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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.

New Roman Missal videos for youth

September 28, 2011


Life Teen has built a website – – to promote their videos and catechetical resources that help Catholic youth prepare for the New Roman Missal.

Bishop Ronald P. Herzog, member of the Divine Worship Committee for the USCCB stated recently, “These videos present all the aspects that the Church and committee wish to transmit to youth and their families.”

According to their website, the “Word for Word” catechetical resource includes a “Curriculum for whole community catechesis, a mini-series for teens or middle school youth, or as a weekend retreat.”

You can also visit the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis website for more resources on the upcoming changes.

For Parish Leaders

For High School Teens

For Middle School Youth

For Parents

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New video trailer – “The Mighty Macs”

September 23, 2011


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THE MIGHTY MACS is based on the true story of Cathy Rush and the Immaculata College girls basketball team. THE MIGHTY MACS will be in theaters October 2011.

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Gungor “Beautiful Things”

September 23, 2011

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

September 23, 2011

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UPDATE: I received a direct response from TPT, which I’ve included at the bottom of this post. They’re going to “review” it, so please continue to contact them and show your interest in this series.

The highly anticipated and groundbreaking televisions series, Catholicism, is coming to TV screens this Fall – except in the Twin Cities. TPT (Twin Cities Public Television) claims the program isn’t on their broadcast schedule. It’s scheduled on other public television stations nationwide, but why not this market? No one knows. Considering the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has 750,000 members, I find it odd they wouldn’t want to air something so critically acclaimed and relevant to the largest demographic in the region.

Please contact the Twin Cities Public Television programming department at and – politely – request they review their decision and bring this culturally important TV series to the people of the Twin Cities.

You can watch the amazing trailer here…

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UPDATE: I received an e-mail response from TPT. It’s worth noting that another blogger had contacted them before my original post and received the answer that they would not be showing the series. Perhaps you’re messages to them are having a positive effect. Please continue to show your support for this important program.

Dear Craig,
Thanks for contacting member supported tpt. We appreciate hearing from you regarding the program Catholicism. The series will be reviewed when it is sent to public television stations for screening on 9/28. We expect we would make a determination within a few weeks.

Thank you again, for your interest in viewing and supporting Public Television. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

{name removed}
Member Services

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Help the Basilica win restoration funding

September 20, 2011

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We just received this e-mail from the Basilica of Saint Mary…

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to announce that American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation just named The Basilica of Saint Mary as one of the only 25 local sites selected to participate in this year’s Partners in Preservation Program. Under this initiative, we are eligible to vie for up to $125,000 in preservation funding from American Express.

The Basilica of Saint Mary is now competing in a 3 week long Facebook contest. The public will be casting votes for the places they would most like to see receive funding at The site that receives the highest number of public votes is guaranteed to receive funding. If The Basilica of Saint Mary wins, we will able to completely restore the Narthex and the Sacristy.

Your support and votes are needed. From September 20 through October 12, please follow these 5 simple steps:

  1. Go to
  2. “Like” the page, if you haven’t already.
  3. Find The Basilica of Saint Mary in the list of sites.
  4. Cast your vote.
  5. Repeat tomorrow!

We need your help! Please spread the word – send this message to family, friends, colleagues, everyone you know! It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s fast and we need your votes.

Please join us in Facebooking for historic preservation funds and helping protect The Basilica of Saint Mary – a Twin Cities’ treasured historical site.

Fr. John Bauer

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2011 Catholicon Expo begins today

August 26, 2011


Later today, the first-ever CatholiCon Expo begins down in Houston, Texas.

From their site:

What is CatholiCon?

Since the Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago, she has always sought to use all forms of human communication to advance Our Lord’s command to make disciples of all nations. CatholiCon brings all of the traditional forms in which The Church communicates as well as the new forms of media that bring the Gospel to the emerging Digital Continent.

In July, I interviewed two members of the Catholic Underground, Father Chris Decker and Joshua LeBlanc, and they shared some of the goals and hopes for the Expo.

A recent video – loaded with techie-humor – provides a taste of what’s in store for the weekend.

If you’re not attending, you can follow the action via Twitter on the #CatholiCon hashtag.

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Make plans to see a Catholic film: “Vito Bonafacci”

July 27, 2011


The Catholic Spirit is sponsoring a special local-run of the Catholic film, “Vito Bonafacci”.


Vito BonafacciVito Bonafacci is a successful businessman who enjoys his lifestyle and the riches he has accumulated.

But all that changes when one night he dreams he is having a heart attack. In that dream his mother appears from her grave and pleads with him to abandon his pursuit of greed and materialism. “Beware of the false gods of money, power, status and pleasure” she implores him, and then instructs him to “return to the true path of life”.

When Vito wakes, he is deeply affected by this vision and this leads him on a soul-searching journey to understand his life’s purpose. In a series of encounters with family and friends, he questions and explores the meaning of faith and the role religion plays in tempering one’s soul.

As the echo of his Mother’s words fills his thoughts he reaches out to his local priest to begin the renewal of his Catholic faith.


‘Vito Bonafacci’ an earnest film about a lapsed Roman Catholic in spiritual crisis, is a welcome reminder of religion’s true work. In a world fixated on bombast, ‘Vito Bonafacci’ offers a quiet haven for meaningful meditation.

– Daniel M. Gold, THE NEW YORK TIMES


When: Friday, Aug. 26-Thursday, Sept. 1

Where: AMC Arbor Lakes 16
12575 Elm Creek Blvd., Maple Grove, MN
North of the I-94 – I-494 – I-694 junction
In the Arbor Lakes Mall area

Showtimes: 1-888-AMC 4FUN

For more information about the film, visit

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Sister Teresita, 103 years old, world’s longest serving recluse

July 15, 2011


Wonderful video.

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10 benefits of Confession

July 12, 2011


Priest hearing a Confession

Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, Director of Media Relations at the USCCB, compiled a list of 10 benefits you’ll receive when participating in the Sacrament of Penance.

Here’s my favorite:

2. Housekeeping for the soul. It feels good to be able to start a clean life all over again. Like going into a sparkling living room in your home, it’s nice when clutter is removed – even if it’s your own.

Nothing quite compares to the feeling you receive after having made a good Confession.

Read the whole list here.

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Blogging from Kitui, Kenya

July 5, 2011

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Kitui delegation

Kitui delegation

Last week, the Center for Mission sent a delegation to Kitui, Kenya that’ll last until July 12. They’ve setup a blog to share their experiences and pictures.

From their blog…

Welcome to the 2011 Kitui, Kenya Partnership blog.  Individual delegates will be posting their descriptions of activities and pictures during the trip, so you can get a sense of their experiences while they are there. The trip dates are June 28 -July 12. Please feel free to add comments or even submit questions for them and they will try to answer them as they are able.

Please keep them and their mission in your prayers.

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