Monday, 12 August 2013

Use new communication tools to "make a mess"

I have seen many local Catholic bloggers sign in, last a few months and then sign out. Life is so busy. We get caught up in so many different things and we put God and the propogation of the faith as secondary. Dear Brothers and sisters don't do that. Follow through. Sometimes it is so hard to come up with a post. Sometimes we do not feel inspired. Sometimes we wonder what is the point anyway. Well, The caribbean catholic Blog has been posting for only a few short years and we have over ten thousand hits per month. Not great, but not bad. Praise be to God.

So every year the Caribbean School for Catholic Communications has a "summer" school. I have never been fortunate to attend. Maybe one year I will. I have to say that I like what I have heard about this years class. "USE NEW COMMUNICATION TOOLS TO MAKE A MESS" Bold, controvercial and expressive. Well Done!

Wake them up. Shake them up.

Here is an article on the course as printed in the Port of Spain Catholic news 11th August 2013:

Using a radically different approach, the annual Caribbean School for Catholic Communications (CSCC) last week began preparing participants to spread the Gospel in these technologically new times.

Under the banner theme Missionary Disciples in a Digital Age, 34 CSCC students used video conferencing software for the first time to connect with US-based presenters, learnt how to create a (web) blog, and sharpened their use of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Even their spiritual reflections were submitted using digital media as they were required to post them on CSCC’s Facebook page.

The main message of last week’s 19th CSCC at Emmaus Centre, Arima, was that Caribbean Catholic communicators must be able to use the tools of the Digital Age for the New Evangelisation, an evangelisation directed towards the baptised who have lost “a living sense of their faith” and who may not even consider themselves members of the Church.

“CSCC is a community of the New Evangelisation,” remarked CSCC principal Bishop Jason Gordon, of the dioceses of Bridgetown (Barbados) and Kingstown (St Vincent). He explained that participants must know the Catholic faith more deeply, live the faith more fully and share the faith more effectively.

The School attracted persons from Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, and the sub-theme focused on The Scriptures and Religious Imagination in a Digital Civilisation.

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