International TV News Agency, Rome Reports, Announces the Launch of EncouragePriests.org

Rome Reports TV News Agency announces the launch of  EncouragePriests.org:

EncouragePriests.org: A new website to show support to priests
Date: 2010-06-18 19:00:00

18 June, 2010. On this Father’s Day, June 20th, a new interactive website to show appreciation to priests will be launched.

Encouragepriests.org was established on Holy Thursday during the Year for Priests. It has been done by the same team of Catholics Come Home.
The new site aims to promote priestly vocation and to support and encourage priests through words, acts and prayers.
This website will help Catholics send messages, blogs, printable greeting cards, e-cards and “spiritual bouquets” to priests around the world.
Tom Peterson
Founder, EncouragePriests.org

“We need to pray for them, show them how much they are appreciated. Without priests we have no sacraments, no reconciliation, no Eucharist, no Mass. So it’s critical for us as laity to show love and support for our priests.”
With these gifts of gratitude and kind words, Catholics can express their appreciation to priests with the click of a button.
The site’s founder says this movement to support priests is crucial because they lead sacrificial and humble lives. He says a simple prayer and word of appreciation can uplift them.
Click here to view and read the Rome Reports news story

Visit CatholicsComeHome.org to grow in your faith each day, and send a ‘Collar-Holler’ e-card to a priest who has inspired your life via the EncouragePriests.org website!

Happy Feast of Saints Peter and Paul!

Today we celebrate the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul! What do we know about these wonderful saints of the early Church?

Check out this article by the Catholic News Agency about these courageous saints:

“CNA STAFF, Jun 27, 2010 / 05:05 am (CNA).- On Tuesday, June 29, the Church will celebrate the feast day of Sts. Peter & Paul. As early as the year 258, there is evidence of an already lengthy tradition of celebrating the solemnities of both Saint Peter and Saint Paul on the same day. Together, the two saints are the founders of the See of Rome, through their preaching, ministry and martyrdom there…”

Words from the saints:

1 Peter 1:8-9 “Without having seen him you love him; though you do not now see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy. As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls.”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Happy Feast Day!

CatholicsComeHome.org Makes National News!

The National Catholic Register featured CatholicsComeHome.org in their Friday June 25th article entitled, “Catholics in New Media:  Catholics Come Home:”

Catholics in New Media: Catholics Come Home

by Matthew Warner Friday, June 25, 2010 3:20 PM Comments

Maybe you’ve seen the commercials on TV in your area or online. Most people still haven’t. Everyone needs to.

Catholics Come Home, Inc. is an independent, non-profit Catholic apostolate that creates effective and compassionate media messages and broadcasts them nationally and internationally, in order to inspire, educate and evangelize inactive Catholics and others, and invite them to live a deeper faith in Jesus Christ, in accord with the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. [...]

Each of our television commercials invites people to come to Catholics Come Home.org, where they are given the opportunity to learn (or relearn) the truth about the Catholic faith, find their local parish and return home. As our site says, coming home to the Catholic Church has never been easier!”

I still get all pumped up when I see their “Epic” movie commercial:

Check out their other videos here.

They’ve done a few campaigns now in various dioceses with great success:

“Currently, Catholics Come Home campaigns are launching in numerous archdioceses and dioceses across the United States. The results in the initial dioceses of Phoenix and Corpus Christi, Texas, prove the effectiveness of our campaigns, which bring hundreds of thousands of souls home for less than $2 per person. Most would agree that this is an amazing return on investment! This effort is critically needed in our society now.”

It’s an impressive operation from top to bottom – from the leadership team, to the marketing, to the material. And it’s all anchored by a top-notch website – which they continue to improve.

Upon visiting the website, you are given three choices: I’m Catholic, I’m not Catholic or I used to be Catholic. Depending upon your choice, the website then offers more relevant information according to where you are in your faith journey. It’s an excellent concept and more people need to know about it and share it with their friends and family.
click here to read entire article

Visit CatholicsComeHome.org each day to grown in your faith and love of Christ and His Catholic church!

Archdiocese of Chicago Releases Summary Report Findings From Their CatholicsComeHome.org Diocesan Partner Initiative

CATHOLICS COME HOME.org CHICAGO SUMMARY REPORT
Information from Responding Parishes Finds Increased Mass Attendance

Chicago, IL (June 23, 2010)– The Chicago evangelization initiative, CatholicsComeHome.org, has released a Summary Report indicating an increase in Mass attendance following a major media effort this past December and January that included 2,000 commercials that aired on ten local television stations and cable outlets.

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Evangelization recently released the report showing that between October 2009 and February 2010, average Mass attendance increased 8.1 percent at 269 out of 368 parishes and missions in Cook and Lake Counties that responded to the survey.  The Report noted that the Archdiocesan Office of Research and Planning conducted the special February attendance count at the beginning of Lent, when traditionally more people attend Sunday Mass.

The Chicago CatholicsComeHome.org Summary Report recaps the results of two separate surveys given to pastors and the designated parish program contact.  A total of 440 surveys from 201 pastors and 239 parish contacts provided the statistics for this report.  The survey evaluations by pastors and parish contacts were considered generally positive, with more than 90 percent of the parish contact people reporting that their parishes were positively engaged in, and enthusiastic about, planning for the initiative.  Additionally, two-thirds of responding pastors suggested that the CatholicsComeHome.org commercials be used again in the future.

Other survey findings from the 201 responding pastors include:

  • 88 percent think the archdiocese should use media to evangelize in the future
  • 71 percent thought the initiative benefited their parishes
  • 52 percent said there was an increase in confessions

The CatholicsComeHome.org diocesan partner evangelization initiative was a collaborative effort among the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Dioceses of Joliet and Rockford.  The viewing area for the ads consisted of 20 counties across northern Illinois.

Click here to read the entire Archdiocese of Chicago CatholicsComeHome.org Summary Report.

Our True Treasure

Check out Chris Findley’s short reflection on Devotion: What Really Matters at the IntegratedCatholicLife.org, reminding us, “Do not love the world or the things in the world” (1 John 2:12).

endtimes“Earthly goods are not bad, but they are debased when man sets them up as idols, when he adores them. They are ennobled when they are converted into instruments for good, for just and charitable Christian undertakings. We cannot seek after material goods as if they were a treasure. Our treasure is Christ and all our love and desire must be centered on him.” -St. Josemaria Escriva

EncouragePriests.org Website Extends Mission of the Year for Priests

Catholics Come Home

LAY CATHOLICS LAUNCH EXPANDED WEBSITE TO ENCOURAGE PRIESTS

ENCOURAGEPRIESTS.ORG EXTENDS MISSION OF “YEAR FOR PRIESTS”

ATLANTA, Ga. (June 22, 2010)—The new lay Catholic outreach effort EncouragePriests.org™ has just launched its new interactive and expanded website to support priests.  The apostolate launched on Holy Thursday and the new interactive website went live this Father’s Day, June 20, 2010.

The new website comes on the heels of the “Year for Priests” in an effort to extend the Holy Father’s call for the laity to show our love and support for the many holy Catholic priests around the world.

“This audacity of God who entrusts himself to human beings – who, conscious of our weaknesses, nonetheless considers men capable of acting and being present in his stead – this audacity of God is the true grandeur concealed in the word ‘priesthood,’” said Pope Benedict XVI.
Collar-HollerThe mission of EncouragePriests.org™ is to promote vocations and support ordinary men who do extraordinary work as Catholic priests, celebrating Mass and the sacraments, preaching, evangelizing and tirelessly serving the needs of their communities and the world.

On the new EncouragePriests.org™ website, visitors can learn more about the priesthood and vocations through audio, visual and written material on the site and on the blog. People will also find resources to show their gratitude for the priests in their lives through spiritual bouquets, written and video greetings, and short “Collar-Holler” e-cards. Encourage Priests™ can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

EncouragePriests.org™ has already been welcomed by priests and lay Catholics around the country.  “Great concept…Will be a tremendous help to the morale of priests,” said Bishop Sam Jacobs from the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux. Several Catholics have submitted words of encouragement about their priests, like Rose who said, “He is truly a great priest who is always there for God’s people, no matter what. His presence alone is a blessing to his parish and ours. I pray that he stays strong throughout his priesthood to continue to be a great priest.”

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To schedule an interview, please contact:  Louisa White at 678-585-7886, or by e-mail

CatholicsComeHome.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit media apostolate, dedicated to producing and airing Catholic evangelism television ads on local, national and international television networks.  EncouragePriests.org™ is a special communications outreach project of Catholics Come Home, Inc.

Advice for Dads

Happy Father’s Day!

Check out this article that provides good advice for fathers…it also includes audio clips!

Don’t forget to pray for all of the fathers in your life, living and deceased, and for our priestly fathers, who help nuture our spiritual lives.

“St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done.” -Prayer for Fathers by Pope John XXIII 

The Diocese of Phoenix Newspaper, The Catholic Sun, Reports the Launch of EncouragePriests.org

The Catholic Sun, newspaper of the Diocese of Phoenix, reports on the Father’s Day launch of EncouragePriests.org:

EncouragePriests.org: Send a local priest a ‘Collar-Holler’ this Father’s Day

The Year for Priests ends June 19, but a new website will help keep its spirit alive indefinitely.

EncouragePriests.org, which launched on Holy Thursday — the day that marks the institution of the priesthood — will become fully interactive June 20, Father’s Day.

The EncouragePriests.org site is designed to equip the laity with easy yet powerful ways to affirm the priests in their lives through spiritual bouquets, printable and electronic greeting cards — dubbed “Collar-Hollers” — and testimonials.

Visitors to the website will also be able to learn more about the priesthood, support vocations and explore features including homily highlights, “Words of Wisdom” and “Fatherly Advice.”

“It all happened very, very quickly,” founder Tom Peterson said of the new outreach ministry.

It started when Peterson, who is also the brains behind its partner Catholic media apostolate, CatholicsComeHome.org, simply told his spiritual director earlier this year about his own heavy workloads, loneliness and the demands of ministry. His spiritual director mentioned that priests face the same struggles…
click here to read entire article

Visit EncouragePriests.org today and spread the word to all your friends and family.  Our priests need our encouragement!

Strengthening Our Knowledge–and Love–of the Eucharist

Pope Benedict XVI recently spoke about the need for the Church to gain an even more profound knowledge of the magnificence of the Holy Eucharist.

“‘When we receive Christ,’ the Holy Father explained, ‘the love of God expands inside us, radically modifying our hearts and making us capable of gestures which, by the contagious power of goodness, can transform the lives of people around us.’” Read more of Our Holy Father’s comments here.

CCH Epic - MonstranceHow often are you receiving the Eucharist? How is the Eucharist changing your life? Are you making an effort to increase your love and adoration for Christ’s True Presence in the Holy Eucharist? Our Lord didn’t just give us His teachings but His very Self.

“The hidden treasure… is Jesus himself, the Kingdom in person.  In the Sacred Host, he is present, the true treasure, always waiting for us.  Only by adoring this presence do we learn how to receive him properly-we learn the reality of communion” (Pope Benedict XVI, from his homily in Altötting at the Basilica of St. Anne,  2006).