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February 28, 2010

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McKinney, TX (MetroCatholic) - MetroCatholic, the publisher of MetroCatholic - Dallas/Ft. Worth Edition, just launched a new internet browser toolbar to make accessing both DFW are Catholic news but also quick access to Guadalupe Radio Networks North Texas English language station KATH 910 AM.  The toolbar also allows quick access to social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter as well as email.  Recent headlines from MetroCatholic will appear in a news ticker as well.  Click here to download this free toolbar.

TODAY!!!! Friday, February 26th - Planned Parenthood Fundraising Luncheon Protest - 11:30-12:30

February 26, 2010

Join the annual public witness against Planned Parenthood’s Awards Luncheon in Dallas today, Friday, February 26, at the Hilton Anatole, 2100 Stemmons Frwy at Market Center Blvd, from 11:30-12:30 p.m.  Parking is across the street on Market Center Blvd.  Signs will be furnished or you can bring your own.  For more information, please contact JoAnn Murray, D-CAPP (Dallas-area Coalition Against Planned Parenthood) Coordinator, at 972-442-1127, or [email protected].  Planned Parenthood is the #1 provider of abortions in our country and in the world.  Please pray daily for the conversion of all who work for/associate with this culture of death organization.

Pro Life Film ‘Sarah’s Choice’ has World Premier Feb. 27th on TBN

February 26, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN (MetroCatholic) -  The film, “Sarah’s Choice,” starring Grammy Award winning Christian singer Rebecca St. James in the controversial role of a young single career woman facing the decision of ‘choice’ in the life of her unborn child, will make its’ television debut this Saturday, February 27th on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).

The film will air uncut and commercial free at 9:00 P.M. Pacific/11:00 P.M. Central and will reach the entirety of TBN’s global viewership.

Released this past November by Pure Flix Entertainment, “Sarah’s Choice” has had a major national impact with its’ profound message in support of pro life. St. James herself recently promoted the film on a guesting on the Fox News Network’s “Hannity,” as part of her national media campaign in support of pro life. She is also throughout 2010 set to appear in a series of national speaking/performing events for CareNet and Crisis Pregnancy Center organizations who are showing the film in conjunction with St. James’ appearances.

“Messages have come back to me that through viewings of the film, a number of young women have opted for the choice of life for their babies,” noted St. James in a recent interview. “This is the ultimate success in what we had hoped the movie would achieve,” she added.

An important theme throughout Sarah’s Choice is God’s forgiveness and redemption for those who have had an abortion.

Rebecca felt it was crucial that this message be portrayed. “Obviously everyone wants a redemptive story, but the truth is that 43 percent of child-bearing age women today have abortions-a figure much higher than what most people are aware of,” notes the Australian born singer-turned-actress. “People need to know that there is forgiveness and grace for them in the midst of all.”

Rebecca feels a personal passion for the pro life message. “I have two very dear friends who have had abortions, and have told their stories to me through regretful tears. Their stories impacted my life on a very personal level. I want to be a part of helping other women avoid this pain in their own lives. Life is a beautiful gift from God.”

St. James is thrilled with Saturday’s world premier television airing of the film by TBN. “Knowing the amazing reach of the Trinity Broadcast Network, it will give ‘Sarah’s Choice’ a vast television audience of untold numbers of people,” she noted. “I’m praying it will positivity impact countless hearts and minds on the important issue of pro life.”

“Sarah’s Choice” is available now on DVD at national retail from EMI-CMG Distribution.

Installation Mass of New Bishop of Austin, Texas Will Air on CatholicTV

February 26, 2010

WATERTOWN, MA (MetroCatholic) - On March 8th, CatholicTV will air the installation mass of Bishop Joe S. Vasquez as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, Texas. Bishop Vasquez will be the fifth bishop of Austin and the first Mexican-American to lead the diocese, which is home to approximately 500,000 Catholics.

The installation Mass will air at CatholicTV.com and on CatholicTV at 8PM (Eastern) and will be rebroadcast the following day at noon.

Bishop Vásquez, 52, was ordained as a bishop in January 2002 and has served as Galveston-Houston’s auxiliary bishop since then. Since 2006, Bishop Vasquez has been the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s Vicar General/Chancellor, overseeing the administrative operations of the largest diocese in Texas and the 11th largest diocese in the U.S. He has also served as Episcopal Vicar for Hispanics and he has been the Archdiocesan Liaison for Youth during his years in Galveston-Houston.

Bishop Vasquez studied theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston from 1976 to 1980. He attended the Gregorian University, North American College, in Rome from 1980 to 1985. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of San Angelo on June 30, 1984 by Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza.

Bishop Vásquez succeeds Bishop Gregory Aymond who was appointed Archbishop of New Orleans by Pope Benedict XVI last year.

The installation Mass will also be added to the CatholicTV.com archives and once added, will be viewable anytime without charge. CatholicTV broadcasted many major events in the American Catholic Church in 2009 and 2010. Video footage of these events can be found at http://www.CatholicTV.com/shows/default.aspx?seriesID=111. The CatholicTV.com archives include the Memorial Mass for Servant of God Fulton Sheen with Archbishop Timothy Dolan presiding, the 2009 Eucharistic Congress from Washington, D.C., and much more.

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  

CatholicTV is a nationally-broadcasted television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at www.CatholicTV.com . Heeding Pope Benedict XVI’s call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, the CatholicTV Network features its cable TV station, Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate Mass online; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Scriptures and the Catholic Church on America’s Catholic Television Network.

Catholic Lay Evangelist Gary Zimak Brings ‘Following The Truth’ To Radio!

February 26, 2010

Cinnaminson, New Jersey (MetroCatholic) - As part of a continuing effort to bring the truth of the Catholic Faith to the world, Catholic lay evangelist Gary Zimak is now hosting a weekly radio program, “Following The Truth”. Named after Zimak’s ministry, the radio program is broadcast on WFJS (1260 AM, Trenton, NJ) each Wednesday at 2 PM (Eastern) and is rebroadcast on Saturdays at 10 AM (Eastern). The program can also be listened to live on the Internet at http://www.domesticchurchmedia.org .

The show features guests, music, Catholic teaching and commentary. “My goal is to present the teachings of the Catholic Church in a practical way that can be applied to daily life”, says Zimak. “By using a wide variety of inspirational music, interesting guests and solid Catholic teaching, we are able to assist people in learning their Faith and becoming closer to Christ.” Since going on the air in February of this year, Mr. Zimak has interviewed Catholic personalities such as Pat Ciarrocchi (longtime television news anchor at CBS-3 in Philadelphia) , Contemporary Christian singer, Marty Rotella and Damian Wargo, the co-founder of The King’s Men (a Catholic Men’s Group very active in the war against pornography).

The transition to radio was a logical step for Zimak, who appears as a guest on numerous local and national Catholic radio programs. He observes, “When Jim Manfredonia, the owner of WFJS, approached me with the offer of doing my own weekly radio show, I was ecstatic! Although doing a weekly show is not without its challenges, it provides a way to bring the Catholic message to an even larger audience.”

What’s next for Gary Zimak and his apostolate? “Even though the Lord has blessed my work with great success, there’s still more work to be done. I’d like to do more public speaking at parishes and conferences. I feel it’s important to talk with people face to face and proclaim the Good News of the Catholic Faith. There are still many people who need to experience the peace that comes from knowing Jesus Christ. I’m excited to see what doors the Lord opens for me in the coming months.”

Gary Zimak is the founder of Following The Truth Ministries (http://www.followingthetruth.com ). He uses a combination of Internet resources (Facebook, Twitter, blog, email newsletter) and live talks to bring the faith alive. In addition to his duties with Following The Truth, Mr. Zimak writes for Catholic Exchange and is a frequent guest on EWTN radio’s “Son Rise Morning Show”. He has also been featured on Sirius Radio’s “Seize The Day” with Gus Lloyd and numerous other Catholic radio shows. Gary is a member of Catholics United for the Faith, an officer in the Knights of Columbus, and resides in New Jersey with his wife Eileen and twin daughters, Mary and Elizabeth.

The Nation’s First Men’s Conference From Worcester, MA Will Be Discussed on CatholicTV

February 26, 2010

WATERTOWN, MA (MetroCatholic) - On March 5th, the Worcester, Massachusetts Men’s Conference which started as the nation’s first single-diocese Catholic men’s conference, will be discussed on the CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day”. The 2010 Worcester Men’s Conference will include talks by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Matthew Kelly, Jesse Romero and others.

Msgr. Tom Sullivan, Chancellor of the Worcester Diocese and Angelo Guadagno, Coordinator of the Worcester Men’s Conference will discuss the upcoming conference on This is the Day.

This is the Day airs at 10:30AM ET at CatholicTV.com and on CatholicTV.

More information on the Worcester Men’s Conference is available at http://www.firstmensconf.org  

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/shows/default.aspx?seriesID=72  

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  

CatholicTV is a nationally-broadcasted television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at CatholicTV.com. Heeding Pope Benedict XVI’s call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, the CatholicTV Network features its cable TV station, Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate Mass online; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Scriptures and the Catholic Church on America’s Catholic Television Network.

“This is the Day” can also be seen on demand at www.CatholicTV.com or downloaded via iTunes.com.and SQPN.com The hosts, Father Robert Reed, and Jay Fadden discuss various topics of the week and respond to viewer mail (you may email the show at [email protected] )

Cardinal to Celebrate Mass for Life Marking 15th Anniversary of Pro-Life Encyclical

February 26, 2010

NEW YORK, NY (MetroCatholic) - New York’s Agnus Dei Council of the Knights of Columbus announced today that Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York, will celebrate a Pontifical Mass to mark the 15th anniversary of Evangelium Vitae (“The Gospel of Life”), the pro-life encyclical by Pope John Paul II. Issued on March 25, the day nine months before Christmas when Catholics celebrate the Annunciation to Mary of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ in her womb, the 1995 encyclical condemns murder, abortion and euthanasia.

The Pontifical Mass for Life begins at 7:30 PM at the Church of the Holy Innocents, 128 W. 37th Street, in Manhattan, home to New York City’s Shrine of the Unborn. Before Mass, there will be a Rosary for Life at 7:00 PM. Organist and choirmaster, David J. Hughes, will lead the choir singing Tomas Luis Victoria’s Missa de Beata Mariae Virgine. Edward Cardinal Egan will celebrate the Mass according to the Roman Missal of 1962, the form of the Catholic Church’s Mass before the Second Vatican Council.

According to Richard Janniello, past Grand Knight of the Agnus Dei Council, this is the second year the Knights have sponsored a special Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation. “It was no coincidence that John Paul II issued his great pro-life encyclical on the Feast of the Annunciation and Incarnation. It’s the preeminent pro-life Feast in our Catholic calendar,” he said, “because it reminds us every year that Our Lord’s human life was sacred from the very moment of His conception in the womb, already nine months before His birth.”

Evangelium Vitae explicitly recognizes this link in its concluding paragraphs: “Mary’s consent at the Annunciation and her motherhood stand at the very beginning of the mystery of life which Christ came to bestow on humanity. Through her acceptance and loving care for the life of the Incarnate Word, human life has been rescued from condemnation to final and eternal death.”

The Pontifical Mass for Life also marks an important milestone for the New York Archdiocese. At the request of the Agnus Dei Knights, it will be the first time since the Second Vatican Council that an American Cardinal will celebrate a Pontifical Mass in New York City according to the form in use before the Council. Anthony Ignacio, current Grand Knight of the Agnus Dei Knights, explained “the men of our Council share a special affection for this form of the Mass and His Eminence has shown extraordinary generosity in agreeing to celebrate it in this form for us.”

The Pontifical Mass for Life will be the third Pontifical Mass according to the earlier form celebrated in New York City in the last year. “These Masses have become more common since Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum made the 1962 form available to every priest in the Church,” said Ignacio. Before becoming Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger often celebrated Mass according to the earlier form.

Homeschoolers Launch First Ever Social Network for Christian Families

February 25, 2010

hschoolers.netOVERLAND PARK, Kans., Feb. 25 /Christian Newswire/ — Hschooler.net has launched the first social network that meets the unique desires of Christian parents while providing a fun and safe environment for Christian kids. This new online social network is available at http://hschooler.net. Individual accounts are free on Hschooler.net. By upgrading to a family account, members are able to use all of the available tools and parents are able to control their kids’ access to the site.

Hschooler.net uniquely addresses parents’ concerns with safety and content.

Hschooler.net allows parents to direct what their children can use on the site. Parents can manage the content their kids can access and create. Parents can also choose to approve friend requests, or can give their children that freedom, and can control which friends can see which of their kids’ content. There are no graphical or pop up ads on the site. Simple and relevant text ads appear only on the parent pages.

“I have found that many parents are hesitant to let their children join a social network because of the potential exposure to people the parents don’t know,” Russ McGuire, founder of Hschooler.net shares. “While other sites have marketed to Christian families, we have created the first social network designed from the ground up to empower parents to set boundaries that are appropriate given each child’s maturity.”

Hschooler.net enables kids to stay connected with friends.

Kids can use groups, status updates, in-network e- mail and other features to stay connected with their friends. Using Hschooler.net, Christian kids can socialize with trusted friends that share their faith and values, even if they live on the other side of town or the other side of the world.

“As a pastor, I can see the value of kids staying connected online in an environment where their parents are also directly connected and engaged,” says Pastor Jon Dunning, Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Oak Hills Presbyterian Church. “Hschooler.net is the best social site I have seen that addresses this safety issue.”

Hschooler.net is operated by homeschoolers.

Three homeschooled students run Hschooler.net under the direction of Mr. McGuire. Austin Jacobson is a freshman in high school who is head of marketing. Brian Jacobson, an 8th grader, heads up product development. Kevin McGuire, also an 8th grader, heads up revenue generation.

“I think it’s great for these homeschool students to be learning to run a business with integrity,” said Rick Boxx, President and Founder of Integrity Resource Center.

Fr. Pavone Calls for Public Christian Burial of Aborted Babies

February 25, 2010

STATEN ISLAND, NY, (MetroCatholic) -  Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said today that the 24 bodies of dead babies found in the freezer of a Philadelphia abortion clinic should be given a reverent burial as soon as possible, and that this should be a public event in which people can mourn the loss of these lives.

“The disrespect that the abortion industry has for the human body is seen not only in the fact that they kill these children, but also in how they treat their bodies after death,” Fr. Pavone explained. “It is time now for the bodies of these children to be honored with a dignified burial. It should be a public event, so that our nation will have the opportunity to see that abortion is not an abstraction, and so that people can make up in some fashion for the disrespect with which these children have been treated.”

Fr. Pavone has conducted a number of funerals around the country for children whose bodies were recovered from abortion clinic trash dumpsters. “Next to killing the children, there’s nothing that the abortion industry wants more than to keep the violence hidden. Our responsibility is to expose it,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

One Question from American Catholics for Health Care Summit Participants

February 25, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC (MetroCatholic) - As the White House prepares to host the Blair House Health Care Summit on February 25, 2010, the leadership of Catholic Advocate has one simple question:

“Who will stand up when the cameras are on and oppose abortion funding?”, asks Catholic Advocate President Deal Hudson.

President Obama’s plan, announced Monday, used the Senate passed language as a starting point. Catholic Advocate agrees with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that the Senate language should be unacceptable to American Catholics.

“Repackaging the failed policies of the last 13 months is only progress for the abortion lobby,” added former White House Catholic Liaison and Catholic Advocate Vice President Matt Smith. “American Catholics should be very concerned about the increased funding for community health centers without preventing federal money being used to pay for abortions in those centers.”

Nine Catholic Members of Congress are currently scheduled to participate in the summit:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA - 8th)

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D, NY - 15th)

House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D, CA - 7th)

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Emeritus John D. Dingell (D, MI - 15th)

Vice Chair of House Democratic Caucus Xavier Becerra (D, CA - 31st)

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D, IL)

Democratic Conference Secretary Patty Murray (D, WA)

Senator Chris Dodd (D, CT), Senate Banking Committee Chairman

Senator Tom Harkin (D, IA), Senate HELP Committee Chairman

Recent Commentary by Catholic Advocate on Health Care Reform:

“Play It Again, Sam…Obama-care Still Funds Abortion”
www.catholicadvocate.com/?p=1349 — 02/22/2010

“Boxer Confirms Senate Bill Does Not Restrict Abortion”
www.catholicadvocate.com/?p=778 - 01/19/2010

“Virginia Catholics Take Up Arms Against Obamacare”
www.catholicadvocate.com/?p=711 — 01/14/2010

“Four Things the President and Congress Can Do Right Away on Health Care Reform”
www.catholicadvocate.com/?p=520 - 01/04/2010

Catholic Advocate is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization, including 95,000 members, addressing current ongoing debates about Catholic political participation, and calls upon Catholic voters to support candidates and policies faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Columns by Hudson and Smith on various topics are available at http://www.catholicadvocate.com/ and http://twitter.com/CathAdv

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