Catholic radio spreading

And no place is it more prominent than in California:

Thanks largely to the fundraising efforts of Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers, San Diego this week became the 26th city in the U.S. to turn on Immaculate Heart Radio. Together with San Francisco 1260 AM and Sacramento 1620 AM, this leaves LA as the only major California city without such an English-language Catholic beacon.

The San Diego station went live Wednesday afternoon during a special ceremony at St. Therese of Carmel Catholic Church; newly-appointed San Diego Diocese bishop Cirilo Flores was the first guest. Other blocks of programming will come from outside the IH network, such as a weekday morning show produced out of Sacred Heart Radio in Cincinnati:

“The Son Rise Morning Show” with Brian Patrick is fast-paced, motivating and informational — always with the Catholic perspective. You’ll hear interviews, prayer, current news items and other timely information.

Immaculate Heart has stations in a number of smaller California cities as well including Bakersfield, Monterey and Stockton. They also have a presence in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, and offer on their website a pretty nifty “Prayer Request” template.

Meantime: there was a good interview with Phillip Rivers recently in the National Catholic Register, in which he talked about the challenge of playing football on Sunday:

It’s funny, because it’s always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL, but I was concerned about the games being played on Sundays. I love to play football but wanted to be able to attend Mass as well. Now, I do that by going to a vigil Mass or an early Sunday morning one. Once I’ve received the Eucharist, then I’m prepared to go out and play.

Something that might seem odd on the surface is this: If I put football above my faith and family, I think I’d be worse off as a player, not better. It’s a matter of putting things in the right order, which helps you to do each of those things as they ought to be done. Avoiding idolatry helps you to have the right perspective on life, which in turn helps you to live more effectively. Faith comes first, then family, then football.


  1. “this leaves LA as the only major California city without such an English-language Catholic beacon.”

    Well that’s great for California but what about New York City? At one time Ave Maria was on late at night here, but even that’s gone now. With all the catholics in NYC and the surrounding area, how come we can’t get a catholic radio station? I certainly would listen.

  2. Deacon Greg Kandra says:

    How about Radio Maria?

  3. Manny you can listen to EWTN or watch the TV live 24/7 with any internet connection (also can listen to it or watch it on your iphone).

    Just go to and follow the prompts.

  4. Manny,

    The Catholic Channel on Sirius/XM is actually based in NY- they’re on channel 129, we EWTN folks are on channel 130. That’s of course if you want to invest in a satellite radio- otherwise, there are also free mobile streaming options, at least with us at


    Matt Swaim (Son Rise Morning Show Producer)

  5. I’m glad that Phillip Rivers is setting a good example by not missing Mass for his NFL career. There is strong precedent for that as well: famous coach Vince Lombardi also took steps to make sure he didn’t miss Mass because of his work as an NFL coach.

  6. I love Catholic radio. It is always playing while I work in my consulting business and going over to my favorite blogs from time to time to see what is new. I love the work that is being done to bring so many excellent writers together at Patheos. It is becoming very hard for Catholics to say we didn’t know this or that about Catholic teaching or what is happening the Church and we should all be greatful for those who bring their gift to the work of Christ. Thanks Deacon

  7. I thought they went off the air. That’s what I meant by Ave Maria radio. Next time I’m in my car I try the station and see if it’s there.

  8. Thank you Klaire. I don’t have an iphone but I usually only listen to the radio in my car. I do get EWTN on my cable TV.

  9. Thank you. I’ve been debating on getting satelite radio. I can’t seem to justify the cost.

  10. Deacon, it is back on the air. Thank you. It’s not on 24 hours but it’s better than nothing.

  11. This is wonderful! Additionally, I discovered Real Catholic TV on You Tube that is a real eye opener. So nice to hear the plain truth. So tired of anti-catholic politicians like Obama and Hillary Clinton.

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