When Pope Francis visits Cuba and Mexico City on February 12-17, 2016, DeSales Media will be there to bring you live coverage in English and Spanish.
The Tablet, Currents and Nuestra Voz reporters will be in Mexico City and New York City to provide exclusive commentary throughout the week. They will be joined by leading Catholic journalists and experts including Austen Ivereigh, Fr. Agustino Torres and Fr. Joseph Espaillat, who also contributed to our Pope in Cuba/USA coverage this past September.
Head over to netny.tv/pope-mex-schedule/ for full information on Pope Francis’ trip to Mexico.
This Friday, May 22nd, NET TV’s Gabriel Award-winning series Reel Faith will premiere its sixth summer season. The weekly show, which reviews Hollywood’s biggest films through a Catholic perspective, will be also celebrating its 100th episode this season.
This season’s reviews will include highly-anticipated comic book adaptations like Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” and “Fantastic Four;” big-budget sequels like “Jurassic World,” “Terminator: Genisys,” and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation;” and family fare like Pixar’s “Inside Out,” and DreamWorks Animation’s “Minions.” Reel Faith will also weigh in on a variety of smaller independent films and documentaries.
Today, New Evangelization Television (NET TV) announced it’s new upcoming original program Mission of Love, based on the catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families. Premiering Sunday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m., Mission of Love takes an authentic look into the lives of couples and families: their ups and downs, struggles and joys, laughter and tears. The series explores the mystery of marriage and family life with humor, insight and profundity.
Featuring candid, real-life perspective from married couples, Biblical exegesis from Msgr. John Strynkowski, S.T.D. (Diocese of Brooklyn), and catechetical commentary from Dr. Matthew Sutton, Ph.D. (St. John’s University), Mission of Love unpacks the official preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families in ten unique episodes.
Today, New Evangelization Television (NET TV), announced its special programming for the Christmas Season.
On Saturday, December 20th, A Christmas Variety Special will bring all the fun and entertainment of the season in one hour of holiday cheer. Premiering at 8 p.m, with encores throughout the week, the program will be hosted by actor Anthony Mangano, from the award winning series City of Churches, and co-hosted by comedian Joe Manno, from CBS-TV’s Emmy Award winning Afternoon Special: All In One. A Christmas Variety Special is a family oriented program that features a unique concept in holiday entertainment that is rarely seen on television anymore. Not only does it include popular holiday tunes and humorous comedy sketches, but also traditional religious themes and carols. Guest stars include Lenny Venito from ABC-TV’s hit show The Neighbors, Lou Martini Jr. from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Jimmy Palumbo from HBO’s The Sopranos, Joe D’Onofrio from the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet?, Mario Bosco from ABC-TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, plus a special appearance by Santa Claus.
The local paper, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, has published a report on NET TV’s own Msgr. Jamie and his show, Breaking Bread:
Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello discovered a creative way of blending his vocations of chef and Catholic priest. He does so, joyfully, through teaching and hosting “Breaking Bread,” a weekly program on Catholic NET-TV that celebrates Brooklyn’s richly ethnic neighborhoods. Msgr. Jamie, as he is popularly known, also utilizes his talents, skills and experience in culinary and hotel management. He serves as Administrator of St. Bernard Parish, Mill Basin and as the Vicar for Development for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.
Always actively involved in the church, Msgr. Jamie served as a lector, Eucharistic minister of Communion and retreat team leader starting during his school. But it would be a while before the priesthood became his primary vocation in life. But he did trust the wisdom of God’s timing.
Today, NET TV unveiled its fall lineup that launches with the premiere of an all-new season of Breaking Bread on September 10th. Highlights include the second season of Portraits of Faith, featuring the Sandy Ground Project, a group of firefighters and police officers who built parks and playgrounds in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre; the premiere of the new program Classic with Dan Roebuck, featuring 36 episodes and a variety of guests; returning favorites include Ask the Doctor, Dios Nunca Duerme, In the Arena, and Too Blessed to be Stressed.
This season Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello, a professionally trained chef-turned-priest, returns as host of Breaking Bread. Along with new co-hosts, he cooks up food for the soul in local restaurants across some of the most culturally rich and diverse neighborhoods in New York City. Featured kitchens are Benchmark, Park Slope; Brooklyn Farmacy, Cobble Hill; Damascus Bread Factory, Downtown Brooklyn; Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Coney Island; HahmJi Bach, Flushing; L’albero dei Gelati, Park Slope; Mama Rao’s, Dyker Heights; Uncle Louie G Ice Factory, Staten Island; Yiasou, Sheepshead Bay; and Zum Stammtisch, Glendale. Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.
Fall also marks the return of the popular series Portraits of Faith on September 25th, hosted by Terry Donnellan. The season premiere explores the story of the “Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play” and the construction of 26 playgrounds in the tri-state area. Bill Lavin, founder of “Where Angels Play” foundation, and president of the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association, led the effort to honor and provide lasting and living memorials to the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, the originator of the Pope’s Twitter account, came all the way from the Vatican to speak at the Diocese of Brooklyn’s media conference on World Communications Day.
The archbishop spoke on Thursday at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott about the intersection of social media and faith in today’s world. He called for embracing modern means of communication, and for engaging believers and nonbelievers alike with straightforward language via social media.
Catholics across New York watched the canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII on NET TV in the wee hours of April 27th.
One major gathering on Sunday was at St. Athanasius in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, where the festivities included an overnight viewing, music and prayer, and concluded with a 10 AM mass.
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Stephanie Marie Hanvey, an American Idol contestant and 16-year-old junior at Howell (N.J.) High School, performed her new single, “On a Prayer,” on a special episode of Portraits of Faith that aired Thursday at 8PM.