It's okay for the gang to leave Joanne all by herself from time to time because it gives her a chance to invite her other friends (in low places) to drop on by the podcast for a different take on things. After catching up on what Allison Gingras has been doing lately (like her great daily radio show A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras on Real Life Radio) the gals get down to business with not ONE but TWO sets of readings and homilies for this divided weekend here in the US. They also took some time to check out what to do and not do during Mass, received some feedback from down south and got to actually LISTEN to a homily from one of our local pastors! Grab a healthy cup of Paschal joy (while you still can) and join us! Enjoy!

Many thanks for all the feedback you've been sending during the Easter season as well as liking the various articles we put up on our Facebook page. These actions really help us craft the best podcast possible for you! But, DON'T STOP NOW! We need your ideas all year round and here's how you can do this:

  • 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 
  • and, now, you can send us a tweet to our Twitter feed @mmcatholic 

Many thanks to Earl from New Orleans for this week's insight! Who's next? We'll be waiting...

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Allison has a lot of things going at present (busy gal!). Here's where you can find some of what she's doing these days:

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Yes, friends, the dynamic duo was on tap again this week to continue spreading Paschal Joy as the Easter Season begins to wind down (remember, SOME of us have a Holyday of Obligation on Thursday!). Linda and Joanne chose to share their homilies for the 6th Sunday of Easter and then tackled such topics as who to bless on Mother's Day, why young adults are really NOT looking for a "cool" church and why deflated footballs should NOT be leading the 6pm news! Grab a cold one -- unless you're in Colorado shoveling out from the spring snowstorm -- and join us for one of our more spirited podcasts to date!

One thing that made this episode really POP was all the FEEDBACK we received! Thanks so much for giving us topics to chew on and lending your voice to all the Monday Morning fun. We'd love to hear from more of our listeners and viewers and here's how you can get those thoughts and opinions 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 

Thanks again to Beth Anne, Tiffany and John for helping us out this week. So...who's next? ;)

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Let us begin with a pro tip for podcasters - NEVER record an episode during a full moon! (un)Fortunately that's what Linda and Joanne did for this week's installment and you'll be able to tell by how much time we spend off the rails! The dynamic duo did get around to discussing the scriptures and homilies of the day (Joanne had one thanks to Bernadette's notes!) but they also opened a can of worms (as Linda is great at doing) on such topics as the restored order of the Initiation Sacraments, limos and other trappings at 1st Communions and the unveiling of Joanne's new Apple Watch! Throw in Joanne's recalling of her crazy bad week topped by an ER adventure and you have one heck of a episode. Get an extra shot of espresso in your favorite drink and come along for the ride - yikes! (and enjoy!)

We're REALLY going to need YOUR feedback the next two weeks (don't ask but you'll find out on the next podcast) so whether you have thoughts on Triduum, Sacraments, anything we post on the Facebook page or maybe even Jo's watch  - you can share them by doing one (or any)of the following: 

  • 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 

Give us your thoughts and YOU get to direct the course of our episodes (and we need all the help we can get!). Remember - we're all in this together!

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If you'd like to read a real intelligent and informative post on the reasons why we need to restore the proper order to the Sacraments of Initiation then check out Billy Kangas' thoughts on the Patheos website. Maybe sharing it with your Bishop might also be in order...just a suggestion... ;)

If you're still in a liturgical mood after that, check out PrayTell's entry on What's Broken with the Church's Liturgy by Msgr. M. Francis Mannion.  MMC's own Linda Reid shares her thoughts in the comment box (and see, we leave feedback as well!).

Remember - after listening or watching our podcast, check out thoughts on next week's readings over at Hearing the Word brought to you each week by Pat Reid, Linda's husband.

We'll also be featuring from time to time the homilies of another pastor of souls all the way from Montana - Fr. Cory Sticha. You can check out his website here and see him along with Captain Jeff and the others on Catholic WeekendPlease support this program and any others you may fancy at SQPN because they, along with the Catholics Next Door, have been very good about promoting our little podcast. It's the least we can do to repay their kindness. 

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With the entire panel back in rare form, the MMC crew takes on the Good Shepherd Sunday scriptures, homilies and music with their usual mix of knowledge, reverence and humor --> until they go off the rails, that is! They also talk about Confirmation & 1st Communion rituals, parish calendar planning and they actually get serious when answering the question "Why I Am Still Catholic?" Curl up in your favorite comfy chair and find out what their answers were and MORE on this week's installment.

Want to add your voice to our podcast? Here's how you can be a part of our show:

  • 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 

We're still looking for Triduum stories but we'd also love to hear about sacramental season at your parish, as well as your comments on any of our weekly topic. Help us make this podcast the best it can be - we're all in this together! 

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Steve shared with us that one of his homilists mentioned St. Nicholas Owen in his homily. You can find some information on this no-so-well-known English saint here. He also referenced an old BBC show that many of you many not be familiar with - The Vicar of Dibley. If you're into English humor then you can check out where to find it here.

A posting on the website Catholic365 lead all of us to answer the question "Why Am I Still Catholic?" You can read the original posting here and, if you are so moved, you can add your answer to on our Facebook page.

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When Joanne and Linda are left to themselves, the rants flow very freely and often, as you'll see and hear in this week's installment. Come along for the ride as they not only happily enjoy the feedback they received on the Triduum but take on the one homily they both heard at St. Thomas, the not-so-good, bad & ugly of Praise Bands and Joanne's 3 days at a genealogy conference (where rising from the dead takes on a whole new meaning). Settle back and listen/watch as you dead-head those Easter lilies!

We're still looking to hear about YOUR Triduum stories! It's a great way to add your voice to our podcast - here's how:

  • 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 

Easter is 50 days so help up keep up the celebration!

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This week's homily from the Concord Pastor (Fr. Austin Fleming) is yet another different take on familiar scripture. Check it out HERE.

The article we ranted about on Praise Bands can be found HERE and we've also pinned it to the top of our Facebook PAGE for a limited time. We'd love to hear your views on this! 

We're including the webpage for the Archdiocese of Chicago for those of you interested in following the funeral rite of Francis Cardinal George. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 

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It's STILL Easter, folks, and no matter how you refer to the 2nd Sunday of Easter our intrepid and undaunted panelists are ready to break it all down for YOU! Each armed with their own homily, they chat about doubters, the quality of mercy and why Easter flowers never seem to make it to Pentecost. Plus they have plenty of feedback for the first time EVER to have a great discussion on programs for small groups and Triduum in other parts of the country! Grab some left over Easter candy and join us for fun, facts and faith! Enjoy!

We'd love to hear your Triduum stories! Here's how you can add your voice to our podcast:

  • 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 

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Here are some of the suggestions we had for Lily and her small faith group that you might want to make use of for yourself or your parish:

  1. Fr. Robert Baron's CATHOLICISM & The New Evangelization
  2. Ascension Press' THE BIBLE TIMELINE
  3. Renew International's WHY CATHOLIC?
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