Broadcasting the Truth of Jesus Christ
Dec. 8, 2023

Immaculate Conception Holy Day Today

Immaculate Conception Holy Day Today
 
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What it will take to keep local Catholic Radio ON-AIR for 2024

Important Update on the future of 
AM1270 CATHOLIC RADIO-CHARLOTTE
 
Our commitment to keep Charlotte’s first Catholic Radio Station on the air these past 5 years has been relentless.  
In late 2021 we sold our tower site land to finance operations in 2022-2023.  Keeping the radio station on the air and Catholic are our top priorities.  If we had to sell we would look for Catholic ownership.  What we did not expect was the inability to work out a long-term land lease with the new owner at the tower site.  Without that long-term land lease we cannot sell the radio station.  So now it's up to you, our Carolina Catholic Community, to help keep us on the air.  

As noted earlier, we have an opportunity to expand our radio signal coverage along the I-85 East corridor including both Cabarrus and Rowan counties.  This would dramatically increase the reach of Catholic Radio in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area from approximately 600,000 to 1,100,000!  The investment required to nearly double our coverage is $6000 per month.
  This represents 6 parishes tithing at $1000 per month.
 
This year’s fundraising totals were dramatically under operating expenses of which 80% are attributable to the radio station.  That being said, it is our hope that after much expense cutting, your year-end donations and monthly pledges will allow us to pay our creditors and continue operating the radio station on a bare bone budget.  The success of this pledge drive between now and December 31 will determine whether we stay on the air or shut down the radio station prior to our fifth anniversary on January 31.  Please pray for the success of this campaign to keep our Digital and Radio Evangelization efforts going and growing in the year ahead.
 
Regardless of what happens with the radio station, we are prepared and committed to move forward with our 6 other media platforms to deliver strong 3-Diocese (3-D) coverage across the Carolinas. These platforms include:


 
Carolina Catholic Weekly eNewsletter

Carolina Catholic Mobile App

Carolina Catholic YouTube Channel

Facebook/I-Gram/X-Twitter/LinkedIn Social Media

CarolinaCatholic.org website

Internet Streaming/Podcasts/Videos
 

 
2024 Pledge Goal: $5000 per month 
The Drive to 5


On January 31, 2024 CAROLINA CATHOLIC MEDIA will celebrate 
5 years evangelizing the TRUTH of JESUS CHRIST across the Carolinas! 


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Carolina Catholic Media is committed to share our Catholic Christian faith in this digital age with Local Evangelization that proclaims the TRUTH of JESUS CHRIST counteracting the disordered, agnostic and atheistic messages of our dark secular culture. 


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David M. Papandrea, OFS
Phone/Text:  704.880.0260
David.Papandrea@CarolinaCatholicRadio.org
Carolina Catholic Media is a 501©(3) Tax-Deductible Non-Profit
 
THIS WEEK'S FOCUS
TODAY --- Friday, December 8, Solemnity of The IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, is a HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION. Catholic HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION are the days on which we're expected to go to Mass.

Cannon Law 1246 §1. - Sunday, on which by Apostolic tradition the Paschal Mystery is celebrated, must be observed in the universal Church as the primordial HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION.  The following days must also be observed:

----- The NATIVITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
----- The EPIPHANY
----- The ASCENSION
----- The BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (CORPUS CHRISTI)
----- SACRED HEART OF JESUS
----- CHRIST THE KING
----- HOLY MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD
----- Her IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
----- Her ASSUMPTION
----- SAINT JOSEPH
----- SAINT PETER AND SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLES
----- ALL SAINTS

O MARY, CONCEIVED WITHOUT SIN, PRAY FOR US WHO HAVE RECOURSE TO THEE.
 

10 facts about Advent

Catholic News Herald
INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Pope Francis at general audience:
‘The Spirit is the protagonist’ of evangelization

Explosion At University In Southern Philippines
Kills Four People During Morning Mass;
Pope Francis Expresses Closeness To Suffering Families

OSV News
 

As it fights in Gaza, Israel is girding itself for another potential war in Lebanon

 

The Forward
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

UPDATE: For Most Families With Loved Ones Still Held By Hamas, The Painful Wait Continues

OSV news
 
 
 
 
For the 3rd time in 60 years, St. Rita's immaculate body was pulled out of her glass enclosure. The fragrance of roses, characteristic of Saint Rita, filled the entire sanctuary. St. Rita died in the 15th century, her body was preserved intact and it spreads the fragrance of rose. Every time a miracle is performed in the world, this fragrance spreads throughout the sanctuary.  
Saint Rita, Intercede and Pray for Us!!!  Amen!
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers 
NATIONAL NEWS
 

Disney’s ‘Wish’ Unfulfillment

National Catholic Register
 
LOCAL NEWS AROUND THE CAROLINAS

Bishop Jugis hosts priests for Advent reception

Catholic News Herald
 

Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston

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The bishops of the Atlanta Province, which covers Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, met Nov. 27-28 to celebrate Mass, conduct business and grow in fraternity.

Joining Archbishop Gregory John Hartmayer, OFM. Conv., were Atlanta Auxiliary Bishops Ned Shlesinger, John Nhán Trán and Joel Konzen, SM. Also attending were Bishops Jacques Fabre-Jeune, CS, Robert E. Guglielmone, and Stephen D. Parkes of Savannah. We pray for these men as they continue to lead us and work for the good of the Church.
 

‘Without silence, we lose our bearings’

 
 

2024 Diocesan Eucharistic Congress

April 6, 2024

Columbia Convention Center, Columbia, SC

Our diocesan Eucharistic Conference planning is underway.
Join us April 6, 2024, in Columbia for music, speakers,
Eucharistic Procession, Adoration and so much more!

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Parish/School/Ministry highlights across the Carolinas! 
CCM POST OF THE WEEK
An Open Letter to the Faithful from Bishop Joseph E. Strickland
 
Posted 11/27/23

WOW!!!

REACH:              50,744

IMPRESSIONS:  53,113

ENGAGEMENT:   5,876

TOTAL CLICKS:    6,891

 

PARISH AND SCHOOL NEWS

St. Mark Catholic School


We had a special visitor at our school this morning! St. Nicholas took time out of his feast day to visit our kindergarten through 4th grade. He read a special book to them by Jeanne Pieper titled, "A Special Place for Santa." The students left their shoes outside of their classrooms during the assembly and, much to their delight, found that St. Nicholas had left each of them a treat! What a fun day! #stnicholas #stmarklions #20yearsofcatholiceducation ðŸŽ…
 

St. Ann Catholic School

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It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas! Under the direction of Mr. David Shott, St. Ann Catholic School and St. Patrick Catholic School 4th and 5th grade band members performed Christmas songs in an all school concert.
🎄🎵🎺
#stannsaints #CHRISTmas #Advent

St Leo Catholic School

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Nicholas and Kindergarten is celebrating! ðŸŽ…
 

ST. JOSEPH COLLEGE SEMINARY

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CAROLINA CATHOLIC CALENDAR

 

Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church


For the first time in our church - join us for a Christmas Musical Cantata - A New & Glorious Morn, presented by the Queen of the Apostles Adult, Youth and Children Choirs! Save the date - next week, December 10th at 4pm and join us here at Queen of the Apostles Church. A reception will follow in the Gathering Space.
 
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All middle school youth are invited to join us for our FIRST overnight middle school retreat. We will head to Camp Caraway on Friday, December 15th for a one night retreat focused on the importance of building our lives on the firm foundation of Christ. We will return to Holy Family on Saturday, December 16th, in time for the 5:30pm Mass. 
Space is limited, so be sure to register today!

*Please note that the deposit payment will secure your spot.
Your registration is not complete until the deposit is paid!
To register, please use the following link: 
https://giving.parishsoft.com/.../26c1eb35-7a44-4122-963a...
 

Spiritual Exercises for the New Year

New Year’s Retreat
Two Nights: December 30, 2023, to January 1, 2024
Add a third-night for just $50!


Living the Beatitudes
Retreat
Two Nights
ALL NEW DATES: January 26-28, 2024
 
St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC is a
non-profit, interfaith retreat center. All people, all denominations
are welcome to use our Center for their spiritual formation. 

Find out more about the many events held throughout the year! 
Update just released

 
 
AUTHENTIC CATHOLIC MEN OF THE CAROLINAS 
 

Boot-Camp Brotherhood: The Martyrs’ Walk
Pushes Men Closer to God and Out of Their Comfort Zone

National Catholic Register
SueAnn Howell
 
FAMILY LIFE
 
 
 
Don't give up hope, even if you're going through a hard time now. ðŸ’šThis too will pass. And it passes much more quickly when we do the intentional work to heal and move toward greater peace. It's worth the effort.  If you need a helping hand along the way, get in touch.❤️

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FEATURE VIDEOS & PODCASTS

PODCASTS ON-DEMAND
VIDEOS ON-DEMAND
 
Carolina Catholic Media is pleased to announce our newest podcast/video...
GRACE & GRIT with Sara Daigle and new special guest host, Jessica Collazo.
Jessica is a Chicago native with a heart that beats for Jesus. Her passion is to challenge women to think differently, gain a new perspective and live confidently.  Because she knows, it’s possible. Jessica is the senior manager of operations at Proverbs 31 Ministries who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Jerry, two sons and dog, Sawyer. 
Why Religion Can't Satisfy Itself in God
What happens when we impose extra Biblical ideas onto ourselves or others in an effort to be "spiritual"? Forcing ourselves into fabricated holiness robs us of abundant life and joy-filled purpose. Let;s talk about the difference between true holiness and a self imposed infliction of religious ideas in an effort to be holy. 
VIDEO #8 - WATCH NOW

Find out more on Sara's website @ www.sara-daigle.org
Click on the contact icon if you'd like a one-on-one conversation with her.
You'll also find Sara on Instagram and Facebook. 
Here's Sara's latest Video post 

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS

This Holiday Season…. Shop to Help, Not Harm

Do you ever wonder who works behind your favorite products? Are they suffering? Are they children?

Start early this Christmas season and buy handcrafted, ethically and sustainably-made products that support workers and their community.


Fair and ethically sourced products guarantee that no child labor or forced labor is in the supply chain.

Please shop fair and ethical trade to help support and provide dignity to all workers as well as care for the environment.

We have the power to support greater causes through our purchases.

To learn about purchasing ethical trade and consuming with a conscience, go to the CCDOC Ethical & Fair Trade Webpage:
https://ccdoc.org/fairtrade
 
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Check out what's happening at the home of The Chosen!

The Chosen 

 Two gifts are better ̶t̶h̶a̶n̶ ̶ as one.
We've woven our two Christmas specials into one seamless story for you this holiday season. Gather some loved ones and celebrate the birth of Jesus with us starting December 12. Find locations and tickets at FathomEvents.com.
Complete listing of upcoming
Fathom Movie Events, Series & Categories