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Dave Smith, Nick Cardilino, and Sean Clive Song Chosen as NCYC 2011 Theme Song

Congratulations to Dave Smith of Icon Music Studios and Nick Cardilino and Sean Clive, writers of the song that was just chosen as the theme song of National Catholic Youth Conference 2011.

This marks the first time that the same writers have won the contest twice (Nick Cardilino won in 2007, David Smith was the co-writer.

Click HERE to listen to the Rock version sung by Michael James Mette, and the ballad version sung by Francesca LaRosa.

NCYC 2011 will be held in Indianapolis November 17-19, 2011.

NCYC 2011 website
NCYC 2011 Facebook Page

Danielle Rose Returns to Music

Danielle Rose In August 2007, Danielle accepted Jesus' invitation to enter the convent to discern a religious vocation. Immediately before her entrance, Danielle recorded her fourth album, Pursue Me, which describes the journey of accepting the call to discernment.

After more than two years of formation in the convent (it’s a six to ten-year process of discernment before final vows), Danielle came to a successful discernment with her community: the Lord was calling her to follow Him in a different way. Seeking at every turn only to heed His voice and to do His will, Danielle left the convent in November 2009.

This journey of surrender and obedience taught her more deeply than ever that loving God and doing His will is more important than anything else. With this new understanding, Danielle has joyfully accepted Jesus’ invitation to continue sharing His Song for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

Danielle Rose website

Maggie Wang Wins Wellesley Idol 2010

Congratulations to Maggie Wang, daughter of Critical Mass founder David Wang. Maggie was the winner of the finals of the Wellesley Idol 2010 Competition, which were held September 25th at the Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival.

The judges of competition were Charlene Zehr, Grant Heywood and Gary Goeree.

The winner of this year’s competition received $350, second place received $250, and third place received $150.

As mentioned in a previous article, Maggie will be released two EP's this year; one Christmas and one jazz/pop album.

Here are the videos of her performances at the finals:

Maggie Wang: Help Me

Maggie Wang: Knock

Building a Successful Music Ministry

Association of Gospel Musicians, Alberta

Songdoor 2010 International Songwriting Competition Entries Surpass 2009 Levels

NASHVILLE, TENN., USA - September 25, 2010 -- With 50 days yet to go in the SongDoor 2010 International Songwriting Competition, organizers say they've already surpassed last year's entry totals. Complete information is available at

SongDoor 2010, which is sponsored by, 16 Ton Studios, Broadjam, Tanager Audioworks, NueWave Studios and Masterwriter, is among the top 10 songwriting competitions in the world after launching just four years ago. The competition has quickly gained the support of major industry forces like ASCAP and Digital Rodeo, an innovative "country music mySpace" which came on board as a partner last year.

"The word-of-mouth about SongDoor has always been positive and continues to be so," explains Tony Zotta, SongDoor president. "Our numbers are up, a surprise in this economy. We recognize that people's disposable income isn't what it used to be, and we appreciate their loyalty." Organizers are looking to significantly outdo last year's entry tally, as the "crush" has yet to come; more than 40% of SongDoor's entries are expected in the last two weeks of the compeition, which ends November 15.

"Our competition is quite different," adds Tony Zotta. "The entry fee is $10, just to cover our costs. In return, entrants receive a self-paced songwriting course of their choosing at and free songwriting software - it might be for melody-writing, or chord creation. This year it's notation software. The course and software are valued at $120. Getting $120 worth of songwriter's tools for an entry fee of $10 is a pretty good return-on-investment. People always think there's a catch, but there isn't."

"That's why we decided to partner with them," says Eric Brengle (owner of Nashville's NueWave Studios), who has recently worked with The Fray and Train. "The people behind SongDoor honestly care about the writers and actually do something to help them improve. They are very sincere people."

Entrants are eligible to win the Grand Award, valued at approximately USD $7,745 in music merchandise and services, including a fully-produced professional demo at 16 Ton Studios. Other awards include a one-year Platinum Membership to, MasterWriter software, Tanager Audioworks software, a Broadjam membership and more. Six Category Winners each receive a valuable package of awards worth more than $5,300, including a production demo at NueWave Studios. The total awards purse is more than $39,600 this year.

Judges include seasoned music industry producers, artists and engineers who have worked with/for such artists as Britney Spears, Neil Young, *NSYNC, The Fray, Train, Justin Timberlake, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, Hot Apple Pie, Little Texas, Kenny Rogers, The Charlie Daniels Band and many others.

The deadline for this year's competition is November 15; entries are accepted online or by mail. Complete entry information is available at


The SongDoor International Songwriting Competition is an annual event produced by songwriters, for songwriters. The competition is open to amateur and professional songwriters, and musicians worldwide. Entries are accepted online or by mail through November 15, 2010. An unlimited number of songs may be entered in any of six categories: Soft Rock, Christian, Country, Pop, Rock/Alt and Instrumental. For SongDoor rules, FAQs and entry form, please visit the website or email them (see below).

Email to [email protected]

Annie Karto, Singer of “You Are A Priest Forever” to Be Interviewed on Live CatholicTV Talk Show

Annie Karto On October 12th, Annie Karto, a singer and writer of the song "You Are a Priest Forever" will appear on the live CatholicTV talk show "This is the Day".

Annie Karto has traveled to over 35 states across the country speaking/singing at many national conferences. Annie is passionate about her Catholic faith, sharing this passion through song and witness on such topics as the healing power of God's mercy, the Blessed Mother, the Eucharist, Catholics returning home, the sacrament of reconciliation, on being a Catholic woman, and the power of the Holy Spirit.

"This is the Day" airs at 10:30AM ET at and on CatholicTV cable outlets. The show is rebroadcast at 7:30PM and other times during the week.

You are a Priest Forever has touched the hearts of many priests throughout the country. Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR wrote, "From the first time I heard Annie Karto's song a few years ago, I felt it had a special anointing from the Lord. Even the unfortunate negative publicity against priests that emerged in early 2002 has only made the song that much more a message of hope and consolation for all loyal Catholics who love their Church and their priests! Every priest, in turn, also needs to hear those reassuring words that Annie sings with such joyful enthusiasm and conviction. "You are a Priest Forever!" as the great Cure of Ars, St. John Vianney, patron saint of diocesan priests, reminds us so well, "The priesthood is the joy of the Heart of Jesus!" You will find this song a joy as well!"

Episodes of This is the Day are posted on the site’s archives starting the same night of the broadcast day. All videos at the website are viewable in full-screen. Paste this URL into your browser in order to access the This is the Day video archives.

CatholicTV broadcasts across the US on Sky Angel channel 142, and selected cable outlets in New England and in Chattanooga (TN) where CatholicTV is available on FiTV channel 153. To find out where to watch CatholicTV visit:

CatholicTV is a nationally-broadcasted television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at Heeding Pope Benedict XVI's call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, the CatholicTV Network features its cable TV station, Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate Mass online; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Scriptures and the Catholic Church on America's Catholic Television Network.

"This is the Day" can also be seen on demand at or downloaded via The hosts, Father Robert Reed, and Jay Fadden discuss various topics of the week and respond to viewer mail (you may email the show at [email protected]).

CatholicTV is a nationally-broadcasted television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at Heeding Pope Benedict XVI's call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, the CatholicTV Network features its cable TV station, Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate Mass online; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Scriptures and the Catholic Church on America's Catholic Television Network.

Annie Karto's website

Christopher Ames Performing at Fundraiser to Help Fight Breast Cancer

Christopher Ames Singer Christopher Ames will be one of several musical guests at "Pamper Me Pink", a fundraising effort being held in Rochester, New York.

From their website: "Come relax, lounge and enjoy the company of friends and other dynamic divas at Pamper Me Pink 2010. If you want to grow, learn, laugh, relax and be inspired then this is an event you will not want to miss. This is a one-day event that features more than 30 unique retail therapy spots to get in your early holiday shopping, inspirational workshops on the issues that matter most to women including health, beauty, personal finance, nutrition, work/life balance and more, pampering spa service and samplings, live music and entertainment, award winning artists, runway fashion shows, fabulous raffle prizes, sweets & eats, live strolling models, fun glamour photo stations, nail bar, health and fitness classes, swag bags and so much more! Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 17th 2010 to celebrate life, beauty, strength and empowerment in honor of the thousands of Rochester area women who will be affected by a diagnosis of breast cancer each year and the families who support them."

Pamper Me Pink Rochester website

New Catholic Radio Station in Mobile, Alabama

WNGL Inside the Fairhope headquarters of a new, Catholic radio station, a portrait of the Archangel Gabriel looks out at a studio stocked with microphones, computers, and a broadcast board.

WNGL, 1410 AM — Archangel Radio — will launch Sept. 29, says Daniel diSilva, station manager.

The air date, says diSilva, is the Feast Day of the Archangels. The station will hold a reception following Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Mobile.

Once it is up and running, says diSilva, the station plans to broadcast round-the-clock via its 5,000-watt tower in Prichard — Catholic teachings, homilies, and call-in shows during the day, locally programmed Catholic music at night.

There will be sports, too.

WNGL, says diSilva, plans to broadcast the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School football games.

DiSilva says that, like Christian gospel and praise music — Christian referring to Protestant, in this case — Catholic music ranges from "contemplative to tunes suitable for bouncing in the car."

"The difference is theology," he says. "You wouldn’t hear contemporary Christians sing about adoring the Eucharist or play songs that venerate the Blessed Mother."

"The Saints Go Marching In," he adds, can go either way.

DiSilva, 43, grew up Catholic in Chicago, and spent 10 years as a secular-world musician, playing percussion for the likes of James Taylor and country star Alison Krauss.

He recalls being on a bus tour with jazz artist Joseph Vincelli, looking out the window at a starry, 3 a.m. sky, when he had what he calls "a conversion."

He thought about how God told Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars.

"If God is God, that's true," he says he realized at the time. "He knows where I am and what I did. There’s a star out there for me."

He got off the bus and spent three weeks walking the roads.

His calling led him to turn his talents to religious music.

He started what he terms "a Catholic funk band, Crispin," and began to teach the Theology of the Body, based on what he describes as "Pope John Paul II's theology of marriage and family."

He was hired to take over the start-up of WNGL because of his experience, he says, with "launching ministries."

Archangel Radio, he says — the 170th Catholic radio station in the country — is a nonprofit organization, with one Catholic priest appointed by the Archdiocese to the board, but otherwise independent.

Click HERE to view th full article.

AM 1410 WNGL, official website

Magnificat Magazine Publishes Special Edition for Pope Benedict's Visit to the UK

Magnificat Magazine has produced a special edition in time for Pope Benedict XVI's visit the United Kingdom this month. A free download version is available towards the end of this article. It is being distributed for free throughout the UK, so the download for this is permitted.

This special publication contains introductory letters, common prayers for the Catholic household, prayers and a Liturgy in preparation for the Pope's visit, and the well done Mass texts we expect from Magnificat, for September 12-15, leading up to the Pope's visit.

The real nugget, however, is the splendid section for the days of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to England and Scotland, September 16th through the 19th. For each day in this historic trip, there is a some detail of the Pope’s activities that day in a one-page essay, followed by an hourly schedule. Then there are for each day at least two lengthy but fascinating articles on various aspects of the Catholic Church in Scotland, where the Pope will first visit, then England, and then Wales. Then follows the Liturgical texts for the Mass and whatever ceremonies take place that day.

The section for Sunday the 19th is especially good. There is a biography of Newman, a second essay, the full text of the Liturgy of the Beatification, followed by the Liturgy of the Mass.

Finally, all the Masses and morning and evening prayers for the rest of September follow. English readers will be happy to find that, as sort of lagniappe, that of Our Lady of Walsingham, September 24th, the historic shrine and devotion of English Catholics up until Henry VIII, is included in this booklet.

The whole special issue, which is being distributed free of charge throughout the United Kingdom, is done in the usual superb Magnificat style and great content.

Because this special Magnificat edition is freely available throughout England and on the web, there should be no copyright prohibition for downloading it and distributing it here in the States. The cover is not included in this download, probably because Magnificat's use of copyrighted art is always restricted by the owner of the art.

It should be pointed out that this special edition of Magnificat is done in collaboration with the Catholic Church Conferences of Bishops in England & Wales and Scotland, and thousands are being distributed at parishes throughout the country, all free of charge.

At the same time, Magnificat announces in this publication that, starting in November, Magnificat will be available in a United Kingdom & Ireland edition. Till now, the wonderful little magazine, which is distributed there by The Catholic Herald, is the United States and Canada edition, the sole one in available up till now in English. The readings chosen by the Episcopal Conferences in the United Kingdom and Ireland are somewhat different.

A cautionary word: The publication runs 480 pages and few will want to print it off, but you may find the file useful as you watch the events on EWTN or prepare to do so.

Download Your Version of the UK Version of Magnificat HERE.

Ooberfuse Released Music Video, Will Perform for Pope in England

Ooberfuse Catholic band Ooberfuse, from England, will have the opportunity to perform their song, "Heart's Cry", for Pope Benedict XVI during his trip to England September 16th to the 19th. The band will perform during the prayer vigil September 18th in Hyde Park.

The Holy Father's visit includes the beatification of John Henry Cardinal Newman on Sunday, September 19th.

Ooberfuse is Hal, Cherrie and Cornel. They share a common vision to infuse the increasingly moribund traditions of western pop with fresh vigour. They refuse the standard conventions that determine the contemporary pop scene and in so doing invite their audience to rediscover ooberfuse-iasm not just for contemporary pop but for life itself.

Here is a video that Ooberfuse has just created for their new song, "Heart's Cry".
Ooberfuse Official Website
Official Website of Papal Visit to UK

Maggie Wang to Release 2 EP's

You may remember that Maggie Wang, daughter of Critical Mass front man David Wang, participated in Faith FM's Shining Star Competition. Maggie is now preparing to release two new EP's. One will be a pop/dance CD, and the other will be a Christmas CD.

The video below, from the Shining Star competition, features the song "How Many Kings", one of the songs from the new Christmas project.

Immaculate Mary Divine Mercy Pro-Life Conference in Utah

Annie Karto PARK CITY, Utah — Inspirational speakers, Catholic music and 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration will be included in the Immaculate Mary Divine Mercy Pro-Life Conference, Oct. 1-3 in Park City.

"It’s such a beautiful weekend," said Shelley Luna, who has attended the annual event for the past eight years with her husband. Both are members of Saint Thomas More Parish. "We've always come away from it feeling refreshed and renewed spiritually and strengthened spiritually. It’s a time to be away from everything; to listen to inspiring speakers and also gives you time to reflect and pray."

For youth there will be special speakers and activities. Children up to the sixth grade will go to the Trinity Academy in Park City. Those in seventh grade and older will go to a retreat based on that used by the Blessed Sacrament Parish confirmation team, said Phil Hofstetter, who is heading the youth activities for the Pro-Life Conference.

The focus of it is 'My Heart, Christ's Home," said Hofstetter, a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish. The day-long youth retreat, highlighted by Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, will focus on moral dilemmas that young people face. "It’s not something they’ll be bored with," he said. "It’s not going to be way churchy. They’re going to have a fun day and I think they’ll get a spiritual boost from it."

Matthew Baute Speakers for the adult conference will be Father Wade L.J. Menezes, a member of the Fathers of Mercy and host of the EWTN segment series "The Crux of the Matter"; Father Wayne Dawson, now a parish priest in California and previously a priest in Cape Town, South Africa; Deacon Alex Jones, the senior minster at a Pentecostal church and an Evangelical/Charismatic church in Detroit, Mich.; and Mary Ann Kuharski, a wife, mother, author, speaker and president of PROLIFE Across America.

Musical performers will be Annie Karto, Deacon Mattie Henry and Matthew Baute.

For a complete schedule, visit For information, call Roseva Van Patten, 307-733-2245. Registration fee is $80 per adult. Children under 14 are free.

Immaculate Mary Divine Mercy Family Conference
Annie Karto Website
Matthew Baute Website

Trish Foti Genco on Video for Reinstallation of Statue

In honor of the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 130 Barone St. in New Orleans re-installed a statue of St. Francis Xavier along with the votive candle holder that went along with it.

The Times Picayune taped a video segment of it, and Trish Foti Genco was at the church rehearsing. The song she was singing is called "He'll Carry You", and will be featured on her upcoming CD, "Loved".

The Return of Sanint Francis Xavier

Trish Foti Genco's website

Susan Boyle in the Studio Again

Susan Boyle Susan Boyle is back in the studio, working on her sophomore project, a Christmas album entitled "The Gift".

As part of the album, Susan's team held a contest, "Susan's Search", on YouTube. Entrants were invited to share their rendition of the Christmas hymn "Silent Night". Susan wanted to give someone else the chance that she had. The winner of the competition was Amber Stassi, a mother of three from Breweton, New York. Amber will fly to London to record a duet of "Silent Night" with Susan Boyle.

Susan Boyle, as many remember, wowed the judges on "Britain's Got Talent". Even though she did not win, she still has done incredibly well. Susan is also a very devout Catholic and will perform for Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Scotland later this month.

Susan Boyle's official website

Susan Bailey Writes Daily Meditations

Susan Bailey Singer and speaker Susan Bailey has begun a new blog that she wants to share with you.

Susan is writing short daily meditations based on one of the daily readings from the Church or from the Morning Prayers of the Divine Office.

According to Susan, "these meditations are brief and a way for me to write down what I think the Lord is trying to tell me. I invite you to read them too."

You can find them each day at

2010 Unity Awards Presented in Calgary

It was a night of praise, worship, and music as the United Catholic Music & Video Association handed out the Unity Awards during its 10th annual gala, held this year at Southside Victory Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The Love Movement, Greg Walton, and Ceili Rain each gardnered four awards, with Santiago Fernandez, Renee Bondi, Sarah Hart, and Matt Maher each receiving two.

The Love Movement, a choir out of Trinidad-Tobago, won awards for International Album of the Year for "I'm Forgiven", International Artist/Group of the Year, and International Song of the Year as well as overall Song of the Year for their song "I Will Carry You".

Greg Walton Spring Hill, Tennessee resident Greg Walton's CD "Tune of Ignorance" won Modern/Rock Alternative Song of the Year. Album producer Jeff Thomas won Producer of the Year for his contribution, and Greg also won Male Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year (Songwriter of the Year was a tie between Greg Walton and Bob Halligan Jr of Ceili Rain).

Ceili Rain Celtic/Catholic band Ceili Rain won the awards for Group of the Year and Artists of the Year, and their album "I Made Lemonade" won Modern Rock/Alternative Album of the year, and Album Packaging of the Year went to Zora Puskacova and Alyson Bleistine Graphic Designers for their work on "I Made Lemonade". Bob Halligan Jr, lead singer, tied with Greg Walton for Songwriter fo the Year.

Santiago Fernandez Santiago Fernandez won Spanish Album of the Year and Spanish Song of the Year for "Un Canto Nuevo", for the album and title track. Renee Bondi took the two seasonal awards with her Christmas album, "My Christmas Wish" and the song "Mary Did You Know".

Sarah Hart Sarah Hart took two awards: Devotional Album of the Year with her project "Saint Songs", and Female Vocalist of the Year. Matt Maher won Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year with "Alive Again" and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year for the title track, "Alive Again".

Brian Flynn took three awards: Devotional Song of the Year for "You Are A Priest Forever", Liturgical/Sacramental Song of the Year from "Panis Vere", and his album "Beyond the Veil" took the award for Praise & Worship Album of the Year. Brian's ministry, MercySong, also had another winner--Vinny Flynn & Still Waters was awarded the Spoken Word Recording of the Year with their Mother of Mercy Scriptural Rosary.

The 2011 Unity Awards will be held in San Antonio, Texas. Singer and songwriter Dan Duet and his Two-Twelve Ministries will be the host of next year's event.

The Unity Awards are presented each year by the United Catholic Music and Video Association for exellence in the area of Catholic music and broadcasting. Only members of the UCMVA are elegible to vote for nominees and for the final winners.

To join, visit their website at today.

Full List of Winners:

International Album of the Year: The Love Movement: I'm Forgiven
International Song of the Year: The Love Movement: I Will Carry You
International Artist/Group of the Year: The Love Movement
Spanish Song of the Year: Santiago Fernandez: Un Canto Nuevo
Spanish Album of the Year: Santiago Fernandez: Un Canto Nuevo
Seasonal Song of the Year: Renee Bondi: My Christmas Wish
Seasonal Album of the Year: Renee Bondi: Mary, Did You Know
Modern Rock/Alternative Song of the Year: Greg Walton: Tune of Ignorance
Modern Rock/Alternative Album of the Year: Ceili Rain: I Made Lemonade
Devotional Album of the Year: Sarah Hart: Saint Songs
Devotional Song of the Year: Brian Flynn: You Are a Priest Forever
Praise & Worship Album of the Year: Brian Flynn: Beyond the Veil
Praise & Worship Song of the Year: Tom Booth: You Stand Knocking
Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year: Righteous B: How a Wound Bleeds
Country Song of the Year: Katrina Rae: I Call It Home
Liturgical/Sacramental Song of the Year: Brian Flynn: Panis Vere
Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year: Matt Maher: Alive Again
Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year: Matt Maher: Alive Again
Spoken Word Recording of the Year: Vinny Flynn and Still Waters: Mother of Mercy Scriptural Rosary
Song of the Year: The Love Movement: I Will Carry You
Songwriter of the Year: TIE: Greg Walton for "Tune of Ignorance", and Bob Halligan Jr for "I'll Find You"
Male Vocalist of the Year: Greg Walton
Female Vocalist of the Year: Sarah Hart
Group of the Year: Ceili Rain
Artist of the Year: 2 winners: Ceili Rain and Matt Maher
New Artist of the Year: Chris Bray
Producer of the Year: Jeff Thomas, for Greg Walton's "Tune of Ignorance"
Music Video/DVD of the Year: Life is the Only Choice - Producer David MacDonald, Director Andrew David Harry
Special Event Album and/or DVD of the Year: Rocking Roman: The Best of New Catholic Music 2009
Best Religious Television/Radio Presentation: The Catholic Music Express, producer Jim Logue Jr
Album Packaging of the Year: Zora Puskacova/Alyson Bleistine Graphic Designers for Ceili Rain's "I Made Lemonade"

Albie Entertainment
Renee Bondi
Tom Booth
Catholic Music Express
Ceili Rain
Santiago Fernandez
Vinny Flynn & Still Waters
Sarah Hart
David MacDonald
Matt Maher
Righteous B
Rocking Romans
United Catholic Music & Video Association
Greg Walton

Donna Lee Working on Two New Album Projects

Donna Lee Donna Lee is currently working on two new projects. "I'm Your Mother", an album dedicated to the Blessed Mother will feature some of Donna's favorite "Mary" songs like, I'm Your Mother written by recording artist Marty Rotella, Ave Maria, Hail Holy Queen, Hail Mary Gentle Woman, Mary Did You Know? and many more!

Donna Lee Her second project, "Pray The Rosary" is a meditation of the prayers of the Rosary and the The Chaplet of Divine Mercy narrated by Donna Lee and her pastor Father Mario Elias from St. Columba. The CD will also feature her brand new song, "Come To My Mercy" which can be purchased separately on itunes when the album is released. It will feature all four mysteries of the rosaries with background music performed by piano player Hans Becker, classical guitar player Lloyd Corle and fellow recording artist John Grassadonia.

Donna is very excited about both of these projects and still needs your help completing them. If you would like to make a donation click on the PayPal icon on the left or you can pay by phone using your credit card by calling 619.216.0505 x201 or you can send your check to: Donna Lee 803 Anchorage Place, Chula Vista, CA 91914

These projects are half way done!

Donna thanks everybody who has already made a donation. Especially for your patience. All those who make a donation receive a complimentary copy of the CD's. She is hoping to finish these before 2010 ends! Lord willing

Donna Lee's official website

Neville Brothers Still Helping Katrina Victims 5 Years on

St Bernard Project Five years after hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is still a work in progress. While the spirit of the city is alive and the music is flowing as usual, there are plenty of people who have still not recovered from the devastation. Our friends at St. Bernard Project are working to help the families of New Orleans and the surrounding areas rebuild their homes and their lives.

The Neville Brothes are working with St. Bernard Project to help raise awareness and funds and change lives. They will donate proceeds from their merchandise sales for the next month to St Bernard Project and you can represent NOLA wherever you are. Brother Art and the funky METERS will be donating proceeds as well. Check out The Neville Brothers merch and funky METERS merch and get your gear, music and representin' on.

St Bernard Project The mission of the St. Bernard Project is to create housing opportunities so that Hurricane Katrina survivors can return to their homes and communities. The St. Bernard Project, a nonprofit, community-based organization carries out its mission through three primary programs: Rebuilding Program, Center for Wellness and Mental Health and Opportunity Housing Program .

St Bernard Project
Funky Meters Merchandise
Neville Brothers Merchandise

Renee Bondi To Peform at the Christ Our Life Conference

Catholic singer Renee Bondi will be part of the music at the annual "Christ Our Life Convention to be held October 16th and 17th at the Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, Iowa.

Christ Our Life Conference is a non-profit Catholic Conference. It is a grassroots effort of faith springing up out of the heart of Iowa and blessed by Bishop Richard E. Pates of the Diocese of Des Moines. Any income collected over expenses will be donated to Catholic charitable organizations.

Christ Our Life Catholic Conference was inspired by the Holy Spirit pulling on the hearts of two women in central Iowa. They have gathered a dedicated and spiritually motivated group of volunteers, secured world-renowned speakers, and prayed. The result will be the first-of-its kind Catholic Conference. A conference focused on bringing Catholics together, inspiring, celebrating and exploring their faith and bringing souls to Christ.

Christ Our Life Conference website.

New Networking Tool for Parishes and Organizations

ARLINGTON, Texas, AUG. 20, 2010 ( In a world where young people are perpetually texting, “tweeting” and connecting on Facebook, it can seem that the modern technology of social networking is more of a distraction than a benefit. Matthew Warner, however, sees the technology as an opportunity to reach out to youth, and to unite parishes.

Warner is the founder of flockNote, an Internet-based networking tool that aims at making communication within ministries, parishes and dioceses more effective.

A former parish youth ministry leader, Warner noticed that there was no easy way to communicate with his group members. He developed flockNote to keep them informed and up-to-date on parish activities.

Read the entire article including an interview with Matthew Warner HERE.

Article on Zenit

New Roman Missal To Be Used in America Beginning Advent 2011

Cardinal George Announces Vatican Approval of New Roman Missal English-Language Translation, Implementation Set for First Sunday of Advent 2011

U.S. Adaptations to Mass Prayers Also Approved
Parish Education Efforts Urged To Precede Implementation
Resources Available Through USCCB

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Francis George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has announced that the full text of the English-language translation of the Roman Missal, Third Edition, has been issued for the dioceses of the United States of America.

The text was approved by the Vatican, and the approval was accompanied by a June 23 letter from Cardinal Llovera Antonio Cañizares, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. The Congregation also provided guidelines for publication.

In addition, on July 24, the Vatican gave approval for several adaptations, including additional prayers for the Penitential Act at Mass and the Renewal of Baptismal Promises on Easter Sunday. Also approved are texts of prayers for feasts specific to the United States such as Thanksgiving, Independence Day and the observances of feasts for saints such as Damien of Molokai, Katharine Drexel, and Elizabeth Ann Seton. The Vatican also approved the Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life, which can be celebrated on January 22.

Cardinal George announced receipt of the documents in an August 20 letter to the U.S. Bishops and issued a decree of proclamation that states that "The use of the third edition of the Roman Missal enters into use in the dioceses of the United States of America as of the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011. From that date forward, no other edition of the Roman Missal may be used in the dioceses of the United States of America."

The date of implementation was chosen to allow publishers time to prepare texts and parishes and dioceses to educate parishioners.

"We can now move forward and continue with our important catechetical efforts as we prepare the text for publication," Cardinal George said.

In the coming weeks, staff of the bishops' Secretariat of Divine Worship will prepare the text for publication and collaborate with the staff of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), which will assist Bishops’ Conferences in bringing the text to publication. In particular, ICEL has been preparing the chant settings of the texts of the Missal for use in the celebration of the Mass. Once all necessary elements have been incorporated into the text and the preliminary layout is complete, the final text will go to the publishers to produce the ritual text, catechetical resources and participation aids for use in the Liturgy.

Receipt of the text marks the start of proximate preparation for Roman Missal implementation. Before first use of the new text in Advent 2011, pastors are urged to use resources available to prepare parishioners. Some already have been in use; others are being released now. They include the Parish Guide for the Implementation of the Roman Missal, Third Edition, and Become One Body, One Spirit in Christ, a multi-media DVD resource produced by ICEL in collaboration with English-language Conferences of Bishops. Both will be available from the USCCB. Information on resources can be found at

Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, New Jersey, Chair of the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, voiced gratitude for the approval.

"I am happy that after years of preparation, we now have a text that, when introduced late next year, will enable the ongoing renewal of the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy in our parishes," he said. Msgr. Anthony Sherman, Director of the Secretariat for Divine Worship of the USCCB noted, "A great effort to produce the new Roman Missal for the United States, along with the other necessary resources, has begun. Even as that work is underway a full–scale catechesis about the Liturgy and the new Roman Missal should be taking place in parishes, so that when the time comes, everyone will be ready."

Roman Missal site from USCCB.

2010 Merry Christmas, New York City

Saturday, December 11, 2010, 2:00pm
Alice Tully Hall Star Theater, Lincoln Center

The Fifth Annual Merry Christmas New York City!

Featuring The Love Movement Choir from Trinidad and Tobago and our good friends from Long Island, Fr. Charles and Laurie Mangano. An Uplifting and Spirit-filled Concert to Celebrate the True Meaning of Christmas!

More details to come.


Excellent Website for Catholic Worship

Catholic Worship leaders, Catholic sings, Catholic musicians, ALL Catholics for that matter, will enjoy this website.

Tom Lelyo is a music minister in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and runs a site called The site features a wide variety of resources for Catholics, including podcast, music, tips for musicians, and many other resources.

The site features a variety of videos for musicians, and features the CW Podcast:


New Pro-Life Video and Website from Elizabeth Schmeidler

Elizabeth Schmeidler Just wanted to announce that I have posted a new pro-life video advocating adoption rather than abortion. This song/video also serves to comfort birth mothers/fathers who have already made the choice to place their child up for adoption. (See the video below).

Make sure you change the setting on the video to 480 dpi rather than 360 before viewing. The pictures will be much clearer.

I also wanted to let you know that I have a new website:

I know you are all busy, but I just wanted to share this with you in case you have someone in your life that would benefit from this video.

If you would be so kind, I would ask that you say a prayer for all who are making critical life choices. Thank you so much!

God’s peace to all of you.

Elizabeth Schmeidler


New Catholic Radio Station in Boston

The New York-based Holy Family Communications has announced the purchase of a Boston-area radio station, which will provide Catholic radio to the area's 5.5 million inhabitants.

The new station at WBIX 1060 AM is expected to be operational by All Saints Day, which falls on Nov. 1. Previously the channel had a financial news and discussion format.

"We are very excited about bringing Catholic radio to the Boston community," Holy Family Communications president Jim Wright said in a press release.

WBIX president Alex Langer also lauded the move, stating that he was "pleased to welcome Holy Family Communications," according to the Boston Globe.

While there are other Boston stations that have Catholic-themed programming, Holy Family's station will be the only 24-hour format.

The new station, catering to the nation's fourth largest archdiocese, will feature programming from EWTN.

"We are grateful for the valiant efforts of Holy Family Communications and for the support of Cardinal Sean O’Malley," EWTN president and CEO Michael Warsaw said on Tuesday.

During their visit to the EWTN monastery in the mid-1990s, EWTN foundress Mother Angelica told Holy Family Communications founders Jim and Joanne Wright to go home to Buffalo, New York and start a Catholic radio apostolate.

The Wrights, who had no radio or media experience, launched the Station of the Cross to bring Catholic Radio to western New York. Dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima, it began broadcasting in August 1999 on WLOF 101.7 FM Buffalo.

Another station, WHIC 1460 AM Rochester, began broadcasting in July 2003 and is dedicated to Our Lady's Most Holy and Immaculate Conception.

Holy Family Communications also runs iCatholicRadio to bring Catholic programming to mobile devices.

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CatholicTV to Hold Annual Telethon

CatholicTV WATERTOWN, MA (July 8, 2010) - On October 1, 2010, CatholicTV will broadcast its annual telethon. The CatholicTV telethon is one of the most unique live television broadcasts in the nation because it typically involves an almost unheard-of 12 hours of live television.

CatholicTV is a nationally-broadcasted television network headquartered near Boston. CatholicTV streams its broadcast simultaneously, 24 hours a day at in addition to its other broadcast outlets

Last year’s telethon included musical performances from artists from across the U.S. including musicians from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and many others. The performers included Vince Ambrosetti, Kitty Cleveland, and others.

CatholicTV began as the world's first diocesan television station and has been broadcasting for over 50 years. The telethon has been part of the CatholicTV tradition for nearly 2 decades.

Because the live broadcast is so labor intensive, many CatholicTV viewers volunteer at the telethon by answering phones, and performing other duties.

CatholicTV's viewers have been called the "parish of the airwaves". CatholicTV employees (especially Director Fr. Robert Reed) consider the viewers "parishioners". Connie Murphy (one of CatholicTV’s "parishioners" from Medford, Massachusetts) along with his wife Cathleen have volunteered at the annual telethon for over 15 years. In a phone interview with Connie Murphy, he said, "It’s a lot of fun and we have met a lot of people while volunteering. Sometimes, viewers will call in and ask me to wave at them on live television."

Traditionally, the Cardinal Archbishop of Boston makes an appearance on the telethon. Last year, Cardinal Seán O'Malley visited the telethon and briefly asked viewers to consider making a donation to CatholicTV.

The telethon will air on CatholicTV on Friday, October 1st from 9AM until 10PM (Eastern). The telethon will be viewable at and will air simultaneously on CatholicTV. The show is produced by Kevin Nelson and is hosted by CatholicTV General Manager Jay Fadden and Director Father Robert Reed.

CatholicTV is a nationally-broadcasted television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at Heeding Pope Benedict XVI's call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, the CatholicTV Network features its cable TV station, Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate Mass online; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Scriptures and the Catholic Church on America's Catholic Television Network.

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