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Supercharing your Spirituality with America’s Superheroes! 7/1/17

On this Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Call Me Catholic Countdown lists Peggy’s top five Catholic heroes of early America.
Joe Thordarson, host of Geek Tank Radio and founder of the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention, discusses America’s love affair with comic books and how some of the most popular superheroes were crafted with a strong Catholic identity.
Joe and Peggy continue their discussion of Superhero spirituality. Listeners are invited to call in with their questions and comments.
In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a local parish Bible Camp and asks the young campers who their favorite superhero is.

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Picturing our Faith 6/24/17

frances-icon17Beautiful images of our faith can nourish and deepen our spiritual lives. The Call Me Catholic Countdown lists Peggy’s top five favorite types of religious art that should be in every Catholic home.

Respected iconographer Vivian Imbruglia brings a distinctly fresh style to her highly sought after icon images. Vivian discusses the St. Francis icon that hangs in the Vatican and some of her newer commissions of Saints and holy events that have never before been depicted as an icon.

Peggy and Vivian continue their discussion of the art of iconography and take calls from listeners with questions or comments.

Irish artist and sculptor Dony Mac Manus joins the conversation about sacred art. Dony, whose aim is to bring Christ back into culture thorugh art, founded a school for sacred arts in Florence and hopes to establish an art academy at the Vatican.

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Here Comes the Bride! 6/17/17

cake_topperWith the wedding march becoming a familiar tune in churches across the country right now, the Call Me Catholic Countdown lists Peggy’s top five favorite features of Catholic weddings.

Psychologist, author and blogger Dr. Joseph Smith, wedding columnist for Our Sunday Visitor, discusses Catholic wedding protocol do’s and don’ts.
Stephanie Calis, author of “Invited – the Ultimate Catholic Wedding Planner”, shares her thoughts on how brides can best prepare for their wedding day.
Listeners are invited to call in with their wedding questions or comments for Peggy and her guests.

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Views from the Pews 6/10/17

peggy-logo-datesCMC goes behind the scenes in parish life to explore a couple of features we too often take for granted. The Call Me Catholic Countdown lists Peggy’s top five favorite parish ministry jobs she’s enjoyed as an adult Catholic.

Carin Winghart, VP of Marketing for Liturgical Publications Inc (LPi), discusses the history and evolution of the “bulletin” found in Catholic parishes across America. She offers some great tips for improving your parish bulletin and for reaching a broader audience through other communication channels.

Lynn Smith, owner and chief artisan behind her company, “Altar Linens by Lynn Smith”, identifies the different traditional altar linens used in the celebration of the Holy Mass; their design, function and history.

In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to the annual Fish Fry at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Seal Beach, California, and asks parishioners, “what is your favorite parish event?”.

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Reading Between the Lines…Spiritually

book-fr_benWith June upon us, it’s time to stock up on your summer reading list…and don’t forget to include some spiritual titles. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists her top five favorite quotes from spiritual books.

Author James Day discusses his new new debut book, “Father Benedict, the Spiritual and Intellectual Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI” and how that Pope impacted his young life.

Theologian Pia de Solenni joins the conversation to talk about the growing trend for Catholic Book Clubs across the United States. They’ll share how listeners can initiate their own faith-driven book clubs – what books to choose and how to guide the conversation.

Listeners are invited to call in with their experiences regarding Catholic book clubs in their area.



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Happy Memorial Day! Faith in Service

On Memorial Day weekend, we honor those who risk their lives to protect ours. In the Call Me Catholc Countdown, Peggy lists the top five most beautiful Catholic cemeteries in the country.
Detective Julissa Trapp, homicide detective for the Anaheim Police Department, tackles gritty murder cases with courage, conviction and two sets of rosary beads. She shares how her Catholic faith anchors her in a tough line of duty.
Detective Julissa Trapp continues her discussion of how she keeps her faith while fighting crime. Listeners are invited to call in with their questions or comments for Detective Trapp.
Peggy introduces a new feature on Call Me Catholic: “Reading Between the Pews – excerpts from parish bulletins across the country”. Today, she shares some bulletin announcements on how different parishes are commemorating Memorial Day.



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Finding the false gods in our lives -5/27/17

As the apostles preach the good news following the resurrection of Jesus Christ, they must counteract the practice of worshiping false gods. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists what she considers the top five graven images of modern culture.Harry Connick, Jr

Singer, actor, big band leader and now talk show host Harry Connick, Jr. talks with Peggy about raising three young women in our modern culture. He also discusses the “leading lady” segment of his new daytime talk show “Harry”, where he invites everyday women making a positive difference in the world to be his guest.

Peggy and Harry play “Catholic this or Catholic that”, the newest Call Me Catholic guest game.

In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a 6th grade classroom at a local parish and asks the students what it means to worship “strange gods” as laid out in the first commandment.