Craig Lodge Family House of Prayer

As we return to normal (or not) during this time, I have to note that livestreaming among Catholics has increased exponentially within this year, and we Marians have found the level of interest rather amazing. We are getting lots of first-time visitors here at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy thanks to livestreaming of Masses, chaplets, etc.

One place that has been doing livestreaming, but not getting all that many viewers, is the internationally known Craig Lodge Family House of Prayer. Perhaps part of the reason is that only 2,467 people like their Facebook page. They have a YouTube channel, but once again, not all that many viewers, and only 290 subscribers.

Yet, if you’ve heard of Mary’s Meals, you have indirectly heard of Craig Lodge.

The people that founded it are the parents of Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow. He founded Mary’s Meals.

It boggles my mind that it is so obscure, but then again, it’s in the middle of nowhere in Scotland.

I’ve never been there, but fellow Marian Fr. Donald Calloway has.

I include a sample of Praise and Worship from their YouTube channel.

and also a short video of a conversion testimony produced by Craig Lodge:

On the Turntable

Occasionally I’ll say what’s “on the turntable.” And today, it’s Dvorak’s Te Deum (a rare 10″ LP version). This is a strong choral piece with a great ending. If you’ve followed my blog, you know I’m a big fan of Antonin Dvorak.

A recent LP find is the “Golden Treasury of Catholic Verse.” The LP includes introductions by Fr. Gilbert Hartke, O.P.

Small Things with Great Love

This is one great song. It’s not going to be a big hit. It could be, but listen to the lyrics:

You have not called me to be successful.
You have called me to be faithful.
I can do small things with great love
and make my life something beautiful for God.

Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today.
Let us begin.

Listen to the entire song:
Danielle Rose – Small Things with Great Love
You can also purchase the song for download.

Matt Maher’s music listened to on Space Shuttle

Yes, one of the astronauts, Ron Garan, is a core team member of LifeTeen. He took Matt’s new CD up this past May on a Shuttle flight–STS-124 Discovery. I saw a picture of it on Matt Maher’s website, but it was in a slideshow, and I couldn’t find a way to get just the picture.

I thought it was cool when I was listening to Matt Maher’s music (Overflow CD) when I was on a train in Rome, but this is about at “out there” as it gets for a musician right now.

I can’t find much of an article about it. Here’s an article saying that it would happen before it did.

No Secret

Lyrics from the song by Stuart Hamblen:

It is no secret, what God can do
what He’s done for others, He’ll do for you
with arms wide open, He’ll pardon you
it is no secret what God can do

Divine Mercy is not secret, but also not well known.

A Beautiful Day

Steubenville is not always gray and smelly. Today was actually rather sunny and nice. I took a walk in the neighborhood today–something I haven’t done since late last year. Easter Season is off to a good start.

A recent find: A Child’s Garden of Freberg — a Stan Freberg “best of” LP from 1958. His outlandish rendition of “Sh-Boom” is a treat.

Albums Dedicated to Our Lady

Here are some of the albums (from the 1950s, of course) with a particular focus on Our Lady that we have in our collection.

Marian Albums

The album with Loretta Young dressed as a nun contains the stories of the apparitions at Lourdes, Fatima, Paris, and Guadalupe. We have the original 78 record set of this at our Chicago House.

Needless to say, these records are ultra-rare. However, they are not very much in demand.


You too can listen to my playlist. It’s rather eclectic, but largely Catholic.

Our Lady Honored on 45s

The 1950s were an amazing time. A song called “Our Lady of Fatima” made the charts–even to the top 10!
There was an article in Time Magazine about the song, which you can read here.

You can listen to Andy Williams sing this song at

The song was released by a number of artists. Here are images of a 45 released by the Mariners–a quartet of two black and two white men who met in the Coast Guard.

Our Lady of Fatima


Of course, musicians continue to honor Our Lady with new songs and new arrangements of old songs. Here’s Joe Zelek’s arrangement of the “Hail Mary.”

For an example of new original music, here’s Crispin’s “Regina.”