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June 12th, 2009
BustedHalo’s Mike Hayes on the NET

The Diocese of Brooklyn’s newly revamped cable channel, NET (New Evangelization Television) recently started the first daily Catholic news television program entitled Currents. Deacon Greg Kandra — a 26-year veteran writer and producer for CBS News and a contributor to Busted Halo — now serves as the channel’s news director. He invited senior editor Mike Hayes to join the nightly conversation to discuss current trends in church-going as well as other issues surrounding the church’s engagement with younger people.
Watch the entire show here.…

June 9th, 2009
Busted Halo Cast #200

Four years ago when a relatively new technology called podcasting started gaining in popularity, Busted Halo® Director Fr. Dave Dwyer and Senior Editor Mike Hayes decided to dust off the skills they’d each honed in previous careers as broadcasters and started the Busted Halo Cast. This would be the first step into a much larger venture in which with Fr Dave became the full time host of The Busted Halo Show on Sirius XM Radio’s The Catholic Channel.
Despite the bigger venue on satellite radio, the Busted Halo Cast has ventured forth for 200 episodes with Fr. Dave and Mike now joined by Development Director Brittany Janis in answering your questions of faith each week. No question has ever been too far out…

June 7th, 2009
The Princess, The Priest--The Rabbi--and the War for the Perfect Wedding Episode 8

Episode #8 — Interfaith Marriage… What about the kids?

NEXT WEEK: The Princess, The Priest and… The Velveteen Rabbit?!
Want to see more? Watch other episodes of “The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding” here.
Special thanks to Rabbi Jill Hausman of The Actors Temple, NYC. Contact her at cantorweddings.com
Send us your questions!
Dr. Christine B. Whelan, is an Iowa-based social historian, professor, journalist and author. She is the author of Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to True Love, and Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women.
Fr. Eric Andrews CSP, effective September 1, 2009, is the newly appointed President of Paulist Productions, the …

May 31st, 2009
The Princess, The Priest--The Rabbi--and the War for the Perfect Wedding Episode 7

Episode #7 — Can we have an interfaith wedding?

NEXT WEEK: Interfaith marriage — What about the kids?
Want to see more? Watch other episodes of “The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding” here.
Special thanks to Rabbi Jill Hausman of The Actors Temple, NYC. Contact her at www.cantorweddings.com/

Dr. Christine B. Whelan, is an Iowa-based social historian, professor, journalist and author. She is the author of Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to True Love, and Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women.
Fr. Eric Andrews CSP is the pastor of Blessed John XXIII parish, which serves as the Catholic campus ministry for the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Prior…

May 25th, 2009
The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding Episode 6

Episode #6 — Why Can’t We Get Married To The Beatles?
NEXT WEEK: Can we have an interfaith wedding?

Dr. Christine B. Whelan, is an Iowa-based social historian, professor, journalist and author. She is the author of Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to True Love, and Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women.
Fr. Eric Andrews CSP is the pastor of Blessed John XXIII parish, which serves as the Catholic campus ministry for the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Prior to entering the priesthood, he worked for Jim Henson and the Muppets on a variety of television productions.…

May 19th, 2009
The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding Episode 5

Episode #5 — How can we keep our wedding simple?

NEXT WEEK: Why can’t we get married to The Beatles?
Want to see more? Watch other episodes of “The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding” here.

Some links to discount wedding gowns
From Christine… “Here’s a link to a great place called VOWS in Newton, MA that has lots of discounted wedding gowns — I looked there myself, actually, and I can tell you there are wonderful dresses: www.bridepower.com… as of my writing this, there are 69 dresses under $500. There are also some wedding dresses on sale at jcrew.com for under $200 as well. Target did a great line of wedding dresses last year, but discontinued

May 14th, 2009
DVR alert for Fr. Dave on the History Channel!

Our own Father Dave Dwyer, CSP, will appear in a show on the History Channel about the new movie Angels & Demons. It will air on Saturday, May 16th at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time (7 p.m. Central; 6 p.m. Mountain). Check your local listings for channel number and to confirm the time. The 2-hour documentary, Angels & Demons Decoded…, will re-air on Sunday, May 17th at 12 midnight Eastern/Pacific, and again on Sunday, May 24th at 4 p.m. Eastern/Pacific. The show also features director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks. Fr. Dave appears several times throughout the show.

April 27th, 2009
The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding Episode 4

Episode #4 — What Does a Celibate Priest Know About Sex?

Dr. Christine B. Whelan, is an Iowa-based social historian, professor, journalist and author. She is the author of Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to True Love, and Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women.
Fr. Eric Andrews CSP is the pastor of Blessed John XXIII parish, which serves as the Catholic campus ministry for the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Prior to entering the priesthood, he worked for Jim Henson and the Muppets on a variety of television productions.

April 19th, 2009
The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding Episode 3

Episode #3 Why Can’t We Get Married On The Beach?”
(Please note: due to some technical issues encountered while recording,
portions of Fr. Eric’s video and audio are slightly distorted.) 

Dr. Christine B. Whelan, is an Iowa-based social historian, professor, journalist and author. She is the author of Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to True Love, and Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women.
Fr. Eric Andrews CSP is the pastor of Blessed John XXIII parish, which serves as the Catholic campus ministry for the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Prior to entering the priesthood, he worked for Jim Henson and the Muppets on a variety of television productions.

April 13th, 2009
The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding Episode 2

Episode #2 “The Jerky Priest!”

Dr. Christine B. Whelan, is an Iowa-based social historian, professor, journalist and author. She is the author of Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to True Love, and Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women.
Fr. Eric Andrews CSP is the pastor of Blessed John XXIII parish, which serves as the Catholic campus ministry for the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Prior to entering the priesthood, he worked for Jim Henson and the Muppets on a variety of television productions.

April 12th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Easter
John 20:1-9
On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not…

April 11th, 2009

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Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil
We celebrate the Easter Vigil after sundown on Holy Saturday. We start with the church in darkness, and then slowly the introduction of light makes its way into our presence by lighting candles from the great Easter candle (Paschal candle), and as Jesus’ resurrection grows stronger, more light opens into the congregation.
The evening is also marked by the Baptism of the elect, those who have been preparing to enter into the church. Those of us not being baptized are called to renew our own baptismal promises as well.

Fast from impatience.
Pray… for the patience to accept Christ’s coming into your life. (If that seems too abstract to you, pray for

April 9th, 2009

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Good Friday
We’re letting you see Good Friday early, so you can be prepared to observe what we’re asking of you.
“Were you there, when they crucified my Lord?”
The haunting sounds of this old spiritual tell you all you need to know about Good Friday. This is the day of Jesus’ crucifixion and death. Jesus was nailed and hung on a cross and left for dead with common criminals on either side of him. There is no Mass celebrated on Good Friday. The Blessed Sacrament is removed from the tabernacle and moved to an alternate location in the church.
The day is marked by an interactive reading of the Passion narrative. The congregation usually reads the lines in the story…

April 9th, 2009

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Holy Thursday
Two things are central to Holy Thursday. First, we are reminded of the Last Supper and the final period of time that Jesus shared with his disciples.
In three of the four gospels we hear about how Jesus took bread and broke it and blessed a cup of wine saying “this is my body; this is my blood. Do this to remember me.” In the Gospel of John however, the central moment of Jesus’ final evening with his disciples is not the Eucharistic meal (which in fact is not even mentioned) but rather, the washing of the disciples’ feet. This moment get re-enacted at Mass after the homily and also reminds us of the second thing that gets emphasized on Holy Thursday: the…

April 8th, 2009

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Lenten Fact
Passover is the first of three major festivals that have historical and agricultural significance. It is the beginning of the harvest season in Israel although nobody really pays any mind to this. The Hebrew word Pesach means to pass through or exempt. The Passover recalls the biblical story from the book of Exodus. God passed over the houses of the Jews that were marked with the blood of the lamb when he was slaying all the first born sons in Egypt.
Jews remove all leavened bread from their homes for Passover to symbolize that they were once nomadic and always in a hurry — so much so that they couldn’t let their bread rise.
On the first night of Passover, there is a special…

April 7th, 2009

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Lent Quotable

There is a place where thou canst touch the eyes
Of blinded men to instant, perfect sight;
There is a place where thou canst say, “Arise”
To dying captives, bound in chains of night;
There is a place where thou canst reach the store
Of hoarded gold and free it for the Lord;
There is a place — upon some distant shore —
Where thou canst send the worker and the Word.
Where is that secret place — dost thou ask, “Where?”
O soul, it is the secret place of prayer!— Alfred Lord Tennyson

Fast from ignorance. Read a book.
Pray for people who lack a proper education.
Give… used books to a library or a literacy organization.
Slipped up? Don’t

April 6th, 2009

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Lenten Fact
Hot cross buns are a British Catholic tradition. Despite an attempt by Queen Elizabeth I to squash this papist pastry in the 1500s, it has survived down through the centuries.
The ironic thing about its perceived Catholicity is that the hot cross bun started as a pagan offering. When the Saxons settled in England in the 6th Century, they brought their Germanic gods with them from Holstein. Eostre was their goddess of light, whose festival occurred at the beginning of Spring. Eostre herself likely derives from the Vedic deity Ushas, the pre-Hindu Indian goddess of dawn, which welcomed the birds and drove off evil spirits. Ushas is further developed in the vedas as the medium…

April 5th, 2009

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Today we celebrate Passion (Palm) Sunday. We receive palms at Mass in memory of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem where he was hailed by the people with palm branches.
As he enters Jerusalem, Jesus moves closer to his death on the cross. So these palms symbolically point us toward not merely Christ’s death but also His resurrection.
Another lesser-known reference to palm branches is in the book of Revelation, where it speaks of the saints in heaven “wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.” (Revelation 7:9)
The palms suggest that they too are triumphant over death and have come to live in a new life with God. The white robes also remind us of our…

April 4th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.— Albert Einstein

Fast from excessive electricity consumption.
Pray for people in the world who don’t have the infrastructure to have electricity.
Give $2 to your FastPrayGive Bowl. (Your FastPrayGive Bowl is a container you’ve set aside to hold the money saved from various fasting challenges, to be used for whatever charity you choose at the end of Lent.)

Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: Halo Store Grab bag…
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April 3rd, 2009
Given up? Why not start over for Holy Week?

You’ve made it this far — only another week to go.  As a matter of fact, it’s the Holiest Week of the year.
So even if you’ve completely messed up all throughout Lent, here’s a good opportunity to try again and get into the spirit of Holy Week.  Remember this is unflunkable — with each day that passes you get one more chance to learn more about yourself and grow closer to God.  So join us down the homestretch for your last chances to fast, pray and give one day at a time.
 
We aren’t announcing when… we will be doing our FastPrayGive Lent Incentive Grand Prize Drawing, but we will clue you in: we’ll do it in time to get the iPod Nano Easter Basket to the winner for Easter

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