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November 21st, 2014
Put down the wrapping paper and join us for a fun photo-a-day challenge during Advent!

It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Sadly, this means that some lose sight of the real meaning and purpose of this time of year. Advent is a time of anticipation and waiting for the birth of Jesus. There’s so much wonder and love in the air! So, we’re excited to announce Busted Halo’s® InstaAdvent Photo Challenge! Post a photo every day during Advent and stay connected to the hope, joy and occasional peppermint mocha that make this time of year so special! It’s the season of giving, so we’ll be giving away prizes — a Busted Halo® tote bag full of goodies — each week. May the best InstaAdvent photo win!
How do you participate?

Share our InstaAdvent image (below)…

November 21st, 2014

At the 11th hour, just as the curtain was about to close on our 50 at 50 campaign, generous benefactors, who wanted us to meet our goal and make Fr. Dave get to age 50, donated the amount needed to take us over the top!
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
                       – Melody Beattie, author…

We are so grateful to all of you —

November 21st, 2014
A day for giving back at the beginning of the Christmas shopping season

#1 What is it?
Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday (December 2 this year) a day dedicated to giving back.
#2 How did #GivingTuesday start?
#GivingTuesday is a joint effort of the 92nd Street Y, a New York City institution, and the United Nations Foundation. As #GivingTuesday began to grow, various corporations and nonprofits have partnered to spread the word and hold their own #GivingTuesday initiatives.
#3 How do I get involved?
This one’s easy: GIVE. Here at Busted Halo®, we’re kicking off…

November 3rd, 2014

Thank you for entering your photos in The Great Busted Halo-ween Photo Contest! Here are the winners — selected from the 10 photos that received the most votes in the contest…

November 1st, 2014

Spooky October is finished and November is here: the month for all saints, all souls, elections, a little turkey and even Advent beginning on the very last day of the month.
Stay tuned to Busted Halo throughout the month as we’ll be featuring lots of ways to stay thankful and keep gratitude in mind this month and throughout the next year.
Download the November 2014 Wallpaper:
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The wallpaper is available in sizes that will fit both widescreen and full screen monitors, mobile devices and a Facebook cover photo. Download the files directly above and enjoy this easy way to stay aware of important feasts and holy days heading your way.…

October 31st, 2014

Fr. Jack Collins, CSP, hits the streets of New York City’s scary Greenwich Village, asking young adults what they know about the origins of Halloween — how it began, why people wear costumes, and the two Catholic holidays surrounding All Hallow’s Eve.

October 30th, 2014

The saints are our mentors and models who show us ways to live our faith. However, some of their stories can be terrifying and downright…spooky. Fr. Steve presents one of these spookier saintly stories as he tells the tale of Saint Christina the Astonishing –– a woman that some called mad, and some called holy. Watch this short, spooky video, right in time for Halloween and All Saints Day.
To download this video go here and click the download arrow or choose save or download.…

October 23rd, 2014

Busted Halo® interns help to keep our ministry going — and growing — and each one brings his or her own unique gifts and talents to the table. We have interns who have excellent writing abilities or marketing skills who help us reach out to young adults disconnected from their faith. Interns assist us with fundraising and development work, including thanking YOU, our generous donors. We also feature interns on the Busted Halo® Cast podcast — helping us to answer listeners’ questions of faith and also producing the podcast itself.
One of the things we find our interns excel at is using social media. Whether that be Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, we rely on interns to help us engage young…

October 22nd, 2014
Call the Busted Halo® Cast and invite people to visit your church this weekend.

Share your parish/campus ministry with the Busted Halo® Cast! Call 917-591-8476 and let us know about it.

October 1st, 2014

Climate change is in the air, so instead of going with a scary Halloween photo for this month, we decided on an even more terrifying image: “Glacier Affected by Climate Change Seen in Antarctica”.

September 20th, 2014

After 5 days that consisted of 32 mascots, 16 Jesuit schools, 13 humanoids, 4.5 birds, 4 dogs, 3 wolves, 3 Loyolas, 3 Iggys, 2 rams/goats, and one Johnnie Rat, Catholic Mascotology 2014 has a winner…

September 19th, 2014

Welcome to the final day of Busted Halo®‘s Catholic Mascotology Bracket! Begin voting for your favorite Catholic School Mascot now!

September 18th, 2014

Welcome to Day 4 of Busted Halo®‘s Catholic Mascotology Bracket! Begin voting for your favorite Catholic School Mascot now!

September 17th, 2014

Welcome to Day 3 of Busted Halo®‘s Catholic Mascotology Bracket! Begin voting for your favorite Catholic School Mascot now!

September 16th, 2014

Welcome to Day 2 of Busted Halo®‘s Catholic Mascotology Bracket! Begin voting for your favorite Catholic School Mascot now!

September 15th, 2014

Welcome back to another school year and another Busted Halo® Catholic Mascotology Bracket! Begin voting for your favorite Catholic School Mascot now!

September 3rd, 2014

This month I’m passing a few milestones: 50 years since my mother gave birth to me; 20 years since I entered the Paulist Fathers’ community; and 10 years since I took the reins as director of Busted Halo ministries. For all these I am immeasurably grateful: grateful to my family and friends for making me the person I am today; grateful to my brother Paulists for their support in mission and common life; and grateful to God for our being able to reach out and reconnect unchurched young adults through Busted Halo in so many effective ways. So, as this is a birthday where the gifts in my life and ministry are so numerous already, I could only ask any of you tempted to give a present to please give to our “50 at 50”…

September 1st, 2014

It’s that time of year again — back to school! You might be (or know) a college freshman, junior, or grad student. Even if you don’t fall into one of those categories, you might be experiencing your own moments of back-to-school stress and transition. Busted Halo® has compiled a care package of resources just for you! Who doesn’t love receiving a care package? Explore what’s inside by clicking the icons below. We hope you can put these items to good use. And happy back-to-school season!

 
Featured in Busted Halo’s Dorm Room Care Package:
 
“Foods to Fight Back-to-School Stress” by Alexandra Horne
“Back to College: What To Pack and What Not TO Pack”…

September 1st, 2014

It’s September, summer is coming to a close, school is beginning and fall is right around the corner. Don’t forget to check out our Dorm Room Care Package for yourself or anyone you know that is heading to college this year. If you missed our article about honoring the sacredness of Labor Day, check it out here. And don’t forget, September is the celebration of Saint Gennaro.
Also, beginning on September 15, we’re running a new Catholic Mascotology bracket contest featuring some of the most interesting college mascots from various Catholic schools going head-to-head. So check back here on the 15th to vote for you favorites.
Oh, and our own Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, has a big birthday coming…

August 21st, 2014

FXX begins running a marathon of every Simpsons episode ever today for the next 12 days, prepping us all for Simpsons World in October (an exhaustive app/portal allowing users the ability to watch all 552 episodes from all 25 seasons of the show whenever they want). We decided to take this opportunity to rewatch, remember and list below our favorite spiritual (mmm…sacrilicious…) moments of our favorite animated series. Please feel free to add your own favorite Springfield spiritual moments in the comments below.

#10 – Bar & Church People Switch Places During The Apocalypse (The Simpsons Movie)…
The Simpsons has long poked fun at religious types and end-of-the-world scenarios, so nothing

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