Story hours for the faithful


To the Editor:

Congratulations on the great article in The Catholic Messen­ger, April 20, 2017, “Radio helps bring family to Catholic Church” (Pg.1 and10).
Broadcast media is a great method for outreach. Radio is one way that the Archdiocese of Anchorage is able to reach isolated, rural people and those with limited technology resources.

Stories are one universal way of attracting and holding interest of people of all ages. Therefore, I propose that the Catholic broadcast and print media increase audience and readership by adding “Story Hour(s),” “Radio Drama Scripts” to the content. Stories could be broadcasted hourly, daily or weekly and enhanced by print media online and/or in The Catholic Messenger.

Volunteers could write, record or transmit stories/radio scripts that teach a lesson. Radio scripts would be read in a similar way; the Passion, for example, is read aloud during Holy Week. Radio scripts could be about parables, miracles, fables, biographies, legends, myths, folk lore and sacred texts. Discussion and activities could be available online and in The Catholic Messenger.


Story telling is the best means for relating sacred Tradition. I look forward to hearing from you by electronic, print or phone communications.

Annamarie Marcalus OSF
Iowa City

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