Catholic radio on Maui reaching hearts – and other islands

The red area indicates where the station has a strong signal, while the yellow indicates where the station reaches, though with a weaker signal.

The red area indicates where the station has a strong signal, while the yellow indicates where the station reaches, though with a weaker signal.

Our station on Maui – KCIK 740 AM – doesn’t just cover Maui, several other Hawaiian islands also receive the signal, as shown on the map above.  The Hawaii Catholic Herald recently published a feature on Immaculate Heart Radio’s signal coverage and the impact it is having on listeners in Hawaii:

Joan Opitz of Haiku, Maui, wakes up every morning to Immaculate Heart Radio, KCIK-740 on the AM dial. Her radio alarm is set at 6 a.m. so she can make it to the 7 o’clock Mass at St. Rita Church.

Optiz is one of the growing number of Maui county residents discovering Hawaii’s only 24/7 Catholic radio station, which is based on the Valley Isle. But what few people know, according to Immaculate Heart Radio president Doug Sherman, is that the radio signal can be heard on other islands as well — Lanai, Molokai and parts of Oahu and the Big Island.

According to Sherman, most of the western coast of Hawaii Island can dial in clearly. On Oahu, eastern slivers of Honolulu and limited windward and central locations can catch the station with varying degrees of success. He’d like to spread the word about his station’s accessibility.

Immaculate Heart Radio fans like the variety of talk and prayer programs the station offers.

For Opitz, it’s much more than a morning wake-up call.

“My home and car radios are on 740,” she told the Hawaii Catholic Herald by email. “I particularly like the prayers.”

“If I’m at home at 12:30 p.m., I rest and pray the rosary,” she said.

“I particularly like Mother Angelica, The Son Rise Morning Show, the news and sermons or lectures,” Opitz said. “I do believe that listening to Immaculate Heart Radio has brought me closer to God and taught me a few things.”

Read the rest at the Hawaii Catholic Herald.

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Pope Francis: If we do not enter into this temple, this building, we are not in the Church

 Photo credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Photo credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

From Catholic News Agency:

Pope Francis said that those waiting at the threshold of the Church without going inside are not true members of the Church which Jesus established and on whom it is built.

“We are citizens, fellow citizens of this Church. If we do not enter into this temple to be part of this building so that the Holy Spirit may live in us, we are not in the Church,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse for his Oct. 28 daily Mass.

Rather, “we are on the threshold and look inside…Those Christians who do not go beyond the Church’s reception: they are there, at the door: ‘Yes, I am Catholic, but not too Catholic.’”

Pope Francis reflected on the daily Gospel and how Jesus founded the Church, saying: (more…)

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Halloween: The Real Story

Image credit: uCatholic

Image credit: uCatholic

With Halloween coming up, many people see the day as a pagan holiday that celebrates death and the demonic. Some Catholics may be hesitant to let their children participate in such a holiday. However, Halloween actually has its roots in Catholic tradition. Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P. has an article about The Catholic Origins of Halloween, where he writes:

We’ve all heard the allegations: Halloween is a pagan rite dating back to some pre-Christian festival among the Celtic Druids that escaped church suppression. Even today modern pagans and witches continue to celebrate this ancient festival. If you let your kids go trick-or-treating, they will be worshiping the devil and pagan gods.

Nothing could be further from the truth. The origins of Halloween are, in fact, very Christian and rather American. Halloween falls on October 31 because of a pope, and its observances are the result of medieval Catholic piety.

It’s true that the ancient Celts of Ireland and Britain celebrated a minor festival on October 31–as they did on the last day of most other months of the year. However, Halloween falls on the last day of October because the Solemnity of All Saints, or “All Hallows,” falls on November 1. The feast in honor of all the saints in heaven used to be celebrated on May 13, but Pope Gregory III (d. 741) moved it to November 1, the dedication day of All Saints Chapel in St. Peter’s at Rome. Later, in the 840s, Pope Gregory IV commanded that All Saints be observed everywhere.

You can read the whole story at uCatholic.

For more discussion on this topic, listen to yesterday’s Right Here, Right Now show where Patrick Madrid addresses this topic.


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