Thursday, March 29, 2007

Catholic TV Mass for Houston

I interrupt this report from Israel to share a press release from a non-profit on whose Board I serve, Santa Fe Communications. We are just expanding our TV Mass ministry to Houston (currently air the Mass here in Southern CA). Here is the press release to help get the word out:




Milwaukee, WI, March 2, 2007: On Palm Sunday, April 1, Heart of the Nation will begin broadcasting the Catholic TV Mass in Houston, Texas on KNWS-TV Channel 51 Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Channel 51, a full-power broadcast station, is available free over-the-air on regular TV as well as on local cable systems and satellite TV services. Viewers can check cable and satellite listings to find the correct channel number for “KNWS”.
Heart of the Nation, a Catholic television ministry serving more than 150,000 viewers each week, began broadcasting its Sunday TV Mass on Palm Sunday back in 1984. Bruno John, the Executive Director and son of Harry John, the organization’s founder, stated, “We are so blessed to finally be able to bring the TV Mass to homebound Catholics in Houston, and to premiere it on Palm Sunday, exactly 23 years after my father first launched this Catholic television ministry, is quite exciting!” The need for locally broadcast TV Masses is growing across the country as Dioceses have been cutting back on their television outreach ministries. Heart of the Nation’s mission is to partner with local churches to help serve the sick and elderly who are no longer able to actively participate in parish life.
Joe Maddalena, Ministry Director, said, “We receive hundreds of notes, cards and letters from viewers each month telling us how important the TV Mass is to their spiritual and emotional lives. One viewer recently wrote, ‘I am writing to tell you how much I appreciate your Sunday Mass. I am having health problems now and your Mass is such a comfort to me to know I can attend Mass at home.’ It’s touching and humbling to know we are presenting something so cherished to our elder Catholic brothers and sisters.”
Heart of the Nation is a ministry of Santa Fe Communications, Inc., a nonprofit Catholic media organization founded in 1982. Currently, Heart of the Nation presents the Sunday TV Mass to homebound Catholics in Los Angeles, California and is exploring opportunities for bringing this service to other cities that are currently without a broadcast Mass on local television.
For additional information please contact:
Bruno John
Heart of the Nation
1126 S. 70th Street, Suite N601
Milwaukee, WI 53214

Phone: 1(800) 430-0930

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