Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Please join me in celebrating the 130th year of our diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Messenger. Published weekly since 1882, it is a great asset to our Catholic community in southeast Iowa to have an award-winning news and information resource that is read and enjoyed locally, nationally and globally.
As people of faith we must stay informed of the issues affecting our Church and the world around us. The Messenger keeps us connected while providing a Catholic perspective on such important matters as pro-life and immigration issues along with thoughtful commentary, editorials and letters to the editor. No other news source meets the needs of Catholics in our 22-county area whether reporting news affecting parishes, providing catechesis on Church documents such as the new Roman Missal, enriching our opportunities for faith formation or sharing inspiring personal stories of faith.
This month during The Catholic Messenger’s annual subscription drive I am asking all Catholic households of our diocese to begin or renew a subscription. Regardless of your age or stage of life I believe you will find something of value in every issue. I personally rely on it to announce clergy and lay leadership appointments and to inform the faithful of important events such as the annual Chrism Mass, the Rite of Election and other diocesan liturgical celebrations.
In challenging times and amid a rapidly changing industry The Catholic Messenger continues to evolve. It now publishes both in print and online at www.catholicmessenger.org and has a social media presence on Facebook and Twitter to bring the Good News to you wherever you are.
With its long tradition of connecting our local Church The Catholic Messenger remains a vital part of the ministry of our diocese, yet it requires your support today more than ever before. The cost of $28 for a year’s subscription is truly a worthy investment. Please subscribe and read it faithfully.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Rev. Martin Amos