...and because Joanne was not thinking straight from being sick again there are small gaps in both the audio and video versions of this podcast. We apologize for this glitch but are confident you didn't REALLY want to hear Joanne cough as much as she did when she and Linda tried to discuss the weekly homilies, along with the importance of the RCIA process (especially for Children), the state of Parish Faith Formation today and if Joanne will be sporting an Apple Watch in the next few weeks. Take a spoonful of your best cough syrup, wash it down with your favorite beverage and get ready for another chat with Linda and Joanne! Enjoy!

***Note: We're skipping the Honorable Mentions this week because Joanne's not feeling well enough to do her usual thorough research. She appreciates your understanding and could use a few prayers to get rid of this crud. Thanks!


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As we reach the halfway point in Lent 2015 the dynamic duo of Linda and Joanne get their "rose on" for another rousing edition of the podcast. Once again with only one homily between them, the gals do find some other common ground discussing Rhode Island's distinction as the most Catholic state in the US, a new Holy Year coming in 2016 and lonely confessionals. Grab a drink that's pink, find a comfy spot and settle in for another informative and humorous (we hope!) podcast. Enjoy!

Wanna get in on all the fun? Then we NEED YOUR FEEDBACK! Tell us what your priest or deacon is preaching about on any given Sunday or share some Mass confusion with us. Or maybe ask us a question that we can actually answer. Whatever feedback you have here is how you can get it to us:

  • drop us an email at mondaymorningcatholic@gmail.com
  • call us using the feedback line at 774-955-0659
  • jot down your thoughts in the comment box on our website
  • check out our Facebook page and post something there 

Honorable Mentions

This week we take a look at 3 different versions of Psalm 51 (yeah, we said on the podcast it would be just Rory Cooney but we changed our minds). Each is different and stunning it their own way:

We are also including a version of Psalm 137, even though it only occurs once every 3 years, because it comes highly recommended:

  • Psalm 137: Let My Tongue Be Silenced -- Jeanne Cotter
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They're baaaaaaccckkk...well...only Linda, God bless her...but at least she was able to join Joanne this week as they tried to tackle not just ONE cycle of reading but TWO cycles for those who are celebrating the Scrutinies with their RCIA elect. They also get around to talking about online Catholic high schools, the 50th anniversary of the vernacular in the Liturgy and how they're not particularly fond of Daylight Saving Time changes. Grab a strong cup of something to keep yourself awake (not that we're boring, just tired) and join us once again!

Honorable Mentions

This week's Lenten Common Psalms are brought to you by Fr. Francis O'Brien - whose composition MERCY, O GOD is our show opening through Lent:

It's getting to be a frequent thing that Joanne calls out Greg Willits from The Catholics Next Door podcast - but that's because she not only likes his and Jennifer's work but loves to needle Greg (even if he doesn't listen to other podcasts...). Go check them out and please give a listen to Episodes 076 & 077 - they could be life changing (just ask Joanne sometime). 

While NPM Providence's WinterSing was half snowed out last week, Linda mentioned they were going to present a few old/new pieces by one of our favorite RI composers Tom Kendzia. His PIETÀ is not a new composition but one that is beloved by many in our area. Check it out along with Tom's other works at OCP.

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While the rest of the panel trudged through the snow to present the annual WinterSing (more on their antics next week), Joanne kept the home fires burning by welcoming a fabulous guest to the podcast. Sarah Vabulas, the Catholic Drinkie herself, heard the (desperate) plea for guests for this week and stepped up to the plate to discuss not only the homilies for the Second Sunday of Lent but also how her blogging ministry came to be, her new book (pre-ordering now at Amazon) and hand holding at the Our Father. Grab your own favorite brew, get comfy and join us for a spirited discussion, complete with technical difficulties (all those folks in Atlanta streaming House of Cards...). Cheers!

Honorable Mentions

Sarah is also a regular panelist on that friendly train wreck known as CATHOLIC WEEKEND, from the folks at SQPN. Check out them and add them to your podcast lineup (after us, of course!).

If you're not familiar with Sarah's mentor, Lino Rulli, he is the Catholic Channel's CATHOLIC GUYHe's a pretty funny dude (at times) so if you're into Catholics with a sense of humor, he's your man.

This week's common psalm suggestions (Psalms 51, 91 & 130) are from Marty Haugen and David Haas' collection PSALMS FOR THE CHURCH YEAR VOLUME 1  - the original edition. Check them out for next year.

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It's just Joanne and Linda on the podcast this week but that doesn't mean things will be different - they're totally capable of both going off the rails and running overtime as usual. In this episode they not only manage to get through the homily exegesis with one they both heard and one on an mp3 file (a first for this podcast!) but they also dive into the topics of a national hymnal, the upcoming WinterSing in the Diocese of Providence and the unexpected "H" word in the show opening that no one picked up on last year during the Season of Lent. Grab that cup of whatever and join the gals as they begin Lent in style.

Next week we are looking for suggestions on who Joanne should get to join her on the podcast while the others are away. Any suggestions from our listeners (all 12 of you) would be greatly appreciated and while there are no promises she will do her best to get someone from those who are suggested. It's either that or it will be a solo show with her next week (OH NO!). ;)

Honorable Mentions

Fr. Austin Fleming, the Concord Pastor who comments daily, is featured in our "Do You Hear What I Hear" segment this week as we play his ENTIRE HOMILY for all of you. A happy occurrence since we only had one homily to share. Be sure to check out his site for all kinds of spiritual helps. 

Gather Us in Mercy, Lord is the gathering rite being used by Linda's parish this Lent and is part of the collection By Heart by composers Tony Alonso and Marty Haugen. While some of these compositions for Gathering, Intercessions and Communion Rites need and should be retrofitted to the Roman Missal 3 translation, they are still very useful and a viable option for parishes who have the musical and liturgical sensibilities to put them to good use. Worth a look and listen.

Fr. Michael Joncas is a favorite composer of ours (especially Linda) and his three psalms for the Lenten season are worthy of note:


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A RARE Sunday morning recording of MMC brought about by yet ANOTHER SNOWSTORM in Southern New England. The entire panel stayed in their PJ's and waxed on about the over abundance of the white stuff that has hit their area, along with what homilies they DID hear at the Saturday Vigils or Sunday TV Masses and "appropriate" music for liturgy (your mileage may vary and it probably will). Pull up a comfy chair, grab a hot cup of something and join in on an extended version (meaning we ran overtime) of this lively podcast. Enjoy!

Wanna get in on all the fun? Then we NEED YOUR FEEDBACK! Tell us what your priest or deacon is saying on any given Sunday or share a Mass Foible with us. Or maybe ask us a question that we can actually answer. Whatever feedback you have here is how you can get it to us:

  • drop us an email at mondaymorningcatholic@gmail.com
  • call us using the feedback line at 774-955-0659
  • jot down your thoughts in the comment box on our website
  • check out our Facebook page and post something there 

It's always more fun for us when we hear from you so give us the gift that keeps on giving -- FEEDBACK! Thanks for listening, watching and sharing. We appreciate your spending some time with us.

Honorable Mentions

Rory Cooney's lovely version of Psalm 32 - I Turn to You - is something to consider the next time this psalm comes around in the scripture cycle. It's part of the Psalm for the Church Year Volume 4 collection from GIA.

Here's a short list of convention, seminars and workshops coming up for those in Catholic Church ministry:

We'll add more dates and topics as we get them.

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Snow, snow and MORE snow! We're sick of it here in Southern New England but our hearty panel is never sick of getting together and sharing the homilies, scriptures and funny stories they encounter each week at Mass. This week is certainly no exception as the MMC gang tackles such topics as the biblical manic depressive Job, priests that almost don't show up for Mass and those darn Altar Server wars again! Grab a steaming hot cup of whatever and join us - maybe we can all forget what going on outside for a bit! Enjoy!

Honorable Mentions

The #shareJesus project is something not just for us to take in this Lent but to give away as well. Sign up on their website and share the videos you receive on all your social media platforms. Maybe we can even get it to trend! 

The Diocese of Providence will also be sharing reflections through the Lenten season but we're not sure how at this time. Check back with us next week and we should have some information to pass along.

Again, why are you not listening to The Catholics Next Door podcast? Greg and Jennifer Willits are funny, inspiring and real. Go check them out and tell them Joanne from RI sent you (well...maybe you shouldn't...) ;)

Finally, Angela Selana's blog is both inspiring and delightful. She is a young married Catholic woman with a uniquely realistic view on the world. It would be worth giving her a read. 

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