In an era of globalisation, the means of social communication have become so important that for many they are the chief means of information and education, of guidance and inspiration in their behaviour as individuals, families and within the society at large. "The world is seeing the emergence of a 'new culture' from the very fact that there exist new ways of communicating, with new languages, new techniques and a new psychology" (EA 48). The exceptional role played by the means of social communication in shaping the world, its culture and ways of thought has led to rapid and far reaching changes in the society (RM 37).
A community communicating love, peace, and harmony.
Being an agent and bridge-builder in fostering peace and promoting evangelization.
Building a value based and media literate community.
DIRECTOR AND MEMBERS
Rev. Fr. Clarence Dias
: Bishop's House
Shimoga - 577 205
Inevitably, the Church's evangelising mission too is deeply affected by the impact of the mass media. "The Church has the innate right to own and use the means of social communication that are necessary for the formation of Christians and for its
pastoral activity" (IM 3). However, it is not enough to use the media simply to spread the Christian message. It is necessary to integrate that message into the 'new culture' created by modern communications. The Church needs to explore ways of thoroughly integrating the mass media into her Pastoral Planning and activity. "By their effective use the Gospel's power must be made to reach out still further to individuals and entire peoples, and infuse cultures with the values of the Kingdom" (EA 48).
The Diocesan Commission for Social Communications is at the service of the Diocese to enable better evangelisation and to maintain an active presence in society by making public relations a reality and by building friendly relations with the secular media. This Commission puts stress on formation in communication and media education to people. Efforts must be made to strengthen this excellent instrument of mission, through appropriate language programming, personnel and financial help. "In places where Christians are a minority, these can be an important means of sustaining and nurturing a sense of Catholic identity and of spreading knowledge of Catholic moral principles" (EA 48).
Taking into consideration, the wide influence and extraordinary impact of the mass media, Catholics need to work with the members of other Churches and Ecclesial Communities, and with the followers of other religions to ensure a place for spiritual and moral values in the media.
Commission Action Plan
The Church needs to explore ways of thoroughly integrating the mass media into its pastoral planning and activity so that by their effective use the Gospel's power can reach out still further to individuals and the entire flock.
Church has the responsibility of identifying and training Catholic journalists, writers and media people and to prepare dedicated persons to be involved in mainstream media to promote ethical, moral, religious, social and cultural values keeping in mind the needs of the Church and the society at large. Media education programmes should be organised for the school going children and the youth.
The Diocese or at least a few of our clergy or the lay people should voice out their opinion in crisis situations and on the occasions of atrocities on Christians. Protests against vulgar and obscene scenes and movies could be organised to show our solidarity with the exploited.
The sphere of radio and cable television is to be explored more by the Church as these reach every home. Information of the diocesan activities is to be provided through the secular and religious media. Programmes could be given on special occasions like Christmas and Easter through the press, radio and television.
The Commission for Social Communications should have an archive of relevant information and relevant clippings on pertinent issues. The Diocese needs to have its own website. A diocesan Bulletin is to be established and promoted to disseminate Christian doctrine, values and information.
The Photo Gallery of Commission's Activities
Sacred Heart Cathedral, Shimoga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large1.jpg
Bishop's House, Diocese of Shimoga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large2.jpg
Mahila Sangha, SMSSS, Shimoga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large3.jpg
Our Lady of Health, Hariha - The Diocesan Shrine Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large4.jpg
St. Thomas Church, Davanagere Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large5.jpg
SMSSS, Shimoga Multipurpose Social Servie Society Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large6.jpg
Don Bosco Church, Chitradurga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large7.jpg
St. Anthony's Church, Shanthinagar, Shimoga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large8.jpg
World Famous Falls, Jog Falls, Shimoga District Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large9.jpg
Christ the King Church, Jog Falls Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large10.jpg
Declaration of Hariha Shrine as the Shrine of the Diocese Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large11.jpg
Faithful Praying at Harihar Shrine Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large12.jpg
HOMBELAKU DIOCESAN NEW MAGAZINE (2002)
‘Hombelaku’ is a Diocesan news magazine of the Diocese of Shimoga. We circulate 5,000 copies once in four months to all the catholic families of the Diocese. This covers the three civil districts of Karnataka namely: Shimoga, Davanagere and Chitraduraga. Four issues are being published in a year. The publications of these issues are being fixed in the following months April, July, September and the December.
The priority of magazine is for the faith formation of the catholic familiesof the Diocese of Shimoga and dissemination of information. Keep this in mind we pubish many faith related articles. To reach these faith related articles to all the catholic families the maganize has no subscription.