determine whether you are a parish or school location and to identify your deanery. Once you enter that information you will be asked if you want to create:
A location account – This type of account is the simplest to create and use and will allow your location to participate in ACES. Think of this type of account as a P.O. Box for a parish, school, or other location. Only one location account can be created for a location and it should only be accessed by members of the administrative staff (principal, pastor, parish life director, priest administrator, or office manager). If you find that your location’s account has already been created, please contact the ACC Help Desk so we can confirm the account’s existence and avoid any confusion about ACES or determine possible unauthorized use.
A personal account – This type of account is associated with a person, not a location. It is for directors of religious education, pastors, parish life directors, principals, and other clergy or staff who may move from location to location and/or may change assignments in the archdiocese. It is transferrable and there will be no need to set up new accounts or multiple accounts for persons who may have assignments at more than one location. In addition to associating your account to a parish or school location, your account will be associated with your role. A personal account requires a little more information to set up and may require manual approval by the ACC Help Desk to prevent abuse of certain roles. For example, applications that specify a clergy role will generally need to be manually approved. Note that personal accounts are meant to be just that: personal. You should not give out your user name and password to anyone. Each account type will ask for some information that will be stored with your account, such as a contact phone number. Location accounts are assigned a predefined user name; personal accounts require you to select a user name. In both account types, you will need to enter an alternate email address if you have another email account with another provider (such as Google). ACES will use that alternate email address to inform you of your ACES account status (if it has been approved or declined) and to email password recovery instructions if you should forget your ACES password.Once you’ve completed the application forms, you will be given further instructions depending on your account type. When you create your account, be sure to store your user name and password in a safe and secure place.If you have trouble creating an account or have questions about an account application, please contact the ACC Help Desk.Back to top
On the ACES web page, select "Administer your account." Enter your user name and password and you’ll be presented with a form that contains your current account information. If you have a personal account you’ll be able to change your account’s assigned location, role, and other information. Please note that certain changes will require manual approval by the ACC. We can’t have 34 principals at one school!The ACC Help Desk can be reached during normal office hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-637-7699. Back to top
If you specified an alternate email address with your ACES account, then you can reset your password without any help. Do the following:
On the ACES web page, select "Administer your account."
Enter your user name.
When prompted for your password, click "Forgot Password."
An email will be sent to your alternate email address. This email will contain a link to the ACES website. When you go to that link you will be able to create a new password for your account.
If you did not specify an alternate email address, then you will need to contact the ACC Help Desk. The ACC Help Desk can also grant administrative access to accounts in special circumstances, such as when an employee leaves a location or is not able to check email.
First, report the failure to the person in control of the system to make sure that it’s not a systemic issue. Remind the user that the location’s systems make no warranties, either express or implied, for the Internet service they’re providing. The locations are not responsible for any damages suffered for loss of email, failure to transmit, or failures of other such features of electronic communication. Under the Acceptable Use and Responsibility Policy for Electronic Communications (“Archdiocesan AUP”), see the Guidelines for Email Correspondence and Other Electronic Communications.Back to top
First, use the Location Technology Checklist to determine your needs and available funding. Next, if you need additional guidance, the archdiocese has an eReference Desk to provide technology-related information to locations. Although the archdiocese does not specify vendors (except that software needs to be compatible with the Archdiocesan Community Email Services [ACES]), you can receive help with setting criteria and evaluating vendors and their proposals. The eReference Desk may be able to connect you with resources in nearby parishes, for additional help. Call 213-637-7403 or email eReferencedesk@la-archdiocese.org. The eReference Desk’s standard response time is 12 to 24 hours on weekdays and 24 to 48 hours on weekends. Please note that the more specific you are asking your questions or describing your issues, the more effectively and efficiently the eReference Desk can respond to you.Back to top
The archdiocese can help. The archdiocese has contracted with Funds For Learning® to help schools apply for the federal government’s E-rate program, which provides funds on a sliding scale to schools for access to the Internet. E-rate funds can pay for up to 90% of your school’s ordinary telephone and Internet bills. E-rate funds can also help your school install Internet access systems. Unfortunately, however, the E-rate program does not pay for non-network hardware such as computers or most computer software. For more information about Funds For Learning and E-rate, contact the archdiocesan technical evangelist at 213-637-7271. You can also ask the technical evangelist about the California Teleconnect Fund. Back to top
Perhaps your parish or school wants to acquire the latest electronic communications equipment for the parish staff and the students in our school. If you’re considering leasing one-to-one devices, letting staff and students take them home as needed, and allowing staff or parents/guardians to buy the devices from us on an installment payment plan, this raises many concerns. The project you propose must be examined thoroughly by your parish and/or school leadership team and with the archdiocese to determine if leasing is appropriate for your needs and the equipment you are considering. You must first contact the archdiocesan Financial Services Department before beginning any negotiations with a vendor. The Location Technology Checklist is a useful checklist for decision-making.Back to top
The archdiocese doesn’t specify any particular software or service providers, but now that all archdiocesan locations are connected and served through the Archdiocesan Community Email Services (ACES), your software needs to be compatible with ACES. However, if you’re considering signing up for or purchasing a service contract with an outside vendor, please call the eReference Desk at 213-637-7403 or email eReferencedesk@la-archdiocese.org.Back to top
Thank you for wanting to help your parish or school. If you are a volunteer, please ask the person in charge to contact the eReference Desk or the Office of the Legal Counsel before you do any work. You should also refer to the section on Website Content. If you are a member of the location’s staff, call the eReference Desk at 213-637-7403 or email eReferencedesk@la-archdiocese.org. The eReference Desk’s standard response time is 12 to 24 hours on weekdays and 24 to 48 hours on weekends. Please note that the more specific you are asking your questions or describing your issues, the more effectively and efficiently the eReference Desk can respond to you.Back to top
Location systems have installed Internet filtering software in an effort to block user access to prohibited content. However, no filtering software is immune to failure, which is why supervisors must continuously monitor usage. Before allowing minors to access the Internet, the supervisor must ensure that the filter is on, up-to-date, and functioning. (If you can get to a site that the filter should block, there’s a problem with the filtering.) If you still have questions about the proper functioning, do not allow access to the system and then contact the Department of Applied Technology.Under Acceptable Use and Responsibility Policy for Electronic Communications (“Archdiocesan AUP”), see Ownership and Control of Communications and Guidelines for Email Correspondence and Other Electronic Communications.Back to top
Using Microsoft Lync, you can set up conferences and conduct training via webinars. While usually seen at its most basic as a PowerPoint presentation with a voiceover, webinars can do much more, allowing groups to share videos, desktop applications, files, and annotated presentations, interacting in real time (e.g., through chats, polls, and whiteboards).The system also supports session recording and playback. Webinars may be posted on the archdiocesan website; they also may be available for posting on other websites (e.g., for a parish, school, or other organization). In addition to content like polls and whiteboards, participants may be given access to the PowerPoint presentation itself, at the presenter’s discretion; and other attachments. The webinar services are available to all staff, students, volunteers, and parishioners who are engaged in activities for an archdiocesan entity (such as a parish, school, cemetery, or another department). While used primarily for administrative ministry, these services can be used for any ministerial endeavor. The specific purposes that are appropriate for use of the webinar services are determined by the sponsoring entity in consultation with the webinar coordinator at the Archdiocesan Catholic Center.For further questions about the use or scheduling of webinars, please contact the webinar coordinator at 213-637-7618.Back to top
Presenters use computers to host a presentation. Presenters need both a microphone and speakers or a headset. They may choose to use the cameras on their computers to show their faces. There can be multiple presenters for a presentation.Participants in a webinar use their own computers to listen to and see the presentation. In order to fully participate in the presentations, participants need to use a computer with both a microphone and speakers or a headset. They may either speak their questions or write them in the chat box on the side of the screen. See Using Lync for Webinars for an introduction to webinars and the technical specifications for the equipment that participants need.Back to top
The Archdiocesan Catholic Center provides the webinar invitation, as well as monitoring of the event, including recording (if requested) and addressing technical questions. While the webinar invitation is created by the webinar coordinator, publicizing the event and informing participants of the technical specifications needed to participate is the responsibility of the sponsoring entity.If you’re a presenter, the technology team recommends that you practice your webinar before large or important events. Many pieces need to work together in collaborative technology and we do not want events to be delayed by technical difficulties. Make sure that all presenters and participants have systems that meet the requirements (including Internet connection that is fast enough, available ports/pipes for Lync, and compatible hardware and software, such as browser plug-ins when they are used) and feel comfortable with operational procedures (e.g., content sharing).After it is announced that an event will be recorded, those who participate in webinars give consent to be recorded. The fact that the event will be recorded is stated before each event, informing people that they can disconnect (and view the event later online) if they do not want to be recorded. To enable files to be posted for the event, files (such as the PowerPoint presentation, polling information, and any attachments) would have to be submitted at least three business days in advance, or earlier if a practice webinar is scheduled. It is the presenter’s decision whether the presentation itself is made available to participants after the fact. For further questions about the use or scheduling of webinars, please contact the webinar coordinator at 213-637-7618.Back to top
The archdiocese first introduced videoconferencing to eliminate the time and expense of traveling to other pastoral regions to attend archdiocesan committee meetings. The archdiocese is now introducing webinars.Back to top
If your parish wants to use videoconferencing equipment to record liturgies, concerts, lectures, and presentations so they can be broadcast later. See the response to What Are the Guidelines for Posting Videos from a Parish Function?, as the same guidelines apply.Back to top