Catholic Marketing Network Pivots 2020 Event

The devastating COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in extraordinary challenges in the Catholic marketplace. Families have lost loved ones and businesses and ministries have lost revenue that will be very difficult to recover. Out of prudent caution for the health and safety of each CMN member, the Catholic Marketing Network has made the decision to pivot to an ONLINE event for 2020. In the summer of 2021, the live CMN MOMENTUM Event will be held in Dallas.

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Father Richard Heilman

Father Richard Heilman: Profound Spiritual Synergy in May 2020

This article includes excerpts from the writings of Father Richard Heilman, Pastor of St. Mary of Pine Bluff Parish in Wisconsin, and spiritual advisor of CEMA, whose teaching blog can be found a

Recently, at an online meeting of the leadership team of the Coalition of Eucharistic and Marian Apostolates, Father Richard Heilman emphasized the providential timing and spiritual power of this coming month of May. It follows the culmination of many efforts this spring by Catholics to pray in extraordinary ways during the COVID crisis. As the economic effects of the pandemic continue to paralyze businesses and ministries across America, Catholic professionals, entrepreneurs, ministry leaders, and more can find hope in the powerful feasts and spiritual opportunities in May 2020.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced that they are choosing to join Canada in a Re-Consecration to Mary, Mother of the Church on May 1. Any of the faithful can unite their hearts with that consecration. Mary’s month begins with St. Joseph’s feast, that providentially falls on a First Friday, devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. May 31 completes the month with the feast of Pentecost, when God originally ignited the Church with the power of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost then opens the door to the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church and Mediatrix of all Graces on June 1. The month of May 2020 looks to be a spiritual mother-load of opportunities for grace.

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St Catherine of Siena

SAINTS AT WORK: St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican Model of Fortitude during Pandemic

Image and Article Source: Catholic Business Journal, by Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

St. Catherine of Siena was born March 25th, 1347, when the world stood at the brink of the very pandemic for which the word “quarantine” was invented. In Italian, “quaranta giorni” – forty days – was the allotted time that ships were required to remain offshore before landing. The Bubonic Plague, also known as the Black Death, claimed a total of 75 - 200 million lives. Catherine’s birthplace – Siena, Italy –then a metropolitan Tuscan town, lost 30 - 60% of its population. In addition to altering the social and political landscape long-term, the plague resulted in much financial hardship for small business owners like Catherine’s family, who ran a dye shop and owned a small vineyard.

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Hope-filled Solutions for Mental Health Grounded in Catholic Faith

Catholics embrace the Easter Season as 50-day celebration of HOPE. As the effects of Covid-19 disrupt and at times devastate lives, the podcast series: Ave Explores: Stress, Anxiety, and Mental Health, from CMN Member, Ave Maria Press provides hope and spiritual strength for those who struggle with mental health concerns. Many Catholic organizations are providing helpful options for individuals and families. In addition to traditional medical care, MyCatholicDoctor provides mental health tele-medicine, counseling and spiritual direction from the convenience of a computer or mobile device. Catholic counselor, Dr. Greg Popcak offers advice for coping in Our Sunday Visitor publications. Find an array of solutions available from more CMN member organizations.

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SBA Clarifies Eligibility of Faith-Based Organizations for COVID-19 Assistance Programs

SBA Clarifies Eligibility of Faith-Based Organizations for COVID-19 Assistance Programs

SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced that SBA issued guidance clarifying that all faith-based organizations impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) are eligible to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, without restrictions based on their religious identity or activities, to the extent they meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the CARES Act that was passed by Congress, signed into law by President Trump, and implemented by the Paycheck Protection Act Interim Final Rule.

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