PENAMPANG – Forty parish staff attended an Electronic Data Processing (EDP) refresher course at the Catholic Archdiocesan Centre here on 3 July 2018.
The attendees came from 16 parishes and a sub-parish in the archdiocese. Most of them are young and some work on a voluntary basis in their respective parishes. Only two have attended a similar course some years before.
Gerard Chung, head of the Archdiocesan EDP Unit, facilitated the course, touching on keying in of data in four main areas of Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, and Death.
He reminded them to send in the data by yearend to the Bishop’s Office which are collated to be sent to the Vatican by May the following year. The data are also kept in the Archdiocesan Archives.
Chung introduced an interactive software programme “team viewer” which so far has only been used by Ranau parish.
Dominic Lim of the Archdiocesan Secretariat handled the Q&A session, mostly on challenges encountered in the parishes in the course of this work.
The course ended with lunch for all.