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Featured interview with Fr. Richard Ho Lung

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We begin our new season of the SLHour by featuring a conversation with Fr. Richard HoLung, MOP of Jamaica, and listen to his wonderful music with the Missionaries of the Poor. We get an update from the Synod of Bishops and Danny Torchia offers some social media tips. We also introduce a new segment with Sebastian Gomes: Connect5. Today he speaks with Katie Couric of Yahoo News.

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Watch Deacon Pedro’s full conversation with Fr. Richard Ho Lung, MOP on Perspectives on Consecrated Life.

Learn more about the Missionary Symposium in Puerto Rico by watching this special clip.

Watch Sebastian Gomes’ conversation with Katie Couric on Connect5

New contemporary Catholic albums of 2014

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Before we begin our Summer season, let’s revisit all the new albums released by Catholic artists in 2014 and featured on the SLHour – tune in for some of the best songs of 2014, featuring , Sarah Kroger, Joe Zambon, Amanda Vernon, Curtis Stephan, Joe Melendrez, Tori Harris, Fr. Rob Galea, Luke Spehar, Rebecca Roubion and the Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles.

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Adopting a Baptismal Spirituality for Lent

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This week we speak with liturgical expert Jerry Galipeau of World Library Publications who suggests that we take a slightly different approach to Lent. Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB speaks with Sr. Marie Azzarello of the Congregation of Notre Dame; Sr. Marie-Paul Curley gives us the windows to the soul to a newly released film about love and we speak with singer/songwriter and first NCYC’s Top Talent winner, Mathias Michael.

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Watch Fr. Tom Rosica’s full interview with Sr. Marie Azzarello, CND on Witness.

St. Ephrem the Syrian’s Prayer for Lent:
O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power and idle chatter. [kneel/prostration]

Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience, and love. [kneel/prostration]

O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brother; for You are blessed now and ever and forever. Amen. [kneel/prostration]

 

SLHour: Synod on the Family and other conversations

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This week, on a special edition of the SLHour, S+L producer Sebastian Gomes tells us about the Synod on the Family and liturgical composer Ken Canedo takes us back to the folk Mass revolution. We also reconnect with singer songwriter Fr. Rob Galea and meet Simonetta. These interviews first aired between October and December 2014.

You can also watch Deacon Pedro’s conversation with Fr. Robert Galea on Catholic Focus.

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Irreplaceable and other great conversations

blog_Tori HarrisThis week, on a special edition of the SLHour, we learn about the Truth and Life Bible download and app and singer/songwriter Chris Bray tells us about his trip to the Dominican Republic. We also speak about the importance of family with Focus on the Family’s Tim Sisarich. And we meet featured artist Tori Harris.

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Moving Forward

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As we continue our summer editions with the best of the SLHour, we air a special radio edition of Moving Forward: From Benedict to Francis. Join Salt + Light CEO, Fr. Thomas Rosica as he looks back at the historic events of the last year in Rome, with Cheridan Sanders, Alicia Ambrosio and Sebastian Gomes, who provide expert analysis. This program first aired in March 2014.

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Church PR: A portrait of a pitch

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A Portrait of a Pitch part 1: Short or long-term perspective?
By Daniel Torchia
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Listen to this whole Media Ministry Minutes segment on this week’s SLHour.

Pitching a story to media can be a daunting task – especially if you feel you’re story angle or topic is way off the ‘beat’ or radar of the media in question. Pitching can be, indeed, awkward. But it should not remain that way. The change comes when one considers the underlying significance and important role of a pitch. And the change can mean the difference between fear and confidence (in the pitcher), or poor and excellent relationships (between the media and the pitcher and his/her organization).

If a pitch is very rigid or too “one way”– i.e.: focused only your very specific story, and not much else – then it is destined to fall short of its full potential and will most certainly provide a series of ensuing difficulties for you and your organization. If, however, you are more open to true dialogue, the pitch can be a sure path toward deep-mutual discovery, harmony and long-term benefit.

Short or long-term outreach?
The difference lies in the full intention of the outreach. Has the outreach been orchestrated solely for the coverage of a specific announcement or finite message with little openness for anything beyond that? Or are you and your organization sincerely interested in becoming a trusted partner in the news-making business, knowing that this will yield immeasurable medium or long-term benefit? If the latter is true, then you should be more than happy to entertain story angles that are not part of your immediate campaign (ie: you will be able to address any topic of interest to the media). It also helps, of course, if you and your organization can commit – sincerely – to ongoing communications with media – versus merely waiting for the next publicity blitz or need. That means embracing requests from media in between campaigns and, not to be neglected, communicating most (if not all) noteworthy organizational developments to media through the use of a newsroom or newswire. As you’ve guessed it: you cannot just open and shut the lines of communications as you would a bathroom or kitchen faucet – at least without repercussions. This implies, then, a consistent and transparent approach to organizational communications and media relations. It also requires a bit more time, energy and resources. But it makes all the difference in the world

In my experience, media and other stakeholders (even employees or donors) can sense a one-way communication campaign from a mile away! Having a short-term, myopic and inflexible approach to a pitch is usually indicative of a manipulative or at the very least self-serving attitude toward PR – and relationships. It is not fertile soil for a pitch and, due to its flawed approach, places a lot of pressure on the PR professional, yielding weaker results along the way as well.

Here are some practical tips for your next pitch:
• Know your top two-three key messages, but be prepared to ask the media: “what do you care about?” or “How might I help you broach this topic to your readers/listeners?”
• Know the underlying trends that may run through your topic or topics. For example, if you’re speaking about abortion, brush up on the recent medical discoveries that further illustrate the life of the unborn. Knowing facts and numbers is just as critical.
• Send the pitch via email and follow up by phone – but do your homework before making the call (know the media’s normal subjects of interest, style of writing/coverage etc.)
• Know when to give up. But try again at the next earliest opportunity.
• Continue to monitor the news and your targeted media; see what they cover and try to weave yourself into the conversation.
• Stay the course, pace yourself and never burn a bridge.

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Stay tuned for A Portrait of a Pitch part 2: Story angles and the benefits of leaving a message


Photo credit: Sister Anji Fan, a native of China and a member of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., speaks on the phone.(CNS photo/Sean Gallagher, The Criterion) (Aug. 1, 2009)

Video of the Week – Caritas Campaign from Panama

The people of Caritas Panama have taken up this year’s END HUNGER campaign to another level with this beautiful and moving song, LEVANTO MI VOZ POR QUIEN NO TIENE PAN (I raise my voice for those who have no bread)

Written and composed by Maríaestelí Rios
Production: Carlos Samaniego and En La Roca
Performed by various Panamanian Catholic singers/artists: Angélica Quintero (Ecos del Silencio), Evaristo Gonzalez (Ministerio de Música Ágape / ExVive la Música TVN), Annita Castillo (San Juan Apóstol Parish, Brisas del Golf), Niudska Beitía (Ministerio de Musica Nabí), Oliver Portillo ( Distynto) and Maríaestelí Ríos (En La Roca)

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Michael James Mette’s Changed By You

Official Music Video for “Changed By You”
© 2013 Michael James Mette

Get a FREE 3 song preview of “Bring Forth the Light” at http://eepurl.com/E39hD

LYRICS
I love your hand in mine. I love the way you say it’s gonna be all right.
You always were the one, since we were young when you stole my heart.

Everything I hold dear.
Everything that I hold dear.
Everything I hold dear is changed by you.

You elevate my soul, give me a reason when I don’t even care.
The truth is you see through my lies, give me courage to let down the world.

Everything I hold dear.
Everything that I hold dear.
Everything I hold dear is changed by you.

Everything I hold dear. Everything I hold dear.
Everything I hold dear, Everything that I hold dear.
Everything I hold dear is changed by you.
Is changed by you.
Is changed by you.

Pakistani Christian woman condemned to death

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Asia Bibi is a Pakistani Christian woman who was condemned to death under the country’s blasphemy law. This week on the SLHOUR, Deacon Pedro speaks with Anne-Isabelle Tollet, author of Blasphemy: A Memoir: Sentenced to Death Over a Cup of Water; Mark Matthews tells us what good in Hollywood and the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist have a chart-topping album, Mater Eucharistae.

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