Monday, June 28, 2010
Singing, Piano-Playing, Priest Who Performed For George and Barbara Bush Will Be Interviewed on Live CatholicTV Talk Show
On July 13, Fr. Vern Decoteau, a talented singer, pianist, and parish Pastor, will be interviewed on the live CatholicTV talk show “This the Day”.
Fr. Vern has performed for former President George and Barbara Bush at their home in Kennebunkport, Maine. The Bush’s met Fr. Vern while he was playing at a hotel in Maine.
This is the Day airs at 10:30AM ET at CatholicTV.com and on CatholicTV. The show is rebroadcast at 7:30PM.
Father Decoteau is a priest of the Diocese of Springfield (MA) and pastor of a Belchertown parish. Fr. Vern has found that his musical talents have been very complimentary to his ministry as a parish priest. Fr. Vern had joked to Barbara Bush that he played to a standing-room-only crowd each week (referring to his parish), after Bush had asked him if he was a professional singer.
Fr. Vern often performs at retirement communities, nursing homes, at parish functions, and of course, at Mass. He is pleased to find that his singing sometimes attracts people who have not been to church in a while.
Fr. Vern has produced several CD’s, including one for the Christmas season and sold enough copies of one CD to pay for a new steeple at his parish.
On June 22nd, Fr. Vern sang, played the piano, and was the featured guest during filming of the show “Going My Way” with host Fr. Chris Hickey and Fr. Paul Rouse. Fr. Vern was the first guest to play the piano on the show in quite some time. This episode will air later this year.
More information about the show “Going My Way can be found at http://www.CatholicTV.com/catholic-comedian.aspx
More information about Fr. Vern and his local parish, St. Francis of Assisi in Belchertown, Massachusetts, can be found at http://www.stfrancisbtown.org/Parish%20Staff.html
Episodes of This is the Day are posted on the site’s archives starting the same night of the broadcast day. All videos at the website are viewable in full-screen. Paste this URL into your browser in order to access the “This is the Day” video archives” http://www.CatholicTV.com/this-is-the-day.aspx
CatholicTV broadcasts across the US on Sky Angel channel 142, and selected cable outlets in New England and in Chattanooga (TN) where CatholicTV is available on FiTV channel 153. To find out where to watch CatholicTV visit: http://www.CatholicTV.com/schedule/where-to-watch.aspx
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