Friday, August 29, 2008

TV time well spent

Make the Connection...using new media to strengthen your connection to faith!

September is right around the corner along with all new television episodes from your favorite series. Are Lost, Pushing Daisies, Grey's Anatomy and CSI at the top of your list? On your journey around the dial, stop at Charter Cable Channel 96 to find programs that will teach, entertain and strengthen the faith of your WHOLE family. Once you get hooked on the shows here you'll be saying "Who cares about Meredith and Derrick!".

EWTN (Eternal Word Network) is a global Catholic network that provides excellent quality programming. Highlights this September include a new movie "The Passion of Bernadette", The Papal Visit to Loudres, France and a new series "Crossing the Goal" starting former NFL Wide receiver Danny Abramowicz! My favorite shows are Life on the Rock (teens and young adults), The World Over (news), EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa and the Journey Home with Marcus Grodi and his weekly guests. Check out Charter Cable channel 96 or watch live on line at (Many of these shows are available as FREE Mp3 Downloads as well)

If you have questions or suggestions for "Make the Connection", feel free to contact me!

Peace of Christ to you!
Kerry Madden, The Catholic Parish Media Liaison

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Make the connection...making good choices in gaming...

Make the Connection...using new media to strengthen your connection to faith!

Are you or your kids into video games? Star Wars Rebel Strike, Super Paper Mario, DRIV3R, Matrix Path of Neo...?

Did you every want to get a thorough review of a game BEFORE you used it, that told you more than the basic review or rating?

This week's Make the Connection pick is Jorim gives in depth reviews that include specific commentary on violence, profanity and of course the all important fun-factors! He gives indispensable information to help you make a great choice for your family!

Although Catholic video games are limited, here are a few I found on the web:

~For little kids: check out a fun interactive website:
~For Teens: Catechumen CD-ROM at

If you have questions or suggestions for "Make the Connection", feel free to contact me!

Peace of Christ to you!
Kerry Madden

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Make the Connnection: Audrey Stevenson, pray for us! A book review.

I recently read the book "Audrey, The True Story of One Child's Heroic Journey of Faith" by Gloria Conde as part of the Catholic Company's reviewer program and couldn't wait to tell the world my thoughts and feelings about this book and about Audrey!

The book was written in French by Gloria Conde and I read the translated version which was edited by Trish Bailey I mention this only because I am a Francophile and found it so fitting (perhaps it was a divine plan!) that this book should land in my hands.

"Audrey" is a beautiful book that chronicles the memories, experiences and lessons from Audrey's life and the impact she had on other people. She was given a special gift from God; a heart and soul truly devoted to serving Him in all she did. She was passionate about sharing God's love and His calling to each of us: to know Him, love Him and serve Him. At the age of 9, she was afflicted with leukemia and through her illness shared the peace and joy and purpose that comes from life centered on God.

As I read, I was reminded of an NPR program where the author, Bart Ehrman, talked about his book "God's Problem". He found the Bible's explanation of why people suffer unconvincing and eventually lost his faith. I feel Audrey has his answer. I will be praying for him that he rediscovers his faith and learns the beauty and purpose of suffering.

Audrey Stevenson's life was a gift to the world and hers is story that needs to be told.

Her mission on earth is not complete though her time here has ended. She continues to "work" for us from her original home, heaven. Audrey, please pray for us!

If you have suggestions for upcoming installments of Make the Connection, please contact me!Peace of Christ to you!Kerry Madden, The Catholic Parish Media Liaison

This review was written as part of The Catholic Company product reviewer program. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Audrey - True Story of a Child's Journey of Faith.