The invoice is in the mail

Becky Aubut
Anchor Staff

FALL RIVER, Mass. — We broke the news to our readers in the Nov. 13, 2015 edition that word had come down that The Anchor was losing its principal funding after a new diocesan assessment was being put forth to help with “the operations of the diocese’s central administration which supports all diocesan parishes and institutions.” The staff at the paper had only a few months to generate cost-savings ideas before the Jan. 1, 2015 deadline, when all income from diocesan parishes would cease.

Fast-forward to the year 2017, and The Anchor is still publishing, though we continue to work hard to meet our financial obligations. In the past, parishes would help us with subscription notices — sometimes even covering their parishioners’ subscription costs — by making envelopes available to subscribers. 

It is important to note: parishes are no longer paying for, or offering an envelope for subscription renewals.

Instead, a new envelope is making the rounds, and is now being delivered directly to subscribers’ mailboxes. The Anchor has begun sending out invoices to subscribers whose subscription is past due. 

Because the paper only consists of a handful of staff members, small batches of invoices are slowly but surely making their way into the hands our readers, with many immediately sending his or her invoice back with payment; The Anchor yearly subscription continues to stay at $20. 

Some invoices have notes of appreciation, while others have a donation included with their subscription payment. We have subscribers paying their subscriptions while also covering the subscription payment for their friend, or giving The Anchor as a gift.

Some invoices are accompanied with a note apologizing for not being aware of any payment being due, while others have stated they thought their parish had continued to cover the cost. 

No worries, say The Anchor staff; now that you know, we appreciate your prompt payment.

While living in an age where the Internet has become the go-to source of information, some may question the need for a printed newspaper. The Anchor is not just any printed newspaper, but a comprehensive source of information for Catholics of the Fall River Diocese, from local reporting within the borders of the diocese to international coverage of the Vatican and beyond. 

The Anchor connects all five deaneries — Fall River, New Bedford, Taunton, Attleboro and Cape Cod and the Islands — with inspirational and faith-filled stories that are often overlooked by secular papers. The paper helps highlight individuals living in the Fall River Diocese, who are working hard to live the Gospel with his or her actions, and those stories often motivate others to do the same.

Recent articles include celebrating the Fatima centennial and highlighting how the faithful throughout the Fall River Diocese solemnly observed the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. The Anchor also covers the youth in the diocese, from Faith Formation programs to events being held at the diocesan schools.

Columnists continue to contribute their to writing columns, with routine favorite Father Tim Goldrick filing “The Ship’s Log” on a regular basis and offering a comedic spin on priesthood, while former executive editor of The Anchor and current member of the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, Father Roger Landry, offers a more academic view on the Gospel in his column, “Putting Into the Deep.”

The Anchor also ties the deaneries together with the written word from Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V.; most notably this past Easter when the bishop issued his pastoral letter that was published in book form in English, Portuguese and Spanish. 

If you’d like to head-off any invoice, you can clip out the renewal notice we feature in The Anchor, fill it out and send it back with payment ($20) — we will credit your account accordingly. Please mail it to The Anchor, 887 Highland Ave., Fall River, 02720.

Or you can subscribe or renew online HERE, and pay through PayPal (cost is $21; the additional dollar is for a processing fee).

If you’re unsure if your subscription has expired, you can always call us at the office: 508-675-7151.

As always, the staff at The Anchor appreciates your love, prayers and support, thanking everyone wholeheartedly for his or her dedication to the paper!

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