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Release Notes


There is nothing you need to do to update your version of Parish Life. On the day that we release the new version, you will see the changes immediately.

If you're curious, here's how the version numbers work. The format is Version X.Y.Z. We may release major releases, minor releases, or patches.
  • The X number in the Version indicates a major release, which usually provides new features and functionality as well as improvements and fixes.
  • The Y number indicates a minor release, which usually provides improvements and new features as well as fixes.
  • The Z number indicates a patch, which usually provides small fixes.
Parish Life Version 1.2.1 - April 14, 2023
  • If you use the Greek Orthodox version of PDS Church Office, you'll now see "Liturgical Services" displayed in Parish Life instead of "Services".

Parish Life Version 1.2.0 - October 27, 2022
  • Parish Life is now available for PDS desktop!

Parish Life Version 1.1.2 - August 4, 2022
  • In the Parish Directory, you can now search for families by last name, first name, address, phone number, or email address.
    Parish Life directory showing the "Search By" options: Last Name, First Name, Address, Phone Number, and Email Address
  • We fixed an issue where a family wasn't displaying the directory if they did not have a head of household listed in Church Office.

  • We fixed an issue with email addresses that contained special characters. If you invited a new admin, they were unable to log in.

Parish Life Version 1.1.1 - May 3, 2022

Parish Life Version 1.1.0 - March 22, 2022
  • Now, you can put a face to the name! Anyone with a profile can add their picture. There's a privacy option just for the picture, so you can decide whether it's visible in the Parish Directory.

  • Parish admins, you can add a picture or logo to represent your parish. This allows parishioners to quickly and easily recognize your Parish Life site so they know they're in the right place.

  • Do you have different Google Calendars for different events? Now, you can display all the calendars you want in Parish Life. For details and steps, see Embed Your Google Calendar.

  • Introducing our new help portal! To continue offering the best support experience, we moved all product content to this site, help.acst.com. From now on, you can find all the release notes and help topics in your product section. If you've saved any bookmarks to wiki.acstechnologies.com, make sure to update them before April 1, 2022.

Parish Life Version 1.0.4 - December 14, 2021
  • Just in time for year end! You can now send PDF copies of certain letters and statements for parishioners to view and print in Parish Life. See 10.1F Release Notes for all the details and steps on how to do it.

Parish Life Version 1.0.3 - October 28, 2021
  • Parishioners with a shared email account can now log in to Parish Life. This is useful for family members who share an email address, such as a husband and wife or parents and children. Church Office recognizes when the same email address is used and will attach the member's name and record number. That way, the information used to log in is unique to each member and enables Parish Life to display their information.

    For example, Jeff and Amy Smith use a shared email address. In Church Office, you enter smithfam@example.org on both records. When you sync the data with Parish Life, the email becomes smithfam@example.org-Jeff1089683 for Jeff and smithfam@example.org-Amy1089684 for Amy. Jeff and Amy will receive their individual invitations (in the shared email inbox) and can see the unique login they need to use to access Parish Life.


    What's the deal with the dash? Parish Life requires a unique login email in order to determine whose information to display. Using a dash at the end of an email address is just a way to modify it so that it's unique. This does not affect how emails are sent to the common inbox. So, each family member can have a unique email address to log in with, while their emails are delivered to a common inbox. For a more in-depth explanation, check out our blog article.

  • Anyone with a Canadian address can now select their province and enter their six-character postal code.

Parish Life Version 1.0.2 - July 28, 2021
  • We fixed a few issues that were reported to our team.

  • Please tell us what you like, don't like, or would like to see in Parish Life. Help us improve!

Parish Life Version 1.0.1 - June 15, 2021
  • We improved the encryption of data transferred to Parish Life. Thanks for your help on that, Jeff!

  • We fixed a few issues that were reported to our team.

  • Remember, you can tell us what you like, don't like, or would like to see in Parish Life. Find out how to help us improve!

Parish Life Version 1.0.0 - May 13, 2021
  • Introducing our mobile-friendly portal, Parish Life! There's a lot you can do, whether you're an administrator or a parishioner. Check out the help guides for more information.

  • PDS administrators, we added a sync process in Church Office. View 10.1A Release Notes for details.

  • We'll add future updates to this page as we release new features.