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Catholics Come Home announces ad campaign on major networks

Atlanta, Ga., Nov 3, 2011 / 03:31 am (CNA).- Catholics Come Home has announced a major prime time evangelization initiative set to air on American TV networks beginning in mid-Advent and ending after Christmas.

The initiative’s advertising campaign aims to reach 250 million television viewers in over 10,000 U.S. cities and in every U.S. diocese.

“These inspiring messages are sponsored by 30,000 Catholic families who want to invite neighbors, relatives, and co-workers to the largest family reunion in modern history,” said Catholics Come Home founder Tom Peterson.

The ad used in the campaign notes the beauty and history of the Catholic Church. It mentions Catholics’ traditions of prayer, help for the poor, and work in education.

“Guided by the Holy Spirit, we compiled the Bible,” it says, stating that the Church was “started by Jesus.”

“If you’ve been away, come home to your parish, and visit today,” the ad says.

Catholics Come Home says the ad is scheduled to air over 400 times from Dec. 16 through Jan. 8.

Read entire article at: Catholic News Agency

WANTED: Courageous Apostles

“Pope Benedict said at his Wednesday general audience that the modern world needs ‘zealous’ disciples of Christ, who will fight religious indifference with the ‘light and beauty’ of the Gospel…”

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Are you living as a zealous disciple of Christ? Is your witness of life bringing a light to the darkness of indifference in our world?

Pope says Church’s mission a duty of every Catholic (Catholic News Agency)

Pope_Benedict_XVICheck out this news article on Catholic News Agency on His Holiness’ “message prepared for the annual day of prayer and promotion of the Church’s missionary activity, to be celebrated this year on Oct. 24.”

In it, the Holy Father implores Christians to recognize and participate in the Church’s mission to evangelize all people.

“The Father calls us to be sons and daughters, loved in the beloved Son, and to recognize that we are all brothers and sisters in (Christ), who is the gift of salvation for humanity.”

Youth: The Future of Society and of the Church!

Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI addressed the youth in his message for World Youth Day 2011, asking them to “strengthen their faith to counter the influence of secular society,” and telling the youth that the Church “needs your lively faith, your creative charity and the energy of your hope.”

Pope_Benedict_XVIIn the midst of an age of relativism and secularist thought, the Pope reminded his audience that “wherever individuals and nations accept God’s presence, worship him in truth and listen to his voice, then the civilization of love is being built, a civilization in which the dignity of all is respected, and communion increases, with all its benefits.”

Read more of the Holy Father’s words in this recent Catholic News Agency article!

Preserving Catholic Identity in Catholic Universities

Read this article about effective Catholic university education from the Catholic News Agency. In it, Cardinal Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, says that “Only the Catholic university that conserves its identity will have a future.”

“What is needed in the modern context of permissibility and relativity, he said, is ‘the Catholic university that defends the truth, the objective truth.'”

Take a moment today to pray for the present and future of Catholic education. Pray that it may flourish in its mission to promote authentic Catholic teaching and educate future leaders about the truth of the Catholic faith, so that Catholics students may come to participate more fully in the evangelization mission of the Church.

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!

Marriage and Salvation

Click to read a Catholic News Agency story about Our Holy Father’s recent comments on marriage as an instrument of salvation.

Here is an excerpt from the article, reminding us of the valuable role that marriage and family play in drawing umarriages closer to virtue and salvation:

“‘Marriage is truly an instrument of salvation, not only for married people but for the whole of society,’ he underscored.

“He went on to explain that ‘like any worthwhile goal,’ it is demanding, challenging and calls us to sacrifice for the good of another while also inviting us to “nurture and protect the gift of new life.’

“The stable family, the Holy Father added, is the ‘first and most fundamental school for virtuous living and the qualities of good citizenship.'”