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Bayard, Inc. Assumes CHURCH Magazine Subscription Liability - Move Positions Today's Parish Minister as Category Leader

New London, CT, September 25, 2009 --( Today's Parish Minister magazine, published by the Bayard Magazine Group, has assumed subscription liability for CHURCH magazine in a non-cash transaction with the National Pastoral Life Center (NPLC) based in New York City. The NPLC board of directors made the difficult decision to cease publication of CHURCH due to financial concerns. The NPLC chose Today's Parish Minister to fulfill the balance of their subscriptions because the editorial mission of the two magazines supporting parish leaders is similar.

"We look forward to helping CHURCH readers meet their pastoral goals through articles and information in Today's Parish Minister," said Bret Thomas, Bayard's president and CEO. "Although the two magazines are different, I am confident that CHURCH readers will find much value in our publication. It is 100% focused on providing workable solutions to today's parish challenges."

The addition of the CHURCH circulation now positions Today's Parish Minister as the category leader serving the general needs of the parish market.

About Today's Parish Minister
Today's Parish Minister is published six times per year (September-April) by the Bayard Magazine Group. and covers topics such as evangelization, stewardship, liturgy, RCIA, faith formation, Catholic social teaching, and evolving models of ministry. Every issue of Today's Parish Minister offers ideas and inspiration to help foster a vibrant, faith-filled parish community.

About Bayard U.S.
Bayard, U.S. is a division of Bayard, a Catholic global communications ministry with more than 100 periodicals in Europe, Africa, Asia, and America. The Catholic congregation of the Augustinians of the Assumption has been Bayard's unique shareholder for the past 130 years.

Bayard U.S. has three divisions: 1) Bayard Magazine Group - New London, CT. Publishes Catholic Digest, Living with Christ, God's Word Today, Today's Parish Minister, Religion Teacher's Journal, Exploring the Sunday Readings and This Sunday's Scripture; 2)Twenty-Third Publications - New London, CT, which publishes books, programs, and multimedia for pastors, parish staff and pastoral leaders and 3)Creative Communications for the Parish - St. Louis, MO, which publishes Living Faith magazine and other devotional resources as well as products that enhance liturgical worship for both Catholic and protestant parishes.

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Amy Wiseman
800-321-0411 ext 114

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