The Christmas Candle…coming to a theater near you!

Senator Rick Santorum 001Rick Santorum, CEO of EchoLight Studios met with Tom Peterson, President of Catholics Come Home, in Atlanta on October 30th to discuss the new nationwide release of “The Christmas Candle” this Advent. Visit their website http://www.thechristmascandlemovie.com/ and purchase your tickets today! Max Lucado’s new film will be a great flick for the whole family to enjoy this year!

Watch the trailer.
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The Meaning of Christmas

Christmas isn’t over yet! While many in our culture are already packing up the Christmas decorations, we are just beginning to celebrate Christ’s birth in the Church!

Here is a great article by CCH advisory board member, Dr. Peter Kreeft, that will help you and your family “look deeper” into the meaning of Christmas.

Merry Christmas from your team at CatholicsComeHome.org!

A NEW TYPE OF GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT HELPING SOCIETY

A NEW TYPE OF GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT HELPING SOCIETY
MILLIONS VOLUNTEERING, DONATING, AND PRAYING TO HELP REFILL CHURCH PEWS AND SERVE HUMANITY 

Atlanta (Roswell), GA, December 28, 2011—At a time when the secular world moves on from Christmas, millions of supporters involved in the grassroots charity Catholics Come Home® (www.CatholicsComeHome.org) continue to serve humanity.  Faithful Catholics from parishes and dioceses across the U.S. and around the world continue this effort of the New Evangelization.

Nearly five-hundred, 30 and 60 second national network commercials inviting souls home to Church are airing throughout the New Year.  These highly produced and creative bilingual ads are airing nationally on top US networks like CBS, NBC, Univision, TBS, Fox News, TNT, CNN, and numerous other through January 8th.  Countless donors prayed for this effort and contributed more than $3.5 million dollars to air these national ads, in order to invite relatives, friends, neighbors and coworkers home to the Church.  Parishes have seen Mass attendance increase an average of ten percent in many of the thirty archdioceses and dioceses where the Catholics Come Home® ads have aired since 2008.  A number of parishes report that over 300,000 people have returned to the practice of faith after responding to a Catholics Come Home® television or website invitation.  Now the ads are airing nationally for the first time, reaching as many as 250 million viewers across the U.S.

Some of the most intriguing stories include:

Atheist turns Catholic in Denver
“Months ago, I was an atheist trying to convert people out of faith, Today I have returned to the Church, and now I am learning apologetics and defending the faith” – Adrian

Muslim converts back to Catholic Faith
“I’ve been away from the Church a long time…I practice the Muslim faith, and now I am coming back to the Catholic Church.'” -Archdiocese of Boston, MA

Hispanic woman returns in Boston after years away from Church
“I have come back to the Church a month today.  The joy I feel is beyond words” -Jackie

Agnostic teen returns to God in Chicago after hearing CCH Ads in Polish Language
“I’m 17 and I was always Catholic but I started moving further away from faith throughout the last year and a half.  I was slowly headed for agnosticism, but when I saw the (Catholics Come Home®) commercial, I couldn’t help but feel a small burst of happiness, and I do every time I see it.  In my ancestral homeland of Poland, many people saw the Polish language commercial and received it very positively.  I’m hoping the Catholics Come Home® movement will continue to make efforts in the U.S., Latin America, and in many of the secular, traditionally Catholic countries of Europe” – Richie

Young Adult Returns to Church in Green Bay
Television commercials for Catholics Come Home® aired locally and I was inspired by the media spot that highlighted Jesus calling Peter ‘the rock’ and saying ‘Upon this rock I will build my church.’  After that, I started to investigate the Church.  Everything just made sense to me and I knew that’s where I belong.” -Casey

In a time when politics and “occupy movements” steal the spotlight from “the reason for the season”, Catholics Come Home® and it’s grassroots supporters continue to remind the world of Jesus, His Church, and the love God has for each and every human soul.  As their popular “EPIC” commercial expresses, the more Catholics who practice their faith, the more humanitarian good can be done in the world.

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To receive a copy of the ad for media broadcast or to schedule an interview with Tom Peterson, President and Founder of Catholics Come Home®, please contact Susan Parkin, Program Director, at 678-585-7886 x106, or by e-mail to susan@catholicscomehome.org

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.

Atlanta (Roswell), GA, December 28, 2011—At a time when the secular world moves on from Christmas, millions of supporters involved in the grassroots charity Catholics Come Home® (www.CatholicsComeHome.org) continue to serve humanity.  Faithful Catholics from parishes and dioceses across the U.S. and around the world continue this effort of the New Evangelization.

Nearly five-hundred, 30 and 60 second national network commercials inviting souls home to Church are airing throughout the New Year.  These highly produced and creative bilingual ads are airing nationally on top US networks like CBS, NBC, Univision, TBS, Fox News, TNT, CNN, and numerous other through January 8th.  Countless donors prayed for this effort and contributed more than $3.5 million dollars to air these national ads, in order to invite relatives, friends, neighbors and coworkers home to the Church.  Parishes have seen Mass attendance increase an average of ten percent in many of the thirty archdioceses and dioceses where the Catholics Come Home® ads have aired since 2008.  A number of parishes report that over 300,000 people have returned to the practice of faith after responding to a Catholics Come Home® television or website invitation.  Now the ads are airing nationally for the first time, reaching as many as 250 million viewers across the U.S.

Some of the most intriguing stories include:

Atheist turns Catholic in Denver
“Months ago, I was an atheist trying to convert people out of faith, Today I have returned to the Church, and now I am learning apologetics and defending the faith” – Adrian

Muslim converts back to Catholic Faith
“I’ve been away from the Church a long time…I practice the Muslim faith, and now I am coming back to the Catholic Church.'” -Archdiocese of Boston, MA

Hispanic woman returns in Boston after years away from Church
“I have come back to the Church a month today.  The joy I feel is beyond words” -Jackie

Agnostic teen returns to God in Chicago after hearing CCH Ads in Polish Language
“I’m 17 and I was always Catholic but I started moving further away from faith throughout the last year and a half.  I was slowly headed for agnosticism, but when I saw the (Catholics Come Home®) commercial, I couldn’t help but feel a small burst of happiness, and I do every time I see it.  In my ancestral homeland of Poland, many people saw the Polish language commercial and received it very positively.  I’m hoping the Catholics Come Home® movement will continue to make efforts in the U.S., Latin America, and in many of the secular, traditionally Catholic countries of Europe” – Richie

Young Adult Returns to Church in Green Bay
Television commercials for Catholics Come Home® aired locally and I was inspired by the media spot that highlighted Jesus calling Peter ‘the rock’ and saying ‘Upon this rock I will build my church.’  After that, I started to investigate the Church.  Everything just made sense to me and I knew that’s where I belong.” -Casey

In a time when politics and “occupy movements” steal the spotlight from “the reason for the season”, Catholics Come Home® and it’s grassroots supporters continue to remind the world of Jesus, His Church, and the love God has for each and every human soul.  As their popular “EPIC” commercial expresses, the more Catholics who practice their faith, the more humanitarian good can be done in the world.

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To receive a copy of the ad for media broadcast or to schedule an interview with Tom Peterson, President and Founder of Catholics Come Home®, please contact Susan Parkin, Program Director, at 678-585-7886 x106, or by e-mail to susan@catholicscomehome.org


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.

POLITICS OR JESUS THIS CHRISTMAS?

Catholics Come Home

POLITICS OR JESUS THIS CHRISTMAS?
MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR GRASSROOTS AD CAMPAIGN COMPETES
FOR PUBLIC’S ATTENTION


Atlanta (Roswell), GA
—This Friday (December 16th), just in time for Christmas, Catholics Come Home® begins airing a massive, national prime-time network television evangelization initiative airing December 16, 2011 through January 8, 2012.

With the Presidential Primaries starting and the U.S. Presidential Election just months away, Americans are looking for someone to help answer their most critical needs.  Over 38,000 families, coast to coast, are so certain that Jesus delivers our true hope and real change that they are investing nearly $4,000,000 into this inviting, albeit countercultural, grassroots message” says Tom Peterson, President and Founder of Catholics Come Home, Inc.

Presidential political ads will soon need to share the national spotlight with these bilingual evangelization ads, blanketing the prime-time network airwaves and highlighting the benefits of Jesus and His Church.  The Hollywood-quality ads will reach 250 million television viewers in over 10,000 U.S. cities in every TV market throughout the United States, airing over 400 times during the Christmas and New Year’s seasons.   The Catholics Come Home® commercials air on major networks including: CBS, NBC, Univision, TBS, USA, TNT, CNN, FoxNews, etc…during shows like 60 Minutes, NCIS, Bones, NBC Nightly News , the Today Show, Jay Leno, O’Reilly, major College Football Bowl Games, and highly rated sitcoms.  Viewers will be directed to their local parish, or can learn more at CatholicsComeHome.org or CatolicosRegresen.org .

Catholics Come Home® hopes to inspire as many as one million souls to come home to local parishes.  This evangelization goal is based on statistical census results from Catholics Come Home® local media initiatives that have aired in 30 past partner dioceses, ranging from Chicago to Seattle and Boston to Phoenix.  Where these ads have aired, Mass attendance has increased an average of 10%.  In the first dozen dioceses, the ads helped lead over 300,000 people home to the Church, just since Lent 2008.

According to a recent CARA Catholic Poll (CCP), only 33% of U.S. Catholics attend weekly Mass.  That means 42.7 million, or two-thirds of U.S. Catholics are not going to Mass. The number of Americans identifying themselves as non-religious/secular increased 110% from 1990 to 2000, now 13.2% of the total population.  The average American spends 38 hours per week consuming media, with TV and internet being the top two choices.

“These inspiring messages are sponsored by tens of thousands of Catholics who want to invite neighbors, relatives, and co-workers to ‘the largest family reunion in modern history’.  Our true hope and real change won’t come from Washington D.C. this Christmas.  The answers to our most critical needs come from Heaven via a manger in Bethlehem, where Jesus continues to change hearts and our world for the better! ” said Catholics Come Home President and Founder, Tom Peterson.

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To receive a copy of the ad for media broadcast or to schedule an interview with Tom Peterson, President and Founder of Catholics Come Home®, please contact Yvonne Marchese, Executive Director, at 678-585-7886 x101, or by e-mail to yvonne@catholicscomehome.org

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.

The True Joy of Christmas

nativityIn preparation for the Advent of Christ, reflect on this excerpt by our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI about the true joy of Christmas:

“Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not the expensive gifts that call for time and money. We can communicate this joy simply: with a smile, a kind gesture, a little help, forgiveness. And the joy we give will certainly come back to us.…Let us pray that this presence of the liberating joy of God shines forth in our lives.”

Behold, I make all things new

Our culture loves making resolutions each New Year. People commit to lose weight, spend less money, and try new things. As 2009 draws to a close, we must not forget that the most important resolutions we can make are in regard to our faith.

We are reminded in one of the most thrilling verses in Revelation that “he who sat upon the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new’” (Rev 21:5). 

First, we must remember that Christ has the power to transform us completely–from the inside out. In 2010, we have the opportunity to offer all of our joys, sufferings, triumphs, and failings to Christ, so He can make them new. Looking for a good New Years resolution this year? How about to be one step closer to sainthood….

For “Life offers only one tragedy in the end: not to have been a saint” (Leon Bloy). And Saint Thomas Becket reminds us, “The whole company of saints bears witness to the unfailing truth that without real effort no one wins the crown.” So let us jump wholeheartedly into this new year, by pursuing Christ more fervently than ever!

To grow more in your faith this Christmas season, visit http://www.CatholicsComeHome.org.

It’s Christmas Time!

Don’t forget that the Christmas season has just begun!

As many stores and public places begin to take down their Christmas decorations today and throughout this weekend, remember that Christmas day marks the beginning of the Christmas season. We continue to celebrate the joyous occasion of Christ’s birth through the Epiphany, when the wise men visit Jesus with their gifts.

Let us continue to open our hearts to Christ throughout this whole Christmas season, so we can offer Him our finest gifts this Epiphany. God gave us His only Son. Why don’t we offer ourselves back to Him?

Don’t forget to check out CatholicsComeHome.org to continue your growth in faith this Christmas season.

CatholicsComeHome.org – sharing a facebook post we received!

We received the following CatholicsComeHome.org facebook post and wanted to share.  It inspired us – hope it does the same to you:

“On a whim, I bought a CCH car magnet for myself and a DVD for my retreat group.
I was afraid to put the magnet on my car, because I’m expecting the usual ridicule from my family and friends. After watching Tom’s witness on the Coming Home show with Marcus Grodi…I went right outside and put that magnet right on my car! Thanks for being a wonderful witness to our BEAUTIFUL faith!”

May YOUR example of faith-in-action this Christmas draw others to Christ’s Catholic Church!