It was crazy, it was early and it was LIVE! Joanne, Steve and Linda were able to get together on a rare Monday Morning and were inspired enough (or insane enough) to live stream it at the ungodly hour of 8:30am! (remember, we are musicians or musicians at heart - that's EARLY!) Come along for the ride and, to be truthful, it really was no different than our regular Sunday afternoon recorded episodes. So, grab what ever beverage is appropriate for the time of day you're listening/watching and, as usual, enjoy!

REMINDER!!!  We are NOT producing a podcast next Monday (August 31st) while Joanne takes some time off before the new faith formation year begins. SOOOOO...be ready for a special Labor Day edition....and we'll give you more details on our Facebook page next week! 

Keep up the good work with the VOICE OF THE PEOPLE segment and PLEASE send us that feedback (thanks, John!). Here's how you can do both:

Facebook page's VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

  • Each week, besides our regular feedback and homily segments, you will help us choose another topic for our weekly discussion
  • Be sure you are following us on Facebook by liking our page facebook.com/mondaymorningcatholic
  • Every week between episodes we will post links to stories and topics of interest to you and us
  • "Like", comment on or share the ones YOU think we should tackle by Saturday morning and we'll choose ONE for the next episode.

FEEDBACK

  • drop an email to mondaymorningcatholic@gmail.com
  • call us using the feedback line at 774-955-0659
  • jot down your thoughts in the comment box on this website
  • check out our Facebook page and post something or comment there 
  • you can send us a tweet to our Twitter feed @mmcatholic 
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She's BAAAAACK! Linda returns from her transcontinental trip with stories, great memories...and a splint on her ARM????!!!! You've got to tune in to hear how she did this and how Joanne jumped into action to give her a hand at the parish. Oh...and they do get to discuss yet another week of "bread" homilies along with this week's VOICE OF THE PEOPLE segment about children in church. Grab a frothy cold one and come along for the ride -- which goes into OVERdrive this week -- Enjoy!

The experiment continues! Until Episode 090 we will listen and respond to the VOICE OF THE PEOPLE on issues YOU want discussed on the podcast. This is how it works:

  • Each week, besides our regular feedback and homily segments, you will help us choose another topic for our weekly discussion
  • Be sure you are following us on Facebook by liking our page facebook.com/mondaymorningcatholic
  • Every week between episodes we will post links to stories and topics of interest to you and us
  • "Like", comment on or share the ones YOU think we should tackle by Saturday morning and we'll choose ONE for the next episode.

We're enjoying your selections so far - keep up the good work!

Honorable Mentions

Since both our homilies were short this week, why not go check out one by our good friend the Concord Pastor (Fr. Austin Fleming) at A CONCORD PASTOR COMMENTS

If you're in New England and would love to hear the "Minnesota 3" (Haas, Haugen, Joncas) in a benefit concert for MUSIC MINISTRY ALIVE then check out this informational flyer and, if you have more questions, contact our fair Linda at duchess17@gmail.com 

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With 2 of the 3 wandering panel back where they belong, the MMC panel returns to RARE form by going off the train tracks too many times for Joanne's liking. Watch as she tries to keep them in line while navigating through the weekly homilies, this week's VOICE OF THE PEOPLE and every other music and liturgy topic that gets in the way! Brace yourself for this week's wild ride and, as always, ENJOY!

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While the cats are away (Linda, Steve and Nancy), Joanne gets to play moderator with a different motley crew! Allison Gingras (A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras / Reconciled to You Ministries) and our newest contributor Jason Hervieux stop by with their "bread" homilies and join in a rousing discussion of this week's VOICE OF THE PEOPLE selection -- 10 Things You Might Be Doing WRONG at Mass! Settle into your comfy chair with a cold one as we bring you your weekly dose of Catholic evangelization, education and entertainment -- enjoy!

The experiment continues! Until Episode 090 we will listen and respond to the VOICE OF THE PEOPLE on issues YOU want discussed on the podcast. This is how it works:

  • Each week, besides our regular feedback and homily segments, you will help us choose another topic for our weekly discussion
  • Be sure you are following us on Facebook by liking our page facebook.com/mondaymorningcatholic
  • Every week between episodes we will post links to stories and topics of interest to you and us
  • "Like", comment on or share the ones YOU think we should tackle by Saturday morning and we'll choose ONE for the next episode.

Keep up the good work -- and keep us away from those Satanic stories, 'K? Thx!  ;)


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***Edited - we forgot (well, Joanne did...) to thank our friends Greg and Jennifer Willits for their kind shout out on their most excellent podcast THE CATHOLICS NEXT DOORGo check them out along with their equally excellent apostolate NEW EVANGELIZERSAnd let them know we sent you!!!

A BIG MMC welcome to all those who are discovering us for the 1st time from their suggestion! Your feedback is welcomed here as well so don't be shy!

It's been a wild week in the Catholic world and the Ladies of MMC get a chance to discuss some of it, thanks to the VOICE OF THE PEOPLE. Besides our regular unpacking of last weekend's homilies, we talk about the announcement of Bishop-elect Robert Barron's move to Los Angeles and the number one topic YOU wanted to hear about: CATHOLIC FUNERAL TRIBULATIONS! Position that comfy chair close to the nearest fan and grab a cold one as we attempt to make some sense of it all once again -- enjoy! 

P.S. -- anyone recognize where we might have gotten the idea for this week's episode title? Hint: think 1960's Si-Fi...

Thanks to all of you who read, liked and shares our top article on Facebook this week. Until Episode 090 we will listen and respond to the VOICE OF THE PEOPLE on issue YOU want discussed so this is how it works:

  • Each week, besides our regular feedback and homily segments, you will help us choose another topic for our discussion
  • Be sure you are following us on Facebook by liking our page facebook.com/mondaymorningcatholic
  • Every week between episodes we will post links to stories and topics of interest to you and us
  • "Like", comment on or share the ones YOU think we should tackle by Saturday morning and we'll choose ONE for the next episode.

I (Joanne) wonder what we'll be talking about with our special guests next week? Stay tuned and thank for being a big part of our discussions on the podcast.

Honorable Mentions:

Here is a partial list of Catholic clergy who record and post their homilies online each week - if you know of any others you think we should pass along then please let us know!

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Joanne's back! Linda's back! Nancy's back! Steve...well...hopefully we'll see him next week...but Jason Hervieux joins us this week with his glowing report from the NPM Annual Convention! Lots to say (yes, we went WAAAAAAY over), lots to share and maybe lots more of you will help us with our discussions on the podcast. Don't worry -- we'll always talk about the previous weekend's homilies but we do try to get to YOUR feedback along with a few other topics. This week we hear about Linda's week with other liturgical musicians at Notre Dame, a patriotic homily from Nancy's pastor who recently became an American citizen and Joanne introduces a new segment entitiled "Voice of the People." Grab a cold one and join us as you sit by the air conditioner (especially if you're in the Nor'east) Enjoy!

For episodes 081 to 090 we will listen to the VOICE OF THE PEOPLE so this is how it will work:

  • Each week, besides our regular feedback and homily segments, you will help us choose another topic for our discussion
  • Be sure you are following us on Facebook by liking our page facebook.com/mondaymorningcatholic
  • Every week between episodes we will post links to stories and topics of interest to you and us
  • "Like" or comment on the ones YOU think we should tackle by Saturday morning and we'll choose ONE for the next episode.

When the experiment is over we will either keep the format (if it's working) or go back to the drawing board (if it's not). We really want our viewers and listeners to tell us what they are interested in so we can better serve them. Let's give it a try, OK - and bring a friend along for the ride as well!

Honorable Mentions

Rory Cooney's blog entry Funerals and Funeral Music - Church, we have a story to tell! can be found on his insightful and entertaining blog GENTLE REIGN  

Eye of the Tiber is a satirical Catholic website with a touch of irony that most of the time can be incredibly funny. Check them out because God knows we Catholics need to laugh at ourselves now and then. 

Both the Concord Pastor and Word on Fire's Fr. Barron preached homilies that focuses on the Jeremiah reading along with the gospel. Check them out for another point of view.

3 Books to add to your reading lists

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Let me apologize AGAIN for goofing up on the episode numbers for the specials - I can't seen to keep track of them correctly. You can blame my old, addled brain, another multitasking fail or being on vacation but I've always said "the points (or numbers) don't matter!" Our collective thanks to JASON HERVIEUX (and his able cameraman Silvio Cuellar) for getting us a couple of interviews at the NPM Convention in Grand Rapids, MI. Jason will join us on Episode 080 next week to share his experiences. Until then, please pour yourself a cold one and listen/watch his interviews with composer JAIME CORTEZ and app developer PETER BROCKMANN from DIGITAL HERMOSA...along with my commentary on live streaming these events. Enjoy!

Honorable Mentions

JAIME CORTEZ is a popular Hispanic composer, performer and speaker whose work is published by OCP. You've probably sung his song RAIN DOWN multiple times during Sprinkling RItes at Mass. Go check him out!

PETER BROCKMANN is chief technical madman (and one hell of a church musician) over at DIGITAL HERMOSA and creator of the NPM Convention program app as well as the NEW NPM Chapters app. If you're looking for an iOS app to help your parish or apostolate he might be able to help you help others.

Many, many thanks to the always delightful PRAYTELL Blog for once again live streaming the main plenum talks and putting together some great panel discussions. Go over to their site and watch for yourself (and let them know you want them to continue this good work next year).

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