CatholicsComeHome.org News Update:
As part of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s CatholicsComeHome.org December 2009 & January 2010 partner archdiocesan TV ad campaign, the archdiocese also aired CCH ads in Polish on their Polish-language cable stations. We received the following update from the media rep from Polsat Chicago telling us about 10’s of millions of viewers in Poland who simultaneously saw the ads internationally on this cable station:
“Commercials for Catholics Come Home are also aired in Poland, because Polsat 2 International is a huge station much like CNN and airs around the world on satellite television on a 24 hour basis (without any reruns). The Catholics Come Home campaign is having a huge impact on the Polish populous, as the majority of Poland is also Catholic. In Chicago, there are about 1.5 million polish residents, but including all the viewers of Polsat 2 International around the world, Catholics Come Home is actually viewed by 10’s of millions of viewers.”
To view the CCH ad in Polish, click here.
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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have some awesome Catechism quizzes on the USCCB Web site to help you test your knowledge of the Catholic Faith.
See how much you know about the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
“Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven.” -Pope St. Pius X
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Sadly, many Catholics haven’t had the opportunity to really learn what’s happening at Mass… By journeying through the parts of the Mass, we hope you will find new excitement in this joyful and meaningful celebration of our Faith every Sunday (or every day)!
Today’s Bored at Mass feature: The Opening Rites
Okay. You just finished singing the opening hymn and Mass has begun! Together, as a community of believers, everyone makes the sign of the cross. Here is what one of the Early Church Fathers had to say about the power of the sign of the cross:
“By the sign of the cross all magic ceases; all incantations are powerless; every idol is abandoned and deserted; all irrational voluptuousness is quelled; and each one looks up from earth to heaven.” –St. Athanasius (De Incarn. Verbi, t.1)
Did you know that the priest’s greeting to you that follows comes straight out of Scripture? “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14). In another greeting, the priest says, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:3). “And also with you!” we reply.
Catholics Come Home Lost & Found Tip: When the priest invokes peace upon you, take a moment to prepare yourself to receive that peace. Ask yourself if you really are in a peaceful state of mind as you begin the Mass. Offer to God anything that may be keeping you from your peacefulness. Chances are, you’ve spent all week waiting for a moment of “peace”—well, now you’ve got it!
To dive deeper into the parts of the Mass, grab “The How-To Book of the Mass” by Michael Dubruiel in our CatholicsComeHome.org bookstore!
Tom Peterson, Founder and President of CatholicsComeHome.org, is presenting a workshop at the 2010 Annual Legatus Summit in Dana Point, CA, which is being held this week, February 4th – 6th. This year’s conference theme is “Challenging the Culture” based on the scripture passage 1 Cor 16:13, “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.”
Other presenters at the conference are:
His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago
His Excellency Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York
Patricia Heaton, Emmy-Winning Star from Everybody Loves Raymond
Also, President George W. Bush will be a guest at the conference.
The mission of Legatus is to study, live and spread the Faith in our business, professional and personal lives. Pope John Paul II in an address to Legatus said, “The world needs genuine witnesses to Christian ethics in the field of business, and the Church asks you to fulfill this role publicly and with perseverance.”
Please keep Tom’s presentation and safe travels in your prayers.
Remember to visit CatholicsComeHome.org each day to grow in your faith and love of Christ and His Catholic Church.
Are you devoting enough time to prayer in your life? After all, it’s a necessity. But if you are like many people, you may find praying difficult at times. Perhaps you get easily distracted or aren’t quite sure how to approach God in your prayer…or maybe you just keep “forgetting!”
Dr. Peter Kreeft has this to say in his excellent book, Prayer for Beginners: “What is the main problem with this prayer?
“Simply remembering to do it. This is embarrassing, because this forgetting is so foolish. Why do we forget? Clearly this forgetting is not merely a mental problem. There are mental blocks to remembering. Something in us fears remembering. And I think we all know what that is.
“When we do remember and call him, and he comes and acts, he does all the work, for free! Our part is only to call; the Great Physician makes house calls and charges nothing. And yet we continually fail to call him. Is this reasonable?” (Chapter 9).
Learn more about prayer at CatholicsComeHome.org today. Also, visit our Shop section for more great book recommendations from our CCH team!