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Raising Saints - Season 2: 0012 Questions about quarantine, Coronavirus and cancellation of Masses

Raising Saints - Season 2: 0012 Questions about quarantine, Coronavirus and cancellation of Masses

March 24, 2020

In today's episode, Fr. Connolly speaks with the Sullivan children, Samantha, John and Matthew and their very good friends Kaitlyn, Nathan and Madeleine. Each child has a question about the quarantine, Coronavirus and the cancellation of Masses and sacraments.

Raising Saints - Season 2: 0011 Part 2 - Interview with Mom of a Religious Sister

Raising Saints - Season 2: 0011 Part 2 - Interview with Mom of a Religious Sister

March 10, 2020

Today we finish our conversation with Cynthia O'Connor about her daughter who is a religious sister. We talk about the joy of finding your vocation, Fr. Connolly sings a boy band song, and Cynthia tells us about a panini press that had to be returned because of her daughter's vow of poverty!

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Raising Saints - Ash Wednesday!

Raising Saints - Ash Wednesday!

March 3, 2020

Why do we flock to our churches to have dirt put on our faces and what’s the significance of the sign of the Cross?

Raising Saints - Season 2: 0010 Interview with a Mom of a Religious Sister

Raising Saints - Season 2: 0010 Interview with a Mom of a Religious Sister

February 25, 2020

Today we speak with Cynthia O'Connor, mom, grandma and school nurse extraordinaire! Cynthia's daughter, Sister Clare (Anna) is a Sister of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George. We speak with Cynthia on how the family helped their daughter discern her call, what family prayer life was like, and her thoughts about having a child enter religious life, and many more topics. Learn more about Sister Clare's order here on their website. Sister Clare is featured in the video on the homepage.

Raising Saints - Season 2: 009 How Can We Learn to Feel Sorrow for Sins? & Why Did God Create Bad Guys?

Raising Saints - Season 2: 009 How Can We Learn to Feel Sorrow for Sins? & Why Did God Create Bad Guys?

February 11, 2020

We answer two kids' questions today.  Cassidy, age 10, wants to know how we can be sorry for our sins when we don't know how.  And Joseph, age 5, wants an answer to the age old question about why there is evil in the world. Plus, #HowIHeardGod is back this episode!

Raising Saints - Season 2: 008 Interview with Sister Marie, Part 2

Raising Saints - Season 2: 008 Interview with Sister Marie, Part 2

January 28, 2020

We are continuing our conversation with Sister Marie Pappas, a Sister of the Resurrection and DRE at St. Columba in Hopewell Junction, NY.

She tells us more about her vocation and answers some rapid fire questions sent in from some local children.

Raising Saints - Season 2: 007 Interview with Sister Marie Pappas

Raising Saints - Season 2: 007 Interview with Sister Marie Pappas

January 14, 2020

This episode we begin a series on vocations.  We start by interviewing a religious sister, Sister Marie Pappas of the Sisters of the Resurrection.  Sister Marie currently runs the religious education program of St. Columba parish in Hopewell Junction, NY.  In part 1 of the interview, Sister Marie tells us her vocation story.

Raising Saints - Season 2: 006 Is God a Punisher? & Did Adam Get Another Rib?

Raising Saints - Season 2: 006 Is God a Punisher? & Did Adam Get Another Rib?

November 26, 2019

We answer call in questions today from two boys - Did Adam get a new rib after Eve was made? And is God a punishing God?  - We chat about Thanksgiving traditions and plans, and we share #HowIHeardGod this week.

Raising Saints - Season 2: 005 How Do I Stay Engaged in Mass?

Raising Saints - Season 2: 005 How Do I Stay Engaged in Mass?

November 12, 2019

Have you ever thought, "I just don't get much out of Mass."  Or are you not sure how to actively participate in Mass? This episode we tackle some of those challenges.

Raising Saints - Season 2: 004 Should Catholics Celebrate Halloween?

Raising Saints - Season 2: 004 Should Catholics Celebrate Halloween?

October 31, 2019

There is a debate across the internet about whether Catholics should celebrate Halloween.  What do we think?  Well, we dressed up at Saints John Paul II and Teresa of Calcutta for this episode, so yes, but also be careful!

Raising Saints - Season 2: 003 - Why Did God Create Us?

Raising Saints - Season 2: 003 - Why Did God Create Us?

October 15, 2019

The Catechism states: "to know, love and serve Him." But what does this mean?

Raising Saints - Season 2: 002 - Why Should We Care About Jesus’ True Presence in the Eucharist?

Raising Saints - Season 2: 002 - Why Should We Care About Jesus’ True Presence in the Eucharist?

October 2, 2019

Last week, we spoke about the theology behind the Eucharist.  This week we talk about what it means for us and why we should care.  Learn about some Eucharistic miracles, and hear a couple examples of our personal experiences of Jesus' True Presence.  Also, more of our new segment, #HowIHeardGod

Raising Saints - Season 2: 001 - The Eucharist: What is Transubstantiation?

Raising Saints - Season 2: 001 - The Eucharist: What is Transubstantiation?

September 24, 2019

We address the now famous Pew Research study that said only 30% of Catholics believe in the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  We touch on some biblical passages to help explain what happens during the consecration.  And we introduce a new segment, #HowIHeardGod.

Raising Saints - Season 2 Trailer

Raising Saints - Season 2 Trailer

September 17, 2019

Welcome back! Here's what you've got to look forward to this season!

Raising Saints - 0011 Interview with Leila Miller

Raising Saints - 0011 Interview with Leila Miller

June 11, 2019

In today’s episode we interview Leila Miller, Catholic blogger and co-author of the book, Made This Way, from Catholic Answers. The book discusses 10 difficult issues that modern parents are facing, from modesty to divorce to pornography. They explain what the Church teaches and why, and how to discuss these issues with younger kids and older kids.

Raising Saints - 0010 A Visit with an 8th Grade Faith Formation Class

Raising Saints - 0010 A Visit with an 8th Grade Faith Formation Class

May 28, 2019

An 8th grade faith formation class had sent us some questions via email. In this episode we visit their class and record in person! This is our first foray into questions from teens. We discuss the how and why of miracles. And that transitions into a discussion on the meaning of suffering. PS - we are sorry for the average audio quality. Please forgive us.

Raising Saints - 009 Be Not Afraid

Raising Saints - 009 Be Not Afraid

May 14, 2019

Today is a little different. We break from our usual format of answering questions to talk as the Holy Spirit moved us. We discuss the darkness in the world around us, and how we will all likely encounter resistance to our faith. But that we should be not afraid because God is always with us. And we encourage all our listeners to be lights of Christ in the world. Plus, if you're a Batman fan, Father Connolly does an impression of Bane from The Dark Night.

Raising Saints - 008 The Purpose of Sacraments & Dealing with a Frustrating Person

Raising Saints - 008 The Purpose of Sacraments & Dealing with a Frustrating Person

April 30, 2019

Father Connolly brought a question from the 3rd grade class at St. Columba school. A student asked: What is the point of the sacraments? As we answer this question we also address a question from a parent, Kristy, who wonders why we go to Confession rather than just asking Jesus to forgive us privately. And then Will in 4th grade asks us to tackle a difficult issue - how to show compassion to a frustrating classmate!

Please forgive the background noise and the 3 year old yelling for mommy in this episode! (#CatholicMomLife)

Raising Saints - 007 Abstaining from meat & Jesus’ 40 days in the desert

Raising Saints - 007 Abstaining from meat & Jesus’ 40 days in the desert

April 16, 2019

As we complete 40 days of Lent, Evie brings us a perfectly timed question - why did Jesus wander in the dessert for 40 days? And her younger sister, Chiara, age 8, asks why we are supposed to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in Lent. But did you know that the Church recommends we do this year round?

Raising Saints - 006 All About Faith

Raising Saints - 006 All About Faith

April 9, 2019

In this episode, we answer 3 questions all about faith. First, Grace, age 7, and her 2nd grade faith formation class, would like to know when CCD was started. Then, Marcelo, age 6, wonders how faith develops in people! Our final caller, Nick, 6th grade, wants to know what "the word" is when we say at Mass "only say the word and my soul shall be healed." That question was actually submitted by two kids - the exact same question - one caller, one by email! WOW!