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BY Father Owen Kearns, LCPublisher
As we begin
2010 at the National Catholic Register, we count our reasons for hope. And you
are one of those reasons.
We have taken some painful steps to
ensure that our media apostolate is sustainable, even though the Register will
be struggling for the foreseeable future. This is no small trust, given the
seismic shakeout of the newspaper industry and the dismaying crunch of the
worst economy in decades.
As I write, we’ve just topped
$400,000 in total donations pledged or received since our fiscal year began on
July 1, 2009. (As our thermometer has shown, we got a big boost from a matching
donor who doubled virtually all donations the last 12 weeks of the year.)
This early success gives us momentum
as we launch into 2010 with an eye on the close of our fiscal year in June. We
will need that momentum to raise substantially more over the next six months
than we did the previous — the challenge we face if we are to reach the $1.1
million we need to balance our lean budget. We’ll keep you posted.
With your continuing help, I believe
we can do it. Which is why I wanted to thank and honor all who have become
partners in the Register’s mission. Whether by donating money, promoting
subscriptions (especially by giving the Register as a gift) or simply
remembering us in your prayers, you have strengthened our spirit and improved
our chances in the hard fights ahead.
I wish to offer a special assurance
of my most heartfelt prayers for those donors who have given to the Register
while struggling to make ends meet.
Heading into this new year, I am
glad to have good cause to say: Thank you, Register partners!