Making every effort to avoid a train wreck, the panel (Joanne, Nancy and Steve) works hard with what little homilies they had to share after a very unusual weekend.  What happened? Well, settle in a comfy place, grab a cup of whatever and listen/watch to find out. One thing is for sure: Linda just can't take a Monday morning off! ;)

Remember -- YOU can add your voice to our podcast by sending in your feedback which can be the LAST WORD on last week's Word.  There are three ways you can do this: drop us an email at mondaymorningcatholic@gmail.com, call us using the feedback line at 774-955-0659, or jot down your thoughts in the comment box below. We always love to hear what's happening on your side of the world -- and we'd love to hear YOUR WEDDING STORIES so send them to use now and we'll use them in our upcoming wedding podcast. 

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The gang at BUSTED HALO created a video a few years back on how All Saints Day and Halloween are connected.  Check it out here...if you dare...  ;)


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One of the most quoted lines of scripture is highlighted in this past weekend's gospel and the MMC panel share how their homilists "rendered (or repaid) unto Caesar what is Caesar's..." They also rejoiced at the beatification of Pope Paul VI and shook their collective heads at all the hoopla surrounding the just concluded synod.  Throw in a little political jibber jabber for good measure and you have yet another thought provoking and timely podcast -- so fill your cup to the brim and join us!

As always, you can add your voice to our esteemed panel's by sending in your feedback which can be the LAST WORD on last week's Word.  There are three ways you can do this: drop us an email at mondaymorningcatholic@gmail.com, call us using the feedback line at 774-955-0659, or jot down your thoughts in the comment box below. We always love to hear what's happening on your side of the world.

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You can read for yourself the preliminary writings of the synod here and remember, this is a WORKING PAPER that won't be finished until the Fall of 2015. Let's let the Holy Spirit work this one out...

For those of you who are liturgical nerds like Joanne then you might like to check out the program for the Beatification of Pope Paul VI - and yes, there is an english translation that accompanies the rites. Enjoy!

Finally, here's some information on the Mayor of Houston's attempt to bend the separation between Church and State. All we can say is "wow"



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With Nancy on vacation the rest of the panel gets together to discuss the scriptures and homilies of the past weekend (28 OT).  Grab a cup and listen in as they also banter about parish hospitality, new saint feast days and the merits of singing the Gloria every week...or not.  

You can add your voice to theirs by sending in your feedback which can be the LAST WORD on last week's Word. Simply drop us an email at mondaymorningcatholic@gmail.com or call us using the feedback line at 774-955-0659 or use the comment box below. Easy peasy!  We'd love to hear what's happening on your side of the world...and we haven't forgotten about that contest we mentioned last week so stay tuned for the deets as soon as we work them out!

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Here's the entry in the PRAY TELL blog concerning the Glory to God.  While you're there check out some of the other entries concerning all this liturgical and then some. Those contributors and commenters are NEVER at a loss for words... ;)

Simcha Fisher's article on parish hospitality was based on a facebook exchange started by Dom Bettinelli. I can't link you all to the Facebook fun but what she wrote and then expanded on captured its essence.


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The whole panel is BACK and in rare form as they take on any and all topics! Since this past Sunday's scriptures talked a LOT about vineyards and grapes, the gang made the most of it without becoming sour -- and then went on to discuss sleepless nights, the beginning of the Synod on the Family, blessing our animal friends, and - believe it or not - Marky Mark.  Grab your favorite cup, fill it to the brim and join us for a very lively and always informative discussion.  

Remember - we'd love to hear what YOUR priest or deacon is preaching about on Sundays so leave us some FEEDBACK!!! You can use the comment box below, or drop us an email at mondaymorningcatholic@gmail.com or call us using the feedback line at 774-955-0659.  We'd love to hear what's happening on your side of the world...and stay turned for details on what could be our first contest!

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Three places you should be checking each week for words about the Word:

wordonfire.org -- concordpastor.blogspot.com -- patrickvreid.blogspot.com

If you missed these posts on our Facebook page go check them out - and then please LIKE our page so you can stay in the know!

Francis on the eve of the Synod

Understanding the Synod

Mark Wahlberg

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Ok, so last week was a washout (with all the panelists available and ready to go) and Joanne has done her "mea culpa" for the cancellation.  This week we're baaaaack with the dynamic duo of Linda and Joanne, who get into discussions about taking spiritual responsibility, the wonders of iOS 8 and new iPhone 6, drive by viewing at funeral homes and - get this - Rhode Island politics! Welcome back, friends! Grab that cup and settle back for an episode that is far from boring... ;)

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Fr. Robert Barron.  Word On Fire Sermons. You know the drill...

Let us know what YOUR priest or deacon is preaching on the weekends by leaving us some FEEDBACK!!! You can also leave us your thoughts in the comment box below, by dropping us an email at mondaymorningcatholic@gmail.com or by calling the feedback line at 774-955-0659.  We'd love to hear what's happening on your side of the world!

For a completely different homily on this weekend's scriptures check out our friend the Concord Pastor Fr. Austin Fleming - we wish we had seen this before we recorded the episode because it would have been a blast to comment on. So what are you waiting for? Go take a look! 

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Do to unforeseen circumstances there will be no podcast this week.  Might be a good time to go back and listen/watch some episodes you may have missed or send us some feedback for our upcoming wedding podcast.  Here's how you can do that:

1) you can leave a comment below in the com box.

2) you can email us at mondaymorningcatholic@gmail.com

3) find us on social media either on Facebook or by the Twitter handles @ritualdiva or @MMCatholic

4) give us a call at 774-955-0659

See you next week!

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And then there were two...Linda and Joanne are the Lone Ranger and Tonto (Linda's description - not Joanne's) this week as they take on the homilies for the Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Cross - an every so often Ordinary Time occurrence.  They also chat about the need for catechists in light of Catechetical Sunday (no matter when you celebrate it) and gush about their latest Apple acquisitions.  Grab your favorite cup, fill it to the brim and join us!   

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If you didn't celebration Catechetical Sunday this past weekend it may not too late to get your pastor to acknowledge it next weekend.  Go to the USCCB website and download their resource packet.

Fr. Robert Barron.  Word On Fire Sermons. You know the drill...

Check out all the tech goodness at the Apple Store online. While this is the upper end of the gadget world, their products last longer and their customer service is spot on.  

You can find all you need to know about next week's scriptures at Pat Reid's (Linda's hubby) blog. 

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After a relaxing and restful week off, the gang is back and raring to go! They dive into the past weekend's scriptures and homilies with renewed vigor - and then turn up the heat as they debate their favorite subject - the current state of LITURGY! Uh oh! Grab your favorite cup of whatever, sit back and watch the sparks fly. Aren't you glad we're back? 

Sorry we went a little long this week - we will try and keep the podcast to an hour before we wear out our welcome. However - YOU could help us keep on track by supplying FEEDBACK and adding your voice to our discussions.  Scroll down to the Honorable Mentions to find the links.

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Crux is the Boston Globe's Catholic media site heading by noted Catholic reporter John L. Allen, Jr.  We're not sure how this site will factor in "covering all things Catholic" but it is worth a look. We'll keep our collective eye on it.

Check out MMC's Facebook page for the articles that we discussed on the episode by Elizabeth Scalia (The Anchoress),  OnePeter5 and the Catholic Gentleman.  While you're there, let us know what you think about them by leaving us some FEEDBACK!!! You can also leave us your thoughts in the comment box below, by dropping us an email at mondaymorningcatholic@gmail.com or by calling the feedback line at 774-955-0659.  Remember to please be charitable in your discourse!

Will YOU accept the Concord Pastor's challenge! Click here to find out what it is - and it does NOT involve a bucket of ice! 

 

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