The Diocese of Trenton, like its counterparts across the nation, will ask the faithful to support its communications and media work through a donation to the Catholic Communications Campaign at all Masses May 28 and 29. 

Scheduled to coincide with World Communications Day, the CCC collection was established in 1979 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in order to provide essential resources for the Church’s outreach to the community through traditional and evolving media formats. Fifty percent of collected funds goes to the USCCB for projects such as production of faith-based documentary films and creation of multimedia content for key campaigns, such as “For Your Marriage.” 

The remaining 50 percent of donations will remain in the Diocese, where it will be used to subsidize the many forms of communications and media outreach across digital, social and print formats.

The theme of World Communications Day, "Listening with the ear of the heart," reminds the faithful that communications work is grounded in the fundamental ability of individuals to listen to one another. 

In his message for World Communications Day, Pope Francis said, “Communication does not take place if listening has not taken place, and there is no good journalism without the ability to listen." The message was released Jan. 24, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of journalists.

"In order to provide solid, balanced and complete information, it is necessary to listen for a long time," he said. "To recount an event or describe an experience in news reporting, it is essential to know how to listen, to be ready to change one's mind, to modify one's initial assumptions."

In the Diocese of Trenton, funds from the CCC subsidizes a full range of communications outreach using traditional and evolving media formats. According to Rayanne Bennett, executive director of communications and media, donations to the CCC had dropped off in recent years due to the pandemic and decreased Mass attendance.  In 2021, less than $50,000 was collected, down from over $80,000 in years prior to COVID-19.

“We are hoping that we can restore this collection to pre-COVID numbers, as there has never been a greater need for the Church to evangelize and educate using every form of available media,” Bennett stated. “We hope that our people will remember all that the Diocese does through its communications and media work, and generously respond to this annual collection.”

Bennett explained that the diocesan half of the collection “will help us continue our work in producing inspiring and informative content across our communications platforms – including our Youtube channel, websites, social media and our award-winning monthly publication, The Monitor Magazine.

“Our digital footprint has grown substantially over the past few years, with livestreaming making it possible for tens of thousands of individuals to engage with major diocesan Masses and other gatherings, and our multimedia news reporting presenting key coverage in the ways that people want to consume it,” Bennett said. In the last year, the Department of Multimedia Production had 90 videos in English and Spanish to their credit.

“The expansion of our social media presence plays a crucial role in relaying information in real-time. Delivering messages from Bishop O’Connell, reporting on location from major diocesan events, sharing photos from a parish or school celebration, the diocesan managed Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts bring the good news and the Good News directly to the faithful daily,” Bennett said.

On the national level, the CCC recently funded the complete overhaul of the U.S. bishops’ website, USCCB.org, as well as a redesign of ForYourMarriage.com. Hundreds of thousands of Catholics visit the USCCB website to read the daily Mass Scriptures, view daily reflection videos and find news and resources that strengthen their lives of discipleship.

As a tool for Catholics on issues of social concern, the CCC helped fund “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” – a video series and teaching document on Catholics’ political responsibility. Additionally, the CCC has provided livestream and event coverage for the bishops’ meeting twice a year, the V Encuentro, Pope Francis' 2015 visit to the United States, and other regional and national events.

To learn more, visit USCCB.org/ccc. You also may send your gift to your parish. Please mark CCC in the subject line of your check,