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Busted Halo® Cast
The Busted Halo Cast® is our weekly podcast that answers questions of faith ranging from the simple basics of the Catholic faith to complex dilemmas of everyday life. We also highlight a church to visit that other young adults have found welcoming and vital and preview next week's scripture readings.

Busted Halo’s Fr. Dave Dwyer, Fr. Steven Bell, and Barbara Wheeler-Bride co-host every week offering their faith-filled answers to your questions. You can call-in your questions to (917) 591 8476 or e-mail us at questionbox@bustedhalo.com

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September 22nd, 2014

Do your coworkers think it’s funny that you pray before meals or keep a prayer card in your cubicle?
Have you ever been asked about the cross you wear around your neck? Fr. Dave, Barbara, and Sean have advice for responding to comments and questions about your expressions of faith.
Coming Attractions from Philippians. Our NEW Church Search: Listener Picks comes from Holy Family Parish in Staten Island, New York.
Call us with your podcast questions and “Church Search: Listener Picks” at 917-591-8476. You’ll get a prize!
Don’t forget — it’s almost Fr. Dave’s birthday! He would love for you to make a gift to our “50 at 50” campaign to celebrate. Donate today! Thanks!
0:00 — Intro…

September 15th, 2014

Barbara is back from vacation and the team is together again! On this week’s episode, Fr. Dave, Barbara, and Intern Sean answer a question about mountains in the Bible. Moses, Elijah, Jesus…all fond of mountaintop experiences! We explain why with the help of this Busted Halo Infographic on the topic!
Coming Attractions from Matthew and the parable of the generous landowner.
Our NEW Church Search: Listener Picks comes from the Paulist Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
Call us with your podcast questions and “Church Search: Listener Picks” at 917-591-8476. You’ll get a prize!
And Fr. Dave has a birthday later this month – the BIG 5-0! Help him celebrate with a donation to Busted Halo that will keep…

September 8th, 2014

How can we justify praying to saints as if they have specific magical powers?

Feeling superstitious? On this week’s Busted Halo Cast, Fr. Dave and Intern Sean examine what the Catholic faith says about superstition and praying to saints.
Coming Attractions from the Phillipians.
Our NEW Church Search: Listener Picks segment features Christ Our Light in Cherry Hill, NJ. Call us with your podcast questions and “Church Search: Listener Picks” at 917-591-8476.

0:00 — Intro
5:43 — Question

23:34 — Coming Attractions

26:56 — Church Search: Listener Picks…

August 26th, 2014

It’s back to the amazing duo of Fr. Dave and Barbara on the Busted Halo Cast. (Intern Sean is off working at the U.S. Open — lucky guy!) On this week’s episode, we talk about the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation and why they happen at different times … or do they? You’ll learn about some of the different traditions of these sacraments in the Church.
Coming Attractions from the Book of Romans.
Our NEW Church Search: Listener Picks segment features Saint John XXIII Parish in Perrysburg, Ohio.
Call us with your podcast questions and “Church Search: Listener Picks” at 917-591-8476.
0:00 — Intro
10:28 — Question
29:00 — Coming Attractions
31:06 — Church Search: Listener…

August 18th, 2014
(Fr. Steve's Farewell Podcast)

Busted Halo Cast listeners, this is Fr. Steve’s last podcast! To console ourselves, we answer two questions on this episode — one about Fr. Steve’s dulcet tones and a question about the many different versions of Bible. What translation is your favorite? Coming Attractions from the Gospel of Matthew and (drum roll) our NEW Church Search: Listener Picks segment debuts with St. Augustine Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., Fr. Steve’s home parish!
Don’t forget to check out Fr. Steve’s Greatest Hits at BustedHalo.com. We will miss your dulcet tones and spiritual inspiration on the podcast, Fr. Steve! Join us in praying for Fr. Steve’s new adventure at the campus…

August 12th, 2014

Want to show how your faith impacts your life while at work but just don’t know how? Fr. Steve and interns Alexandra, Shaheen and Sean have some tips for our caller on how to go about showing how we can show what our faith does to us, without being a little too outright. Coming Attractions brings some words from a very famous prophet. Church Search heads down to Columbia, South Carolina to the St. Thomas More Catholic Church which serves the University of South Carolina and the surrounding community. And (drum roll) we need your help!
We want your assistance with the “Church Search” segment of the Busted Halo Cast! Call us at 917-591-8476 and record a shout-out for your parish or campus ministry. Here’s…

August 5th, 2014

Considering a call to religious life and also struggling with paying back student loans? Fr. Dave, Fr. Steve, Barbara, and Intern Sean have some feedback for our caller along with some suggestions for where she (and others) might find more information and even financial assistance. Check out the Consumer Protection Bureau and The Project on Student Debt for answers to some of your basic student loan questions. And Fr. Steve recommended both the Knights of Columbus and the Serra Club as possible sources of assistance.
Coming Attractions features a Psalm of the summer! Church Search visits Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon, Florida, which features a special “Real Life” ministry for young adults.…

July 29th, 2014

Do you ever feel like you’re just going through the motions of faith? Want to get out of a rut? On this week’s Busted Halo Cast, Fr. Steve, Fr. Dave, and Barbara have some insights into how one might deal with moments like these. Plus — A BIG announcement from Fr. Steve. Coming Attractions from Romans where nothing can separate us from God’s love. Church Search heads to Richmond, Virginia, and Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, and (drum roll) we need your help!
We want your assistance with the “Church Search” segment of the Busted Halo Cast! Call us at 917-591-8476 and record a shout-out for your parish or campus ministry. Here’s what you do:
- Tell us your first name and the parish you are…

July 21st, 2014

Wait — There are more books in the Catholic Bible? Fr. Dave, Barbara, and Intern Sean talk about why that’s the case on this episode of the Busted Halo Cast. Here’s a link to more about how a book becomes part of the Canon of Scripture. Speaking of the Bible … Coming Attractions: We turn to the Gospel of Matthew to hear about the treasure of heaven. Church Search takes a trip to St. Mary University Parish located in the middle of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
0:00 — Intro
7:52 — Question
25:39 — Coming Attractions…

July 15th, 2014

Do you ever sit in Mass and wonder what the priest is doing up there with the water, the wine, and the chalice? On this week’s episode of the Busted Halo Cast, Fr. Steve, Fr. Dave, and Barbara talk about the rituals of Mass. We hopefully answer some of your questions about Mass details – and other things like holy water. Coming Attractions: According to Paul, the Holy Spirit’s got your back when you pray! Church Search visits Fishers, Indiana, and St. Louis de Montfort.
Do you have a question of faith? Call 917-591-8476 and leave a voicemail with your question or e-mail us at questionbox@bustedhalo.com.
0:00 — Intro
5:45 — Question
20:00 — Coming Attractions…

July 8th, 2014

Struggling with what you believe? Does something feel “off” when you go to church? This week, Summer Intern Sean joins Fr. Steve and Barbara to talk about exploring your faith and discovering what you believe. Their recommendations include talking with a trusted spiritual advisor or friend, engaging with your faith questions, and checking out all of the resources that are available to you in the Catholic Church (including www.BustedHalo.com) and beyond! For starters, check out this article about different types of believers at www.BustedHalo.com. Coming Attractions: Gardening tips from Matthew. Church Search visits Tucson, Arizona, and St. Pious X parish.
Do you have a question…

July 1st, 2014

This week’s podcast covers a serious topic – funerals in cases of suicide. Fr. Steve, Barbara, and Summer Intern Morgan answer a question about what happens when you commit suicide and the possibility of being buried in the Catholic Church. Coming Attractions – A word of comfort for all those who are burdened or carrying a heavy load this week from the Gospel of Matthew. Church Search is headed to the tiny state of Rhode Island and Christ the King Church and University of Rhode Island Catholic Center in Kingston.
0:00 — Intro
7:23 — Question
19:29 — Coming Attractions…

June 24th, 2014

Bow your heads — it’s time to pray. But what do you do with your hands? On this week’s podcast – a conversation about prayer postures during Mass. Fr. Steve and Barbara are joined by one of Busted Halo’s stellar summer interns, Shaheen! Coming Attractions — It’s the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, y’all, and we hear a reading from the Gospel of Matthew. Church Search visits the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City, South Dakota.
0:00 — Intro
7:56 — Question
19:44 — Coming Attractions…

June 17th, 2014

When temperatures rise, sometimes tempers flare! Fr. Steve, Fr. Dave, and Barbara answer a question about yelling and have a conversation about anger, specifically the difference between righteous anger and sinful anger. Check it out! Coming Attractions — It’s the Feast of Corpus Christi and we’ll hear a reading from the Gospel of John about Jesus as the Bread of Life. Church Search goes to the City of Brotherly Love and St. Vincent de Paul Parish.
0:00 — Intro
5:10 — Question
22:52 — Coming Attractions…

June 10th, 2014

A little water, a little Father-Son-and-Holy Spirit — and you have a baptism! On this episode Fr. Steve, Fr. Dave, and Barbara talk about the Sacrament of Baptism, what it is, and when it happens in different Christian denominations. Coming Attractions — Trinity Sunday is this weekend and we hear a reading from the gospel of John, arguably the most well known passage in all of scripture. Church Search is headed to the Midwest and St. Leo’s parish in Grand Island, Nebraska.
0:00 — Intro
5:20 — Question
21:55 — Coming Attractions…

June 2nd, 2014

Altar call anyone? On this week’s episode we answer a question about publicly being asked to repent and declare your faith. Have you answered an altar call before? Fr. Steve, Fr. Dave, and Barbara share their experiences with altar calls — and the importance of daily answering God’s call to discipleship. Coming Attractions — Pentecost is here, y’all! May you be filled with the Holy Spirit. Church Search travels to Greenville, South Carolina, and the Newman Center at Furman University.
0:00 — Intro
6:36 — Question
19:30 — Coming Attractions…

May 26th, 2014

Sin – or no sin? On this week’s episode of the Busted Halo Cast we answer a question about asking questions during the Sacrament of Reconciliation and talk about how you might prepare for and approach the sacrament. The most important thing to remember: GO! And here’s a handy guide if you haven’t been to confession in a while. 
Coming Attractions — Feast of the Ascension and Jesus’ Great Commission from the gospel of Matthew.
Church Search… features St. Stephen Church in Bradshaw, Maryland.
 0:00 — Intro
 6:00 — Question
17:25 — Coming Attractions

May 19th, 2014

Do you notice people leaving Mass as soon as they receive communion? Do you leave Mass as soon as you receive communion? This episode of the Busted Halo Cast covers the topic of leaving Mass early. Should I stay or should I go? Fr. Steve is on vacation so Fr. Dave and Barbara share some insight on the topic.
Coming Attractions — The Gospel readings for the Easter Season are starting to give us a preview of the Holy Spirit and what’s up next in the liturgical calendar … Pentecost!
Church Search… features a personal recommendation from one of our listeners: Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas. And a special shout-out to their Young Adult Ministry!
0:00 — Intro
5:12 — Question

May 12th, 2014

Busted Halo Intern Vincent joins us for this week’s podcast where we answer a question about interfaith marriage in the Catholic Church. And we have some suggestions for discussing your faith — no matter what that might be — with your significant other. Coming Attractions — Jesus calls us, like a shepherd calls his sheep. Can we hear his voice amidst the other noise in your lives? Church Search visits St. Patrick’s Church in Pelham, New Hampshire, and — BONUS! — Our Lady Help of Christians in Staten Island where Dorothy Day was baptized and Intern Vincent went to middle school. Please join us in praying for Vincent and other students who are studying and taking final…

May 5th, 2014

Christmas is always December 25. Valentine’s Day is February 14. Some holiday dates stay the same from year to year, but why does the date of Easter always change? We have the answer — plus this week’s Coming Attractions about the very beginnings of the church from the book of Acts. The Easter Season continues! Church Search visits a musical parish in Williamsburg, Virginia.
0:00 — Intro
5:21 — Question
15:23 — Coming Attractions…

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