In December 2014, the Diocese of Buffalo will launch the Catholics Come Home campaign. In the first six years, Catholics Come Home messages were aired as TV commercials in 37 dioceses, and nationally, reaching 200 million viewers, and helping lead hundreds of thousands home to the Catholic Church. Visit Catholics Come Home to see for yourself, or watch the video below.
The invitational messages or "evangomercials" from Catholics Come Home will be shown on network and cable TV stations, throughout Western New York this Christmas Season. The messages that people see on TV may bring them to our doors, but only we can welcome them, in a spirit of enthusiasm and generosity.
Many of us know of family and friends who have drifted away from the Church. The great majority of those who leave do not leave because of a disagreement over church teaching. The initial separation is most often caused simply by the busyness of life. And many do want to return, but they feel embarrassed, and wonder if they were really ever missed. In fact, the reason most often reported by those who choose to return is simply, "I was asked." Who do you know that has simply drifted away? Who might be waiting to hear that invitation from you?
This Christmas Season we will have an opportunity to let the hope of Christmas shine bright. Each parish will be equipped to welcome Catholics who come home. The Office for Evangelization and Parish Life, will organize our preparations. For more information, visit the Evangelize Buffalo website.