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Video of the Week: Rebecca Roubion’s Love Me Now

Rebecca Roubion‘s Love Me Now.

Video made by Villa House Productions.

Cast – Josh Huggins and Isabella Spain
Producer – Henry Reed
Director/ Editor – Marshall Burnette
Production Assistant – Houston Mathews
Director of Photography – Dustin Lane
1st Assistant Camera – Daniel Henry
Art Director – Hayden Mason
Decorator – Chris Zidek
Costume Designer – Anna DeWitt
Gaffer – Michelob Fedusenko
Best Boy Swing – Scott Frost
Swing – Jeff Trevino

Downloading Jesus

Marie Miller
How would you like to download Jesus? This week we learn about the Truth and Life Bible app. It’s sure to revolutionize how you read the bible. Sr. Marie Paul Curley gives us the Windows to the Soul of two Oscar nominated films and we meet singer/songwriter Marie Miller.

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Video of the Week: Marie Miller and Whiskey for Breakfast

Marie Miller performing a fun song live in studio…

None the Same by Full Armor

Full Armor
This week on the SLHour we return to the conversation about Catholic authors and Catholic fiction looking at Ceremony of Innocence, published by Ignatius Press. Gillian Kantor tells us what she learned from her kids this week; Rose Marie Rudolph tells us about the Behold Catholic Women’s Conference and we meet Full Armor Band.

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NCYC’s Top Talent

NCYC1Two years ago the National Catholic Youth Conference held a contest. The top ten finalists of that concert are now part of a new compilation album published by Heart Beat Records and produced by Sal Solo. This week we’re going to revisit a program featuring the music of this album, NCYC’s Top Talent. We’ll listen to Kristina Jewell, Patrick Sweeney, Jourdan Richard, Kate Tandy, Louis “Fusion” Gargiula, Joey McCarrick, Alyssa Golden, Jessica Gerner and contest winner, Matthias Michael. This program first aired in October 2012.

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Church PR – Photography

By Daniel Torchia
Listen to this whole Media Ministry Minutes segment on this week’s SLHour.

A picture is worth a thousand words. Image is everything. These are only two of the many proverbs and tenets that express the same truth: man is a very visual creature. It’s no wonder you’ve often heard it said: “the eyes are the window to the soul.” In communications and positioning, the image is, indeed, if not everything than at the very least critical.

And so how are we, as a faith community or Church group, doing in matters of image or images? If you open your diocesan weekly, what pictures do you see? When you pick up your parish bulletin, does it strike you as an inspiring aesthetic? How about your website? Business card?

I wonder what images you’ve conjured up. I know in my world, especially with respect to some diocesan media or secular media covering the Church, I tend to see an over-representation of middle-aged clergy in religious garb. There’s nothing wrong with that image, but why does that particular category tend to attract the lenses of our cameras so much more than other targets or actors? What are we missing instead? And are we even taking out our cameras at the right moments?

In truth, the true image composition of our faith community is absolutely beautiful and diverse: Children in formation; Citizens in community action; Men and women in full expression of art and song; Communities in bloom; People working towards a better tomorrow. These brief sentiments are likely lived out – over and over – throughout your parish community or faith-based group each day. So what are you doing about it? Is there someone who’s got the basic training or reflex to snap some winning pictures? In my career I have the privilege of working with the best photo-journalists in the business: The men and women of Canadian Press Images. Courtesy of their chief photo-journalists, here are some basis tips:

  • The photo should be interesting—eye-catching
  • It should tell your story
  • Large groups and long lines of people are much less interesting than shots of two or three key people
  • Avoid shooting predictable, staid or overly contrived “cheque presentations” or photo ops. Think of some other way to get the message across. Try to showcase emotion and true action (a basic human emotion or activity in motion – think of the image of Bobby Orr’s famous winning goal featured above).
  • Keep shots tight. Do not shoot or crop them loose, with lots of uninteresting/non-pertinent space or clutter around the main focus of the photo. Get up and close to your subjects – and show some emotions
  • Identify the “must have” shots and key people at the outset
  • Be sure to have access to the best vantage points – without being a distraction. If possible, inform organizers of your objective before you start shooting
  • Don’t place too much signage in the image. Local media, for example, are looking for newsworthy images not plastered with advertising. It’s better to place small signage in the foreground, where photographers can keep it in the frame with a speaker or key subjects, but which will enable them to focus on the speaker or subjects, keeping the signage in soft focus

So you’ve captured a few inspiring pictures…Excellent! Now what? Before doing anything, remember to get permission to use the image of your subjects – especially to get consent from parents when the photography involves children. Then make sure to write a nice caption that explains – in just a few words – the who, what, when, where and why. Then, make sure to use them swiftly in any of the following ways:

  1. On your website
  2. On your social media sites (twitter, facebook etc)
  3. Share them by e-mail with natural allies/partners…in particular any Communications Director/Officer who may have access to an internal newsletter or his/her own websites or social media accounts. For example, if you’re with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, send it to your regional council or national council, as well as your diocesan PR office.
  4. Send the best two pictures (always with captions) to your local or regional newspaper
  5. Share the same top two pics with anyone else you know who has a blog, website or active social media accounts

As a last reminder, never underestimate the beauty that is found on the faces of everyday, ordinary people. It helps to recall the newborn baby who remains affixed and enthralled by the endless assortment of emotions conveyed by his/her parent. As a photographer, try to capture the richness and depth of human expression and emotion. At the end of the day, that’s what will get people talking, remembering and curious to know more. It’s also something that we can all relate to.

Let’s go out and snap some pictures….and remember to share them with us on our Facebook page.

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Living a life of everyday miracles…

What is the secret to living a life of miracles everyday? This week Jackie von Zwehl, author of The Prayer, A Love Story will tell us. Danny Torchia speaks to us about the importance of photography in media relations work, Jeff Compton of WJTA 88.9FM Holy Family Radio in Ohio is hosting a new show, the Catholic Playlist and we meet the Cajun Catholic group, L’Angelus.

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By what authority; Saints alive and other favourite interviews

AAssad Fortunate Fall
This week on a special edition of the SLHour, Sr. Marie Paul Curley tells us all about her Saints Alive books and author Mark Shea presents a case for sacred tradition in his book, By What Authority. We also speak with Mark Mallett and Audrey Assad, who both have new albums.

You can also watch Deacon Pedro’s conversation with Sr. Marie Paul Curley.

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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

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.

Lino’s canonization; men after God’s heart and other favourite interviews

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This week on a special edition of the SLHour, Lino Rulli, the Catholic Guy makes a case for his early canonization and author David Dayler teaches us how to be men after God’s own heart. We also meet the Spanish Catholic rock band, La Voz del Desierto and Steve Angrisano has a new album, A New Day.

You can also watch the interview with Lino Rulli.
Watch the video of La Voz del Deseirto’s The Lord Gets Me Up Again.

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