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Friday, May 29, 2009

Catholic Fatherhood in Focus on "This is the Day" as Father’s Day Approaches

Catholic Fatherhood will be discussed on “This is the Day” on Tuesday, June 2nd. Patrick Kelly, former Capitol Hill attorney and current VP for the Knights of Columbus, will discuss an initiative of the Knights of Columbus started solely to promote fatherhood and to assist fathers.

Also on the show will be Brian Singer-Towns. Brian is a father of 2 and has over twenty-five years of parish, diocesan, and national experience in pastoral ministry. As a member of the Editorial Staff at St. Mary’s Press Brian leads workshops for leaders around the country on biblical literacy and other youth ministry topics.

Patrick Kelly currently serves as the Vice President for Public Policy for the Knights of Columbus. He will be on “This is the Day” talking about “Fathers For Good”. Fathers for Good defines a father as “an ordinary man who is called and equipped to do extraordinary things from day to day – work, provide, protect, pray, get involved with his family, and be there as an example for his children and faithful to his wife.” The Fathers For Good website (http://www.fathersforgood.org/) offers inspiration, advice, and even an opportunity to ask questions about fatherhood and have them answered via email.

Also on the show will be Brian Singer-Towns. Brian spent fifteen years in volunteer and professional youth ministry. He is also the author of several books including “The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth”. Brian is the General Editor of the newly released Personal Journey Bible published by Saint Mary’s Press (SMP). Since 2000, Saint Mary's Press of Minnesota has donated Catholic Youth Bibles® to inner-city and rural disadvantaged Catholic high schools and ministries and to youth in detention centers throughout the United States. Learn more about this program at www.SMP.org

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Former Power Ranger and Actress to Be Featured on "This is the Day" Along With Catholic Opera Singer

Be sure to see Jessica Rey (a Catholic actress best known for her television role as the White Power Ranger) in a live interview on the CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day”. Also on the show will be Kitty Cleveland, a Catholic musician and opera singer.

The show will be viewable at CatholicTV at 10:30AM (EST) on Friday, May 29th.

Jessica Rey is a Catholic actress and also the designer of a modest vintage swimwear line. She has also been featured on several television series on CBS, NBC, and others. Her swimwear can be seen at reyswimwear.com. Her website asks of swimwear “who says it has to be itsy-bitsy?”

Also on “This is the Day”, in an in-studio interview, will be Kitty Cleveland. Kitty has been singing soprano for over 20 years. She has extensive stage experience with the New Orleans Opera. Throughout high school and college, Kitty studied voice in the classical style. During a painful family crisis in which her father was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to prison for 10 years, Kitty turned to faith. Now, Kitty is devoted to Christian music and opera. Kitty will also be featured in a musical performance on this year’s telethon on CatholicTV.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Celebration of the Solemnity of Pentecost From the Vatican on CatholicTV

On Sunday, May 31st, CatholicTV will broadcast the Pentecost Sunday Mass from the Vatican. The Mass will take place in the Cappella Papale of the Vatican Basilica. His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI will preside at the Celebration of the Solemnity of Pentecost.

The Mass will be broadcast online at CatholicTV.com on Sunday, May 31st at 1PM Eastern. It will be rebroadcast at 8PM. The Mass will also be broadcast simultaneously on CatholicTV. All online broadcasts are available in full-screen.

“Pentecost Sunday, which marks the end of the Easter season in the Christian calendar, celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles as the climax of the Good News. On this day, all the benefits of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ rush into the Church through the gift of the Holy Spirit. For this reason, Pentecost is sometimes described as "the Church's birthday".

Pentecost is one of the most ancient feasts of the Church, celebrated early enough to be mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (20:16) and St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians (16:8). It supplants the Jewish feast of Pentecost, which took place 50 days after the Passover and which celebrated the sealing of the Old Covenant on Mount Sinai.”

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wee Believers - My Mass Kit

CatholicTV had the chance to chat with Steve and Joni Abdalla. They introduced us to the characters in "My Mass Kit," a Catholic educational toy designed to increase a child's knowledge of Faith and love for God.

See the show in its entirety

Monday, May 18, 2009

"Who Cares About the Saints?"

The month of May is dedicated to Mary. Be sure and watch "Who Cares About the Saints" hosted by Father James Martin, S.J. . Father Martin is the author of My Life with the Saints which introduces readers to his favorite saints. The video version consists of short clips which give you a glimpse into the lives of the saints through artwork and Father Jim's insights.

Altar server Connie and Father Daily

Today our favorite altar server, Connie, served Father Daily at the live Mass.

Friday, May 15, 2009

WOW:The CatholicTV Challenge

WOW: The CatholicTV Challenge contestants . They look as bright as they are!

WOW: The CatholicTV® Challenge is a CatholicTV Network game show currently airing on CatholicTV and on other channels in the United States and Canada. WOW: The CatholicTV Challenge, a game (quiz) show for children and adults, aims at teaching the basic tenets of the Catholic Faith through the lives of young children.

The set for WOW consists of a dramatic, star-studded backdrop and curved carpeted platforms upon which the audience sits, drenched in deep blue light. Three 64-inch flat-panel monitors are suspended over the audience, which convey some of the show’s video effects. The audience is purposely placed directly behind the contestant row for visual effect. The contestants stand at a metallic rostrum which bears a large red button for signaling the host for a chance to answer the questions. A monitor hangs from the front of each rostrum displaying the name of the contestant.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Papal Visit to the Holy Land - Benedict asks the crowd to Keep Families Strong

At yesterday's Mass in Nazareth, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged the crowd of approximately 40,000 to keep families strong and loving, no matter what faith. This took place at Mt. Precipice near the areas where the Holy Family lived and where Mary gave her "fiat" to the angel Gabriel when asked to give birth to the Son of God.

"Let everyone reject the destructive power of hatred and prejudice, which kills men's souls before it kills their bodies," the pope said during his homily

Stay tuned to CatholicTV on cable each day at 8pm and again the following day at noon for coverage or PopeinIsrael.com

Friday, May 8, 2009

CatholicTV Now Broadcasts Rosaries in High Definition From Around the World

Catholics can now watch the Rosary in High Definition (HD) on the internet and on television. We are offering the Rosary in high definition on our website CatholicTV.com and on CatholicTV where available.

The new HD rosaries were filmed at the following locations:

Notre Dame Cathedral – Paris

Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral - Los Angeles

Basilica of the Sacred Heart - Notre Dame Campus (Indiana)

The Blue Hills of New England

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – Washington D.C.

The Eternal City – Rome

Basilica of St. Thérèse - Lisieux, France

Rosaries are prayed by Father Robert Reed, Director of CatholicTV and priest of the Archdiocese of Boston. Each Rosary begins with a brief reflection by Father Reed and various imagery of the location. In many cases, the scenery is related to the mysteries. For example, while reflecting on the first sorrowful mystery in Los Angeles, cameras pan across the beautiful gardens there which are reminiscent of the Garden of Gethsemane.

CatholicTV’s HD broadcasts of the Rosary are also unique in that Father Reed reflects not only on the Rosary, but on the saints and people associated with each respective filming location. For example, Father Reed mentions the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux during the Rosary episode at the Basilica of St. Thérèse in Lisieux, France. St. Thérèse is the patron saint of the new studios at CatholicTV.

Starting May 10th, all of these Rosary episodes will be archived at CatholicTV.com. Click on “HD Devotion” on the website or this link to view archived Rosaries now: http://www.CatholicTV.com/features/default.aspx?featureStoryID=23

At CatholicTV.com and on CatholicTV, the Rosary airs each day at these times (EST) 3AM, 10AM, and 7PM.

Catholic Fiction That Adheres To Magisterium? Author Discusses on Talk Show

Today, Andrew McNabb a Catholic writer and father of four, made an appearance on the CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day”. Andrew discussed his unique book “Body of This” which is a unique compilation of short stories which have themes of faith. The book discusses real-world struggles, like growing impatient with inconsiderate neighbors, and battles with sexual immorality.

Maria Sullivan was also on the show. She is a Catholic lawyer from Hawaii. Maria is Blessed Damien Fundraising Committee Chair from Blessed Damien Catholic Parish in Molokai, Hawaii.

In a recent interview with Lisa Hendey, Andrew said, “it is time for a literary renaissance. Millions line up to buy a book like “The Da Vinci Code”, which is utter rubbish, while serious Catholic writing can’t get published or goes unread. In a sense, we have ourselves to blame. One in four people in this country is Catholic.”

He also said, “If there were more unity among the Catholic population, the church would have more influence in a number of ways, and one of them is culturally, beating back the secular humanism that is destroying the moral fabric of our country. We need contemporary artists to counterbalance the co-option of popular culture.”

On “This is the Day” Maria Sullivan discussed how her community has come together to build a church named after Blessed Damien de Veuster, who won recognition for his ministry to people with leprosy, who had been placed under a government-sanctioned medical quarantine on the island of Molokai which is exactly where the new Church will be built.

These guests can be seen during our rebroadcast Saturday morning at 3:30AM (EST), & 6PM, and Sunday at 6:30PM

Free screening in selected areas

Visit the following website www.CatholicScreenings.com
to see if your area is hosting a free screening of The Stoning of Soraya M

It stars Jim Caviezel from The Passion of The Christ, Academy Award nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo who was in House of Sand and Fog, The Nativity Story and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Producers include Steve McEveety of The Passion and Braveheart and John Shepherd of The American Carol and The Ultimate Gift. The musical score was composed by John Debney, the same composer for The Passion of The Christ.

The Stoning of Soraya M was an audience favorite runner up at the Toronto Film Festival. The winner in that category was Slumdog Millionaire.

Update on number of states with Choose Life license plates

On Tuesday we had a great guest, Merry Nordeen, on This is the Day to discuss the initiative for Choose Life license plates in Massachusetts.

We mentioned that there are 22 states that already have a Choose Life license plate available. The bad news is that's wrong, the good news is that there are 24 states with plates! Our thanks to Russ and Jill Amerling the National Publicity Coordinators for the update.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

CatholicTV to Air Controversial Films on Abortion and Euthanasia on Internet and Television

Starting in May, we will be airing 2 short films on abortion and euthanasia. The film about abortion entitled “Crossroads of the Heart” is a compilation of testimonies from people involved in crisis pregnancies. Interviewees include Alveda King (niece of Martin Luther King Jr.) and 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist Josh Davis. Both King and Davis were involved in crisis pregnancies.

The other controversial film is called “Turning the Tide”, a short film on another hot topic- euthanasia. The film features Bobby Schindler (brother of Terri Schiavo), as well as many others.

Crossroads of the Heart

“Crossroads of the Heart” is a unique film because it features testimony from real women and men who have been affected by crisis pregnancies and abortion. Despite the fact that nearly 50,000,000 abortions have been performed since 1973, television and cable stations rarely air interviews of the women, men, and children affected by abortion.

The 20-minute film is hosted by Jennifer Coker who faced an unplanned pregnancy at the age of 18. The film offers testimony from over half a dozen women. The women begin with how they felt immediately after discovering they were pregnant all the way to after their abortions (for those who decided to abort). They even discussed how some of them were mislead at clinics, where some clinic employees hid ultrasounds images from them or failed to inform them of the risks of abortion.

Olympic swimmer Josh Davis also discusses how his parents conceived him out of wedlock and ultimately decided to have him. He speaks of his joy of swimming in the Olympics and of life in general.

Turning the Tide

Most Americans are familiar with the case of Terri Schiavo, who was in a vegetative state and later died after her feeding tube was removed in 2005. In 2004, Pope John Paul II stated that health care providers are morally bound to provide food and water to patients in persistent vegetative states.

“Turning the Tide” discusses euthanasia, assisted suicide and the legal ramifications of legislation of these acts. Several experts discuss the topic, including Canadian Senator Sharon Carstairs (former Chair of the Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide). Turning the Tide is a powerful documentary which looks at the concepts of compassion, dignity, quality of life, personal autonomy and choice, and explores how the law works in shaping a society.

The 2 shows will air back to back from May 13th to May 17th at the following times (Eastern): May 13th- 4PM; May 14th-6:30AM; May 16th-10:30AM; and May 17th-2AM.

“Crossroads of the Heart” will air again during the week of June 24th to June 28th at these times: June 24th-5AM; June 26th-8AM; June 28th-11PM.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI in The Holy Land Televised Events May 8 - May 14 at Noon and 8PM on CatholicTV. Updates available at PopeInIsrael.com

Catholics Count!

Think about it, with 67.5 million Catholics in the United States alone and 1.13 billion of us worldwide, how striking it would be to run up the number of our Twitter followers to some crazy figure and show the world that Catholics Count!

To join in, simply visit: www.CatholicsCount.com
for easy access to the Catholic Twitter page, prizes and frequent updates.

Monday, May 4, 2009

CatholicTV: Pope's visit to Holy Land

May 8-15, tune in each evening at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) to see all the highlights from the day's events with Pope Benedict XVI in the Holy Land. In the meantime, relive past travels of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. This year's events will be archived here as well. Please share videos with friends and family.

Friday, May 8

Arrival in Amman, Jordan

Saturday, May 9

Vespers from St. George Melkite Cathedral

Sunday, May 10

Mass from Amman Soccer Stadium and visit to
the site of Jesus Baptism

Monday, May 11

Arrival in Israel and visit to Yad Vashem
Holocaust Memorial

Tuesday, May 12

Visit to holy sites including Dome of the Rock and
Western Wall, and Mass in the Valley of Josaphat

Wednesday, May 13

Visit to Bethlehem and Mass in Manger Square

Friday, May 14

Visit to Galilee and Mass in Nazareth

Tune in CatholicTV coverage each day at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) with encore broadcasts at noon the following day.

Choose Life License Plates

Merry Nordeen will be appearing on This is the Day tomorrow to discuss moving forward with a Choose Life license plate in Massachusetts. Over 20 other states have one, see if your state is one of them.

Catholic New Media Awards 2009

Nominations for the 2009 CNMA are now open! The Catholic New Media Awards is the successor to the Catholic Blog Awards and will highlight other areas of Catholic New Media including Catholic Podcasts.

The nomination period for this year's awards began on May 1, 2009. Voting is to begin on June 1, 2009.

In order to nominate, you will have to create an account which is very simple. Then you'll get to nominate your favorite blogs and podcasts! Here are the categories for this year's awards:

People's Choice Blog
Best Blog by a Cleric
Best Blog by a Religious
Best Blog by a Man
Best Blog by a Woman
Best Group Blog
Best Written Blog
Most Spiritual Blog
Most Informative Blog
Funniest Blog
Most Entertaining Blog
Best New Blog

People's Choice Podcast
Best Podcast by a Cleric
Best Podcast by a Religious
Best Podcast by a Man
Best Podcast by a Woman
Best Group Podcast
Most Informative Podcast
Best Produced Podcast
Most Spiritual Podcast
Best New Podcast
Funniest Podcast
Most Entertaining Podcast
Best Video Podcast

Web 2.0
Best Catholic News Website
Best Social Networking Site
Best Overall Catholic Website

May we suggest humbly suggest CatholicTV.com for Best Overall Catholic Website??

Friday, May 1, 2009

After years of anticipation, high-definition video (HD) has finally gone mainstream in professional video. Over the air HD video is rapidly building an audience. People are using HD in production and post-production in a wide variety of ways. You might be surprised to learn that CatholicTV® has been recording programs in HD since 2005. For the last four years, CatholicTV has been preparing for the day when we can offer you a clear, clean and crisp look at the mysteries of our faith. Good news: that day has come - actually 10 of them! Click on the links in the mysteries below to see our first HD Rosaries from around the world.

As we honor the Blessed Mother in this month of May, every day from May 1-10 we will post a new HD Rosary here at Your Catholic Broadband Network®. We call it HDevotion. Here is the schedule for when you can see the high-definition episodes of The Rosary on CatholicTV.com...

May 1 - Sorrowful Mysteries from Notre Dame Cathedral - Paris
May 2 - Joyful Mysteries from Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral - Los Angeles
May 3 - Glorious Mysteries from the National Shrine - Washington
May 4 - Joyful Mysteries from Basilica of St. Thérèse - Lisieux, France
May 5 - Sorrowful Mysteries from the Blue Hills of New England
May 6 - Glorious Mysteries from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart - Notre Dame
May 7 - Luminous Mysteries from the National Shrine - Washington
May 8 - Sorrowful Mysteries from Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral - Los Angeles
May 9 - Joyful Mysteries from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart - Notre Dame
May 10 - Glorious Mysteries from the Eternal City - Rome