They're sending them away…But we're bringing them home

Catholics Come Home
Your prayers and support for Catholics Come Home® are needed more than ever! Here are some updates on religion in our country and on the work Catholics Come Home® is doing to bring more people into the practice of the Faith:

Religiosity declines?
Man watching TVA recent article in the Huffington Post claimed that the “U.S., France and Canada joined Ireland on the top-10 list of countries to have experienced a ‘notable decline in religiosity’ since 2005.” It also mentioned that the number of people in the U.S. who claim to be religious dropped to 60 percent in less than a decade, down from 73 percent just a few years ago. Is religiosity declining in America and around the world? Not if we can help it!

  • Catholics Come Home® to launch in Cincinnati and Vancouver!

    In an effort to evangelize all nations, we are excited to announce the launch of Catholics Come Home® in the Archdiocese of Vancouver—our first international diocesan partner! In addition to Vancouver, Cincinnati will also simultaneously launch Catholics Come Home® in Advent 2012, with commercials airing Dec 13, 2012 – January 20, 2013. The timing couldn’t be more perfect, with the Church’s “Year of Faith” kicking off this November, right before the Advent campaigns! We ask you to please pray for the success of these evangelization campaigns, so more people can return to the practice of Catholicism in the Year of Faith!

  • More Inspiring Testimonials:
    Fallen-away Catholics return to Church in St. Louis!

    I really came home, and I just love it…I returned because I saw those ads. It was like the ads were talking to me. Now every time I do receive communion, I come back to the pew and tears just flow; I feel so good. It’s like a burden has been lifted off me.” –Madge (Madge’s husband, a non-Catholic, will also be entering the Church!)

    As time went by, we got kind of lax (about going to Mass) and it became easier
    and easier (not to go) … (The Catholics Come Home® commer
    cials) caught my eye. I thought they were informative and encouraging to bring me back…I didn’t need to worry. (Coming home) has been great.” –Shirley

    I will start RCIA next month.  I was baptized a Christian as a young boy in my parents’ church, but I never joined the Catholic Church when we were married 45 years ago.” –Tom (Shirley’s husband)

    We have seen an increase in Mass attendance and in stewardship numbers.” –Fr. Siefert


Your generosity continues to reverse the trend of religious decline in our country and worldwide, so that more Catholics like Madge, Shirley, and Tom can be welcomed home. Thank you for your support and prayers, and for answering Christ’s call to evangelize all souls: those nearby, and around the world!

    With the tough economy we need your help more than ever.

Tom PetersonYour brother in Christ,

Tom Peterson and your CatholicsComeHome.org team

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 26 person Advisory Board, including Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Bishop Michael Sheridan, Bishop Jaime Soto, Bishop James Conley, and other highly respected theologians and Catholic business executives.

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Catholics Come Home® Partner, Archdiocese of Boston, Establishes New Evangelization Office

The impact of the Archdiocese of Boston’s 2011 Catholics Come Home® initiative played a part in inspiring Cardinal Seán to establish an Office of New Evangelization.  Read the excerpt from Boston’s The Pilot, below:


Archdiocese has a new tool for the new evangelization
By Christopher S. Pineo

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley is pictured with Michael M. Lavigne and Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelization Bishop Arthur Kennedy outside their new Pastoral Center offices Aug. 1. Pilot photo/courtesy CardinalSeansBlog.org

Posted: 8/10/2012

BRAINTREE — After concluding his tenure as rector at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Bishop Arthur L. Kennedy took up his duties as Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelization with his new assistant Michael M. Lavigne on July 1.

The new office will follow the mandate set by Pope Benedict XVI when he appointed Archbishop Rino Fisichella to head the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. Bishop Kennedy said the new evangelization in the archdiocese will extend programs meant to get Catholics back to Church and regular faith life such as Catholics Come Home® and Why Catholic?

“Our task now is to really begin to address the questions more methodologically, that have been identified in large measure by Pope Benedict and by this new council,” he said.

Bishop Kennedy said Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley spurred the creation of the office out of concern for the need for a new evangelization, a concern that extends well beyond the archdiocese.

“This concern that he has, is a concern of basically the whole Church in the West,” Bishop Kennedy said.

The bishop described the difference between “the old” evangelization, undertaken as the Gospel spread through a world unfamiliar with early Christianity, and the new evangelization, called for in the face of waning support in previously established strongholds of Christianity.

He said the two evangelizations exist alongside each other as some parts of the world find the message anew and some need the message renewed.

Click here to read the entire The Pilot article

"The Catholic Beat" Announces Archdiocese of Cincinnati To Air Catholics Come Home® Commercials

See the excerpt below from “The Catholic Beat,” July 24 feature story, announcing the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s “A.C.E project”, which includes airing Catholics Come Home® commercials this Advent:

Archdiocese Introduces the A.C.E. Project


A still from Catholics Come Home’s most famous commercial, “Epic.” Used with permission.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati announces a new initiative for all its 200+ parishes: The A.C.E. (“Advent, Christmas and Easter”) Project. Designed to bring Catholics back to the Church on more than those three occasions, the A.C.E. Project will bring two programs used successfully throughout the country to the Archdiocese.

A joint program of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis and the Office of Stewardship, the program is a “direct response to the call for New Evangelization in the Year of Faith called by to Pope Benedict XVI beginning in October,” say the organizers.

The first program, Catholics Come Home®, allows parishes and dioceses to create advertising campaigns inviting Catholics who have left the church to “come home.” It includes a website, professionally create commercials and advertisements, and other resources geared toward fallen-away Catholics and people who are interested in joining the Church.

“Jesus wants to invite you back into His big, warm and loving Catholic family in the Church He founded 2,000 years ago,” The Catholics Come Home® web site says to first-time readers.”He’s calling you home, but the choice is yours… We are family. We’ve missed you. Welcome home!”

click here to read entire article

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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.