Diocese hosts Logos training in Sioux City
By KATIE LEFEBVRE, Globe staff reporter
June 30, 2005
Several people from throughout the Diocese of Sioux City attended the Logos
training sessions held at the Central Catholic Offices on June 14 and 15.
The two sessions were held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. According to Joyce
Kizzier, director of information services for the diocese, there were about 25
people who attended the first day and 20 the second day. There were 14 different
parishes and the Webster County Team Parishes represented.
"We have made the decision to go with Logos at this point in time,"
said Dave Vaske, the director of finance and operations for the Webster County
Team Parishes. "We are scheduled, in the latter part of July, to do a
Those attending were either furthering their knowledge about Logos, learning
about it for when their parish converts to the program or finding out what Logos
can do for their parish. There were also a few employees that attended from the
Central Catholic Offices so that they could be familiar with the software when
they worked with different parishes.
"It was well received," said Kizzier. "There were a lot of
questions and a lot of questions were answered for the parishes that they were
struggling with. We had a couple of parishes that weren't sure they were going
to move to it or not."
Employees from Logos Church Management Software traveled to Sioux City to
present the training.
During the two days, those attending learned several things about the Logos
II program. The main functions of the software were described including entering
people, their families, children, grades, skills or ministries they can offer
and how to do mailings and print labels to send things out to parishioners.
"The big advantage that we see for us as a team parish is that we will
have the parish data of all eight parishes into one, but still have the ability
to locate individuals within that parish," said Vaske. "We have the
best of both worlds. We will be able to have all the data of an individual
family in the whole broad data base, but still be able to designate what parish
they belong to."
The attendees learned about quick updates, which is a way to update everyone
in the parish or a group of people in the parish, and about the maintenance of
They also worked on the sacramental registry that keeps track of baptisms,
marriages, holy orders and any information regarding any sacraments.
The ministry scheduler was a function of the software that was part of the
training. The scheduler arranges for people to perform ministries at Masses such
as Communion ministers, lectors, altar servers, ushers and gift bearers.
"I needed help in learning the software," said Mary Jane Fields, an
attendee from St. Joseph Parish in Jefferson. "We maybe had it a month or
six weeks before the training."
Fields commented that she gained a working knowledge of how to use Logos II.
She hopes that this program will help the person who will eventually take over
Kizzier noted that she gained a better knowledge of the software and a better
understanding of what it can do for the parishes. She continued that she learned
how the parishes can get more out of the system than just being able to track
"What I learned is going to be beneficial because I am going to be able
to support the people out in the parishes better," said Kizzier. "I
had very little understanding of the software to start with. I have gained a lot
of insight about how it works and where people might have some issues that I can
do research to help them through."
Training will be available to those in the diocese that would need it for
their respective offices. The Webster County Team Parishes have already
scheduled training to start Logos for their parishes once they get their
"We are excited about making a conversion," said Vaske.