Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We live in an era of instantaneous and competing communication that makes it difficult at times to discern the chaff from the wheat. The Catholic Messenger, our diocesan newspaper for 128 years, knows the difference and remains steadfast in its mission to inform, educate and inspire the Catholic faithful in the Diocese of Davenport through its presentation of local, national and world news and commentary about the Catholic Church.
As The Catholic Messenger’s annual subscription drive gets under way, I encourage you to renew or start your subscription. Through the newspaper,
• I announce priest assignments and other clergy and lay leadership appointments;
• Post a monthly calendar of my schedule;
• Share letters on issues, activities and policies affecting the parishes of our diocese;
• Ensure that Catholics are being educated about the new Roman Missal;
• Publicize the celebration of diocesan Masses, such as the Chrism Mass;
• Highlight collaborative efforts in the visioning process for our diocese’s future;
• Keep Catholics informed about such important issues as health care reform, marriage, pro-life activities and immigration.
While The Catholic Messenger reflects the life of the church throughout the world, its emphasis is on diocesan news, parishes, parishioners and their opinions.
The Catholic Messenger Web site is able to respond to breaking news in the diocese. Both the online and print editions provide a forum for readers to express their thoughts about faith-related issues.
It serves as an archive of church history and milestones, accomplishments and personal stories of faith and inspiration. It is a source of evangelization and spiritual formation and strives to enrich Catholic life and faith.
The Catholic Messenger is a vital part of the ministry of our diocese. It requires your support so that it may continue working for you. The cost of $26 for a year’s subscription is a real value for what The Catholic Messenger brings to you.
I would hope it is in every Catholic household in the diocese and that you would read it faithfully.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Rev. Martin Amos
Bishop of Davenport