The Diocese of Raleigh is re-starting production of Catholic Perspective, a half-hour Diocesan communication and evangelization initiative, that will provide news, information, interviews and feature stories on events, activities and ministries in the Diocese. The program will be broadcast on Time-Warner Cable Channels that provide outlets for local programming. (List below.) The program will also be available each week on the Diocesan web site. It should be noted that download time will depend upon your computer and your Internet provider.
In a letter to the faithful in the Diocese, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge noted how Pope Benedict XVI is encouraging the Church to use all media resources in service to the Gospel. “This latest initiative,” the Bishop wrote, “will greatly assist us in communicating the truth of our faith and its living presence among the faithful of our Diocese.”
The program is being funded through the annual Catholic Communication Campaign Collection, which is conducted in May. Another initiative funded by the collection is “La Voz Catolica,” one of the longest running Diocesan Spanish language programs in the country. The Diocese will begin production of an English language radio program within a few weeks. The two radio programs and the television program will be available each week on the Diocesan web site and, in a few weeks, via podcast.
The first program, which airs this week and will be re-broadcast the week of February 13, features Bishop Burbidge reviewing pro-life events that took place in Raleigh and Washington, D.C. in January, including the Diocesan Mass for Life and the N.C. Mass for Life, which was celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine. The program that will be broadcast the week of February 20 will focus on Catholic schools in the Diocese of Raleigh.
Catholic Perspective will air in Raleigh on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. on Cable Channel 22; in Durham on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. on Cable Channel 8; in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. on Cable Channel 8; and in Greenville on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. on Cable Channel 69.
The program will air on the Time-Warner Faith on Demand Channel in Craven, New Hanover, Brunswick, Onslow and Pender Counties, allowing viewers to watch at any time during the week. The first program on the Faith on Demand Channel will be available on Wednesday, February 9.