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About Craig Berry

Craig converted to the Catholic Faith in 1998. He enjoys spending time with his family, blogging, building websites and producing music.

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May 9, 2012


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Discover the meaning to your life. Encounter Jesus on a daily basis. Learn how to live faith in everything you do. Eliminate the frustrations and indecision you face daily. Jesus is speaking to you through these daily morning and evening scripture reflections.

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Aim Higher using Social Media to promote Catholic Education in the Archdiocese

May 1, 2012


Aim Higher, a new campaign to market and promote Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, is now employing Social Media to get the message out.

From Cathy Cornell, Office of Catholic Schools:

We will be using our social media sites, primarily Facebook and Twitter, as a hub for our students, teachers, and parents to spread the good news of Catholic education. It will be a place where people can connect, share news, learn something new and interact with one another.

On our Facebook page, we are running an “app of the week” to help teachers and parents engage their kids in fun and unique ways.

We will also be running promotional contests to our schools through these pages. Currently we are having an essay contest for our graduates about what their Catholic education meant to them. It will bring energy around the amazing stories in our Catholic schools.

Be sure to like and follow!

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March for Life 2012 – The Rebellion

January 25, 2012


The “Bad Catholic” blogger, Marc Barnes, put together a wonderful video with footage from the March for Life earlier this week. I was impressed with the cogent and confident defenses for ‘life’ put forth by the marchers. Their parents should be proud.

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Top Blog Posts of 2011

December 30, 2011


With 2011 winding down, let’s take a look back at the most viewed blog posts at Catholic Hotdish.

Are you Catholic enough to laugh at a Catholic joke like this one?

Conjoined Twins: The story of Faith and Hope

Now we know why TPT won’t air “Catholicism” in the Twin Cities

Why Catholics pray for the dead and three ways to do it

What was the Star of Bethlehem?

Why won’t TPT air Father Barron’s “Catholicism” series? Help them change their mind

Can an unborn child feel pain?

Saint Patrick, The Shamrock and The Trinity

Marian apparitions in primetime

Adoption…The Greatest Act of Love

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This Sunday at the Cathedral of Saint Paul – Cherubic faces. Angelic voices. Heavenly Music.

December 16, 2011


Cathedral Youth Choir will sing Ceremony of Carols

This Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2:30 p.m. the Saint Cecilia Choristers of the Cathedral Choir School of Minnesota present Benjamin Britten’s innocent and beloved Ceremony of Carols with harp accompaniment. The work opens and closes with the choristers processing by candlelight singing the ancient Gregorian chant, Hodie Christus natus est! The Cathedral is located at 239 Selby Avenue, at the corners of Summit Ave. and John Ireland Blvd. There is no cost for the concert; however, a suggested donation of $15 is welcome and appreciated.

Britten’s Ceremony of Carols is a masterpiece composed while on board a ship during a perilous five-week crossing of the North Atlantic. The year was 1942 and World War II was at its height as Britten was returning to England from the U.S.A., explains Robert Ridgell, Director of Sacred Music for the Cathedral of Saint Paul. “It is an unusual setting for treble voices and harp, and the ‘carols’ are largely the product of 15th and 16th century writers, mostly anonymous. The work opens and closes with the youth choir processing by candlelight singing to plainsong, the Hodie chant sung for centuries at Vespers on Christmas Eve. The carol settings in-between deal with the traditional stories surrounding the birth of Christ,” adds Ridgell.

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What’s your favorite Christmas show or movie?

December 16, 2011


The Christmas Holiday season is in full swing, so now seems like a good time to ask, “What’s your favorite Christmas show or movie?” Is it one of the classics like “It’s A Wonderful Life” (pictured above) or something more recent like “The Santa Clause 2”?

Whether it’s a TV special like “A Charlie Brown Christmas” or a feature-length film such as “Miracle on 34th Street”, share with us your favorites in the comments below.

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It’s starting to look a lot like Advent at the Catholic Spirit

November 29, 2011


Upon returning to the Catholic Spirit offices from lunch, I was greeted by the handiwork of the Christmas committee.

Nativity scene in our hallway.

Nice decorations! Now we just need to add some gifts beneath it.

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Fill in the blank: This weekend will be a blessing because _____.

November 4, 2011


Tell us in the comments section below why this weekend will be a blessing.


H/T @GreenBayDiocese

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Now we know why TPT won’t air “Catholicism” in the Twin Cities

October 11, 2011

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A couple weeks ago, I asked why TPT wasn’t following the lead of other PBS affiliates in broadcasting the highly-acclaimed series “Catholicism” by Father Robert Barron.

Now we know why.

Here’s the full response to one of our blog readers (emphasis mine):

Here is the response I received from TPT today:

Dear [removed],
Thank you for your email inquiring about the program Catholicism.

After careful review, tpt has declined to air the four-part series “Catholicism”, produced by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Picture Show Films.

While the program is very well produced and interesting, it does not meet our long-standing requirement that programs carried by tpt be “non-commercial, non-partisan and non-sectarian”.

This standard is applied to all tpt programs: those provided by PBS and those (like the “Catholicism” series) coming from a non-PBS source.

While our programming policy does permit programming about religion and religious issues, the ‘non-sectarian’ requirement means we generally do not carry programs that express only a single religious point of view, or assert matters of religious faith as fact.

In addition, the stated purpose of the producer (Word on Fire Catholic Ministries) is to “reach millions of people to draw them into or back to the Catholic faith.” While tpt recognizes the importance of programming that brings understanding and illumination to matters such as religion, we do not believe the evangelical nature of this series is consistent with our standards.

Thank you again, for your interest in our programming.

Tom Holter
Executive Director, Programming

Obviously, this is disappointing news. Especially considering the 700,000 Catholics in the Twin Cities who would benefit from such a program. It’s also puzzling that other PBS affiliates do not share their timidity in providing their viewership with such an engaging and interesting program.

If you’d like to express your disappointment in their faint-hearted decision, you can contact them at or

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[Video] Bishop Coyne joins the Twitter stream at the Catholic New Media Conference

October 4, 2011


This past weekend, I was able to attend my first CNMC (Catholic New Media Conference). The fourth annual event was graciously hosted by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann and the Archdiocese of Kansas City at their Pastoral Center. More than 125 of the best and brightest ‘New Media’ Catholics were in attendance and it was a great experience.

Matthew Warner – who will be a presenter at next week’s Archdiocesan Communications Day – has written a synopsis at The National Catholic Register blog. It’s a good read.

One of the many wonderful surprises was Auxiliary Bishop Coyne – Archdiocese of Indianpolis – who ‘live’ tweeted the event. Brandon Vogt recorded a short video interview with the Bishop about his thoughts on Catholic New Media.

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