- Candace Neff Director
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CCC - How the Good News Gets Around
If Jesus Christ were on earth today, how would he spread his message of salvation? Would he use television, radio, newspapers, text messages, billboards, DVDs, or would Jesus be right here on the Internet? The Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) believes Jesus would use as many means as possible, and that is why its supports projects that use the entire array of media tools available today to evangelize and promote Gospel values. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops established the Catholic Communication Campaign collection in 1979 to respond to the national and local communications needs of the Church. Throughout the country this weekend many parishes will take up a collection to fund the work of the CCC. However, in the Diocese of Gaylord, this work is supported by contributions to the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) instead of through an additional collection. On the national level, CCC funds support the development and production of a wide range of media initiatives that are carried out by USCCB staff and grantee organizations. A portion of the CCCs national funds are also set aside for grants to aid Catholic communication efforts in developing nations. Through this campaign, the US Bishops fund media programming, projects, and resources that promote Gospel values and foster the pastoral teachings of the Catholic Church. The CCC touches millions of people by bringing the good news of Jesus Christ into their lives on a daily basis. CCC sponsored programming includes public service campaigns that strengthen family values, documentaries that explore spirituality, and telecasts that address local needs. The CCC sponsored a Web site dedicated to Pope Benedict XVIs Apostolic Visit to the United States that featured live streaming video, blog entries, itinerary and texts of the Holy Fathers speeches, homilies, and other remarks, information on his life and ministry, backgrounders on the Catholic Church in the U.S. and more. Building on the popularity of the daily Mass readings featured on the USCCB Web site, the CCC now supports audio readings that can be downloaded through iTunes, Podcast Alley and other sources. Daily reflections can be viewed via streaming video at www.ccc-tv.org. The annual collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign has also supported:
- The USCCB For Your Marriage campaigntelevision and radio Public Service Announcements and a website designed to celebrate marriage and provide resources and support for those living this vocation.
- Lenten radio retreats to enrich the spiritual journey of the season.
- The expansion of www.CatholicCommunicationCampaign.org with information on TV and radio programs, streaming video, movie and TV reviews, interviews, and inspiring stories of faith in action.
- The USCCB launched audio podcasts of the daily readings from the New American Bible in 2007 with funding from the Catholic Communication Campaign. The Offices for Digital Media and Publishing collaborate on this project and bishops, seminarians, USCCB staff members and other volunteers lend their voices as lectors. As the impact of the media on family and society grows, the Catholic Church in the U.S. has continued to find ways to use print, radio, television and the Internet to spread the good news of the Gospel, said Helen Osman, Secretary for Communications of the USCCB. The continued generosity of parishioners in the CCC Collection will help us reach an even broader audience through new technologies.