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We need your help – Tony Siino, Catholic Speaker, Evangelist, and Musician/Composer

Sherry posted this at the Yahoo group TopCatholicSongs. Consider giving Deacon Tony a Facebook "like." - Richard Schletty, creative admin

Hi Friends-

My musical partner and dear friend Deacon Tony Siino has been doing Parish Missions, speaking engagements and spiritual concerts locally (NY & NJ) for the past 6 years. Ordained in 1991, he is an enthusiastic and dynamic speaker and an outstanding composer of Catholic Christian music. Recently, he was approached by an agency that would like to promote him and take his ministry to the next level. This would be a dream come true for him!!

Neither he nor I am not savvy in social media, but we were told that it would help if he created a Facebook page. I am simply asking if you could help promote his ministry by “liking” his page and inviting your friends to like it as well.

His page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/DeaconTonySiino

If anyone has any suggestions or advice as to how to get him more visibility, please contact us at apostolica@optonline.net

God bless you and thank you for your support!

God’s Peace-

Sherry Ottoson
www.apostolicaministries.com

Beautiful a cappella Gregorian Chant – Benedictines of Mary

[This note came to me from my friend Luiz in Belem, Brazil. - creative admin R. Schletty] 

From: Richard at holysouls.com

Dear Friend of the Holy Souls,

Just wished to share with you a wonderful discovery I recently made. These 22 very talented and devoted young women (average age in the convent is 28) in Missouri at the Benedictine Priory of "Our Lady of Ephesus". They sing together about 3 hours a day always a capella - without any instruments.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSZQceNbZLA&list=PLx4wNcRxFifyfcK6s2-FBeG...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYhfQwxnYw0&list=RDtMF04ErFVaE

...can also search for "Benedictines of Mary"

They are very talented singers, and in 2012 they were number one on national billboards in the category of "Classical Traditional Artist" ! Of course they give all the credit to God the Saints and the Angels !

I sit and listen to them as I work on the Purgatory Project each day and hoped you would be as blessed by their singing as I have been.

May God Bless you and keep you in His perfect peace,
Richard

http://www.holysouls.com/enter.htm to enter your souls living or deceased. READ MORE »

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 »

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