June 27th, 2008 21:16 EST
CatholicTV July Programming Highlights
"Going My Way" is CatholicTV`s hit variety series with Father Chris Hickey, "the Jay Leno of Catholic television" (Patriot Ledger). Each week, he interviews a guest priest in a comedic q & a. Then they join Father Paul Rouse for a musical segment where the guest shares his singing "talent". The week leading up to July 4th, Father Matt Williams, Boston`s "New Evangelization" priest, is the guest. Father Chris and Father Matt talk about their WYD 2008 pilgrimage and the three priests perform patriotic songs.
Everyday from July 15-20 is World Youth Day, as CatholicTV will bring live and same-day coverage from Australia. See Pope Benedict XVI`s aquatic arrival in Australia and all the major events. Rebroadcasts of this year`s events will be shown daily along with highlights from World Youth Days` past. All this year`s events will be available as video on demand (VOD) on Verizon FiOS and at CatholicTV.com.
CatholicTV live talk show, "This Is The Day" will feature reports from Australia. On-site coverage features Father Hickey reporting from all the major sites with pilgrims from the U.S. and Canada. Each event will feature commentary from Father Robert Reed, Jay Fadden and guests in the CatholicTV studios.
CatholicTV World Youth Day 2008 Event Coverage (all times Eastern):
Tuesday, July 15
"This Is The Day" (10:30 a.m.)
Opening Mass (noon and 8 p.m.)
Thursday, July 17
Papal Arrival and Welcoming Ceremony (noon and 8 p.m.)
Friday, July 18
"This Is The Day" (10:30 a.m.)
Stations of the Cross (noon and 8 p.m.)
Saturday, July 19
Vigil with Pope Benedict XVI (noon)
Final Mass celebrated by the Pope (6 p.m.) Sunday, July 20
Final Mass rebroadcast (noon)
"This Is The Day" is CatholicTV`s signature talk show and airs live at 10:30 every Tuesday and Friday with rebroadcasts all week. Father Robert Reed and Jay Fadden host with Kevin Nelson providing news and events. Segments including interviews with Catholics from around the world and around the corner, cooking, trivia and music. The show is available for free at itunes or www.sqpn.com. Every episode, along with all of CatholicTV original programming is available VOD at CatholicTV.com.
Other CatholicTV July Programming Highlights
"Blink" features multiple hosts offering short segments on various topics from the sacraments to prayer life and the saints. The newest segment on "Blink" is Father David O`Leary`s "Catholic Citizenship". In this election year, Father O`Leary`s segments aim to inform about the foundation of Catholic moral and social teachings on voting and political life.
In July, CatholicTV celebrates its first anniversary of broadcasting from their Watertown, MA headquarters, the Monsignor Francis T. McFarland Television Center. "Fr. Frank" passed away July 17, 2001. On Thursday, July 17, CatholicTV will remember Fr. Frank beginning at 10 a.m. with a special edition our series "The Rosary" with him and three other specials until noon when our WYD coverage resumes. General Manager Jay Fadden said, "July 17 is an important day every year at CatholicTV. To be able to have a day we remember Fr. Frank and celebrate with the Pope and thousands of young Catholics from Australia is an a truly amazing day."
CatholicTV provides family-friendly religious, news, and educational programming 24 hours daily. Founded over fifty years ago, CatholicTV`s programming is available on selected cable systems including Comcast, RCN, Sky Angel IPTV, and Verizon FiOS and anytime, anywhere at CatholicTV.com. For more information, visit www.CatholicTV.com. Father Robert Reed, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, is the Director of CatholicTV.