Seraphic Sisters Video Excerpt

Serving a Motherly Role at Saint Peter Parish

Next week on EWTN’s encore presentation of “Where Heaven Meets Earth,” see how the Seraphic Sisters of the Eucharist inspire young girls at Saint Peter Parish, at 3AM & 6:30PM eastern / 2 & 5:30 central, Wednesday, July 31 -- only on EWTN.

On April 30th 2013, Sister Clara Maria and the Seraphic Sisters of the Eucharist made their EWTN debut in StoryTel's latest documentary, "Where Heaven Meets Earth." Audiences fell in love with her big smile and motherly warmth, commenting how appreciative they are that the Sisters work with the youth at Saint Peter Parish.

Saint Peter’s Pastor, Father Cook, relates the Sisters role at the parish to the role of a mother, and Associate Pastor, Father Weidner, calls them, “the lynch pin of the whole thing.” Even in this short clip, Sister Clara’s kindness and charity shines through and it's easy to see how these Sisters, and this "joyful cherub", might inspire young girls to consider the cloistered life.

If you'd like to reach out to the Seraphic Sisters, you can contact them through the Seraphic Sisters website, write a letter, or even pay them a visit if you're in the area.

St. Peter Convent
705 S. 28th St.
Omaha, NE 68105

Tune in to watch the Seraphic Sisters of the Eucharist at 3AM & 6:30PM eastern, Wednesday, July 31 -- only on EWTN.

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Calls for Encore Heard at EWTN!

Thanks to your tremendously positive feedback, EWTN will encore "Where Heaven Meets Earth" on Wednesday, July 31 at 3am & 6:30pm Eastern / 2am & 5:30pm Central.

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Where Heaven Meets Earth” has earned an abundance of praise and many noteworthy accolades from the general public, priests, sisters, other religious and of course wonderful people like yourself.

EWTN viewers have been emailing and calling-in to compliment our documentary and ask when it will air again. Normally, EWTN waits a year before re-broadcasting a production, but by popular demand, they've decided to encore “Where Heaven Meets Earth” only three months after its premiere!(check EWTN's channel finder for the station in your area)

DVDs, trailers, and millions of viewers!

StoryTel and Saint Peter Church have been receiving hundreds of DVD requests for this production from all over the US, Canada, Australia, and even from the United Kingdom; over 20 thousand unique visitors have seen the "Where Heaven Meets Earth" trailer online, and -- of course -- millions of people watched the EWTN premiere on April 30, 2013. 

We've always encouraged On Assignment viewers to request DVDs from the organization highlighted in the film after the credits roll because we believe these organizations deserve support from viewers. Now, EWTN also wants to offer "Where Heaven Meets Earth" on DVD in the EWTN Religious Catalogue because the program received so much praise, and so many requests for DVDs after airing the program for only one day.

Building Anticipation

Requests for DVDs and anticipation for the program began to build in the days leading up the EWTN broadcast largely due to the success of our first-ever marketing initiative for an On Assignment film.

We made tremendous efforts to foster healthy relationships with the Catholic (and non-Catholic) press, bloggers and other influentials to spread the word about this film, which proved to be a fantastic success as we've received great coverage from many sources in the Catholic media world. Notably, Dan Burke the Executive Director of National Catholic Register, remarked over Register Radio airwaves that "Where Heaven Meets Earth" is,

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EWTN Premiere Tonight of "Where Heaven Meets Earth, Restoring the Sacred at Saint Peter Church"

Reminder to watch EWTN tonight at 6:30ET, 5:30CT for the world-wide television premiere of "Where Heaven Meets Earth, Restoring the Sacred at St. Peter Church"

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We've had considerable traffic to the WHME microsite recently. In fact in two short weeks, we received over 2.6K Facebook Likes for our trailer and thousands more people watching it across the globe. So, thank you to those who have so graciously shared the story of St. Peter Church in Omaha and helped to promote "Where Heaven Meets Earth" to Catholics all over the world!

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If you know someone who hasn't seen the trailer or heard of the documentary yet, consider sharing this uplifting story by sending them to www.heavenmeetsearth.tv or sharing a copy of "Where Heaven Meets Earth" on DVD.

You can order the full 30-minunte documentary on DVD by:

  1. Visiting storytel.org/order where we give away DVDs for a free-will, tax-deductible donation.
  2. Click the PayPal donate button and fill out your payment information.
  3. On the second page of the payment process, type "Where Heaven Meets Earth DVD" and the quantity you'd like into the "Special Instructions to the Seller" section.

StoryTel and St. Peter's have been blessed to receive widespread press coverage and promotion for "Where Heaven Meets Earth" the highlights are below:

Standing Room Only at BIG SCREEN Showing!

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They laughed, we cried. It was so wonderful to see our hard work connecting with the audience. Very excited for the World-wide Television Premiere on EWTN, Tuesday April 30th at 3am & 6:30pm Eastern.

Visit our Facebook Page to see more pictures of the BIG SCREEN showing at St. Peters Gymnasium on April 14, 2013.

Not Boring at the NC Register & Don on Register Radio

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Dan Burke, Executive Director of the National Catholic Register, reached out to StoryTel and wrote a great piece on Restoring the Sacred and "Where Heaven Meets Earth." Thanks Dan!

"Something that our listeners don't want to miss. It is one of the more inspiring documentaries I've ever watched." -Dan Burke

"Where Heaven Meets Earth" Producer, Don Carney, was on Register Radio for a 12 minute interview about the work StoryTel has been doing to inspire people to restore the sacred. Have a listen...

StoryTel Donates $100k Film Project to Omaha Parish

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StoryTel, a private, non-profit media foundation dedicated to inspiring viewers to restore the sacred, announced today that its latest completed production, a $100K film project donated to St. Peter Catholic Church (St. Peters), of Omaha, Neb., will appear on EWTN, the Global Catholic Television Network on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 6:30pm ET.

The documentary, named “Where Heaven Meets Earth,” investigates how this poor Omaha parish became a thriving and vibrant church again after more than 40 years of decline. It was created to entertain viewers around the world with an incredible, true story and spur them to action for God, the film has incidentally helped the parish raise $3 million and is expected to raise even more when it airs on EWTN, though it wasn’t intended to be a fundraising video.

It's one of the many projects StoryTel has recently completed as part of the foundation's mission to, “inspire viewers to restore the sacred,” says President of StoryTel and “Where Heaven Meets Earth” director, Don Carney.

“In a broad sense, restoring the sacred means embracing the whole of Catholic tradition,” said Carney. “So when we encourage people to restore the sacred, it can translate into anything from helping people to grow closer to God, or supporting the rehabilitation of physical structures like a church or school, to helping protect the life of a child in the womb. We work with many different organizations and causes to restore the sacred by impacting viewers with our films.

Since its founding in 2008, StoryTel Foundation has worked on a wide variety of projects that are in some cases donated entirely to the organizations with which they work. Their documentaries, fundraising videos, and web videos have helped raise funds and other crucial support, always encouraging new connections with Christ.

“Less than a year after completing our documentary “St. John Cantius, Restoring the Sacred,” we learned from a young, new seminarian of the Saint John Cantius religious order in Chicago, that it was our documentary that actually motivated him to join. Those are the types of stories we love to hear; proof that the impact of a single film can reverberate for years to come.”

About the New Documentary, “Where Heaven Meets Earth, Restoring the Sacred at Saint Peter Church”

“Where Heaven Meets Earth,” a $100K-documentary film project, produced and donated by StoryTel, not only relates St. Peters’ history, decline and current state, but has also moved donors to support the parish’s massive restoration effort.

The documentary is part of StoryTel’s “On Assignment” series, which is the foundation’s investigative TV series produced for public broadcast and DVD distribution. Initially commissioned for the church as a three-minute video to highlight the parish rebirth, StoryTel Foundation decided to expand the documentary for their TV series when they discovered what an amazing story the parish’s journey had become.

“St. Peters had a dwindling congregation and a church building that had fallen into disrepair,” said Carney. “But as a result of the efforts of Father Damien Cook, a young Priest on his first assignment as pastor, to bring people into a closer relationship with Christ the church has begun to experience a wonderful transformation.”

The story of St. Peters‘ rise to new life is not only interesting it is incredible.

“Father Cook arrived in 2004 and quickly set out on a mission to restore the sacred at St. Peters,” said Carney. “He began celebrating parts of the mass in Latin, which he included in both Spanish and English masses. In all that he did, he sought to reestablish the mystery, awe and wonder of God, and did so by bringing reverence and sacred music to the ceremonies, traditions and liturgy of the Catholic Faith both in the sanctuary and in the community as well. Before long, parishioners were inviting their friends and coming with their families until the pews became more and more full, eventually with standing room only at some masses.”

The documentary film project was a perfect fit for StoryTel Foundation.

“StoryTel’s mission is to inspire people to restore the sacred, and restoring the sacred is exactly what Father Cook was—and is—working so diligently to do at St. Peters,” said Carney. “We very much looked forward to the opportunity to work with Father Cook, but it turned out that he was familiar with StoryTel’s work as well.”

While interviewing Father Cook for the “Where Heaven Meets Earth,” Carney learned that, interestingly enough, it was a DVD of StoryTel’s documentary, “St. John Cantius, Restoring the Sacred” that actually inspired Father Cook to visit St. John Cantius in Chicago while on a trip, and moved him towards his effort to renew the aging St. Peter Church building.

It is in this way that StoryTel’s work seems to have a ripple effect that extends far beyond the boundaries of a single film or fundraising project alone.

“We not only want our film projects to further the mission of the organizations we work with, but we also want to help people connect and collaborate with God to further His work,” said Carney. “We have found, time and time again, that while a film can help solve an immediate need, like raising funds, it can also motivate a person to restore the sacred in their own life, and then inspire others do the same—and so on, and so on. The concept of restoring the sacred can overcome cultural divides and remain relevant across the barriers of time. There is no telling how far the message will travel and how many lives it will impact along the way.”

To learn more about the St. Peter Catholic Church project or StoryTel Foundation’s work visit: www.heavenmeetsearth.tv

Omaha Parish to Recieve International Spotlight on EWTN

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Where Heaven Meets Earth, World-wide Television Premiere on EWTNSaint Peter Catholic Church (St. Peters) of downtown Omaha, Nebraska will be featured in a documentary called, “Where Heaven Meets Earth." The film highlighting the story of St. Peter’s parish will appear on EWTN, Global Catholic Television Network on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 6:30pm ET.

The documentary, a $100K film project, produced and donated by StoryTel Foundation, investigates how this poor Omaha parish became a thriving and vibrant community again after more than 40 years of decline. Originally built in 1886, Saint Peter Catholic Church grew to become one of the biggest and busiest parishes in the diocese of Omaha, Nebraska. But in the 1960s, huge chunks of the neighborhoods north and south of the church were razed to make way for the construction of interstate 480, forcing hundreds of parishioners to move away from St. Peters.

In the years that followed, more and more parishioners moved west to the suburbs, St. Peter’s school closed, and the resulting lack of donations led to years of deferred building maintenance causing the church to fall into disrepair.

By the time a young priest on his first assignment as pastor arrived in 2004, no one would believe this place would survive let alone thrive, but Father Damien Cook was inspired with an idea that would prove God had other plans for Saint Peter Catholic Church.

“I’ve been amazed to see the progress people have made over the last few years, and the numbers of people we have had at the masses through mostly word-of-mouth,” said St. Peter’s pastor Father Damien Cook. “The congregations have grown and flourished to the point that at one of our masses the church is completely full with standing room only, which amounts to over 800 people. For our neighborhood, in our situation, in just six years’ time, this is radical growth.”

Created to entertain viewers around the world with an incredible, true story and spur them to action for God, the film has incidentally helped the parish raise $3 million and is expected to raise even more when it airs on EWTN, though it wasn’t intended to be a fundraising video.

It is one of the many projects recently completed by StoryTel, a private non-profit media foundation, as part of their mission to, “inspire viewers to restore the sacred,” says President of StoryTel and “Where Heaven Meets Earth” director, Don Carney.

To learn more about the documentary, Where Heaven Meets Earth visit: www.heavenmeetsearth.tv

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: StoryTel Productions to Reach New Audience of Millions

EWTN to Air Saint John Cantius Documentary in Spanish, October 2012

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OMAHA, NE — July 26, 2012 — The investigative documentary, ON ASSIGNMENT: St. John Cantius Restoring the Sacred, by StoryTel Productions, has been adapted for Spanish audiences, renamed San Juan Cancio, La Restauración de lo Sagrado, and will soon premier to millions of Spanish speaking viewers in EWTN’s global television network during the month of October, 2012, a new audience for StoryTel productions.

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ON ASSIGNMENT: San Juan Cancio, La Restauración de lo SagradoSpanish-speaking viewers across the United States and throughout the Latin American world will soon be able to see the inspiring and hopeful, true-life story of the spiritual revival of St. John Cantius church in Chicago. This timeless ON ASSIGNMENT classic has been expertly dubbed into Español for StoryTel’s new international viewing audience.

“What’s so exciting about this documentary,” says Don Carney, the film’s producer and director, “is that viewers are transformed and inspired by watching the stunning changes that took place, the way people came out of nowhere to participate, overcoming setbacks along the way, and all because one person said ‘yes’ to God.”

This inspiring parish revival story of St. John Cantius church in Chicago, was captured by StoryTel Productions’ ON ASSIGNMENT, an investigative made-for-television documentary series uncovering dramatic, transformative and true stories of the Divine at work in the world.

ON ASSIGNMENT: St. John Cantius, Restoring the Sacred, has continued to air internationally on EWTN in English, since its premier in 2009. “The program has been well received,” says Rebecca Amos, of EWTN Programming, “particularly by those Catholics who wish to preserve our historic churches.”

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StoryTel’s audio engineer, Tom Krol of Level 10 Sound, spent many hours meticulously translating and dubbing the voices to create an authentic experience for the audience. Krol created an extremely accurate Spanish translation for the film, even accounting for language nuance and assigning a different voiceover artist for each person in the story.

The Spanish program, appropriately renamed ON ASSIGNMENT: San Juan Cancio, La Restauración de lo Sagrado, will premier in the month of October, 2012 as part of EWTN’s International Fall Line-up.

EWTN will promote the StoryTel production, during the month of October, in their programming guides targeting the Spanish market. The documentary will air throughout North and South America as well as Spain.

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