Here is a report from the Deacon's Bench about a TV station preaching the Good News from New York City. This is one way that you can fight the apathy or animus towards God in our society.
The good folks at the National Catholic Register have done a story about my station NET:You don't have to live in New York to watch much of the programming. We have the internet folks, and YouTube, and Pod Casts. Check it out.
When the Brooklyn, N.Y., Diocese decided to launch a new faith-based cable TV channel to replace their Prayer Channel, they had no trouble with the name: New Evangelization Television (NET-TV).Check out the rest. Your Humble Blogger makes a cameo appearance.
"I have to start by thanking our late Holy Father John Paul II," says the station's general manager, Christopher Quinn. "We built a channel on the name he chose." From the get-go, Quinn was inspired by John Paul II's directive: "I sense the moment has come to commit all the Church's energies to the New Evangelization."
Besides, Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DeMarzio has stated two personal goals that NET-TV also adopted: to be present to the people and to implement the New Evangelization for his diocese. Launched in December 2008, NET-TV is fulfilling both goals with its 24/7 programming on two of the area's cable channels plus live and on-demand Internet viewing.
While the station broadcasts daily Mass from the Cathedral of St. James and the Rosary several times a day, it also carries an array of programming.
Among the lineup of series is the highly watched "Currents," the first-ever Catholic daily news show; "Mysteries of the Church," the second most-popular series; "iCTHuS.eQ" for youth, with contemporary Christian music videos (many local) and interviews with Catholic musicians; "Classic Cinema," with family-friendly, faith-based movies; children's shows like "BJ Teddy Bear Club and Bible Stories" and "Cherub Wings"; and local shows that explore New York's churches, food, culture and neighborhoods. The streets of New York are one of NET-TV's "studios."
Quinn explains the rationale for this eclectic programming: "Jesus reached out to prostitutes, so this is our way to go to those who are disenfranchised." Quinn calls the overall approach the same Gospel, "but put it in a new, fresh way to evangelize."