CRA Resources

Links to resources important to Catholics



The News and Events page contains the most up to date information specific to the Catholic Radio Association.  Archived links to information relating to CRA and the Catholic Church are provided below:

CRA Resources:

  • Catholic Radio Retreat – October 2006 This text file, in .pdf format, contains the presentation notes of Rev. José H. Gomez, S.T.D. Archbishop of San Antonio, to the participants of the Global Catholic Radio Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, on October 12, 2006.
  • Why Catholic Radio?(Legal Size)
    Espanol- ¿Porqué una Radio Catolica?
    Catholic radio is one of the most effective tools for evangelization and catechesis. It answers the call for a New Evangelization and it changes lives by touching listeners in a personal way. This legal sized brochure details our obligation to spread the Gospel and how Catholic radio is a most efficacious means to do so.
  • Catholic Radio: What Does the Church Say When starting a Catholic radio station it is imperative to have the support of the local Bishop and clergy. However, many do not know that the Church supports, and even strongly encourages, forming Catholic radio stations. This brochure highlights quotes from Vatican II and Our Holy Father Pope John Paul II in support of Catholic radio.
  • Catholic Radio: Spanish Programming
    Espanol – Catholic Radio: Acercándose a la Comunidad Hispana The United States Spanish-speaking population is growing by leaps and bounds. You can reach out to your Spanish-speaking listeners by utilizing free, well-produced Spanish programming. This brochure gives information on Spanish programming available.
  • CRA Engineering Services One of the most difficult aspects for many starting a Catholic radio station is understanding the technical aspects of broadcasting a signal and setting up a tower. The CRA has negotiated discount rates with highly qualified engineers. Contact us for a referral.
  • Effects of Catholic Radio Catholic radio is touching hearts, converting souls, and drawing the faithful deeper into their Faith. Conversion stories and testimonies from listeners have been overwhelming. This brochure highlights conversion stories from Catholic stations across the nation.
  • Is God Calling You? – Steps to Starting a Station (Legal Size) Espanol – Catholic Radio: ¿Le esta llamando DIOS? Do you feel called to start a Catholic radio station in your area, but don’t know where to begin? In any apostolate or evangelistic effort, prayer is the most important step. It is crucial to the success of the apostolate. This legal sized brochure details the importance of prayer and also describes the steps necessary in starting a local Catholic station.
  • Connecting with Catholic Program Providers As Catholic radio spreads throughout the nation, Catholic programming is also growing by leaps and bounds. The CRA exists as the trade association for Catholic radio. It’s works to unite all involved in Catholic radio and to provide a forum for discussion. This brochure reaches out to program providers and invites them to connect with others involved in Catholic radio through the Association..
  • Catholic Radio: The Instrument for the New Evangelization This booklet that was mailed to each U.S. bishop to demonstrate the effective tool that Catholic radio is in catechesis and evangelization. CRA Members are free to use the information contained therein with proper attribution.
  • Breaking the Sound Barrier: Catholic Radio as a Multiplier of Diocesan and Parish Life Letter Size Breaking the Sound Barrier: Catholic Radio as a Multiplier of Diocesan and Parish Life Folded Booklet
    This promotional booklet shares the many ways in which Catholic radio positively impacts Diocesan and Parish life. It includes comments from several clergy who have personally experienced the effects of Catholic radio in their parishes as well as testimonies and conversion stories resulting from Catholic radio. The booklet was mailed to each U.S. Bishop in January 2005.
    (To print the folded booklet print pages 1-4 on letter sized paper, reinsert paper and print pages 5-8 on the reverse side. Fold and staple.)
  • Messages for World Communications Day: 1979 – 2005 The Holy Father’s messages for World Communications Day are issued each year on January 24, on the feast of St. Francis de Sales. In his messages, Pope John Paul II addresses the unique abilities of the media to reach the lost and hurting in the world with the message of the Gospel. He challenges the Church and the world to use the media as instruments of evangelization and catechesis.
  • Darwin, Catholic Media and the Confusion of the Species Catholic communicators are faced by a bewildering number of suggestions to make their efforts bear fruit. From style to content to assessment, how can someone who is called by God to participate in the work of evangelization through Catholic media discern the right path for their work. This is the text of a talk given by CRA President Steve Gajdosik at the international communications conference, Strategic Management of Church Communications: New Challenges, New Directions at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome in April of 2006. It provides a planning framework to help determine what are proper avenues and outlooks for those involved in Catholic media efforts.
  • Identity-Dialogue Catholic radio programmers often are tempted to assume the elements of “good” programming in secular or Christian stations are what make good Catholic radio. This is only partially true. A Catholic programmer must be able to discern the difference in the elements of the different formats for Catholic programming to be able to be truly efficacious. This is the text of a talk given by CRA President Steve Gajdosik at the international communications conference, 7th Professional Seminar for Church Communications Offices: Church Communications Identity & Dialogue at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome in April of 2010. It provides a concise framework to help program directors, hosts and station managers complete their evangelical work for the greatest impact.


Church Documents:

  • AETATIS NOVAE Pastoral Instruction on Social Communications Aetatis Novae, written by Archbishop John P. Foley, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, demonstrates and explains why use of the media is critical to evangelization and catechesis.
  • CATECHESI TRADENDAE Exhortation of Pope John Paul II on Catechesis in Our Time. In this exhortation on catechesis, Pope John Paul II recognizes Christ as the heart of all catechesis. He explains that communion with Christ is necessary for catechesis to be effective and that catechesis is an essential part of the Church’s very life and existence. The Holy Father calls for catechesis to hold a position of priority in all apostolic work. 
  • CHRISTIFIDELIS LAICI On the Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World As we enter the Third Millennium, the Holy Father reminds all faithful of their role in the Church. The lay faithful must represent Christ to the world through their apostolate, their work, and their leisure. Through the laity, the Church extends her “branches” into the world, and draws the world back to Christ. 
  • COMMUNIO ET PROGRESSIOPastoral Instruction on the Means of Social Communications
    Recognizing that communications media is one of the primary influences of men today, the Church acknowledges media as a gift from God and calls the faithful to use this gift to draw souls to their creator. Those who work in social communications are obliged to foster unity and cooperation among men and fulfill the divine mission by using the media to lead souls to Christ
  • EVANGELII NUNTIANDIApostolic Exhortation of Pope Paul VI to the Episcopate, to the Clergy, and to all the faithful of the entire world. Evangelii Nuntiandi reflects upon the evangelistic work of the Church in the modern world. It reiterates that fact the evangelization in truth and love is integral to the Church’s mission on earth and summons the faithful to fulfill this mission.
  • HOMILY OF JOHN PAUL II ON THE JUBILEE OF THE APOSTOLATE OF THE LAITY November 26, 2000 In his Homily on the Jubilee of the Apostolate of the Laity, John Paul II exhorts the faithful to lay down their lives for Christ by being witnesses to the Gospel. The Holy Father challenges the laity to pursue holiness and calls them to form their apostolic efforts on a strong foundation of prayer.
  • INTER MIRIFICA Decree on the Media of Social Communications. In Inter Mirifica, Pope Paul VI calls those who work in the media to use the media to promote and form a Catholic culture and society. He charges those active in the media to employ sound ethics and to use the media as an instrument to maintain and spread sound morals
  • LUMEN GENTIUMDogmatic Constitution on the Church Christ is the “Light of the Nations”. The Church, as the spouse of Christ, is united with Christ in this role and calling. Lumen Gentium, a dogmatic constitution promulgated by Pope Paul VI in 1964, describes the Church’s most sacred role as “Light of the Nations.” It spurs the Church towards her ultimate and most important destiny of uniting with her King and spouse at the end of time. Lumen Gentium declares that the mission of the Church, and therefore the mission of Catholic radio, is to draw all persons into holiness and union with God.
  • REDEMPTORIS MISSIO On the Permanent Validity of the Church’s Missionary Mandate
    This encyclical by Pope John Paul II, reminds the Church of her duty to carry on the Mission of the Redeemer. The Holy Father exhorts the faithful to fulfill their solemn mandate to spread the message that faith in Christ, through the Church as the instrument of and sign salvation, leads to freedom. It is the Church’s duty to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in making the Kingdom of God present on earth.

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