About Parish Data System

Parish Data System (PDS) from ACS Technologies is a hybrid church management solution that caters to parishes, schools, dioceses and helps them to manage, automate and organize their day-to-day operations. The solution can either be deployed on-premise or hosted in the cloud.

PDS offers users various modules to manage finances, contributions, communications, events, reports, schools and childcare and more. In addition to church management features, PDS offers users tools to handle processes unique to Catholic institutions such as a sacramental register for recording, indexing and searching baptism, confirmation, communion, marriage and death records, 'Formation OfficeTM' module for tracking religious-education data and coordinating tuition, fees, contribution...


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Supported Operating System(s):

Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8, Windows 10

13 Reviews of Parish Data System

Average User Ratings

Overall

2.38 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

2.0

Value for money

2.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

2.5

Ratings Snapshot

5 stars

(1)

1

4 stars

(1)

1

3 stars

(4)

4

2 stars

(3)

3

1 stars

(4)

4

Likelihood to Recommend

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Showing 1 - 5 of 13 results

May 2017

Zach from St. Jude Parish

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Religious Institutions

Time Used: Less than 12 months


Ease-of-use

1.0

Functionality

2.0

May 2017

Great software....for 1981

If you're looking for church management software (CHMS), skip this one in favor of something updated in the past several years. Planning Center Online is the top contender of all CHMS I have looked into - with far more functionality, customizability, and features of all kinds beyond what PDS can offer.

Pros

It "gets the job done"....with the basic functionality to save all sorts of data used in a parish context.

Cons

Feels like I stepped back several decades whenever I log in. Interface is outdated and unintuitive, slow to load, occasional hangups while it tries to remember what it's doing. I have worked at two parishes that use PDS... because "it's what we've always done." It is/was a chore at both places.

January 2018

john from Joan of Arc

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Religious Institutions

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source


Ease-of-use

1.0

Value for money

1.0

Customer support

1.0

Functionality

1.0

January 2018

Want a program that was cutting edge for Windows 97... your found it!

Do the people who made PDS use PDS? It sure doesn't seem that way. This is the most outdated program I have ever had the displeasure of using. If there was any competition these guys would be out of business.

Pros

it does function. I don't have 100 characters of positive feedback for this program, I am just writing this to fill space.

Cons

Painfully slow. I almost never work on it exclusively, the wait is just too long. You need another task to fill the wait time. From the moment you logon you are brought back to a time where dial up was your only option for internet. The program Unintuitive and full of glitches, its all around the opposite of user friendly.

September 2020

Mari from St. Thomas Aquinas Center

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Religious Institutions

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

2.0

Value for money

3.0

Customer support

2.0

Functionality

3.0

September 2020

Disatisfactory

Pros

I felt like the easiest thing to do, to be really honest was logging into the system.

Cons

I don't even know where to begin with what types of issues I had with PDS Church Office. It seemed like I had an issue with something everyday.

March 2018

Dominic from Sentz Consulting

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

3.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

3.0

March 2018

Good for Catholic parishes, but needs some work to stay relevant

Helps manage a Catholic parish

Pros

PDS is designed for Catholic parishes and has everything you would possibly need to track from sacraments to attendence to religious education programs, etc.

Cons

The software is starting to get outdated. Syncing data between multiple "users" (databases) is cumbersome and the interface looks straight out of 1998 (still). Unfortunately, after you've invested years of effort, it would be detrimental to attempt to move all of the data to any other "church" system without significant costs

May 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

2.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

3.0

May 2019

Update Parish Data Systems

Pros

So many features for census software for a catholic church, you can build keyword reports, financial record keeping is simple and customer service is so easy to use when you have on demand.

Cons

Update reporting so that you can build a pivot table, app does not offer an online directory and the overall look to the program is close to that of an out dated AS400 program. Would love Realm but product is not ready for a diocese.