Ed Langlois/Catholic SentinelFr. Ron Millican shows the title page of the new Our Lady of Sorrows app, which allows staff to stay in better touch with parishioners as they seek to build community.
Ed Langlois/Catholic Sentinel
Fr. Ron Millican shows the title page of the new Our Lady of Sorrows app, which allows staff to stay in better touch with parishioners as they seek to build community.
Near the end of a recent Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Southeast Portland, Father Ron Millican did the unthinkable — he asked parishioners to power up their cellphones.

The aim was to help worshippers download an app that keeps track of parish activities and publications and offers links to spiritual aids like the Scripture readings of the day, prayers, the messages of Pope Francis, tips on family life and Catholic news.

The app, provided by Our Sunday Visitor, is one way parishes are keeping their members connected more and more.  

If the parishioner allows it, the app can send quick notifications from the parish about activities or cancellations due to weather problems.

At the end of last year, Father Millican asked Dennis Dupuis, a choir director and website administrator, to look into the Our Sunday Visitor app.

Dupuis went through an online webinar and told his pastor that it could be considered the next generation of communication in parishes.

Father Millican gave the go-ahead for a year’s subscription.