Wednesday, November 23, 2011



Get Prepared For the New Translation of the Roman Missal: Watch 'Thy Word'
Also, Don't Miss 'God Touches A Life:' The Story of St. Catherine Laboure and the Miraculous Medal
By Michelle Johnson

Anxious about the new translation to the Roman Missal, which will become a reality in parishes across the United States at the First Sunday of Advent?

Then take 30 minutes and watch "Thy Word," an amazing documentary on the changes by Kindly Light, the media division of the Dominican Friars. (Airs 6 p.m. ET, Sunday, Nov. 27. See note at end of feature for international times.)

"We wanted to prepare people for the new translation, clear up any concerns people may have about it, and show it off from several different perspectives," said Father Kevin Gabriel Gillen, O.P., one of the producers.

To that end, the Friars assembled an all-star cast. In fact, Father Gabriel said that two of those interviewed, Cardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, and Fr. Dennis McManus, chaplain and associate professor of theology at Georgetown University, were involved with the translation.

The producers also wanted to include someone involved with musical composition so they invited Chris Mueller, composed of sacred choral music at Columbia University Catholic Ministry, to participate in the documentary. You'll also hear from Fr. Jonathan Morris, parochial vicar at the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in New York, who you know as an author, contributor and analyst for "Fox News."

The documentary was filmed at St. Vincent Ferrer in Manhattan, which some consider to be one of the most beautiful churches in the United States.

Says Fr. Gabriel: "I've read the text, I've read so many different handouts on the changes, and I've been involved in this project, but every time I hear somebody has come out with a new commentary on it, I read it. The riches of the liturgy are inexhaustible. This documentary will make you appreciate it more. This is important; this is exciting."

Also, this week, don't miss "God Touches a Life," a beautiful one-hour program, which follows the life of St. Catherine Laboure, who was asked by Our Lady in a series of visions to bring the Miraculous Medal to the world. Airs 2 a.m. ET, Sunday, Nov. 27; 10 p.m. ET, Friday, Dec. 2; and 2 p.m. ET, Saturday, Dec. 3 – exclusively on EWTN.

Learn about the great graces that Our Lady promised to those who wear the medal with confidence. In fact, St. Catherine was shown in a vision that many of heaven's graces are not distributed because people don't ask for them!
Who was this saint who was so humble that no one, including the Mother Superior at the Motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity in Paris, knew that she was the one visited by Our Lady until a year before her death in 1876? Why would Our Lady have selected this humble nun? What do the symbols on the Medal mean?

Learn all of this and more in this beautiful one-hour program, filmed at significant locations in the saint's life.

Want more? EWTN Religious Catalogue offers everything from a novena booklet,, and a pocket rosary ring with a Miraculous Medal card,, to a gold-filled Miraculous Medal,, a Miraculous Medal ring,, and a heart-shaped Miraculous Medal bracelet,

God bless Family!

Note: International airings for "Thy Word" are as follows:
In Africa and South Asia: 5:30 p.m. IST, 12 a.m. GMT, and 11:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25; 5 a.m. IST, Saturday, Nov. 26; 5:30 p.m. IST, 12 a.m. GMT, and 11:30 GMT, Friday, Dec. 30; and 5 a.m. IST, Saturday, Dec. 31.
On EWTN's European English channel: 6:30 p.m. Rome/Berlin Time, Nov. 24; 12:30 a.m. Rome/Berlin Time, Nov. 26; 6:30 p.m. Rome/Berlin Time, Nov. 28; 1 p.m.. Rome/Berlin Time, Nov. 30; and 10:30 p.m. Rome/Berlin Time, Dec. 1.
Also on our European English channel: 5:30 p.m. London/Dublin Time, Nov. 24; 11:30 a.m. London/Dublin Time, Nov. 26; 5:30 London/Dublin Time, Nov. 28; 12 a.m. London/Dublin Time, Nov. 30, and 9:30 p.m. London/Dublin Time, Dec. 1.
On EWTN's Europe International channel: 7:30 a.m. Rome Time, Friday, Nov. 25 and 4 a.m. Rome Time, Saturday, Nov. 26.
In the Pacific Rim: 11 p.m. Sydney Time, Nov. 23; 1:30 a.m. Sydney Time, Nov. 26; 8:30 a.m. Sydney Time, Nov. 28; 11:30 p.m. Sydney Time, Dec. 1; and 11 a.m. Sydney Time, Dec. 2.

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