A new video format plus no actual topic for this installment of the podcast equals one heck of a free-for-all episode! It's true we can talk about almost anything and this show proves it! Whether you view it on the new Skype format or listen to it on the good ole reliable audio we're should you'll take away something from our rapid fire ramblings. As always, thanks for being a part of this ongoing online "experiment" and remember -- everyday is a GOOD day to be a Monday Morning Catholic!  Enjoy!

As we discussed on the show, we really need YOUR HELP and SUGGESTIONS for future episode topics. Here's how you can get those ideas and suggestions to us in order to help 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

Save us from ourselves because we can ramble on and on and on... (you get the picture!) Thanks in advance for your help.

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Now that most of the gang is back from wherever they've been, they wanted to put their collective two cents into the subject of the new Order of Celebrating Marriage. So, Joanne is happy to oblige with a second round of Wedding talk, along with bantering about other topics like Catholics in Film, a new local radio offering and even a homily for the 22 Sunday in Ordinary Time from friend-of-the-podcast the Concord Pastor. Get comfy while we all ride out the hurricane (pick one of the three that are out and about at the moment) and catch up with our last-for-the time-being video edition of the podcast (don't worry, you can still listen to us until Joanne figures out the whole YouTube livestreaming thing...). Thank you for your support and, as always...ENJOY!

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As we talked about on the podcast, the Archdiocese of Boston's own Cranberry Catholic Collaborative (Saints Martha & Mary/Lakeville, Sacred Heart/Middleboro and Saint Rose of Lima/Rochester) is producing a weekly radio show entitled THIS IS HOME on local AM station WVBF 1530 on Saturday morning from 8-9am EST. The Pastor, Fr. John Sheridan, will be host and guide for an hour of new, views and interviews on all things Catholic. A certain podcast host and moderator is slated to be a guest at some point so that in itself may be a reason to check it out. You can listen to it online HERE and follow the show on Facebook HERE. Please say a prayer that this new adventure in the New Evangelization brings the face of Christ to new ears and hearts.

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It's all about Catholic Church Music, present and future, in this installment of the podcast. Our panelists were ready, willing and able to talk AT LENGTH about their favorite subject - and, as expected, a lively exchange ensued. Come along as we talk music, Church hopping and changes in Google Hangouts (and we got FEEDBACK too!!!). As always. thanks for being a part of our community and ENJOY!

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Linda was fortunate to attend this year's MUSIC MINISTRY ALIVE! institute in Minneapolis and came back with some great stories of her adventures. However, we recommend YOU take a look at this important endeavor that forms and mentors the church musicians of tomorrow and consider sending your talented young musicians next year -- or at least a contribution to help this work continue. Click HERE for more information.

Joanne teased at the beginning of the podcast that we were going to plug a few things Jason's got going right now. Since we didn't get to it then, we will now: Jason, his lovely wife Tiffany and adorable son Alex are expecting to welcome another son and brother into their family come February! We are very happy for them and hope you will join us in praying for a smooth pregnancy and birth. Jay can also be found on his own podcast BRUINS CHAT which is all about the NHL's Boston Bruins - check him out if you're a hockey fan.

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Well, truth be told, Joanne used to be one many moons ago but this episode's title reflects the fact that our host and moderator had to fly SOLO on this podcast installment while the others were on vacation. So our ever intrepid liturgist forged ahead to explain the changes to what is now being called the Order of Celebrating Matrimony and still found time to report some survey results, discuss women deacons AND share a homily for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Not bad for someone who always worries about crashing and burning when flying solo. Grab a cold one and get informed about all the changes to the Wedding ritual - and, as always, thanks for your support. Enjoy!

As promised, here's more information on the revised ritual:

Liturgy Training Publications (LTP) will be presenting a virtual workshop on The Revised Rite of Marriage: Exploring the Theology of Marriage and the Changes to the Rite on Thursday, August 11, 2016 beginning at 1pm ET/12pm CT. For more information or to sign up click here.

You can order your own copy of the ritual from a number of publishers, including: Liturgical Press, Catholic Book Publishing, and the USCCB.  

 

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The NPM (National Association of Pastoral Musicians) conventioneers have returned home and DO they have stories to tell and information to share. Joining Linda and Nancy in recounting their hot week in Houston with Steve R and Joanne is newcomer to the podcast JR Pimental (Holy Family Church, Taunton, MA). Did they have a good time? How much music did they bring home? You'll just have to listen/watch to find out! Grab a comfy chair, a cold one and enjoy!

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If you want to know more about NPM and maybe even join our ranks then click this link and take a look around the website. You might like what you see!

We're thinking of using PATREON to help us subsidize the podcast but we want to hear from you FIRST before we do anything, Go check them out and the many folks they help by clicking this link and then let us know if you think it's a good idea. 

And if you haven't taken our survey yet...WHAT are you WAITING FOR? Follow this link and let your voice be heard! 

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We probably could have whipped up a better frenzy to announce our return to podcast-land but sometimes the small, still voice gets heard better than the big noise. So...

WE'RE BAAAAAAACK!

Thank you so much for your patience while we took a well deserved break to regroup and refine our now every OTHER week podcast. Over the summer we'll be trying out some new panelists and tweaking the new format. With YOUR HELP we will hopefully create a fresher, more focused show that will be useful to Catholics and others alike. Please join us again and tell your friends about us to help us grow back our community. 

This week - the gang (Linda, Nancy, Steve, Joanne and newcomer STEVE KIRBY) takes a question regarding funerals from one of our community members and catches up on those articles that really caught fire with the Voice of the People on Facebook. Get comfy, pour yourself a cold one and join us as we try to ease back into our fun but informative rhythm. As always...ENJOY!

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If you're not able to attend this week's National Association Of Pastoral Musicians' annual convention in Houston then point your browser to the PRAYTELL blog as the great folks there are once again providing some live streams throughout the week. Here's the rundown as of this writing:

NOTE: All times are Central Daylight Time (CDT).

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016

4:00 pm: Convention Plenum, “One Song, Many Voices/Many Songs, One Voice”
– Fr. Tony Ricard, pastor, revivalist and youth speaker

TUESDAY, JULY 12

11:00 am: Convention Plenum, “Spirituality: Many Paths, One God”
– Dr. C. Vanessa White, spirituality minister, catechist

1:00 pm: Interview with Msgr. Rick Hilgartner, NPM president

3:45 pm: Panel Discussion on Hispanic/Spanish Choir Ministry
– Pablo Ocana, Houston, Texas
– Estela García-López, OCP; Ascension Catholic Church, Portland, Oregon

5:00 pm: Panel on Composing for Liturgy
– Paul Inwood and Rory Cooney, leaders of NPM Convention Composers’ Institute

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13

9:30 am: Convention Plenum, “Holiness, Beauty, and Sacrament”
– Fr. Michael Joncas

10:45 am: Panel of Hymnal Publishers
– Michael Silhavy, GIA
– Alan Hommerding, WLP
– Monica Rada, OCP

THURSDAY, JULY 14

9:00 am: Convention Plenum, “Transformation through Mission/Transformación a través de la mission”
– Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, Catholic Relief Services president and CEO

10:30 am: Interview with Tony Alonso on active participation

4:00 pm: Panel Discussion on Organ and Liturgical Music in Hispanic Context
–Crista Miller, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Houston, Texas
– Rick Gibala, St. Thomas Moore Cathedral, Alexandria, Virginia

FRIDAY, JULY 15

9:00 AM: Convention Plenum, “May the Peoples Praise You, God; May All the Peoples Praise You” (Psalm 67) / „Oh Dios, que te alaben los pueblos, que todos los pueblos te alaben” (Salmo 66)
– Fr. Paul Turner

SATURDAY, JULY 16

9:00 am: Convention Plenum, “The Challenges and Richness of a Diverse Church – That We May All Be One”
– Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo

Two of the music publishers, GIA & OCP are also live streaming their music showcases:

GIA will be streaming our showcase live from NPM in Houston on Thursday, July 14th at 2:30pm Central. Just visit giamusic.com/npmshowcase2016 and sing along with us live!

Not able to make it to the NPM convention? Join us via Livestream! OCP will be live streaming two events (see below) from Houston, TX.

Download OCP's Outreach app (powered by Yapp) to join us right from your device!

OCP Showcase -- Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 1:30-2:30pm CT

¡Vive Tu Fe! Night of Prayer and Praise -- Friday, July 15, 2016, 7:00-8:00pm CT

  

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WOW! Joanne never guessed she would have to spend almost an entire week of free time trying to fix a very bad audio recording of the podcast but that's exactly what happened on this last installment of the old format (Could it be....SATAN?). We apologize for the delay and also for the screwed up audio on the video version but maybe this break we're taking now might be coming at the right time. We'll keep our Facebook page alive and well while we're on hiatus and we'll still be looking for YOUR IDEAS and INPUT so please post there. 

Until we return, stay classy and God Bless! Ciao for now!

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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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