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.)
Join Fr. Steve as he makes his way through the festivities, samples quite a few treats, talks to the locals and discovers the deeper meaning of the feast.
Three years after college graduation Mark Irons is asking, Now what? He hits the streets of New York City with a camcorder to see if other young people are asking some of the same questions. More importantly, how did they go about making the big decisions in their lives?
In 2008, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith began an investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (or LCWR), the largest association in the United States of leaders of Catholic nuns and sisters in religious communities. During its study of the LCWR, the Vatican office analyzed how Catholic doctrine was being addressed within the organization. This past April, the results of the investigation were revealed.
This week, as the LCWR is meeting to develop a response to the Vatican’s investigation, we’re here on the street asking Catholics who are marching to support the sisters what they think.
At Busted Halo we believe everybody has a halo, some are just a little more busted than others.
This St. Patrick’s Day, we’re hitting the streets to see whose faith trivia halo is nicely polished, and whose is a little less shiny.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, and is the traditional religious feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The Irish have observed St. Patrick’s Day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. On St. Patrick’s Day, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon.
Today, people of all backgrounds around the world recognize St. Patrick’s Day, but even though they’re celebrating, it’s questionable how many know what the celebration is about.
Faith, spirituality and religion are too often looked upon as the province of “experts” who spend all their time in places of worship. At BustedHalo.com we frequently hear from readers who desperately want to explore their spiritual questions but feel alienated from traditional faith communities. The fact of the matter is that the experience of sacredness is as unique and personal as our fingerprints, but we sometimes fail to recognize these moments as God’s way of speaking to us in our everyday lives.
“Where’s God?” is our attempt to look more imaginatively at the movement of grace in each of our lives and chronicle the countless different ways God is at work. It also marks our first foray into the YouTube universe (youtube.com/bustedhalovideo). We hope that this new video feature (BustedVideo!?!), in which associate editor Jeff Guhin describes his experience of God outside the walls of Church, will inspire others to realize that it doesn’t take an “expert” to see God’s presence in their own lives.
We want to hear from you…
We hope to shoot more segments in the near future, so we encourage readers to share where God is for them below.