If you’re a long-time listener to Immaculate Heart Radio, you have undoubtedly noticed that we’ve made many changes to our programming over the past few months. Maybe your favorite show has moved, or gone away. We want to give you an idea of why that happened, and why we’re doing what we are right now.
Over the years, the #1 concern that listeners have communicated to us over and over is that their children or grandchildren have drifted away from Jesus and His Church. We’ve heard your cries and we know that your family and friends can be reached and brought back.
This is exactly what St. John Paul II had in mind when he called for a New Evangelization years ago. In recent years, we have seen Pope Francis reach and engage those who have been away from the Church for some time. In addressing what matters most in their lives, Pope Francis has caught the attention of many non-practicing Catholics.
Immaculate Heart Radio’s mission is to reach and engage non-practicing Catholics – the unconvinced and the unconverted. We’re trying to bring them back to the faith. We’re doing that by meeting them where they are, talking about the things that are important to them, and offering common-sense Catholic solutions.
To do this, we have launched several new programs that are intended to reach both practicing and non-practicing Catholics and even beyond, all the while faithfully transmitting the Catholic Faith. Below, Immaculate Heart Radio founder and president, Doug Sherman, shares the heart of our mission.
If you need your faith in humanity restored, this story just might do it.
A man who was ridiculed for his weight on social media is now receiving international support from strangers and celebrities, who are throwing him the party of a lifetime in Los Angeles. The party will raise money for anti-bullying initiatives, and celebrities such as Pharrell Williams, Moby, and Ellie Goulding have volunteered to perform at the event.
On February 13, an anonymous user on a message board posted a photo of a man dancing at a concert with the caption: “Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.”
The photo made its way around the internet and was met with disgust and overwhelming support for the unknown dancer, who became known as “Dancing Man.” A Twitter user named Casssandra Fairbanks started a search for the man, offering to throw him a judgement-free dance party in Los Angeles. The man, identified as Sean from London, came forward to accept the invitation.
But the goodness doesn’t stop there. In just 3 days, more than $35,000 was raised to pay for the dance party; recording artists Pharrell Williams, Moby, and Ellie Goulding volunteered to perform; and the LA Coliseum offered to host the party for free. The man who was laughed at for dancing will now be the guest of honor at the biggest dance party in Los Angeles.
Scripture tells us:
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans 21:12
Dancing Man supporters have certainly put this verse into practice.
Cardinal Edward Egan passed away today in New York. Cardinal Egan spent the first years of the 21st century as one of it’s most visible leaders ans he helped Manhattan overcome the tragedies of Sept. 11th.
In a quote from EWTN News, Cardinal Timothy Dolan is quoted as saying
“Join me, please, in thanking God for his life, especially his generous and faithful priesthood,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said March 5. “Pray as well that the powerful mercy of Jesus, in which our cardinal had such trust, has ushered him into heaven.”
Cardinal Egan was also a booster for Catholic broadcasting and was instrumental in the starting of the Catholic Channel on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.