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Archdiocese of Boston wants Catholics to “come home”

CatholicsComeHome.org urges lapsed Catholics to return to the faith

CatholicsComeHome.org urges lapsed Catholics to return to the faith

The Archdiocese of Boston is set to launch a major public relations offensive in the coming year in a bid to bring lapsed Catholics back to church. The campaign will see television adverts run in conjunction with a range of parish events in order to entice those who have left the church to return to the faith. The Archdiocese will join forces with Catholics Come Home, an independent, non-profit Catholic apostolate which will create a Lenten (March 9-April 24, 2011) television advertising initiative for Boston media markets. The commercials will direct the viewer to the CatholicsComeHome.org website to explore answers to questions of faith and to utilize the site’s ‘parish-finder’ feature to locate their local parish community.

According to Catholic News Service, a recent campaign in Phoenix, Arizona helped 92,000 inactive Catholics return to the active practice of their faith. The Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas experienced a comparable percentage increase following a bilingual campaign in 2009. Similar campaigns have aired in ten additional dioceses such as Providence, Rhode Island, helping to increase Mass attendance by an average of nearly 12%. The next phase of the initiative will target 12 additional dioceses, including Boston, Worcester and Portland, Maine.
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Cardinal Sean's "Catholics Come Home" in Boston Yields Front Page Headline, TV & Radio

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CARDINAL SEAN’S “CATHOLICS COME HOME” INITIATIVE IN BOSTON
YIELDS FRONT PAGE HEADLINE, PLUS PRIME TIME TV & RADIO COVERAGE

ATLANTA, Ga. (JuLY 28, 2010)—Following the CatholicsComeHome.org collaboration announcement by Seán Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, the secular press embraced the news with:

  • Front page, main headline in The Boston Globe (July 21, 2010), “A Call to Catholics to ‘Come Home’ Again
  • Nearly 12 minutes of Prime Time coverage (July 22, 2010 ) on Boston’s highly rated WGBH TV Program Greater Boston with Emily Rooney
  • Talk Radio coverage (July 22, 2010) on NPR’s WBUR

CatholicsComeHome.org initiatives in 12 U.S. dioceses have helped nearly 200,000 inactive Catholics return to the Church, increasing Mass attendance an average of 12%.

More details on the collaborative launch in Boston, as well as CatholicsComeHome.org can be found in the current News Release.

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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.

Front Page & 12 minutes of Prime Time TV in Boston!

Catholics Come Home

CatholicsComeHome.org is thrilled to announce the Archdiocese of Boston as a Lent 2011 partner, one of 12 new Catholics Come Home diocesan partners!  The CCH ads will bring a message of healing and an invitation to those away from the practice of faith to return ‘home’ to Christ’s Catholic Church in one of the oldest Catholic cities in America.

The Boston media has already been spreading the news about CCH:

-The front page of The Boston Globe proclaimed “A call to Catholics to ‘come home’ again.”

-CCH was the topic of nearly 12 minutes of prime time coverage and dialogue on how critical it is to have a personal relationship with Jesus in His sacramental Church, on both secular radio and TV.


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Thanks to God’s amazing grace, the Catholics Come Home TV commercials and website are helping hundreds of thousands thousands on their journey home to the Catholic Church.

Will you help someone by sharing one of the CCH TV commercials or website with a friend or two today? It’s as easy as including a link in an email to a relative, friend, coworker, or neighbor away from the faith, and saying something like, “I recently came across this TV commercial/website. Let me know what you think about it…”

Thank you for your participation in the evangelization mission of the Church. With your donation of $500, $100, $25 or any amount, you can help air more commercials that could bring someone home to the Catholic Faith, the Sacraments, and the Church started by Jesus 2000 years ago!


Sincerely,

Tom Peterson and your CatholicsComeHome.org team

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.

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Front Page Story of today's 'The Boston Globe' features CatholicsComeHome.org

The Archdiocese of Boston will be partnering with CatholicsComeHome.org to air a partner initiative this Lent 2011.  Today’s front page story from The Boston Globe features this partnership, see excerpt below:

A call to Catholics to ‘come home’ again

Boston Archdiocese aims ad campaign at inactive parishioners

By Lisa Wangsness and Marissa Lang Globe Staff | Globe Correspondent / July 21, 2010

The Archdiocese of Boston, in an effort to bring lapsed Catholics back to church, is planning a major public relations campaign in the coming year that will use television ads, parish events, and personal invitations to urge inactive Catholics to “come home’’ to their faith.

The campaign is planned as the Catholic Church faces huge challenges.  Nationally, 10 percent of all American adults are former Catholics, according to a recent study. In the Boston Archdiocese, weekly Mass attendance has plunged from 376,383 in 2000 to 286,951 last year, according to the church’s own annual count.

“Each time we go to Mass. . . . the pews seem emptier and emptier,’’ said Janet Benestad, secretary for faith formation and evangelization at the archdiocese. The goal of the campaign, she said, “is to say to folks, ‘We are diminished by your absence . . . and we want to issue a genuine invitation to return to the practice of the faith.’ ’’

Visit CatholicsComeHome.org each day to grow in your faith.  Also, please pray for all who will be reached this Advent 2010 and Lent 2011 through the many CCH diocesan partner initiatives that will be airing!


A Great Message From A Catholic-in-Action:)

We received the inspiring message below from Sharon in California, who is actively involved as a volunteer in the returning Catholics programs at her parish:

Having been involved with “Remembering Church”, “Catholics Returning Home”, and now “Catholics Come Home” since I returned in 1996, I dearly love all the people in all the classes we’ve had. We hear so many stories….some are similar, and others one of a kind, but all missing the Heart of the church, Our Lord Jesus Christ. So many tell of trying other churches, and always feeling something is missing. The Holy Eucharist, holy water, incense, prayers that never change etc. This is a ministry that calls to you and you never want to leave it. Sometimes when I have a couple of extra Catholic Come Home cards with me, I will leave one in an obvious place and hope the Holy Spirit leads someone to it. Thanks for all the updates.   In Christ, Sharon,  CA

Get involved in your parish, and give away the ‘gifts’ God has given you!
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and always remember to “keep the faith…but NOT to yourself!” :)

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Catholics Come Home

Another inspiring story we received from an individual whose life was changed after seeing a CatholicsComeHome.org TV commercial!

Meet Harrison:

Harrison was raised Methodist and later joined the Charismatic Protestant movement, but found himself looking for something more. He began studying Catholicism and came across a Catholics Come Home TV commercial in 2009. After watching the commercial “Epic,” Harrison was moved to visit CatholicsComeHome.org and watch all of the Catholics Come Home commercials.

The commercials communicated a longstanding vitality in the Catholic Church that I had not experienced anywhere else,” Harrison shared with us. “In the ‘Epic’ commercial, I felt like the beauty and riches of the Catholic Church I had so often read about had been condensed into a brief, but powerful video.”

Harrison says that “Epic” brought him to the edge of tears.  “The universality and beauty of the Catholic Church reached out to me. I felt like the Church was extending an invitation for me to come home, not to a home I left, but the home no one had ever told me about.”

On Easter 2010, Harrison entered the Catholic Church and finally found the home he had been looking for. A graduate of Oral Roberts University, Harrison is now studying Catholic theology in graduate school at Ave Maria University in Florida!

I am being well prepared to someday teach others about the beauty and truth I’ve found in the Catholic Church.”


The Catholics Come Home TV commercials and website are helping thousands on their journey home to the Catholic Church.

Will you help someone by sharing one of the CCH TV commercials or website with a friend or two today? It’s as easy as including a link in an email to a relative, friend, coworker, or neighbor away from the faith, and saying something like, “I recently came across this TV commercial/website. Let me know what you think about it…”

Thank you for your participation in the evangelization mission of the Church. With your donation of $500, $100, $25 or any amount, you can help air more commercials that could bring someone home to the Catholic Faith, the Sacraments, and the Church started by Jesus 2000 years ago!


Sincerely,

Tom Peterson and your CatholicsComeHome.org team


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.