Saint Kateri Tekakawitha Catholic Parish
Saint Kateri is a vibrant parish north of Los Angeles that provides a wide range of education opportunities from early childhood class to adult faith formation. At any times, more than a thousand persons may be signed up for classes, camps, or programs. In one of its largest programs, the parish signs up thousands of children annually for religious education classes. Classes are in such high demand that, before implementing Learning Stream online registration software, parents camped on the church’s sidewalks the night before signups opened. The process was also a strain on registrars; it required paid stuff plus 14 volunteers. “It would take us over three months to input all of the registration information into our software data system,” says Bobby Vidal, the parish’s director of evangelization and lay formation.
A dramatic change
Saint Kateri turned to Learning Stream for help. The turnaround was dramatic. Parents no longer had to sleep on sidewalks in order to guarantee spots for their children. Families could register from home—or anywhere—the moment registration opened. In minutes, hundreds of children were signed up for the highest-demand classes. Everyone had an equal opportunity to sign up, or to be on an automatic wait list if necessary.
Learning Stream online registration software eliminated headaches for registrars, too. The parish no longer requires any volunteers to help handle signups, because families enter all information themselves. Parish staff can view and print automatic reports that used to take hours to prepare. Paid personnel have more time to perform other essential tasks, including preparing for classes.
Saint Kateri Tekakawitha Parish has now been using the robust registration management system for more than a decade. It has implemented Learning Stream in other aspects of parish life as new functionality has become available.
Parish staff can view and print automatic reports that used to take hours to prepare