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A Salute to the Knights

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Call Me Catholic joins the national movements calling attention to the sanctity of life this month, on the 44th anniversary of Roe v Wade. No organization within the Catholic Church defends life more vigorously than the Knights of Columbus.

Jim Brucken, president of the 9000-strong Knights of Columbus division in Orange County, CA, talks with Peggy about the history of the Knights and its mission to restore and promote the dignity of life in our culture.

Listeners are invited to call in with their questions or comments about the work of the Knights of Columbus in their region.

The Call Me Catholic Countdown lists the Top Five Most Famous (and even surprising) Celebrity Knights.

In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a meeting of a local chapter of the Knights of Columbus and asks the members what they like most about being a Knight.

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My Fellow Americans…..1/14/17

With the inauguration one week away, Call Me Catholic takes a look at the history of American inaugural addresses. The Call Me Catholic Countdown lists Peggy’s top five favorite quotes from past Presidential speeches.craig-smith

Dr. Craig Smith, former Presidential speech writer and scholar of rhetoric, explores some highlights from past American inaugural addresses and explores what we might expect to hear from President-elect Trump on January 20.

Discussion with Dr. Smith continues while listeners are encouraged to call in with their questions or comments on the history of inaugural addresses.

In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a classroom of young Catholic grammar students and asks them what they think the President should include in his first speech to the nation.

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A New York State of Mind 1/7/17

Host Peggy Normandin takes a virtual tour of New York City with a distinctly Catholic lens. The Call Me Catholic Countdown lists her Top Five Favorite Catholic personalities who have influenced New York City.
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Msgr. Robert Ritchie, rector of the venerable St. Patrick’s Cathedral, talks about the history of the cathedral and the high points in his tour of duty there.

Bill Reilly, executive director of the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in downtown Manhattan, discusses this innovative forum developed through the Archdiocese of New York to highlight the true, the good, and the beautiful through the arts.

In Chatting with Catholics, a man shares his story of growing up as a Catholic kid in Brooklyn.


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Finding the Peace in this Season of Cheer 12/17/16

bishop-barron-word-on-fireEvangelist, author and theologian, the Most Reverend Robert Barron, Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, discusses why Christmas should bother us. He and Peggy share their favorite devotions and memories from Christmases past.
Listeners are invited to call in with their questions and comments for Bishop Robert Barron.
In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy shares her top five ways to battle the blues in this season of cheer.
In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy asks local parishioners to share their favorite Christmas carol.


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How to Make Your Parish Pop! 12/10/16

william-simon2William Simon, author of “Great Catholic Parishes” and founder of Parish Catalyst, an organization devoted to researching and supporting the health of great Catholic parishes in America, shares success stories from some of the country’s most robust parish communities.
Listeners are encouraged to call in with questions for Mr. Simon or testimonies about what’s working well in their parish.
In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a parish where they’re collecting presents for the nearly 300 local families they adopted for Christmas this year.


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The Gifts of Advent

Even as we begin our Christmas shopping, the Advent season is delivering a bounty of rich spiritual gifts to all who engage in it. bhp-timothy-freyer

Christmas came early in the diocese of Orange this year with the announcement of our new Bishop-elect Fr. Timothy Freyer. Bishop-elect Freyer and the Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, talk with Peggy about the growth of their diocese, the 10th largest in the nation, and the diverse responsibilities of Bishops in the American Catholic Church.

Bishop Kevin Vann and Bishop-elect Timothy Freyer answer questions from callers.

The Call Me Catholic Countdown lists Peggy’s top five favorite gifts from religious monasteries.
In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy talks with Carol Meyers, founder of the St. Nicholas Center in Holland, Michigan, about the beloved saint whose feast day is December 6.


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Getting Ready for Advent! 11/26/16

saxton_heidiTomorrow is the first Sunday in Advent; let’s get decorating. The Call Me Catholic Countdown lists the top five ways you can incorporate advent into your Christmas decorations.
Peggy talks with Heidi Hess Saxton, author of “Advent with St. Teresa of Calcutta”, a lovely collection of daily meditations that combines daily Scripture readings, short quotes, and anecdotes about St. Teresa to enrich our Advent state of mind.

 
Raymond Arroyo talks with Peggy about his special on PBS this weekend, “Christmastime in New Orleans” and its accompanying original soundtrack of jazzed up Christmas carols. Raymond discusses the rich background of faith, food and music that makes Christmastime in New Orleans incomparable.
In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy asks grade schoolers at a local SRE class, “what are you hoping for this Advent season?”