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Thursday, April 30, 2009

New Television Series Teaches Catholic Singles How to Become ‘Marriage Material’

Starting in May, we will air a new television series entitled “The Road to Cana”. This series teaches single Catholics about dating, sex, finding that special someone, etc. Leading experts such as Fr. Benedict Groeschel offer their insight into dating, marriage, and preparing for marriage.

“What is the secret to a happy marriage? Am I too picky? Did I miss Mr./Mrs. Right already?” The Road to Cana attempts to answer these questions from a Catholic perspective. The series is unique in that it focuses on life BEFORE marriage rather than during marriage. In the series, Father Groeschel suggests that “marriage prep should start when you are single”.

Series themes include:

* The Perfect Person
* Do Looks Matter?
* What Women and Men Want
* Choosing Wisely
* Approaching Dating
* Internet Dating

The series “The Road to Cana” can be viewed at the following times (EST).

*Wednesday- 1:30PM
*Thursday- Noon
*Friday- 4:30AM & 11:00PM

CatholicTV streams at http://www.catholictv.com/ in full-screen and free of charge.

Commission for Women Members and Monastery Prioress to Appear on "This is the Day"

Catholic singer, publisher, and editor Susan Bailey will make an appearance on the CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day” on Friday, May 1st. Also featured on the show will be Marie Fusaro Davis. Both Susan and Marie are from the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester. The Commission is a consultative group for the Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester, focusing on issues affecting women in the church and in society. The commission is preparing for the November "Gather Us In" Conference which will be held in November.

Mother Mary Anne Noll

Also on “This is the Day” will be Mother Mary Anne Noll, O.S.B. Mother Mary Anne is the Prioress of St. Emma Monastery. St Emma Monastery is in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Mother Mary Anne has been a sister for 46 years. She is in charge of a monastery that welcomes about 2,000 visitors throughout the year. Donations from visitors and retreatants are the sisters' main source of income. The sisters gather six times each day to chant The Liturgy of the Hours in English using simplified Gregorian chant melodies.

These guests can be seen on Friday, May 1st live at 10:30AM (EST)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Brian Shields, producer of “Therese” the motion picture about Saint Therese of Lisieux, is featured in an interview on the CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day”. Brian discusses a new series he is working on called “The Altar Gang”. Also featured on the show will be musician Michael John Poirier.

CatholicTV is a nationally-broadcasted television station headquartered near Boston.

Brian Shields, a loving husband and father of four children, has 20 years of experience working in the motion picture industry. He has been intricately involved in a number of independent films. He was in the Emmy Award-winning series, “From Earth to the Moon” and has shared the screen with the likes of Rita Wilson, Montel Williams, and Michael Jordan.

After an awakening to his Catholic faith, Brian changed course and toured the country portraying St. Francis in a one-man drama. He produced the motion picture “Therese”, and a number of radio dramas for children. The great need for quality faith-based entertainment for children led him to start Lumen Entertainment. Lumen Entertainment is a non-profit (501-c3) made up of professionals in the entertainment industry who share a common vision of using art to evangelize the culture with the truths of the Catholic faith. Soon they will complete production on a video series The Altar Gang to promote the "Value of Life Project"

Also featured on the CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day”, will be Michael John Poirier. Michael is a travelling musician, husband, and father. He is one of 12 children. He has composed more than one-hundred songs, released ten music CD’s, a storytelling CD, and an Advent CD. Michael’s music can be purchased at World Library (www.wlpmusic.com). Learn more about Michael and his ministry at his website: www.michaeljohnpoirier.com

Michael once learned a powerful lesson in forgiveness after his grandmother was murdered. He spoke to Mother Teresa about the terrible incident and she insisted that he and his family forgive the killer. “(It is) not enough not to hate.” Mother Teresa told him, “Tell them to forgive this man from the heart and their pain will be lifted.”

The show will can be viewed at www.CatholicTV.com and is available on the site’s archives starting Tuesday night. All videos at the website are viewable in full-screen.

Monday, April 27, 2009

St. Gerard Majella Parishioners at CatholicTV

The presider at today's Daily Mass was Father Bob Deehan who works at the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Boston. Pictured from left are Julia, Catherine, Father Bob, PJ, Jane and Jim.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Triathlete to Discuss Love and Sex On "This is the Day"

Brad Seng a triathlete, coach, and professional speaker will be featured in a live interview on the CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day” on Friday, April 24th.

Brad Seng taught high school English and coached high school for nine years. After witnessing firsthand the emotional and physical turmoil his students/athletes were experiencing from their misguided decisions about sexual intimacy, Brad recognized a need to provide today’s youth with a healthy message about dating, love and life. Brad is the former director of a crisis pregnancy center located in metropolitan Detroit and he has spoken to thousands of teens and young adults about the benefits of being physically & spiritually "buff". He is an Ironman for Christ, and a member of Catholic Athletes for Christ.

“This is the Day” is a weekly talk show on CatholicTV. It airs live twice each week and is then rebroadcast. Each episode of “This Is The Day” includes interviews of Catholic guests. Guests have included celebrities such as Boston Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky, musician Ray Herrmann (played with Chicago, Santana, Whitney Houston etc), Tarek Saab (from the Apprentice) and others. Bishops, clergy, and missionaries from all over the country and around the globe are also regular guests on the show. Each episode also includes Catholic Newsbreak with Kevin Nelson from around the world.

Brad Seng can be seen on Friday, April 24th live at 10:30AM (EST) on CatholicTV where available (rebroadcast at 8PM).

New Mexico Bishop Installation Mass Will Air Live on Television and Internet

On Thursday, April 23rd, CatholicTV will air a live broadcast of the Installation Mass of Bishop-elect Jim Wall as the new bishop of the diocese of Gallup, NM.

At age 44, Bishop-elect Wall will become the youngest diocesan bishop in America. The Diocese of Gallup serves about 60,000 Catholics across an area about the same size as New York State.

Two years ago, Bishop-elect Wall was appointed vicar for priests, a job requiring close contact with Bishop Olmsted. It also showed Bishop-elect Wall the important interplay between a bishop and his priests.
Bishop-elect Wall will take over as shepherd of a unique diocese. For example, the diocese does not have a single seminarian and priests commonly must travel long distances between churches.

The televised Installation Mass will feature Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan as principal consecrating bishop, along with Bishop Olmsted, who will preach, and Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Edward W. Clark. It takes three bishops to consecrate another.
After being installed as Bishop, Bishop Wall will travel to Rome in the fall for a two-week program for new bishops.

The Installation Mass will air at 8:00PM (Eastern) on April 23rd and will be rebroadcasted on April 24th at 12:30AM.

CatholicTV Nominated For Prestigious Award- Catholics Can Still Vote

CatholicTV has been nominated for a “Webby” by People’s Voice. The award is for “Best Religion and Spirituality Website”. The “Webby” was called the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times.

The Webby Awards honor excellence on the Internet. Last year, nearly half a million votes were cast and even more comments were posted to mark the biggest turnout in Webby history. Winners of Webby Awards are determined by online voting, which is open to anyone with access to the internet.

The CatholicTV.com website was mentioned in the L.A. Times and Wall Street Journal Digital Network (2-17-09). The website features “advanced streaming video technology, social features to engage a community of viewers, and an updated design that reflects the organization’s philosophy.”

Winners will be announced on May 5th, 2009 and honored at a star-studded ceremony in New York City on June 8th hosted by Seth Meyers. Winners will be able to share one of the Webby's famous five-word speeches with the world. Past Webby Award winners - and their speeches - include Al Gore ("Please don't recount this vote."), Beastie Boys ("Can anyone fix my computer?"), and Stephen Colbert ("Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.").

Votes can cast by visiting http://pv.webbyawards.com/. At the time of this writing, CatholicTV is in 2nd place behind the Religion and Ethics Weekly website.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Developer of Theology on Tap to Appear on "This is the Day"

Fr. John Cusick, the founder of the very popular “Theology on Tap” young adult gatherings will appear in a television interview on Tuesday, April 21st. Also on the show will be Shannon McNerney, the Executive Manager of Events at Oregon Catholic Press.
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Theology on Tap is the name given to lectures sponsored by a number of local Roman Catholic dioceses. The lectures, which are often given by noted spiritual leaders and religious academics, address current topics in religion and theology, and are notable and sometimes controversial for their venue, which is normally a parish center, a bar or restaurant. The series was cofounded by Father John Cusick (a resident of Old St. Patrick's Parish, and director of the archdiocese's Young Adult Ministry) and Father Jack Wall in June 1981 in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Since 2007, RENEW International has had responsibility for servicing and expanding THEOLOGY ON TAP in parishes and dioceses around the world.
Theology on Tap has exploded in popularity since its founding and has spread to more than 180 parishes and at least five other countries, including Canada, Italy, Taiwan, the Philippines, Ireland, and Hong Kong.

Fr. John Cusick is the Director of Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Fr. Cusick is an author who wrote a book on encouraging young men to consider the priesthood and also coauthored “The Basic Guide to Young Adult Ministry”. Fr. Cusick has designed a number of programs, such as retreats dealing with work life, marriage for young people, and young adult Masses among others.

Also featured on the show will be Shannon McNerney, the Executive Manager of Events at Oregon Catholic Press. She will be discussing The OCP Reading Sessions which are scheduled in areas across the United States. These sessions are designed to assist liturgical musicians and choir directors to learn more about the spiritual aspects of the music Catholics pray during liturgy.

These guests can be seen on Tuesday, April 21st live at 10:30AM (EST)

Friday, April 17, 2009

50-Year Old CatholicTV Uses Twitter and Other New Technologies To Spread 2000-Year-Old Faith

Over 50 years ago, CatholicTV began broadcasting the Low Mass with then-Archbishop Richard J. Cushing. CatholicTV used to rely solely on word-of-mouth marketing. Now the 50-year old television station uses modern social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

On October 12, 1964, CatholicTV became the first full-time Catholic television station in the world. Since then, old technologies have been replaced by new. For instance, the original Mass was filmed in a chapel in the Archbishop’s residence. Nowadays, the Mass is filmed in a Chapel dedicated to St. Therese in a multi-million-dollar television station.

When most Catholics think of priests, they picture black and white collars, vestments, plain black shoes, and bibles. But Father Robert Reed, the Director of CatholicTV is anything but the stereotypical priest. In a typical day, he uses his Blackberry to tell Twitter followers exactly what he is doing, down to mundane things like sitting in the airport.

Not long ago, CatholicTV was using “old-school” 16 millimeter film and huge black cassettes for broadcasting. Nowadays, CatholicTV broadcasts 24 hours a day and is already filming many programs (like the Rosary) in high-definition.

All of this has emerged after facing years of adversity such as the 1970 incident in which the TV station was burnt down by an arsonist. CatholicTV is viewer-funded, so sometimes funding can be hard to come by, but viewers have faithfully responded with donations.

In 1999, the station began broadcasting its programming online via the station’s web site, http://www.catholictv.org/- making Boston the first Catholic diocese in the world broadcasting online. Since then, CatholicTV has gone national and the website has been redesigned and upgraded, using the latest media technology for online viewers. These enhancements have culminated in the website’s nomination for a “Webby” Award for 2009 Best Religion and Spirituality web site. Supporters can vote at http://pv.webbyawards.com/

In April, CatholicTV exhibited at “The Cable Show”- an elaborate trade show featuring names such as ESPN, FOX, and NBC, among others. Interestingly, the trade show proved to be a spiritual battleground with religious and pornography stations on the same floor. The “Cable Show” is just another example of how the 50-year old television station is using modern technology and means to evangelize. Jay Fadden, General Manager of CatholicTV recently said, “As Catholics, the faith is part of our lives and today’s technology allows us to share the faith, discuss it, and pray together in a very different but community-orientated way.”

Thursday, April 16, 2009

President of Catholic Relief Services and Bishop Richard Malone To Be Featured on "This is the Day"

On Friday, April 17th, Ken Hackett, President of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) will be featured on the CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day”. Also featured will be Bishop Richard Malone from Portland, Maine.

As President of CRS, Ken Hackett oversees operations in more than 100 countries, with a global staff of nearly 5,000. Despite a large number of dedicated employees, CRS puts 93% of donated money into programs and spends only 7% of donations on administration, fundraising, and awareness.

Ken Hackett graduated from Boston College in 1968. Upon graduation, he joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to serve in Ghana. Mr. Hackett joined CRS in 1972, starting his career in Sierra Leone. Mr. Hackett has led CRS since 1993. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from several colleges. In 2004, Mr. Hackett was named a Knight Commander of the Papal Order of Saint Gregory the Great, one of the highest Papal honors.

Also featured on “This is the Day” will be Bishop Richard Malone. Bishop Malone is the Bishop of the Diocese of Portland, Maine. He earned a Doctorate in Theology (Th.D.) at Boston University and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge in 1990. He has been the Boston archdiocesan liaison with the local Jewish community; and has lectured nationally on Catholic education. He has worked in education for years and will discuss faith formation for adolescents on the show.

These guests can be seen on Friday, April 17th live at 10:30AM (rebroadcast at 8PM). The show will also be streamed live at http://www.catholictv.com/ and will be available on the site’s archives starting Friday night.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Today, CatholicTV® and CatholicTV.com
will feature the Mass of Installation
of the Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan,
as the tenth Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York
LIVE from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.

The Mass of Installation will air Wednesday, April 15 beginning at 1:30 p.m. (EST) and will re-broadcast at 8pm. Archbishop Dolan will deliver the homily. There are expected to be over 5,000 guests including 150 American Cardinals and bishops. Also attending the installation will be political, ecumenical and interfaith leaders.

Watch this important event
in the life of the Church in the United States
on CatholicTV and at Your Catholic Broadband Network:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Installation Coverage

This week, CatholicTV® and CatholicTV.com will feature Solemn Vespers and the Mass of Installation
of the Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, as the tenth Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York LIVE from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. * Solemn Vespers at the Cathedral will be carried on CatholicTV and CatholicTV.com on Tuesday, April 14 beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EST). During Vespers Archbishop Dolan will be received as the new Archbishop of New York. The event with sung evening prayer will last approximately two-and-a-half hours. * The Mass of Installation will air Wednesday, April 15 beginning at 1:30 p.m. (EST). The Mass will re-broadcast at 8pm. Archbishop Dolan will deliver the homily. There are expected to be over 5,000 guests including 150 American Cardinals and bishops. Also attending the installation will be political, ecumenical and interfaith leaders.

Watch these important events in the life of the Church in the United States on CatholicTV and at Your Catholic Broadband Network:www.CatholicTV.com

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Pope Benedict: To the City and the World

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rome and throughout the world,

From the depths of my heart, I wish all of you a blessed Easter. To quote Saint Augustine, “Resurrectio Domini, spes nostra — the resurrection of the Lord is our hope” (Sermon 261:1). With these words, the great Bishop explained to the faithful that Jesus rose again so that we, though destined to die, should not despair, worrying that with death life is completely finished; Christ is risen to give us hope (cf. ibid.).

Indeed, one of the questions that most preoccupies men and women is this: what is there after death? To this mystery today’s solemnity allows us to respond that death does not have the last word, because Life will be victorious at the end. This certainty of ours is based not on simple human reasoning, but on a historical fact of faith: Jesus Christ, crucified and buried, is risen with his glorified body. Jesus is risen so that we too, believing in him, may have eternal life. This proclamation is at the heart of the Gospel message. As Saint Paul vigorously declares: “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” He goes on to say: “If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied” (1 Cor 15:14,19). Ever since the dawn of Easter a new Spring of hope has filled the world; from that day forward our resurrection has begun, because Easter does not simply signal a moment in history, but the beginning of a new condition: Jesus is risen not because his memory remains alive in the hearts of his disciples, but because he himself lives in us, and in him we can already savour the joy of eternal life.

The resurrection, then, is not a theory, but a historical reality revealed by the man Jesus Christ by means of his “Passover”, his “passage”, that has opened a “new way” between heaven and earth (cf. Heb 10:20). It is neither a myth nor a dream, it is not a vision or a utopia, it is not a fairy tale, but it is a singular and unrepeatable event: Jesus of Nazareth, son of Mary, who at dusk on Friday was taken down from the Cross and buried, has victoriously left the tomb. In fact, at dawn on the first day after the Sabbath, Peter and John found the tomb empty. Mary Magdalene and the other women encountered the risen Jesus. On the way to Emmaus the two disciples recognized him at the breaking of the bread. The Risen One appeared to the Apostles that evening in the Upper Room and then to many other disciples in Galilee.

The proclamation of the Lord’s Resurrection lightens up the dark regions of the world in which we live. I am referring particularly to materialism and nihilism, to a vision of the world that is unable to move beyond what is scientifically verifiable, and retreats cheerlessly into a sense of emptiness which is thought to be the definitive destiny of human life. It is a fact that if Christ had not risen, the “emptiness” would be set to prevail. If we take away Christ and his resurrection, there is no escape for man, and every one of his hopes remains an illusion. Yet today is the day when the proclamation of the Lord’s resurrection vigorously bursts forth, and it is the answer to the recurring question of the sceptics, that we also find in the book of Ecclesiastes: “Is there a thing of which it is said, ‘See, this is new’?” (Ec 1:10). We answer, yes: on Easter morning, everything was renewed. “Mors et vita, duello conflixere mirando: dux vitae mortuus, regnat vivus – Death and life have come face to face in a tremendous duel: the Lord of life was dead, but now he lives triumphant.” This is what is new! A newness that changes the lives of those who accept it, as in the case of the saints. This, for example, is what happened to Saint Paul.

Many times, in the context of the Pauline year, we have had occasion to meditate on the experience of the great Apostle. Saul of Tarsus, the relentless persecutor ofChristians, encountered the risen Christ on the road to Damascus, and was “conquered” by him. The rest we know. In Paul there occurred what he would later write about to the Christians of Corinth: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come” (2 Cor 5:17). Let us look at this great evangelizer, who with bold enthusiasm and apostolic zeal brought the Gospel to many different peoples in the world of that time. Let his teaching and example inspire us to go in search of the Lord Jesus. Let them encourage us to trust him, because that sense of emptiness, which tends to intoxicate humanity, has been overcome by the light and the hope that emanate from the resurrection. The words of the Psalm have truly been fulfilled: “Darkness is not darkness for you, and the night is as clear as the day” (Ps 139 [138]:12). It is no longer emptiness that envelops all things, but the loving presence of God. The very reign of death has been set free, because the Word of life has even reached the “underworld”, carried by the breath of the Spirit (v. 8).

If it is true that death no longer has power over man and over the world, there still remain very many, in fact too many signs of its former dominion. Even if through Easter, Christ has destroyed the root of evil, he still wants the assistance of men and women in every time and place who help him to affirm his victory using his own weapons: the weapons of justice and truth, mercy, forgiveness and love. This is the message which, during my recent Apostolic Visit to Cameroon and Angola, I wanted to convey to the entire African continent, where I was welcomed with such great enthusiasm and readiness to listen. Africa suffers disproportionately from the cruel and unending conflicts, often forgotten, that are causing so much bloodshed and destruction in several of her nations, and from the growing number of her sons and daughters who fall prey to hunger, poverty and disease. I shall repeat the same message emphatically in the Holy Land, to which I shall have the joy of travelling in a few weeks from now. Reconciliation – difficult, but indispensable – is a precondition for a future of overall security and peaceful coexistence, and it can only be achieved through renewed, persevering and sincere efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. My thoughts move outwards from the Holy Land to neighbouring countries, to the Middle East, to the whole world. At a time of world food shortage, of financial turmoil, of old and new forms of poverty, of disturbing climate change, of violence and deprivation which force many to leave their homelands in search of a less precarious form of existence, of the ever-present threat of terrorism, of growing fears over the future, it is urgent to rediscover grounds for hope. Let no one draw back from this peaceful battle that has been launched by Christ’s Resurrection. For as I said earlier, Christ is looking for men and women who will help him to affirm his victory using his own weapons: the weapons of justice and truth, mercy, forgiveness and love.

Resurrectio Domini, spes nostra! The resurrection of Christ is our hope! This the Church proclaims today with joy. She announces the hope that is now firm and invincible because God has raised Jesus Christ from the dead. She communicates the hope that she carries in her heart and wishes to share with all people in every place, especially where Christians suffer persecution because of their faith and their commitment to justice and peace. She invokes the hope that can call forth the courage to do good, even when it costs, especially when it costs. Today the Church sings “the day that the Lord has made”, and she summons people to joy. Today the Church calls in prayer upon Mary, Star of Hope, asking her to guide humanity towards the safe haven of salvation which is the heart of Christ, the paschal Victim, the Lamb who has “redeemed the world”, the Innocent one who has “reconciled us sinners with the Father”. To him, our victorious King, to him who is crucified and risen, we sing out with joy our Alleluia!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Cub Scouts of Bolton Pack 37 visit CatholicTV studios

A great group of Cub Scouts from Bolton, Massachusetts toured the Watertown studios of CatholicTV. Here they are pictured with Fr. Reed, Director of CatholicTV who guided the group through the studio.

Father Reed pretended to be a little grumpy when one of the Scouts asked him a few questions he couldn't answer.

But there are always new opportunities waiting. Here is a Cub reporter looking for Kevin Nelson's Catholic Newsbreak job.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

CatholicTV in HD

For the first time, CatholicTV® will broadcast Holy Week services from The Cathedral of the Holy Cross in High-Definition. All the events from the Cathedral can be seen here at Your Catholic Broadband Network in HD with Digital Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound.

To watch the Great Vigil of Easter live on Saturday evening at 8:00 pm, please go to this special page: http://catholictv.com/HD-Holy-Week.aspx

The Schedule for The Sacred Triduum on CatholicTV:

+ Thursday, April 9: The Chrism Mass from Rome at 11 a.m.; Mass of the Lord’s Supper from Rome at 2:30 p.m.; and the Cathedral Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 p.m. (HD)

+ Friday, April 10: The Cathedral Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion services at 3 p.m. (HD); Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion from Rome at 5 p.m.; and Way of the Cross with the Holy Father at 8 p.m.

+ Saturday, April 11: The Easter Vigil from Rome 4 p.m. and the Cathedral Easter Vigil at 8 p.m. (HD)

+ Sunday, April 12: Easter Mass from Notre Dame at 10 a.m. and Easter Mass from Rome Pope Benedict XVI at 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Catholic Relief Services serving in Italy

Catholic Relief Services is the official international agency for our universal Church to serve those in need . Currently, Caritas responders are on the scene in Italy helping the thousands of people who are injured and now homeless. Please pray for these emergency response workers and those who have died.

CatholicTV is honored to have aired several interviews with members of CRS who serve in the US and abroad. We offer our prayers and support to this excellent humanitarian agency during this difficult time.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

CatholicTV Series Features Father Benedict Groeschel

Starting immediately after the Lenten season, CatholicTV will begin airing a series by Father Benedict Groeschel entitled “Prayer in the Catechism”. Fr. Greoschel is one of the original founders of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.

“Prayer in the Catechism” features Fr. Groeschel teaching and talking about the Catechism and the bible with an emphasis on prayer. His discussion of prayer is based on the premise that an essential condition of prayer is devotion- the belief that God is listening and cares for us. In prayer in the Catechism, Fr. Groeschel discusses the various kinds of prayer, including a special emphasis on using scripture when praying. CatholicTV broadcasts faith formation and education series in order to assist viewers in their faith journey. The catechism contains basic Christian teaching formatted for learning and understanding. More information about the Catechism of the Catholic Church may be found on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website: http://www.usccb.org/catechism/general/

Benedict Joseph Groeschel, CFR is a Catholic priest, retreat master, author, psychologist, activist and host of a television talk program. He is the director of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York as well as associate director of Trinity Retreat and the executive director of The St. Francis House. He is professor of pastoral psychology at St. Joseph's Seminary in New York and an adjunct professor at the Institute for Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia.

The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal order was founded in 1987 by eight Capuchin priests including Father Stan Fortuna and Father Benedict Groeschel. The Friars of the Renewal wear gray religious habits with hoods, a belt, and sandals. Beards are also characteristic of the order. The ropes they wear as belts around their waists symbolize the three vows they take upon becoming friars. These are shown with individual knots, signifying the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

The community was founded for a return to the authentic Capuchin way of life and the renewal of the Catholic Church. In addition, the friars are known for their fidelity to the Pope. The Community characterizes itself as Catholic, Franciscan, Capuchin, Contemplative, Prophetic, Apostolic, Fraternal and Pro-life.

Starting immediately after Lent, “Prayer in Catechism” will air at the following times (EST) on CatholicTV where available and will stream simultaneously in full-screen and free of charge at www.CatholicTV.com.

Tues, 5:30PM
Wed 2:30PM
Friday 12 Noon, 6:30 PM
Sat 4:30 AM

Monday, April 6, 2009

Inspirational Speaker Renée Bondi to Appear On Catholic Talk Show

On Tuesday, April 7th, Renée Bondi will be featured on the CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day”. Renée will tell her inspirational story of how she was paralyzed at the age of 29 the night after her engagement and the amazing story of faith and commitment which followed.

Before suffering a bizarre accident in 1988, Renée Bondi was a successful high school music teacher and had a beautiful singing voice. After her accident, Renée lost use of her legs and hands and could not walk. She also lost her singing voice and was no longer able to teach music.
Over the last two decades, Renée, has been married 19 years to the man she was engaged to wed, has given thousands of presentations and concerts across the country and globe. Through Bondi Ministries, she has given talks at churches, schools, conferences, corporate events and retreats about the lessons she learned in the face of adversity. Renée has received many awards including 2000 Woman of the Year by the California State Senate, and was given Special Congressional Recognition for Outstanding Service to the Community by the US House of Representatives.

The significance of Holy Week will also be discussed on “This is the Day” by Father Robert Reed and Jay Fadden. Fr. Robert Reed is the Director of CatholicTV and Jay Fadden is the General Manager.

These guests can be seen on Tuesday, April the 7th live at 10:30AM (EST)