This past week, I had a chance to spend some time with the priests of our Archdiocese ordained less than five years. It's always great to get to know the clergy better and have some time with them to reflect on the important role they play as communicators, evangelizing to our family of faith.
Our presentation touched on working with the media and key messaging for parish ministry. In many ways, homilies and other parish communication (bulletins, pulpit announcements, etc.) are like media interviews. You want to have key messages, clarity, get the facts right and ensure that people understand your core message. We looked at examples of the church in the media and how the media can be on our doorstep at a moment's notice.
The priests were very receptive to the messages presented and hopefully they have a better understanding of how our office can assist them should they need to communicate with the media, their parishioners or the broader community on a variety of subjects. Thanks to Msgr. Marco Laurencic, director of the Office of Priests' Personnel for allowing us the opportunity to spend some quality time with these fine shepherds.
"Deeply concerned about the outbreak of violence in Mumbai, the Holy Father asks you kindly to convey his heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in these brutal attacks, and to assure the public authorities, citizens, and all those affected of his spiritual closeness. His Holiness urgently appeals for an end to all acts of terrorism, which gravely offend the human family and severely destabilise the peace and solidarity needed to build a civilisation worthy of mankind's noble vocation to love God and neighbour. The Holy Father prays for the repose of the souls of the victims and implores God's gift of strength and comfort for those who are injured and in mourning".