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Popple - an acoustic humor rock band

Popple Documentary

Visit Popple's web site: http://www.popple.us/

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New Music From STREETS OF ROME - Contemporary Catholic Singer-songwriter Band

We are happy to announce our new single, "Bring It Back to Soul" - now available on iTunes, CDBaby, Spotify, Amazon, and other sources. Check out this song and our other releases on iTunes:

Streets of Rome
Contemporary Catholic/Christian Rock
Released: 2014

lyrics at www.StreetsOfRomeBand.com

Divine Mercy Songs

The Second Sunday of Easter is now known as Divine Mercy Sunday, a devotion popularized by Saint Faustina. Here is a list of great songs that can bless your Divine Mercy Sunday. Original post by Nick Alexander. Edited by Richard Schletty.

Divine Mercy Flood My Soul by Annie Karto
Faustina's Song by Mark Mallet
Jesus, We Trust In You by Critical Mass
I Will Carry You by Sean Clive
Lamb of God by Greg Walton
Jesus, I Trust In You by Angelina
Act of Contrition by Fr. David Hemann
Careless Blunder by Nick Alexander
Heal Us, Lord by Nancy Krebs
Calling Us Home by David A. Vogel
With The Lord There Is Mercy by News at Eleven
Anyone Who Comes To Me by Jaymie Wolfe Stuart
Love Wins All by Matthew Baute
Thank You, Jesus by Bob Filoramo
Jesus, I Trust In You by Donna Lee (original and acoustic versions)
Now You Come To Me by Kitty Cleveland

Take Up Our Cross

Nick Alexander writes:
I was really taken aback when I heard this song for the first time. It is truly a remarkable achievement by Curtis Stephan, Sarah Hart and Marc Byrd. It's simple, but it's very deep and profound. I cannot endorse this song enough. (Now, only if the spiritandsong gurus provide a way for this MP3 to be made available for purchase...).

Addendum by R.Schletty, 2/11/14: Purchase MP3 and sheet music at one of these sources:
http://www.spiritandsong.com/search?query=take+up+our+cross
http://www.ocp.org/compositions/81117#tab:sheetmusic
http://www.amazon.com/Take-Up-Our-Cross/dp/B008PJ3HBW

H/T: T.C. Long

Last Day and Catholic Underground (Chicago)

CATHOLIC UNDERGROUND (Chicago) is held on the first Thursday of (nearly) every month. It is hosted by the JP2 Newman Center at University of Illinois Chicago, right in the heart of downtown Chicago. It started in September 2008and runs during the academic school year at UIC. It is produced by Spirit Juice Studios

Catholic Underground was originally started by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and was a direct response to a call that began with Pope John Paul II, and is continued by Pope Benedict XVI. Pope John Paul II said that because the Gospel lives in conversation with culture, we must be fearless in crossing the cultural threshold of the communication and information revolution now taking place.

Each Catholic Underground consists of three parts:
PART 1 - Eucharistic adoration, which provides a window for each person to personally encounter Jesus Christ.

PART 2 – The showcasing of Catholic artists which includes music, poetry, visual art dancers, film, etc.
Here we experience the “new evangelization”.

PART 3 - Food and Drinks are provided for fellowship with each other.

Here is a video of the band Last Day at Catholic Underground.


H/T: Last Day

Workout Playlist From Dr Kevin Vost ("Fit For Eternal Life")

A guest post from Dr. Kevin Vost, author of Fit For Eternal Life: A Christian Approach for Working Out, Eating, Right, and Building the Virtues of Fitness in Your Soul. (Sophia, 2007).

I was asked for an “ideal workout play list” so voila, here’s mine:

  1. Irish Blessing by The Priests from the album The Priests
  2. Benedictus by The Priests from the album The Priests
  3. Salad Bowl by Nick Alexander from the album I Wanna Be Debated
  4. Nicene Creed by Nick Alexander from the album I Wanna Be Debated
  5. Pie Jesu by The Priests from the album The Priests
  6. Hip to Be Square by Huey Lewis & The News from the album Greatest Hits: Huey Lewis & The News
  7. Cry of the Celts by Ronan Hardiman from the album Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance
  8. Ave Maria by Kitty Cleveland from the album Sacred Arias
  9. I Surrender by Sharmane from the album I Surrender Single
  10. Mass No.1 in D Minor for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra: 1. Kyrie by Bernarda Fink, Christoph Prégardien, John Eliot Gardiner, Luba Orgonasova, Monteverdi Choir & Wiener Philharmoniker from the album Bruckner: Mass No. 1 in D Minor & Motets

This list should be good for at least two cardio or strength workouts. The Priests mellow tunes will gently warm you up and then boom, here come Nick’s fast-paced pieces (and Salad Bowl will help you eat right when you’re done). Let the heart rate settle down a bit with the reverent Pie Jesu, and then pump it up again with Hip to be Square. (Sure this one’s secular, but it has a good beat and Huey sings about getting in shape, to boot.) Speaking of boots (or at least dancing shoes), The Cry of the Celts from Lord of the Dance is a high-energy tune for the highest intensity portion of your aerobic session (or strength training set.) Proceed to cool down with Kitty Cleveland’s beautiful Ave Maria, until you are ready to surrender with Sharmane Adams’s I Surrender. Anton Bruckner was a devout Catholic composer of the 19th century and his Mass #1 is hauntingly beautiful and over a half hour long. Listen to it some day when you’re out taking a long walk.

May God bless you as you psyche up your minds, pump up your muscles, lift up your hearts (and give your ears a good workout in the process). Kevin Vost, Psy.D. READ MORE »

Nick Alexander on The King's Men

Nick Alexander here...

The King's Men is a great ministry serving the needs of Catholic men. I will be interviewed on their radio show this coming Friday. To support their ministry, I have compiled my personal favorite Catholic songs that call me, as a man, to follow God more ardently as a father, a husband, and a disciple. May these songs also bless you.

  1. Despite by Greg Walton from the album I Won't Back Down
  2. Change Me by Tom Booth from the album Change Me
  3. Just Like You by Matt Maher from the album The End and the Beginning
  4. In You by Paul Harrigan from the album Thank You 2
  5. Press On by Bob Filoramo from the album My Beacon of Hope
  6. Acclamation by Mike Harrison & Greg Walton from the album Spirit of Fire
  7. Stand On the Rooftop by Chris Muglia from the album Innocence
  8. No More Fear by Aaron Thompson from the album Mystical Radical God
  9. Have No Anxiety by Ed Bolduc from the album Word for Word
  10. This Time of Forty Days by Nick Alexander from the album I Wanna Be Debated

ETA: The episode was a success. The archive for the interview is available on Holy Spirit Radio's Archive Page.

Nick Alexander's Top Ten Pro Life Songs


Nick Alexander here...
Every year at this time, special focus is given for January 22, for the national March For Life. This year, the need for support is especially vital, since we are on the cusp of a new historical administration, one which promises a quick passing of the Freedom of Choice Act.

To align myself in solidarity with the Pro-Life movement, I have picked ten songs that I consider to contain very powerful sentiments towards the reality of the sanctity of life, in all forms.

Please pass these songs along. Thanks!

  1. Precious Unborn Child by Margo B. Smith from the album Sending Up a Prayer
  2. Whispers from Heaven by Donna Lee from the album Whispers from Heaven
  3. Malediction by Atomic Opera from the album Gospel Cola
  4. Rock a Bye Bye by Extreme from the album Extreme
  5. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Matt Redman from the album Beautiful News
  6. It's Not the Time by Kendall Payne from the album Jordan's Sister
  7. My Sweet Child by Sally Bolderson from the album Humble Beginnings
  8. All My Life by Noel Paul Stookey from the album In Love Beyond Our Lives
  9. What Was I Supposed to Be? by Acappella from the album Better Than Life
  10. Gianna Molla (Mother's Song) by Fr. Kent O'Connor from the album Saints
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