SAINT Conleth’s Parish Newbridge has opened up its first cyber division and launched a new parish application, or ‘app’, for its Smartphone parishioners.
The ‘Newbridge Parish’ app, which was designed by local parishioner Charlotte Vard, was launched recently by Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, and is the first parish app in the diocese.
“The creation of an App is very much part and parcel of what it is to be a modern parish in the always connected world that we are all part of,” said Father Paul Dempsey, PP of Newbridge.
“My hope is that the Newbridge parish app will help us to reach out more to people with news and information about the life of the parish but also to offer them something of what it is to be a person of faith. I am very grateful to Charlotte Vard for her work on it,” he added.
“We have also become increasingly conscious of our need to be more sustainable as a parish and the new app will make us less reliant on paper resources as we can now send our notifications through the App.”
“We have been really encouraged by the interest and uptake of the app. We recently launched this year’s programme for those preparing for First Communion and Confirmation in the parish and we invited the parents to download it, and they have taken to it very well and it has been downloaded hundreds of times already,” said Fr Dempsey.
“Pope Francis has cited the digital spaces as places to be present as Church and as people of faith. The Newbridge Parish app is about putting out into the deep of the internet with something user-friendly and accessible. My hope is that people will engage with the app to find out more about the day to day life of the parish and to maybe whet their appetite about their faith.”
The app is free and available to download as ‘Newbridge Parish’ on the Apple and Android stores.