The Holy Week Triduum -- Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday -- April 1-3, offers an opportunity to educate media. This might be a time to ask liturgical office to provide media with a brief description of what symbols and rites are highlighted each day in Holy Week. Among them: chrism, water, fire, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and veneration of the cross.
Several special programs funded or produced by the Catholic Communication Campaign will be available to television viewers nationwide during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday. Debuting on PBS Thursday, April 1, 10-11 p.m. is "Fresco," a documentary that follows the process of creating ceiling frescoes in a building on the business college campus of St. Thomas University in Minneapolis. The frescoes created by artist Mark Balma focus on the seven virtues as articulated by St. Thomas Aquinas. Also coming to public television stations in April is "The Body of Christ in Art," a half-hour program inspired by works featured in a special exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston last year. Produced by Voyager Productions in association with the Catholic Communication Campaign "The Body of Christ in Art," brings together objects from a period spanning six centuries, from two continents and in widely varied artistic media, demonstrating the persistence and significance of representations of Christ in a broad culture. Check with your local PBS station for market specific air dates and times. Many ABC-TV stations around the nation will air the Catholic Communication Campaign's special "Easter at the University of Notre Dame: A Celebration of Hope" on Easter Sunday, April 4 at 7:00 a.m. This hour-long special featuring music from the Folk Choir of the University of Notre Dame was filmed on campus in the exquisite French Gothic Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Check with your local ABC station for the time and date of the broadcast in your city. For further information, contact Pat Garcia at 202-541-3204.
Easter Sunday is April 4. Provide photo ops ahead of time for print media who will want Easter Sunday pictures. Schools and religious education programs might be one photo op source.
The National Catholic Educational Association's annual convention and exposition will be April 6-9 in New Orleans.
On April 21-24 the National Association of Diaconate Directors will be holding its annual convention in Boston.
Earth Day is observed on April 22. The theme is "Sustainable Living," with an emphasis on consumerism. For Christians, the goal of living simply is not just to consume less or become less busy. Rather it is taking the time to discern God's will for our lives. It includes the use of resources in a just way that provides for the needs of all, particularly the poor, so that God is glorified." The Good Life from a Catholic Perspective: The Problem of Consumption written by Msgr. Charles Murphy which is included in Peace with God the Creator, Peace with All Creation, provides more information. To order, please call 1-800-235-8722.
World Day of Prayer for Vocations is observed on April 25.
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: Colorado Springs, Denver. CONNECTICUT: Hartford, Bridgeport, Norwich. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Washington. FLORIDA: Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, Venice. GEORGIA: Atlanta, Savannah. HAWAII: Honolulu. IDAHO: Boise. ILLINOIS: Chicago, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield. INDIANA: Evansville, Forth Wayne-South Bend, Indianapolis, Lafayette. IOWA: Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Sioux City. KANSAS: Kansas City in Kansas. KENTUCKY: Louisville, Lexington, Owensboro. LOUISIANA: Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Houma-Thibodaux, Lafayette, Lake Charles, New Orleans, Shreveport. MAINE: Portland. MARYLAND: Baltimore. MASSACHUSETTS: Boston, Melkite Diocese of Newton, Springfield. MICHIGAN: Detroit, Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Marquette, Saginaw. MINNESOTA: Crookston, New Ulm, St. Cloud, St. Paul and Minneapolis, Winona. MARYLAND: Baltimore. MISSISSIPPI: Jackson. MISSOURI: Jefferson City, Kansas City-St. Joseph, St. Louis, 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, Columbus, Toledo. OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma City, Tulsa. OREGON: Baker, Portland. PENNSYLVANIA: Altoona-Johnstown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Scranton. RHODE ISLAND: Providence. SOUTH CAROLINA: Charleston. SOUTH DAKOTA: Rapid City, Sioux Falls. TENNESSEE: Memphis. TEXAS: Amarillo, Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Ft. Worth, Lubbock, 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 Sr. Mary Ann Walsh at email@example.com.