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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Every year at the "Pallium Mass", on the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29), the pope bestows pallium on all the new metropolitans elevated within the past year. As part of our continuing coverage of the Year for Priests, CatholicTV® will air this special Mass live at 3:30 a.m. (Eastern) and you can watch it by clicking "Watch CatholicTV Live" from anywhere at www.CatholicTV.com, Your Catholic Broadband Network®. The pallium is a circular stole made of lamb's wool, symbolizing the archbishop's role as a true 'shepherd' of the archdiocese he serves.
America's Catholic Television Network will rebroadcast the Mass at noon and 8 p.m. (Eastern) and it will also be available on demand in two parts at CatholicTV.com's "Papal Programming" page that morning.
Among the new archbishops that will receive the pallium are American prelates Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans; Archbishop Robert Carlson of Saint Louis; Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York; Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha; and Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit. At our Cathedral Events page you can relive the installation Masses of Archbishops Carlson and Dolan.
CatholicTV brings programming from Vatican City to the inner city all year round. Beginning in July we salute America's Catholic Church with programming from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception featuring Pope Benedict XVI's visit there in 2008; a new triduum with Archbishop Donald Wuerl; the Glorious Mysteries and Luminous Mysteries of The Rosary with Father Robert Reed and our travel series Catholic Destinations with Kevin Nelson.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

WOW - today we had a great interview with Bishop Paul Ssemogerere of the Ugandan diocese of Kasana-Luweero.He's been a bishop for just a year. Watch the interview on July 21st episode of This is the Day.

CatholicTV to Receive The Patriot Award as Cameraman Leaves for Iraq

On June 30th, CatholicTV will receive The Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve organization at the CatholicTV studios in Watertown, MA. Colonel Joseph Mercuri (retired) will present the award at 12:30PM (Eastern).

CatholicTV was nominated for the award by Dave Wilkinson a videographer and editor in our production department. Dave (a native of Danvers, MA) was recently promoted to Sergeant and recently took a leave from CatholicTV in order to serve his country in Iraq. He is a graduate of the Boston University Center of Digital Imaging Arts and functions as Truck Commander for the Army National Guard.

According to the ESGR website (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve), employers can support Guard and Reserve employees in many ways such as “publicly acknowledging the contributions of Reserve component employees to our Nation’s defense.” Dave was recently featured on the CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day” along with actress Jessica Rey who played the part of one of the Power Rangers on the children’s show.

On his last day before leave, Dave appeared on the CatholicTV signature talk show This is the Day. His appearance is near the end of the show which can be viewed at the CatholicTV website by clicking here http://www.catholictv.com/shows/default.aspx?seriesID=72&videoID=89.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

President of Relatively New Catholic College Named After Pope JPII Will Appear on CatholicTV

Dr. Derry Connolly, President of John Paul the Great Catholic University (JP Catholic) will be featured in an interview on CatholicTV.

JP Catholic is one of the newest Catholic universities in America. It is located in San Diego, CA.

Dr. Connolly is one of the original founders of JP Catholic and was originally inspired to start a university after witnessing 1000 students attend Mass at Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH. “These kids were absolutely on fire for their faith.” recalled Connolly in an interview posted on online.

Connolly had recently read the words of the president of a well-known Catholic university which said, “a great Catholic university had to be first a great university -and then Catholic.”
“Pope John Paul II would say that to be a great Catholic university, you have to be first a great Catholic organization and then secondly a great university.” said Connolly in the same interview (The Weight of Glory Blog).

Inspired by the faith of the students in Steubenville and a desire to start a quality school which would be faithful to Catholic teaching, Connolly and other co-founders started JP Catholic. Classes began in 2006. The first class will graduate in December 2009.

Speaking of the requirements of theology faculty, Dr. Connolly said, “The teachers have to be standing on platforms in the community saying, for example, that embryonic stem cell research is not consistent with Catholic teaching. They have to align themselves with the Church on issues facing people in the media and in technology in the community. They must be highly visible Catholic spokespersons.”

Also featured on “This is the Day” will be Joseph Curto, founder of Catholics for Christ- an organization designed to evangelize different people at different spiritual levels using evangelistic meetings, missions, retreats, and seminars.

Mr. Curto has spoken hundreds of times, helping Catholics deepen their personal relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Currently a parishioner at St Francis de Sales in Purcellville,Virginia, Joe has served on the Pastoral council for 3 years and currently conducts a weekly Adult Bible Study, and facilitates the St. Francis de Sales Charismatic Prayer Group “Refuge.” In addition, Joe serves the Diocese of Arlington as a board member of Charismatic Renewal Service Committee (CRSC).

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Director of CatholicTV and Host of Catholic Game Show Father Reed To Appear on USCCB Website

Each day, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website offers video scripture reflections on the day’s Mass readings. Father Robert Reed, Director of CatholicTV, will give these reflections on June 25th and June 27th.

Although the USCCB website is promoting a 2000-year-old Catholic faith, the website uses modern means such as streaming video to spread the Gospel. The USCCB website also offers movie reviews (http://www.usccb.org/movies/), an online NAB bible, and an online Catechism among other features.

Each day, a different priest or lay person offers video scripture reflections. These priests and lay people come from all around the country and even include students such as Jonathan Jerome from the Catholic University of America. Priests include both diocesan and religious order priests.

These short video clips range from 2 to 4 minutes and can be embedded into any website.

Father Robert Reed is a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston and also Director of CatholicTV. Fr. Reed co-hosts the talk show “This is the Day”, presides frequently in the televised Masses and rosaries on CatholicTV, hosts the Catholic game show “Wow: The CatholicTV Challenge”, and also stars as the voice of the animated dog “Nosey” on the same show. Fr. Reed also assists at area parishes during weekends. In order to see his reflections at the USCCB website, visit this link on or after June 25th and June 27th.


Click below to see Fr. Reed as host and voice of “Nosey” the dog on “Wow: The CatholicTV Challenge”


CatholicTV airing new Defenders of the Faith Series hosted by Stephen Ray

CatholicTV is now airing the television series “Defenders of the Faith”. The show is hosted by Catholic apologist and convert Stephen Ray. “Defenders of the Faith” features a unique combination of travel and footage of far away holy places and interviews of Catholic converts. “Defenders of the Faith” is new to CatholicTV this year and can be seen each week at CatholicTV.com or on CatholicTV where available.

The host of “Defenders of the Faith”, Stephen Ray, was a Protestant for 37 years until he and his wife converted to the Catholic faith in 1994. Since then, Mr. Ray has produced numerous documentaries and programs promoting the Catholic faith. He has also conducted several highly successful conferences in conjunction with other Catholic converts. He is a regular guest on many radio and television programs, Steven recently appeared on CatholicTV’s live program This is the Day to discuss the new series. Stephen has also written several books including “Crossing the Tiber: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historic Church”.

In addition to interviews of Catholics (many of whom are converts), “Defenders of the Faith” also teaches viewers basics of the Catholic faith.

“Defenders of the Faith” can be seen each week at these times (Eastern): Monday 12:30PM; Tuesday 3:30 AM; Friday 4:00 PM; Saturday 11:30 AM

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Washington Archbishop Uses National Shrine’s Domes & Mosaics to Teach Gospel on CatholicTV

Starting in July, CatholicTV will air a 3-part series called “Gospel in Mosaic” in which Washington’s Archbishop Donald Wuerl teaches viewers about the gospel and the Rosary using the intricate domes and mosaics in the National Shrine. Also in July, CatholicTV’s travel show “Catholic Destinations” will include a 2-part special on the National Shrine including detailed video footage.

The National Shrine is also known as The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

According to Wikipedia, the National Shrine “is the largest Catholic church in the United States, the eighth largest religious structure in the world, and the tallest building in Washington, D.C. An estimated one million pilgrims from around the country and the world visit the basilica each year.”

The basilica houses an incredible 70 chapels honoring Mary. Many of these chapels will be explored on the show “Catholic Destinations”. The main seating area of the Basilica is surrounded by chapels which have images of well-known Marian apparitions such as Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, and many others. These chapels in the main seating area all contain beautiful mosaics which are rarely seen in the modern churches in the United States.

The “Catholic Destinations” episodes featuring the Basilica will include commentary about the history of the Basilica from then-rector of the Basilica Monsignor Michael Bransfield.

In the 3-part series called “Gospel in the Mosaic”, Archbishop Wuerl discusses the Gospel and the rosary while using the various domes of the Basilica as reference points. For instance, Archbishop Wuerl discusses the nativity, Jesus’ first miracle at Cana, and the transfiguration while cameras display the Incarnation Dome of the Basilica.

“Gospel in the Mosaic” will air at these dates/time (Eastern Time) at CatholicTV.com and on CatholicTV where available:

Fri. July 3 Part 1: 9 a.m., 8:30 p.m.
Sat. July 4 Part 2: 9 a.m., 8:30 p.m.
Sun. July 5 Part 3: 9 a.m., 8:30 p.m.

Week of July 6
Part 1: Mon. 11 a.m., Wed. 8 p.m., Fri 1 a.m.

Week of July 13
Part 2: Mon. 11 a.m., Wed. 8 p.m., Fri 1 a.m.

Week of July 20
Part 3: Mon. 11 a.m., Wed. 8 p.m., Fri 1 a.m.

Week of July 27
Part 1: Mon. 11 a.m., Part 2: Wed. 8 p.m.,
Part 3: Fri 1 a.m.

“Catholic Destinations” with Kevin Nelson airs at these times (Eastern Time)

Mon. 4:30 a.m., Tue. 2:30 p.m., Wed. 8:30 a.m., Fri. 5 a.m.
and 5:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m.

Part 1 of the “National Shrine Special” will air during these dates:
Week of June 29 Tue., and Wed
Also on weeks of July 6 and 20

Part 2 of the “National Shrine Special” will air during these dates:
Week of June 29 Fri., and Sun
Also on weeks of July 13 and 27

Pope’s June 21st Visit of Padre Pio Will Air on CatholicTV

On Sunday, June 21st Pope Benedict XVI will visit Padre Pio’s tomb at San Giovanni Rotundo, Italy. His visit will include adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, a visit of Padre Pio’s tomb, Mass, and finally a meeting with employees of the hospital which Padre Pio established.

Television coverage of this papal visit will be broadcast online at CatholicTV.com and also on CatholicTV where available.

The Pope’s schedule for Sunday, June 21st will be as follows (local time, Rome, Italy):

The Pope will arrive on Sunday by helicopter at 9:15AM, and take the Popemobile through the city until arriving at Our Lady of Grace Sanctuary.There, representatives of the community of Capuchin Friars Minor will welcome him, and he will have a time of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The Holy Father will also visit the first cell of the monastery, where Padre Pio died in 1968. Then, the Pontiff will go to the crypt to pray before the tomb of the saint. There he will be accompanied only by Capuchins. He will light two candles before the tomb, symbolizing his apostolic visit and that of Pope John Paul II.Benedict XVI will vest for Mass in the sacristy there and be transferred by Popemobile to the Plaza of the Church of San Pio de Pietrelcina, where he will preside over a 10:15AM Eucharistic celebration. After Mass, he will pray the midday Angelus in the same place.At 4:45PM, the Holy Father will meet with directors, employees and patients of the hospital established by Padre Pio, the Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza the "Home to Relieve Suffering." Afterward, the Pope will return to the Church of San Pio de Pietrelcina, where he will meet with priests, religious and youth. The Pontiff will return to Rome by helicopter, arriving at the Vatican at 7:30.

The Pope’s visit will broadcast on CatholicTV on Sunday, June 21st at 8PM (Eastern). This visit will rebroadcast on Monday, June 22nd at noon.

To begin the Year of the Priest on Friday, June 19th, CatholicTV.com and CatholicTV will also air Vespers from St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope Benedict has announced the Church will celebrate a special year for priests to begin on June 19th, the 150th anniversary of the death of the Cure d'Ars, St Jean Vianney. The Pope will inaugurate the year on June 19th by presiding at Vespers in St Peter's Basilica, where the relics of the 'Cure of Ars' will be brought for the occasion by Bishop Guy Bagnard of Belley-Ars, France.

Vespers will air at CatholicTV.com and on CatholicTV on Friday, June 19th at 8:30PM (Eastern) and will rebroadcast at noon on Saturday, June 20th. Throughout the year CatholicTV will offer special presentations to honor the Year of the Priest.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Year of the Priest begins in Archdiocese of Boston

To honor the Year of the Priest, six locations have been designated around the Archdiocese of Boston for Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Vocations to the Priesthood:
  • St Mary Star of the Sea--Beverly, North Region
  • St Michael Parish--North Andover, Merrimack Region
  • St Williams Parish--Tewksbury, Merrimack Region
  • St Patrick Parish, Natick, West Region
  • Holy Ghost Parish, Whitman, South Region
  • St Clement Eucharistic Shrine, Boston, Central Region
Activities Scheduled:

St Mary Star of the Sea--Beverly, North Region

* Eucharistic Adoration
  • 7:30 am-7:30 pm Monday through Friday
* June 19, 2009, 6:30PM Holy Hour with Rosary for Sanctification of Priests and Priestly Vocations

St Michael Parish--North Andover, Merrimack Region

* Eucharistic Adoration:
  • 7:00 am- 9:00 pm Monday through Friday
  • 7:00 am-4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday
  • June 19, 2009, 9AM Mass with prayers for the Sanctification of Priests and Priestly Vocations
* Every First Thursday of each month (except Holy Thursday)
  • 9AM Mass with prayers for the Sanctification of Priests and Priestly Vocations
St Williams Parish--Tewksbury, Merrimack Region

* Eucharistic Adoration
  • Perpetual Adoration
* June 19, 2009
  • 9AM Mass with prayers for the Sanctification of Priests and Priestly Vocations followed by Holy Hour and time for Confessions
* August 4, 2009
  • 9AM Mass with prayers for the Sanctification of Priests and Priestly Vocations followed by Holy Hour and time for Confessions
* Every First Thursday of each month (except Holy Thursday)
  • 9AM Mass with prayers for the Sanctification of Priests and Priestly Vocations followed by Holy Hour and time for Confessions
St Patrick Parish, Natick, West Region

(please note: All events are organized by St Patrick Parish and the presider is one of the priests from St Patrick’s)

* Eucharistic Adoration
  • Perpetual Adoration
* June 19, 2009
  • 8AM Mass with prayers for the Sanctification of Priests and Priestly Vocations
* August 4, 2009
  • 8AM Mass with prayers for the Sanctification of Priests and Priestly Vocations
* Every First Thursday of each month (except Holy Thursday)
  • 8AM Mass with prayers for the Sanctification of Priests and Priestly Vocations
Holy Ghost Parish, Whitman, South Region

* Eucharistic Adoration
  • Perpetual Adoration
* June 19, 2009
  • 7PM Holy Hour for the Sanctification of Priests and Priestly Vocations
  • 9AM Mass with prayers for the Sanctification of Priests and Priestly Vocations
* Every First Thursday of each month
  • 7PM Holy Hour for the Sanctification of Priests and Priestly Vocations
  • 9AM Mass with prayers for the Sanctification of Priests and Priestly Vocations
St Clement Eucharistic Shrine, Boston, Central Region

* Eucharistic Adoration
  • 12:45pm-9:00pm Monday through Friday
  • Beginning August 15, 2009: Perpetual Adoration
* June 19, 2009
  • 7:00 – 7:30 PM Confessions
  • 7:30 PM Mass for the Sanctification of Priests and priestly Vocations
  • 8:30 PM Eucharistic Adoration
  • 9:00 PM Benediction
* Every First Thursday of each month
  • 7:00 – 7:30 PM Confessions
  • 7:30 PM Mass for the Sanctification of Priests and priestly Vocations
  • 8:30 PM Eucharistic Adoration
  • 9:00 PM Benediction
The Holy See will be granting Plenary and Partial Indulgences to Priests and Faithful who participate in different celebrations. The most notable dates on which one may receive the Indulgence are June 19, 2009, August 4, 2009, June 19, 2010 and every first Thursday of each month. Depending on the pastors, maybe a monthly Mass could be celebrated at each location.

Requirements of the Indulgence

Documentary on Eucharistic Adoration On CatholicTV

From June 15th-21st, CatholicTV will be showing a documentary on perpetual adoration entitled "Watch With Me". The documentary follows several Eucharistic adorers who include 2 PhD's and a wise 10-year-old.

The documentary was made by Karey Nobles who was once a television news anchor. She is now a filmmaker. One night, while praying during her weekly holy hour at St. Joseph- St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in West Utica, NY, Karey felt a calling from God to make a documentary film about adoration. Karey answered God’s call and the result is a documentary entitled, “Watch With Me”.

The chapel depicted in the film has been operating for more than 16 years, with over 300 volunteers, taking part in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Karey spent close to two years following some of the volunteers to learn what motivates them to visit the chapel at all hours of the day and night, and what they gain from the experience. “Watch With Me” tells the story of these volunteers and the role Eucharistic Adoration has played in their lives.

In the papal document Sacramentum Caritatis(66) Pope Benedict XVI states: "Receiving the Eucharist means adoring Him whom we receive. Only in this way do we become one with Him, and are given, as it were, a foretaste of the beauty of the heavenly liturgy. The act of adoration outside Mass prolongs and intensifies all that takes place during the liturgical celebration itself. “

The documentary "Watch With Me" will air on CatholicTV during the week of June 15-21st at these times (Eastern): Monday-2PM; Tuesday-10PM; Wednesday-4PM; Thursday-6:30AM; Friday-9PM; Saturday-10:30AM; Sunday-2AM.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Chicago organizers of Nun Run and Sr. Helen Prejean

Sister Elyse and Sister Lovina of the Chicago Archdiocese chatted with Father Robert Reed and Jay Fadden about the many ways that vocations are encouraged.

Also, Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ discussed her experiences with death row inmates and the promotion of the dignity of life at all stages.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Pro-Life License Plate Battle Hits Television

On Tuesday, June 16th, in a television interview, Merry Nordeen, a pro-life activist, will discuss her battle to bring pro-life license plates to her home state of Massachusetts. She will discuss this issue on “This Is The Day”.

Ever since Merry Nordeen read about the “Choose Life” license plate, she wanted one of her own and has worked tirelessly ever since to introduce “Choose Life” license plates to Massachusetts. She and her fellow supporters need about 1500 people to register for “Choose Life” license plates, which cost $40 a piece. To an outside observer, this task appears easy given that the Mrs. Nordeen is appealing largely to Catholics. Massachusetts population consists of 47% Catholics which translates to about 3 million people. Other states with a fraction of that number of Catholics such as Arkansas, and Alabama already offer “Choose Life” license plates. These were made available largely due to the efforts of pro-life activists and pro-active Catholic motorists.

“Over 400,000 “Choose Life” license plates have been sold, and have raised over $10 million dollars to help women.” said the Texas Catholic Conference at txcatholic.org.

Few Catholics realize that many pro-life activists had to spend months and even years appealing to legislators to allow for “Choose Life” license plates.

In Massachusetts, only 614 people have registered for the plates and about 900 more are needed by June 30, 2009. (source: www.machoose-life.org). Merry will talk about her cause and her struggles during her interview on “This Is The Day”. Interested parties can learn more by visiting www.machoose-life.org. “Choose Life” activists believe that the license plates, like most prominently displayed messages, have the power to influence.

One pro-life activist, Gaby Federico of El Paso, Texas, said “I have a middle school-aged friend whose mother decided against having an abortion after answering an advertisement in the phonebook. My friend is alive largely because of that phonebook ad.”

Also featured on Tuesday’s episode of “This Is The Day” will be Dr. Wes Ely, a pro-life activist from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Ely is the faculty adviser to 2 pro-life organizations. One is Catholic: the Society of Saints Cosmas and Damian and the other is a non-denominational group founded by a Catholic. Dr. Ely's research has focused on improving the care and outcomes of critically ill patients with severe sepsis and respiratory failure, with special emphasis on the problems facing older patients in the ICU.

These guests can be seen on Tuesday, June 16th live at 10:30AM (EST) on CatholicTV where available (rebroadcast at 8PM). The show will also be streamed live at www.CatholicTV.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

‘Dead Man Walking’ Nun and Author Sr. Helen Prejean will Appear on "This Is The Day" To Fight For Life

Sr. Helen w/ Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins

On Friday, June 12th, Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ will appear on the CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day” as an in-studio guest. Sr. Helen is the author of the book “Dead Man Walking”, which inspired the film of the same name starring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon. This film depicts Sr. Helen’s interactions with a death row inmate.

On “This is the Day”, Sr. Helen will discuss the movie and the book “Dead Man Walking”. Susan Sarandon won an Academy Award for Best Actress in this film. Sr. Helen will also discuss her new book “The Death of the Innocents”. This new book walks readers through the cases of 2 death row inmates who were “convicted of murder on flimsy evidence”. Sr. Helen describes in detail the moments before their deaths and how she witnessed their executions.

During her television interview, Sr. Helen will also discuss the Death Penalty Discourse Network which aims to “deepen and broaden the discourse about the death penalty.”

She will also discuss the “Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project”. This project is a program which offers and promotes the play “Dead Man Walking” (written by Tim Robbins) to schools and universities with the aim of “deepening reflection on one of the key moral issues of our day.”

Sr. Helen also plans to write a book about her spiritual journey against the culture of death.

Also featured on “This is the Day” will be sisters Elyse Marie Ramirez, OP, and Sister Lovina Francis Pammit, OSF, vocations directors in Illinois and coordinators of “the Nun Run” in Chicago. “The Nun Run” is a 24-hour visit of various religious orders in which women are allowed to explore a potential vocation to religious life.

These guests can be seen on Friday, June 12th live at 10:30AM (EST) on CatholicTV where available (rebroadcast at 8PM).

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

As Year of St. Paul Comes to End Catholics Can Still Learn Through Television Series

For Catholics who are still interested in learning more about St. Paul during the Pope-declared Pauline year, Fr. Jeffrey Mickler offers a television series which teaches about the life, times, and spirituality of St. Paul. The show is hosted by Fr. Mickler who has extensive radio, television, publishing, and internet experience.

The series is called “St. Paul, The Man and His Message”. This series currently airs on CatholicTV.

This series is designed to help the viewer understand St Paul's thought, appreciate his life, and come to imitate him today.

Fr. Mickler is a priest of the Society of St. Paul. The Society of St. Paul is made up of priests and brothers and was founded in 1914 by Blessed James Alberione. This Society dedicated to St. Paul ministers in media in 30 countries.

“St. Paul, The Man and His Message” airs each week on CatholicTV at the following times (Eastern): Tuesday-4:30PM; Wednesday-11AM; Friday-6PM; Saturday-5:30PM.

Struggles Against Racism Portrayed in Documentary About Black Catholic Priests

During the week of Monday, June 15th a documentary named “Enduring Faith” will air on CatholicTV. This documentary portrays the struggle to establish an African American clergy in the American Catholic Church. The documentary is narrated by Emmy Award-Winning actor Andre Braugher, an African American who played roles in the movies “City of Angels”, “Glory”, and “Rise of the Silver Surfer”.

"Enduring Faith" tells of the courage and ultimate despair of early black Josephite priests and the pivotal role of Rome in forcing the American Church to open its doors to blacks. The Society of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, known as Josephites, is based in Baltimore, MD.

Andre Braugher stated, “I've always found the spiritual struggle of black Catholics to be a fascinating one, but I never knew the breadth and depth of their history in America until I became involved in this project." He went on to say, "It sharpens for me the debt of gratitude that today's black Catholics owe to what are in essence the pioneers of black Catholicism."

Enduring Faith, produced by Daybreak TV Productions of the Diocese of Buffalo, received major funding from the Catholic Communication Campaign of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.

During the week of Monday, June 15th, “Enduring Faith” will air at the following times (Eastern): Tuesday-11:30AM; Wednesday-5AM; Friday-8AM; Sunday 10:30PM.

Monday, June 8, 2009

MTV Meets Catholicism as Catholics Perform in New CatholicTV Series

This month, a new music television series will air on CatholicTV. The series known as “The Commons”, is a coffee house-styled music show which includes performances by Catholic musicians such as Matt Maher, Sarah Hart, and others.

Below is the schedule for the show including the names of guests featured. Each episode includes interviews of musicians in addition to the musical performances. Artists often discuss their faith, inspirations behind songs, and their lives in general. Dates shown are the Monday’s dates of each broadcast week.

(JUNE 8)
Curtis Stephan/Sarah Hart – “We Will See”
Bob Halligan, Jr. – “This One”

(JUNE 15)
Curtis Stephan/Sarah Hart – “Take Up Our Cross”
Tom Booth – “Can We Love”

(JUNE 22)
Sarah Hart/Jesse Manibusan – “More Beautiful”
Matt Maher – “For Your Glory”

(JUNE 29)
Tom Booth – “You Stand Knocking”
Ken Canedo – “Grant Us Peace”

(JULY 6)
Curtis Stephan – “Miracle of Grace”
Jackie François – “Blessed Are You Lord”

(JULY 13)
Matt Maher – “Resurrection Day”
Steve Angrisano – “Taste and See”

(JULY 20)
Josh Blakesley – “Sing Hosanna”
Jackie François – “Your Kingdom is Glorious”

(JULY 27)
Tom Booth/Robert Feduccia – “Come, Holy Spirit”
Sarah Hart – “Renew”

Matt Maher – “Great Things”
Jackie François – “My Soul Rejoices”

Jaime Cortez – “Con Amor Jovial”
Santiago Fernández – “No Hay Dicho Ni Palabras”

Chris Muglia – “Do This in Memory of Me”
Matt Maher – “Overflow”

Jesse Manibusan – “I Give to You a Future”
Tom Booth/Jenny Pixler – “Never Too Young”

Below is the weekly schedule for the half-hour show:

Monday-10:30PM(EST); Thursday 2AM & 6PM; Saturday-9:30PM.

“The Commons” is produced by spiritandsong.com (a division of ocp). The Commons is a video showcase giving viewers an opportunity to experience candid conversations with intimate and unplugged performances by your favorite spiritandsong.com artists. Learn more about the artists, and Spirit and Song at http://www.spiritandsong.com/commons

Watch The Commons

Welcome to the Commons on CatholicTV

The Commons is a streaming video showcase hosted by spiritandsong, a division of OCP. Come to The Commons and experience candid conversations with intimate and unplugged performances by your favorite spiritandsong.com artists. This week we will listen to "We will See" with Curtis Stephan and Sarah Hart Bob Halligan, Jr. singing “This One

Friday, June 5, 2009

Documentaries of Catholic Missionaries in Remote Places Now on CatholicTV

Fr. Heinz Kuluke

Starting this month, CatholicTV will air the “Limitless” documentary series. This series features missionaries from the Society of the Divine Word. The episodes on CatholicTV will include incredible stories of missionaries to “garbage people” in the Philippines as well as Mindoro, where a unique group of indigenous people live on a remote island. These documentaries will be shown during the month of June on CatholicTV.

According to the website of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), they are the only major congregation of religious men which has shown steady growth over the last 30 years. There are more than 6,000 SVDs with 35 nationalities working in 67 countries worldwide. The SVD’s work primarily where the Gospel has not been preached at all or only insufficiently, and where the local Church is not yet viable on its own.

Fr. Heinz Kuluke’s story will be one of those shown on CatholicTV. This documentary filmed in Cebu, tells the story of Fr. Heinze and his ministry to over 3000 men, women, and children, who work, live, and sleep at garbage dumps. He once lived there himself. After being troubled by the conditions he saw at the dumps, Fr. Heinz tried to find ways to get help for the people, but found that in a legal sense “they didn’t’ exist” and no one seemed to care about them. In order to understand their plight better, he came to live with the people and still visits them regularly. He also ministers to the girls from Cebu’s red light district.

Another documentary in the “Limitless” series to air on CatholicTV depicts the story of Fr. Ewald Dinter. The story is told of how Fr. Dinter fights for the rights of the Mangyan people, who live on a small island in the Philippines. The documentary tells the story of how Fr. Dinter fights for the rights of the Mangyan people who used to own their own island, but whose land continues to be taken from them. In addition, Fr. Dinter provides the people with educational opportunities.

These documentaries can be seen on CatholicTV until June 15th at these times (Eastern):

Fridays- 8AM-9AM; Sundays 10:30PM-11:30PM; Tuesdays-11:30AM-12:30PM; Wednesdays-5AM-6AM.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

"Catholic Destinations" Highlights Basilicas and Shrines of City of St. Louis Ahead of Archbishop Installation Mass

In honor of Archbishop-elect Carlson’s upcoming installation as Archbishop, CatholicTV is highlighting several religious sites in St. Louis on the CatholicTV travel show “Catholic Destinations” starting Monday, June 8th. The installation of the Archbishop will take place on June 10th in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis located in the Central West End of St. Louis.

CatholicTV will broadcast episodes of host Kevin Nelson’s visits of the following sites:

*Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

*Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France Old Cathedral

*Shrine of St. Joseph

*National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows (15 minutes from downtown St. Louis)- This is the nation’s largest outdoor shrine.

These episodes of “Catholic Destinations” will be broadcast at these special times (Eastern):

Thursday-6:30AM-7:30AM; Friday-9PM-10PM, 5AM-5:30AM & 5:30PM-6PM; Saturday 10:30AM-11:30AM; Sunday-2AM-3AM & 2:30PM-3PM; Monday-2PM-3PM & 4:30AM-5AM; Tuesday, 10PM-11PM & 2:30PM-3PM; Wednesday-4PM-5PM & 8:30PM-9PM.

In addition to the “Catholic Destinations” focus on St. Louis, CatholicTV will also air the installation Mass of Archbishop-elect Robert Carlson on Wednesday, June 10th at 3PM (Eastern) and again at 8PM.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

The beautiful Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis welcomes visitors to view the largest collection of mosaic art in the world. Pope Paul VI called the structure "the outstanding cathedral of the Americas." Designated a basilica in 1997, the cathedral was built in the city's Central West End neighborhood between 1907 and 1909. Its glittering green dome is a prominent feature of the St. Louis skyline and its vast and detailed interior mosaics cover 83,000 square feet and took nearly 80 years to complete. The mosaics of the main church and the vestibule were installed by a father and son who used more than 41 million pieces of tile in over 7,000 colors to create their art. On the lower level of the cathedral, the Mosaic Museum traces the construction of the facility and the installation of the tiles to create the art.

Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France Old Cathedral

When St. Louis was founded by French fur traders in 1764, one of the first buildings constructed in the infant town was a church. Built on the site of that first church in 1834, the Old Cathedral, known officially as the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, sits near the base of the Gateway Arch on land that is now part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Inside the Old Cathedral Museum, visitors can see pieces of St. Louis' early history including the original church bell, and religious art from the late 1700s. From 1826 to 1843, the St. Louis diocese, headquartered at the Old Cathedral, covered nearly half of America, from Louisiana north to Michigan, from Kentucky west to Oregon and from the state of Washington along the Canadian border to the Great Lakes. Pope John XXIII decreed the church a basilica in 1961.

Shrine of St. Joseph

Located at the corner of 11th and Biddle on the near north side of downtown St. Louis, St. Joseph's church opened in 1846. The church was noted as the site of a miracle that saved the life of a dying man who was healed after kissing a relic of St. Peter Claver. The miracle was authenticated as one of two miracles needed to canonize St. Peter Claver, who is known for his work among the African people of the Americas. The central altar, called the Altar of Answered Prayers, was installed in 1867, after the parishioners prayed to St. Joseph and asked him to intercede and save them from a deadly cholera epidemic that swept the city. The Italian Renaissance-style altar was designed to replicate the Altar of St. Ignatius at the Jesuit Gesu Church in Rome.

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

America's largest outdoor shrine, the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, is located 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis in Belleville, Illinois. Founded in 1958, the Shrine is open to people of all faiths. Its amphitheater seats 2,400 people for special Liturgies and other events that occur throughout the year. The Resurrection Garden, the Way of the Cross and the Annunciation Garden are popular stops during visits to the Shrine. The Lourdes Grotto is a replica of the famous Grotto in Lourdes, France. Daily Masses are held in the Church of Our Lady of the Snows. During the year, the shrine hosts a variety of special events including Hispanic and African cultural celebrations, the Our Lady of the Snows Novena and the popular Way of Lights drive through a holiday display that tells the story of the first Christmas with hundreds of thousands of tiny, white lights.

Installation Of New St. Louis Archbishop To Be Broadcast On CatholicTV

On Wednesday, June 10th, CatholicTV will broadcast the installation Mass of Archbishop-elect Robert Carlson from the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. The Mass will air live at 3PM (EST) and will be rebroadcast at 8PM. The installation Mass will also be on at CatholicTV.com.

Archbishop-elect Carlson will be installed by Justin Cardinal Rigali, the Archbishop of Philadelphia and former Archbishop of St. Louis himself. Many American cardinals and bishops will be present for the Mass.

On November 19, 1983, just thirteen years after his ordination to the priesthood, Carlson was named Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis by His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, choosing for his episcopal motto: ANTE CRUCEM NIHIL DEFENSIONIS, (“Before the Cross There is No Defense”)

Interestingly, Archbishop-elect Carlson also served at the University of St. Thomas, where he was a chaplain to the hockey team. As Archbishop, Carlson will be the spiritual leader of 500,000 Catholics in eastern Missouri.

Carlson survived stage-four bladder cancer in the 1990s, having once been told by his doctor to arrange his will in order to prepare for an imminent death. He has undergone a total of seven cancer-related procedures, and partly credited a trip to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima in Portugal for his recovery.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Founder Of The Nation’s Largest Parish-Based Youth Conference To Be Featured on "This Is The Day"

Mike Zak, the founder of the HERE I AM LORD vocation conferences, will appear on the CatholicTV talk show “This Is The Day”. The show “This Is The Day” will stream live at www. CatholicTV.com as well as on CatholicTV (where available) on Friday, June 5th at 10:30AM Eastern.

Also on the show, will be Steve Jubin, Regional Director of Ignatian Volunteer Corps.

Mike Zak is founder and Executive Director of the HERE I AM LORD vocation conferences. The annual conference was started in 2002 on an inspiration that resulted from a teenage girl’s cynical statement that her milestones in life would include college, a job, marriage, and then divorce.

“Her comment struck a chord with me because it spoke of the realities that so many of our young people face: The reality of divorce,” Zak said.

The youth director talked over his concern with another youth minister, who said that the answer lay in teaching others about the idea of vocations – finding one’s God-given calling in life. Zak found himself saying, “Somebody should be doing something about that! Somebody, but not me.”

Despite his reluctance, Zak found himself organizing what would become the nation’s largest parish-based youth conference. The conference features lay persons as well as priests and religious. Held in the Rockford Diocese, the program works with parishes in the nearby Joliet Diocese as well. Attendance for the conferences has been as high as 3,000 plus.

Also on “This is the Day” will be Steve Jubin, Regional Director of Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC). IVC is a program for retired women and men, age 50 and over who minister to the poor while spending formal time reflecting on their ministry. IVC has almost 300 volunteers working in 15 regions across the country. Although IVC was started by 2 Catholic priests, IVC accepts and encourages Ignatian volunteers of all Christian faiths. The program itself is rooted in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.

These guests can be seen on Friday, June 5th live at 10:30AM (EST)

Monday, June 1, 2009

New Catholic Reality Show Hits CatholicTV and Internet in High Definition

Starting in June, CatholicTV will air a new reality show called “House+Home”. “House+Home” is a Catholic reality T.V. show taking viewers into Catholic homes with Catholic families. For the month of June, CatholicTV will air the pilot episode of the new series and also offers the pilot episode in its entirety right now at CatholicTV.com free of charge or obligation.

The pilot episode of House+Home takes viewers into the home of the Richard Family. Although their family looks quite normal from the outside, the show reveals a unique Catholic family with a strong faith.

The pilot episode of “House+Home” includes the extraordinary story of daughter “Alexis” whose parents Michael and Laura talk about during the show. Alexis’ mother Laura talks about how during one of the nightly family prayers, Alexis (who was 2-3 years old at the time) prayed aloud for God “to send her brothers and sisters soon.” Alexis was an only child at this time and Laura tried to explain to Alexis that “God sends a brother or a sister, not both at the same time.” Alexis responded, “no mama, God told me I’m going to have brothers and sisters. God told me in my ear.”

Not long afterwards, to Laura and Michael’s amazement, the couple announced to Alexis that they were expecting triplets, to which Alexis replied “there are 2 boys and one girl”. Laura told Fr. Reed on “House and Home” that Alexis turned out to be correct about the sexes of the triplets.

The pilot episode of House+Home also takes viewers through the ordinary parts of Catholic family life such as work, cooking, and leisure. Michael, the father, even discusses financial challenges and how “Whenever we seem to be in a pinch, just relying on our faith, things happen to come through in the nick of time and it happens more often than not.” The Richards also mention briefly how they home-school their 4 children.

Each episode of “House+Home” is hosted by Director of CatholicTV Fr. Robert Reed. The pilot episode of “House+Home” shows Father Reed interviewing, and even cooking pizza with the Richard family. In the pilot episode of “House+Home”, Fr. Reed interviews all family members including the triplets.

New episodes will be posted on the series page as soon as they hit the air. Below is a link to the “House+Home” web page:

The television schedule for “House+Home” is as follows: Mondays at 11AM (EST); Wednesdays at 8PM; and Friday’s at 1AM. CatholicTV expects to launch the series in September 2009.