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1/16/2013 12:31:00 PM
Radio spot brings Catholics back
hoto by Rick Allen, KBZY
Fr. Tim Mockaitis chats with KBZY program host Bob Buck.
hoto by Rick Allen, KBZY
Fr. Tim Mockaitis chats with KBZY program host Bob Buck.

SALEM — At the recommendation of a Queen of Peace Church member here, Father Tim Mockaitis created a 30-second radio invitation that ran on KBZY radio station in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The commercial, “Come home for Christmas,” was supplemented by a 10-minute live interview on the radio, in which Father Mockaitis spoke at length about an upcoming workshop for those considering a return to church.

Father Mockaitis said he isn’t sure how many people were prompted by the radio commercial to show up for Christmas Mass, but he did note a larger-than-normal turnout over the holiday weekend (which is typically better attended than most Sundays, anyway).

One woman approached the pastor before Mass and said with a smile, “I’m back!”
“I’m very pleased that the station, a local secular AM radio station, was willing to offer the time,” Father Mockaitis said. “If it affected only several folks and moved them to return, then our Christmas evangelization efforts were worth the time.”

At the Christmas Masses, the parish also distributed 600 copies of Matthew Kelly’s latest book on Catholic faith, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic.

On Jan. 28, the parish starts “Welcome Home,” a program for returning Catholics. Discussion topics include “Sin,” “Vatican II,” “Catholic values – changing current culture,” and “Marriage, divorce and annulments.” The six-week series runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Mondays in the Queen of Peace gathering area.

For more information, call 503-364-7202.

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