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Friday, March 27, 2020

EWTN Holy Week Press Release

EWTN’s Holy Week Schedule 


Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network is here for you during and after the coronavirus pandemic with Masses and other devotions – especially as we prepare to enter the most important week of the year: Holy Week and Easter. The following is the schedule of Masses and a few important devotions. Please click EWTN Holy Week Schedule for the complete listing of events. (Note: Events are subject to change. Please check our schedule at the link above for updates.)

 Events on EWTN can be viewed on television, online, via the free EWTN app, and more. For all the many ways to access EWTN, please go to https://www.ewtn.com/everywhere/online 

Holy Thursday:
  • Chrism Mass in Rome with Pope Francis: Airs 3:30 a.m. ET and 8 a.m. ET
  • Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper From Rome: 11 a.m. ET
  • Choral Meditations and Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 5:30 p.m. ET, live from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 10:30 p.m. ET, live from Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA.

              Good Friday:
  • Walk the Way of the Cross: San Giovanni Rotondo: 10 a.m. ET
  • St. Faustina’s Way of the Cross at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy: 2 p.m. ET
  • Choral Meditations and Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: 2:30 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET, live from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
  • Way of the Cross From Rome: 8 p.m. ET
  • Celebration of the Lord’s Passion from Rome: Live at 11 a.m. ET and Midnight ET

Holy Saturday:
  • Way of the Cross From Rome: 5:30 a.m. ET
  • Easter Vigil Mass From Rome: 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Easter Vigil Mass: 8 p.m. ET, from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
  • Easter Vigil Mass: 11 p.m. ET, live from Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA. (3 hours)

Easter Sunday:
  • Solemn Mass of Easter Sunday From Rome: 4 a.m. ET (120 min.)
  • Urbi Et Orbi: Message and Blessing - Easter: 6 a.m. ET and 9 p.m. ET
  • Sunday Mass: 8 a.m. ET and Midnight ET, from Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale, AL with the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. (80 min.)
  • Easter Sunday Mass: Noon ET, from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (90 min.)
  • Louisville Chorus - In Exaltation: 1:30 p.m. ET and 11:30 p.m. ET
  • Sunday Vespers With Benediction: 6 p.m. ET, from Our Lady of the Angels Chapel with the Franciscan Friars of the Eternal Word.
  • Solemn Mass of Easter Sunday from Rome: 7 p.m. ET
         EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 38th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 global TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 350 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; one of the largest Catholic websites in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

EWTN Introduces Radio Essentials



Introducing EWTN Radio Essentials
A Spiritual Powerhouse for Listeners in this Difficult Time

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network announces the launch of EWTN Radio Essentials.

“To assist listeners struggling to cope with the closing of so many churches due to the coronavirus pandemic, EWTN has temporarily transformed EWTN Radio Classics into EWTN Radio Essentials, a one-stop source for Mass and devotions,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “On this channel, listeners will have the opportunity hear Mass eight times per day beginning at 8 a.m. ET. As people of faith know, prayer is what will get us all through this difficult time.”

Between Masses, listeners can join in various devotions, such as the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Angelus, St. Michael’s Chaplet, and more. The schedule also includes programs featuring the wisdom of spiritual icons like Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Father Groeschel, Fr. Andrew Apostoli, Fr. George Rutler, and, of course, Mother Angelica.

You can find both EWTN Global Catholic Radio and EWTN Radio Essentials by downloading the EWTN app and clicking on “Live Streams” and then scrolling down to either “Listen Live – EWTN Radio” or “Listen Live – Radio Essentials.” Alternatively, you can access the channel online, by going to www.ewtn.com, clicking on Radio at the top of the page, then “Listen Live,” and finally click on “United States” where you will see a drop-down menu with “Radio Essentials.”

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 38th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 global TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 300 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; one of the largest Catholic websites in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division.



EWTN Press Release: Statement On Appointment of Bishop Steven J. Raica as Bishop of Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama



EWTN Statement On Appointment of
Bishop Steven J. Raica as Bishop of Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama

Irondale, AL (EWTN) –  Below is the statement by Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network, on the appointment of Bishop Steven J. Raica as Bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama:

“Today’s announcement of the appointment of Bishop Steven J. Raica as the fifth Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama comes as very good news in a very difficult time.  I congratulate Bishop Raica on his appointment.  I also look forward to welcoming him to our EWTN campus in Irondale and sharing with him the great work of evangelization that EWTN is doing around the world.  I want to assure Bishop Raica of our prayers and support for him as he assumes his new ministry in the Diocese of Birmingham.”

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 38th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 global TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 300 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; one of the largest Catholic websites in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division. 


Thursday, March 19, 2020

EWTN Press Release: Looking For Mass And Adoration? EWTN Is There For You



Looking For Mass And Adoration? EWTN Is There For You

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – As the coronavirus outbreak affects an increasing number of people around the world, many dioceses and parishes have taken the extraordinary measure of cancelling the celebration of public Masses. In other cases, they have dispensed the elderly and those with health issues from their Sunday obligation.

"During this extraordinary time in which people around the world are experiencing so much fear and anxiety, I invite Catholics and people around the world to tune into EWTN for live broadcasts of the Mass at 8 a.m. ET every day from Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale, Alabama," said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. [Encores air at noon ET, 7 p.m. ET, and midnight ET]. "The mission of EWTN is to bring the light of Christ to a world starved for Truth. My prayer is that, during these dark days, people will be able to find hope through our programming."

Watch on TV or streaming live here. Missed the live stream? Get today's daily readings and homily at this link.

The Mass can also be heard via EWTN's radio affiliates, on SIRIUS/XM Channel #130, online at this link, and live on EWTN's Facebook page at 8 a.m. ET here.

Click here to quickly discover the channel on which to find EWTN on your local cable or satellite provider, and here to find the television schedule. Note: While on the aforementioned television schedule link, viewers outside the U.S. should click on "United States" to see a drop down menu of EWTN's TV schedules via satellites around the world. Click here to find the EWTN Radio schedule.

In addition to the Mass, EWTN has begun offering viewers the opportunity for Adoration of Our Lord, both on-air and on social media, via a live feed from Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale. In the U.S., adoration will immediately follow the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at approximately 3:20 p.m. ET and remain on-air for about 10 minutes. However, viewers can adore Our Lord from 8 a.m. ET (just after daily Mass) to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, via EWTN’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ewtnonline

For all of the myriad ways to access EWTN, please go to EWTN Everywhere. Our family of news and social media sites includes EWTN's Facebook page, which frequently broadcasts various programs, including the Mass and other devotionals, as well as links to other helpful resources.

Editor's Note: Dioceses or parishes who would like to share EWTN’s daily Mass on their Facebook page are welcome to send an email with this request to dcowden@ewtn.com. We will be happy to set up a crossposting relationship. Diocesan Communications Directors who would like to embed an EWTN player on their websites in order to stream Daily Mass should contact their respective EWTN Marketing Manager or twenzel@ewtn.com.

EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 38th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 global TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 300 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; one of the largest Catholic websites in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division.


Saint Joseph


March 19th - Patron of the Universal Church 

St. Joseph, the pure spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster father of our Blessed Lord, was descended from the royal house of David. He is the "just man" of the New Testament, the lowly village carpenter of Nazareth, who among all men of the world was the one chosen by God to be the husband and protector of the Virgin Mother of Jesus Christ, God Incarnate. To his faithful, loving care was entrusted the childhood and youth of the Redeemer of the world.

After the Mother of God, not one of the children of men was ever so gifted and adorned with natural and supernatural virtues as was St. Joseph, her spouse. In purity of heart, in chastity of life, in humility, patience, fortitude, gentleness and manliness of character, he reveals to us the perfect type and model of the true Christian.

Poor and obscure in this world's possessions and honors, he was rich in grace and merit, and eminent before God in the nobility and beauty of holiness. Because St. Joseph was the representative of the Eternal Father on earth, the divinely appointed head of the Holy Family, which was the beginning of the great Family of God, the Church of Christ, on December 8, 1870, the Vicar of Jesus Christ, Pope Pius IX solemnly proclaimed the foster father of Jesus, Patron of the Universal Church, and from that time his feast has been celebrated on March 19th as a feast of high rank. In some places it is observed as a holy day of obligation.

Devotion to St. Joseph, fervent in the East from the early ages, has in later times spread and increased in such a marvelous way that in our day the Catholics of all nations vie with one another in honoring him. Besides the feast of March 19th there is another feast called the "Patronage of St. Joseph", which is celebrated in the more joyous Easter time. It was formerly observed on the third Sunday after Easter, but it is now celebrated with the octave on the Wednesday before the third Sunday after Easter, and its title is "The Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Patron of the Universal Church."

From his throne of glory in heaven, St. Joseph watches over and protects the Church militant, and no one who calls on him in need ever calls in vain. He is the model of a perfect Christian life and the patron of a happy death. His patronage extends over the Mystical Body of Christ, over the Christian family, the Christian school, and all individuals who in their need appeal to his charity and powerful intercession, especially in the hour of death; for he who, when dying, received the affectionate ministry of his foster Son, Jesus, and his Virgin spouse, Mary, may well be invoked and trusted to obtain for us poor sinners the mercy of God and the grace of a peaceful and holy death.

Prayer: We beseech You, O Lord, that we may be assisted by the merits of the Spouse of Your Most Holy Mother, so that what we cannot obtain by our own power may be given to us through his intercession. Amen. 


Source: "Lives...of the Saints; for every day of the year", Catholic Book Publishing Co., New York, June 1, 1955.






Friday, March 13, 2020

Notice to Catholics from the Diocese of Norwich, CT

Reposted from: https://www.norwichdiocese.org/Stay-Informed/All-Diocesan-Articles/ID/3084/General-Dispensation-Granted-and-Precautions-Taken-in-Response-to-COVID-19coronavirus 


General Dispensation Granted and Precautions Taken in Response to COVID-19(coronavirus)

 Posted on March 12, 2020 in: News


The following is a summarized version of a letter emailed to the clergy of the Diocese on Monday March 9th. 

In light of the general concern about the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Bishop Michael R. Cote has granted a general dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for those who are ill or experiencing symptoms of illness. Anyone experiencing symptoms are not obliged to attend Mass, and out of charity they ought not attend. 
As a reminder, the precautionary measures that were put in place at the beginning of the flu season are still in effect.
  • The Sign of Peace and the distribution of the Precious Blood are suspended until further notice. 
  • Communicants may be encouraged to receive in their hands rather than on the tongue. However, as has been made clear by the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments in its Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum (25 March, 2004) “each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue” (n. 92)
Public Masses ARE NOT being cancelled at this time
Bishop Cote has asked that you join him in praying for an end to this illness around the world as well as for those who are suffering with it.

Should you have any questions regarding these precautions at Mass or other parish events please speak with your pastor.

The Diocese of Norwich is continually monitoring this developing situation, consulting with health care professionals and experts when appropriate. We will update you as changes warrant. 





Tuesday, March 10, 2020

1896 Goffine's Devout Instructions: The Holy Ghost

Holy Ghost – Holy Spirit 


Why is the Holy Ghost called a spirit, and the Holy Spirit?

Because He proceeds from the Father and the Son, and is as it were, the Spirit of the Father and the Son. 

What does the Holy Ghost effect in men?

He renews their hearts, by cleansing them from sin, by imparting to them the sanctification and likeness to God gained through Christ, together with all these supernatural gifts and graces by which they can become holy and happy, and bring forth in them wonderful fruits of sanctity. 

Which are these gifts of the Holy Ghost? 

The seven following:
1) The gift of wisdom, which teaches us to value the heavenly more than the earthly, infuses in to us a longing for the same, and points out to us the right means to salvation.

2) The gift of understanding, which enlightens us to rightly understand the mysteries and doctrines of our holy religion.

3) The gift of counsel in doubtful cases, which enables us to know what to do or omit, and what to advise others. This gift is particularly necessary for superiors, for those who are changing their state of life, and for those who are entangled in perplexing and unfortunate marriage relations.

4) The gift of fortitude, which banishes all timidity and human respect, strengthens a man to hate sin, and steadfastly to practice virtue; preferring contempt, temporal loss, persecution, and even death, to denying Christ by word or deed.

5) The gift of knowledge, by which the Holy Ghost enlightens us with an inner light, that we may know ourselves, the snares of self-love, of our passions, of the devil, and of the world, any may choose the fittest means to overcome them.

6) The gift of piety and devotion, which infuses into us veneration for God and divine things, and joy in conversing with Him.

7) The gift of the fear of God, that childlike fear, which dreads no other misfortune than that of displeasing God, and which accordingly flees sin as the greatest evil.


Source: Goffine’s Devout Instructions, page 242-243, Copyright, 1896 by the Benziger Brothers, New York.


In Christ, 

Julie 


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