The SmartCatholic Community – Sneak Peak

by | Jul 27, 2020 | Latest, Sneak Peek

SmartCatholics brings tons of passionate people together through online events. That means we’re going to need somewhere that’s ours, a place where we can keep meeting and making new friends.

We need a place to swap stories and ideas (not advice!).

Most importantly, it has to be free of toxicity, trolls, and ads. (Bye bye, Facebook. We love you, but…)



Why you should join us:

When you join our community, you’ll get to dip in and out of discussion areas whenever you want. Each time we host a new event, you’ll be able to join the new club.

Sometimes we’ll host workshops that you can join.

But most exciting is this – the speakers, veterans, and new voices that you met in the events will host occasional video chats. Q&A hours. And more.

Because there’s nothing more annoying than a ton of information. We need the insights and the fellowship to help us apply it to our own lives.

Most importantly; you get to meet and make friends with like-minded Catholics.

A few things you’ll see quickly that make SmartCatholics different:

  • It’s ours. As we build this community together, we want a place to meet like-minded Catholics, free of toxicity, trolls, and advertising.
  • There are more ways for you to make friends and meet people. There are more ways for you to meet people who are near you, who fall into the same categories, or who care about the same topics. I can’t get this in free groups or on a website elsewhere.
  • We can bring together content and community. This means we’re freed up to bring you new, fresh ideas and new practices that you can take into your daily life.

What You Should Expect From SmartCatholics

I’m aiming to make your experience here awesome. I want you to get five key things from SmartCatholics:

  • Get exclusive content and conversations you can’t find anywhere else.
  • Meet people who share your interests who live near you, who do the same things, or who care about the same topics.
  • Make better, more well-informed decisions about the things that are most important to you.
  • Swap stories, experiences, and ideas (not necessarily advice) around our shared mission.
  • Find a little inspiration, thought-provoking conversations, and expert perspective each and every day.

To make this a reality, I’m going to need your help.

Every time you contribute a story, experience, or idea, you’re building a knowledge base every member of this community can tap to make better decisions.

Each new group within this community will have it’s own series to bring you ongoing support and formation.

Fun stuff we’re starting with:

We’re starting with 3 ideas that we think we’ll all enjoy:

  • A series on Evangelization for Extroverts and Introverts – short interviews and ideas with speakers for the rest of us! Read the sneak peak
  • A podcast that we all make together – sharing stories, jokes, and upbeat insights for a weekly pick-me-up
  • A monthly photo invite to share a photo of something in your home or community that inspires you

I’ll blog more about them soon. 🙂

We’re just getting started. And when you join us, you’re pouring sacramental fuel on this Easter pyre.

Over to you!

  • What would you like to see this community do?
  • What are some activities that would make our journey more exciting?
  • What would you hope to get out of joining a SmartCatholics community?
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Dominic de Souza | Founder of SmartCatholics
SmartCatholics | Marketer & storyteller. Geeks over epics, mystics, science, the angelic, & Netflix.

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Ronald Beck

Wow, very excited and happy to hear about this. Great great idea! Thanks.

Mel

Yes.. I like the idea of meeting other catholics. Love to share ideas and looking forward to it.

Edward Krattli

Not how you can fit this in, but a place to talk / post about books… catholic related or otherwise…

Edward

Perhaps, if that is the best way to go… I was thinking of a place we could post comments on the latest books we have read, highlight any insights or impact the book made, etc… even post short book reviews.

Edward Krattli

I have several hundred hard copy; love the feel and smell of books.

Debbie

This is an inspired idea 😉 May Our Lord bless this community.

Louise McCarthy

This sounds wonderful. Thank you. I would love it to include discussion about lapsed Catholics and what can be done to inspire them. Also discussion about easy ways to feel closer to God and strengthen our faith. Can we share more about the cathechism to become more informed?

Filip Vostan

Keen to be part of this, connecting with other Catholics away from Facebook

Willena

Domnic, I think this will be a great platform to share the church’s teachings…the truth. The sacraments, the bible references, the CCC, the where and how we fit into and build up the “Body of Christ”, and our experiences of how we got to this place of peace and understanding.

Jay Coleman

I would love to see suggestions to resources that provide daily inspiration, guidance and challenges for Catholic men. We as men are all called to be the spiritual leaders of our families and to reflect and be the earthly example of our Heavenly Father. It is our highest challenge, calling and responsibility.
I look forward to your launch! Godspeed.

Alcides

This is so awesome!!!!!

Alcides

We can also do a book club. Reading authentic true catholic spiritual readings and discuss it. I know Fr Mark Ghoring on YouTube is doing something like this.

L Kufeldt

This sounds amazing. I’m a convert (21 years ago – but still a baby in the faith) and I find a LOT of judgmental Catholics on social media. This makes it hard to want to learn more and be accepted in my varied viewpoints. I love the Catholic Church and it’s teachings otherwise I wouldn’t have converted – but it seems that a little patience and grace when teaching about it are always lacking from others on FB. All of this to say the “free of toxicity” comment is very appealing to me. 🙂

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