For Catholic Moms and Dads

Check out these articles, recently published on IntegratedCatholicLife.org and TheRadicalLife.org.

mother-and-daughter-walking-featured-w480x300-300x187Article for Catholic Moms: 10 Lessons from My Mom on How to Be a Great Mother

It is amazing how much my pregnancy has given me pause for reflection on my relationship with my own mother, and on the qualities that make her the most remarkable role model in my life. I can honestly say that my mother is the most saintly person I know — an unmatched giving, loving, patient, faithful, prayerful woman who knows her life’s work is to be a wife and mother, and boy does she live out her vocation well.
If I am half as good at being a mother as my mother is, than I think my children will be exceedingly blessed. But I certainly have my work cut out for me. Fortunately, after observing my mother’s graceful living over the past 24 years of my life, I’ve picked up on some of her unsaid but well-lived tips for being a great mom. Read more

Article for Catholic Dads: It’s My Fault

Being a father is a radical responsibility. One that’s been neutered of its uniqueness and weight and reduced to a mere luxury of the human economy. Well, we may have produced an economy of hard working men (and women), but we’ve also enabled a generation of slacker dads. Even the “good dads” are slackers. And I’m intent on not being one of them. Read more

Families Need Mass: New Commercial from CCH!

Catholics Come Home® is excited to announce a new evangomercial! Additionally, during this month of May when we celebrate Our Lady, we reflect on all of the ways she has guided us with her motherly love during the month of April with a great month for coverage for CCH in the news.

Catholics Come Home® announces a new evangomercial: “Families Need Mass”!
Please take a moment to view our new evangomercialTM with the powerful message that families need Mass to reach their fullest potential. Our culture needs to hear this truth! Please share this commercial with your networks through email, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and your other social networks. With your help, we can have more stories like Mary’s: “Our family has returned to the Catholic Church as a result of Catholics Come Home. Thank you for providing such a wonderful evangelical tool.” Praise God!

NBC TV and ABC News Radio feature Catholics Come Home®!
The momentum keeps building for Catholics Come Home® in the news! We were recently featured in an NBC news story, subtitled “Lapsed Catholics lured back by Pope Francis” (which also appeared on the home page of MSN.com) and on ABC News Talk Radio

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Fathers for Good, an initiative of the Knights of Columbus, also focused on Catholics Come Home® in the article, “Home is where the faith is: Catholics Come Home® has reached millions with a simple invitation.”

Catholics Come Home® is highlighted in a British Newspaper!
Check out the engaging article about Catholics Come Home® featured in the British newspaper, The Catholic Herald. God-willing, we will see evangomercialsTM airing overseas in the near future!

St. Edith Stein once said, “The nation doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.” Let us continue to work together to be a light to our nation, a beacon of hope for our culture, through our ongoing invitation to souls to come home to Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church. Please help us fund the airing of our new Families Need Mass evangomercial, so we can bring a renewal of peace in our homes and a refocus on God as the center of family life!

How can you be Christ in someone’s life today?

Take a moment to think about this question and make a resolution to show God’s love in a special way to someone you encounter, whether that be a family member, friend, or complete stranger!

Ideas: a note of care, a prayer offered, an unexpected visit or call, an email inviting them to Mass…be creative!

We are the Body of Christ. Let us always remember to serve and love all of our brothers and sisters.

Blessings to you and to those whose hearts you will touch today from CatholicsComeHome.org!

The "St. Louis Review" Reports: Catholics Come Home® evangelization campaign brings people back to Church

The St. Louis Review July 25 issue highlights the positive impact of the recent Archdiocese of St. Louis Catholics Come Home® evangelization initiative.  Read the excerpt below, including two testimonials of returnees and converts to the faith:

Catholics Come Home® evangelization campaign brings people back to Church

July 25, 2012 | Barbara Watkins | bwatkins@archstl.org

The altar at St. Joseph Parish in Farmington.

Madge Winch came home this year.  Prompted by the Catholics Come Home® television commercials that aired throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis this winter, Winch returned to the Catholic Church through St. Joseph Parish in Farmington.

“I really came home, and I just love it,” said Winch, who had been born and raised Catholic but left the Church before she was confirmed. “I returned because I saw those ads. It was like the ads were talking to me.”

Winch is being joined by her husband, Allen Winch, a non-Catholic who is entering the Church. Winch said their three children were raised in the Church, but she herself stayed away from the sacraments for 33 years. When she took her children to church, “I always had to sit back in my seat and not receive communion. … Now every time I do receive communion, I come back to the pew and tears just flow, I feel so good.” She added, “It’s like a burden has been lifted off me.”

The Winches are going through the Rite of Christian Initiation at St. Joseph in Farmington, along with more than 30 other people joining or returning to the Church.

Father Rickey Valleroy, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, called Catholics Come Home® “a wonderful campaign.” He said, “It touched people’s hearts, and it spoke of the true Church to come home to. It’s been very successful for our parish.”

Catholics Come Home® was an archdiocesan-wide evangelization effort that involved more than 2,600 commercials, in English and Spanish, that aired between Dec. 16 and Jan. 22. For the campaign, the Archdiocese of St. Louis partnered with Catholics Come Home Inc., a Georgia-based nonprofit lay Catholic organization that uses a mass media outreach to evangelize fallen-away Catholics and others with an interest in learning more about the Catholic faith.

Funding for Catholics Come Home® St. Louis came from several sources, including a second collection in parishes one weekend in October.

“For us it worked wonderfully,” said Father Valleroy.

Also returning to the Church through St. Joseph in Farmington is Shirley Hill, who was raised a Catholic in St. Joseph Parish and attended elementary and high school there. She and her husband, Tom Hill, were married in the Church, but “as time went by, we got kind of lax (about going to Mass) and it became easier and easier” to stay away.

Shirley Hill saw the Catholics Come Home® ads and “they caught my eye. I thought they were informative and encouraging to bring me back.” Although a little hesitant at first to return to the Church, “I didn’t need to worry. It’s been great.”

Tom Hill is joining the Church and is in the parish RCIA program. Shirley Hill added that recent attacks on the Church “politically and otherwise” also prompted their decision. “If we want to fix our country, we have to fix ourselves first. If we’re not participating and talking to God through Mass and the sacraments, we are lax in our beliefs.”

Father Valleroy said he had a dozen people contact him as a result of the Catholics Come Home® commercials. “The parish hosted a dinner for them (and their spouses) … and I matched each person who came to the dinner with a very active parishioner who helped get involved in the life of the parish. … I think 100 percent of the people we invited from Catholics Come Home® worked at our parish picnic this June because they already felt a part of the parish.”

Father Jack Siefert of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Brentwood also reported positive results from Catholic Come Home®. “We have seen an increase in Mass attendance at church. That’s not just me saying that. Parishioners have told me they’ve seen a pretty good increase in Mass attendance. And there has been a significant increase in loose collections, that is up considerably.

“I know that Catholics Come Home® is not about money, but that increase is an indicator,” Father Siefert said. “We have seen an increase in Mass attendance and in stewardship numbers.”

Click here to read the entire St. Louis Review article

Visit the Catholics Come Home® “where we’ve been” page to see a sampling of the 33+ CCH diocesan partners to date, and highlights from their campaigns.

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.

 

 

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.