Diocesan Communications Collection

January 7-8, 2023

Give generously for the second collection at your local parish during our diocesan appeal in January or give online any time.

On this celebration of Christ’s Epiphany, we dare to believe that the light of Christ shines in each one of us, and that we can be a witness to others. Our new diocesan Communications initiatives will shine a light on the good news of our Catholic community in every county of our diocese. Your gift will help us to reach out to younger Catholics, inspire those who are searching for good news, and support critical services to the homebound.

Thank you for your support.

Our Mission

is to invite people into a relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.

 

We seek to echo the Catholic faith in the six counties of the Diocese of Youngstown. We amplify the voice, plans and priorities of the diocese by utilizing multimedia and a wide range of communication strategies. We proclaim the Gospel, build up the Body of Christ, practice authentic dialogue and support the work of the Church, in a spirit of truth, transparency and consistency.

The Catholic Echo

The Catholic Echo will be a multi-platform publication and media group that brings together our diocesan publication and the Catholic Telecommunications Network of Youngstown (CTNY). In print, The Catholic Echo will be a magazine that debuts in Spring 2023 and will publish ten times per year. It will succeed and build upon the 77-year history of The Catholic Exponent.

The Catholic Echo will be sent to every registered parishioner in the Diocese of Youngstown, tripling our current circulation. This will be at no direct cost to parishioners. One way you, personally, can support The Catholic Echo is to respond, as you are able, to the annual Diocesan Communications Collection.

Media Website

The Catholic Echo will feature a comprehensive website that will debut early in 2023, before the print magazine, which will allow for continuous coverage, even during the brief period that we are without a print product. This digital platform will be the place to go for ongoing news and updates from around the diocese—the timely news you see in The Exponent will now be available online, in an even more timely way. An email newsletter will send news features directly to subscribers who opt-in to receive email updates.

Continuing the Legacy of CTNY

The Catholic Television Network of Youngstown (CTNY) has a forty-year history, and its use of radio and cable TV was groundbreaking. While our focus is to use our resources to create multimedia content for a digital audience of all six counties in our diocese, our hope is to maintain our local cable television presence for those who rely on it, working with cable companies, the Society of St. Paul in Canfield and national content provider CatholicTV.

The Catholic Echo website will be the digital hub for our multimedia offerings, including our televised Mass and radio program Wineskins, hosted by Father Jim Korda. But we will be developing new multimedia programming as well, including podcasts, supported by our new streamlined social media studio in the diocesan offices, which is replacing the CTNY studios in Canfield.

Social Media

In the Diocese of Youngstown, our adaptation to new forms of communication began with a focus on social media when Bishop Bonnar hired Cindee Case as our first diocesan social media minister. Cindee not only creates engaging content online, but also accompanies those who interact with our social media channels. Through our social media, we are able to reach more people, in a more regular and interactive way than traditional media.

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Services to Parishes & Diocesan Offices

The Communications Department is available to consult on news releases regarding events and initiatives. Communications Department Director Justin Huyck responds to both planned initiatives and crisis communications. In addition to sharing timely press releases, official announcements, and Bishop Bonnar’s messages, the department shares information through the monthly Communique, biweekly DOY Central Staff Circular, developing print materials, and updating DOY.org pages for Diocesan offices. 

Diocesan offices and parishes can contact our office for more details about the support services we can offer for your events, campaigns, and outreach efforts.

Ways to Give

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Pray

The most important way to help our diocesan communications efforts is to ask God to bless and provide for our Church and world. Please also pray for the success of the January collection and know that parishioners and community members across the Diocese of Youngstown will benefit from this collection.

Give generously for the second collection at your local parish during our diocesan appeal in January or give online any time.

Advocate

Learn

Learn more about our Diocese’s groundbreaking legacy in communications and our plans for the future.

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During the diocesan appeal in January 2023, share a photo or story from our Diocesan social media.

Photo credit: Bob Zajack 

BULLETIN & PUBLICITY MATERIALS:

Below are three bulletin announcements that can be used to announce our new “Diocesan Communications Collection.”

Thank you to those parishes who were able to add the “Diocesan Communications Collection” (January 7/8) in their regular envelopes. The diocese will provide envelopes to the rest. 

Please also include these new collections in your parish online giving selections, and please note the diocesan giving page in each recommended bulletin announcement below. A flyer is also provided.

Weekend of December 31/January 1 (or earlier):

Diocesan Communications Collection: Epiphany Weekend

In the Christmas Season, we are called to share the good news of Jesus who is made known in our faith community. One way we can do this is by supporting the “Diocesan Communications Collection” on January 7 and 8, the Solemnity of the Epiphany. This collection supports the new initiatives of the Diocese of Youngstown’s Communications Office, including The Catholic Echo – a new magazine and multimedia website – along with a contemporary social media studio that will help us produce videos, podcasts and more. Your gift will help us to reach out to younger Catholics and help support critical services to the homebound, including the recorded Sunday Mass and radio and television ministry. Thank you for your gift on January 8, or online through your parish’s e-giving, or at doy.org/communications-collection/.

Weekend of January 7/8, 2023:

Diocesan Communications Collection: Epiphany Weekend

On this celebration of Christ’s Epiphany, we dare to believe that the light of Christ shines in each one of us. Our new diocesan Communications initiatives will shine a light on the good news of our Catholic community in every county of our diocese, through The Catholic Echo – a new magazine and multimedia website – and a contemporary social media studio that will help us produce videos, podcasts and more. Our diocesan Communications Department also provides necessary publicity and information services to parishes and diocesan offices. Your gift will help us to reach out to younger Catholics and help support critical services to the homebound, including the recorded Sunday Mass and radio and television ministry. Thank you for your gift in today’s second collection, online through your parish’s e-giving, or at doy.org/communications-collection/.

After January 7/8, 2023:

Diocesan Communications Collection: Gratitude

Many thanks to those who already supported this year’s Diocesan Communications Collection on January 7 and 8. Your gift will help us spread the good news of our Catholic community in every county of our diocese, through The Catholic Echo – a new magazine and multimedia website – and a contemporary social media studio that will help us produce videos, podcasts and more. As we celebrate the “Sunday of the Word of God” on January 21 and 22, please pray for our communications ministries, and all who echo God’s word in liturgical, catechesis and service ministries. Please know that your contributions will help us reach out to younger Catholics and help support critical services to the homebound, including the recorded Sunday Mass and radio and television ministry. If you are able, you can still give to our Diocesan Communications Collection online at doy.org/communications-collection/.