World Communications Day
Media Manual

The Father John A. Hardon, S.J. Media Apostolate has prepared a World Communications Day Media Manual as a guide that may be used by parishes and organizations to help them plan, organize and implement their own World Communications Day Media Information Fair.

It is our sincere hope that this manual will serve the needs of those people who have accepted the Church’s call to catechize and evangelize mankind through the use of the modern means of social communications.  World Communications Day, as outlined in the document (Inter Mirifica, 1963) is the only yearly worldwide celebration called for by the Second Vatican Council.

Each year the current Pope chooses a World Communications Day theme he wants the Church to use for that year on September 29th the Feast of the Holy Archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel, who have been designated as the patrons of those who work in radio. 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), to allow bishops’ conferences and diocesan offices sufficient time to prepare audio, visual and printed material for national and local celebrations. And lastly, World Communications Day is celebrated in most countries, on the recommendation of the bishops of the world, on the Sunday before Pentecost in May.


The World Communications Day Media Manual is now available online free for your personal use in Adobe Acrobat PDF format! 

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The purpose of the media is to "contribute to men’s entertainment and instruction as well as to the spread and support of the Kingdom of God."  Church teachings and regulations in regard to the media "serve to promote not only the eternal welfare of Christians, but also the progress of all mankind."   


Section 1    Introduction

WCD Media Manual Cover - (PDF: 1 page / 157 Kbytes)

Table of Contents - (PDF: 1 page / 4 Kbytes)

Section One Divider - (PDF: 1 page / 3 Kbytes)

Father John A. Hardon, S.J. Media Apostolate - (PDF: 1 page / 62 Kbytes)

WCD Media Manual Introduction and Contents - (PDF: 4 pages / 41 Kbytes)

 

  

 

Section 2   Pastor Information

Section Two Divider (PDF: 1 page / 3 Kbytes)

Endorsement from Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., M.A., S.T.D. (PDF: 1 page / 74 Kbytes)

Endorsement letter from Edouard Cardinal Gagnon, P.S.S. (PDF: 1 page / 169 Kbytes)

Endorsement letter from (Most Rev.) Raymond L. Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura (PDF: 1 page / 86 Kbytes)

Endorsement letter from Charles E. Rice, Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Notre Dame (PDF: 1 page / 826 Kbytes)

Endorsement letter from Fr. C. Frank Phillips, C.R., St. John Cantius, Chicago, Illinois (PDF: 1 page / 61 Kbytes)

What is the Father John A. Hardon, S.J. Media Apostolate?  Fr. Burns K. Seeley, S.S.J.C., Ph.D.  (PDF: 2 pages / 25 Kbytes)

Inter Mirifica:  Decree on the Media of Social Communications (PDF: 6 pages / 42 Kbytes)

First World Communications Day Message of the Holy Father Pope Paul VI (PDF: 3 pages / 21 Kbytes)

Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz Address to the Catholic Citizens of Illinois, October 19, 2006 (PDF: 1 page / 8 Kbytes)

Three Components That Comprise Each Year's World Communications Day (PDF: 1 page / 8 Kbytes)

Pastor Selects Head Coordinator (PDF: 1 page / 7 Kbytes)

 

 

Section 3    Formation of Committees

Section Three Divider (PDF: 1 page / 3 Kbytes)

World Communications Day Central Coordination Committee (PDF: 6 pages / 27 Kbytes)

WCD Organization Chart - Example (PDF: 1 page / 5 Kbytes)

WCD Organization Chart - Blank Copy (PDF: 1 page / 4 Kbytes)

 

 

Section 4  –  Publicity Preparations  –  Checklist and Forms

Section Four Divider (PDF: 1 page / 3 Kbytes)

Publicity Preparations - Duties of the Head Coordinator (PDF: 4 page / 17 Kbytes)

Suggested Uses for Publicity Quotes (PDF: 1 page / 5 Kbytes)

Father John A. Hardon, S.J. Media Quotes for Publicity Use (PDF: 5 pages / 17 Kbytes)

Sample Questions and Answers for Radio and Television Interviews (PDF: 4 pages / 13 Kbytes)

Bulletin Insert for the First Week before WCD (PDF: 1 page / 4 Kbytes)

Bulletin Insert for the Second Week before WCD (PDF: 1 page / 4 Kbytes)

Bulletin Insert for the Third Week before WCD (PDF: 1 page / 4 Kbytes)

Bulletin Insert for the Fourth Week before WCD (PDF: 1 page / 4 Kbytes)

WCD Sample Flyer (PDF: 1 page / 10 Kbytes)

WCD Sample Poster - Portrait Size (PDF: 1 page / 393 Kbytes)

Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Media Apostolate Brochure (PDF: 2 pages / 1,000 Kbytes)  
Provided Courtesy of Eternal Life (www.lifeeternal.org)

WCD Promotional Pamphlet (PDF: 2 pages / 581 Kbytes)
Provided Courtesy of Eternal Life (www.lifeeternal.org)

Father John A. Hardon, S.J. Media Apostolate Informational Brochure
Informational Brochure - Part 1
(PDF: 1 page / 334 Kbytes)
Informational Brochure - Part 2
(PDF: 1 page / 419 Kbytes)
Informational Brochure - Part 3
(PDF: 1 page / 456 Kbytes)
Informational Brochure - Part 4
(PDF: 1 page / 410 Kbytes)

 

 

Section 5  –  Hall Preparations  –  Checklist and Forms 

Section Five Divider (PDF: 1 page / 3 Kbytes)

Church or Organization Hall Preparation Checklist (PDF: 2 pages / 10 Kbytes)

Hall Room Layout (PDF: 1 page / 13 Kbytes)

WCD Sample Poster - Wide Angle Size - for Movie Rooms (PDF: 1 page / 127 Kbytes)

WCD Sample Banner - above Entrance Doorway (PDF: 1 page / 127 Kbytes)

WCD Sample Program Book - Circular Entrance Table (PDF: 2 pages / 113 Kbytes)

WCD Sample Flyer - Circular Entrance Table (PDF: 1 page / 10 Kbytes)

WCD Sample Poster - Portrait Size - Circular Entrance Table (PDF: 1 pages / 393 Kbytes)

St. Paul Prayer Card (made by a commercial printer) - Circular Entrance Table (PDF: 1 page / 222 Kbytes)

Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Media Apostolate Brochure - Circular Entrance Table (PDF: 2 pages / 1,059 Kbytes)

WCD Promotional Pamphlet - Circular Entrance Table (PDF: 2 pages / 581 Kbytes)

Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Media Apostolate Informational Brochure - Circular Entrance Table
Informational Brochure - Part 1
(PDF: 1 page / 334 Kbytes)
Informational Brochure - Part 2
(PDF: 1 page / 419 Kbytes)
Informational Brochure - Part 3
(PDF: 1 page / 456 Kbytes)
Informational Brochure - Part 4
(PDF: 1 page / 410 Kbytes)

Donation Box Sign - Circular Entrance Table (PDF: 1 page / 4 Kbytes)

 

 

Section 6  –  Media Table Exhibit Preparations  –  Checklist and Forms 

Section Six Divider (PDF: 1 page / 3 Kbytes)

Media Table Exhibit Committees with Suggested Individual Table Exhibits (PDF: 3 pages / 20 Kbytes)

 

•  Cinema Table ID Sign (PDF: 1 page / 127 Kbytes)

Cinema Media Table Exhibit Introduction and Resources (PDF: 4 pages / 18 Kbytes)

Handouts:

Saint Genesius, Patron of Actors & Secretaries Prayer Card (PDF: 1 page / 13 Kbytes)

Five Questions Parents Should Ask Themselve When Selecting a Movie for Their Children (PDF: 2 pages / 8 Kbytes)
Dorothy Amorella, DRE, St. John Cantius Parish, Chicago

Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals (PDF: 1 page / 50 Kbytes)

The Catholic Standard & Times Movie Classification (PDF: 2 pages / 16 Kbytes)

 

•  Internet Table ID Sign (PDF: 1 page / 127 Kbytes)

Internet Media Table Exhibit Introduction and Resources (PDF: 4 pages / 16 Kbytes)

Handouts:

Saint Isidore prayer card (PDF: 1 page / 17 Kbytes)

Wired Safety.org The world's largest Internet safety and help group (PDF: 4 pages / 74 Kbytes)

Reports to Parents:  Video and Computer Games (PDF: 1 page / 80 Kbytes)

E-Mail Etiquette (PDF: 9 pages / 62 Kbytes)

Email Etiquette (PDF: 2 pages / 15 Kbytes)

 

•  Press-Print Table ID Sign (PDF: 1 page / 127 Kbytes)

Press-Print Media Table Exhibit Introduction and Resources (PDF: 4 pages / 13 Kbytes)

Handouts:

Saint Maximillian Kolbe Novena Prayer (PDF: 1 page / 25 Kbytes)

 

•  Radio Table ID Sign (PDF: 1 page / 127 Kbytes)

Radio Media Table Exhibit Introduction and Resources (PDF: 3 pages / 14 Kbytes)

Handouts:

St. Gabriel the Archangel Prayer Card (PDF: 1 page / 16 Kbytes)

Radio Guest Speaker Preparations (PDF: 1 page / 7 Kbytes)

 

•  Television Table ID Sign (PDF: 1 page / 127 Kbytes)

Television Media Table Exhibit Introduction and Resources (PDF: 4 pages / 15 Kbytes)

Handouts:

Prayer to St. Claire of Assisi (PDF: 1 page / 14 Kbytes)

Vatican Congress on Catholic TV (PDF: 2 pages / 11 Kbytes)

Television:  Reducing the Negative Impact (PDF: 1 page / 108 Kbytes)

Television Guest Speaker Preparations (PDF: 2 pages / 10 Kbytes)

EWTN Streaming Audio and Video (PDF 1 page / 3 Kbytes)

EWTN Life on the Rock (PDF: 2 pages / 17 Kbytes)

 

•  Telephone Table ID Sign (PDF: 1 page / 127 Kbytes)

Telephone Media Table Exhibit Introduction and Resources (PDF: 5 pages / 21 Kbytes)

Handout:

Prayer to Saint Bernadine of Siena (PDF:  1 page / 18 Kbytes)

 

•  Communications Career Table ID Sign (PDF: 1 page / 127 Kbytes)

Communications Career Media Table Exhibit Introduction and Resources (PDF: 3 pages / 15 Kbytes)

Handouts:

Prayer to St. Augustine of Hippo (PDF: 1 page / 19 Kbytes)

Resources for Careers in Communications (PDF: 2 pages / 9 Kbytes)

 

•  Evangelization Table ID Sign (PDF: 1 page / 127 Kbytes)

Evangelization Media Table Exhibit Introduction and Resources (PDF: 7 pages / 31 Kbytes)

Handouts:

Prayer to St. Teresa of Avila (PDF: 1 page / 19 Kbytes)

Evangelization Homily:  John A. Hardon, S.J. (PDF: 1 page / 9 Kbytes)

Spiritual Conversation and Letter Writing:  John A. Hardon, S.J. (PDF: 2 pages / 11 Kbytes)

The Urgent Call to Evangelization:  John A. Hardon, S.J. (PDF: 6 pages / 40 Kbytes)

Spiritual Formation for Evangelization:  Carole Breslin (PDF: 3 pages / 16 Kbytes)

Display Items:

Spiritual Conversation:  John A. Hardon, S.J. (PDF: 1 page / 7 Kbytes)

Letter Writing:  John A. Hardon, S.J. (PDF: 1 page / 7 Kbytes)

 

•  Media Response Table ID Sign (PDF: 1 page / 127 Kbytes)

Media Response Media Table Exhibit Introduction and Resources (PDF: 2 pages / 13 Kbytes)

Handouts:

Prayer to St. Thomas More (PDF: 1 page / 22 Kbytes)

Letter Writing Workshop Presentation Matt Abbott (PDF: 2 pages / 14 Kbytes)

Writer's Manual (PDF: 4 pages / 16 Kbytes)

Display Items:

Media Response Example 1 (PDF: 1 page / 36 Kbytes)

Media Response Example 2 (PDF: 1 page / 42 Kbytes)

Media Response Example 3 (PDF: 1 page / 28 Kbytes)

Media Response Example 4 (PDF: 1 page / 55 Kbytes)

Media Response Example 5 (PDF: 1 page / 57 Kbytes)

Media Response Example 6 (PDF: 1 page / 34 Kbytes)

Media Response Example 7 (PDF: 1 page / 9 Kbytes)

 

•  Eternal Life Table ID Sign (PDF: 1 page / 127 Kbytes)

Eternal Life Media Table Exhibit Introduction and Resources (PDF: 1 page / 5 Kbytes)

Handouts:

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel (PDF: 1 page / 46 Kbytes)

 

•  Spiritual Formation Table ID Sign (PDF: 1 page / 127 Kbytes)

Spiritual Formation Media Table Exhibit Introduction and Resources (PDF: 2 pages / 9 Kbytes)

Handouts:

Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary (PDF: 1 page / 22 Kbytes)

The Writing Apostolate of the Marian Catechists (PDF: 6 pages / 42 Kbytes)

 

•  Writers Guild Table ID Sign (PDF: 1 page / 127 Kbytes)

Writers Guild Media Table Exhibit Introduction and Resources (PDF: 1 page / 8 Kbytes)

Letter Writing Workshop Sign-Up Sheet (PDF: 1 page / 5 Kbytes)

Speakers Workshop Sign-Up Sheet (PDF: 1 page / 5 Kbytes)

Writers Workshop Sign-Up Sheet (PDF: 1 pages / 5 Kbytes)

Handouts:

Prayer of St. Francis de Sales (PDF: 1 page / 15 Kbytes)

Print Media Suggestions (PDF: 1 page / 7 Kbytes)

Writing and the Spiritual Life  –  Thomas Aquinas College (PDF: 6 pages / 57 Kbytes)

 

•  Free Handout Table ID Sign (PDF: 1 page / 127 Kbytes)

Free Handout Media Table Exhibit Introduction and Resources (PDF: 2 pages / 7 Kbytes)

 

 

Section 7  –  Alternate Ways to Celebrate World Communications Day

Section Seven Divider (PDF: 1 page / 3 Kbytes)

For those with limited resources, there are other ways to celebrate World Communications Day (PDF: 1 page / 7 Kbytes)

 

 


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