As we wind down the podcast in its current format (next week - Pentecost - will be our last episode in the original form) a bunch of strange tech problems cropped up, leading Joanne to believe she REALLY NEEDS some time off! Be that as it may, Linda and Joanne sat down with beverages and hashed out many topics that made them go overtime (again!). Besides the ever-present homily segment and this VOTP about priests and Mother's Day observances, the two tackled weekday holydays, funeral requirements for Catholics (which will end up being the 1st topic for the new format) and another round of 1st Eucharist hopes and dreams. Get settled in that comfy chair (or car seat) and take a listen/look - enjoy!

Remember - we'll be taking a break and changing our format after May 15th this year - here's how you can get those ideas and suggestions to us in order to help us change things up a bit for YOU:

  • 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 want to serve our community the best way we can given our own ever changing lives. Please help us by adding your voice to the conversation - Thanks!

P.S. Congratulations and many blessings to Nancy Smith's daughter and son-in-law on the birth of their second son! Grandma's gonna have lots to do again! ;)

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The terrific twosome (Linda & Joanne) were back at it this week on the podcast, discussing the weekend's homilies, staying until the end of Mass (VOTP selection for the week), copyright faux pas, and an infamous seasonal topic: 1st Eucharist celebrations! Pull up a comfy chair and join us as we go well past the hour mark yet again -- enjoy!

We'll be taking a break and changing our format after May 29th this year - here's how you can get those ideas and suggestions to us in order to help us change things up a bit for YOU:

  • 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 want to serve our community the best way we can given our own changing lives. Please help us by adding your voice to the conversation - Thanks!

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Joanne was flying solo this week on the podcast...and right into trouble, it seems. She accidently left a song playing too long at the beginning of the episode that apparently went beyond the fair usage requirements of YouTube (oops!). So, she pulled the video (sorry) and edited the audio so as not to cause any further problems. Can't leave the girl to her own devices. 

Anyway, she managed to talk about a great homily she heard this weekend, as well as problems with the Divine Office App, the murder of Fr. Rene Robert (VOTP choice this week) and, naturally, the sudden unexpected death of the Artist (she couldn't resist and has a very interesting story about their connection). Grab your favorite beverage and party like it's 1999 - enjoy!

Since we'll be changing up our podcast in the next few month, we would LOVE to hear from YOU as to what you might like to see and hear. Please use the following methods to get those ideas and suggestions to us:

  • 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

Our future mission is up to YOU! Help us serve you in the best way we can by sharing your feedback. Thanks!

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And then there were three...

Seems every week our crew may increase or decrease but we still manage to wax on about the weekly homilies, rituals and even TV shows that are leaving the airwaves. Check this episode out as Linda, Jason and Joanne discuss the Pope's new encyclical, shepherding shepherds and the only way Tony DiNozzo can leave NCIS. Be overcome with paschal joy and enjoy!

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All new episode...all new feedback...all new announcements...same old twosome! Check it out and enjoy! (Sorry we didn't include the links mentioned in the show but real life is still overcoming us with Paschal joy!)

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Sorry for the short post again but it's a little hectic right now in Joanne's real world. Here's a few things to consider after you listen to Nancy and Joanne's spirited conversation on judgement, religious states and postures during Mass:

1) If you have feedback or stories of past homilies/liturgies this would be a great time to share them with us. If we get enough Joanne can piece them together into a podcast that will help keep us current during Holy Week/Triduum. To get them to us you can use the following methods:

  • 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 

2) We WILL let you know both here and on Facebook what and when our podcasts will be available in the next few weeks. Joanne will also try to record a quick blurb to put in the podcast feed if she can. Please pray for us and for all who minister to our parishes during the most scared time of the year - as our friends at CatholicTV would say -- "We do it ALL for YOU!"

Thanks for understanding!

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The ladies of MMC marked the halfway point of Lent with homilies that once again covered both the Cycle A and Cycle C readings --each uncovering a different aspect of God's mercy for us. They then turned to the VOICE OF THE PEOPLE for this week and returned to the subject of the movie SPOTLIGHT, winner of this year's Best Picture Oscar. Throw in a little tech talk, along with tales of Nancy's recent vacation, and this episode has something for everyone. We hope you enjoy it!

Remember -- we just LOVE your FEEDBACK and SUGGESTIONS!  Maybe you'd like to share a bit about yourself 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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Joanne here...Sorry, folks, but after working on this post for 2 hours I accidentally closed the browser (I was trying to close Garageband) and lost the ENTIRE ENTRY!! Since I don't have the time or patience to reproduce the work, I'm just posting the files this week and moving on. I'm sorry if this seems childish or unprofessional but sometimes when these things happen and you don't have anymore time to devote to it you just have to cut your losses on move on. Thanks for understanding.


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NOTE: We apologize for having to scuttle the podcast last week due to illness. Maybe one day one of the other crew members will take Joanne up on learning how to record an episode so the "show can go on!" (We won't hold our collective breath but we can dream...)

A good cup of coffee is enjoyed by many each day, especially first thing in the morning. While Joanne is definitely a tea drinker, java aficionados Nancy and Linda joined together with her on this podcast to not only talk about the readings and homilies for the second Sunday of Lent, but other simmering topics such as Justice Scalia's funeral, the state of affairs for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, lector mishaps with this week's scriptures and a funeral for a coffee king. Whether you take it black or with cream & sugar, grab a cup and come along for an off-the-rails episode, complete with yams! Enjoy!

Honorable Mentions

We have been remiss in not letting your know about Fr. Austin Fleming and his recent surgery/recovery. Prayers for his continued healing would be greatly appreciated and if you'd like to know more about how he's doing please visit his little corner of the vineyard

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Linda, Joanne and Jason (yeah!) join forces on this episode to ring out the Alleluia as we journey to the beginning of Lent this coming Wednesday (2/10/16). They also manage to bring to the forefront of conversation Lenten prayer rituals, inviting Jesus into your boat and this week's Voice of the People - moving the Confirmation age (the fasting moving Facebook post to date). Snuggle up with a hot beverage on a snowy winter day (if you're in our neck of the woods) and join in on the fun -- enjoy!

Programming note --> Next week we will record LIVE on Monday morning 2/15. Watch our Facebook page and this website for the details and the link!

Remember -- we just LOVE your FEEDBACK and SUGGESTIONS!  Maybe you'd like to share a bit about yourself 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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While you may think the title of this week's MMC episode is a little wacked, it actually is more perfect than you think! You'll just have to listen/watch to find out...

Apologies for the sparse website content and the lateness of the post but that's what happens when Joanne goes on a weekend retreat with teens and has to function the next day. Thanks for understanding and, as usual, ENJOY!


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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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