Catholic media needed now more than ever

The Catholic Communication Campaign supports critical Catholic media efforts in the Diocese of Phoenix and throughout the United States. Donate to the special collection during Mass May 11-12, or call Katie Burke at (602) 354-2479.
The Catholic Communication Campaign supports critical Catholic media efforts in the Diocese of Phoenix and throughout the United States. Donate to the special collection during Mass May 11-12, or call Katie Burke at (602) 354-2479.

Support the Catholic Communication Campaign May 11-12

Despite an abundance of television channels, talk radio shows, websites and print publications, thoughtful sources of news are still difficult to find.

While many continue to turn to these sources for information that affects their lives and influences their opinions, finding reputable information about the Catholic faith in secular media can, at best, be challenging — if not downright frustrating.

We live in an increasingly secular society that demonstrates little regard for matters of faith, conscience, religious liberty and sanctity of life issues. What’s more, as resources and newsrooms across the country shrink, these important issues often go unreported or are given surface-level recognition.

The ongoing challenges with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate comes to mind as an issue underreported by mainstream media. The HHS mandate, as it’s known, will compel virtually all private health plans to provide coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortifacients.

The tragic and horrifying accounts unearthed in the criminal trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell — on trial for murdering seven babies during a grisly procedure in which he or his assistant cut the newborns’ spinal cords — received little attention until a largely Catholic-driven social media campaign brought it to the national spotlight.

There’s little reason to believe that this trend will reverse itself any time soon and portends dire consequences for the well-being of our heart and soul as a nation. This is why Catholic media — newspapers and magazines, television and radio broadcasts, and digital and social media efforts — are vital to the future of our Church and our country.

Issues such as these are brought to the forefront with a Catholic, moral perspective thanks in large part to the annual Catholic Communication Campaign, taking place May 11-12 during weekend Masses.

This special collection provides dioceses such as ours in Phoenix the ability to produce and air the 9 a.m. Sunday televised Mass on KAZT-TV Channel 7 / Cable 13 and “The Bishop’s Hour” on Immaculate Heart Radio 1310 AM. Your generous donations allows the Catholic Church to spread the faith by providing local, compelling programming like “Catholics Matter,” which airs after the Sunday Mass, as well as reach new audiences via the diocese’s website and other social media efforts.

At the national level (proceeds are split equally between the Diocese of Phoenix and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ communications efforts), the Catholic Communication Campaign supports a number of initiatives, including the invaluable Catholic News Service, the USCCB website, and other audio and visual projects which provide for limitless education and information. The need for Catholics to support the Catholic Communication Campaign was particularly critical when considering the outstanding and unparalleled coverage of Pope Francis from Catholic News Service that hundreds of thousands of Catholics in Arizona enjoyed.

Please approach the Catholic Communication Campaign with a generous heart May 11-12. The future of our evangelization efforts depends on it.

Support Catholic Media

The Catholic Communication Campaign supports critical Catholic media efforts in the Diocese of Phoenix and throughout the United States.

Donate to the special collection during Mass May 11-12, or call Katie Burke at (602) 354-2479.