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This week, we share an interview with Barbara Gangi, Vice President of Development and Production for Paulist Productions.  Barbara gives us a sneak peek at the upcoming Hallmark Hall of Fame movie The Lost Valentine.  This great movie stars Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt and is a great family viewing experience.

Please join me in thanking our Catholic Moments contributors by visiting their sites:  Deacon Tom FoxLisa MladnichAverySarah Reinhard.

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Catholic Moments #137 - Sister Rose Pacatte, Media Mindfulness

This week we welcome Sister Rose Pacatte.  Sister Rose is the Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles.  She is an noted national and international media literacy specialist, an award winning author and a noted film and television analyst.  Sister Rose joins us today to discuss her latest book, Our Media World, co-authored with Sister Gretchen Hailer. 

In this Deacon Moment, Tom Fox shares two stories of surrender by Catholic Moms. Tom proposes consideration of a Lenten goal of surrender for parents and spouses.

Avery (www.livewtl.com) talks about evangelizing as a teen by following St. Francis of Assisi's advice to be Christian examples in the world.

Lisa Mladnich shares a few "amazing" lesson planning tips.

Inspired by a comment by Sherri Antonetti, Sarah Reinhard reflects on Mary’s effort and obedience in this week’s Mary Moment.

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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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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 #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.

Please consider joining us in support of the SQPN.com Giving Campaign.  Your donations will help us to continue in this important evangelization work.

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 #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!

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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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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Catholic Moments #100 - Fr. Joe Kempf

On this week's podcast, we celebrate our 100th show with a special segment compiled by Deacon Tom Fox.  I want to send out a special thank you to all of those who sent special greetings for this milestone, and especially to Deacon Tom for helping me to celebrate and for his tremendous contribution to Catholic Moments.

Our guest this week is Fr. Joseph Kempf, Pastor of Assumption Church in O'Fallon, MO and President of Gospel Values, Inc. Fr. Joe is the author of a wonderful book entitled My Sister Is Annoying and creator of the Big Al DVD series.  Through his a non-profit company , Fr. Joe is dedicated to proclaiming the beautiful message of Jesus for children of all ages.

This weekend, tune in for the SQPN Podcast Marathon.  I will be appearing live on Ustream on Sunday, May 10 at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST and will have great giveaways and prizes for those in attendance in the chat room and on Twitter.  Be sure to follow me on Twitter for more news about this event.

Please consider SQPN during this year’s Giving Campaign and help us share the faith with new media.  Also, don’t forget to register for SQPN’s upcoming Catholic New Media Celebration.  Deacon Tom and I will be there and would love to meet you!  Share your feedback at 206-339-9272, comment here on the blog or email lisa@catholicmom.com.

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Catholic Moments #99 - Dr. Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw This week, we feature an interview with Dr. Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw, the producer, writer and on-air host of EWTN's series "In Concert". We discuss her background in academia and music, her wonderful program, and her ability to manage a busy career and family life.

Deacon Tom Fox shares a reflection entitled "A Teenager's Prayer".  Visit Deacon Tom at his website to request your copy of this lovely prayer.

Please consider SQPN during this year’s Giving Campaign and help us share the faith with new media.  Also, don’t forget to register for SQPN’s upcoming Catholic New Media Celebration.  Deacon Tom and I will be there and would love to meet you!  Share your feedback at 206-339-9272, comment here on the blog or email lisa@catholicmom.com.

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Catholic Moments #96 - Allan Wright and Michael Landon Jr. This week on the podcast, we share two interviews.  Allan Wright is a Catholic husband and father, as well as a nationally known speaker and the author of Jesus in the House: Gospel Reflections on Christ's Presence in the Home and Silent Witnesses in the Gospels: Bible Bystanders and Their Stories.  Michael Landon Jr. speaks with us about his latest family film, The Velveteen Rabbit.  The film stars Jane Seymour, Tom Skerritt, and Ellen Burstyn and is based on the classic children's book.

Deacon Tom Fox features a special reflection for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord and speaks about St. Louis de Monfort and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Please consider SQPN during this year’s Giving Campaign and help us share the faith with new media.  Share your feedback at 206-339-9272, comment here on the blog or email lisa@catholicmom.com.

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