Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.
You’ve seen their spectacular ads on television locally, or perhaps heard their ads on radio, but come this Advent, Catholics Come Home’s ads will be airing nationally on prime-time network television for the very first time.
The bi-lingual Epic ad is scheduled to air on CBS, NBC, Univision, TBS, USA, TNT, CNN, Fox News, and other networks during shows like 60 Minutes, NCIS, NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, Jay Leno, O’Reilly, major sports, and highly rated sitcoms. They’ll be airing over 400 times during the three week period before Christmas (starting December 16) through the Feast of the Epiphany, reaching more than 250 million television viewers in over 10,000 U.S. cities and every diocese.
Based on where the ads have previously aired, in partner dioceses from Chicago to Seattle, Catholics Come Home believes that as many as one million souls could come home to local parishes as a result. Mass attendance, where the ads have aired, has increased an average of 10%, and helped more than 300,000 return to the Church since 2008.
The ads are being sponsored through the contributions of more than 30,000 Catholic families across the U.S. If you’d like to learn more about Catholics Come Home or the effort, visit CatholicsComeHome.org. They’re doing good work and deserve your support.