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The Mystery and History of Lent 3/4/17

What differentiates Lent from the rest of the year? Everything. 
Rev. Scott Borgman, parochial vicar in the diocese of Orange, discusses the origin and evolution of the Lenten season and how different cultures traditionally engage with this penitential period of the Church calendar.station4
Peggy and Fr. Borgman explore the Stations of the Cross and how this Catholic devotion can enrich our Lenten experience. Also, listeners are invited to call in with their questions or comments about Lent.

In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists her top five favorite Lenten activities.
In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy talks with Thomas Awiapo from Ghana who is the spokesperson for Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl project this Lent.

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Live ….from the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, it’s Call Me Catholic! – 2/25/17

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Since we’re coming to you from the entertainment capital of the world on the day before the Oscars, we’ll explore some Catholic themes in cinema, past and present. The Call Me Catholic Countdown lists the top five academy-awarding winning movies in the Catholic genre.

Emmy award winning journalist turned public relations pro, Alexis Walkenstein discusses media culture, the art of good storytelling and living out your faith in the entertainment business. Alexis is currently promoting the film, “The Shack”, debuting this spring.

Peggy and Alexis continue their conversation about some of Alexis’ previous projects, such as “For Greater Glory”, “Little Boy”, “Soul Surfer” and “Ben Hur.”

In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone onto the floor of the LAREC Convention and asks attendees about their favorite movies from this year’s Academy Award nominees.

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Mission Appeal 2/18/17

mechelle_adamsWe’re learning about the California Missions today on CMC. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, host Peggy Normandin lists five top facts about the missions that might pique your interest to discover more about this aspect of California’s heritage.

Mechelle Lawrence Adams, executive director of Mission San Juan Capistrano, known as the Jewel of the Missions, discusses the rich history of his landmark in the diocese of Orange and the Saint who established it.
Stephen Binz, author of Saint Junipero Serra’s Camino, a Pilgrimage Guide to the California Missions, joins the conversation with his unique perspective on the spiritual and historical dimension of the 21 California missions.
In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a fourth grade class at Mission Basilica School in San Juan Capistrano and asks the students to share some of the knowledge they’ve acquired in their study of the missions this year.

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Story of a Soul

The lives of our saints seem tailored for theatrical and cinematic portrayals.

audrey-ahernAudrey Ahern is an actress now playing the role of St. Therese of Lisieux in St. Luke Productions touring one -woman live drama, Therese, The Story of a Soul. Audrey talks with host Peggy Normandin about how she prepared for this daunting role, and what she learned about the saint we call “the little flower.”

Audrey Ahern and Peggy continue their conversation about one of the Church’s most beloved saints and what Audrey hopes to convey in her theatrical portrayal of St. Therese. Listeners are invited to call in with their questions for Audrey.

In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a classroom of fourth graders in a Catholic elementary school in Portland, Oregon, and asks the young students “do you believe you can be a saint?”

The Call Me Catholic Countdown lists Peggy’s top five favorite dramatic portrayals of a saint.


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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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