Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul!

Today we celebrate the feast of the conversion of the great “apostle to the st-paulGentiles.” After his conversion, St. Paul spread the Gospel fervently and with tremendous love for the Lord about whom he preached.

Read about the conversion of this great saint here.

St. Paul, great evangelist and example of God’s mercy, pray for us!

Feast of St. Anthony of Egypt

A voice came to St. Anthony saying, “Antony, I was here, but I was waiting to watch your struggle. But now, since you have bravely held your own in this fight, I will always help you…” (St. Athanasius,  “Life of Antony”).

922b__hermit_anchorite_st_anthony_great_egypt_251_orthodox_icon1St. Anthony of Egypt is well-known for boldly engaging in spiritual warfare.

Are we at war?

“For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

St. Anthony of Egypt, pray fo us! “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

St. Hilary and Scripture

Today is the feast of St. Hilary, who, raised a pagan, found God in his encounter with Scriptures and would go on to become bishop of Poitiers in France and a great fighter of the Arian heresy. St. Hilary is a great example for us of how Scripture should guide our lives.

Are you taking time to read and pray with the Scriptures every day? If not, include this activity with your resolutions for 2011…it’s not too late! You’ll be surprised what God has in store for you when you take time to read the story of Christ’s life–to see how you fit into it!

CCH Recommends…

CCH highly recommends Dr. Edward Sri’s new book, A Biblical Walk through the Mass, from Ascension Press. BIBLICAL-BOOK_300

“As Catholics, the Mass is the center of our Faith. We celebrate it every day. We know all the responses. We know all the gestures. But do we know what it all means?…” Read more and get your copy here.

 

 

CatholicTV viewer Shares A CatholicsComeHome.org Testimonial

CatholicTV out of  Boston received a CatholicsComeHome.org testimonial letter which was recently featured on their “This is the Day” program:

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The letter, pictured to the left, says:
Watching TV one night, I came across Catholic TV and “Going My Way.”  No matter what, I had to watch that program every day.  Then I began to see other wonderful programs and Holy Mass.  Then I kept seeing Catholics Come Home®.  I think God was working on me because I went home to where I belonged – The Catholic Church

“This is the Day” live CatholicTV talk show is scheduled to feature Catholics Come Home® on January 14, 2011!

A prayer petition for 2011

This January, when making your resolutions for 2011, don’t forget to include the most important type of goals for your life: the spiritual ones.

Perhaps you can commit to a deeper prayer life, more time spent in the adoration chapel, more frequent self-sacrifice hands-praying(like fasting), attending daily Mass more often, etc.

On January 1st, Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI reminded religious leaders around the world of the commitment that must be made to continually seek peace among nations. “I invite all of you to join in heartfelt prayer to Christ the Prince of Peace for an end to violence and conflict wherever they are found,” the Holy Father declared. This year, let us all incorporate prayers for peace into our ‘spiritual plans’ so that we may do our part to spread God’s love and peace in our world today.

FOX Charlotte Reports: Effort To Bring Catholics Back To Church

FOX Charlotte Reports about the Catholics Come Home® Initiative:

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By Marvin Beach
December 30, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC – You may have noticed ads like this airing across the Charlotte area.

Catholics Come Home®” is part of an ongoing national campaign that’s currently focusing on our area.  “The whole idea of the commercials is to invite those Catholics who may have not been practicing their faith for awhile to come back,” says Father John Putnam.
Putnam is leading the effort in the Charlotte area.
He says only a third of US Catholics attend mass on a weekly basis.
That’s a big concern for church leaders. Steeped in tradition, the church has dealt with several scandals in recent years.  Overall though, local church attendance is still going up. That number has kept rising because of the increasing population in Charlotte and across Western North Carolina.
In the year 2000, around 73,000 people attended mass weekly in Western North Carolina, including Charlotte. 78,000 in 2005, a slight dip from the year before. And around 93,000 in 2010.
Leaders say that number could be even higher. They hope those who’ve left will give the church another look.
“Our main goal is just to get folks to come by renew their commitment to the church, see what the church is about, and renew their relationship with God, who loves them and wants the best for them,” Putnam says.
And they’re doing it through one of the most powerful ways to reach people who’ve drifted away.


Please Keep all of our CCH Diocesan Partners who are currently airing Catholics Come Home initiatives in Your Prayers, and all those who are receiving this invitation ‘home’ to Christ’s Catholic Church!
Learn more about bringing CatholicsComeHome.org TV commercials to your diocese