The Diocese of Orange has teamed up with Churm Custom Publishing to distribute weekly editions of the Orange County Catholic to all parishioners. Currently editions of the OC Catholic appear monthly in local churches.
Bishop Vann believes the effort will better connect his flock of parishioners to the diocesan, national and worldwide Catholic communities as well as help with evangelization eforts.
The new weekly editions should start to appear November 6 in parish churches. Seven day subscribers to the OC Register can have their copies home delivered.
The newspaper is slated to contain more news from the Catholic News Agency (CNA). (CNA covers national, international and Vatican news.) Its new and improved format will include "profiles of priests and members of the church, a robust calendar explaining events at the Christ Cathedral campus and other parishes across the county, (as well as) commentary from leaders within our diocese,"
Parishes are encouraged to share news ideas, events and other information with the editorial staff.
As Bishop Kevin Vann so aptly puts it, "It is my prayerful hope that this new expanded newspaper will further connect our community, engage the faithful in our mission as a diocese, share and further build the experience of faith in our diocese. As we thank those who have worked so diligently in communications in our diocese since its beginnings in l976, this new venture can help us truly communicate the Gospel “to the edges” and beyond, as our Holy Francis also preached in his Chrism Mass Homily in Holy Week of this year."
Bishop Vann hopes the new Christ Cathedral and it surrounding campus will become the center piece of Catholic life for the diocese. Now he plans on making the the Orange County Catholic its mouth piece.