It's been an usually crazy few weeks for the MMC gang so the ladies decided to play "catch up" and get to a few topics that have been left on the "back burners" all month. And the homilies? Well, let's just say they went far and wide to find some because of circumstances beyond their control (even one of their usual "go to" priests forgot to press the record button this weekend -- could it be...?) So, besides their usual "breaking open" of the Word and words, the Ladies of MMC manage to FINALLY talk about Pope Francis' latest encyclical (thanks to Linda), Joanne's recent appearance on Internet Radio (with Allison Gingras) and a possible change in the date of Easter (say WHAT!?). Get comfy with your favorite brew and join us for all the fun - enjoy!

We're going to need YOUR help and FEEDBACK in the coming weeks as we doing some streamlining of our podcast format. We realize that we are going overtime much too often and sometimes rush through the reason we started this endeavor up in the first place. Can you help us with this? More information on next week's installment but in the meantime, here is where you can send us much needed feedback:

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Our homilies came from far and near this week through no fault of our own. The first two are direct links to what you heard us discuss and the last two are places where you can hear other takes on this week's readings:

Once again we thank Allison Gingras for letting Joanne talk for AN HOUR (!) about our little podcast. You can find her at A SEEKING HEART WITH ALLISON GINGRAS every day on REAL LIFE RADIO and also at her website RECONCILED TO YOU

The song that Linda was referring to that ties in with this week's scripture is called I Am Waiting For This Jesus from Marty Haugen's cantata/musical entitled THE SONG OF MARK. You can check it out here.

If you're like to read the encyclical LAUDATO SI' for yourself then go here for a PDF download. The USCCB has also provided a discussion guide for those who want to share it with others in a larger setting. But if you're pressed for time then check out Commonweal's Ten Quick Takeaways as Linda did for us on the episode. This is an important piece of work that we all should become familiar with.

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We went LIVE again this week and, as promised, your MMC crew let loose on a lot of different and timely topics -- yet had to once again shelve some we've been trying to get to the last few weeks but always seem to run out of time before we can (sorry, Allison!). We did get to address the "storm on the Galilee" homilies this week (with a Father's Day twist) and also managed to not get too overheated discussing the church attire kerfuffle -- while even getting in a quick lesson on a new app that can help you send your feedback to us! Grab a seat on your comfy couch and "get ready to rumble" (in perfect Christian charity, that is!). Enjoy and thanks for sharing your time with us.

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Linda mentioned that the version of Psalm 107 that she used this week was from a new collection by Tony Alonso & Mary Haugen entitled The Lyric Psalter - which contains psalm settings for all 3 liturgical cycles. If you are looking for additional psalmody this might be worth a look. 

If you're not listening to Allison Gingras' daily show on Real Life Radio aptly named A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras why not??? She talks books, social media, and a whole lot MORE from a decidedly Catholic perspective. Check her out here and let her know that we sent you! 


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Yes, friends, we went LIVE again this week -- however we're a little bit late in posting on this rainy Monday in the Nor'east but since it is probably still morning in Hawaii it's OK, right? Anyway, Joanne, Linda and Steve got together this week to trade homilies (Joanne actually had 2!) and to talk about other churchy things such as a NEW app from the USCCB, the recently live-streamed Michael Joncas Hymnfest and the breaking news of the day from the Archdiocese of Minneapolis/St Paul. Grab a seat on your comfy couch with a cold one and join us - enjoy!

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The gang's all here this bright Monday morning after the Feast of Corpus Christi (we still like the old name) and Steve had an announcement to make that most of you will be able to identify with (no babies or departures from the podcast). After much (ok, some) rejoicing we get down to the business at hand -- the past weekend's very descriptive scriptures, along with talking about the newest craze in technology that could be of benefit to the New Evangelization and another look at Catholic political funerals, Part 2. Take a seat on your comfy couch with a tall, cold one and come on along for one of the most "off the rails" episodes we've done in a while. 

Feedback is a vital part of an online community and the more you share with us the better the entire community becomes. Here's how you can help us continue to build up our little corner of Catholic Digital Media:

  • 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
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 The more you communicate with us the better we all are for the input - and we'll give you all the credit too! Won't you help us educate, enlighten and entertain our Catholic community and beyond? Thanks!

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Elizabeth Scalia (The Anchoress over at Patheos.com) has challenged us in the Catholic community to share with others why we are NOT leaving the Catholic Church despite all the doom-and-gloom Pew Studies. You can read her post herewatch for our upcoming responses on Facebook (we'll post them here as well) and, maybe, share you own with us (see above for details).

Periscope is that new video sharing app on Twitter we spoke of that allows you to make your own live streaming recordings and then have them available for your followers (or anyone else) for 24 hours. Folks get a notification when you go live, they can send you hearts (which I haven't yet figured out their significance) and ask you questions you can answer on the air. For iOS users It's primarily an iPhone app (it gets a little wonky on iPad) and it is now available for those folks who still think Androids are cool (why???) Go check it out for yourself - it CAN be addicting!

Collectively, the bishops in the United States do have something to say about Music at Funerals but our friend "the Bish" wanted us to point out that for anything else specific to the Funeral Liturgy it would be helpful to consult the local Bishop. A quick Google search will also pull up many guidelines for American dioceses - maybe even yours! You can start there to get a clearer understanding. 

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The Chatty Twosome was at it again this week, sidestepping many a heresy while discussing the triptych of Trinity Sunday homilies they presented this week. While the ladies let Donall and Conall's encounter with St. Patrick do all the trinitarian "heavy lifting" they did get to talk about messy Masses, the iPhone text bug and a special hymn festival that will bring the gals back tonight (6/1) for a special hangout (keep tabs on our Facebook page for more details). Grab a cold one and get ready for your weekly dose of Catholic info and fun - enjoy!

We love it when you let us know what's happening on your side of the world - and that input is vital to what we address on the podcast. Here's how you can help us help you:

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Please consider sending us your thoughts so YOU can help direct the course of our episodes (we need all the help we can get!). Remember - we're all in this together!

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We included Fr. Cory's Sticha's homily for Trinity Sunday at the end of our audio version of the episode (sorry, viewers) and we'll continue to do that when we don't have many of our own homilies to share. If you want to listen to his offerings every week you can find them on his website.

The folks at TheLutheranSatire channel on YouTube are a very funny lot - but their sometimes irreverent humor is not for everyone. If you like that type of theo-babble or funny liturgical banter then go take a look at the other creative videos they have served up...but don't say we didn't warn you...

Joanne walks us through how to protect your iPhone from that pesky text bug that shuts down your phone if you open it - hopefully it will save you some grief. BUT if you should get it anyway then check out 9to5Mac's article on what to do to get rid of it for good. Then watch for Apple's fix in your software update app within the next week or two. 

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NOTE: Regrettably, this week's podcast is only available in audio form. It seems Google Hangouts dropped quite a bit on Nancy's audio in the first half of the podcast so instead of frustrating the viewers it was decided to pull the video and go with audio only. Thanks for understanding.

All the panelists were able to gather in the upper room this week for one heck of a Pentecost podcast. 3 different homilies, 2 sets of readings (again!) and a lively discussion that included more dioceses moving to the restored order of Initiation Sacraments, Lectors and their love of the Pentecost readings, and how well (or not) people communicate these days. Grab a red mug of your favorite brew and join in on the fun!

We'd love to hear about Pentecost on your side of world and here's how you can share your experiences with the rest of us:

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Your input makes our podcast so much better so please consider being part of the fun  -- and thanks for listening/viewing. 

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Since many of you probably experienced the sweet smell of incense this past weekend, why not find out about the history of its use by checking out our friend Bishop Christopher Coyne's CatholicTV blink "What's with the Incense?" 

There's still time to register for the Catholic New Media Conference in Atlanta on June 7th! Just head on over to SQPN.com and see if this is something of value for you! 

A great video on the restored order of Initiation Sacraments was released this week from the Archdiocese of Denver. Go check it out on their website, along with lots of other resources that show the value of sealing our children with the Spirit at an earlier age.

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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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