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July 28th, 2015

As you’re keeping an eye on your favorite baseball all-stars this summer, check out some all-stars of a different kind: the Saints! They may not break any stolen base records, but they’re still home runs in our book. Every Tuesday, we’ll reveal a new Saint baseball card, complete with a photo and fun facts. Collect them all!

 

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July 24th, 2015

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.
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July 8th, 2015

While vacationing in Las Vegas, Busted Halo’s own Fr. Jack Collins, CSP, decides to hit the strip and ask people what they know and think about that topic everyone associates with Vegas … sin.…

June 22nd, 2015
Celebrate the sunny season with us on Instagram @BustedHaloPhoto

Summer is finally here! The sun is shining, the days are long, and a spirit of joy is in the air. What better way to share your summer memories than with Busted Halo’s second annual summer photo challenge?
How do you participate?…

Follow @BustedHaloPhoto on Instagram
Save the schedule of weekly themes (below) and let others know you’re participating in our challenge.
Take a photo (or hey, many photos!) following our theme of the week and share it on Instagram. Be sure to tag #BHSummerPhoto and @BustedHaloPhoto when you do! We’ll be regramming some of our favorites.
Not on Instagram? Snap pics anyway, and share them on Facebook or Twitter with the #BHSummerPhoto hashtag.

Happy Summer! We can’t wait to see

June 18th, 2015

Jennifer Sawyer joined the Busted Halo® team on April 20th as our new Digital Content Producer. Jen comes to us after years working in broadcast as a producer and writer for outlets including The Martha Stewart Show, ABC and Yahoo.  She’s dedicated to creating dynamic and inspiring content, and looking forward to using her talents to encourage other young adults to engage in conversations about faith.
Since graduating from Fordham University, Jen has continued to be involved in ministry through several young adult communities in Manhattan, serving as a retreat leader, young adult minister, and member of the Jesuit Collaborative’s Contemplative Leaders in Action. “I look forward to working…

June 18th, 2015

Recently Busted Halo® hired a professional marketing research consultant to conduct a series of focus groups with different segments of our audience, all in their twenties. The conversations focused on how these “millennials” address their spiritual needs and what they seek in an online faith experience. The results will help determine the direction we take in the near future as we revamp Busted Halo’s digital content and online look and feel for 2016.
Everyone interviewed consider themselves “spiritual but not religious” and none were currently affiliated with any religious community. Some were raised Catholic, some were not. Some we chose were familiar with us already, but we also intentionally…

June 18th, 2015
A retreat for fathers and children to celebrate relationships that continue to influence us as young adults

Father’s Day is this weekend and it’s time to honor dear old Dad. Fathers share helpful advice and wisdom throughout our lives (or at least they try to.) Even if we’re too busy or stubborn to listen, dads are giving us tips on how to make our lives the best they can be. This virtual retreat helps young adults and their fathers connect with those wisdom moments and one another. You can do this retreat on your own or with your dad! Live far away? Email Dad the link and get on the phone, Facetime, or Skype. So, in addition to a card or gift (don’t forget!) celebrate Father’s Day with your father in a unique way.

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June 9th, 2015

In anticipation of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, we’re counting down his top 8 most memorable quotes on caring for creation.

May 28th, 2015

Watch this video and take a virtual tour to and through some other famous Catholic sites around the world.

May 21st, 2015
Remembering those we have lost in the service of country and community

This weekend we dust off the grill, break out lawn chairs, and head to the first parades of the year. But Memorial Day isn’t just the unofficial start of summer. It’s a day to remember those who’ve made an extraordinary sacrifice.

May 19th, 2015
A brief illustration of the birthday of the Church

Can’t remember what or when Pentecost is? Well for starters, it’s this Sunday; and if you want a little more info on this celebration of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church, take a look at Busted Halo’s two minute video.

May 7th, 2015
A retreat for young adults and their mothers to celebrate the relationship that continues to nurture us

This Sunday is Mother’s Day — a day dedicated to honoring our mothers. This virtual retreat focuses on our changing relationships with our mothers. Do this retreat on your own or with your mom!

May 1st, 2015

Ever wonder what the big deal is with Catholics and the Virgin Mary? Do they worship her or just pray to her? What’s the Annunciation? What’s the Immaculate Conception? What’s the Assumption? All these questions and more answered in this short two (okay, three) minute video.
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April 22nd, 2015
A personal retreat for Earth Day in appreciation of creation

Looking for a way to celebrate >Earth Day this year? Try Busted Halo’s Virtual Earth Day Retreat and spend some time reflecting on the spiritual meaning of creation in our lives. Download the retreat (if you print it — print on both sides of the paper!) by clicking the image below. Take a few minutes out of your day — at your desk, on your lunch break, between classes — and grow an even deeper appreciation for all God’s creation. Happy Earth Day!

April 10th, 2015
Animated .gifs for the first 8 days of Easter

Easter is more than one day — it’s an entire season of the Church year that begins with the Easter Octave. The gospel readings during the Octave include some of the most beautiful passages of scripture from the time after Jesus’ resurrection and his first encounters with his friends and disciples. These readings remind us of the importance of Jesus’ resurrection and the power of his ministry here on earth. Jesus appeared to his friends & disciples that they might continue to share the Good News in word and deed with everyone they would meet.…

April 3rd, 2015
Presenting the traditional devotion in a virtual way to help you reflect on the mystery of Jesus’ death and what it still means to us today

Busted Halo has created a series of virtual stations designed for personal devotion. They relate to Jesus’ teachings about the Kingdom of God and the reason it led to his death. Find a quiet place to watch, and be open to how God is speaking to you through the Stations of the Cross.

March 26th, 2015

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March 25th, 2015

Want to know why Catholics wave palms on Palm Sunday; wash each other’s feet on Holy Thursday; or kiss the cross on Good Friday? Look no further than Busted Halo’s® two-minute video that describes the final week of Lent we spend preparing for Easter.

March 24th, 2015
A Q&A with one of the film’s producers explores the origin of the film, its diversity, and personal faith

Earlier in March, OwningOurFaith, a short documentary film featuring LGBT Catholics and their families, debuted online. Busted Halo® reached out to Michael Tomae, one of the producers, with questions about the film’s creation.

March 17th, 2015
Do they know why they're celebrating?

At Busted Halo we believe everybody has a halo, some are just a little more busted than others.
This St. Patrick’s Day, we’re hitting the streets to see whose faith trivia halo is nicely polished, and whose is a little less shiny.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, and is the traditional religious feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The Irish have observed St. Patrick’s Day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. On St. Patrick’s Day, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon.
Today, people of all backgrounds around the world recognize St. Patrick’s Day, but even though they’re celebrating,…

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