Faithful Catholics attend Mass every Sunday and hear the Word of God read and preached to them.
Our challenge as Catholics is to take that Word and live it out in our daily lives the rest of the week.
One of the ways we can see how our faith can be lived out is by reading about how it can be done.
News you can trust
When it comes to news about the Catholic Church and its teachings, Catholics need sources that they can trust. That’s why the Catholic press is more important than ever today.
February is observed as Catholic Press Month, a time to recognize the role that Catholic newspapers, magazines, newsletters, books, and blogs play as effective education tools to reach Catholics.
As editor of the Catholic Herald of the Diocese of Madison since 1986, I’ve seen many changes in the way we share the news. Our print newspaper production has evolved from hot metal to paste-up to computer layout. We’ve added a website, Facebook, and Twitter for fast-breaking news and interaction with our readers.
I still believe that a weekly Catholic newspaper is vital today. A weekly paper keeps people abreast of the latest news and features. It goes right into people’s homes and is there for every person to pick up and read.
In 2016, we added a new e-Edition of our newspaper. It is available to all Catholics in the diocese and beyond. It can be used in conjunction with the print paper or by itself.
Many parishes in the Diocese of Madison are informing their members about this option. If you’re not ready to stop receiving a print paper, you can sign up for the e-Edition in your parish at no extra charge. Try it. You might like it!
Living your faith
So how does the Catholic Herald show people how to live out their faith? In the past year, we focused on the Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. The Catholic Herald reported on how people are living out the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy in their lives.
We regularly include feature stories on what’s happening in our parishes, Catholic schools, diocesan offices, and organizations. These stories give our readers suggestions on how they can get involved.
How you can help
As I’ve said before, read the Catholic Herald cover to cover each week. I’m always pleased to hear people tell me they enjoy reading the entire paper. Share it with your family and friends.
If you don’t receive the paper, please contact your parish to be put on the list. You can also email our office at
or call 608-821-3070.
Thank you for your support and your prayers as we continue the increasingly important work of the Catholic press.