The Diocese of Orlando Office of Communications is now accepting entries for the Third Annual Light of Faith Awards Program, which highlights the many ways in which the Good News is communicated throughout our faith community.
Beginning today (October 7) parishes, schools and diocesan entities are invited to submit print, online and campaign materials they have developed for communication and evangelization. The deadline to submit entries is February 1, 2012.
Bishop John Noonan will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Gifts of Communication on April 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the St. James Cathedral in downtown Orlando. The Light of Faith Awards will be distributed after the Mass and a reception will follow.
The Light of Faith Awards Program is planned in conjunction with the 46th World Day of Communications to be celebrated on May 20, 2012. The theme for the 2012 World Communications Day, which was announced on September 29, is Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization. More than 30 Central Florida parishes, schools and diocesan entities were honored at the second Light of Faith Awards Ceremony held in May of this year.
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From the Vatican:
VATICAN CITY, 29 SEP 2011 (VIS) – Given below is the text of an English-language note released today by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, concerning the publication of the theme for World Communications Day Message 2012.
“The extraordinarily varied nature of the contribution of modern communications to society highlights the need for a value which, on first consideration, might seem to stand in contradistinction to it. Silence, in fact, is the central theme for the next World Communications Day Message: ‘Silence and Word: path of evangelisation’. In the thought of Pope Benedict XVI, silence is not presented simply as an antidote to the constant and unstoppable flow of information that characterises society today but rather as a factor that is necessary for its integration. Silence, precisely because it favours habits of discernment and reflection, can in fact be seen primarily as a means of welcoming the word. We ought not to think in terms of a dualism, but of the complementary nature of two elements which when they are held in balance serve to enrich the value of communication and which make it a key factor that can serve the new evangelisation. It is clearly the desire of the Holy Father to associate the theme of the next World Communications Day with the celebration of the forthcoming Synod of Bishops which will have as its own theme: ‘The New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith’.
“World Communications Day, the only worldwide celebration called for by Vatican Council II (‘Inter Mirifica’ 1963), is celebrated in most countries, on the recommendation of the bishops of the world, on the Sunday before Pentecost (in 2012, 20 May).
“The Holy Father’s message for World Communications Day is traditionally published in conjunction with the Memorial of St. Francis de Sales, patron of writers (January 24)”.