Carolina Catholic Media
Proclaiming the faith in a digital age
With Local Evangelization built to put the
TRUTH of JESUS CHRIST
back into the secular and contrary messages of our world.
Bishop Jugis’ announcement of the “new pastoral priorities for the diocese” coincides with our announcement regarding the future of Charlotte’s first Catholic Radio Station AM1270 WCGC. In reading through Bishop Jugis’ list, I was taken with the fifth priority which is in alignment with our work and the intention of our core initiatives at Carolina Catholic Media …
“Fifth, we must learn to proclaim the faith in a digital age, that we may better evangelize a culture teeming with secular and contrary messages.”
Carolina Catholic 12 Core Initiatives* and Team Leaders
Men’s Ministries – Jason Murphy (The Obligation), Ray Haywood, Bill Snyder (The ReMENant)
Women’s Ministries – Jean Whelan and Kathleen Lewis (Joyful Echo)
Family Relationship Ministries – Carolyn Klika (Abounding Joy) and Sara Daigle (Grace and Grit)
Senior Mentor Ministry – Brion & Patty Blais, Teresa Sanctis
Catholic Schools/Home Schools – Donna Lamparter, Crystal Koury, Tara Hackman, Elizabeth Hadi
High School Media Clubs/College Internship & Community Service Programs
PRO-LIFE Ministries – Dr. Matt Harrison, Mike FitzGerald (C-PLAN), Elizabeth Harris (Sidewalk Advocates)
Human Trafficking Awareness – Kara Griffin (CCDOC), Tammy Harris (The Ursus Institute)
Healed and Restored Ministry – Elza Spaedy
Charlotte Latin Mass Community – Mike FitzGerald; Sensus Fidelium – Steve Cunningham
Parish Community Event Calendar – Pam Cullen, Mabel Harrison
The Clergy Corner “Homily of the Day” and Special Event Speakers led by St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
*We are also in search for a team to lead our Hispanic Programming initiative
At the Charlotte Knights Baseball game last September, Monsignor Winslow stated how “Carolina Catholic Media was bringing the diocese closer together.” That has been done without the synergy of our 92+ parishes. Imagine what will happen when as Bishop Jugis has stated “we must learn to proclaim the faith in a digital age, that we may better evangelize a culture teeming with secular and contrary messages.” The Carolina Catholic Media apostolate IS perfectly positioned to facilitate bringing all our parishes closer together. This was a primary objective of CCRN when we established our non-profit in the Spring of 2017.
As you look at our progress these past 50 months and what we are planning for you in the months ahead, please keep in mind that the vast majority of this work is done by our largely volunteer staff. Despite this cost savings we have come to a fork in the road where we can no longer operate Charlotte’s 1st Catholic Radio Station without your immediate financial support.
We currently need $20,000 to stay solvent through June 30. As a result, we are working on contingency plans which include shutting the radio station off or selling it while continuing to operate our Mobile App, Website, YouTube Channel, Podcast Channel and eNewsletter digital platforms. It is with all of this in mind that I am announcing the most important pledge drive in our history.
The Platform Lineup: What stays, what goes?
Audio - Podcast/App/Website
Video - YouTube/App/Website
Social Media -Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/LinkedIn
eNewsletter - email/social media
Broadcast Radio/Digital Livestream This pledge drive campaign’s primary objective is to underwrite all our new local programs.
With your support, we will take our LOCAL commitment to a whole new level.
To make this happen, we will need Monthly Tithing and Annual Gift commitments from
our parishes, Ministries, Schools, businesses, families, and individuals in the form of: Parish Monthly Tithes
Small Parishes $500
Medium Parishes $750
Large Parishes $1000 Program Sponsorships
Zoom: $250 per episode / $1000 per month (4 episodes) *
Studio: $300 per episode / $1200 per month (4 episodes) *
Zoom Audio/Video & Production - $200
In-Studio (per hour) - $50
Social Media/eNewsletter - $50 *All Platform UnderwritersDigital Ads/links on all platforms
$1000 month / $12,000 Annual Apostolate BenefactorsMobile App Home Page Co-Sponsor (5 available)
$1500+ month / $18,000+ Annual Please help us continue the mission and vision of CAROLINA CATHOLIC MEDIA for generations to come.
Evangelizing The TRUTH of JESUS CHRIST in the Media and our culture is needed now more than ever. Will you join us? We’re counting on you! For more information contact:
David M. Papandrea, OFSDavid.Papandrea@CarolinaCatholicRadio.org
PH/TX: 704.880.0260 Bishop Jugis announces new pastoral priorities for the diocese
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Christ, our hope, has risen. Peace be with you.
Like Thomas in today’s Gospel, surrounded by a world of doubts and uncertainties, we have experienced the Lord in our midst, and proclaim with Easter joy, “My Lord and my God!”
This past year Pope Francis invited us to participate in a global synodal process in which we shared our faith, fears, hopes, and concerns. Although the national Catholic participation rate was only slightly above 1%, the Diocese of Charlotte exceeded the national average. After prayerful discernment and having listened to the lay faithful and the clergy of the diocese, I would like to share with you six pastoral priorities moving forward.
First and foremost, I earnestly desire all to renew and anchor their lives in the Most Holy Eucharist. Busy lives bombarded by distracting and worldly messages can only truly find the peace for which they yearn in the paschal mystery.
Second, while strengthening our communion with Christ, we must in turn allow Him to strengthen the communion within our families and the Church. Unlike the secular world in which we live, the Church cannot allow herself to be fractured by partisanship. The forces that seek to divide are not greater than the Holy Spirit who unites. We must follow Our Lord who prayed at the Last Supper, “that they may be one, as we are one.”
Third, as a family of faith we must inspire the youth to find their home in the Church. Inherently drawn to authenticity, it is our responsibility to speak to the meaning of a true Christian life.
Fourth, in a time of moral confusion, we must inspire lives of personal holiness highlighting the beauty of chaste love.
Fifth, we must learn to proclaim the faith in a digital age, that we may better evangelize a culture teeming with secular and contrary messages.
Sixth, we must meet the challenges of an ever-growing diocese. In just 50 years the Diocese of Charlotte has grown from 34,000 Catholics in 75 parishes to more than 500,000 Catholics in 92 parishes and missions spread across 46 counties.
As a diocesan family, relying upon the grace and mercy of God, I ask for your help as I shepherd the diocese to meet the challenges of our day. Finally, I entrust these pastoral priorities to the maternal care of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God, our diocesan patroness.
May the peace and joy of Easter be with you all.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis
Bishop of Charlotte
April 16, 2023