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December 21st, 2013

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There we have it ladies and gentlemen, your 2013 Christmas Songology winner…Josh Groban’s O Holy Night….
Thanks for participating. We wish you a continued happy Advent, a merry Christmas and an upcoming great new year!

December 20th, 2013

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We’re down to the final matchup and it’s no surprise that it’s the Classics region versus the Religious region as It’s a Wonderful Life‘s Hark! The Herald Angels Sing takes on Josh Groban’s O Holy Night. 2 songs enter, 1 song leaves. It’s time to listen and vote on last time…

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
O Holy Night by Josh Groban

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing… was written in 1739 by Charles Wesley, and was originally performed with a slow and somber tone, unlike the joyful and upbeat way it is often heard today, like in this iconic last scene from the 1946

December 19th, 2013

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We’ve arrived at the final four where we find a No.1 seed (Hark! by George Bailey & friends) versus a No.8 seed (Christmas Time is Here ala Snoopy) and a No.5 seed (Josh Groban’s O Holy Night) facing off against a No.7 seed (Little Drummer Boy by duo Crosby and Bowie.)
The biggest shock yesterday is Ella Fitzgerald losing to Christmas Time is Here. How classy, elegant and beautiful sounding Ella lost to the now overplayed, perhaps belongs-in-Christmas-song-jail (or at least probation,) is anyone’s guess.
Listen, enjoy, vote!
(Note: Two of these songs require you to sign up for a free Spotify account in order to listen to them.)

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark! The Herald Angels…

December 18th, 2013

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And Rudolph goes down! Welcome to Round 3 of Christmas Songology, the holiday bracket contest where you get to finally help decide what the best Christmas song is. George Bailey and friends and family completely outmatched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 67% to 33% in the votes yesterday with their rendition of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. Other big percentage wins included Josh Groban’s O Holy Night over Andrea Bocelli’s Adeste Fideles (62% to 38%); The First Noel over Away in a Manger (65% to 36%); Ella Fitzgerald over Elvis Presley (68% to 32%); Little Drummer Boy over The Twelve Days of Christmas… (63% to 37%); and the Grinch over the Pogues’ remorseful yet fun, heartfelt,

December 17th, 2013

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Welcome to Round 2 of Christmas Songology, where you get to listen to, vote on, and ultimately declare which of these songs is the very best Christmas tune out there. Depending on your tastes, yesterday saw some of the very worst (or best) Christmas songs get knocked out of the running as both the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller were eliminated by the No.1 and 2 seeds in the Classics region.
However, in our humble opinion, three really, really good Christmas songs (and all No.2 seeds) got the boot in Round 1 (Jingle Bells, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Holy, Holy, Holy), not to mention Mariah Carey’s Joy to the World (No.3) and Sting’s I Saw Three Ships… (No.4) which

December 17th, 2013
Add your comments to our virtual card for the Holy Father

Today is Pope Francis’ 77th birthday, and even though we weren’t the only ones with this idea, we thought it’d be fun to write our thoughts down for him and ask you to share yours as well.

To open our card and see what we’ve written to Pope Francis, just click on the card. Then, add your own blessings, well wishes and birthday greetings to the Holy Father in the comments section below.

December 16th, 2013

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Busted Halo® is giving you an early Christmas present this year: a bracket contest where you get to listen to, decide and vote on which Christmas song you think is best. It was hard narrowing it down to just 32 selections since there are so many songs out there, not to mention honing them down to some of our favorite versions from some of our favorite artists. What we ended up with is a great mix of classics, religious, more modern, and a miscellaneous category that we just ended up calling “zany”. So take some time to listen and compare, and then cast your vote in this first round to begin decorating the Christmas tree with the best Christmas songs.
(Note: Many of these songs require you to sign …

December 6th, 2013

Advent is a precious time in the Christian calendar. The four weeks leading up to December 25 are meant to be a period of expectant waiting, as we prepare ourselves for the miraculous arrival of our Savior and his gifts of love, hope, joy, and peace.

The reality for most of us, though, is that these are anxious weeks of shopping and holiday planning leading up to a hectic Christmas Day. In the bustle of the holiday season, it’s hard to remember what we’re waiting for. Busted Halo’s 2013 Advent Surprise Calendar is here to help with that…

December 5th, 2013
We ask a question that rolls around in a lot of people’s minds about Catholic priests not being allowed to marry

In the Catholic Church where clergy are celibate, the question comes up in discussion from time to time: Should priests be allowed to marry? Even an official at the Vatican is talking about it.
What would be the implications for the priesthood and local parishes?
We turned to some Busted Halo® friends for their opinions. Here’s what they had to say:
Steven Bell, CSP
I remember having my first conversation with a spiritual director about celibacy. As much as celibacy is considered in priestly circles as a “gift” that is so countercultural to the way many societies work, how does one find the impetus, rationale and energy to sustain it? My spiritual director offered the answer that works for…

December 3rd, 2013

Christmas is coming and Busted Halo longtime friend Fr. Jack Collins, CSP, hits the streets (and the local ice skating rink) to ask people what they know about that anticipatory season of waiting and preparation… Advent.

November 30th, 2013

The last month of the year already!
Here’s our December desktop image keeping you informed of all the dates you need to know as you journey through Advent. Remember, Advent is a time of hope and anticipation and patience. In addition to this wallpaper, we encourage you to use some of Busted Halo®‘s other tools to keep you focused on the season:

- the 2013 Advent Surprise Calendar
- Advent in 2 Minutes (video)
- You Don’t Know Jack!…About Advent (video)
- St. Nicholas is Comin’ to Town
- You Don’t Know Jack!…About the Immaculate Conception (video)
The wallpaper is available in sizes that will fit both widescreen and full screen monitors, as well as mobile devices. Download…

November 27th, 2013

Thank you for sharing your stories of gratitude with us this month. They were reminders to us of how important it is to celebrate gratitude not only on one day, but throughout the year. It was truly a pleasure to read through the submissions — and difficult to pick winners!
We haves selected the following seven stories to share with you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Lauren Stark from Hawthorn Woods, Illinois (and Spain)
What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

I had been in Spain for two days, and I was ready to go home. The problem was I still had 108 days to go. I was convinced that I’d never feel comfortable during my semester abroad. The food was new, the language was new, the

November 20th, 2013
Share your stories of gratitude -- now through November 22

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s a day when we celebrate the things we are thankful for — life, family, and material and spiritual blessings. At the heart of our turkey dinners and family gatherings are expressions of gratitude. This year, we want to invite you — our readers — to air your attitudes of gratitude and submit (short) stories of thanksgiving. Here are three “thankful” writing prompts:

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?
Why is it so important to celebrate gratitude?
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving memory?

Send us your submission (guidelines below) by November 22, 2013, and you could have it published Thanksgiving Day at www.BustedHalo.com…

November 1st, 2013

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:
First Prize: Fr. Louie, OSB, from @SandeeKremers via Twitter
Second Prize: “We’re off to see the Wizard…” from Denise via Facebook
Third Prize: Saint Agatha from @Kmeder via Instagram
If you don’t already, follow BustedHaloPhoto on Instagram. Stay tuned for our next photo contest. Now, back to your regularly scheduled Halloween candy eating!

November 1st, 2013

November seems to be a month for reflection as we begin by remembering all the saints and souls that have gone before us and end the month (in the U.S., anyway) with a day of thanksgiving. Use these days for your own reflection, remembrance and thanksgiving.
The wallpaper is available in sizes that will fit both widescreen and full screen monitors, as well as mobile devices. Download the files directly below, mark your calendar, and enjoy this easy way to stay aware of important feasts and holy days heading your way.
16:9 [2560 x 1440] · 16:10 [2560 x 1600] · 4:3 [2400 x 1800] · mobile [640 x 1136]…

October 30th, 2013

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.)…

October 30th, 2013

Jack is back, this time hitting the streets of New York City’s East Village to find out what people know about the saints. Are they all perfect people? Do they have to be Catholic? What are their best qualities? Follow our friend and colleague, Fr. Jack Collins, CSP, as he journeys the city to find out what people know.

October 12th, 2013

After six long days witnessing intense competition between 32 of the most ferocious, yet lovable, school mascots, Catholic Mascotology ends with a clear winner rising in victory above the rest. “Petey,” the Canisius College Golden Griffin, claims the title of Best Catholic Mascot.

October 11th, 2013

We’ve arrived at the final day and at the final two mascots who will go head-to-head for approximately the next 24 hours to see which one is truly the Best Catholic Mascot.

October 10th, 2013

Vote today in the Final Four of Catholic Mascotology! Busted Halo® is celebrating the new school year with our latest Catholic bracket: Catholic Mascotology — a contest to determine which Catholic school has the best mascot.

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