Sunday, 26 February 2012

A chance to help Catholic Communications in Trinidad - Buy the Catholiuc News and win a trip


There was an article in the Catholic newspaper for the Archdiocese of Port of Spain that has me hopeful and excited yet, I need to know more. I suspect it was rushed in to press and maybe later a more detailed document will be released. I yearn for that.

Vernon Khelawan writes:

In the month of March, readers of the Catholic News will have a chance to support Catholic communications in our Archdiocese and win a trip to Rome.

How many people? One? Two? How long will that trip be for? Does it include meals and accommodations? Is there going to be a guided tour? Can one leave the city to venture to see the Pieta- The one piece of religious art outside of Rome that I long to see. tell me tell me tell me.

Catholic Media Services Ltd (Camsel) is collaborating with the organisers of the Pallium Pilgrimage during which Archbishop Joseph Harris will receive his pallium from Pope Benedict XVI at a special ceremony at St Peter’s. (The pallium is a woolen band worn on the shoulders over the vestments of a metropolitan archbishop, as a sign of his jurisdiction in his ecclesiastical province. The Pope usually confers the pallium on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul - June 29 - in Rome.)

So of course I want to see my Archbishop receive his Pallium.

For three Sundays – March 11, 18 and 25 – a coupon will be published in the Catholic News, which will serve as a raffle ticket. Participants will be required to fill out the coupon and drop it either in a special box at parish churches or at the Camsel office at 31 Independence Square, Port of Spain. Deadline for entries to reach Camsel’s office is March 30, with the drawing carded for Sunday, April 10.

I was thinking that raffle tickets need to be numbered.... but not really. Obviously, this is also a free raffle. I have four children in four schools, and almost everyone wants money for different activities. It is refreshing to see that you can have a free raffle - God's blessings are abound with Camsel and the good Monsignor Alexander.

To assist Camsel directly in its vital work of Catholic communications, the cover price of the Catholic News for the three Sundays will be increased to $5.00. From April 1, the price reverts to the normal $3.00.

Ahhh. There it is. The cost. Hidden but in plain site. I will buy four Catholic news on those weeks. Just to support this worthy cause. Because having thought it out.... I couldn't go on the pilgrimage if I wanted to. Well, God Bless their work anyway.

Following Synod 2005 Archbishop Edward Gilbert gave his blessings to have a communications arm set up in the Archdiocese. That decision saw the birth of Camsel, which began operations on July 1, 2008. Since that time Camsel has been involved in a wide range of communication projects all aimed at profiling in a positive way the work of the Church in the Archdiocese. Catholic News remains the major income earner for Camsel and the work of Catholic communications in general.

We are sure that Catholics all want to see continuing improvement in Archdiocesan communications and will therefore support this venture wholeheartedly.


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