Spreading the ‘Good News’ of the Diocese
‘Good News Stories’ from the Catholic homes, schools, parishes and charities which together make up our ONE Diocese are promoted throughout the year via the diocesan website’s News Pages. Since the website’s launch in March 2019, the site has received (depending on the time of year) between 10,000 and 17,000 views each month by new and returning visitors, both from within the Diocese and across the Universal Church. Articles published on our website are viewed -and may be republished – by national and international Catholic press and news sites. More information about the various current and planned Communications tools may be found in the ‘From Parish to Mission’ (P2M) Synodal Communications Sub-Report: ‘Communication is Key’.
News and features of wider appeal are also selectively targeted to Catholic, national, regional and local press and media. Between 2016 and 2021, I compiled and edited our diocesan Annual Review publication which followed the Church’s year from Advent to Advent. Apart from during the pandemic years, the Annual Review was also distributed to all parishes in hard copy and to our Head Teachers. All back issues are permanently available online on the Communications Home Page.
In addition, our choirs’, Bishop’s and priests’ regular leading of both live and pre-recorded liturgies and worship on TV and Radio have made us the most-broadcast Catholic diocese on the BBC: evangelising through bringing the Beauty of Holiness into hearts and lives far beyond our own diocesan boundaries. Livestreaming of Mass from Leeds Cathedral began during the pandemic. This continues at 11am every Sunday via our YouTube channel: www.leedscathedrallive.org.uk
***Attention parishioners of all ages!***
Why not ask your Parish Priest if he would like you to volunteer as a ‘Newsgatherer’ to select and forward good news stories and photographs from your parish to firstname.lastname@example.org ?
I am keen to promote your stories and initiatives, so please feel free to get in touch via email@example.com – and remember, I would rather hear about the same thing from several people than not be told about it at all!