Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Harlem Shake

Some have notified me that what follows is sacrilegious.  I take comfort in the fact that in the same week that Pope Francis has been scorned by atheistic leftists for hating homosexuals and rad trad Catholics for being sacrilegious, I too have now, in the same week, drawn heat from the same camps for the similar reasons.  Perhaps I'm on my way to the papacy!  (God help me, but more importantly the Church!)

The video below is done outside Church, no holy water was really used, none of the items are blessed, it is a fun celebration of Easter with the servers who put in a ton of work since last Sunday.

Saint John Bosco was known for taking profane songs and reworking them into Catholic lyrics and so forth.  That's what we did with this - we took a secular song, in good fun, and used it to celebrate the joy of Easter.

My good priest friend, Fr. Meyer, made a vocations poster a few years ago based on the movie "The Matrix" - but everything on the poster was funnily worded back into Catholic imagery.  (i.e. "This film is rated "R" for "R"adical Catholicism).   Many people loved it, but of course some Catholics complained - "Fr. Meyer is the Devil."  Well, by its fruits a thing will be known, and nearly every seminarian in the seminary today knows of, loves, and most have a copy of the "Matrix Poster." 

Is the movie the Matrix profane - yeah.  Does that mean it can't be "baptized" and a positive spin put on it...no, that's just dumb, and it is an angry Pharisaical mindset that says no.

As my Facebook avatar notes, "Haters gonna hate"


18 comments:

  1. I like the swinging of the incense burner.

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    1. Me too!! Love it, Father and da boyz! Suzanne McConnell

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  2. Ha ha ha we have watched this like 20 times!!! Love that all the alter boys are BOYS!!!! At our church the girls have taken over and now the boys have lost interest......sad. joyful noise you are making with the future of the church!!!!

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  3. Fantastic! I take it those are the things they gave up for lent? Fr. Hollowell, thank you for being both a "solid," prayerful priest, and a joyful "trumpet" of the Good News.

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  4. DUDE !!!!!!!
    Look out folks,this is my pastor and he'll "git 'er done."

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  5. I laughed until my sides ached! Pay no attention to those without humor!

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  6. Thank you Fr. for being such a wonderful role model for our young men. We are so blessed to be part of your parish.

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  7. "Make a joyful noise to the Lord" Oh Fr. H, are you in for it this time!This is a riot! You better find out where Fr. Corapi is hanging out and hide out with him until this blows over! I think even the angels in heaven are laughing right about now, the stuff shirts and those who take themselves too seriously, not so much~ Don't ever change..thank God for YOU!
    Mary

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  8. Yes, Thank God for you!!! Our boys are so blessed to have a teacher like you!!!

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  9. At the start of Lent, our parish had no altar servers. We now have 12, and they have worked SO HARD to learn their roles. We had an amazing Holy Week with six servers at Mass on Thursday, Six at the Good Friday Service, and Seven for Easter Vigil. We even had two candle snuffers for Tanebrae each morning. (AND they helped to redo the altar for Thursday, strip it bare Friday, and decorate for Saturday!) I can totally 100% understand how your guys were up for some fun.

    Happy Easter!

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  10. Annette DurcholzApril 1, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    We love this video Father!! Thanks for being such a wonderful role model for the young men of our parish!!

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  11. Make it fun for the kids. This is hilarious and great for kids to know God has a sense of humor! Thank you!

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  12. My boys put a lot of time into serving for Holy Thursday and the Easter vigil. I think they would have loved to participate in such a fun representation of the joy of Easter. You showed you appreciated your servers. Good job - keep it up. Love the traditional albs ....

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  13. FrH & his Blackrobe Posse KICKIN' IT !!!

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  14. years ago our high school Saint John Bosco club suffered through confused leadership. Not so with your leadership. Loved the clip, bring on the out takes!

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  15. Brazil! I am Soooooo jealous. I can feel the Holy Spirit brewing up once more with great intensity in your Parish. I pray Father Hollowell is still there when I retire from the Navy and am Back Home Again in Indiana!

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  16. This was adorably funny....just the thing I needed to give me a boost on this gloomy, rainy day during the second week of Easter!

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