Testimonials

What Our Customers Are Saying…

Learn from customers who changed to the ParishSOFT solution to reduce their workload, save money for their church and connect more effectively to their parish families.

Why Select ParishSOFT?

“A picture is worth a thousand words: We take information that is synchronized from our parishes and use it to map the addresses of member families. We hand the pastor a map of where his parishioners are located and where they’re coming from. We incorporate the information with growth patterns in the area, median income levels or other data sets. When you do that at a diocesan level, you can show the pastor parishioners that are living within a parish boundary and choosing to go elsewhere.”

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Bill Glover
Chief Information Officer & Director of Information Technology
Archdiocese of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

 

“Our criteria for choosing new software included price, support, training, company stability, customer satisfaction, software capability, and the ability to convert current data. To accomplish these goals, we carefully explored over 30 different product lines. We believe that we have found an application, ParishSOFT, which will meet and perhaps exceed your needs.”

In using the ParishSOFT application, their willingness and ability to work with parishes and the Archdiocese, and their commitment to training and enhancements of the application are unparalleled which makes them the recommended software application for the Archdiocese of Boston.”

Parish Planning and Systems
Archdiocese of Boston
Boston, MA

 

“What I noticed about ParishSOFT that worked really well for parishes was collaboration-the ability for departments that had never talked to each other now to collaborate. ParishSOFT allowed us actually to work together as a team, do the function once, create the information and keep it updated so that everybody was informed. The diocesan piece allowed the parishes to collaborate, not just within the parish, but within the diocese.”

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Christine Dandaraw, Training Coordinator
Diocese of St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, FL

 

“Not only for myself, but for the people I train, the software is easy to learn and use. Because I have an IT background, I tend to learn it quicker than those who don’t. But the software is so user friendly, they become comfortable with it quicker than I expect. Sometimes I think, “This isn’t going to be a good one, I’m going to pull teeth and nails,” but then they call back and say, “Hey, this is great! I’ve learned this and I’ve done that.” The software gets great feedback from the parishes.”

L’Tanya Crosby, Parish Information Management Systems Coordinator
Archdiocese of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

 

“Our parishioners like the new technology-like last year when they got great financial reports with nice big pie charts they’ve never had before. They can register for religious education to without having to put all their information in again because it’s already there. Transferring from one parish to another is simple-we just pull their information from their previous parish. They can’t believe that’s all there is.”

Ron Appel, Business Manager
St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church
Diocese of St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, FL

 

“The thing my committee was so exited about with ParishSOFT was the synchronization with the diocese. And ParishSOFT also had a really good feel for the Catholic market. We didn’t have to talk to them about what sacraments were-they understood Catholic parish management.

Before ParishSOFT, our diocese never had good, accurate information about the youth. Over a thousand youth would come to a diocesan-wide rally, and we wanted to track them so when they went to college we could notify the Newman center. That’s a time when they fall away from the church, and we were looking to plug that hole. It was huge for us to be able to access that information electronically and immediately. ”

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Dawn Wolf, Director of Information Systems
Diocese of Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls, SD

 

Family Suite

“I had no training prior to the transition, but I was able to get up and running quickly!  It is not only easy to use, but also easy to learn, and the layout is very intuitive and find what you need.”

Valerie Bishop
Church of St. Mary
Providence, RI

 

“We switched from Parish Data Systems (PDS) because we felt that ParishSOFT was a better fit for our needs. ConnectNow gives us the reports we need to send to the diocese and is more user-friendly than PDS.  The Religious Education staff really like ConnectNow Religious Education. We would recommend ParishSOFT and ConnectNow for other churches.”

Jenny Pogue
Diocese of Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

 

“I am very happy with the ConnectNow software. We were using Parish Data Systems (PDS) and found it difficult to use.  We attended a free online demonstrate of ConnectNow Online Giving really liked it.  ConnectNow is much simpler to use and is much more user-friendly.  I would recommend and has recommended ConnectNow to other churches.”

Cindy
Diocese of San Diego
San Diego, CA

 

 

“Yes, I would absolutely recommend ParishSOFT to other parishes.  ConnectNow Family Suite is easy-to-use, keeps track of baptismal, first communions, and more, as opposed to going back through all their previous paperwork. It allows us to could track our records electronically and has allowed us to be much more efficient with our data entry.”

Cynthia Carreon
Diocese of Amarillo
Amarillo, TX

 

“I would recommend it because the navigation is so much easier and has great reporting!”

Diane Winkler
Diocese of Metropolis, Chicago-Greek Orthodox
Chicago, IL

 

“We have staff of many levels of computer literacy. . . each of us is equally impressed with the ease of use of the ParishSOFT products. To date, we have not had an issue that could not easily be resolved, either by ourselves, or by contacting Support directly. We have found the customer service during this transition to be excellent! We are very impressed!”

Renee Barr
Cathedral of St. Peter
Rockford, IL

 

“In today’s environment, businesses and professionals require just the right information at the right time. The Church, immersed in this same environment, has the same urgency to response to people’s needs. ParishSOFT products and technology have become an excellent tool for the pastor and office staff to respond to these needs.”

Deacon Ignacio Torres
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
El Paso, TX

 

“Thank you to you and your team for continually developing your product. I am always impressed with the improvements you always seem to be making. As I’m sure you know, ParishSOFT is THE best product of its kind on the market and it is indispensable to parishes like mine with ever-shrinking staffs and ever-growing ministries. ”

Lucy Hamer, Director of Stewardship
Cathedral of the Annunciation
Stockton, CA

 

“When I go out to visit the homebound, I am not just bringing the Blessed Sacrament, I am bringing the care and concern of the Church to to each person I visit. With this program, I can keep a running history of each person I see. In the family record, I can list the names and ages of the grandchildren, if that is important to the person I visit. I can make a note of their health problems or hospital visits and keep track of everything that is happening. ”

Sandy Mihalek, Pastoral Assistant for the Homebound
St Patrick’s Parish
Bridgeport, CT

 

“It’s quick, online, and easy to use…. We’re doing it all in ConnectNow Offering & Pledges. I love how fast I can pull up the numbers for how much we have in cash and pledges and how many families have made a pledge.””

Amy Patrick, Parish Administrator
Diocese of Lansing
Portland, MI

 

“ParishSOFT has helped me in so many ways! As a Religious Education Coordinator, I need to create yearly school calendars, maintain accurate attendance reports and communicate effectively with the families enrolled in our various programs. ParishSOFT allows me to do all of these things! Prior to ParishSOFT, everything I created was done manually with Excel and Word. Now, everything I do is created by using ParishSOFT. It is amazing and saves me so much time.”

Christine Shepard, Religious Education Coordinator
St. Paul Catholic Church
Eugene, OR

 

Church Accounting

“I worked for 40+ years as a controller, and I’ve used a lot of accounting systems. ConnectNow Accounting is one of the easiest and most intuitive programs I’ve ever used. I love it! Non-accountants should find it easy to learn and use.”

Richard Kraus, Business Manager
Sacred Heart
New Carlisle, OH

 

“With ConnectNow, a busy school secretary without a formal accounting background can produce professional-level results efficiently and without the big learning curve typical of other accounting solutions of this caliber, and that’s vital to our business processes and mission at OCS…. We feel like we’re in the midst of much more than a transition to new accounting software. With ParishSOFT, we’re building a partnership and relationship between two mission-driven organizations that are devoted to serving the church.”

Ken Rasp, Director
Owensboro Catholic Schools
Owensboro, KY

 

“…our parish and school staff considered which systems are the most user friendly while providing the best internal controls, and which would help us realign our reporting to mirror the activities of the Church in ways that secular accounting systems cannot. We believe that ParishSOFT is the best product in the marketplace for parish accounting software.”

William Weldon, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Diocese of Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

 

“The ConnectNow Ledger and Payables system lets me fully support my New Jersey parish from my office in North Carolina. And because the system is Web-hosted, parish staff can log in and get exactly the information they need at any time. In our previous system, they had to call me with every question. ConnectNow offers us a secure yet highly collaborative environment for church accounting.”

Jeanne Colpits
Serving St. David the King Parish
Princeton Junction, NJ

 

Online Giving

“To date, everything with ParishSOFT ConnectNow Online Giving has been great. The customer service is tremendous. There are resources to assist in getting adoption in the parish. We could not be happier with the way that ParishSOFT ConnectNow Online Giving has integrated into our parish.”

Kalel Dennis
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
Cambria Heights, NY

 

“I love ParishSOFT and Online Giving. It’s very user-friendly and support is wonderful.”

Betty Vogel
St. Elizabeth Seton Parish
Carlsbad, CA

 

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the Online Giving process! St. Mary’s is a high priority for our charitable gifts – our girls are thriving at St. Mary’s school and the parish is like family. Although we are relatively new to the church, we feel very welcomed! Online Giving is the way to go for three reasons:

You never forget! Funds are automatically withdrawn from your checking or savings account so there are no last minute trips to the ATM or writing out a check.

It’s environmentally sound – no paper giving envelopes that the church has to print ( they are only to be opened and discarded) and no paper checks – it’s all electronic which saves time and trees!

You always have a record of your giving history – very important around tax time 🙂

I highly recommend it to other families who have access to the internet!”

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St. Mary Parish
Winchester, MA

 

“We just started to use automatic withdrawal for our Sunday Contributions and Debt Reduction payments [ACH Module]. It has worked out really well so far. I can’t believe how easy it was to set up. And of course Tech Support was always there to help me through each step.”

Peg Elwarner, School Tuition and Parish Offerings Coordinator
St.Thecla Parish
Clinton Township, MI

 

Support and Training

“When I had a support issue when we first got started, and they fixed the issue quickly and it works great!”

Valerie Bishop
Church of St. Mary
Providence, RI

 

“Support is wonderful! They not only solve my issue, but show me how I can do it myself the next time.”

Pam Tanguay
Diocese of St. Pete
St. Petersburg, FL

 

“ConnectNow’s cloud-based interface and training have been great. Our volunteers can work from home which is very convenient. We also like the online training resources which can work anytime and from anywhere we have internet access.”

Vincent Ferrer, Fe Fumar
Diocese of Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

 

“The updates being performed by ParishSOFT takes a lot of work and effort off of our parish staff and volunteers.”

Jim Niespodziany
Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend
Fort Wayne, IN

 

“The development team is receptive to new ideas and each update incorporates new features.  If you are a parish that is looking to improve and to add value moving forward – ConnectNow will be a good partner.”

Nathan Meehling
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Saint Paul, MN

 

“ConnectNow Family Suite is easy-to-use. I like being able to customize my view so the information I need is right there which saves me time. Plus, ParishSOFT listens to our feedback! They have made improvements in the system when we have asked for them.”

Lori Borek
Diocese of Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, MI

 

“We use ConnectNow because we wanted our software to be web-browser based and ParishSOFT offered a web-browser solution. Reporting is so much easier and when I need assistance, I get it immediately. ParishSOFT offers great training opportunities to help you learn the software. Plus, they makes the process of managing my parish much easier and reduces a lot of stress.”

Carmen Gonzalez
Archdiocese of Mobile
Mobile, AL

 

“I cannot say enough positive things about the customer relationship that ParishSOFT fosters, and this, with the excellence of its products, makes this company stand out from the crowd.”

Joseph Kim, Business Manager
Queen of the World Parish
St. Mary’s, PA

 

“Our implementation has gone very well. The parishes love the application… ParishSOFT’s willingness and incredible ability to work with our diocese is unparalleled… their commitment to training and improvement of the application should easily makes them THE vendor of choice for any parish or diocese searching for an information solution.”

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“I am very impressed with the classes and the extra mile that everyone is going and it makes me very comfortable and glad to be working with people who are kind and extremely capable. I have every confidence in your company and solutions.”

Danielle Klinedinst, Parish Secretary
St. Vincent de Paul Parish
Hanover, Pennsylvania

 

Web-Based Capability

“Our parish decided to upgrade from a desktop application, which we felt it was outdated and needed to be online.  We did not initially want to change, but now are so glad that we did. I would absolutely recommend this to other parishes. It is very user friendly, volunteers can pick up on it very easily, and the help guide is outstanding! The software is online, which I like, so I don’t have to worry about backups and updates which is really nice!”

Tamra Hendrickson
Diocese of Cheyenne
Cheyenne, WI

 

“We moved to ParishSOFT due to the need for cloud-based application with greater flexibility and ability to better engage our parishioners. ParishSOFT provides easier parishioner management at the member level for filtering and sorting is one of the biggest benefits, in addition to being able to access family information from any internet connected computer. I would recommend it. It’s a robust product with a lot of functionality.”

Michael O’Connor
Archdiocese of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD