Monday, August 08, 2011

Holy Family Newark to host Delaware premiere of "The Catholicism Project"

Preview Screening In Delaware
Of Fr. Robert Barron’s Highly-Anticipated Catholicism Documentary

Holy Family Catholic Church is pleased to announce a screening of the first episode of Fr. Robert Barron’s upcoming ten-part Catholicism documentary, called “the best-ever film about the Catholic faith” by the scholarly website The Catholic Thing.

When: Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 7:00 p.m
Where: The Holy Family Parish Hall, Holy Family Church, 15 Gender Road, Newark, Delaware.
Admission: Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit Fr. Barron’s Word on Fire ministry.
To register: E-mail to or telephone the Holy Family Religious Education Center at 368-8976.

In Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man, “the strange and dangerous words of Jesus of Nazareth set up a drama that will culminate in a surprising battle between two kings, and in the wake of this conflict, an empire will be defeated – and the world will be changed.”

Catholicism is a groundbreaking documentary written and hosted by Fr. Barron, who is a priest of the archdiocese of Chicago, professor of theology at Mundelein Seminary, and the creator of more than 100 popular You Tube videos on faith and culture. The series is highly anticipated in Catholic media circles. George Weigel, the biographer of Pope John Paul II, calls Catholicism “the most exciting media project in the history of the Church in the United States.”

Praise for Fr. Barron’s engaging and effective style comes from New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, who says the professor of theology is able to deliver the message of Catholicism with the same “eloquence and pizazz and conviction” as Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, who brought the Catholic faith into American living rooms in the 1950’s and 1960’s in a top-rated television program.

“We’re very happy to host Delaware’s first Catholicism preview screening, says Sr. Carol Heffner, Holy Family Director of Religious Education. “This beautifully made documentary showcases the artistic and architectural splendor of the Catholic faith from around the world.”

The television premiere of Catholicism will be on September 29 in the Washington D.C. viewing area, when public TV station WETA will broadcast two episodes.

In addition to television enjoyment Catholicism can be used in religious education programs, using companion study lessons for each episode. “One of the reasons we are hosting this screening is to review Catholicism for inclusion into our adult faith formation curriculum,” says Sr. Carol. “We’re also inviting all of the diocese’s Directors of Religious Education to come and see if the series would be a useful catechesis tool for their parish.

The ten-part series was filmed on location in 15 countries using high-definition photography. In this sweeping documentary, Father Barron tells the story of Catholicism around the world – using art, architecture, literature, music and all the riches of the Catholic tradition. The production crew traveled to some of the most magnificent and sacred sites in Jerusalem, Rome, Krakow, Warsaw, New York, Istanbul, Ephesus, Lourdes, Mexico City, Athens, Corinth, Mexico City, Uganda, Manila, Sao Paolo, Auschwitz, Kolkata, Philadelphia, Chicago, and beyond.

Filming Catholicism was a life-changing experience for executive producer Mike Leonard, a veteran NBC Today Show correspondent and former parishioner of Fr. Barron. “This series changed the way I think and act. The global settings were stunning, but it was Fr. Barron’s brilliant insights on life’s most challenging issues that shook me to the core,” says Mr. Leonard.

The film team was granted exclusive access to film privately in many locations inaccessible to the general public. Highlights include some of the world’s architectural and artistic masterpieces and most sacred places: The Dome of The Rock, the Hagia Sophia, the tomb of Mother Teresa, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, rare views of the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Pope’s private gardens, Chartres, Notre Dame, and Cologne Cathedrals, as well as one of the largest religious celebrations on the planet – the feast of the Ugandan martyrs.

For further information:
Sr. Carol Heffner, Director of Religious Education
Holy Family Catholic Church
15 Gender Road
Newark, DE 19713