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September 18th, 2015
Fr. Steven Bell, CSP, makes his video debut (and eats a lot of sausage and peppers) while celebrating the San Gennaro Festival in New York’s Little Italy. The festival, which celebrates the patron saint of the people of Naples, is well known as one of the largest religious street festivals in the United States.  San Gennaro, a.k.a. St. Januarius, was an Italian bishop martyred in 305 AD.  His remains were brought back to Naples, where he was celebrated for his faithfulness.  When the Napoli people immigrated to New York in 1926, they continued the celebration, which has expanded from a simple afternoon event into what is now an 11-day-long festival of food, fellowship and fun (and once again, a lot of food.)…
September 16th, 2015
Busted Halo is excited to welcome Pope Francis to the United States! Next week, our team will be traveling to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia for the events, as well as participating in the festivities in our hometown of New York City. We’ll be posting updates, photos, videos, and behind-the-scenes info on all of our social media accounts, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr to stay connected during this historic visit! And tune in to the Catholic Channel (Sirius XM Channel 129) to hear live broadcasts of papal events. Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, will be among the hosts bringing you coverage of all things pope next week.…
September 11th, 2015
Three young adults share how Pope Francis has inspired them to deepen their faith
In honor of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the United States, we’re revisiting this piece from March 2014, which features the stories of three young adults who cite Pope Francis as their reason for coming back to the Catholic Church. Marcee Treadway Hinds Mobile, Alabama I actually met with my parish priest about entering RCIA classes and having my daughter baptized just weeks after Pope Francis was elected. As someone who longed to fully enter the Church, in a way I feel like I was called back at an amazing time. Pope Francis has, for me, been a guiding light in this journey. Every morning on my way to work I listen to the Catholic Channel’s broadcast of daily Mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New…
September 10th, 2015
An interview with Michael O’Loughlin, author of “The Tweetable Pope”
How much punch can a tweet really pack? Michael O’Loughlin, journalist at Crux, former contributor to Busted Halo, and author of the new book, “The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 Characters,” talks with Busted Halo about Pope Francis’ Twitter revolution, the pope’s upcoming visit to the United States, and living out our faith in our everyday lives. “The Tweetable Pope” author Michael O’LoughlinQ: What makes Pope Francis’ Twitter presence so revolutionary? This is a man who, just moments after he was elected to the highest office in the Catholic Church, asked for the crowd’s blessing and a few minutes later, wished them all goodnight, like a friend saying…
August 14th, 2015
With the Feast of the Assumption approaching on August 15th, we sent our intrepid Paulist priest, friend and colleague, Fr. Jack Collins, CSP, out into New York City to find out the Assumption IQ of citizens on the street.
August 12th, 2015
A closer look at how nature helps us understand our relationship with God
Whose summer to-do list doesn’t include a hike or trip to the beach or a walk in the park? (And if yours doesn’t — you should add one NOW!) Take this Busted Halo® Virtual Outdoor Retreat with you on your next great nature adventure. Examine how nature is a way for us to understand our relationship with God and also understand God’s call to care for all creation. We’ve divided the retreat into three parts — you can break up your hike, activities at the beach, or other outing to fit the timing of the retreat. No Internet connection in the great outdoors? Click on the image below to download and print the PDF. Take a copy of the retreat (and sunscreen and bug spray) with you and your friends on your next hike…
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. Click either image to open or download the 2-page PDF. Click image to open or download
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. To download this video go here and click the download arrow or choose save or download.
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. Easter SundayJohn 20:1-9 Easter MondayMatthew 28:8-15 Easter TuesdayJohn 20:11-18 Easter WednesdayLuke 24:13-35 Easter ThursdayLuke…
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.
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