For Immediate Release
18 November 2010
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – November 18, 2010 – The Long Island Catholic (TLIC) newspaper is asking all of its readers to contribute $20 on Long Island Catholic Sunday (December 4-5, 2010) to assure that the paper can continue to be sent into their homes each week. The $20 annual donation amounts to less than 45 cents per issue.
Previously, each of the 133 parishes in the Diocese of Rockville Centre paid for the subscriptions of any parishioners who did not contribute to the TLIC Sunday collection. But as parishes face increasing financial challenges, the paper is now asking all readers to contribute directly to the TLIC Sunday collection, to relieve parishes of that expense. Currently, TLIC is mailed to approximately 100,000 households each week, making it the nation’s largest mailed-weekly Catholic newspaper.
“We are hoping our readers will agree that The Long Island Catholic is a vital tool for teaching and evangelizing the faith, important to have in their home and in the homes of Catholics throughout our diocese,” said Rick Hinshaw, editor, TLIC.
Each week the weekly diocesan newspaper:
- brings news of the Church from Rockville Centre to Rome;
- offers concise, easily-readable articles that teach about the Catholic faith — liturgy, sacraments, prayers and devotions; history, traditions, the inspirational lives of Catholic saints, and of contemporary Catholics living the faith in their everyday lives;
- explores and articulates Catholic moral and social teachings, and calls Catholics to action in applying those teachings to the critical issues of the day;
- invites reader input in many different ways, and gives individuals and groups within parishes, schools and diocese a vehicle for communicating with fellow Catholics throughout Long Island about activities, ministries, and missions of faith and service;
- responds to attacks on the Catholic Church; on the Holy Father, bishops, priests and religious; on Catholic beliefs and practices, and all that Catholics hold sacred; and even on the right to be heard in the public square.
For more information on The Long Island Catholic newspaper collection, contact Rick Hinshaw at
516-594-1000, ext. 12 or editor @licatholic.org.
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 133 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 55 Catholic elementary schools (51 parish or regional and 4 private), 11 high schools (3 diocesan and 9 private) and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (11/10).
CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
(p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625