New Commercial in Production: “Heavy Burdens”

Dear Friend of CatholicsComeHome.org,

Catholics Come Home® is blessed to announce another new evangomercial and a family coming home story!

Catholics Come Home® announces production of a new evangomercial: “Heavy Burdens”!
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said, “The New Evangelization begins in the Confessional.” Taking that to heart, Catholics Come Home® is in production of a new website dedicated to Confession and will start production on a new evangomercial called “Heavy Burdens” this November, to be released on Ash Wednesday. Please keep our production process in your prayers! This effort is also inspired by our dear friend Jeff V. Jeff, who was diagnosed a short time ago with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), was given 2-5 years to live. He is spending the last years of his earthly life drawing near to God, frequenting the Sacraments of Confession and the Holy Eucharist, and spending time with and providing for his family. We hope you too are inspired by a short clip from his recent interview with me.

Please help us fund our “Heavy Burdens” commercial!

Mary and her family return home with the help of Catholics Come Home®!
Please take a moment to read this powerful and beautiful story, sent to us by our new friend Mary from Trenton, New Jersey:

Mary_AB_family.1Our family—my husband, my three teenaged sons and I—has heard the call of Catholics Come Home and we have received this invitation. I was not raised as a Catholic as my husband had been, but became a Catholic just prior to our wedding. It was wonderful to belong and worship the Lord but I was new in my Christian faith, had much to learn and felt the draw to seek church experiences elsewhere. Just before my third son was born, we began to move away from the Catholic Church where we were married and where our first two sons were baptized. We spent some time visiting various churches, but no matter how long or in what manner of worship we tried, we just weren’t home. I had felt God leading me back to the Catholic Church but didn’t know where to begin. Our church traveling lasted for fifteen years.

I prayed for guidance and turned in faith to the Catholic School of our home parish. They welcomed us with open arms and this was the beginning of our return.

It was just a few months ago that the “Catholics Come Home” campaign had begun to catch my attention. The website was intriguing and had enough information to encourage me to visit often. I especially loved to watch the Evangomercials. I was a born-again Evangelical Christian who had finally realized that the Catholic Church was my home; it is vibrant, relevant and deeply steeped in Christian tradition. The journeys I had made through the other denominations were nice places to visit, but I couldn’t manage to make them a permanent home. The website, book (Catholics Come Home: God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life) and Facebook page “Catholics Come Home” have been instrumental in guiding me back, in guiding my family back.

As I have made my full circle journey back home to the Catholic Church I now find that my love for the LordMary AB Solo is complete. The Bible tells us to” Seek ye first the Kingdom of God” and seeking has brought me back to the Catholic Church and my family with me. We are no longer searching for spiritual fulfillment but have found our hope, our comfort and our faith in the Catholic Church once again.

Returning was easy, I walked into the rectory office, explained that we were moved by the “Catholics Come Home” campaign and would like to return. To my surprise there was no questioning, no condemnation or accusations, there was simply…welcome back. You can go home again and it is my heartfelt desire for people to come to know Jesus Christ and His Gospel, to place their faith in Jesus and experience Him through the Catholic Church. Thank you for the invitation; this Catholic has come home.

GK Chesterton once said, “The difficulty in explaining ‘why I am a Catholic’ is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.” Let us continue to pray that more souls like Mary and her family will rediscover the goodness, beauty, and truth of Catholicism. With your help, we can continue airing Catholics Come Home® evangomercialsTM, particularly our newest “Heavy Burdens” ad, which will help souls all over our country find the peace and healing that only comes from God!

As always, we thank you for your continued support of our mission to invite Catholics and non-Catholics home to the Catholic Church.

CCH Makes News on International TV Station; More Catholics Come Home!

Dear Friend of CatholicsComeHome.org,

We pray your Lenten season so far has been fruitful and blessed! It is a privilege for us to share with you the good news happening at Catholics Come Home® during this penitential season.

Oscar comes home with the help of Catholics Come Home® evangomercials!
We were thrilled to receive a testimony from our new friend, Oscar, the other day. He shared with us:

“Catholics Come Home could not have started at a better time for me. I left the faith when I was 16. It took 17 years for me to circle back in search of God. My prayers and studies led me back to the Catholic Church, and the inspirational commercials gave me the added courage to make that decision.” -Oscar, Allen, TX

Oscar is now so on fire for his Catholic Faith that he works as a St. Paul Street Evangelist! Praise God!

Have you see our “Epic” ad again during “The Bible” on History Channel?
Please continue to pray for the impact of the Catholics Come Home® evangomercials™ that are airing with your Lenten almsgiving during The Bible on the History Channel. The premiere episode alone had over 27 million viewers, making it the #1 cable event of the year. Also, after promoting our “Epic” evangomercials™ airing during “The Bible” through social media, we grew our Facebook page by more than 1,000 additional “followers” and reached over 126,000 people on Facebook…all in just one week! The numbers continue to grow. Praise God!

Catholics Come Home® appears on The Filipino Channel in Vancouver!
The exciting success of our first internationally-aired Catholics Come Home® evangomercials™ continues to make its way into the news…this time on The Filipino Channel!

Thanks to your generous spiritual and financial support, we are continuing to reach millions of people with the good news of the Catholic Church that Jesus founded. God-willing, the result will be that we can have more stories like Oscar’s! Please join us in our mission by sponsoring more ads so we can continue this effective evangelism outreach!

As always, we thank you for your continued support of our mission to invite Catholics and non-Catholics home to the Catholic Church.

Your brother in Christ,

Tom Peterson and your CatholicsComeHome.org team

Catholic New World Newspaper for the Archdiocese of Chicago reports ‘Next Catholics Come Home Effort begins Dec. 17'

The Archdiocese of Chicago is partnering with CCH once more to air a second round of commercials which will begin in less than 2 weeks!  The Catholic New World reports below:

CatholicNewWorld

Next Catholics Come Home® effort begins Dec. 17 This year’s ads emphasize personal nature of faith rather than church history

By Michelle Martin

STAFF WRITER

The Archdiocese of Chicago will join the Joliet and Rockford dioceses once again to invite those who have left the Catholic Church to come home. This year, the invitation is more personal.

The three dioceses will again collaborate on a television advertising campaign starting in Advent. This time the centerpiece of the campaign, an ad called “Home,” and the ad called “Epic,” which ran last year, include video clips of people and scenes that will be familiar to Chicago- area Catholics, said Nancy Polacek, coordinator of Catholics Come Home® for the archdiocese.

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, installed Nov. 23 in San Antonio, did the voice-over for the Spanish version of the Home ad when he was a Chicago auxiliary bishop, and a local Polish man voiced the Polish ad, Polacek said.

Personal invites

But just as important as the advertising campaign are personal invitations to church from practicing Catholics.

“Every person in every parish is on for an invitation,” Polacek said. “Father (Lou) Cameli says we are called to evangelize, but we don’t know what that means. It means connection.”

This year’s ads emphasize the personal nature of faith rather than the history of the church, Polacek said.

“We have this spiritual longing,” she said. “That’s what this ad (“Home”) appeals to.”
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