Parish App Overview
The app is designed for iPhone and Android operating systems.
Search for “WeConnect Parish App” and select “St. Thomas Aquinas - Waterford” as your parish.
The app gives you easy mobile access to weekly bulletins, our website, online giving, staff contact information, the readings of the day, sacrament preparation details, and STA specific event and programming information.
Parish Specific Cards
Beyond the standard features, we are able to add “cards” that are ministry and event specific. Once downloaded, you will notice options for Adult Formation, Family Faith Formation and Preschool Faith Formation, etc. These will be regular features that will always be available on the app. We are also able to add and remove cards that will be event specific and will come and go based on the timing of the event, such as Advent, Lent or the Country Fair, as we get closer to those events.
Groups and Push Notifications
Many apps come with a feature called push notifications. This allows the app to alert you about information the app provider wants you to know. Generally, these notifications go out to everyone who has the app. The STA app is a bit different because it puts the notifications in your control. Although there is a General group that we will push info out to all users (like weather closings), we can also do group specific notifications. For example, Adult Faith Formation, Family Faith Formation, Preschool Faith Formation, and the Country Fair can all push out announcements through the app. You as the user can choose whether or not you want to receive the notifications on a group by group basis.
To access the Notifications section of the app, tap the “More” icon (three lines stacked on top of each other) in the bottom right-hand corner. Select “Message Settings” and then choose the groups you want to receive notifications about. Gray = off. Green = on.