Growing the Catholic Presence on Social Media Sites

I was recently brought to realization that there is a glaring lack of Catholic presence on social media sites. Too much of the stuff seen on social media every day is negative and evil. Whether it be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or whatever else people are using today there is an alarming amount of negativity. I feel as though it stems from the anonymity the internet creates. You can leave a hate filled comment on a Youtube video and nobody will ever know it was you, or you can tweet mean things at Pope Benedict’s new Twitter account and get away with it. I guess some people get a kick out of saying hurtful things online.

Anyway, what brought my attention to this issue was a positive story concerning social media. I was pleasantly surprised to read about a teenager named Dylana Smith who has taken it upon herself to promote the New Evangelization for the Year of Faith. Pope Benedict XVI called for Catholics to spread the New Evangelization in any way they could this year, and Dylana is using social media to do that. To get more specific she has been using Instagram to create a Catholic presence on the popular app. Dylana noticed a lack of Catholic presence on the app, and figured a good way to celebrate the Year of Faith would be to make a personal mission to create one. I am delighted to see such a young person trying hard to make a difference.

Much like Dylana I was also alerted that groups of Catholic bloggers have been uploading Advent photos of the day. These Catholics are using Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets to share their Advent photos each day. They also include a short Advent thought with their photos. This is a wonderful way to celebrate a season that often times goes overlooked by many people.

I was thrilled to see these efforts to make a bigger and better Catholic presence on social media. All of this news came the same week as Pope Benedict’s Twitter account was activated. I can’t wait to see what his tweets will be like next week!

How are you trying to help grow the Catholic presence on social media sites?

The Catholic Gift Shop: Three Medals to be Given Away

Have you heard the news over at The Catholic Gift Shop?

Tomorrow, Friday December 16th, The Catholic Gift Shop will be giving away three of their best selling medals.  All they ask is you visit their page on Facebook and “like” button, and become a fan of The Catholic Gift Shop. There will be three drawings: 10 am, 2 pm and 6pm ET.  The winners will be selected from the shop’s fan base on Facebook.

Right here, by clicking this link, you can become a fan of The Catholic Gift Shop.

All the medals will be shipped Friday night and will arrive in time for Christmas!

Here is the first medal to be be given away on Friday.

St. Christopher @ The Catholic Gift Shop

St. Christopher @ The Catholic Gift Shop

The Saint Christopher medal in particular has been one of the biggest sellers at The Catholic Gift Shop all year (these medals are all new in 2011).

Later, at 2pm ET on December 16th, The Catholic Gift Shop will be announcing the winner of the second medal give-away. The second medal to be given away, is a beautiful Sterling Silver Miraculous Medal. Each of the medals will arrive in time for Christmas, and will be shipped with an 18″ chain and arrive in a smart-looking gift box. Take a look:

These are terrific medals — which are on sale at The Catholic Gift Shop. The two sterling silver medals are being sold for $54.95 and the gold-filled Miraculous medal sells for $64.95. The Shop is giving them away for free.

Finally, at 6pm, The Catholic Gift Shop will be announcing the winner of the third medal, a gold-filled Sterling Miraculous Medal. And this medal arrives in a gift box along with a beautiful gold plated chain as well. Take a look at the third medal:

All they ask is you visit their page on Facebook and “like” button, and become a fan of The Catholic Gift Shop. There will be three drawings: 10 am, 2 pm and 6pm ET.  The winners will be selected from the shop’s fan base on Facebook. You can find their Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/TheCatholicGiftShop