FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com january 22, 2015 • CATHOLIC SCHOOL • The Queens Courier 65 NET TV Explores Family Life In New Series “Mission of Love” spotlights the trials and joys of real-life couples and families As New York Catholics gear up for next fall’s 2015 World Meeting of Families, during which Pope Francis will visit the East Coast, New Evangelization Television (NET TV) has launched a new series aimed at helping families grow in faith prior to the gathering. Dubbed Mission of Love, the ten-part video program will document the lives of couples and families during times of both happiness and struggle. Started by Saint John Paul II in 1994 and sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family, the World Meeting of Families is held every three years. Known for being the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families, each gathering has a theme to guide and enliven the event. For the 2015 gathering, which will be held in Philadelphia, the theme, “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” is meant to emphasize the impact that familial love can have on our society. “This series takes the situations of real families, and expresses how their faith supports them and how their lives show the love of God to others,” explains Msgr. John Strynkowski, S.T.D., of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Mission of Love will blend biblical exegesis from Strynkowski, catechetical commentary from Dr. Matthew Sutton, Ph.D., of St. John’s University, and candid interviews with married couples. The first episode in the Mission of Love series, which aired in mid-January, titled “Created For Joy,” sets up the importance of community in finding joy within a marriage and within a family. “The episode illustrates how mankind is created for beauty, joy, and communionwith others,” explains NET TV producer A.M. Melefsky. “This means that we are not solitary beings, and so we need a community to survive and to express our happiness.” Melefsky explains that each episode that follows will build on the ideas of community and selflessness by depicting reallife situations in which families have overcome their struggles and found a deeper purpose in their relationships. “Everything that we are doing is focused on prep for World Meeting of Families,” says Melefsky. “We are creating videos in an attempt to show viewers that there is always a way to resolve conflict and find joy when love is at the center of a relationship.” To tune into the Mission of Love series, catch a new episode on the second Sunday of each month between now and September. Following these airdates, all episodes will be available for viewing on YouTube, online at http:// netny.tv/shows /missionoflove / and on Verizon FiOS OnDemand. For a complete schedule including show encores, visit NET TV’s website at www.netny.tv. “There are a lot of broken families and a lot of struggling families out there,” notes Melefsky. “When the series is complete we hope that we’ll have shown people the way to find joy and compassion by highlighting the parts of marriage that aren’t always seen.” Monsignor John Strynkowski, S.T.D., rector of St. James Cathedral Basilica, shares biblical commentary. Queens residents Matthew and Elizabeth are happy parents to five young girls. DUMBO residents, Amanda & Robert, with their young son Johnathan.
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