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All Saints Today! 8/17/17


August is a great month for Saints’ feast days. That’s why we’re devoting our show to saints today.
Actor Andrae Goodnight discusses his role as Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African American Catholic priest, in Saint Luke Productions’ newest drama, “Tolton: From Slave to Priest” debuting in October. Fr. Tolton’s cause for canonization is advancing under the guidance of Bishop Joseph Perry of Chicago.
Joe Klinker, founder of Tiny Saints, shares the story of how he and his wife grew an idea to better teach their children about the saints to a successful acessory company that features whimsical depictions of hundreds of saints on a variety of charms.
In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a Vacation Bible School in session at a nearby parish and asks the kids to tell her about their favorite saint.
In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists her top five favorite pieces of trivia about our communion of saints.


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Keep your Cool – It’s Back to School! 8/9/17

Dr. Michael McLean-Thomas AquinasReady or not, it’s time to get back to school. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists her top five best pieces of advice she’d like to offer incoming freshmen as they pack up for their first year of college.
Dr. Michael McLean, President of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula , California, discusses the Catholic foundation that has shaped his school’s remarkable success, consistently ranked high among such organizations as The Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report and Kiplinger.
As Peggy and Dr. McLean continue their conversation about Thomas Aquinas College and its student life, listeners are invited to call in with their comments and questions.


Passport to Faith! 8/5/17

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Summer is a time of pilgrimage, of the spiritual and secular variety. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists the top five most important dispositions of an authentic pilgrim.

David Owens, Chairman of the Camino de Santiago Minstiry at Santiago de Compostella Catholic Church in the diocese of Orange, discusses his parish’s annual reenactment of the Pilgrim Walk that winds 300 miles through many northern cities in Spain to arrive at St. James’ burial place in Spain.

Veronica Paini,who blogs on her site “the Modern Pilgrim”, joins our conversation about traveling as an authentic Catholic pilgrim, especially in regard to her recent trip to Cuba.

In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a group of ladies who make rosaries each week and asks them to tell her about the holiest place they’ve ever visited.

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Summer Variety Show 7/29/17

JenniferNaimoIt’s a little bit of everything today on Call Me Catholic. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists the top five things she wants to do before the end of summer 2017.
Singer/actress Jennifer Naimo Morales, who originated the role of Frankie Valli’s wife in “Jersey Boys” on Broadway talks about how her Catholic faith has anchored her throughout her 25 years in the entertainment industry.
Jennifer continues her spirited conversation with Peggy about meeting her husband on a Catholic online dating site and the joy of raising their adopted son. Listeners are invited to call in with questions or comments.
In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her mircophone to her recent family reunion where she asked her relatives, “what does family mean to you?”

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Family Rules! – 7/22/17

peggy-logo-datesFor many, summer offers an opportunity to enjoy the blessings of family. Peggy’s sister Jonie from Atlanta, an occasional CMC contributor, shares the Call Me Catholic Countdown this week which is “the top five things family teaches us about God.”

The definition of family reaches beyond our own nuclear family. Our parish community is an extension of family and we need to relate to fellow parishioners with the same personal concern and love that we do our own immediate family members. Robert Zimmer and Tom Johnson are the founders of the St. Joachim Parish Cancer Ministry, a model they established 11 years ago for reaching out to and supporting cancer patients in their faith community . They discuss why other Catholic communities across the country have looked to their model for inspiration.

Robert Zimmer and Tom Johnson continue their discussion of how Catholic parishes can serve cancer patients in their faith community. Listeners are invited to call in with their comments or questions.

Peggy and her sister, Jonie, discuss the key components of a good family reunion.

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Summer is the Season for Stars and Stripes! 7/15/17

Summer is the all American season! In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists her top five favorite ways to support our men and women in the military.Stars
Katie McMaster is the associate director for Christian Formation in the diocese of Richmond, Virginia. She’s also the wife of 3-star General H.R. McMaster, our current National Security Adviser. Over their 35 years of married life, General McMaster’s distinguished career has taken Katie and their three daughters to 17 homes in 9 states and 3 countries. She discusses how the Catholic Church has been their family’s anchor throughout so many transitions.
Guest Katie McMaster and Peggy play the “Catholic This or Catholic That” Challenge, exploring their favorite devotions and expressions of our faith.
In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy shares her microphone with Catholics recalling a special church they visited while on vacation.


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Living on the Right Side of the Law 7/8/17

St. Thomas More enjoys two feast days in the church (historical and new) and we are sitting in between them both. Let’s honor the man and his worthy legacy. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists her top five favorite institutions named after St. Thomas More.
Real Estate attorney Greg Weiler, a founding member and former president of the St. Thomas More Society of Orange County, a non profit organization dedicated to bringing Catholic morality to the legal profession, discusses the legacy of St. Thomas More and his vital model for modern culture.
Greg and Peggy continue their dialogue about St. Thomas More and welcome calls from listeners who have questions and comments for Greg.