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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.

This episode of Catholic Moments is sponsored by CatholicMatch.com, the Leading Catholic Singles Community.  Share your feedback at 206-339-9272, comment here on the blog or email lisa@catholicmom.com.

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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.

This episode of Catholic Moments is sponsored by CatholicMatch.com, the Leading Catholic Singles Community.  Share your feedback at 206-339-9272, comment here on the blog or email lisa@catholicmom.com.

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