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July 1st, 2013
We’re deep into summer AND ordinary time, which means there aren’t THAT many big Catholic feasts and holy days during the month of July. That being said, we’ve decided to highlight some of the saints that you might not realize are celebrated during this summer month. Oh, and see you at World Youth Day! 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. Download: 16:9 [2560 x 1440] · 16:10 [2560 x 1600] · 4:3 [2400 x 1800] · mobile [640 x 1136]
June 27th, 2013
Mountains are mentioned more than 500 times in the Bible. While they have a significant symbolic value, mountains first and foremost were part of the physical landscape of biblical times. So, put your climbing gear in your pack, click the image below to make it bigger and let’s head out on a hike through the mountains of the Bible! Click image to open or download the PDF. Also see the previous answer in the Busted Halo Question Box.…
June 24th, 2013
Well, Catholics actually don’t worship Mary. They do pray to Mary. Think about the times you’ve asked someone to pray for you because you were sick or in need. That’s why Catholics pray to Mary, believing she can bring their concerns to Jesus. Watch our “Mary in Two Minutes Video” for more information about the relationship between Catholics and the Virgin Mary.…
June 23rd, 2013
Take a break from your studies today. We know that Summer School is hard work. Go to Mass and then watch this pep talk from Kid President.…
June 16th, 2013
Take a break from your studies today and watch this video. Go to Mass and then go have a little fun.…
June 10th, 2013
The Catholic tradition and many other Christian denominations stand united on Ephesians 4:4-6, which says: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.” So, once baptism (water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) happens, it’s a once-and-for-all kind of thing. If you move to a different part of the country or even switch to another denomination or convert to Catholicism, you’re covered. However, in other Christian denominations, the practice of infant baptism (Catholic tradition) is not considered sufficient because they…
June 9th, 2013
Take a break from your studies today. Go to Mass and then go have a little fun.…
June 3rd, 2013
So, your friend/sibling/roommate has asked you to be a godparent. It can be fun, but it’s more than just sending a birthday card once a year. So, get ready for the baptism and beyond with Busted Halo’s “Guidelines for Good Godparenting.” Click here or the image below to download a high-quality printable copy. (For a black and white copy, click here.)…
June 1st, 2013
We thought we’d pay special recognition to fathers this month through our wallpaper with a depiction of St. Joseph holding his foster son, Jesus. Arguably one of the most important dates to look out for in June is Father‘s Day on the 16th. If you’re having trouble finding something you’ve lost, make sure to say special prayers to St. Anthony on his feast day, the 13th. Here’s a nice little piece of trivia: On June 24 the Church celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist, who is one of three figures whose birth is celebrated by the Catholic Church. Can you guess the other two? Jesus (December 25), of course, and Mary (September 8). Oh, and don’t forget about Flag Day on June 14.…
May 30th, 2013
Class is in session! We’re answering questions of faith about God, Catholic beliefs, Church teaching as it relates to modern living, and much more!

Over the next four weeks Busted Halo is headed into the classroom for a session of summer school. In the tradition of the Busted Halo Question Box, we’ll answer questions about the Sacraments, Catholic beliefs, Church teaching as it relates to modern living, and much more. You’ll be learning, doing a little homework (don’t worry -- it won’t be too difficult), and digging deeper into your faith. This will probably lead to more questions!

Each day, that day's link in the Summer School calendar will start working, leading to a question of faith and its answer. There's also a form to submit your own question of faith, and each week during Summer School we will give away an Amazon Kindle to the person who submits the best question of faith, as determined by the Busted Halo staff.

May 1st, 2013
Happy May Day! Today is the first day of the the month of Mary and here’s our latest wallpaper helping to remind you about the important holidays and holy days of the month. 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. Download: 16:9 [2560 x 1440] · 16:10 [2560 x 1600] · 4:3 [2400 x 1800] · mobile [640 x 1136]
April 1st, 2013
Habemus wallpaper! We have a new pope and wanted to show him off in our latest wallpaper. Use this for your laptop, desktop or mobile device to stay up-to-date with all the feast days of April. 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. Download: 16:9 [2560 x 1440] · 16:10 [2560 x 1600] · 4:3 [2400 x 1800] · mobile [640 x 1136]
March 31st, 2013
A look at Easter's holy and worldly symbols
Check out this downloadable high-res PDF guide to the Easter's holy and worldly symbols
March 13th, 2013
Celebrations have spread throughout the world with the election of Pope Francis. Amidst all of the festivities and news coverage, you might be wondering, What does he do now?
March 11th, 2013
Fr. Dave's Video Report from Rome
Join Fr. Dave on a video tour of Rome that answers your conclave questions: Why does the papal conclave happen in Rome? Why does one person head the Catholic Church? and, what is the role of prayer in all of this?
March 6th, 2013
Visit our Facebook page to view all the results of Papal Madness… [+] Enlarge “Pope Colbert” by Kevin SylvesterHabemus falsum papam! We have a fake pope! Though voting was tight most of yesterday between the final two Papal Madness competitors, Stephen Colbert ultimately triumphed over His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan by approximately 50 votes, making him the winner of this bracket and naming him Pope Stephen XI (a.k.a. Pope Suburban I, as coined by Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, in a recent Colbert Report appearance.) Now, we won’t get into the specifics of whether Colbert is actually the 10th or 11th pope to be named Stephen, we’ll just congratulate him on his win and wish the…
March 5th, 2013
It's the last day of Papal Madness and your last chance to participate. Vote now!
March 5th, 2013
We had wanted to include the start date for the papal conclave on this one, but the Cardinals are taking their sweet time arriving in Rome and setting a date for the election of a new pope. However, with the conclave in mind, we did decide on a Sistine Chapel theme this month. The Creation of Man‘s iconic hands seem appropriate since the Cardinals will not only be seated under them, but also be looking for guidance from the Holy Spirit in their decision, much as Adam in the painting is having life breathed into him by God. Likewise, the end of the month finds us celebrating Easter and new life, as well as God’s giving of another gift to us — his son. The wallpaper is available in sizes that will fit both widescreen…
March 4th, 2013
Visit our Facebook page and vote on who you want to see go head-to-head in the last round of Papal Madness… [+] Enlarge It’s Day 5 of Papal Madness and we’re perplexed: Do people really like Mark Wahlberg this much, or are Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney just not as popular as we believed? Meanwhile, the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Dolan, took Busted Halo‘s® very own Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, to the cleaners; Stephen Colbert triumphed over Conan O’Brien; and Martin Sheen made quick work out of Jim Caviezel. If you haven’t already, go to our Facebook page and vote on today’s matchups. Well, we’ve arrived at the Faithful Four. In the top part of the bracket…
March 1st, 2013
Visit our Facebook page right now and scroll down to vote on who will be in the Final Four of Papal Madness… [+] Enlarge Stephen Colbert absolutely obliterated MSNBC’s Chris Matthews during yesterday’s “Spiritual Sixteen,” with Matthews only getting 4.3% of the total vote — the biggest deficit Papal Madness has seen to date. Upsets of the day included actor Jim Caviezel prevailing over director Martin Scorsese, and the surprising win of Mark Wahlberg over Bruce Springsteen. (How did that happen?!!!) Jesuit fans out there will be sad to say goodbye to Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, who lost to none other than His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan. If you haven’t already,
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