By Nicole Ossevoort | Diocesan Communications and Social Media Specialist
As the Diocese of Syracuse continues digital efforts to inspire, encourage, and evangelize, faithful are encouraged to visit the online Easter calendar, found at www.syracusediocese.org/being-catholic/easter. The current calendar is a continuation of the daily Advent and Lent calendars — once the season of Easter concludes on Pentecost, the calendar will continue to be accessible via the “Being Catholic” section of the diocesan website.
Each day of the week has a theme based on the diocesan mission of evangelization: knowing, living, and sharing our faith and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ current strategic plan, which focuses on the areas of evangelization, marriage/family life, human life and dignity, vocations and religious freedom:
• Scripture Sunday (thoughts on the day’s readings and suggestions for further reflection).
• Know It Monday (faith facts).
• Respect Life Tuesday (related info + facts, Church teaching).
• Share It Wednesday (suggestions for evangelizing with others).
• Live It Thursday (suggestions for deepening personal faith).
• Family Friday (family/youth/faith formation-focused info).
• Social Saturday (links to digital sources of Catholic inspiration).
The Easter calendar is important because many people, even church-going Catholics, don’t realize that Easter is a season spanning 50 days — and not just one day. Additional efforts include a Sunday email throughout the Easter season to 2,300 subscribers featuring Lectio Divina, inspirational quotes from the day’s readings, a Tweet from Bishop Cunningham, and more. Faithful are also encouraged to visit the diocesan Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dioceseofsyracuse.
Sharing daily information online across the dioceses’ digital platforms is just one component of the ongoing “Being Catholic” initiative, developed in November 2016 as a way to highlight and celebrate the many ways that the faithful in our diocese are being Catholic each and every day. The initiative captures people on video, in photos, and in print as they know, live, and share their faith.