Newspaper for Hispanic faithful debuts Sunday
July 11th, 2012
By Rick DelVecchio
The first issue of San Francisco Católico, a new Archdiocese of San Francisco newspaper designed to serve the Hispanic faithful in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties, will be distributed July 15 at the 34 parishes that celebrate Mass in Spanish.
Bundles of the newspaper will be delivered to churches for distribution after Mass. The initial press run of 6,800 is estimated to provide a copy for nearly every Spanish Mass-going household.
Published 24 times a year, the paper features 12 pages of advertising-supported content. Editorial content includes local news, features and photos, a local calendar of events, spirituality and opinion columns by local and national writers, Scripture readings for the two Sundays in each issue cycle, and national and world news from Catholic News Service. It also features news on topics of high interest to the Hispanic audience: immigration, education, health, family, and employment and the economy.
The paper is produced by the staff of Catholic San Francisco, with Enrique Quijano as part-time editorial coordinator. Quijano, a native of Madrid, Spain, is a veteran journalist with experience in the Hispanic press in Texas and California.
San Francisco Católico succeeds El Heraldo, a monthly paper that had been a longtime joint project of the archdiocese and the Oakland diocese. The new project provides for a social communications ministry that serves the growing Hispanic faithful of the archdiocese with more content – especially local news and advertising. The new paper also offers two issues a month rather than one, tighter deadlines allowing for the fresher news, and close coordination with Catholic San Francisco and with the Office of Hispanic Ministry under the leadership of vicar for Spanish-speaking Father Moises Agudo.
The project was created after a year of financial and organizational planning that included Father Agudo and members of the archdiocesan Hispanic pastoral council, communications director George Wesolek and vicar for administration Msgr. James Tarantino.
After considering using Catholic San Francisco to deliver Spanish content through an insert or separate pages, the planning group decided that the content would have the greatest impact for the resources available through a new, bulk-delivered, advertising-supported paper modeled on Catholic San Francisco and operated on the editorial and production standards of CSF.
The planning also included surveys of the secular Spanish press in the Bay Area and of the diocesan Spanish press in the U.S. The new paper is one of only a handful of stand-alone Spanish papers published by Catholic dioceses and aims to compete with the best of these publications.
We welcome hearing from readers and from pastors, principals, religious community leaders, ministry directors and others who wish to use this newspaper to help serve their communications needs.
We especially welcome calendar items, news of spiritual and cultural celebration and inspiration, and suggestions for articles of community interest.
Email Enrique Quijano at firstname.lastname@example.org, send a fax to (415) 614-5641, or write San Francisco Cataólico, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco, CA 94109.
DelVecchio is editor and general manager of Catholic San Francisco and executive editor of San Francisco Católico.
2012 publication schedule
July 15, 29; August 12, 26; September 9, 23; October 14, 28; November 11, 25; December 9, 23
From July 13, 2012 issue of Catholic San Francisco.