Author Archives | Michael Pytleski

About Michael Pytleski

Multimedia Communications Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, father of two boys, fitness obsessed, reads apologetics, philosophy and theology and could use a little more sleep.

Pope Francis, line one

August 27, 2013


Apparently Pope Francis is calling people in Italy. He’s not having his people make the call mind you. He’s just picking up the phone and making a personal call.

‘Hello, it’s Pope Francis’: Italian teenager gets surprise phone call  (Telegraph)

So what do you say if you get the call?
Telephone etiquette for ‘the cold-call pope’ (NCR)


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Rediscover: the song

August 12, 2013


If you haven’t had an opportunity to hear this yet you really should.

From the Rediscover website:

Singer-songwriter Eliot Morris has been recording since 2002 and toured nationally with acts including James Taylor, Nickel Creek, John Mayer and Counting Crows. After years of witnessing the ups and downs of the music industry, as well as a brief but frightening health crisis, Eliot reassessed both his music and his life with a deeper sense of urgency.

The song may be heard here.

An interview with Eliot on The Rediscover: Hour radio show may be heard here at about 27 minutes into the show.

If you would like to learn more about Eliot, his story and the story behind his song please watch for an interview in the upcoming August 15 issue of The Catholic Spirit and

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The animated Pope Francis

July 1, 2013


Something cool from the folks over at Catholic Link.

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A few good apps

June 27, 2013


I’ve recently pruned my apps on my phone and after some thought this is what I consider essential in my Catholic folder:

This has way too much to cover. I use it primarily to preview the readings before Mass.

The Pope actually launched this himself. That alone is reason to have this app.

This app provides a customized examination of conscience and step by step guide through the sacrament along with a place for reflections, etc. It does come at a cost of $1.99.

Rediscover: App
Rediscover your Catholic faith. “There is a path to meaning and purpose, a sense of belonging, inner strength, true freedom and deep peace. It’s a path you know.”

Geo-locate a parish for Mass times or adoration hours or times of confession in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

400+ short articles and videos on everything from God to culture

The Pope App
Homilies, general audiences. Follow the pope as closely as you would like.

Divine Mercy
Lots of info on the devotion and an easy-to-use set of virtual beads to pray with

iBreviary TS
The Liturgy of the Hours and more

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Summertime is share time

June 14, 2013


Summer weather is finally here and with it comes many opportunities to get out and connect with friends, family and others. The Rediscover: Summer Share Project offers a few ways to share your faith through sharing Rediscover: resources.

Want to be part of it? Here is everything you need to know:

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Rediscover: Summer Share Project

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Capturing the excitement of Archdiocesan Youth Day

May 29, 2013


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Archdiocesan Youth Day info and registration

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From Hollywood to Zach

May 10, 2013


Zach Sobiech, whose family’s story of faith and devotion in the face of a rare form of bone cancer may be found at (In the quiet stillness of suffering, Mary resides) wrote a song which has become a viral hit.

The song “Clouds” caught the attention of Rainn Wilson (Dwight on The Office) who has a show on a quirky YouTube channel called “SoulPancake.” He gathered a number of celebrities to create a response video to honor Zach and help raise awareness and funding for research of osteosarcoma, the cancer of which Zach is afflicted.

Here are both videos:

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3 ways you can get involved in the Papal conclave online

March 12, 2013




Adopt a Cardinal will assign a Cardinal to you who you can support through prayer and intercession.

Sign up for Pope Alarm
From the good people at focus (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), a promise to text and/or email you when the white smoke is billowing.

Pray a Prayer for the Election of a Pope over at EWTN.

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Most popular stories of August 2012

September 4, 2012


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Bishop Blair offers a reality check 3,841

Gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit 1,037

Marriage: Speaking the truth with love 939

Parish Festivals – Fall 2012 564

Sprinter leaves disability in the dust 448

Leading With Faith – 2012 409

Dance studio owner encourages students to use God-given gifts 361

‘Elegate’ challenges young people to take faith to higher level 355

Religious freedom and the equality of women 294

Does your Catholic school have these 9 defining characteristics? 288

Enthusiasm runs high as youth day approaches 285

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Do you pin? We do too.

August 3, 2012


The Catholic Spirit is on Pinterest!

Here is a favorite board:


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