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Life is Worth LivingDiscover the Catholic Vision of Life
Archbishop Sheen was well known as a sophisticated prelate with a rock-solid theological background. But he also had the ability to relate complex concepts with great insight and wit in a way that appealed to everyone, from theological scholar to the typical Catholic-in-the-pew! Perhaps that’s why his words are still fresh and inspiring today, and continue to change the lives of thousands-even non-Catholics!

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Program Titles in this series:

The Anxiety of Life
The Unbearable Repartee
The Divine Invasion (Good and Evil)
Puppets or Men?
Line Up the Claimants (Good and Evil)
Eternity Claiming the Past (Truth)
The Earth’s Most Serious Wounds
My Four Writers
Love En-fleshed (Christ’s Divinity)
Does God Know What It Is to Suffer?
It Takes 3 to Make Love (Blessed Trinity)
Nature’s Solitary Boast (Mary)
Lengthening Shadows of the Cross Bar
By His Wounds We Are Healed
Beyond the Space Age (Ascension)
Something Too Deep for Words
The People of God (Body of Christ)
The Rock Man (Peter Vicar of Christ)
Authority and Infallibility
Freedom and License (Communism & the Church)
The Great Battle in Heaven
The World’s First Revelation (Original Sin)
How We Got That Way (Original Sin)
Leading a Double Life (Sanctifying Grace)
The Seven Rivers of Life (Sacraments)
The Twice Born (Baptism)
No Man is an Island (Confirmation)
Love’s Deepest Intimacy(Eucharist)
God’s Road Company (The Eucharist)
Drama with Three Acts (Mass)
Hurting the One We Love (Sin)
The Moment of Truth (Penance)
Psychoanalysis on its Knees
Healing the Gateways of the Soul
Men, Not Angels (Holy Orders)
The Five Tensions of Love (Marriage)
Our Love (Marriage)
Sex is a Mystery
Mutual Self-Giving & Self-Recovery (Birth Control)
For Better or for Worse (Marriage)
The Lovable Are Adorable
Am I My Brother’s Keeper? (Commandments)
Is Christianity Easy?
Ultimate in Computers(Death and Judgment)
Washing Our Baptismal Robes (Purgatory)
Heaven is Not So Far Away
The Hell There Is
The True Feminine Mystique (Mary)
Prayer is a Dialogue
World, Soul and Things

Happy Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul!

What an exciting day in the Church this holy day is! Today we celebrate the lives of Saints Peter and Paul, two of the most daring preachers of the Gospel and apostles chosen by Christ in the beginning of the Church to help the spread of Catholic Christianity.

Take some time today to read the about Saints Peter and Paul in the New Testament. Their stories are sources of inspiration for all Christians who struggle with remaining faithful in their journey with Christ and who hope to evangelize their world.

Check out our page on the papacy too, for more about St. Peter, the first pope!

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us!

CATHOLIC TV ADS REACHED MORE VIEWERS THAN SUPER BOWL

CATHOLICS COME HOME® ADS REACHED MILLIONS MORE TV VIEWERS
THAN SUPER BOWL

Atlanta (Roswell), GA, February 9, 2012—During the recent Christmas season, most Americans witnessed a first in television and Church history: the national, prime-time network debut of empowering Catholic evangelization messages, from Catholics Come Home®.

These inspiring evangomercials™ were broadcast 546 times from December 12, 2011 to January 13, 2012, reaching viewers across the entire United States and airing in every diocese.  Nielsen data indicates that as many as 125 million Americans were exposed to the ads an average of 9.7 times.  The cost to reach 125 million souls ten times…just 2¾ cents per person.  In comparison, the Super Bowl reached only 111.3 million viewers just one time.

The most popular networks of CBS, NBC, Univision, TBS, USA, TNT, CNN and many other top cable networks broadcast the Catholics’ welcoming invitation on their most popular programs. The NBC Nightly News, 60 Minutes, Law and Order, The Today Show, Letterman, The O’Reilly Factor, Kennedy Center Honors, NCIS, all major college football bowl games on Dish Network, and other top shows carried the 30 and 60 second Catholic messages.  “TV is still king of the media world,” said Mark Gray of CARA.

Filled with the history, beauty, spirituality and accomplishments of the Catholic Church, this initiative of the New Evangelization evokes common responses from three main groups of viewers:

  • Current Catholics say:  “When I saw the ads, I felt proud to be Catholic!“ 
  • Inactive Catholics say:  “I feel like God was personally inviting me back
    to church.”
  • Non-Catholics say:  “I didn’t know that about the Catholic faith.  I want to know more.”

“The Catholics Come Home campaign has been very successful.  I believe that it is one of the most powerful evangelization moments that we have had in several decades, shared Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond, Archdiocese of New Orleans.

The national Catholics Come Home campaign is a great example of using modern media to serve the New Evangelization; both to reach out to those inactive in their faith, and to animate active Catholics to share their faith.  The beauty of the images and the compelling narrative of the commercials remind fallen away Catholics of God’s immense love for them and of their home in the Catholic Church,” said Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Diocese of Phoenix.

When parishes ask returnees, “why did you come home?,” the overwhelming answer has consistently been, “because you invited me”.  With the support of many individual donors, Catholics Come Home is taking the initiative to invite these “missing” family members back home.  “When we invite them home, the Holy Spirit opens the door,” said Catholics Come Home® president and founder, Tom Peterson.

These beautifully done invitations to return to the practice of the Catholic faith are outstanding examples of the New Evangelization.  Thanks for helping us bishops and priests to reach out to so many of our brothers and sisters in the faith,” commented Bishop Michael Sheridan, Diocese of Colorado Springs.

Catholics Come Home® has launched successful evangelization initiatives in 33 US dioceses and archdioceses helping to increase Mass attendance, often significantly.  Catholics Come Home® continues to work in partnership with dioceses airing local TV evangelization media campaigns during the seasons of Advent/Christmas and Lent.  Future plans for the apostolate include developing and airing new commercials.

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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.  Catholics Come Home® is guided by a 26 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.

Letting God Rule

A recent message by the Holy Father included the following reflection:

Reflecting on the day’s reading from the prophet Isaiah, the Holy Father called special attention to the words: ‘There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hands of iniquity.’ Pope Benedict said:PopeBenedictXVI_3

How can we not be struck by this description? It seems to reflect certain aspects of the post-modern world: cities where life has become anonymous and horizontal, where God seems to be absent and only man is master, as if he were the universal architect. Building, work, economy, transport, science, technology, everything seems to depend only upon man. And at times, in this apparently perfect world, terrible things happen, either in nature or society, which make us think that God has withdrawn and has, so to say, left us to our own devices….”

Read more of CatholicCulture’s article by clicking the link above.

Coming Soon to Your Pew: New Roman Missal Translation

News from Vatican City:

Zenit.org reports from Vatican City that  Benedict XVI is welcoming the news that the English translation of the Roman Missal will be published soon, while cautioning that the liturgical changes need to be made with sensitivity.

The Pope stated this Wednesday while meeting over lunch with members of the Vox Clara Committee. The committee, formed in 2001 under the headship of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, is a panel of bishops who provide advice to the Holy See concerning English-language liturgical books.

…”Through these sacred texts and the actions that accompany them, Christ will be made present and active in the midst of his people.”

“A new task will then present itself,” the Pope affirmed, “one which falls outside the direct competence of Vox Clara, but which in one way or another will involve all of you — the task of preparing for the reception of the new translation by clergy and lay faithful.”

He acknowledged that “many will find it hard to adjust to unfamiliar texts after nearly forty years of continuous use of the previous translation.”

“The change will need to be introduced with due sensitivity,” the Pontiff said, “and the opportunity for catechesis that it presents will need to be firmly grasped.”

He added, “I pray that in this way any risk of confusion or bewilderment will be averted, and the change will serve instead as a springboard for a renewal and a deepening of Eucharistic devotion all over the English-speaking world.”

(read entire article)

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Thoughts on Lent from our Holy Fathers…

“Conversion to Christ, believing in the Gospel, ultimately means this: to exit the illusion of self-sufficiency in order to discover and accept one’s own need—the need of others and God, the need of His forgiveness and His friendship.” -Pope Benedict XVI, Lenten Message 2010

PopeBenedictXVI“In our own day, fasting seems to have lost something of its spiritual meaning, and has taken on, in a culture characterized by the search for material well-being, a therapeutic value for the care of one’s body. Fasting certainly bring benefits to physical well-being, but for believers, it is, in the first place, a ‘therapy’ to heal all that prevents them from conformity to the will of God.” -Pope Benedict XVI, Lenten Message 2009

“How should we respond to the invitation to conversion that Jesus addresses to us in this time of Lent? How can there be a serious change in our life? First of all, we must open our hearts to the penetrating call that comes to us from the Liturgy. The time of preparation for Easter is a providential gift from the Lord and a precious opportunity to draw closer to him, turning inward to listen to his promptings deep within.” -Pope John Paul II, Lenten Message 2001Pope JPII

“It is my fervent hope that believers will find this Lent a favorable time for bearing witness to the Gospel of charity in every place, since the vocation to charity is the heart of all true evangelization. To this end I invoke the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church and pray that she will accompany us on our Lenten journey.” -Pope John Paul II, Lenten Message 2003

To grow in your Catholic Faith this Lenten season, visit CatholicsComeHome.org.

Pope Benedict XVI’s Lenten Message 2010

Lent is quickly arriving…Ash Wednesday is tomorrow! In preparation for this holy season, take some time to read Pope Benedict’s beautiful Lenten reflection on God’s justice. He reminds us all that “the justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ.”

Pope's Lenten MessageOur Holy Father also focuses our attention on our need for God:

“Just as man needs bread, so does man have even more need of God. Saint Augustine notes: if ‘justice is that virtue which gives every one his due … where, then, is the justice of man, when he deserts the true God?’ (De civitate Dei, XIX, 21).”

Read the rest of the Pope Benedict’s Lenten message here.

Dive into your Catholic Faith this Lenten season! Learn more about Church teachings at CatholicsComeHome.org.

How much do you know about the Holy Eucharist?

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have some awesome Catechism quizzes on the USCCB Web site to help you test your knowledge of the Catholic Faith.

See how much you know about the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

“Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven.” -Pope St. Pius X

To learn more about the Eucharist and the Mass, visit CatholicsComeHome.org.

In the words of our Holy Father…

Pope BenedictIt seems like our Holy Father always knows just the right thing to say, doesn’t it? Here are some beautiful words from the introduction of Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical “Caritas in Veritate” (Charity in Truth).

“Charity is at the heart of the Church’s social doctrine. Every responsibility and every commitment spelt out by that doctrine is derived from charity which, according to the teaching of Jesus, is the synthesis of the entire Law (cf. Mt 22:36- 40). It gives real substance to the personal relationship with God and with neighbour; it is the principle not only of micro-relationships (with friends, with family members or within small groups) but also of macro-relationships (social, economic and political ones). For the Church, instructed by the Gospel, charity is everything because, as Saint John teaches (cf. 1 Jn 4:8, 16) and as I recalled in my first Encyclical Letter, “God is love” (Deus Caritas Est): everything has its origin in God’s love, everything is shaped by it, everything is directed towards it. Love is God’s greatest gift to humanity, it is his promise and our hope.”

Can you see God’s love at the origin of your own relationships?

To learn more about your Catholic Faith, visit CatholicsComeHome.org today!