Pentecost collection to further Georgia Martyrs cause

Originally Appeared in : 9810-5/10/18

The Pentecost collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign, started in 1979, is the only national collection to designate 50 per cent of its proceeds to stay in the local diocese and 50 per cent to communications efforts of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


This year, the Diocese of Savannah share will go towards costs associated with promoting the Cause for Beatification of the Georgia Martyrs.


The decree on the validity of the inquiry into the Cause was accepted in Rome in 2010. The postulator for the Cause, Father Giovanni Giuseppe   Califano, said more awareness of the story of the martyrs and devotion to their Cause is needed to move towards Beatification.


Prayer cards, posters, a web site, a Southern Cross magazine are all in the works to promote the story of the martyrs. Future plans call for signs, maps and pilgrimages to the sites of the martyrdom: Darien, Eulonia, St. Catherines Island and St. Simons Island. Other possibilities for the future are artistic works including one or more sculptures or monuments, a play or musical, and a graphic novel.


Past CCC collections have helped with the promotion of social media in the Diocese. A recent national ranking by Content Evangelist Magazine of dioceses comparing their social media followers to their diocesan Catholic population shows this has paid off. The Diocese of Savannah ranked in 11th place, largely due to the popularity of Bishop Gregory Hartmayer’s Facebook page.


The collection has also helped to pay for the livestream of Sunday Mass and other services from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah and from St. Mary on the Hill Church in Augusta.


The fund helped to purchase equipment to get WTOA 101.3, the Catholic radio station that broadcasts from St. Teresa Parish in Albany, on the air. It also helps to sponsor broadcasting of St. Paul Radio in Augusta.


The Catholic Communication Campaign subsidizes the hosting of websites in several smaller parishes in the diocese, including in Bainbridge, Blakely and Waycross. These websites pro¬vide powerful evangelization for parishioners and visitors.


The CCC collection nationally provided seed funding and continued support for the For Your Marriage website, the audio podcasts of the daily scripture readings, and E-mail delivery of the readings. The CCC provides ongoing support for this website (, USCCB video productions including the reflections on the daily readings, and content development for many of the USCCB’s media platforms.


The national collection, taken up on the weekend of the Feast of Pentecost, May 19 and 20, is paired with the beginning of the Apostles’ ministry to go and spread the good news. The Diocese of Savannah and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) seek the help of all Catholics in their continuing efforts to spread the Good News of the Gospel.


Barbara D. King is the director of communications, Diocese of Savannah.

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