***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.

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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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NOTE - There will NOT be a podcast episode next week...BUT we do have a few specials to share with you in the meantime so be on the lookout for them. See you all back here LIVE on 7/20!

Being a prophet is not all it's cracked up to be - just look at Ezekiel, Paul of Tarsus and Jesus. Yet, this week's podcast has Joanne, Steve and Linda presenting homilies from their respective corners of the kingdom that address this issue -- in some cases, within the context of our living in out in our American society. Don't worry, they DO get into some lighter topics such as Catholics on TV, the annual musicians convention (NPM - Grand Rapids, MI) and a slightly new format for the next 10 episodes. Sit back with a cold one on your porch swing and come on along! Thanks for listening/watching and, as always, ENJOY!

While we always LOVE your feedback we are going to be trying a NEW WAY to get our listeners and views to be more interactive with us. While Joanne does explain this in the episode we'll still spell it out here for your convenience:

  • Each week, besides our regular feedback and homily segments, you will help us choose another topic for our discussion
  • Make sure you are following us on Facebook by liking our page facebook.com/mondaymorningcatholic
  • All 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 each Saturday night and we'll choose ONE for the next episode.

SIMPLE? We hope so. We'll use this format for podcast episodes 080 through 089 and then reevaluate. Can you help us with this? We'd like to get you all more involved so let's give it a try!

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Our "roving reporter" and friend-of-the-podcasat JASON HERVIEUX will be on location this week at the National Association of Pastoral Musicians convention in Grand Rapids, MI. As we did last year, he will be tracking down for us some of the major presenters and chatting with them about their ministries. He will also be video blogging on his own YouTube channel about all his convention experiences so you might want to follow him all week for his perspective on this week's gathering. If you happen to be at NPM and see Jason be sure to say HI to him and maybe he'll get you on video for us!

If you REALLY couldn't get to the convention this year like many of us, you can still follow along and even get some of their handouts by going to the following sites:

  • The NPM Website will direct you to the convention pages where you can find all kinds of goodies
  • The always amusing and informative blog PRAYTELL appears to be doing a majority of the live stream "heavy lifting" for the convention. Bookmark their site for all the dates and times they will be LIVE this week (and tell them we sent you!). We'll definitely be watching THEM...

As we spoke about on the podcast, The JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW is premiering on TVLAND this coming July 15th but if you want to check out the 1st 2 episodes ahead of time you can find them HULU - if you hurry. Don't be surprise if they pull them right before their official launch date. It looks like a great family show that Catholics...and everyone else...can enjoy.

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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:

  • 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 

Please also consider leaving a review for us in iTunes - it will greatly help the podcast become more visible to others looking for Catholic content. Thanks!

Honorable Mentions

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.

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
  • check out our Facebook page and post something or comment there 
  • you can send us a tweet to our Twitter feed @mmcatholic
  • watch for our ongoing Periscope experiments by following @ritualdiva on Twitter and ask questions there
  • Leave us a 5 star review on iTunes even if you download our podcast using another feed - it will help to move our podcast up the ranks. 

Without your participation we at Monday Morning Catholic are just speaking in a vacuum. Please help us help YOU get a better understanding of how much God love you and wants to be the center of your life. "We're all in this together..." ;)

Honorable Mentions

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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