Catholic Press Association annual meeting is in New Orleans, June 2-5.
U.S. Bishops' annual June meeting is in Pittsburgh, June 18-20.
National Vocations Symposium for bishops and vocation directors will be held in Pittsburgh, June 20-21. Speakers include Cardinal Pio Laghi of the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education and Bishop Robert Carlson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Father's Day is June 21.
Graduations might be a time to highlight Catholic education, religious graduation festivities, and Church leaders receiving honorary degrees.
The National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) Subcommittee on the Millennium will distribute in June a kit of press materials called Celebrate. The kit includes ten articles on a disk and in hard copy, photographs and other illustrations. Materials can be used in publications promoting understanding the Millennium and Jubilee Year 2000. The kits will be distributed to Catholic newspapers and available on the Web site: www.nccbuscc.org/jubilee. Others seeking kits can contact the USCC Office of Communications, 202-541-3200, or the Secretariat for the Third Millennium, 202-541-3244, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A preview of thee Celebrate kit will be presented at the Third Millennium workshop June 4, at the CPA Convention..
A U.S. bishops' study of the effect of parishes in nurturing vocations will be released in June. Study was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate and supported by a grant from the Our Sunday Visitor Institute. It targets both pastors and recently ordained. Results will compare the differences between parishes with multiple vocations and those which have none. This completes the research for A Future Full of Hope, the National Strategy for Vocations, which is in its third year. Press kits will be available from the USCC Department of Communications, 202-541-3200, and the NCCB Secretariat for Vocations and Priestly Formation, 202-541-3033.
Look for information on a National Catholic Gathering on Jubilee Justice to be held July 15-18, 1999, at the Universtiy of California Los Angeles (UCLA).The gathering is being organized by more than 30 national agencies, offices and organizations to convene leaders for prayer and worship, inspiration and information, and skills and strategies around the challenge of putting justice at the center of jubilee.
The 1998 Directory of Catholic Communication Personnel is available for $6.50. To order, please send a FAX to the USCC Department of Communication, 202-541-3173, or 202-541-3129.
The 1998 Membership Photo Directory of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops is available for $19.95 each plus $3.50 shipping and handling for the first four. Contact: Donise Waters. To order, please send a FAX to the USCC Department of Communication at 202-541-3173 or 202-541-3129.
The 1998 Source Book of NCCB/USCC staff with expertise in areas that range from Church teaching to developing countries to principles of sound economics is available to distribute to media free of charge. Book also includes Church statistics. Information also is available on the NCCBUSCC Web site: www.nccbuscc.org. For free copies, send a FAX to the USCC Department of Communication, 202-541-3173 or 202-541-3129.
Media Training for bishops and diocesan communicators has been a terrific success. Next seminars are September 22 in Tampa, Florida, and Sept. 29-30 in New York City. The latter seminar offers an enhanced program including a panel presentation by nationally recognized journalists from Catholic and secular media.
Story idea: What happens to churches in tourist areas during the vacation season? Do parishes adjust to accommodate vacationers? Do people come back to God when they have time to think?
With June weddings in vogue this might be a time to publicize diocesan marriage policies, including everything from the need for marriage preparation and recommendations for wedding music.
The following dioceses can be reached by e-mail: ALASKA: Fairbanks, Juneau. ARIZONA: Phoenix, Tucson. CALIFORNIA: Monterey, Oakland, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose. COLORADO: Denver. CONNECTICUT: Hartford, Bridgeport. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Washington. FLORIDA: Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, Venice. GEORGIA: Savannah. HAWAII: Honolulu. IDAHO: Boise. ILLINOIS: Chicago, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield. INDIANA: Evansville, Forth Wayne-South Bend, Indianapolis, Lafayette. IOWA: Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque. KANSAS: Kansas City in Kansas. KENTUCKY: Louisville, Lexington, Owensboro. LOUISIANA: Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Houma-Thibodaux, Lafayette, Lake Charles, New Orleans, Shreveport. MAINE: Portland. MASSACHUSETTS: Boston, Melkite Diocese of Newton. MICHIGAN: Detroit, Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Marquette. MINNESOTA: New Ulm, St. Cloud, St. Paul and Minneapolis, Winona. MARYLAND: Baltimore. MISSISSIPPI: Jackson. MISSOURI: Jefferson City, Kansas City-St. Joseph, Springfield-Cape Girardeau. MONTANA: Great Falls-Billings, Helena. NEBRASKA: Omaha. NEVADA: Las Vegas. NEW HAMPSHIRE: Manchester. NEW JERSEY: Camden, Newark, Passaic, Paterson, Trenton. NEW MEXICO: Las Cruces. NEW YORK: Brooklyn, Buffalo, New York, Ogdensburg. Rochester, Rockville Centre; Syracuse. NORTH CAROLINA: Charlotte, Raleigh. NORTH DAKOTA: Bismarck, Fargo. OHIO: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo. OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma City, Tulsa. OREGON: Baker, Portland. PENNSYLVANIA: Altoona-Johnstown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Scranton. RHODE ISLAND: Providence. SOUTH CAROLINA: Charleston. SOUTH DAKOTA: Sioux Falls. TENNESSEE: Memphis. TEXAS: Amarillo, Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Ft. Worth, San Angelo, Victoria. VERMONT: Burlington. VIRGINIA: Richmond. WASHINGTON: Seattle, Spokane, Yakima. WEST VIRGINIA: Wheeling-Charleston. WISCONSIN: Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, La Crosse. WYOMING: Cheyenne. If any communications director wants to be added to the list, please e-mail me at email@example.com.