Annual collection supports Catholic communication efforts locally and globally
WASHINGTON — Catholics in many dioceses across the United States will have the opportunity to give in support of the communications efforts of the Catholic Church on May 28-29. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Catholic Communications Campaign (CCC) strives to spread the gospel through the media in all its forms. Its work is funded by an annual collection through which the faithful can support their local diocesan communication efforts, while supporting national and international initiatives. #iGiveCatholicTogether which gives an option to those who wish to contribute to this work but cannot give to the mass.
“Communicating the gospel message is at the heart of evangelism. Through your gift, the Church is able to spread the faith, hope, and love of Jesus Christ and His Church, both here at home and abroad, to people and places where word of God is most needed,” Bishop Gregory Hartmayer said. , OFM Conv., of Atlanta, chair of the USCCB Communications Committee Subcommittee on the Catholic Communications Campaign.
When you donate to your parish, half of the donation you make to the Catholic Communications Campaign collection stays in the donor’s diocese to support local communications projects. These local projects often include support for diocesan newspapers or magazines, website updates and awareness campaigns, or mass and television programs to reach the faithful and share the Good News. The other half goes to the USCCB to be awarded as national and international grants. In 2021, the Catholic Communications Campaign awarded over $3 million.
The CCC also awarded a grant to support communications efforts related to a gathering in Chicago in June 2022 for “Journeying Together: A National Intercultural Encounter for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults.” This event supporting the American Bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church combines synodal listening and discernment to hear the voices and perspectives of Catholics from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Other initiatives supported include evangelization, the creation of digital resources that help the faithful better understand the richness of Catholic teaching, the production of documentaries and videos on the lives of examples of modern Catholics on the path of the beatification and the preservation of the history of the Church.
“The Catholic communications campaign not only shares the Good News in mainstream America, but also reaches people in the farthest peripheries,” Bishop Hartmayer said. Some examples of what the Catholic Communication Campaign has helped internationally include initiatives to keep sailors and seafarers connected to the faith, radio communications and television ministry.
For example, sailors may spend months away from home and family. An app that the Apostleship of the Sea of the United States of America developed years ago to help seafarers maintain a spiritual life and find pastoral care in port is now technologically obsolete. Donations to the campaign will help redesign the app and add a new feature to help cruise ship passengers locate a Catholic chaplain.
In Bolivia, the CCC supports Radio Pio XII, which since 1959 has defended the rights of indigenous peoples when they are victims of violent attacks. The gifts in this collection will replace his failed 20-year-old transmitter with a much more powerful one.
Thanks to this collection, Ukrainian war refugees receive messages of hope and pastoral support through TV-LOGO, a Catholic media ministry in Eastern Europe. Typical recent segments offered spiritual encouragement and showed a Slovak archbishop greeting refugees at a Catholic youth center.
Resources that dioceses and parishes can use to promote social media collection in weekly bulletins can be found here: https://www.usccb.org/committees/catholic-communication-campaign/catholic-communication-campaign-resources. For more information on the Catholic Communications Campaign and those who benefit from it, visit www.usccb.org/ccc.