Between 2001 and 2011, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati lost something on the order of 100,000 Catholics.  To put it in perspective, that is a greater number of the faithful than make up the entire nearby Diocese of Covington.  So if any diocese needs to jump-start its evangelization, it’s ours.  Thankfully, that’s about to happen:

Pope Benedict XVI has declared A Year of Faith as part of the New Evangelization to renew Catholics’ commitment to live as Jesus Christ calls.

One important specific response to this is a project called Catholics Come Home. Michael Vanderburgh, Director, Archdiocesan Department of Stewardship, says “Each of us knows Catholics who have drifted away from the church; many are waiting for an invitation to return.”

On Sept. 15 and 16 at all parish Masses throughout the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, there will be a special collection to help extend that invitation through TV ads airing in primetime throughout this region.  Those contributions will purchase airtime for the ads. “Please join your fellow parishioners giving generous support to this project,” Vandenburgh said.  The ads can be previewed at