Telecare kicks off season with new shows, new technology


The Telecare management team

Uniondale — Telecare’s new season will kick off Columbus Day weekend with returning favorites, new shows, new technology, and an emphasis on the upcoming Year of Faith.

“We have four brand new shows,” said Msgr. James Vlaun, president and CEO of Telecare, the diocesan television station. “The first is a show hosted by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. It’s going to be a television feed of his weekly radio show on the Catholic Channel on Sirius XM.”

“Our second new show is hosted by Cardinal Donald Wuerl from the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. and it’s going to be on the new evangelization,” Msgr. Vlaun continued. A third new show, called Generation Hope, will be hosted by Father Frank Pizzarelli and will feature a group of teens “from many different Catholic and public high schools on Long Island.” It will be an informal, teaching atmosphere “based on the curriculum that the Diocese of Rockville Centre has for students in formation for Confirmation. And then kids can Skype in and e-mail in, so we’re using all the new media that’s available to us, which is kind of exciting.”

“The other new show is called Guided by Grace,” Msgr. Vlaun added. “This is a show that’s going to be hosted by four Catholic women, sort of like a Catholic ‘The View,’ where they utilize their knowledge of their faith to talk about Catholic issues and Catholic news in the country and beyond. It’s really about these four dedicated, educated, spiritual women coming together and sharing with one another. So I think that’s going to be an interesting show.”

“And then all of the fan favorites are back again — the Good News program is in season nine now,” he noted. “We’ve done almost 500 episodes of that show. Season eight of Real Food has been filmed already, and we have a lot of great guests, a lot of celebrity guests.” Bishop Robert Brennan’s show, Bridge Building, will also be returning and “Divine Intervention will be back, too. It’ll be taping in January after our telethon so more kids and families will be available to participate in it.”

“Bishop Murphy has already taped new episodes of his television show Porta Fidei,” Msgr. Vlaun continued. “That’s going to be particularly significant because now we begin the Year of Faith and Bishop Murphy’s show is going to help navigate the diocese through it. So we’re really counting on that show as a resource. All of our shows are going to take a look at the Year of Faith and are going to reflect on the ‘Belong More Deeply’ initiative that we’ll see in the bishop’s new pastoral letter, ‘You too go into the Vineyard.’”

“We’re also going to continue to air all the spiritual things we air all the time, the Masses from St. Agnes Cathedral and the Mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral,” Msgr. Vlaun said. “We received a significant grant from Catholic Health Services to automate all our television operations at St. Agnes Cathedral, which is a great thing, because now we’re going to be able to do the Mass and anything that goes on at St. Agnes with the flip of a switch. So we’re really being able to further bring the goings on of the diocese to the people.”

“A partnership with the Knights of Columbus is affording us an opportunity to work with the National Shrine in Washington, D.C.,” Msgr. Vlaun added, “and we’re going to be providing a number of things there, first and foremost being the Mass Archbishop Lori is celebrating Oct. 14, the Mass and Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty.”

“Another new thing that’s brewing” in the area of new media is “Internet television,” he noted. “We were approached by a provider who does Internet television called Roku. They want us to be the Catholic channel on Roku, so we’re about to join them in the next two weeks. The people who are using Roku are Internet savvy people. These are people who are very comfortable in the world of new media, so we’re bringing the Church to them in a totally new platform, so they can participate. We’re very excited about this.”

Roku “is not only going to have the live Telecare feed that you see on Cablevision or Verizon,” noted Joseph Perrone, Telecare’s general manager. “The Telecare Roku channel is going to have an on demand section, where viewers can go in and go on retreat during Lent, or watch the Daily Mass, pray the rosary when they want, or tune in to an episode they may have missed” of their favorite show. “So it’s going to sort of be your one-stop shop for everything Telecare.”

 “A lot of our new programming comes from a thirst we see throughout the country for Catholic programming that is unfiltered and unmediated,” said Msgr. Vlaun. “We’re finding it more and more difficult, particularly in areas of religious liberty, where you really can’t get unmediated coverage aside from The Long Island Catholic and Telecare. It’s all filtered or it’s not aired at all. So that’s an important thing and we’re proud of that and we’re looking forward to that continuing to grow and develop.”

Telecare can be found on Cablevision Channels 29/137 and Verizon FiOS Channel 296.

Vatican archbishop, major media figures to highlight Telecare luncheon

UNIONDALE — This year’s annual Telecare Award of Excellence Luncheon will be Nov. 8 at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

“We’re really excited about it,” noted Telecare president and CEO Msgr. James Vlaun. The annual luncheon “has a long standing history of being a gathering of people to honor different business, religious, and media folks who have made a tremendous impact on the Church or Catholics through their presence.”

This year, Telecare will honor in the field of religion, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Office For Social Communications; in the field of business, CBS television station president Peter Dunn; and in the field of media, Regis Philbin, who among his credits is the former host of “Live with Regis and Kelly” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Rosanna Scotto, co-anchor of WNYW’s “Good Day New York,” will once again serve as Master of Ceremonies for the luncheon.

Because of the close relationship Telecare continues to grow and develop with the Vatican, explained Msgr. Vlaun, Archbishop Celli “was a very natural person to seek to honor.”

Peter Dunn “grew up in Rockville Centre,” he noted. “A lot of people on Long Island still know him. He’s a wonderful Catholic man who really helps us out and wants Telecare to be involved with CBS, so we’ve been working with him on a number of different projects that in the next year we’ll start to unfold.”

“Regis (Philbin) is somebody I’ve always wanted to honor,” Msgr. Vlaun continued. “I just think he’s a wonderful guy, a legend, and a good Catholic man who’s been very involved in his church and the life of the Church for many years.”

An 11:30 a.m. reception will precede the noontime luncheon Thursday, Nov. 8. For more information about the Telecare Excellence Awards luncheon, including sponsorships, journal advertising, attendance, and/or donations, contact Angelica Ayroso at (516) 538-8704, ext. 148, or development@telecaretv.org.