by Michael Benedict Obek

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As the world progresses, the technology that we use today will also advance in its development. Social media is no exception. Almost everyone who is living in the 21st century has a social media page, whether it be Facebook, X(Formerly Twitter), or  Instagram. Social Media has influenced and changed our lives, for better or worse. Thus, it is such a powerful tool that can make or break what choices we make.

This is where the Social Communication Ministry plays a role. The Social Communications Ministry helps circulate the parish’s and diocese’s activities to the people. But, the role in Social Communication goes beyond just handling the parish’s social media. It is to foster a sense of community and understanding in parish and diocese.

This is what his holiness Pope Paul VI, in his document Inter Mirifica, has to say about the use of social media:

The Church recognizes that these media if properly utilized, can be of great service to mankind since they greatly contribute to men’s entertainment and instruction as well as to the spread and support of the Kingdom of God. The Church recognizes, too, that men can employ these media contrary to the plan of the Creator and to their own loss. Indeed, the Church experiences maternal grief at the harm all too often done to society by their evil use. …  It trusts, moreover, that the teaching and regulations it thus sets forth will serve to promote, not only the eternal welfare of Christians but also the progress of all mankind.

The mission of the Social Communication Ministry is important. It’s not just about sharing news; it’s about sharing the Word of God and keeping our traditions alive. We want to help everyone in our parish communicate well. We’re like a bridge between the church leaders and all of us, making sure information flows clearly. Our goal is to make communication easy in our parish, ensuring news isn’t just received but truly understood by everyone.

In a nutshell, the Social Communication Ministry is about creating connections beyond screens. It’s about thriving as a parish family in our digital world while staying true to our faith. As we move ahead, let’s keep building bridges, understanding each other, and making sure the messages of love, faith, and community are clear for everyone in our parish family. Together, we’re not just getting information; we’re thriving as a connected and informed community.