By Dennis Kellogg
Director of Communications
I had the chance to educate my 5-year-old grandson Micah’s T-ball workforce final summer season. I had coached older youth baseball, however by no means youngsters this younger. The commissioner warned me it will be like “herding cats.”
I laughed. He didn’t.
I deliberate practices and thought of drills to assist them be taught. Then we began. It took me just some minutes to comprehend that is completely different. One younger boy talked to the ball on the tee earlier than he hit it. One other good younger athlete hadn’t fairly mastered tying his footwear but and wanted somewhat assist. One other boy at all times requested for a hug from “Coach Dennis” earlier than we began follow.
This time, it wasn’t nearly me educating these younger girls and boys about baseball, I wanted to be taught from them as effectively. Because the season progressed, I believe the gamers had some enjoyable, realized extra concerning the recreation, and at all times seemed ahead to treats after the final out. I realized, too, about listening to their wants and attempting to satisfy them the place they had been, not the place I needed them to be.
That’s what we’re hoping to do as we transfer into a brand new 12 months on the Southern Nebraska Register and throughout all of our communication efforts: meet parishioners the place they’re in 2023, and talk with you in no matter method greatest works for you.
You’ll begin to discover a number of modifications within the Southern Nebraska Register. Editor Cathy Bender has made some tweaks to the general look. Among the photographs and the look of the columns are designed somewhat in another way. And we’re including a photograph of Jesus subsequent to the title of our newspaper, as a result of our final aim is to make use of the time you spend studying our paper to carry you nearer to Jesus and be taught extra about Him and His Church.
We’re including some new columns and columnists to incorporate extra about what is occurring throughout our whole diocese. One of many columns will give attention to vocations and can function tales and writings from our Catholic colleges, St. Gregory the Nice Seminary, the Newman Middle and our non secular sisters. One other column will take a broader view of the diocese and can spotlight varied apostolates together with rural life, Hispanic ministry, youth and younger grownup ministry, in addition to household life and discipleship applications. Vicar Basic Father Justin Fulton and Stewardship and Improvement Director Katie Ostgren may even weigh in with columns each different month. We hope these columns will make you extra conscious of the nice applications and assets obtainable to you within the Diocese of Lincoln.
The Emmaus Institute for Biblical Research will contribute a brief function outlining the books of the Bible. The current native Catholic crossword puzzles created by Father Joseph Wahlmeier have been fashionable, and also you’ll see extra of these. We’ll additionally embody quick—or lengthy—bios of saints, the Pope’s month-to-month prayer intentions, and a few of his tweets.
Our hope is while you learn the Southern Nebraska Register, you’ll not solely get updates on the vital information relating to our diocese and the Catholic Church around the globe, however you’ll even have alternatives to find out about your religion. Once more, a part of our aim is bringing you nearer to Jesus and His Church.
We’re additionally altering our “Across the Diocese” part. As an alternative of written updates from parishes across the diocese, we’re now encouraging all parishes to ship us photographs of occasions, milestones and excellent news from their church buildings and colleges. We’ll share as lots of these photographs as we are able to each within the newspaper, and on our social media channels. And in addition, all are inspired to contact us prematurely about main occasions developing, or nice tales you suppose could be good to share with your entire diocese.
We’ve additionally made an effort to extend our sharing on social media. You’ll want to observe Bishop Conley on Fb and Twitter, and likewise the brand new Diocese of Lincoln Catholic Faculties Fb web page. You could find the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln on Fb, Instagram and YouTube. Our YouTube channel options many nice movies, together with homilies from Bishop James Conley, our current panel dialogue “The Life and Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI” with Bishop Conley, Bishop Emeritus Fabian Bruskewitz and Msgr. Thomas Fucinaro, in addition to our weekly Sunday Mass for the Homebound that includes monks from throughout the diocese. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to ensure you are conscious of our movies.
We’re additionally working with our native parishes to roll out a brand new communication device known as Flocknote. Some parishes within the diocese have already been utilizing it, and plenty of Catholic dioceses throughout the nation are using it. Flocknote permits parishes, colleges, varied ministries and now the diocese to achieve out to you with updates and newsletters by way of emails or textual content messages. Discuss to your native parish or contact the diocese for extra info.
Like these kids on the T-ball workforce, our Diocese of Lincoln communications workforce is seeking to meet you the place you’re to share the excellent news occurring in our diocese. Whether or not it’s right here within the Southern Nebraska Register, or on social media or by way of an e-mail or textual content, we would like you to be within the know. We is probably not in a position that will help you tie your footwear or offer you a hug, however we’ll attempt to hit “dwelling runs” with the tales and knowledge we carry you every single day.
To observe us on social media, seek for @bishop_conley on Twitter, Bishop James Conley, Catholic Diocese of Lincoln and Diocese of Lincoln Faculties on Fb, and Catholic Diocese of Lincoln on Instagram and YouTube. Many different diocesan ministries and applications and native parishes and Catholic colleges even have social media channels. Seek for your favourite!