EWTN's Brian Patrick joins Dr. Matthew Bunson of the National Catholic Register and Fr. Thomas Petri each weekend! They look back on the week just past and the week ahead, in the Church and the world.
Church Alive - 05/29/2020 - Becoming Priests during Covid Crisis
Fathers Jonah Teller and Jordan Zajac, newly ordained Dominicans for the Province of St. Joseph, share there humbling experience of becoming priests in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Fr. Petri reminds us that living in the spirit is not just for charismatics and Dr. Bunson profiles soon-to-be canonized Blessed Charles de Foucauld.
Church Alive - 05/22/2020 - Re-opening Churches After COVID Crisis
Montse Alvarado, Executive Director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, discusses the disparities in re-opening churches and businesses from the Covid-19 lockdown. Jennifer Fulwiler, a convert to Catholicism from atheism, now a standup comedian and mom of six, talks about going out on limb when God’s call takes us out or our comfort zone
Church Alive - 05/15/2020 - Patrick Novecosky-JPII Changed the World
Patrick Novecosky, author of “100 Ways John Paul II Changed the World,” explores the life of this great saint of our time ahead of his 100th birthday. Fr. Petri encourages us to develop fortitude and patience as we navigate daily life in the grips of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Church Alive - 05/08/2020 - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI bio
Christoph Wimmer with EWTN’s Catholic News Agency in Germany discusses the new biography of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Peter Seewald’s book was released in German this past week with an English translation expected later this year. Fr. Petri teaches about trusting in God during difficult times in response to Jesus telling his disciples, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled.”
Church Alive - 05/01/2020 - Teresa Tomeo-Coronavirus Fears
EWTN Radio and TV personality Teresa Tomeo talks about her new book, “Conquering Coronavirus; How Faith Can Put Your Fears to Rest.” Dominican Father Thomas Petri encourages praying The Rosary during May, traditionally dedicated to Our Blessed Mother, Mary.
Church Alive - 04/24/2020 - Efforts to Open Parishes
Monsignor Charles Pope from the Archdiocese of Washington, DC and Christopher Velasquez, Communications Director for the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico, discuss efforts to open parishes for public Mass and the Sacraments. Fr. Petri breaks open Sunday’s Gospel from St. Luke, guiding us on our own “Walk to Emmaus” with Our Lord.
Church Alive - 04/17/2020 - Divine Mercy and St. Faustina
Dominican Father Thomas Petri offers insight into the Mercy of God in light of Divine Mercy Sunday. Anne-Elisabeth Guiliani, Director of Mission and Ministry for the John Paul II National Shrine describes Saint John Paul II’s rich interpretation of Divine Mercy inspired, in part, by the Polish nun he canonized, St. Faustina Kowalska.
Church Alive - 04/10/2020 - Dan Burke- COVID19- Mother Angelcia
Plunged into darkness neither had ever experienced, Dan and Stephanie Burke share their powerful journey of faith through a brush with death from COVID-19. Fr. John Paul recalls spiritually accompanying Mother Angelica in her last days on earth four years ago, and Dominican Fr. Thomas Petri reflects on the great silence of Holy Saturday and Easter peace.
Church Alive - 04/03/2020 - Did God cause the coronavirus?
Fr. Bjorn Lundberg, Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Winchester, VA, joins Dominican Fr. Thomas Petri in discussing Holy Week liturgies and the unique challenge of serving the faithful without being able to celebrate Mass publicly. Fr. Petri also answers the question: Did God cause the coronavirus?
Church Alive - 03/27/2020 - Father Donald Calloway
Fr. Donald Calloway shares his Consecration to St. Joseph to help The Church and the world get through the coronavirus pandemic. Fr. Thomas Petri unpacks the Gospel for the 5th Sunday of Lent, explaining why Jesus waited two days before going to the home of Lazarus, knowing his dear friend would die before he arrived.
Church Alive - 03/20/2020 - Catholic Medical Association- COVID19
Dr. Thomas McGovern, board member for The Catholic Medical Association, addresses questions about COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus spreading through the world. He’s studied the medical realities of The Passion of Christ and makes a connection between the suffering of Jesus and our own suffering today. Fr. Thomas Petri guides us through a Spiritual Communion as we are unable to receive The Eucharist sacramentally.
Church Alive - 03/13/2020 - Health and Public Mass
EWTN’S Rome Bureau Chief Alan Holdren describes the lockdown in Italy as the coronavirus pandemic affects almost every aspect of daily life for families and The Church. Dominican Father Jacob Bertrand Janczyk suggests meditating on all of Lent’s gospel readings for a complete picture of this powerful penitential season, as health issues keep so many Catholics away from public Masses.
Church Alive - 03/06/2020 - Ancient Catholic Traditions of Fasting
Dominican Father Paul Clarke explores Sunday’s gospel reading depicting The Transfiguration, reminding us to keep Christ’s light in this penitential season of Lent. Dr. Jay Richards from The Catholic University of America discusses restoring the ancient Catholic tradition of robust fasting in concert with the many great feasts on the liturgical calendar.
Church Alive - 02/28/2020 - New survey of Catholic voters
Carl Cannon with “Real Clear Politics” joins Dr. Matthew Bunson in dissecting the most recent comprehensive survey of Catholic voters commissioned by EWTN News. It paints. in part, a dark picture of self-identified Catholics who don’t believe in, or adhere to, certain Church teaching. Fr. Thomas Petri describes how Jesus addresses the temptation we all face to be “like gods.”
Church Alive - 02/21/2020 - The Rafael Tapestries
Art Historian Liz Lev describes the incredibly powerful tapestries by Rafael that were displayed in the Sistine Chapel this week for the first time since the artist’s death 500 years ago. Dominican Fr. Thomas Petri teaches on the importance of disciplining our bodies in preparation for Lent.