Saint Joseph Parish Social Media Policy
The world of digital communication, with its almost limitless expressive capacity, makes us appreciate all the more Saint Paul’s exclamation: “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16). – Pope Benedict XVI, 44th World Communications Day message (2010).
 
Saint Joseph Parish is committed to following the Church’s teachings on responsible social media usage, outlined in Social Media Guidelines from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of Media Relations. These guidelines state: “Social media are the fastest growing form of communication in the United States, especially among youth and young adults. Our Church cannot ignore it, but at the same time we must engage social media in a manner that is safe, responsible, and civil” (USCCB. (n.d.). Social Media Guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.usccb.org/comm/social-media-guidelines.shtml). 
 
Saint Joseph Parish is also committed to serving as an example to the greater community for responsible social media use by following best practices recommended by the USCCB and other trusted Catholic resources, and ensuring that all posts and comments are marked by Christian charity and respect for the truth.
 
Comments left by unauthorized parties on the St. Joseph Parish Facebook page or any other media sponsored or operated by Saint Joseph Parish do not reflect the views of Saint Joseph Church.
    

Saint Joseph Parish Facebook Page Policy
The purpose of this Facebook page is to inform members of the community about events, programs, prayer opportunities, and faith-formation opportunities at Saint Joseph Church and to update and inform readers about news and the work & mission of Saint Joseph Church.
 
Saint Joseph Church requires that only staff members designated as administrators may post information on the page. Administrators are required to sign and follow this Saint Joseph Parish Facebook Page Policy as well as specific staff procedures outlined in the staff social media usage manual. Administrators are also required to review two documents:
  1. Social Media Guidelines from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of Media Relations.
  2.  How to Comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule from the Federal Trade Commission to help administrators comply with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, April 2001
 
Content may be deleted at the discretion of the Pastor or Director of Marketing and Communications, including but not limited to those that contain:
  1. Vulgar language
  2. Personal attacks/inflammatory remarks against a person or group
  3. Content/comments off topic
  4. Spam
  5. Links to sites that contain offensive material or attack the Catholic faith, the Catholic Church, or St. Joseph Church and its mission
  6. Promotion of services, products, political organizations/agendas
  7. Information that is factually incorrect.
 
A signed copy of this usage policy is kept on file for each staff member granted administrative rights. Saint Joseph Church reserves the right to remove administrators who violate this policy.  
 
Comments left by unauthorized parties on this Facebook page do not reflect the views of Saint Joseph Church.
 
    


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