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Safe Environment Fingerprinting and Training

posted Aug 21, 2013, 10:11 AM by David Larson   [ updated Aug 21, 2013, 10:28 AM ]

St. Mark's Safe Environment contact: Martha Gaska  MGaska@stmarktampa.org

Diocese Safe Environment Office: http://home.catholicweb.com/DOSP_SEP/

Progress Reports

posted Dec 20, 2012, 12:23 PM by David Larson   [ updated Oct 12, 2016, 4:22 PM by Claudia Garcia ]

Activity Reports (Bi-Weekly)

Our staff activity reports communicates information with each other, such as:

  • What took place during the week
  • Concerns that may need to be address at a meeting 
  • upcoming items and goals 

Click here to access Activity Reports folder


PowerPoint Template for the LCD Display

posted Nov 6, 2012, 9:00 AM by David Larson   [ updated Nov 6, 2012, 9:03 AM ]

If you have an event or other item that is of general interest to the majority of the parish and would like to submit it for the LCD display in the Narthex, please use the attache PowerPoint template as your starting point.  It is set for the proper dimensions to display properly.

Your item will be most effective if you follow these guideline:
  • Each slide ony displays for 8 seconds: so use more images and less text to tell the story
  • The screen is large, so use only high quality images
  • If appropriate, tell them how to get more info

Please use BCC when sending emails to large groups

posted Oct 8, 2012, 8:19 AM by David Larson   [ updated Oct 8, 2012, 8:21 AM ]

Please take a few minutes to read the following info from Rutgers University website which explains why it is important to use BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) when sending emails to large groups as well as how to do so.  We are asking all staff and ministry leaders to use BCC when sending emails to more than a handful of parishioners.  Thanks!


BCC for Privacy!

Please don't put my email address in the To or CC fields of messages being sent to people I don't know!
Please protect email addresses as you would phone numbers -- unlisted phone numbers.

BCC stands for "Blind Carbon Copy." Historically, it would indicate who had received (or should receive) a copy of a memo without being listed in the "To" or "CC" fields. In the context of email, it indicates who should receive a copy of the email without being listed in the headers. If you're sending email to a number of people who do not (or should not) know each other, it is courteous to conceal their email addresses by using BCC.

Many people are protective of their email addresses. They don't care to receive email from random people on the net. Perhaps you've decided your clever joke, worthy cause, or business announcement was worth sending to them. You've also sent their email address to everyone else on the mailing.

Look at it another way, would you send your entire holiday card list out with each card you sent? Of course, some people would not like getting the list and others would not appreciate being on the list being sent everyone.

And if you're in business, would you think of giving away your contact list? That's what you're doing by including everyone in the To or CC fields. And some recipients of your mailing might consider everyone else on your list interested in similar mailings and feel free to use the list themselves.

Viruses and spam-bots are now designed to go through mail files and address books looking for potential addresses. Sending a single message individually addressed to a large list of people increases the chances that they all will be spammed or sent a virus should any one of them get infected.

Out of respect for your recipients, would you please consider not listing them each individually in your mailings?

If your "mailing list" is personal, you can just use BCC for all the names. (You can send it To yourself.) If it's a more business oriented list, why not make it an official mailing list at your site and use the alias rather than including everyone's name and email address in the headers? You can set up free mailing lists atGoogle Groups or Yahoo! Groups

. To protect your list from abuse, you still may wish to BCC it.

Interestingly, not using BCC when sending email to a large group who don't know each other appears to be against Google's Gmail's program policies. They list as one of the prohibited actions, "selling, exchanging or distributing to a third party the email addresses of any person without such person's knowing and continued consent to such disclosure." (emphasis added)

Sending BCC from Google Apps (Gmail)

  1. Enter YOUR email address in the To: line
  2. Click on the Add BCC link
  3. Enter the recipient email addresses on the BCC: line

ParishSoft Manuals and Info

posted Mar 8, 2012, 9:21 AM by David Larson   [ updated Mar 1, 2013, 10:08 AM ]

Promoting Your Ministry Event

posted Oct 27, 2011, 8:14 AM by David Larson

Is your event is open to the public?  If so you can  find info on how to submit info to the local media by clicking: Press Releases

Congrats Claudia!

posted Jun 10, 2011, 5:55 PM by David Larson   [ updated Jun 10, 2011, 6:03 PM ]

Congratulations to Claudia Garcia for being one of the thirteen graduates of the Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute this year.  To reach this achievement, Claudia completed four years of discernment and study. On Monday she attended a graduation ceremony in which Bishop Lynch presided.

For more details read Bishop's Lynch's blog post

Martha Gaska is Safe Environment Coordinator

posted May 18, 2011, 4:34 AM by David Larson

Martha Gaska is now the Safe Environment Coordinator for our parish.  This is a role that she has unofficially been performing for some time.  We are now making it official and Martha will be the first point of contact for the Safe Environment program.  

Martha will be working with the Diocese to try to schedule SEP trainings here in June, late August and in January.  In addition, the Diocese offers a "train the trainer" program for Safe Environment.  If anyone is interested in becoming a trainer please see Martha for more details.

Maintenance Request Form - online!

posted May 18, 2011, 4:11 AM by David Larson

In order to make it easier to request and track maintenance requests we have created an online Maintenance Request Form

There are multiple ways you can access this form:

 1) Please click on this link to the form: Maintenance Request Form and then book mark it in your internet browser for future use. 

 2) The link will also be available in navigation area of the start page:  http://start.stmarktampa.org


posted May 18, 2011, 4:08 AM by David Larson

We are distributing the bulletin creation to a team of people now.  Therefore, we are asking everyone to please send all bulletin items to this email address: 

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