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.

AuthorJoanne Mercier

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.

AuthorJoanne Mercier

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.

AuthorJoanne Mercier

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.  


AuthorJoanne Mercier

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! 

AuthorJoanne Mercier

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...


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


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


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


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


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


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


AuthorJoanne Mercier

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!

AuthorJoanne Mercier