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Doing ads against obesity yet shilling for junk food: What the Shrek?
Jun 10 2007
If advertising weren’t effective, it wouldn’t be so pervasive. Part of the pervasiveness of advertising lies in the fact that with so many ads out there – not only on TV but billboards, signs, online and other electronic media – some eye-catching gimmick has to be used to lure folks to the message.

Arkansas parish tackles ‘Catholic Extreme Makeover’
May 28 2007
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Call it a “Catholic Extreme Makeover.” When parishioners at Christ the King Church in Little Rock heard about Father Udochukwu “Udo” Vincent Ogbuji’s paralysis following a car wreck, they prayed for the priest’s recovery. And when their pastor, Monsignor Francis I. Malone, challenged them to renovate a house in less than two weeks for the former Searcy pastor, they immediately jumped to work. “They really stepped up with incredible donations,” said Sandy DeCoursey, the parish life/outreach director who oversaw the renovation of the vacant, parish-owned, two-story home. “The Holy Spirit is guiding this,” she said. “The Holy Spirit is the project manager.” Before Father Ogbuji, 38, was released from Baptist Rehabilitation Institute, Monsignor J. Gaston Hebert, administrator of the Little Rock Diocese, and Monsignor Malone agreed that the priest needed a home close to his therapists and doctors while at the same time being able to put his priestly vocation to work. The parish house, however, needed major renovations to accommodate a person in a motorized wheelchair as well as a fresh coat of paint and furnishings.

Youths serve tea for Mother's Day
Apr 25 2007
Youth group members at New All Saints, Liberty Heights, know what their moms want for Mother's Day – a little pampering. On May 13, the young people of New All Saints will hold their third annual Mother's Day Tea featuring a "Colors of the Rainbow" fashion show to honor the women who brought them into the world.

Pending graduates counseled on dealing with finances
Apr 17 2007
When St. Ursula, Parkville, parishioner Susan Livingston graduates from College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, in May and enters the workforce, she will suddenly be responsible for her own finances. The 22-year-old Parkville resident has had a few job interviews, but no concrete offers for when she earns her bachelor’s degree in history with a concentration in pre-museum studies, but is hopeful she will secure an entry-level position in a museum before the end of the summer. “I’m starting to get a little anxious just because I don’t have a job lined up yet,” Ms. Livingston said. “I know my parents will be there for me if I need them, so that takes some of the stress out of it.” Though her parents have pledged their financial support if she absolutely needs it, the 2003 Institute of Notre Dame, Baltimore, graduate is looking forward to becoming economically independent.

Baltimore City is prepared to entertain NCEA guests
Apr 03 2007
For the thousands of people coming to Baltimore for the National Catholic Educational Association’s 104th convention April 10-13, there will be variety of events and activities to attend after the Baltimore Convention Center doors close for the day. Celebrate the arts with middle and high school students of the Archdiocese of Baltimore at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall at 6:30 p.m. with performances starting at 7:30 p.m on April 9. Witness art, music, drama and dance with talented youths. Complimentary tickets are available for the first 400 out-of-town NCEA guests; inquiries can be made at mhutson@archbalt.org.

Pope, Catholic media workers strategize
Mar 11 2007
VATICAN CITY – Taking advantage of new media to spread the Gospel, the Catholic Church also has an obligation to point out areas where the media has a harmful effect, especially on children, Pope Benedict XVI said. The pope called on media operators “to safeguard the common good, to uphold the truth, to protect individual human dignity and promote respect for the needs of the family.” Meeting March 9 with members of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Pope Benedict spoke of the benefits of greater access to quality entertainment, information and educational opportunities through the media.

Apprentice inspires teens
Feb 11 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas – Tarek Saab became an instant celebrity after appearing on NBC’s “The Apprentice,” one of the most highly rated and critiqued shows on network television. He spent 10 weeks on the reality show last year before hearing the words “you’re fired” from the program’s executive producer and host, Donald Trump. While the 27-year-old lost a chance to work for the high-profile financier, he gained valuable insight into the power of fame and its impact on society.

JC grad makes music
Jan 31 2007
Will de Rosset hasn’t had a weekend off in a very long time. The full-time disc jockey is busy on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays making sure guests are enjoying the music at the weddings he services weekly.

With local radio gone Christian radio moves in
Jan 17 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – After out-of-town interests bought local commercial radio stations in rural America, evangelical Christian interests obtained broadcast licenses on that part of the FM dial reserved for noncommercial use, according to Dee Davis, president of the Center for Rural Strategies in Whitesburg, Ky. As a result, there are now 2,000 evangelical radio stations in the United States, up 85 percent from 1996, when federal laws were changed to permit greater media concentration, Mr. Davis said. “The only format that’s larger is country” music, he added.

Jesuit priest among Newsweek's people to watch
Dec 28 2006
NEW YORK (CNS) -- Newsweek magazine has named Jesuit Father John P. Foley, president of the national Cristo Rey Network of Catholic high schools, among "the people to watch in the year ahead." Two other religious figures -- Episcopal Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Muslim professor Ingrid Mattson -- also made the magazine's gallery of 20 figures to keep an eye on in 2007 in various fields, from politics to sports, religion to entertainment, and education to business.