Parish Directory FAQ for 2019

MMOC is working together on a new parish photo directory. If you have a question that is not answered here, please call the parish office or contact Joseph van Oss.
Updated 29 May 2019

About the Directory Project
 Why are we doing this?
 Who is involved?
 What is the schedule?
 What are the terms for parish members?

Personal Concerns
 What about privacy?
 Will my photo or information be on the internet?

About Sitting for a Portrait
 How do I make an appointment?
 Where will photos be taken?
 What should I expect at the session?
 Will there be a choice of backgrounds?
 Is there a sitting fee?
 Can I submit a photo?
 Can you re-use my photo from the 2010 directory?
 What about people who are homebound or in a nursing home?

What is a parish photo directory?  Why are we doing this?

Slabacks

A parish photo directory is a booklet containing two sections: A photo album of parish members, and a list of members with contact information.

We think of our parish as family, as our brothers and sisters in Christ. Having a family contact list and a family album are important ways of feeling and staying connected. That's why it is important to us to participate in the parish directory, and we hope you will also take part.

Who is involved?

We are working with Lifetouch, the same company that published our last directory in 2010. At MMOC, Joseph van Oss is coordinating the project. Please contact Joseph with any questions or concerns.

Weissenbergers

What is the schedule?

Lifetouch photo teams will be at MMOC on July 23-27, August 20-24, September 24-28, and October 22-26.  On weekdays, appointments are 2:00 to 9:00 pm; on Saturdays, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. To schedule your appointment, please use the LifeTouch Appoinment Scheduling system.

What are the terms for parish members?

Families who sit for a Lifetouch portrait will receive a free 8"x10" print and a free copy of the parish directory. You will have the opportunity to purchase more prints, but you can opt out and you will not be pressured.

Poellingers

What about privacy?

When you come to MMOC to sit for your portrait, you have control over your information and what will or won't get published in the directory. Please participate so you have this chance to correct and control your information.

When you make an appointment, you will be asked for a phone number and email address. Lifetouch will use your email address to send you a confirmation and a reminder email.  You may wish to review the Lifetouch Privacy Statement.

Will my photo or information be on the internet?

No.

Stouts

How do I make an appointment?

To make, change, or cancel an appointment, please use the LifeTouch Appoinment Scheduling system. Follow these steps:
1. Click the link above.
2. Click the Login button in the upper right.
3. Click Create an Account.
4. Enter your name, phone, and email. Enter a user name (Login) and a password.
5. Click Create Account.
6. Click Select Number in Group.
7. Click on any Date. You will be shown a list of available Session Times.
8. Chose a time and click Book It.
9. Click Finalize Photography Session.

Where will photos be taken?

Lifetouch teams will take professional portraits at MMOC in our Religious Education Center (the lower level of our parish hall). Please park in the west lot and use the west entrance. There is an elevator at the east end of the hall.

An MMOC photographer is also available to take pictures at home for those who are unable to travel to MMOC. Call Sr. Kathy at 788-5483, ext. 5.

What should I expect at the session?

Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointed time. 

When you arrive, volunteers will greet you and ask you to complete a release form. Portraits will be taken in one of the classrooms. Afterward you will have an opportunity to see your photos, choose one for the directory, and order any prints you may wish. You will not be pressured to make any purchase and you may order prints later if you wish.

If you end up ordering any prints beyond your free 8x10, the whole process may take up to an hour. If you simply accept your free 8x10 and make no purchase, you'll probably be on your way in about 20 to 30 minutes.

Smiths

Will there be a choice of backgrounds?

No. The background is a mix of neutral tones, so it works with a wide variety of clothing colors.

Is there a sitting fee?

No, there is no sitting fee. You may sit for a portrait, choose your free 8x10, and receive a free copy of the directory, without any fee or pressure to buy anything.

Can you re-use my photo from the 2010 directory?

No. The company keeps photos on file for 5 years.

Stitch

What about people who are homebound or in a nursing home?

It is best to have your photo taken by Lifetouch at MMOC. If you are able to travel to MMOC and need a ride, please call the parish office. A photographer is available to take pictures at home for members who are unable to travel to MMOC. Sr. Kathy is coordinating this. Sr. Kathy will also make sure that these folks receive a free copy of the directory.

Can I submit a photo taken elsewhere?

If you have a recent photo of your household or family that you prefer, you can submit it and it will be included in the directory in alphabetical order. Here are some guidelines for submitting a photo:

  • The deadline for submitting photos is Friday, October 25.

  • We ask that you to contribute $10 to cover the cost of submitting your photo because Lifetouch charges us $10. Please pay this amount in the parish office. You will receive a free directory.

  • Digital is better than Print. All photos should be taken in portrait (vertical) orientation, not landscape (horizontal), with an aspect ratio of 4 by 3 (height by width).

  • Digital images should be taken with a camera of at least 3.3 megapixels, set at its highest possible resolution.  Attach your TIFF or JPG image to an email to webmaster@mmoclacrosse.org.  Please include in your email the names of all family members spelled exactly as you wish them to appear in the directory.  Also include whatever phone, street address, and email address information you wish to have published in the directory.

  • Prints should be at least 4"x6" on glossy paper. Lifetouch does not recommend submitting matte-finish prints, color copies, or inkjet prints (even on photo paper).  Drop off or mail your photo to the MMOC parish office.  Your print will be scanned by MMOC and returned to you, and your image submitted to Lifetouch digitally.  Along with your photo, please include the names of all family members spelled exactly as you wish them to appear in the directory.  Also include whatever phone, street address, and email address information you wish to have published in the directory.

  • Professional photographers usually claim a copyright on their work.  If you intend to submit a professional portrait, ask your photographer to provide a letter or email granting permission to use the copyrighted photo in our church directory.  Without this permission, we are unable include your photo.