I want to thank you for the word of caution. From your experiences I can understand you being a bit leery. Though I can't say you are the only one to experience strange occurrences during Mass. In my search for the right parish for me. I have to gone to a few out here in Southern California that left me disappointed with what was going on.
Though at that moment you say a prayer in hopes that those presiding over the Mass will be enlightened.
Though disappointed I haven't given up all hope. I have found a parish that I am comfortable in, and even though everything isn't 100 percent the way I wish it could be I go anyway and pray for those that don't seem to quite get what Mass really is.
As for Father Barron I have seen a few shows of his on EWTN. I found that EWTN doesn't put on any programming that isn't orthodox in it's teachings. I found Father Barron to be insightful, and good communicator. I hope you found him to be the same at the lecture you attended where he spoke.
I think the Catholicism project is taking awhile, because of the magnitude of the project undertaking and the finances needed along with it. From the clips I have seen thus far it looks to be a good series on Catholicism where it will present not only the beauty of Catholicism, but the intellectual part of it too.
I look forward to the finished product. If anyone out there wants more information on the project you can check out the site www.wordonfire.org or if you would like to donate to help finance the project in progress.