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Diocese of Rockville Centre

Uniondale, New York, October 2, 2006 –Telecare, the television station of the Diocese of Rockville Centre (Cablevision channel 29), will launch five new shows in its latest fall schedule which begins the week of October 1, 2006.

Fresh off receiving three Telly awards in 2006 for outstanding local cable television programs, Telecare will now air Real Food, Divine Intervention, Bridge Building, Reasons for Hope and Telecare Live.

Real Food will feature station CEO Father Jim Vlaun cooking and talking tradition, family, and faith with an array of guest chefs, including comedian Dom Deluise and former N.Y. Mets pitcher John Franco.

Divine Intervention, a Catholic game show complete with a celestial-themed set, will feature Father Joseph DeGrocco hosting two teams as they answer questions about the Catholic faith and pop culture in an attempt to win prizes. Father DeGrocco is also a professor at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington.

Bridge Building introduces the culture and traditions of Latinos in the Long Island community by taking an in depth look at a different Latin American country each week. Monsignor Robert Brennan, vicar general of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, will host this program along with a Spanish speaking co-host as it looks to focus on the universality of the Catholic faith.

Telecare Live will be the first live weekly program in Telecare’s 39-year history. The program will be a news update offering local, national, and global perspectives on Church issues, and will also feature Church and Diocesan officials offering analysis from a Catholic viewpoint.

Reasons for Hope features Father Frank Pizzarelli S.M.M. focusing on youth issues from the Catholic perspective and how they affect teenagers and their parents. In the first part of this half-hour show, Father Pizzarelli listens to six teenagers and how they view topics such as dating and premarital sex. Afterwards the parents are invited onscreen to voice their concerns and feelings as Fr. Frank moderates the discussion and offers hope-filled reflection.

“We have been hard at work preparing programming that educates, entertains, and helps our viewers deepen their faith and spiritual lives,” said Father Vlaun.

Click here to view a trailer of the new programming or for more information contact Joseph Perrone at 516-538-8704 ext. 154.

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.3 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 20,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 20,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,137 students in Catholic kindergarten, 23,825 in primary or elementary school, 12,628 in secondary school and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 76 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home-care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 80,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. For more information, visit

Sean P. Dolan
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