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Pope Francis Likes CCH!

Dear Friend of CatholicsComeHome.org,

The excitement of the Easter season continues here at Catholics Come Home® as we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, our beloved Pope Francis, a momentous month for our apostolate in the national spotlight, and the extraordinary plan God has for all of our lives!

Pope Francis knows about Catholics Come Home®!
In the March 17, 2013 issue of Catholic New World (Chicago), Monica Mavric, a judge in the archdiocesan Tribunal recalls her first visit with Pope Francis, when he was a Cardinal in Argentina. During that visit, “Chicago was in the midst of Catholics Come Home, a campaign using advertisements to encourage non-practicing Catholics to return to church. Mavric took Catholics Come Home materials to share with then-Cardinal Bergoglio. He was very happy to have it, she said.”

Catholics Come Home® makes a splash on International TV News and on mainstream National TV during Lent and Holy Week!
We couldn’t be more fired up about the incredible results of our Epic campaign during The Bible on History Channel. According to the producers of The Bible, the series reached more than 100 million viewers during its airing from Lent to Easter Sunday. It’s exciting to think that all of those viewers were reached with the message to “come home to Jesus and His Church,” thanks to your generous support! Catholics Come Home® received an outpouring of emails and social media feedback from both practicing and fallen-away Catholics, as well as non-Catholics during the campaign. Amazingly, our website received 15,000 visitors at once at 10pm EDT on Sunday March 3rd and CatholicsComeHome.org received more than 75,000 visits during the month that our EPIC evangomercialTM was airing! One thing is clear after this campaign: we need to do more niche campaigns like the History Channel Bible Miniseries and our ESPN Coach Lou Holtz campaigns, to invite more souls home. These targeted niche campaigns are effective and cost efficient!

Multiple Good Friday national news stories about Catholics Come Home®!
The spotlight on Catholics Come Home® and the Church continued on Good Friday, with FOX News featuring me our apostolate in three stories throughout the day, commenting on the resurrecting effect Pope Francis is having on the Catholic Church. Since you probably weren’t watching TV on Good Friday, here are some clips from the stories that day, appearing in America’s Newsroom, Fox Report with Shepard Smith, and Special Report with Bret Baier.

Also on Good Friday, Catholics Come Home® was featured in a prominent article in the National Review online. In it, I refute errors about Catholicism, and explain how to invite more souls home to Jesus and His Holy Catholic Church.

Catholics Come Home: God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life is now in airport bookstores!
We recently received the great news that my new book, Catholics Come Home:God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life is now prominently displayed among bestsellers on bookshelves in the Atlanta and all the NYC area airports! Click to watch this new promo video for the book, and please share on Facebook and Twitter, so more people can read and benefit from the Good News that God has a unique and extraordinary plan for everyone!

A Coming Home Story…from Facebook!
Several weeks ago, a young woman and mother of two visited our Facebook page, asking questions about the Catholic Church. She wondered about how to recover from feelings of frustration over scandal in the Church, the Church’s teachings on various ‘controversial’ topics, how to forgive Catholics who hurt her in the past, and more. Sometimes her posts with harsh remarks had to be deleted. She seemed convinced that she would never return home. Nonetheless, Katie Peterson Warner, our Director of Communications and Evangelization, continued to dialogue with her online, lovingly and patiently inviting her to open her heart again to the Catholic Church. After much prayer and digital conversation, we received a message from her on Good Friday, during the hours of Divine Mercy, saying, “I want to thank the invisible person who answered my questions and helped re-open my heart. I went back home today and will be there till the day I die. Thank you and God Bless you…for this Catholic has come home and it feels so good.” God could not have given us a greater gift on such a holy day! Please keep this young woman and her family in your prayers as they return home to the practice of the Catholic Faith, thanks to the workings of the Holy Spirit in her heart and missionary evangelization using Facebook! Can you believe it?!

Your generous spiritual and financial support continue to impact many souls, some of whom you may never meet here on earth. What a great reward awaits us who continue to spread God’s Word to the spiritually poor. Please help us continue this vital work so the Holy Spirit can bring more growth to the evangelization mission of Catholics Come Home®!

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

COACH HOLTZ EVANGOMERCIAL… A WINNER IN COLLEGE BOWL GAMES!

COACH HOLTZ EVANGOMERCIAL…A WINNER IN COLLEGE BOWL GAMES!
Will Air During NFL Playoff this Sunday, Too

January 10, 2013– Atlanta (Roswell), GA —The newest Catholics Come Home® ad featuring beloved Coach Lou Holtz took the nation by surprise during college bowl week, reaching 70 million homes in over a dozen bowl games, with the largest audience viewing the National BCS Championship (Notre Dame vs. Alabama), January 7, 2013.  “The prayers of many Catholics have been answered,” said Tom Peterson, founder and president of Catholics Come Home, Inc.

Coach Lou Holtz rallying half-time pep-talk urging viewers to focus on heaven and partake in scripture and the Sacraments of the Catholic church, created an incredible buzz across North America.  The message drove thousands of viewers to learn more about Jesus and His Church at www.CatholicsComeHome.org.  Faithful Christians embraced the message, saying:

  •  Although I am not a Catholic, I am thrilled and encouraged by the “Catholics Come Home” commercials.  Thank you for putting religion in the forefront.   With everything going on in today’s society, faith is more important than ever.  Thank you for your campaign.  It is appreciated by Catholics and Protestants alike. –Tina
  • Saw Lou Holtz do your commercial twice so far during the Rose Bowl Game! It’s excellent… gave me goose bumps! ! It brought me to your site. –Ramon
  • Really enjoyed Lou Holtz`s ‘coming out for Christ’ on ESPN before the Florida football game. It was truly inspirational and far more important than the football game. Bob
  • Your TV commercial is an outstanding testimony to the mission of the Catholic Church, I commend you for this, especially with the football analogy. Thank you for this tremendous Catholic outreach. Al

Even the secular press and the Mormons loved the Ad!

  • The Washington Postit’s genius placement and messaging.
  • Deseret NewsThe divine pep talk is the newest “evangomercial” from Catholics Come Home…a well-timed commercial.

What’s Next?
Watch for the Catholics Come Home® “Coach Holtz” evangomercial™ to air as the spot right before the kick-off in the Falcons playoff game this Sunday January 13 c. 1:00 pm EST on Fox 5 Atlanta.  More than a dozen other airings will follow in prime-time next week in CCH’s headquarters home of Atlanta, Georgia, including spots at the end of the season premier week on American Idol, January 16th and 17th.

Catholics Come Home® is also working on a strategically placed national network airing of their most popular ad “Epic during Lent, with a massive blitz during Holy Week and finale on Easter Sunday.
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To schedule an interview with Tom Peterson, President and Founder of Catholics Come Home®, please send email request to spokesperson@catholicscomehome.org.   

Links to:

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.  Catholics Come Home® is guided by a 30 person Advisory Board, including Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Bishop James Conley, Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Bishop Michael Sheridan, Bishop Jaime Soto, and other highly respected theologians and Catholic business executives.

Evangomercial is a trademark of Catholics Come Home, Inc. Catholics Come Home® is a Federally Registered Trademark of Catholics Come Home, Inc.


The Image/Random House book entitled, “Catholics Come Home…God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life” authored by Tom Peterson, with Foreward by Dr. Scott Hahn, is available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

CATHOLICS COME HOME AIRS SUPER BOWL-STYLE TV AD

CATHOLICS COME HOME
AIRS SUPER BOWL-STYLE TV AD
During College Football Bowl Week

December 27, 2012– Atlanta (Roswell), GA —They say football is like a religion for some die hard fans, that’s why Catholics Come Home® plans to air a new national television commercial during college football bowl week, and ending with the BCS National Championship (Notre Dame vs. Alabama), Jan. 7, 2013.

This one-of-a-kind ad features legendary football Coach Lou Holtz delivering a rallying half-time pep-talk.  In the 30-second commercial, Holtz coaches viewers to “the goal in life – heaven.” He is an ideal person to deliver the message, since Holtz is a devout Catholic and well-known veteran of goals, coaching Notre Dame to the National Title in 1988 during their last undefeated season.  

Catholics Come Home® Founder and President Tom Peterson says, “Faith is not a spectator’s sport; it must be lived…it’s interactive!”  This is why his non-profit is trying a new play with the goal of winning loyal fans for Jesus and the Church.

When Peterson was asked how this campaign would be funded in a sluggish economy, he replied: “With God, all things are possible!  After all, the Holy Spirit inspired me to write this script more than a year ago, long before Notre Dame ever played its first game of their undefeated season.  Then by God’s grace, I ran into Coach Holtz last July in the Los Angeles airport, inviting him to star in this evangomercial™. So you can understand why I’m confident that God is watching over us and has a wonderful plan in store!”

Some football experts do not think Notre Dame has a prayer of winning against the SEC powerhouse, Alabama, who won the BCS Championship last year.  While Peterson, who is a loyal Georgia Bulldogs fan, has not divulged who he is cheering for in the BCS title game, he is certain who will win: “All those viewers who follow the wisdom of Coach Holtz—keeping focused on the goal in life: Heaven. They will be the true winners when their final down is played.”

The new Catholics Come Home® evangomercial will air in various markets and programming throughout the United States, reaching an estimated 70 million households between December 27, 2012 and January 8, 2013.

In December 2011 through January 2012, Catholics Come Home® aired their first national television campaign on cable, satellite and major television networks, including CBS, NBC, Univision and others, reaching over 125 million viewers 10 times each, according to Neilsen data.  In the 35 regional dioceses where CatholicsComeHome.org and CatolicosRegresen.org (Spanish) ads have aired, many dioceses who conducted census comparisons reported an average increase in Mass attendance of 10 percent.  Some dioceses have reported results of a nearly 18 percent increase following the Catholics Come Home® airings, along with other benefits like: stronger Catholic identity, increased participation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, increased tithing and volunteerism, and a stronger desire to go deeper into the faith.  Current regional Catholics Come Home® evangelization campaigns are also airing in Cincinnati, Vancouver (Canada), New Orleans, Colorado Springs, and Venice, Florida, through the New Year.

Perhaps the new Catholics Come Home® football themed ad will help motivate some loyal football fans and their families to set a New Year’s resolution of coming home to weekly Mass and the Catholic Church!

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To schedule an interview with Tom Peterson, President and Founder of Catholics Come Home®, please send email request to spokesperson@catholicscomehome.org.   Links to:

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.  Catholics Come Home® is guided by a 30 person Advisory Board, including Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Bishop James Conley, Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Bishop Michael Sheridan, Bishop Jaime Soto, and other highly respected theologians and Catholic business executives.

Evangomercial is a trademark of Catholics Come Home, Inc. Catholics Come Home® is a Federally Registered Trademark of Catholics Come Home, Inc.


The Image/Random House book entitled, “Catholics Come Home…God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life” authored by Tom Peterson, with Foreward by Dr. Scott Hahn, is available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

CATHOLICS COME HOME® ANNOUNCES FIRST BOOK FROM FOUNDER TOM PETERSON

CATHOLICS COME HOME® ANNOUNCES
FIRST BOOK FROM FOUNDER TOM PETERSON

Catholics Come Home: God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life
Now Available for Pre-order

December 20, 2012– Atlanta (Roswell), GA —Catholics Come Home® enthusiastically announces the release of Founder and President Tom Peterson’s first book, Catholics Come Home: God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life, with a foreword by Dr. Scott Hahn. The book will be released in early February, but it is available now for pre-order.

Tom Peterson built his career as an award-winning national corporate advertising executive over the last thirty years. Now, as founder and president of the apostolate CatholicsComeHome.org, he shares stories from his own faith journey and offers inspiration for believers from all walks of life, whether lapsed or practicing, to deepen their faith and draw them closer to Jesus and His Church.

Catholics—and even non-Catholics—are offering praise for his new book:

“We are in the midst of a New Evangelization 
and I believe this book is a signal moment in its success.”
Dr. Scott W. Hahn, author of The Lamb’s Supper and Signs of Life

“This book’s powerful message contains both a heartfelt invitation — ‘Catholics, come home!’—and an encouraging statement of an often overlooked fact— ‘Catholics come home!’ With enthusiasm, humility, and
 wisdom born of his own lived experience Tom Peterson lays 
out the salient reasons for both.”

Patrick Madrid, author of Envoy for Christ: Twenty-Five Years as a Catholic Apologist

“Catholics Come Home is a powerful sacramental, a means of grace. It is a willing, waiting taxi to take us home, to our home away from home, the 
Catholic Church, the mystical body of Christ.”

Dr. Peter Kreeft, author of Handbook of Christian Apologetics

“The mission of Tom Peterson and Catholics Come Home to bring souls home to Jesus and the church is critically important during this challenging time in our history. I fully support this New Evangelization project.”
Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life

“Catholics Come Home inspires each of us to share God’s love with others, in order to help change the world for the better, for eternity!”
Roma Downey, Touched by an Angel actress, and co-producer of the History Channel series The Bible

“[Tom Peterson] has a statistically verifiable program of bringing people back to the Church.”
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

Peterson is also available for speaking engagements for the Year of Faith.

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To schedule an interview with Tom Peterson, President and Founder of Catholics Come Home®, please e-mail to spokesperson@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.  Catholics Come Home® is guided by a 30 person Advisory Board, including Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Bishop James Conley, Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Bishop Michael Sheridan, Bishop Jaime Soto, and other highly respected theologians and Catholic business executives.

Evangomercial is a trademark of Catholics Come Home, Inc. Catholics Come Home® is a Federally Registered Trademark of Catholics Come Home, Inc.

The Image/Random House book entitled, “Catholics Come Home…God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life” authored by Tom Peterson, with Foreward by Dr. Scott Hahn, is available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

CATHOLICS COME HOME® LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE AND CAMPAIGNS

CATHOLICS COME HOME® LAUNCHES
NEW WEBSITE AND CAMPAIGNS
NEW EVANGELIZATION EFFORTS FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH

December 13, 2012– Atlanta (Roswell), GA —Catholics Come Home® announces the complete graphic and functional overhaul of its interactive website, CatholicsComeHome.org, along with new campaigns for Advent and the Year of Faith. The new site is easier to navigate, more appealing in design, and more robust in content, putting it at the forefront of cutting-edge Catholic websites.

The website launch comes as Catholics Come Home® begins its first international airing of evangomercialsin the Archdiocese of Vancouver this Advent. A Catholics Come Home® campaign is also underway in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, beginning on Dec. 14.

These diocesan campaigns will air in conjunction with the new Catholics Come Home® “mini campaigns” this Advent and January.  In response to the Vatican announcing the Year of Faith in October, Catholics Come Home® is offering its original diocesan partners the opportunity to continue their momentum of evangelization by airing TV and radio “mini campaigns” featuring its evangomercials. A number of dioceses are participating, including the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the Diocese of Colorado Springs, and the Diocese of Venice, Fla., which means more souls will be reached in regions across the U.S.

“We hope that our updated website, Advent campaigns, and Year of Faith mini-campaigns will contribute to a greater revitalization of the Catholic Faith during this year in the Church,” says Tom Peterson, founder and president of Catholics Come Home®.

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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 spokesperson@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.  Catholics Come Home® is guided by a 30 person Advisory Board, including Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Bishop James Conley, Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Bishop Michael Sheridan, Bishop Jaime Soto, and other highly respected theologians and Catholic business executives.

Evangomercial is a trademark of Catholics Come Home, Inc. Catholics Come Home® is a Federally Registered Trademark of Catholics Come Home, Inc.

A TRUCE DURING THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS

A TRUCE DURING THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS
SOME NORTH AMERICAN MEDIA FINALLY COLLABORATING WITH CATHOLICS

December 3, 2012– Atlanta (Roswell), GA—While the “war on Christmas” rears its ugly head once again in our secular culture this Advent, Catholics Come Home® continues to combat the attempts by secular groups to censor and silence the voice of Christians in America.  “CatholicsComeHome.org proclaims the good news of Jesus and His Church, by using mainstream media to remind people of the hope that Christianity offers our wounded world,” said Tom Peterson, Founder and President of Catholics Come Home®.

The mainstream media in Cincinnati, site of the latest Catholics Come Home® diocesan partner initiative, appears to be fully embracing this outreach of the New Evangelization.
With over 3,000 evangomercials airing in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Lima covering the tri-state area (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky) this December and January, it will be hard to miss these inviting messages calling families home to Jesus and His Church.

Catholics Come Home® is simultaneously airing its first international campaign in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, B.C., where 41% of the population has no faith, which is reflected in the following media coverage.
      
This Advent, some CCH diocesan partners (New Orleans, Colorado Springs, Venice FL) will also air a second media campaign to keep up the momentum of the New Evangelization.

CatholicsComeHome.org evangomercials represent a proud and significant voice of hope for Catholics and all Christians in the public square. They are messages for the New Evangelization, aimed at a culture in dire need of faith in God. “Catholics Come Home® is  bringing light into the darkness through our evangomercials ,” Peterson said. “We will not back away from the public arena.  Now, more than ever, Christians are called to live and share their faith in Jesus Christ.”

A first-time ever national primetime Catholics Come Home® TV ad campaign aired across the United States in English and Spanish (www.CatolicosRegresen.org) during the 2011 Christmas season.  This national campaign reached over 125 million television viewers an average of 9.7 times during the three-week campaign.

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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  spokesperson@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.  Catholics Come Home® is guided by a 30 person Advisory Board, including Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Bishop James Conley, Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Bishop Michael Sheridan, Bishop Jaime Soto, and other highly respected theologians and Catholic business executives.

Evangomercial is a trademark of Catholics Come Home, Inc. Catholics Come Home® is a Federally Registered Trademark of Catholics Come Home, Inc.