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Catholic Moments #132 - Merry Christmas Cast This week, we take a look back at the year in interviews with authors, artists and notable Catholics.  We stop to ponder the movies we watched and the trips we took.  We pause for thanks and reflection and give praise for life's most precious blessings.

Deacon Tom focuses on love and shares an excerpt from his beautiful December column at CatholicMom.com.

Mary smiles at us from the mess of the manger in this week’s Mary Moment, shared by Sarah Reinhard.

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Catholic Moments #131 - Avery, Live WTL and Jerry Weber On this week's show, we welcome two very special guests.  Avery is the thirteen year old host of a great podcast entitled Live WTL.  Her enthusiasm for sharing our faith is absolutely infectious.  Next, friend of the show Jerry Weber rejoins us to discuss how we might make the Christmas season more special for those who struggle with depression or anxiety disorders.

Deacon Tom reminisces over a visit with old friends in Colorado and about Colorado author and youth ministry expert Jim Beckman. The theme of this Deacon Moment is submission to the Christ Child.

Sarah Reinhard asks us to look at our Advent wreath and think of Mary, inspired by a recent Mary Vitamin.

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Catholic Moments #130 - Al Kresta

Today, we welcome broadcaster, journalist, author and missionary Al Kresta, the current CEO and President of Ave Maria Communications and host of the popular show Kresta in the Afternoon.  Al is the author of Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Well-known Catholics, Why Do Catholics Genuflect?: And Answers to Other Puzzling Questions About the Catholic Church, and Why Are Catholics So Concerned About Sin?: More Answers to Puzzling Questions About the Catholic Church. To support Ave Maria Radio, call Cheryl at (734) 930-5200.

Have you ever had a particularly moving experience at Mass? A friend says she's never had anything special happen during worship or prayer. Well, in this Deacon Moment, hear how something 'washed over' Deacon Tom at a Mass with a Bishop in Denver.

Sarah Reinhard contemplates the Immaculate Conception in this week’s Mary Moment.  Be sure to visit A Moment with Mary, the website she mentions this week.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:03pm UTC

Catholic Moments #129 - The 13th Day

On this week's podcast, we join in a live teleconference to learn more about the launch of the wonderful movie The 13th Day.  Taking part in the call are:

  • Natasha Howes, Producer of The 13th Day; live from the United Kingdom
  • Ian and Dominic Higgins, WRITERS and DIRECTORS of The 13th Day; live from the United Kingdom
  • Actress Jane Lesley, who plays Maria dos Santos in The 13th Day; live from the United Kingdom
  • Actress Filipa Fernandez, who plays Lucia in The 13th Day; live from Portugal
  • Anthony Ryan, Marketing Director for Ignatius Press, North American distributors of The 13th Day
  • Mark Brumley, CEO for Ignatius Press, North American distributors of The 13th Day
  • Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR, an expert on Our Lady of Fatima

I hope you enjoy this fruitful conversation about the making of the film, its mission, its impact upon the producers and actors, and the special features contained in the special The 13th Day DVD collection.

Have you ever heard Fr. Tom Forest? He's one of the great preachers and leaders in the Charismatic Movement. Deacon Tom honors him during this Year of the Priest.

Sarah Reinhard shares another special Mary Moment discussing the Marian title "Cause of Our Joy".  May Mary help us see the joy her son Jesus brings to our lives!

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Catholic Moments #128 - Marilyn Shannon and Happy Thanksgiving!

This week, as we count our blessings on Thanksgiving, we welcome our special guest Marilyn McCusker Shannon.  Marilyn and her husband Ron have been a Teaching Couple for the Couple to Couple League for Natural Family Planning (NFP) since 1982. Her interest in the impact of nutrition on reproductive health is an outgrowth of her educational background and her experience as an NFP instructor. Marilyn is the author of a wonderful book entitled Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition 4th Edition.

Imagine a movie scene with your family at the Thanksgiving table with hands linked by movie magic to Lisa Hendey's family and her family linked to a 1940's American family. Join Deacon Tom for this unusual invitation to produce an American classic movie.

During this week’s Mary Moment, Sarah Reinhard shares why she’s thankful for Mary.

This week's closing song is Thank You from Send Me by Billie Tarascio.

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Category:Author Interviews -- posted at: 5:56pm UTC

Catholic Moments #127 - Kim and Jason Kotecki

This week on Catholic Moments, we welcome special guests Kim and Jason Kotecki.  Kim, a former Kindergarten teacher and Jason, a professional cartoonist fight "Adultitis" and make it their mission in life to help people to use strategies from childhood to create lives with less stress and more fun.  Their books include There's An Adult In My Soup and you can visit them at www.Kimand Jason.com.

Please join me in supporting our good friends Greg and Jennifer Willits and their Rosary Army Apostolate by supporting this year's Rosary Army Giving Campaign.

Are you going to be taken up in the Rapture? Deacon Tom invites you to live in the NOW of the Eucharist rather than worrying about the End Times.

This week’s Mary Moment is a reflection on the wedding at Cana as Sarah Reinhard taps into Mary’s title Mother of Divine Providence.  You can read more of Sarah’s reflections on this title, including the history, at her column at Today’s Catholic Woman.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 12:51am UTC

Catholic Moments #126 - Mary Kay Hoal, Yoursphere.com Conceived and founded by Mary Kay Hoal, Yoursphere is the first social networking service for youth that parents can embrace. Drawing on her corporate entrepreneurial experience as a media strategist, advertising, marketing and publishing VP formerly with CMP Media LLC, Mary Kay built the Yoursphere team.  A proud wife and mother of five children (both biological and adopted, ranging in age from 4-17 years old), Mary Kay Hoal faces the same challenges every parent does: keeping her kids safe; raising them to be good, happy and well-balanced people; and providing them with the tools and support to create their own future.  While Mary Kay readily admits that she didn't "get" the whole online social networking phenomenon at first, she quickly recognized its importance in her kids' lives. After researching the disturbing landscape of social networking sites—including endless inappropriate content and thousands of predators targeting youth—Mary Kay's mission became clear: raise the bar.  Yoursphere is a terrific online community where kids and teens connect, share and inspire -- all in a place the puts Internet safety first. Parents can relax while kids and teens have fun.

A visit to a U. S. military cemetery near Florence Italy is the fodder for this week's Deacon Moment with Deacon Tom Fox. Tom suggests we applaud all our veterans and to pray for them on this, their special day.

Sarah Reinhard’s struggling with prayer, and her Mary Moment reflection this week includes a quote from Mother Teresa's Secret Fire: The Encounter That Changed Her Life and How It Can Transform Your Own, by Joseph Langford, and thoughts on tapping into Mary’s desire to help us succeed.

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Catholic Moments #125 - Steve and Joni Abdalla, Wee Believers

Our guests this week, Steve and Joni Abdalla, are the Catholic parents of three daughters and the founders of Wee Believers™, an authentically Catholic toy company based in Indianapolis.  The inaugural product of Wee Believers is the "My Mass Kit", a great tool for faith formation for little ones. During this conversation, we discuss the mission and history of Wee Believers, as well as the "leap of faith" taken by the Abdalla family to share their love of faith with others.

What is it like at your parish before liturgy starts? Is it a quiet, sacred church? Or is it noisy and neighborly? Deacon Tom discusses this by sharing about a recent Saturday evening at his parish in Arizona.

Do you want a Mary Vitamin in your inbox?  Sarah Reinhard shares a quote from a recent Mary Vitamin and encourages you to sign up to receive your own.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:33pm UTC

Children's Gospel Message - Sunday, November 1, 2009 A Sunday Gospel message for children from CatholicMom.com for Sunday, November 1, 2009 based upon Matthew 5:1-12a. Visit us at www.CatholicMom.com for more children's gospel activities.
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Catholic Moments #124 - Mike St. Pierre

Michael St. Pierre is the host of a wonderful blog entitled The Daily Saint, where he works to promote the spirituality of work.  Mike is the president of Morris Catholic High School in Denville, New Jersey. Previously, he served as the Dean of Students at Oratory Preparatory School and was the lead campus minister at two other Catholic high schools. He is a graduate of Catholic University of America (B.A.) and Seton Hall University (M.A. Theology, M.A. Educational Leadership). His articles have appeared in numerous publications, and he has been a featured speaker at the Education Law Institute, the National Catholic Education Association Convention as well as numerous retreats.

Ever hear of SERRA International? Deacon Tom issues an invitation for activities you might consider during this Year of the Priest which is being celebrated by the worldwide Catholic Church.

Do you find yourself, at the end of this Month of the Rosary, feeling like you’ve failed?  Sarah Reinhard encourages all of us to keep trying in this week’s Mary Moment.

Sean McGaughey, host of the Catholic Roundup, gives us a great digest of news and activities in the Catholic New Media.

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