CATHOLICS COME HOME PREMIERS WEEKLY TV SERIES

CATHOLICS COME HOME PREMIERS WEEKLY TV SERIES
To air in prime-time, worldwide on EWTN 

August 21, 2014– Atlanta (Roswell), GA — Catholics Come Home® will premier its high production quality, moving TV series filmed in over a dozen scenic locations in the US and Canada, called “Catholics Come Home” on EWTN Thursday night, Sep. 4 at 10 p.m. EST.

The series will consist of thirteen 30-minute episodes, each featuring an interview with someone who recently returned to Jesus and the Catholic Church as a result of Catholics Come Home and responding to the call of the Holy Spirit. Guests include former atheists, agnostics, Protestant Christians, and fallen-away Catholics who came home. The series will also air engaging segments on the New Evangelization in each of the half-hour episodes.Episodes will air every Thursday night at 10 p.m. EST, with additional airings at 6 p.m. EST Sundays. The series can also be viewed streaming live online at EWTN.com.  After the series debuts in the U.S. and Canada this September, EWTN will begin airing the series internationally, starting in December. Over a dozen archdioceses and diocese are represented, since feature episodes are filmed on location in numerous North American cities, including: Vancouver, B.C.; Allen, TX; Providence, RI; New Westminster, Canada; Denver, CO; Tulsa, OK; Atlantic Highlands, NJ; Denton, TX; Farmington, MO; Austin, TX; St. Louis (Bonne Terre) MO; Philadelphia, PA; and Sturgeon Bay, WI.

The premier episode features Dr. Gloria Sampson, a former atheist and linguisticprofessor who taught in Communist China during the 1960s and 1970s. She discusses her recent return to the Church after 52 years away from God, thanks to seeing a Catholics Come Home commercial on TV in Vancouver, Canada.  This former atheist is now an active Catholic, who says: “all I want to do now, is evangelize!” Catholics Come Home® has released an exclusive 60-second series promo in anticipation of the premier episode.

In response to Pope Saint John Paul II’s proclamation, “Darkness can only be scattered by light; hatred can only be conquered by love,” Catholics Come Home® is sharing stories of Christ’s healing love and light, by means of this new, engaging TV series—just another one of the apostolate’s unique media efforts for the New Evangelization that has already helped over 500,000 souls home to Jesus and His 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.For interviews in Spanish, contact Veronica Schnarre at 678-585-7886 x104, or by e-mail at veronica@catholicscomehome.org.

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The Christmas Candle…coming to a theater near you!

Senator Rick Santorum 001Rick Santorum, CEO of EchoLight Studios met with Tom Peterson, President of Catholics Come Home, in Atlanta on October 30th to discuss the new nationwide release of “The Christmas Candle” this Advent. Visit their website http://www.thechristmascandlemovie.com/ and purchase your tickets today! Max Lucado’s new film will be a great flick for the whole family to enjoy this year!

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National Catholic Register: Converts Come to the Church Like St. Paul

CULTURE OF LIFE
Converts Come to the Church Like St. Paul

Answers to: ‘What Helped Your Conversion?’
BY Jim Graves
June 16-29, 2013 Issue | Posted 6/10/13 at 5:08 PM

June 29 is the feast day of one of the Church’s most famous converts — St. Paul — who went from being the Christians’ greatest foe to a pillar of the nascent Church.

Every Catholic has a family member or friend who is far from the Church, and it is often difficult to know what the right thing is to say or do to lead them in the right direction.

As the Church celebrates St. Paul’s feast day (also the feast of St. Peter, the first pope), the Register asked notable converts, “What was most helpful to you on your road to conversion?”

Many have been aided in their entry or return to the Catholic Church through the efforts of Tom Peterson, a former advertising executive who founded Catholics Come Home (CatholicsComeHome.org). Headquartered in Atlanta, the organization produces inspirational television commercials that reach out to those not practicing the faith. Peterson also operates a pro-life website, VirtueMedia.org, and a website in support of priests, EncouragePriests.org.

Although not technically a convert, Peterson went from being a nominal Catholic to a zealous one. As he recalled, “I’d be there physically at Mass, but I didn’t follow the teachings of the Church.”

What called him to conversion, he said, were “people who spoke a common language with me and treated me with love and compassion.”

When an opportunity arises to talk about your faith, “keep it simple,” he urged.

He also believes in connecting on a personal level with a potential convert: “When people showed they cared about me, listening to my questions and needs, they drew me in. I wanted to be more like them, and ultimately more like Christ.”

Peterson also suggests inviting potential converts on a retreat, as a retreat played a significant role in his conversion. “Offer to go with them, as having a mentor and guide can help a great deal.”

Deacon Joe Calvert of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., once dabbled in Eastern religions and was an ardent anti-Catholic.

Being an avid reader and a “truth seeker,” however, Deacon Calvert studied Catholic teaching, including the new Catechism of the Catholic Church when it came out in 1992.

“I was looking to poke holes in the logic, but I couldn’t find any,” he said. “I did not rejoice as I finished the Catechism. If this book were true, then I would have to admit that I had been wrong about many things.”

He entered the Catholic Church in 1995 and was ordained a deacon in 2008.

In conjunction with his studies, what was helpful to Deacon Calvert on his journey to the Church was the example some Catholics provided him.

However, a hindrance to his entry into the Church was the widespread ignorance among other Catholics he knew about the basics of the faith: “I’d ask them questions, but so few knew why they believed what they did.”

When evangelizing others, he recommends patience: “When you evangelize, remember you’re working on God’s time, not yours. We don’t know what’s going on inside someone; often, when they’re most obstinate, they’re just about ready to convert. Pray, trust in God, and put it into the hands of the Blessed Mother.”

Matthew Arnold heads the Catholic apostolate Pro Multis Media (MatthewArnold.org) and is host of the Radio Maria program Shield of Faith (RadioMaria.us/shieldoffaith). A dedicated evangelist today, he was once agnostic and interested in the New Age.

He attributes his conversion to the prayers of others, particularly his Catholic wife, Betty, but he also points to some other positive influences. He attended a Catholic Engaged Encounter so that he could marry in the Catholic Church, for example, “which, although I grumbled about it at the time, it demonstrated to me that the Church saw marriage as something serious.”

He agreed to raise their children Catholic, although he had no intention of converting himself. He took RCIA classes, however, and was impressed by the witness of a priest who taught them, Father Benjamin Fama, who would make “provocative” assertions, such as about Church teaching on apostolic succession, and then say, “Don’t complain to me if you don’t like it. I’m just the messenger.”

Arnold reflected on “Jesus giving the keys to Peter” and recalls going to dinner one night and “having this mental image of a long line of popes, from Peter to [at the time] Pope John Paul II.” That helped him come to understand and accept the teaching.

His advice for evangelizing potential converts is what he terms “the three Bs”: 1) Be bold; 2) Be brief, realizing you can’t explain the whole Catholic faith in a few minutes; and 3) Be biblical when speaking with non-Catholic Christians, as they’ll be impressed with Catholics who know their faith and Scripture.

In all circumstances, reflect a fourth “B”: Be Catholic all the time.

“Make the Sign of the Cross and say grace before meals, for example, whether you’re at home or at McDonald’s,” he said. “As a non-Catholic, when I met Catholics who really lived their faith, it was very compelling.”

Richard Lane is a former Lutheran who entered the Catholic Church in 2003. Today, he operates a full-time Catholic apostolate, Qorban Ministries (Qorban.net).

For Lane, it was a caring attitude among Catholics he met that first attracted him to the Church. As a non-Catholic, he attended Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Oakland, Calif., and recalled it as “one of the most loving and welcoming parishes I have ever been in.”

He later accepted the invitation of a fellow Catholic to come into full communion with the Catholic Church.

Lane is excited that his apostolate has been an effective tool in leading many to a “deeper relationship with Christ.”

He encourages his fellow Catholics to learn their faith and then “approach people in love and without fear. Do not approach them with an accusatory tone; approach in love and respect. Go and make disciples, and preach the Gospel boldly!”

Dave Armstrong is a Catholic author and apologist who once worked as a Protestant campus missionary. He was received into the Catholic Church in 1991. He is the author of numerous books and operates a website, Biblical Evidence for Catholicism (BiblicalCatholic.com).

Armstrong first took notice of the Catholic Church regarding the issue of artificial contraception. He was “shocked” to learn that no Christian group had accepted its use before 1930. “I immediately grasped the absurdity of a scenario where the entire Christian Church had been completely wrong all those centuries, and, all of a sudden, we get this revelation in 1930 — in our supposedly ‘enlightened’ and ‘progressive’ age — that contraception is okay.”

He also took notice that the Catholic Church was the only Christian denomination that did not reverse its teaching.

Discovering Cardinal John Henry Newman’s “Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine,” he recalled, “did me in.”

Unfortunately, he knew only one Catholic at the time, which is “striking and sad.”

The “Catholic apologetic revival and strong presence on the Internet” have improved things for potential converts today, he added.

Regarding evangelizing others, he suggested, “Be gentle; don’t push. Wait for the other person to bring things up. Be a witness by your life and demeanor. Look for common ground, as St. Paul did on Mars Hill in Athens.”

Above all, he said, “The Holy Spirit is what converts souls, not us. We simply remove roadblocks.”

Jim Graves writes from

Newport Beach, California.

Catholics Come Home Book is Almost Here!

If you are looking for answers, wanting more peace, passion and purpose in your life,
then discover 7 secrets to happiness in Tom Peterson’s new book Catholics Come Home.
In just three years, nearly 200 million viewers have witnessed the Catholics Come Home inspiring ads on network
and cable television, which have already helped 400,000 neighbors, relatives and coworkers
to experience God’s love, and rediscover their Church family.

Catholics Come Home receives noteworthy praise from: Coach Lou Holtz (ESPN), Cardinal
Timothy Dolan (Archbishop of New York), Pastor Rick Warren (Purpose Driven Life), Roma
Downey (Touched by an Angel, The Bible miniseries) Dr. Scott Hahn (Rome Sweet Home),
Pat Madrid (Surprised by Truth), Dr. Peter Kreeft (Jesus Shock), Matthew Kelly (The Dream
Manager), and others.

Catholics Come Home is soon to be released! Pre-order up your copy of Catholics Come Home today, and see how it will help uplift your life, bless our culture, and inspire readers to change the world!

Interview with Tom Peterson on Secular Radio

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with CCH Founder and President Tom Peterson on “Scott Sloan on Demand.” Scott talks with Tom about Catholics Come Home and the progress of the ad campaigns.

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.   

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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.