A Parish Communication Award scheme has been launched by the Diocese of Westminster. With categories for best parish website, best parish magazine and best parish newsletter, the Awards aim to showcase the best written and designed communications promoting the life and mission of the Diocese of Westminster's Catholic parishes.
Bishop John Arnold said: " Good communication is a vital part of ensuring that parishes are vibrant and active communities. A well produced newsletter, magazine or website allows people to enter fully into parish life and helps us to answer Christ's call to go out into the wider community and tell others the Good News of our Catholic faith. That's why we are is inviting entries to the Parish Communication Awards so that the work parishes do in communicating their life and work can be more widely shared and appreciated."
The winning parish for each category will receive a prize of £75 and the two runners up £25 and £10. The winners will be invited to a reception where they will be presented with a special Parish Communication Awards Certificate. The main criteria to be used for selecting the winning entries will include quality of design, range of information and quality of writing.
How to enter
To enter a parish for an award, please visit the Diocese of Westminster's website for an entry form at http://tinyurl.com/4hfjxzj or pick up a copy of Westminster Record.
The Parish Communication Awards are being organised by Westminster Record, the diocese of Westminster's monthly newspaper. Nominations for the Parish Communications Awards must be received no later than 1 June 2011. The winners will be announced in the July issue of Westminster Record.
The Parish Communication Awards are sponsored by Aura Communications, The Universe, Newnorth Printers, St Paul's Bookshop and CathCom.
The Diocese of Westminster is one of the smallest dioceses in England and Wales in geographical area, but the largest in terms of Catholic population and priests. With 214 parishes, the diocesan boundaries include the London Boroughs north of the River Thames, between the River Lea to the East, the Borough of Hillingdon to the West, and including the County of Hertfordshire to the North.