We need your help: Please fill out our readership survey

Last week in this space, I had the great privilege of being able to write about Our Sunday Visitor and its 106-year history and mission. Thank you for indulging me, and I hope you learned something about this esteemed organization.

This week, I am going to ask for a favor. Inserted within your Feb. 11 copy of OSV Newsweekly (this week) is an envelope that contains a readership survey with questions about OSV Newsweekly that will help us determine what we’re doing well and what we could do better. Would you please consider taking five to seven minutes and answering the enclosed questions? There are fewer than 20, and most are multiple choice.

If, by some chance, you do not have an envelope inserted within your newspaper, please send an email to feedback@osv.com, and I will send you the link to the online version.

It has been nearly 10 years since the last time we “took the pulse” of our readership, and it is beyond time to hear from you about what you are enjoying about the publication and what you think could be improved. And should you happen to have more thoughts about this than can be communicated in the short survey, please also feel free to email feedback@osv.com with your more detailed opinions.

In addition, the survey focuses not only on OSV Newsweekly but also on consumption of Catholic media in general, so please feel free to forward the digital survey to others, whether or not they are subscribers of OSV.

As Blessed Solanus Casey would say, thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness and assistance.

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It’s hard to believe that the season of Lent is already upon us. This year, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fall on the same day — the first time that this has happened since 1945 (though it is scheduled to happen again in 2024 and 2029). Because Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence, you may want to give your Valentine his or her chocolates ahead of time. Better yet, the convergence of the two days might make for a prime opportunity for a married couple to intentionally forego any type of celebration this year and instead use the occasion to bond by entering into the “desert” of Lent together.

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This week’s In Focus (online Feb. 11) — on cultivating spiritual growth during the Lenten season — includes a four-part plan that can easily be followed by a couple, family or individual. In addition, our Editorial encourages a Lenten “back to basics,” if you will, regarding fasting. Many of us in recent years have become so invested in “adding” things to Lenten practice — in itself not a bad thing — that we have forgotten the great benefits that come with giving up. Our editorial redirects one to the idea and benefits of reincorporating fasting back into one’s Lenten routine. Be sure to check it out.

I look forward to hearing from you!