Monday, April 23, 2012

400,000 !!!

Often we fail to realize that the people most in need of Christian nourishment are the very same people we see sitting next to us in the pews of our own parish churches. And the many others around us -- our Catholic family members, friends and neighbors -- who don’t make it to Church anymore.

The vast fields of the under-Catechized is just as important a missionary destination as the fields of the un-Catechized! And these mission fields can be found in our very own communities -- in our very own homes.

Since our inception in 2006, ParishWorld has been bringing the Catholic understanding of our faith to vast numbers of active and inactive Catholics within our parish communities and beyond.

We talk about sin. We talk about forgiveness. We talk about justice. We talk about God's love. We talk about Jesus and the fullness of the Catholic faith.

And in March 2012 we reached a very important milestone in our missionary work. Each month in the pages of over 400,000 articles of faith are now viewed online by you, your friends, your neighbors and countless other faceless souls seeking to learn more and wanting to become more involved in the Catholic Church.

That's close to 5 million views a year! 5 million articles of faith read each year!

We do it on the web. On Facebook. On Twitter. And we do it on the many individual parish websites we service all across the United States. Just during the past Holy Week alone, 170,000 viewers came to our websites for answers to what the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus meant to each one of us and to our world.

And now it’s time to ask for your help again. So we can continue. So we can expand further the ever-growing reach of our ministry.

We've managed to keep afloat amidst the turbulent waters of world economic crisis. But now it is time not just to survive, but to flourish!

Our online database of 12,000-plus Catholic articles is now one of the largest in the Catholic world. And managing and editing it has become a big challenge for our meager resources. Our server company tells us we're quickly becoming their largest user of bandwidth. The monthly server fees we pay them have increased as a result.

Doing God's work do come with costs!

We're also ramping up to develop ParishWorld 2.0, our dream website model with an even more robust engine that can handle 100 times more volume and traffic. It will equip us and the many parishes we service across the USA with even better tools to edit web pages, integrate with Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and with much more video, audio, and music.

Plus we're releasing an exciting new mobile ParishWorld Catholic app that will simply knock your socks off!

But to make this happen, we are asking you to help financially in two ways:

1) We need to identify 30 people among you who will pledge $1 a day for the next year to cover the related cost of our server fees. That’s less than the cost of a cup of coffee or a soft drink or a bottle of water. $30 per month. Can you do this? This will assure we're paid up on our server fees each month so we can continue working in God's vineyard.

2) We need to raise $15,000 in special gifts over the next month to pay the companies working to redesign the new ParishWorld website and mobile app so we can serve even more people who are searching for answers. Can you give a special gift of $1000 ... $500 .. Or $100?

You can do it online right here via credit or debit card or paypal. You can contribute by phone at (818) 4466-PWD, or by mailing a check to ParishWorld, 1230-5 Madera Road #158, Simi Valley, CA 93065.

Delivering a better understanding of our faith . . . Bible Studies, daily homilies and reflective articles . . . Catholic questions answered . . . to inspire, to witness, to Catechize, to build faith . . . through the New Evangelization.

All "For the greater glory of God."

We're now at 400,000. Help us get to 1,000,000. That's worthy of your Christian charity, isn't it?

Can you please lend a helping hand to a Catholic ministry in need today?

In His Service,

WALLY ARIDA, Publisher & Editor in chief
Your brother in Christ

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