Parish Action is Key for Southern Cross Finances
Bernard Moat, Cape Town – After reading your article in the archdiocesan quarterly bulletin about the financial plight of The Southern Cross, my offer of a solution is to double your circulation with no excuse from parishes in selling all copies, even if the parishes at their own cost give the unsold copies to old age homes or other institutions.
I was in Johannesburg last year and The Southern Cross was on a table at the entrance of the church with a collection box to make one’s payment.
That is a very poor effort in promoting a Catholic newspaper. This is a large, well-attended parish for all Masses, with a guesstimate of probably over a thousand parishioners attending Mass on a Sunday. If you saw the fancy cars in their massive carpark complete with traffic attendants, there is absolutely no reason why The Southern Cross cannot be supported.
I attend Mass in a predominantly Afrikaans-speaking parish and maybe a couple of articles in Afrikaans could be considered to cater for the Afrikaans-speaking Catholics in the Western Cape.
The same could be considered for isiZulu and isiKhosa speakers.