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Diocese of Rockville Centre

For Immediate Release

14 January 2013

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – January 14, 2013 --Telecare, the television station of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, will conduct its annual fundraising telethon the weekend of January 19-20, 2013.

The telethon will air from 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and Noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, with both day-long broadcasts being re-aired overnight on Saturday and Sunday.  Phone lines will be open throughout the live broadcasts and the overnight re-broadcasts.  The telethon will air on Cablevision channel 29 or on Verizon FiOS channel 296.  Viewers can also catch the telethon online at

"Our television ministry has grown immensely in the last year, said Rev. Msgr. James C. Vlaun, Telecare president and CEO.  “Our telethon is the one time we reach out to our viewers to seek their direct support of this vital work of the Church.  We have many worthwhile projects coming in the next year including broadcasting in high definition!  I am so grateful to God for the many people who either call in a pledge at 516-538-8811 or make a secure online donation with a credit card or through Paypal at You are helping the Word of God to be preached through this very powerful medium."

Special guests scheduled to appear include: Bishop Murphy and many priests of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York, Regis Philbin, Lidia Bastianich, Rosanna Scotto, Bud Harrelson, Joe Franklin, Dominic Chianese, Maryann Esposito, nine choirs from Catholic elementary and high schools in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, the New York Islanders, the New York Jets and much more.  

All funds raised from the telethon are used in the television ministry.

Contributions can be made by phoning in to the telethon directly at 516-538-8811; via direct mail by making checks out to Telecare, P.O. Box 158, Uniondale, NY 11553; or online by visiting the Telecare web site at  Telecare accepts all major credit cards. #  #  # About The Diocese of Rockville Centre The Diocese of Rockville Centre ( was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1,737,498 baptized Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns.  In 2011, 16,318 baptisms, 16,296 confirmations, 17,123 First Holy Communions and 4,677 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are 18,496 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,328 students in Catholic high schools and 3,500 students in higher institutions. There are 53 Catholic elementary schools (49 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college (Molloy College, Rockville Centre) in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community-based agency for persons with special needs.  More than 17,500 employees and 4,600 credentialed physicians work within the CHS system.   In 2011, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (09/12).

CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan   Director of Communications   (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625   (c) 516-510-0473 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.