The Right Reverend, Monsignor Robert H. Aucoin, author of a weekly column called "Catholic Resources on the Web," is well known through the Diocesan newspaper of Biloxi, Metuchen, Austin, Honolulu, Ogdensburg, Providence, Hartford, and Arlington.
On this webpage, Catholic Doors Ministry would like to present the Right Reverend Monsignor Robert Aucoin's article that appeared in " The Providence Visitor" on June 7, 2001.
May I take this opportunity to thank the Right Reverend Monsignor Robert Aucoin who selected my website as a ministry worthy of writing about.
Catholic Doors Ministry
June 19, 2001.
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The Providence Visitor, Thursday, June 7, 2001 - 21
Arts & Media
Catholicdoors.com is no 'Laugh In' matter.
In the 1970s, there was a crazy TV program called "Laugh In" that, though it resembled slapstick, had some interesting moments from week to week. The highlight of the program was an end-of-show routine. There was a large wall with many doors and a different actor behind each door. Doors would open willy-nilly with each person providing his or her own comic touch to the topic under discussion.
When visiting Catholic Doors Ministry (www.catholicdoors.com), visions of "Laugh in" came back to me; yet, the content of the doors is very different. Instead of comedy, there is some excellent Catholic information. This site excels in presenting the externals of the Catholic faith. Catholic Doors is filled with food for mind and soul.
Catholic Doors has something for those tired of mindless screen savers or tepid backgrounds on the computer desktop. Their graphics section is filled with Catholic computer art, free for the taking.
The opening page itself is the height of simplicity, availing the user to easy navigation. Free e-cards immediately caught my attention. This form of greeting has become very popular in the cyber world. Though most e-card sites are filled with advertising, that's not the case here. The entire process of sending a greeting card is idiot-proof.
Also, the page leads the user step-by-step through the selection of images to the choice of either a pre-written poem or a personalized message, matched wtih an appropriate religious doodle and finally transmission.
Catholic Doors has something for those tired of mindless screen savers or tepid backgrounds on the computer desktop. Their graphics section is filled with Catholic computer art, free for the taking. Users can find holy cards, wallpaper, word art, icons and mouse cursors. Tired of the plain arrow cursor? Replace it with praying hands, a rosary or even John Paul II. (There's nothing like keeping the Holy Father right at one's side.) The instruction for downloading this material is clear and offer suggestions for common mistakes.
I was fascinated to find readily-accessible Catholic information that probably is available using more effort elsewhere on the Web. For example, the listing of the patron saints is clear and to the point. Brewers have four different patron saints; similarly, doctors, dentists and the dying all have several patrons. Gardeners have seven different patrons. (With my gardening skills, I could put all seven to work instantly. St. Jude, patron of hopeless cases, was not one of the seven.)
This review only scatches the surface of this wonderful Website. Prayers (including some beautiful litanies), links to other Catholic sites, Catholic news, chat sessions and a liturgical calendar are just some of the features on this page.
Catholic Doors Ministry is just that: an opening to so much more. Going through these doors will bring the reader to a plethora of Catholic resources.