Our new website – stmaryguthrie.com – is officially one week old! We are continuing to tweak things, but our goal is a website that is easy to navigate and also easily accessible to communicate information. On our home page has a rotator graphic that displays some of the upcoming and current events goings on at St. Mary. Below that are some quick links such as Mass times, online giving, the parish Google calendar, forms (this includes any kind of registration forms), and also our “Catholic Netflix”, FORMED.org. Below that is another section of current events happening at St. Mary.
If you click on different links in our menu you will notice that many of the individual parish organization pages like Knights of Columbus, Family Formation (RE), etc. also have a smaller calendar to the right which shows only the upcoming meetings and events for organization’s page you’re on. It is a way to cut through the clutter of the full parish calendar. I’m very happy with how this turned out. One of the great things I like in using Google calendar is that you can easily add the parish’s calendar to your smartphone or computer! On the bottom right of any Google calendar you will see a little button that says +GoogleCalendar. Clicking that button will bring you to a Google login screen. You can easily add all the events of St. Mary to your digital calendar. Any time we schedule an event, Mass, or meeting it will instantly be updated on your St. Mary Google calendar. If that’s a bit too high tech for you then you can still go to the website and look at the Google calendar there. Or if you’re not much into tech at all you can just pick up a bulletin at Mass on the weekends. If you’re just a little tech savvy, say savvy enough to type in stmaryguthrie.com, then you can also download the current bulletin from the website as well. So let there be no worries about the printed bulletin disappearing. Our goal is to increase our communication and also make it easily available in many formats to many various types of people.
I almost forgot to talk about the colors of the new website. We are very blessed to have Mr. Joseph Staudt in our parish. He is a professional photographer and took many of our pictures for the new site. Solutio, our web design company, asked us to take pictures from around the parish to help inspire them in designing our website. Mr. Staudt had the wonderful idea to take a picture of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help icon in the church baptistry. It is this framed icon of Our Lady and the colors of the frame that inspired the colors of our new website. This picture has a wonderful history!
It was brought to St. Mary by Bishop Theophile Meerschaert who was Oklahoma’s first bishop. He lived in Guthrie for almost 15 years before Oklahoma City was made the location for the bishop’s residence. The story goes that it was Bishop Meerschaert who brought this icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help to Guthrie. When he moved to Oklahoma City he gave it to St. Mary. That means it is over one hundred years old and would have hung either in the original church or the bishop’s house. Either way it has great significance to us at St. Mary. Take a look at this historic icon in our church and you will see the colors for our new website! Have a great week!! -Fr. W.