It's just Joanne and Linda on the podcast this week but that doesn't mean things will be different - they're totally capable of both going off the rails and running overtime as usual. In this episode they not only manage to get through the homily exegesis with one they both heard and one on an mp3 file (a first for this podcast!) but they also dive into the topics of a national hymnal, the upcoming WinterSing in the Diocese of Providence and the unexpected "H" word in the show opening that no one picked up on last year during the Season of Lent. Grab that cup of whatever and join the gals as they begin Lent in style.

Next week we are looking for suggestions on who Joanne should get to join her on the podcast while the others are away. Any suggestions from our listeners (all 12 of you) would be greatly appreciated and while there are no promises she will do her best to get someone from those who are suggested. It's either that or it will be a solo show with her next week (OH NO!). ;)

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Fr. Austin Fleming, the Concord Pastor who comments daily, is featured in our "Do You Hear What I Hear" segment this week as we play his ENTIRE HOMILY for all of you. A happy occurrence since we only had one homily to share. Be sure to check out his site for all kinds of spiritual helps. 

Gather Us in Mercy, Lord is the gathering rite being used by Linda's parish this Lent and is part of the collection By Heart by composers Tony Alonso and Marty Haugen. While some of these compositions for Gathering, Intercessions and Communion Rites need and should be retrofitted to the Roman Missal 3 translation, they are still very useful and a viable option for parishes who have the musical and liturgical sensibilities to put them to good use. Worth a look and listen.

Fr. Michael Joncas is a favorite composer of ours (especially Linda) and his three psalms for the Lenten season are worthy of note:


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A RARE Sunday morning recording of MMC brought about by yet ANOTHER SNOWSTORM in Southern New England. The entire panel stayed in their PJ's and waxed on about the over abundance of the white stuff that has hit their area, along with what homilies they DID hear at the Saturday Vigils or Sunday TV Masses and "appropriate" music for liturgy (your mileage may vary and it probably will). Pull up a comfy chair, grab a hot cup of something and join in on an extended version (meaning we ran overtime) of this lively podcast. Enjoy!

Wanna get in on all the fun? Then we NEED YOUR FEEDBACK! Tell us what your priest or deacon is saying on any given Sunday or share a Mass Foible with us. Or maybe ask us a question that we can actually answer. Whatever feedback you have here is how you can get it to us:

  • drop us an email at mondaymorningcatholic@gmail.com
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It's always more fun for us when we hear from you so give us the gift that keeps on giving -- FEEDBACK! Thanks for listening, watching and sharing. We appreciate your spending some time with us.

Honorable Mentions

Rory Cooney's lovely version of Psalm 32 - I Turn to You - is something to consider the next time this psalm comes around in the scripture cycle. It's part of the Psalm for the Church Year Volume 4 collection from GIA.

Here's a short list of convention, seminars and workshops coming up for those in Catholic Church ministry:

We'll add more dates and topics as we get them.

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Snow, snow and MORE snow! We're sick of it here in Southern New England but our hearty panel is never sick of getting together and sharing the homilies, scriptures and funny stories they encounter each week at Mass. This week is certainly no exception as the MMC gang tackles such topics as the biblical manic depressive Job, priests that almost don't show up for Mass and those darn Altar Server wars again! Grab a steaming hot cup of whatever and join us - maybe we can all forget what going on outside for a bit! Enjoy!

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The #shareJesus project is something not just for us to take in this Lent but to give away as well. Sign up on their website and share the videos you receive on all your social media platforms. Maybe we can even get it to trend! 

The Diocese of Providence will also be sharing reflections through the Lenten season but we're not sure how at this time. Check back with us next week and we should have some information to pass along.

Again, why are you not listening to The Catholics Next Door podcast? Greg and Jennifer Willits are funny, inspiring and real. Go check them out and tell them Joanne from RI sent you (well...maybe you shouldn't...) ;)

Finally, Angela Selana's blog is both inspiring and delightful. She is a young married Catholic woman with a uniquely realistic view on the world. It would be worth giving her a read. 

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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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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. 

Honorable Mentions

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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