Month: December 2009

The Future of Rosary Army

P7120086Wednesday, December 23 will be our last show of 2009 as Jennifer and I will be taking off work to spend time with our family while the boys are out of school for Christmas.

And though we’re taking vacation, we’ll also still be doing quite a bit of work as we wrap up our first fund drive in two years for our non-profit apostolate, Rosary Army.

Regular listeners to our program hear us talk about Rosary Army quite often simply because it’s been a major part of our lives for seven years. Rosary Army has been in our lives longer than some of our children!

The growth of Rosary Army in that time is nothing less than staggering. Yesterday on Lino Rulli’s program on The Catholic Channel, someone called in to suggest Lino make a donation to Rosary Army. Although he already knew the answer, Lino asked the called to describe what Rosary Army does. The caller, rightfully so, talked about the thousands of Rosaries Rosary Army gives away each year, and our mission of encouraging more people to make, pray, and give them away.

But what that caller was not so clear about is that in the past seven years, Rosary Army has also produced hundreds of hours of free audio and video programming that have been downloaded nearly 2.5 million times from people around the world. Our multimedia outreach has strengthened marriages and families, and enriched people’s faith lives, and brought thousands of people closer to God through our initiatives such as TotalConsecration.com, ThatCatholicShow.com, and our other projects.

Because God has taken Rosary Army into so many new and unexpected directions, it is not always clear to people exactly what it is that Rosary Army does.

So one of our goals for 2010 is to more clearly unify all of Rosary Army’s various ministries to make it easier than ever for more people to benefit from our free services. We’ll never stop making, praying, and giving away all-twine knotted Rosaries and encouraging others to do the same, but soon, when people visit RosaryArmy.com, they will also see all of the other wonderful resources available to them at the press of the button.

Though we are far from reaching our Giving Campaign goal for 2010, we decided this website endeavor is important enough to go ahead and hire a web development company to create a brand new Rosary Army website that will more clearly unify Rosary Army, TotalConsecration.com, ThatCatholicShow.com, and The Catholics Next Door radio program all into a single web portal.

Additionally, we are working on two brand-new online media projects for 2010. One is a video mini-series aimed at families with young children, and another is an audio mini-series addressing important aspects of our faith. Plus, we have a tremendous idea for Lent that we hope to unveil in January that will give you opportunities to be a blessing to other people in a very personal and amazing way.

Okay, now you knew the pitch was coming, so here it is.

The truth of the matter is that we have never before been so far behind in raising funds for Rosary Army. Last year we entirely skipped any fund raising activity. That means we went TWO YEARS without asking for a single dime. Nevertheless, in that time Rosary Army kept growing to the point that it was necessary for us to hire a new full-time employee to keep the organization going.

But at this point, with barely a week left in the year, we are $59,350 short of our budget for the next year. I won’t reiterate all the details here, but if you’re interested in reading more about how Rosary Army has spent its money over the past two years as well as the budget plans for 2010, you can check it out here.

But we need help. Now.

On our radio program, we rarely ask for help for Rosary Army. We talk about it, but we don’t flat out ask for help. We just don’t. That’s not the outlet, and we don’t want to betray the trust of our audience for that program by turning it into a public broadcasting giving campaign.

But today we’re most likely going to ask for help because we simply don’t know what else to do.

Now here’s more truth: God has never let us down.

In the seven years of Rosary Army, this is only the 5th time we had a fund drive. Only once before did we not make our goal, and that was only by a couple thousand dollars.

We’ve seen some miraculous things happen at the last minute, and that’s what we’re counting on this year.

After December 31, we’re not going to send out any more pleas for help via newsletters until our next giving campaign. We have too much work to do than to spend all of our time raising money. That’s why we’ve always reserved our fund drives for the periods between All Saints Day and New Year’s Eve. After that, we get back to focusing on other things.

But if you’re reading this, can you help? Will you help? Go check out Rosary Army’s website and see for yourself the good we’re trying to do for God and why we believe God has kept this apostolate going for so many years, because of the way it brings people closer to Him.

Thanks for your consideration, your prayers, and your financial support of Rosary Army.

Radio Archive #39: Devin Alexander and Cousin Brucie

cndpodcastrss1In this episode: Devin Alexander from Biggest Loser Cookbooks, and Radio Legend Cousin Brucie. This podcast is courtesy of Sirius 159/XM 117 (The Catholic Channel). You can get a full three hours of The Catholics Next Door, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 1PM EST, only from Sirius/XM. Sign up today!

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Catholic Christmas Gift Ideas

Picture 1On today’s show we talked about all sorts of great Catholic Christmas gift ideas. Here’s a list of most of the suggestions: Read More

Radio Archive #38: FoodForThePoor.org and Fr. Frank Pavone

cndpodcastrss1We’re joined in this edition by Angel Aloma from Food for the Poor and Fr. Frank Pavone from PriestsForLife.org. This podcast is courtesy of Sirius 159/XM 117 (The Catholic Channel). You can get a full three hours of The Catholics Next Door, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 1PM EST, only from Sirius/XM. Sign up today!

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Courtship of Greg’s Puppet

Picture 2Had a great day today hanging out with one of my newest best friends. I thought you might enjoy seeing a video from today. Click through to check it out. Read More

Radio Archive #37: Christmas Songs and Manhattan Declaration

cndpodcastrss1You don’t know Christmas songs as well as you think you do, and we talk about the Manhattan Declaration. We’re joined in studio by Fr. Roderick Vonhogen, Lisa Hendey, David Sweeney, and Jeff Neilsen. This podcast is courtesy of Sirius 159/XM 117 (The Catholic Channel). You can get a full three hours of The Catholics Next Door, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 1PM EST, only from Sirius/XM. Sign up today!

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Our Jesse Tree Kit and Advent Resources

Picture 6This year we made an investment in a really good, reusable Jesse Tree kit and we’ve had a lot of people ask about it.

It’s not cheap (cost about $100), but the whole thing is hand-made and high-quality and we expect we’ll be using this every year. We highly recommend getting one from TheJesseTree.org. If you get one, be sure to tell them you heard about it from The Catholics Next Door (and no, we don’t get a kick-back, but we want them to be encouraged to keep this up)!

Also, be sure to check out the great Advent website from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at www.USCCB.org/Advent

Deus Caristas Est

deuscaritasestThis morning on the show we talked about some things Pope Benedict XVI discussed in a General Audience this week, particularly in regards to the topic of love.

A few years ago we made available a free MP3 from talk Greg delivered about Pope Benedict XVI’s document, Deus Caritas Est, which means “God is Love.”

In case you missed it, and because we talked about it on today’s show, here’s that talk once again!

In-Studio Guests

Picture 4Ever want to see what it looks like when we do a broadcast?

Well, yesterday we had a full studio as several of our colleagues from the Catholic New Media world stopped by and hung out for the full three hours of The Catholics Next Door. While in the studio, Fr. Roderick Vonhogen from SQPN.com kept a running online photo journal using Whhrl.com (see the photos below). So if you’ve ever wondered what it looks like when we’re doing a show, take a look at his Whrrl.com photo blog entry. Thanks to Lisa Hendey, David Sweeney, and Jeff Nielsen for all joining us on the program, as well!

uCreate Music

Picture 2On our show today we talked about the uCreate Music system that we got Walter for his birthday. Here’s a picture of what it looks like.

Radio Archive #36: Sen. Rick Santorum and Gobble Gobble!

cndpodcastrss1Sen. Rick Santorum stops by the program to talk about MyMPowerBox.com. Also – the 2nd Annual Gobble Gobble Contest! This podcast is courtesy of Sirius 159/XM 117 (The Catholic Channel). You can get a full three hours of The Catholics Next Door, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 1PM EST, only from Sirius/XM. Sign up today!

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