Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of Lent — a period during which Catholics and other Christians pray, fast, and engage in acts of penance and self-denial, including giving to charity. As you begin your Lenten disciplines, we here at CalCatholic ask that you keep us in mind as you consider the sacrifices you will make during this solemn season in the life of the Church.
For some time now, CalCatholic has operated on a shoestring budget, battling from month to month to continue publishing. Without your financial support, CalCatholic would not be able to bring you its unique version of Catholic journalism. That is truer today than ever before — at present, we are barely getting by, and each week is a challenge.
In addition to our daily menu of provocative and inspiring stories, CalCatholic offers its readers the opportunity to engage in the lively give-and-take of our comments feature. Our classified ads alert readers to job opportunities across California, some of them drawing hundreds of hits. Our calendar section keeps readers apprised of Catholic events from one end of the state to the other. And we now offer CalCatholic readers the opportunity to join us on Facebook or Tweet our stories to friends and family. For a very modest cost, we also offer professionally designed and attractive display advertising with an audience of thousands every day. We frequently bring you our News from the Trenches feature, which chronicles the activities of those who witness outside abortion clinics. And we periodically bring you another popular feature, our Churches Worth Driving To, which highlights churches and parishes across the state.
While most of our audience comes from California, our readership spans the globe: coast-to-coast in the U.S., but also in virtually every corner of the globe. CalCatholic has readers in places like Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria and Angola in Africa; Guatemala, Mexico, Belize and Argentina in Latin America; the United Kingdom, the Russian Federation, Switzerland, France and Ireland in Europe; other readers come to CalCatholic from Yemen, Israel, Pakistan, Lithuania, India, China, Algeria and Indonesia. The entire list would take up too much space to list here, but CalCatholic’s readership, like the Church itself, is universal. Wouldn’t it be a shame to lose this worldwide outreach for lack of funds?
Most of the work done today at CalCatholic is performed by volunteers, but that doesn’t mean there are not substantial expenses. We have telephone and light bills, computer expenses, the cost of keeping our content online, the expense of having a part-time technical expert available for the inevitable program glitches, and about $1000 a month in part-time salaries for essential work we couldn’t get by without. We need your help to pay these expenses — we are, as we note on our homepage, “a reader-supported non-profit organization.”
That means, of course, that our ability to continue publishing is entirely up to our readers’ generosity. Please consider making a contribution today to help us survive during these difficult economic times.
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I’m gonna send you guys some bread… that way you won’t get mad if I keep postin’. Don’t want you to think I have entitlement issues.
Dear Cal Catholic Daily:
Just sent a PayPal donation.
Your work is unique and greatly appreciated. May God bless you in your important labors. Ad maiorem Gloria.
Oh, you said “generosity”; for a moment there I thought you wrote “ferocity”. My check will be in the mail asap.
Why not simply move your blog/forum over to Facebook? I’m sure it would greatly simplify things and it would reduce your costs considerably.
The editor replies: Thanks for the suggestion. We have recently opened a Facebook Page. We’ll see how it goes. Our Facebook page can be accessed here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/California-Catholic-Daily/508546962512227?ref=hl&buffer_share=64759&utm_source=buffer.
I don’t believe in having a face book account and try to avoid it because I have kids….too much drama for kids to handle…so I prefer this method better….you’ll see my donation mailed within a week or so…under a different name. Blessings
That is just silly. Some seem to enjoy vilifying Facebook based on ignorance.
One can create a FB account and configure it any way in which they wish. They could add CalCatholic, EWTN, the Vatican, the USCCB, Catholic Answers and many, many other Catholic-related groups and pages and that’s all they (and their kids) would see.
If CalCatholic wants to grow it would be smart to get deep into FB as EWTN and others have done.
Filmont, I wasn’t trying to be silly nor am I ignorant.
I hate it when people try to give advice to parents on FB issues… our kids are not robots… they have free will and so we walk by example…. so since we prefer they don’t open up that door to having a face book, we too practice that… it’s our personal choice… GOT IT! JUST like this site has its choice and I respect it, I just pray that they don’t make it an exclusive to FB because then folks like myself won’t be able to enjoy being part of that through other means… but if they choose to go that route in addition to this… kudos for them.
I’m with you. I want nothing to do with Facebook and I don’t “Twitter”. Silly business all of it. Besides, why add to the revenue of Mark Zuckerberg who is an Atheist? There is that little matter of stewardship of one’s money. And I do not care WHO else uses Facebook. I take no prisoners and have a Catholic Zero Tolerance policy on such things.
Thank you FM God bless you
Moving over to Facebook would also greatly increase CalCatholic’s viewership.
Using Facebook would also let others post relevant articles/sources and it would be very easy to embed videos.
During a period like we are experiencing right now with the Pope resigning, CalCatholic would have a far easier time facilitating debate on the issue.
Filmont, it’s not silly. You must not have teenagers. We have seen too much pain and drama from kids and Facebook, especially their friends having posted inappropriate things and sometimes kids can innocently walk into that… so we choose not to have a Facebook account, and that is why I commented — because I hope that they don’t close down this site to be exclusively on FB. Then I won’t be able to read their articles or comment.
I have nothing against Facebook and this site can choose very well how it needs to grow. I’m sorry that you felt the need to interpret a negativity tone from my comments. I’m just not a big encourager of FB but hey you are free to have one and so is this site… I just don’t want them to change and close this down.
oh yea it’s good that people press “like” on Facebook to help them…..
The little picture with the sign that reads “abortion kills children”: Abortion also prevents children from becoming adults, not only the children aborted, not only the women aborting, but also all those complicit in the act, who by doing so mock real adulthood. Authority figures who push abortion lead souls away from the path to maturity and responsible adulthood, and this fact redoubles on those evil pied pipers themselves. When is the last time an abortionist or their political bedmates spoke like a real adult?
just sent in mine
This has nothing to do with this article but I have to say “God bless you Father… I am grateful for your faithfulness to Christ and His church… I enjoyed your homily last Sunday while I was visiting your parish for the first time!”
Thank you for explaining some portions as well from the Latin portion of the Mass, you explain things with such clarity… I can see why you have a packed house… the faithful want to be fed the truth… may the Holy Ghost continue to bless you with His wisdom, love and knowledge….God bless you always…in humility and more.
May the Lord make you His bishop and higher… may you always stay in His path and in His truths… In Jesus name we pray… AMEN!
Whats your budget like?
I have a few sugestions on how you could help the site survive at a minimum budget
I dont see any of your updates on my facebook…and i already “liked” u on facebook…so not sure how that works. God bless and i pray u will survive.
Thank you for what you do and letting all of us post our comments, even if some of us don’t agree with each other on issues!! God bless
I just want to say that it is so much easier to donate using their paypal option…I liked that…thanks CalCatholic….for those that are so busy like myself and keep forgetting to mail your donation….best to use their paypal option, I liked that best. Blessing!
As a reminder…..don’t forget your donations…..paypal is an awesome option too! YIPPIIII