Arlington Catholic Herald
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info_outline Catholic movie critics give their 2021 Oscars predictions 04/20/2021
Catholic movie critics give their 2021 Oscars predictions The Arlington Catholic Herald gets ready for the Oscars, which will be broadcast on ABC April 25, 8 p.m. EDT. Managing Editor Ann Augherton and co-host Catholic Review Editor Christopher Gunty talk with two Catholic movie experts – John Mulderig of Catholic News Service and Daughter of St. Paul Sr. Rose Pacatte – about how the pandemic affected moviegoing in 2020. We get the experts’ takes on each of the nominees for Best Picture and get their prediction on which movies will win.
info_outline S. 4, Ep. 15: Meet the 2020 Herald Angels! 12/23/2020
S. 4, Ep. 15: Meet the 2020 Herald Angels! An interview with Rob and Deb Stevens of St. William of York Church in Stafford, who were voted by the Catholic Herald staff as the paper's 2020 Herald Angels for their charitable works of service this year.
info_outline Paul VI students talk about their new Chantilly campus 09/01/2020
Paul VI students talk about their new Chantilly campus St. Paul VI Catholic High School moved from its Fairfax location to a brand new campus in Chantilly. Listen to students talk about their favorite features of the new school.
info_outline S. 4, Ep. 13: Families struggle with COVID-19 restrictions in care facilities 08/24/2020
S. 4, Ep. 13: Families struggle with COVID-19 restrictions in care facilities Staff writer Leslie Miller talks with Susan Infeld, parish nurse at St. John Neumann Church in Reston, about the challenges faced by families whose loved ones are inaccessible in senior care facilities locked down for months because of COVID-19.
info_outline S. 4, Ep. 12: How your parish can go solar 07/08/2020
S. 4, Ep. 12: How your parish can go solar Staff Writer Zoey Maraist talks to Page Gravely of Catholic Energies, a company that consults with local parishes on how they can install solar panels. Hear them talk about how solar energy and going green is in line with Catholic teaching!
info_outline S. 4, Ep. 11: Behind-the-scenes at this year's Ordinations 06/11/2020
S. 4, Ep. 11: Behind-the-scenes at this year's Ordinations Acting Editor Ann Augherton and Staff Writer Zoey Maraist discuss the ordinations, this year livestreamed due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Hear how safety precautions were the backdrop as five men were ordained to the priesthood for the Arlington Diocese June 6 and get a glimpse of the June 13 ordination to the transitional diaconate.
info_outline S. 4, Ep. 10: Recycling burnt-out altar candles for at-home worship 05/15/2020
S. 4, Ep. 10: Recycling burnt-out altar candles for at-home worship A group of Eucharistic ministers from St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax repurpose old altar candles and give them to homebound parishioners to aid their at-home worship and prayer life.
info_outline S. 4, Ep. 9: Stories of hope during a pandemic 04/18/2020
S. 4, Ep. 9: Stories of hope during a pandemic Deacon Peter McShurley, who assisted at the Easter Vigil, and Mary Aquino, who painted a portrait of a health care worker praying, join the show through long-distance interviews. See the painting:
info_outline S. 4, Ep. 8: Behind the scenes of the Catholic Herald's virtual newsroom 04/03/2020
S. 4, Ep. 8: Behind the scenes of the Catholic Herald's virtual newsroom Every member of the Catholic Herald staff is working from home during this time of quarantine. Acting Editor Ann M. Augherton takes you behind the scenes to show you how our staff has adapted to bring you informative and inspiring news during the coronavirus pandemic.
info_outline S. 4, Ep. 7: Top tips for tracing your Irish roots 03/17/2020
S. 4, Ep. 7: Top tips for tracing your Irish roots Learn how to research and preserve your family history with Dave Miller, an expert in Irish genealogy.
info_outline S. 4, Ep. 6: Taize-style prayer: candlelight services and simple, repetitive chant 03/10/2020
S. 4, Ep. 6: Taize-style prayer: candlelight services and simple, repetitive chant St. John Neumann Church in Reston has for years been hosting Taize prayer services, though lately they have been held more frequently. These candlelight services are highlighted by their beautiful music. Take a listen for yourself.
info_outline S. 4, Ep. 5: Teen shares her love of the saints with colorful illustrations — and now a book 03/03/2020
S. 4, Ep. 5: Teen shares her love of the saints with colorful illustrations — and now a book At 16, Rebecca Pohlmeier paid for WorkCamp by opening her own Etsy shop, "GloryBePrints." Now she's released a board book for toddlers with Our Sunday Visitor.
info_outline S. 4, Ep. 4: Michael Flach, editor, shares thoughts on the Catholic press at retirement 02/24/2020
S. 4, Ep. 4: Michael Flach, editor, shares thoughts on the Catholic press at retirement Longtime Catholic Herald Editor and General Manager Michael F. Flach will retire Feb. 28. He shares his journey in the Catholic press, service to the four bishops of Arlington, and some exciting things that happened along the way. He also shares why Catholic news matters.
info_outline S. 4, Ep. 3: Couple finds their 'Way' to marriage along Camino de Santiago 02/13/2020
S. 4, Ep. 3: Couple finds their 'Way' to marriage along Camino de Santiago For Karla and Jason De Los Reyes, preparing for their new life together involved a literal journey — traveling 74 miles on foot along the Camino de Santiago in the days leading up to their wedding in Spain.
info_outline S. 4, Ep. 2: Catholic movie critics give their Oscars predictions 01/29/2020
S. 4, Ep. 2: Catholic movie critics give their Oscars predictions The 92nd Academy Awards are coming up, and that means people are scrambling to watch all the Oscar-nominated films. In this episode, Managing Editor Ann Augherton talks with two acclaimed Catholic film critics to get their take on which films might win Oscars, including "The Two Popes." They also talk Oscar snubs and movie recommendations.
info_outline S. 3, Ep. 39: Meet our 2019 Herald Angel 12/23/2019
S. 3, Ep. 39: Meet our 2019 Herald Angel In the spirit of the season, the Catholic Herald asked readers to nominate a volunteer who consistently goes above and beyond to help others as our first-ever "Herald Angel." Rich Rouck, selected by our staff from more than a dozen nominations, is a volunteer driver for the transportation ministry at Holy Spirit Church in Annandale. Find out more about his outreach in this episode.
info_outline S. 3, Ep. 38: The true story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 12/20/2019
S. 3, Ep. 38: The true story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer In 1939, Robert May was 35 years old, heavily in debt and depressed about the state of his life. He had an Ivy League education and had hoped to write the Great American Novel — but was instead writing catalog copy about men's white shirts for Montgomery Ward. Then he got the assignment that changed his life. Here's the true story behind the Christmas classic, "Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer." More:
info_outline S. 3, Ep. 37: Fifteen-year-old piano player composes four-part 'Mass of the Resurrection' 12/11/2019
S. 3, Ep. 37: Fifteen-year-old piano player composes four-part 'Mass of the Resurrection' A local teenager has written music that has been officially approved for use in the Catholic Mass. Matthew Brown, 15, a parishioner at St. Mark Church in Vienna, has played piano for Masses at the church since he was in sixth grade. Brown recently composed the “Mass of the Resurrection,” a four-part Mass setting, and St. Mark’s has started using his music for Masses. More:
info_outline S. 3, Ep. 36: St. Sharbel, miracle worker of Lebanon 12/04/2019
S. 3, Ep. 36: St. Sharbel, miracle worker of Lebanon Most everyone in Lebanon knows and loves St. Sharbel. He’s beloved by Christians, but Druze and Muslim people have reported being healed by him, too. Zoey Maraist takes us to Our Lady of Lebanon Church in Washington to learn more about the mysterious hermit turned miracle worker.
info_outline S. 3, Ep. 35: Elizabeth Foss: 'Take up and read' the Word of God 11/18/2019
S. 3, Ep. 35: Elizabeth Foss: 'Take up and read' the Word of God Elizabeth Foss is a longtime Catholic Herald columnist and founder of Take Up and Read, a ministry that encourages women to read and ponder the word of God. She shares more about her ministry and the benefits of engaging with sacred Scripture. Related story:
info_outline S.3, Ep. 34: Fr. Rich Miserendino, baritone saxophone player, on faith and the arts 11/13/2019
S.3, Ep. 34: Fr. Rich Miserendino, baritone saxophone player, on faith and the arts Father Miserendino, who has played saxophone for 25 years, says "it’s time for the Catholic Church to reclaim support of the arts.”
info_outline S. 3, Ep. 33: 26-year-old finds her calling planning funerals 10/31/2019
S. 3, Ep. 33: 26-year-old finds her calling planning funerals Antonia Cummings is a 2015 graduate of Marymount University, and shortly after she graduated, she began mortuary school. Hear about why she felt personally called to the profession, and how she lives out the Catholic Corporal Work of Mercy to bury the dead.
info_outline S. 3, Ep. 32: Bishop of war-torn South Sudan on the importance of faith in crisis 10/17/2019
S. 3, Ep. 32: Bishop of war-torn South Sudan on the importance of faith in crisis Bishop Eduardo Kussala, of the Tombura-Yambio Diocese in South Sudan, visits the Catholic Herald and the Diocese of Arlington as part of a 2019 visit to the United States. He talked to staff writer Zoey Maraist about life in the war-torn country, and how he's using the Catholic faith to encourage peace.
info_outline S. 3, Ep. 31: St. Francis of Assisi and the Blessing of the Animals 10/01/2019
S. 3, Ep. 31: St. Francis of Assisi and the Blessing of the Animals The Blessing of the Animals is a popular tradition at many Catholic churches. But how did it all get started? What can we learn? Franciscan Fr. John O'Connor, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Triangle, shares the origins of the Blessing of the Animals, and some stories about St. Francis of Assisi's connection with the natural world.
info_outline S. 3, Ep. 30: Lawyer trades townhouse for tiny home on wheels 09/23/2019
S. 3, Ep. 30: Lawyer trades townhouse for tiny home on wheels Lawyer Lynda Rozell traded in her Fairfax townhouse for an Airstream trailer and now travels around the country, sharing her Catholic faith at campgrounds. Learn more about Rozell's nomadic way of life — and why she calls herself the "Tin Can Pilgrim" — in our Sept. 26 print edition.
info_outline S. 3, Ep. 29: Keeping the faith after a health scare 09/10/2019
S. 3, Ep. 29: Keeping the faith after a health scare Ken Balbuena, a parishioner of St. Bernadette Church in Springfield and director of pilgrimages at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, survived two brain surgeries after a ruptured aneurysm. In this episode, he'll explain why he believes Knights of Columbus founder Fr. Michael J. McGivney, St. John Paul II and Our Lady of the Snows helped carry him through the ordeal. Read more about Balbuena's story in the Sept. 12 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald
info_outline S. 3, Ep. 28: Fr. Jack Peterson celebrates 40 years of Youth Apostles 09/04/2019
S. 3, Ep. 28: Fr. Jack Peterson celebrates 40 years of Youth Apostles Celebrating 40 years of bringing young people to an authentic and real encounter with Jesus Christ through parish and campus ministry youth programs, Fr. Jack Peterson shares how Youth Apostles hopes to grow in its next 40 years of service. This episode was produced by Elizabeth A. Elliott.
info_outline S. 3, Ep. 27: Back to school special 08/29/2019
S. 3, Ep. 27: Back to school special This week, many of our local Catholic schools officially began the new school year, and more will begin in the next week or so. Earlier this week, Catholic Herald staff went to a couple Catholic schools in the area to take in the sights and sounds of the first day of school.
info_outline S. 3, Ep. 26: Shrine for for Kateri Tekakwitha, Native American saint, will be 'sign and symbol of heavenly realities,' architect says 08/22/2019
S. 3, Ep. 26: Shrine for for Kateri Tekakwitha, Native American saint, will be 'sign and symbol of heavenly realities,' architect says Catholic architect Erik Boostma, a former parishioner of the Diocese of Arlington who now works and lives in Richmond, primarily works on churches and renovations. His latest project is a little different — though still a center for spirituality and devotion — he’s designed a new shrine dedicated to St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Gallup, N.M. Sites such as the shrine being dedicated to the Native American saint — canonized in 2012 and the patron saint of Native Americans, Indigenous and First Nations peoples — help bring awareness and evangelization to a populace that may be otherwise ignored. “People learn through symbols and things they see,” said Bootsma. “Architecture is a teaching tool.” Produced by Stacy Rausch. Production assistance by Elizabeth Elliott and Mary Stachyra Lopez.