With the gentlemen of the podcast shoveling out after the first "significant" snowfall of 2016, the ladies of MMC took up a cup and to the airwaves ready to discuss a number of equally significant topics. From hard-to-read feedback and an altar made of snow to the weekend's homilies and a common date for all Christians to celebrate Easter the gals covered it all in style -- and with a few laughs along the way. Grab your own cuppa and a comfy chair to join in on it all -- enjoy!

We've said it many times (well..Joanne does...) that we just LOVE your FEEDBACK and SUGGESTIONS!  Maybe you'd like to share a bit about yourself like John from Wakima and Bernadette from Lakeville have already done - or maybe you just want to share a homily or a topic with the community. If you'd like in on the fun then here's what you need to do:

  • drop us 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 don't forget to add your voice to our VOICE OF THE PEOPLE segment. Just "like" our Facebook page and share or like the articles you come upon. Highest numbered post becomes that week's segment. It's that simple! 


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Don't let the title lead you astray! We here at MMC are not frustrated or disgruntled by the intense and sometimes very wordy fourth gospel  but, rather, are quoting one of our homilists that sometimes one needs a shovel to get through the many layers of this singular account of Jesus's life. Rising to the challenge, Linda, Joanne and a late arriving Steve shared their best Wedding at Cana homilies along with this week's VOTP concerning Catholic wedding vows and concluding with a tech demonstration from none other than Linda! Also, we get to know more about one of our regular community members. It's definitely a chock full episode so grab your favorite beverage and a comfy seat and join us. As always, thanks for your support and enjoy!

It may be a New Year but we're still sounding a familiar call for you to send us your FEEDBACK and SUGGESTIONS!  Maybe you'd like to share a bit about yourself like John from Wakima did this week - we'd love to get to know our community better. If you'd like to do so then here's what you need to do:

  • drop us 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 

Remember - we'd really love to hear from you and PLEASE don't forget to add your $1.98 (2 cents + inflation) to our VOICE OF THE PEOPLE segment. Just like our Facebook page and share or like the articles you come upon. Highest numbered post becomes that week's segment. It's that simple! 

Honorable Mentions

If you really want to savor and digest the entire homily from Bishop Barron that Joanne shared this week then mosey over to wordonfire.org  and check out not only his sermons but his new podcast.

Steve shared with us that his parish handed out copies of Matthew Kelly's new book REDISCOVERING JESUS for Christmas. If you want to know more about this latest offering of his or anything else he has available then check out his website dynamiccatholic.com

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With the conclusion of the Christmas Season, the MMC crew reflects on Christmas past and prepares to take a brief liturgical rest before embarking on Lent 2016. Linda, Nancy, Joanne and Jason share an abundance of baptismal homilies, a VOTP (Voice of the People) article on NOT sharing your junk with the poor and when are the use of Christmas carol melodies just too much. Pull up a comfy chair, a cold or hot drink and join us for another spirited discussion - enjoy!

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Happy New Year!

We're baaaaaack...well...some of us are...

Linda and Joanne return to MMC after a 3 week hiatus and with LOTS of feedback, a couple of VOICE OF THE PEOPLE topics and, of course, the weekly homilies they are NOT at a loss for things to talk about. A new regular crew member was announced as well so this is one episode you can't miss! Curl up in that comfy chair with one last New Year's beverage and, as always, ENJOY!

And thanks to all who kept Joanne and her family in their thoughts and prayers over the last few weeks - it was much needed and appreciated. 

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Round two begins (ding, ding, ding!). We continue our 100th Episode celebration with getting to know our host and moderator a little better and then move on to sharing some of the more memorable (and not) events of the podcast, a redux of the "10 Things You Might Be Doing Wrong at Mass" with the entire crew and our hopes for the future of this little "experiment." Ring in the New Year with Linda, Nancy, Stephen and Joanne - get comfy and get some holiday cheer and listen along (remember, no video again - sorry...). Enjoy and a Happy, Blessed New Year from all of us at Monday Morning Catholic! 

Help us start the New Year off right by sending us your FEEDBACK and SUGGESTIONS!  Maybe you'd like to share a bit about yourself like we did - we'd love to get to know our community better. If you'd like to do so then here's what you need to do:

  • drop us 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 

We have a few new things up our collective sleeves for 2016 and your feedback/suggestions would help us refine those further. We'd love to hear from you! And PLEASE don't forget to add your $1.98 (2 cents + inflation) to our VOICE OF THE PEOPLE segment. Just like our Facebook page and share or like the articles you come upon. Highest numbered post becomes that week's segment. Easy peasy!




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Well, it took us an extra week to make this happen but -- TADA! -- it's finally here! The 100th installment of the Monday Morning Catholic Podcast is ready for YOU...well, sort of. You see, the crew was so chatty we talked for almost TWO HOURS and since we wanted to be mindful of our community's shorter attention span during the Christmas holidays, we decided to "divide and conquer" by splitting the show in half and releasing it over 2 weeks. This also gives the crew some well deserved time off so it works out for everyone! We hope you enjoy the "Podaversary" and we thank you once again for listening/watching our little contribution to the New Evangelization. 

Speaking of watching...Joanne apologizes profusely for having a little problem with the video for this episode. She promises in the future NOT to delete ANYTHING from YouTube before she is ABSOLUTELY SURE she has it safely in her computer. =)

Enjoy...and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Hello all,

due to an emergency in Joanne's family, we are going to push back the posting of MMC Episode 100 until next Monday, December 21st. Since it came out to be just under TWO HOURS in length, we will also SPILT the podcast into two installments that will post on 12/21 & 12/28. This should give Joanne some needed time with her family and the rest of the gang some time to get some well deserved rest after their busy Christmas weekends. We thank you for your patience (and prayers) and we know it will be worth the wait. 

Caio for now!

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The gals and Jason gather again this week to continue the Advent journey and there is no shortage of topics to discuss (which is why the podcast went 15 minutes over). From three very different yet engaging homilies, to Tim Tebow's love life and then a quick review of the movie SPOTLIGHT, this last episode of the double digits covers a lot of ground. So pull up a comfy chair, break out your favorite beverage and join us. Thanks for your continued support and, as always, enjoy!

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Nancy was inquiring about a liturgical calendar that could be integrated into Mac's iCal and Joanne, the Techmaven, told her she had one but couldn't quite remember where she found it last year. Well, after a little searching, she located it at the UNIVERSALIS website and it's available for both iCal and Google Calendar for FREE! The easy to follow directions can be found at productivecatholic.com and don't worry if it seems these intructions look out of date - Joanne was able to download this year's calendar with no problem. It's a great way to integrate the church's dates with your own. 

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Cycle C - The Year of Luke has arrived and another Advent finds the MMC crew beginning their third year of podcasting (can you believe it? We can't...) With Jason Hervieux sitting in for Steve Romano for the next few weeks, the gals were happy to have a male perspective as they looked back at the homilies they shared from 1 Advent as well as chatting about Advent rituals and colors, bleeding hosts and the upcoming 100th episode. Pull up a comfy chair with your drink du jour and help us ring in this new liturgical year - enjoy!


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All three ladies were back into the swing of things this week while the VOICE OF THE PEOPLE once again came up with a doozie of a topic for the gals to tackle. Thank goodness they were also able to discuss some timely homilies for the end of the B Cycle Liturgical Year, the proper names of our seasonal feasts and a timely recipe from Linda. Grab a cup of something and join us for a pre-Thanksgiving gab fest - enjoy!

We've received some great topic suggestions for our upcoming 100th Episode but we know there are still more out there. Do YOU have any suggestions?  if you'd like to send us your thoughts (or, of course, feedback on anything else) then here's what you need to do:

  • 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 get this to us by TUESDAY DECEMBER 1st so we can have plenty of time to put together a great show for YOU, our loyal MMC community. Thanks for your support and we look forward to serving you for another 100 episodes. Thanks!

Honorable Mentions

ALETEIA bills itself as a "Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those Seeking the Truth." A lot of the Catholic writers featured at Patheos have moved to this space and as of 11/22 they have also launched at music component named CECELIA (the Soul of Music). The site looks promising - let us know what you think of it. P.S. - You'll find Deacon Greg Kandra writing there now.

 

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The dynamic duo (Linda & Joanne) tag teamed this week for a timely discussion of the end times and more. Unfortunately, Joanne is pressed for time this Monday morning and can't wax on here about all the fun and facts we shared so you'll just have to check out the audio and video for yourself!  As always, thanks for your support and enjoy!


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Joanne and Linda welcomed frequent visitor to the podcast Jason Hervieux this week and he came complete with his own soundtrack (well, he IS the father of a 1-year-old!) as well as some young and hip observations on the topics at hand. The trio took on this week's scriptural tales of 2 widows as well as the Black or White vestments for funerals issue (thanks to the VOICE OF THE PEOPLE) and Online Etiquette for Catholics. Pull up a comfy chair with your beverage of choice and get ready for a fast paced and informative episode. Enjoy! 

Jason gave a great topic suggestion for our upcoming 100th Show - how about you? We're looking for input on what to discuss or rehash so if you'd like to send us your thoughts (or feedback on anything else) then here's what you need to do:

  • 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 get this to us by TUESDAY DECEMBER 1st so we can have plenty of time to put together a great show for YOU, our loyal MMC community. Thanks for your support and we look forward to serving you for another 100 episodes.

You can also help us reach more people by subscribing and leaving a 5 star review on iTunes, recommending us through the OVERCAST podcast app and recommending us to everyone through your own social media outlets. We're looking into a few more places like the new Android podcast app and some streaming music apps that now carry podcasts but if you know of any other places we should be, please let us know as well.


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The Solemnity of All Saints brings the entire MMC crew back together (yea!) for a very rousing and spirited discussion this week. Through some feedback into the mix (email AND audio!) along with some spirited homilies and this week's VOICE OF THE PEOPLE choice (thanks a LOT Facebook friends!) and they find it very hard to cram everything into 1 hour's time. Grab some hot cider, curl up on your comfy couch and hang on for the ride. As always -- enjoy!

We really appreciate all our viewers and listeners and are extremely grateful when they send in feedback. As our 100th episode approaches we'd really like to present someone special so we need your help. Tiffany from Buffalo gave us a few ideas and we'd like yours as well. Here's how you can get those suggestion to us:

  • 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 

As it stands now our 100th episode is scheduled for Monday, December 14th so please get these ideas into us as soon as you can because we may record this one in advance. Again, thank you so much for being a part of our community and, if you please, tell your friends about us so they can check us out as well. 

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Most of us can see (clearly or not) but some of us don't really have VISION. Jesus' healing of Bartimaeus in this week's Gospel helps us to see what true vision does. Grab a cup and join Linda, Nancy & Joanne as they talk about this week's scriptures as well as revisit last week through some feedback (yea!), talk tech tips for parents and find out why friend-of-the-podcast Allison Gingras' neighbors think she's nuts! As always -- enjoy!

You know how much we love your feedback on the weekend liturgies so here's how you can share the view from your side of the world with us each week:

  • 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 

Our popular VOICE OF THE PEOPLE segment continues to surprise us and keep us on our toes so keep checking our Facebook page as we post articles for your reading pleasure. Thanks for making this a very popular way of contributing your voice to our podcast.

Honorable Mentions

Deacon Greg Kandra's Homily for the 30 Sunday of Ordinary Time was featured on our podcast this week. You can read it for yourself or enjoy some of his other offerings at this Patheos blog. 

Allison Gingras is writing a LOT these days - check her out at her Reconciled to You Ministries page. However, you can find the article we discussed on the podcast at New Evangelizers, an equally worthy website.

NetSmartz is a great website for parents and children alike when trying to understand the dangers of technology gone wrong. Joanne uses these as a basis for some of her tech talks and wanted to spread the good news about them. Give them a look when you can. 

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If it when wrong or sounded crazy it happened during our podcast recording this week. With Joanne "under the weather" and the addition of our guest crew member Jason Hervieux sitting in for a wedding playing Steve the episode sorta took on a life of its own (in more ways than one!). While our homily segment was full and robust (4 different homilies!) the gang did manage to get in a review of the concert they've been talking about for the last few months as well as addressing a very interesting VOICE OF THE PEOPLE topic. Tune in to find out how it finally came together in the end...or did it? Grab a strong one and enjoy!

Note - Joanne here: I apologize for the sound quality on the video this week. Something seems to be over modulating in the hangout because the audio version is not as bad. I will figure out the problem and try to correct it for next week. Technology is great...when it works! 

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Well, Linda and Joanne went LIVE this morning - throwing both prudence and wisdom out the window - but because they are NEVER at a loss for something to talk about everything went as usual. The VOICE OF THE PEOPLE segment is now a regular part of the podcast, taking its place beside the homilies we come to hear about and anything else we can think of -- like an update on Vermont's virtual Catholic high school. Grab a hot or cold one (depending on where you are in the world) and join us (warning - we talk a LOT about the concert that's coming up on Friday night!). Enjoy!

What concert, you say? Well, here's our handy flyer that has all the info:

You can still send for tickets or just buy them at the door. If you're in our area this is one concert you don't want to miss!!!

Honorable Mentions

Again, if you are not following and gaining wisdom from the Concord Pastor, then be prudent and do so! You won't be sorry!

The resource Linda is using to discover new psalm settings is called CRY OUT WITH JOY and is available from GIA for all 3 liturgical cycles along with Feasts and Seasons. Give it a lookover.

Joanne's tried-and-true psalm resource is Michel Guimont's LECTIONARY PSALMS also available from GIA. Both can be purchased through the HYMNAL app if you prefer. 

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It's a very special episode this week as Joanne welcomes an old friend to the podcast -- Bishop Chris Coyne (Diocese of Burlington, VT) stops by to talk about all things Pope Francis as he shares some behind the scenes stories from the Pope's visit to America. It was really a special treat for us and we hope you find his insights enjoyable and entertaining. Joanne does get a chance to also talk about the weekend's homilies as well as waxing liturgical about her Sunday morning experience (which she could do since the other were away!). Grab a hot cup of Dunkin' (the Bish's favorite brew) and sit back for a "something (almost) completely different." Enjoy!

By the way, as Joanne said in the podcast, this week's video version did not make it through the final edit (could it be...SATAN?) so we only (and luckily) have the audio version available. We apologize to our viewers and promise to return to both formats next week. 

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Want to see what Bishop Chris is up to in his home diocese? Then mosey on over to the Diocese of Burlington's website and check it out. The Bish also has his own website so drop by there as well.

Finally, the new app from the USCCB -- The Catholic Church app -- was a huge success during the papal visit and will now begin to expand its offering to include all parishes and dioceses that want to share their information through this platform. Download your copy today and watch it's content grow in the week's and months to come.


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It was hard to keep our comments and attention on this past weekend's liturgy when we were all still riding the Pope Francis "high" but Linda and Joanne managed to do just that -- and THEN talked about all things papal. It was a great week to be Catholic but it wasn't without a few bumps along the way. Join us as we recap this historic occasion which will set us up for next week's episode with Joanne welcoming Bishop Christopher Coyne, Ordinary of the Diocese of Burlington, VT, to take us on a "behind the scenes" look at this historic visit. Enjoy!

We'd love your feedback on the weekend liturgies AND the Pope's visit to our country. Here's how you can share the view from your side of the world:

  • 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 

We will be continuing our popular VOICE OF THE PEOPLE segment with Episode 091 so keep checking our Facebook page as we post articles for your reading pleasure. Thanks for making this a very popular way of contributing your voice to our podcast.

Also -- do YOU have any questions on the Pope's visit for Bishop Chris? Send them along using the above methods by Wednesday morning, September 30th and Joanne may use them in her interview. 

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Check out Bishop Chris' website to see all the information he posted during his week in charge of the communications and media arm of the USCCB. He and his team worked very hard to accommodate all the media outlets, foreign press and social media needs. It was indeed a job well done!

Missed Catholic Night on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert? Check it out here -- but hurry because it may not be available for much longer!

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It's a great week to be Catholic and the MMC gang came together to talk about the events to come as well as to do what they best - look back at the weekend's homilies and hopefully made some sense of them all. They also shared that friend-of-the-podcast Bishop Christopher Coyne will be recording a special episode of reflections on the Pope's visit with Joanne after he returns from this whirlwind and historic week. Oh - and we talk about Stephen Colbert, too! So, until then, get comfy - grab your favorite beverage - and come along once again for another faith-filled episode. As always, enjoy!

If you want tickets to the "ONCE IN A BLUE MOON" benefit concert featuring David Haas, Marty Haugen and Fr. Michael Joncas to be held on 10/16/15 at St. Gregory the Great Church in Warwick, RI then reserve them TODAY by sending an email to Techdude7@verizon.net. Our friend George Mancini will take good care of you.

 

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Another week, another off-the-wall podcast in store for our little MMC community. Joanne thought everyone was in this week but with one off to the land of the Mouse (Steve) and someone else having technical difficulties and arriving a bit late (Nancy) we still managed to talk waaaaay over our self-imposed 1 hour limit (right, Linda?). Make yourself really comfortable and get a little snack to go with that drink - at least we made this episode interesting! As always, enjoy!

There are THREE MORE episodes to go as we test our new feature VOICE OF THE PEOPLE! Here's how it works:

  • Each week, besides our regular feedback and homily segments, you will help us choose another topic for our weekly 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.

It's really looking like we'll be keeping this feature and YOU are to thank for making it a success. If there are any articles out there you might like to share with us, post them in the Visitors Post section (left side of the page under the Video section) and we'll make sure they get posted to the main feed for others to see. Let's get a great exchange of ideas going!

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If you want tickets to the "ONCE IN A BLUE MOON" benefit concert featuring David Haas, Marty Haugen and Fr. Michael Joncas to be held on 10/16/15 at St. Gregory the Great Church in Warwick, RI then reserve them TODAY by sending an email to Techdude7@verizon.net. Our friend George Mancini will take good care of you.

If you care to read an "unofficial" English translation of Pope Francis' Moto Proprios regarding changes in the Annulment process then check it out here

If you haven't seen it, go over to the Apple Website and watch the September event keynote. Great new stuff coming that can really help your ministry! Or just be a Catholic geek and download the 2 new apps from the Apple App store that will help make the Pope's visit a little more special --> the USCCB's CATHOLIC CHURCH app and the POPEMOJI app. The latter is also available in the Google Play store. 


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