NET TV Announces Special Christmas Programming

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.

On Christmas Eve, NET TV’s cooking show Breaking Bread will feature a special episode as host Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, the Vicar for Development for the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Administrator of St. Bernard Parish in Mill Basin, cooks and feeds people in need. The episode takes place at CHIPS (Park Slope Christian Help), a community of Brooklyn neighbors, volunteers, and friends who share a common spiritual vision in aiding those in need. Join Monsignor Jamie on December 24th at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. in a presentation that unwraps the meaning behind the season.

Also on December 24th, NET TV will present A Christmas Concert With Daniel Rodriguez. America’s beloved tenor, recording artist, and former NYPD police officer, also known as “the singing cop” for his inspirational and healing music in the aftermath of 9/11, will perform selections from his new CD “A Glorious Christmas,” his very first Christmas album. The performance was recorded live on the front steps of the beautifully restored Holy Name of Jesus Church in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, and will premiere on Christmas Eve at 7:30 p.m.

For a complete schedule including show encores, please visit NET TV’s website

NET TV is a cable network featuring news and information with a Catholic point of view, and is available in the New York area on Time Warner Cable, channel 97, Cablevision, channel 30, and nationally on Verizon FIOS on Demand. Viewers can also watch the programming live on NET TV’s website at

Apostolado Mexicano Honrará a la Virgen De Guadalupe Con Tradicional Peregrinación

El Apostolado Mexicano de la Diócesis de Brooklyn llevará a cabo el tradicional peregrinaje Antorcha Guadalupana este viernes 12 de diciembre para conmemorar el Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe.

Monseñor Nicholas DiMarzio, Obispo de Brooklyn, dará inicio a las celebraciones con la Santa Misa, a las 12 p.m. en la Co-Catedral de San José – 856 Pacific Street, Prospect Heights. La homilía será ofrecida en español por Monseñor Octavio Cisneros, Obispo Auxiliar de Brooklyn. Inmediatamente después de la Misa, los clérigos bendecirán las antorchas que serán encendidas a los pies de la Co-Catedral de San José, para proseguir con la peregrinación a las parroquias participantes de Brooklyn y Queens. Los peregrinos llevarán las antorchas a sus parroquias correspondientes, al son de cánticos y oraciones de amor y paz.

El evento local titulado “La Luz de Cristo” es producto del llamado de unidad de Monseñor DiMarzio, quien ha luchado por integrar a la comunidad Mexicana de la diócesis. La Diócesis de Brooklyn comprende los condados de Brooklyn y Queens.

“Nos reuniremos nuevamente para celebrar y honrar a Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. La devoción incondicional de nuestros feligreses mexicanos hizo que fuese necesario una celebración oficial. Todos juntos como familia diocesana llevaremos las antorchas, las cuales representan la luz del Espíritu Santo en nuestras vidas”, señaló Monseñor DiMarzio.

La peregrinación de este año corresponde a la segunda ocasión en que los católicos de Brooklyn y Queens se reúnen para conmemorar a la Virgen de Guadalupe en una celebración oficial diocesana. Con la participación de 31 parroquias, se espera que la Misa inicial reciba a más de 1.000 devotos.

“Reunir y coordinar estas parroquias ha sido un trabajo del apostolado que, por dos años, ha visitado periódicamente cada una de ellas, proporcionando catequesis, evangelizando a la comunidad mexicana, dando signos de comunión. Si bien para nosotros es muy simbólico celebrar juntos a la Virgen de Guadalupe, procuramos hacerlo con conocimiento al mismo tiempo en que crecemos en la Fe”, indicó el padre Jorge Ortíz-Garay, director del Apostolado Mexicano de la Diócesis de Brooklyn

De acuerdo a los resultados del último censo, cerca de 200.000 mexicanos viven en Brooklyn y Queens. “Al encender estas antorchas llevaremos la Luz de Cristo por las calles de nuestros barrios. Es una forma de evangelizar y reconocer a nuestra comunidad”, agregó.

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El Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe es celebrado cada 12 de diciembre, en conmemoración de su aparición de 1531 ante un indígena mexicano. Ella es considerada Patrona de México, Emperatriz de las Américas y la Estrella de la Nueva Evangelización.

Mexican Apostolate to Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe With Traditional Torch Pilgrimage

On Friday, December 12, the Mexican Apostolate of the Diocese of Brooklyn will hold a traditional torch pilgrimage commemorating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will start the celebration with Holy Mass at 12 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Prospect Heights. He will be joined by Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros, who will deliver the Spanish homily. Following Mass, the torches will be blessed and lit up on the front steps of the Co-Cathedral before the pilgrimage proceeds to the different participating parishes throughout Brooklyn and Queens. The pilgrims will carry the torches as they sing, pray and spread messages of hope and love on their way back to their parishes.

The event, locally titled “Light of Christ,” is a response to Bishop DiMarzio’s call for unity in the Mexican community of the Diocese, which includes the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.

“We will reunite again to celebrate and honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. The unconditional devotion and faithfulness of our Mexican parishioners called for an official celebration. Together as a Diocese, we will carry the torch representing the light of the Holy Spirit in our lives,” said Bishop DiMarzio.

This year’s pilgrimage marks the second time that Catholics from Brooklyn and Queens will gather together to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe in an official diocesan celebration. With 31 participating parishes, the initial Mass is expected to receive more than 1,000 devotes.

“Coordinating this with the participating parishes has been an ongoing effort of the Apostolate who, for two years, has periodically visited each one of them, providing catechesis, evangelizing the Mexican community and offering signs of communion. Although for us it is very meaningful to celebrate together Our Lady of Guadalupe, we try to do so with knowledge while we grow in Faith” said Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay, director of the Mexican Apostolate of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

According to the 2010 National Census and the 2013 American Community Survey, there are nearly 200,000 Mexicans living in Brooklyn and Queens. “By lighting these torches we will carry Christ’s Light through the streets of our neighborhoods. It is our way of evangelizing and recognizing our community,” added Father Jorge.

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The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated every year on December 12, to commemorate the anniversary of her 1531 apparition before an indigenous peasant in Mexico City. She is considered the Patroness of Mexico and the Continental Americas.

Press Release: New Christmas Campaign Aims to Extend Catholic Welcome in Brooklyn and Queens

See the entire Christmas campaign.
See the entire Christmas campaign.

On Dec. 2, the Diocese of Brooklyn launched a new advertising campaign encouraging people to return to Mass. The campaign showcases different messages inviting people of Brooklyn and Queens to join their closest church.

“By coming among us as a man, God expresses His solidarity with humanity. Christmas is that time of year when we celebrate that great generosity of God by recommitting ourselves to one another,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.

The campaign includes a series of print ads and 30-second radio messages focusing on its main theme: “Join us this Christmas.” The posters will be advertised in multiple languages to meet the needs of each neighborhood.

“New York is an exciting place to live. Yet for some it can also be lonely. We launched this campaign to remind our neighbors that they are not alone, that we are family,” said Monsignor Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn.

“These creative ads are our response to Pope Francis’ call for a Church of mercy and hope, ‘where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven’,” added Bishop DiMarzio.

The Diocese of Brooklyn, which also encompasses the borough of Queens, serves more than 1.4 million Catholics. Due to its multicultural and diverse populations, Masses are regularly held in 33 different languages across the Diocese, throughout 187 parishes with 213 churches.

Stefanie Gutierrez

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New Christmas Campaign Aims to Extend Catholic Welcome in Brooklyn and Queens

On Dec. 2, the Diocese of Brooklyn launched a new advertising campaign encouraging people to return to Mass. The campaign showcases different messages inviting people of Brooklyn and Queens to join their closest church.

A slideshow of the ads is below, and the complete press release is here. Scroll down for downloadable, high-resolution images of the ads.

Click here to view the extensive media coverage this campaign received.



Click the images below to download high-resolution posters: 

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Futures in Education Raises Record Amount Benefitting Impoverished Students of Brooklyn and Queens

On Tuesday, October 14th, Futures in Education, the scholarship fund of the Diocese of Brooklyn, hosted its annual Scholarship Fund Dinner at the Grand Ballroom of The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Manhattan, raising a record of over $2.2 million in scholarships for the deserving students of low-income families of Brooklyn and Queens to attend Catholic elementary schools and academies.

The dinner, the biggest event of the year for the non-profit organization, welcomed more than a thousand guests.

“Your generosity has a goal, and the goal is to help our children in Brooklyn and Queens. I thank you personally from the bottom of my heart for this wonderful show of support for our mission,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.

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NET TV to Provide LIVE Coverage of Father Benedict Groeschel’s Funeral

On Friday, October 10th, New Evangelization Television (NET TV) will provide live coverage of the Funeral Mass of Father Benedict Groeschel. The service will be broadcast from the Cathedral Basilica of Sacred Heart of the Archdiocese of Newark at 11 a.m. EST.

Born Robert Peter Groeschel in 1933 in Jersey City, N.J, Father Groeschel took the name Benedict when he entered the Capuchin Franciscan order in 1951. In 1987, he and seven other Capuchin friars founded the Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a traditional group focused on serving the poor in New York City and Yonkers. He passed away Friday, October 3rd, at St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Totowa, N.J., at the age of 81.

“The Catholic Church has lost a great leader. We will always remember Father Groeschel’s humbleness and great humor, as well as his devotion to help those in need,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.

The Funeral Mass will be broadcast live on NET TV and streamed on NET TV is a cable network featuring news and information with a Catholic point of view, and is available in the New York area on Time Warner Cable, channel 97, Cablevision, channel 30, and nationally on Verizon FiOS on Demand.

NET TV to Provide Live Coverage of First Beatification in United States

Beatification_massSaturday, October 4th, New Evangelization Television (NET TV) will broadcast live the Beatification of the Venerable Miriam Teresa Demjanovic from the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Newark.

“This is the first beatification to take place in the United States, ever,” said Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark. “In recent years, there has been an effort by the Vatican to bring these important liturgies to the actual countries where the saints are from,” he explained.

Venerable Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovic was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, in 1901. She lived her religious life in the Garden State where she attended public schools, graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth and entered the community of Sisters of Charity, both in in Convent Station, Morristown, NJ. She died in 1927 when she was only 26 years of age.

The liturgy will follow an official format provided by Rome, the same one performed in St. Peter Square in the Vatican City, and will be presided over by Angelo Cardinal Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints from Rome. The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will concelebrate.

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Catholic Radio Arrives in New York City

Desales-RRThanks to support from DeSales Media Group, Relevant Radio is now available in the greater New York City area via the acquisition of WNSW 1430 AM. Relevant Radio is the nation’s largest independent Catholic radio broadcasting network, and will reach an additional 16 million people through 1430 AM, which joins 35 other stations in the network for a total audience reach of 48.6 million people.

“In the tri-state area, almost 45 percent of the people are Catholics. We have potential for a lot of listeners. I am sure they will find a place of learning and understanding in Relevant Radio,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, when giving his blessing to the radio station.

“We are thrilled to be in the nation’s number one media market,” said Father Francis J. Hoffman, Executive Director of the 14 year-old network which is based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. “Our mission has always been to help people bridge the gap between faith and everyday life, and we look forward to expanding our message to a new audience.”

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Opera Singers Interpret Ongoing Middle East Conflict at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph

MIA PHOTO 1On Friday, September 26th, the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific St. in Prospect Heights, will be home to a new opera series by the vibrant indie company Opera Oggi New York.

Made in America is a set of one-act operas with storyline, text and music by Thomas Lawrence Toscano, founder of the singer-run company. The opera mini-series will bring some of New York City’s most exciting young opera singers to produce what has been described as a truly captivating performance.

The Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph invited the independent company to perform Made in America, Episode 1: The Interview. “It is a great initiative. We wanted to help this great group of talented musicians raise awareness on the current crisis of the Middle East. As a welcoming Church, we support all types of artistic expressions that share our same concerns,” said Monsignor Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Rector of the Co-Cathedral.

The opera performance will tell the story of two women: Anat, a Jewish woman living in West Jerusalem, and Alzubra, a Muslim woman converted from a Presbyterian Maryland upbringing now living in East Jerusalem. After meeting, they realize they share a dual tragedy, one with life bonding similarities. As their friendship grows, they discover that they both have lost two young children each to the violence around them. In their grief they decide to create an organization called Mu-Je-Lif, Muslim and Jewish Women for Life. Concerned, but, not overly so, the U.S. Dept. of Defense sends a journalist, a Public Affairs Officer on leave in the Holy Land, to hear their story. What follows, The Interview, transforms all three of them as it unfolds to its deeply powerful conclusion.

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