I’m asking this question in the Liturgy and Sacraments forum because a significant part of the information on a web site is taken up with liturgy and sacrament times, sacrament preparation information, and contact information for the clergy and laity who handle sacramental preparation.
Obviously no parish is required to have a website. And it would make little sense to have a website if most parishioners and visitors to the parish lack internet access.
If a parish does have a website then that creates a certain obligation on the parish to make sure the information provided is up to date. When visitors expect that that there will be a Sunday evening Mass at 6:00pm and find out it has been changed to 5:00pm they are not going to be happy. (Yes, it is nice if visitors check by phone but there is not always someone in the office, the automated list of Mass times can also be wrong, and one shouldn’t be calling an emergency number to check Mass times.)
Now obviously a parish can have a very simple one page website or a parish can have a grand production with tours, bible studies, and recorded homilies. A parish could have it’s own domain name or it might make use of a free page.
So I guess the question is, with the limited resources a parish has, where should spending time and/or money for a website fit in the hierarchy?