Well, Joanne has returned from the Northern Kingdom of Vermont after a whirlwind 34 hour trek with many stories to tell. She couldn't include everything in the podcast or it would have run over 2 hours (and not even her best friends can listen to her for that long!). Not only is there the usual audio and video podcast on the website this week but assorted pictures and video Joanne took herself (she had promised audio of both homilies but they did not come out well - sorry).  Grab a cup or two, sit back and enjoy some of the festivities surrounding the installation of the 10th Bishop of Burlington, VT - the Most Reverend Christopher James Coyne.

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Where you can find "the Bish" on the Interwebz

  • bishopcoyne.com (use /installation to go directly to videos from the installation, programs, info and pictures)
  • #VTBishop - the hashtag on Twitter and Facebook with lots of information and pictures of the events
  • @bishopcoyne - the Bish's twitter handle
  • The Bishop on Facebook
  • vermontcatholic.org - official website of the Diocese of Burlington, VT

I take terrible selfies...sorry... :( If his came out better and I can get a copy I will definitely share it. 

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Given the fact that we won't be producing a regular weekly podcast next week, and due to the fact that I will be stuck in my home for a least 48 hours I thought I'd put the time to good use and show you a good old fashioned New England Blizzard as it happens. I'll also be waiting out this storm in hopes of leaving sometime on Wednesday to attend the installation of my friend Bishop Chris Coyne (aka "The Bish") as the 10th Bishop of Burlington, VT. Hopefully it will be fun for you and keep me from going crazy at the same time. ;)

With any luck and LOTS of prayer I hope to chronicle in person all the goings on surrounding Bishop Chris' installation. I'll compile whatever I film or record into one or two segments and post them over the weekend. The weather forecasts are calling for more snow this Friday both at home and in Vermont so that's why my travel plans are on hold. I'm all in as long as God and the weather cooperate but I will be disappointed if I can't make the trip. 

However, in the event I don't make it to Burlington this week I am seriously considering, as long as my power does not get knocked out, holding two Google+ Hangouts around the installation rituals. The first would be Wednesday night beginning at 6:30pm to watch and explain the ritual of the taking of the Cathedral by the new Bishop and then again on Thursday beginning at 1:30pm for the actual Installation Mass. I'll keep everyone informed here and on our Facebook page and if you're stuck like me you might just enjoy a little liturgical diversion. 

Stay tuned - this is gonna be interesting - and stay safe if you're in the path of this mess! Ciao for now!


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The whole panel is back again this week as they await a "potentially historic snowfall" and Joanne worries that the weather will cancel her plans to attend the installation of the new Bishop of Burlington, Vermont. Such first world problems for our intrepid group! They do get around to discussing the homilies of the week, however, along with all sorts of liturgical angst, whether or not they should consider a spin-off podcast show and sharing a little autotune from Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines. Grab a cup of something hot and join us before we batten down the hatches and brace for whatever Mother Nature has in store of us this time! Enjoy (and send a prayer our way so everyone stays safe)!

***Note: Due to the Patriots being in this year's Super Bowl (no deflating jokes, please!), we will NOT be recording a podcast next week so everyone can enjoy being with friends and family for the event. If Joanne makes it to Vermont for the Installation she will put together a show with recordings and video from her trip. We'll keep you informed both here and on our Facebook page. Thanks for understanding and GO PATS!  

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Both EWTN and CatholicTV will be broadcasting the Installation Mass of Burlington's new Ordinary, Bishop Christopher J. Coyne on Thursday, January 29th beginning at 2pm.. CatholicTV will also broadcast Bishop Coyne's claiming of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Wednesday evening, January 28th beginning at 7pm. Should Joanne not make it to Vermont due to the bad weather, she will host a Google Hangout (power permitting) during one or both of these liturgies. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates. You can stay up to date on all of the Bish's activities by checking out his website. 

If you were watching our video feed you say a bit of an autotune that was created by Fr. Daryl Millette, aka Saskapriest (because he's from Saskatoon in Canada). You can find this crazy video at his website and if you are sports minded you can also catch his podcast THE SPORTS FATHERS. 

There as a LOT of liturgical angst going on this week on the interwebz. Instead of linking to all the stories separately, just go over to our Facebook page and scroll through them. We'd love your comments so please feel free to leave some -- and let us know if we should create a new podcast just for all the RITE stuff. ;)

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***Edited 1/20/2015

Well, it was a long Advent/Christmas season without the only male panelist but this week Steve Romano returns to the podcast ready and raring to mix it up with the ladies (and we're VERY glad he's back!). After a little catch up to find out what Steve had been doing all these weeks, the panel settles down - sort of - to listen to their very first voice feedback that we've been allowed to play for you all (thanks, Tiffany!). Then, we get to discussing being called to "come and see," checking out the Pope's trip to the Philippines and hearing about a Mass slip up that happened to our own Linda. Grab that favorite beverage, fasten your seatbelt and come along for the ride - enjoy!

***Note: Joanne had a "hot" mic this week on the audio only version of this episode so we apologize in advance. That happens sometimes and we'll be sure to fix it for next week. 

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Most folks used Rory Cooney's  Psalm 40 for this week's psalm. You might want to consider it the next time it comes around.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, is a Catholic "rockstar" in his own right. You might want to check out his online series THE WORD EXPOSED that prepares folks each week for the Sunday scriptures.

***Oops! Forgot to include the link to the New York Times iOS article by Molly Wood that Joanne spoke of on the podcast. Sorry...but since it made you come back, could you please suggest our little podcast to others for their listening pleasure? We'd be very appreciative if you did. Thanks!

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The ladies are back (all 3 of them) and are still awaiting the return of Stephen (we're really shooting for next week). While they know how to keep themselves off the rails by talking about the homilies and rituals of the last day of the Christmas Season (otherwise known as the Baptism of the Lord) they do manage to kick up a little dust discussing other hot topics such as the seasonal debate over the Sign of Peace/Communion from the Cup, Cardinal Burke's latest interview regarding the state of the Church and Joanne's guiltiest pleasure - AMERICAN IDOL season 14. Throw in some technical difficulties (and who hasn't had them lately) and you have one heck of a lively show! Grab a tall one of your favorite beverage and join us - enjoy!


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Linda and Joanne will be SO HAPPY next week when the panel (hopefully) becomes whole again, but they do manage this week (with only one homily between them) to rise up and continue the Christmas season discussion with the Solemnity of the Feast of the Epiphany. The lovely liturgical ladies also tackle the topics of altar servers, attendance on the Sunday after Christmas and the January 1st holyday and even take a question regarding the options surrounding the Penitential Act at Mass. As a special treat, we share a audio clip from this past weekend at St. Thomas' featuring Linda and her granddaughter. Grab a cup and enjoy!

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The music from audio clip you heard comes from a collection of hymnody for the Advent/Christmas seasons by Michael Joncas entitled WITHIN OUR HEARTS BE BORN and is published by OCP.  

2 friends of the podcast have new ventures:

  • Allison Gingras' new radio show A SEEKING HEART WITH ALLISON GINGRAS debuts TODAY 1/5 on Real Life Radio. Be sure to check it out and tell her we sent you!
  • Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, Bishop-Designate of Burlington, VT ("the Bish" we refer to around here) has revamped and redesigned his online presence. Be sure to check him out here - and you can tell him we sent you as well! 

And, as always, you can help us reach a larger audience but liking our posts on Facebookleaving us feedback on iTunes and sending traffic to this website. These small efforts will help us reach more folks to continue spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and his Church. Thanks in advance for following, listening and promoting us! 

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While Steve extends his hiatus a few more weeks (projected return 1/14/15), the girls get together this week even though 2 of them are a bit under the weather (Linda's on her 3rd week and Nancy's on her 4th). Nevertheless, Joanne is just happy to have both of them back - no matter what condition they are in - to discuss the homilies for the Feast of the Holy Family, feasts within the Octave of Christmas, and what the Pope said last week ("existential schizophrenia, anyone?). Pull up a comfy chair, grab a cup of seasonal grog and join in on the fun - and count the coughs along the way!

We had feedback from both old and new sources this week and we thank you for helping us craft the episode. If YOU would like to contribute to next week's show prep here's how you can do it:

  • 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 

Let us know how your Christmas season is going or respond to something you saw on our Facebook page or bring up an entirely new topic! Your feedback make our show and helps us focus on what YOU are interested in so keep on sending it! As always, thanks for listening, watching and sharing. We appreciate your spending some time with us each week.

Speaking of feedback we received two pieces this past week that were a bit long for the podcast but we figured out a way for you to read them:

1) Here's the link for the Christmas Homily from the Bishop of Yakima, WA

2) Here's the link to the Christmas Poem that Earl from New Orleans sent us as feedback for the 4th Sunday of Advent

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