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CF165: Waiting for Marshmallows

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:52:31 +0000

Call our comment line at 844-251-1723 or email us [at] catholicfamilypocast   com In this episode: invasion of the tree frogs, Mattie and the tablet, Kathryn is bossy, cradle Catholics vs. converts, five minute pickup, the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment, mailbag: Allie for North Carolina, Jim Bigley, Heather CROWDER, Patty from Harrisburg, PA. Links in this episode:  Influencer: The New ... Read More about CF165: Waiting for Marshmallows

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CF164: Rotating Menus

Mon, 22 Jun 2015 04:53:36 +0000

Call our comment line at 844-251-1723 or email us [at] catholicfamilypocast   com In this episode: Happy Father’s Day, Rotating Menus, Day Camp, Austin and the End of the Beginning, MC and Mass Parts, Appalachian Trail, Feedback from Chris and Kerry

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CF163: Mud Bugs

Sat, 06 Jun 2015 18:56:36 +0000

In this episode: Cleaning the yard, crawfish boil, Austin’s eagle project, MC interrupts, CREED (Catholic REligious EDucation). email us [at] catholicfamilypodcast (dot) com or call our comment line at +1-844-251-1723 Links in this episode: Little Free Library Graphic: Crawfish by kalleboo

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CF162: The Catholic Family WHO?

Sun, 31 May 2015 19:17:04 +0000

OK, we took a break. Hopefully, you may remember our little podcast about Catholic family life with our five kids, aged 18 to 5. With older kids come new challenges. We hope you will join us on this wild ride as we talk about living out our Catholic faith.

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CF161.5: The Sting

Sun, 31 May 2015 18:39:07 +0000

The kids plot to get us back into podcasting.

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A Catholic Family Haiku

Sun, 31 May 2015 18:24:36 +0000

The Catholic Family is back! Checkout this little promo and stay tuned for all new episodes.

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St. Michael The Archangel (and Me)

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:06:25 +0000

We were blessed to have a new pastor come to our north-central Arizona parish about a year ago. He announced that he was going to pretty much leave things as they are for at least a year. During that time he would study and watch and then he would begin to make whatever changes were ... Read More about St. Michael The Archangel (and Me)

RUA Mugwump?

Tue, 27 May 2014 19:50:53 +0000

Have you ever heard of the word Mugwump? It’s a noun which is defined from a dictionary as a person who remains aloof or independent, esp. from party politics. But in a more literal or common use (how can any word we hardly have ever heard of be in ‘common use?’) — the word mugwump ... Read More about RUA Mugwump?

It’s Time For a Catholic Resurrection

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:18:51 +0000

Belated and blessed Easter prayers. It’s time for a Catholic resurrection. Excuse starting a Catholic Family Podcast with a reflection that starts with me… but I want to start with a story — well, two stories actually. Story one: My wife Dee and I were at a Thai restaurant about five months ago. A very ... Read More about It’s Time For a Catholic Resurrection

Minimalism: Heaven Bent This Lent?

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:51:57 +0000

I live in a parish with a predominately older population. Like many or most parishes, there are the daily Mass attendees… mostly gray haired… often coming for the rosary before Mass and then the 25 minute liturgy. I have to give a lot of our ‘dailies’ credit – they may also stay for the Chaplet ... Read More about Minimalism: Heaven Bent This Lent?

Job Openings – Seeking Catholic Mandelas

Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:14:36 +0000

(This column is scheduled for January publication on the Catholic Mom website. Deacon Tom feels that this topic is worth sharing on other venues, and he welcomes your thoughts and feedback) Two seemingly unrelated starters: For nine years, I have attended the priest, deacon, seminarian conference and retreat at Franciscan University. Each time I attend, ... Read More about Job Openings – Seeking Catholic Mandelas

An Irish Curmudgeon & Growing the Faith

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:39:15 +0000

A week ago Saturday, I went to a new priest for confession. The priest turned out to be an Irish curmudgeon. Do you know what a curmudgeon is? The dictionary says a curmudgeon is a bad tempered or a surly person. But, when you put the two words ‘Irish curmudgeon’ together – the meaning can ... Read More about An Irish Curmudgeon & Growing the Faith

CF161: God’s Country

Tue, 13 Aug 2013 03:45:01 +0000

In this episode:  Del Lago and the TV headache, Philmont and Lost Pines, Qatar, leaving Christ Our Light, the vacuum cleaner ponytail, Rediscover Catholicism study group, Archdiocesan Youth Conference,  Mailbag:Jim from PA. Contact our comment line at (936) 228-1836 or email us [at] catholicfamilypodcast (dot) com

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What To Say to Boy Scouts ??

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:30:17 +0000

What to say (or preach) to Boy Scouts? That’s the question I gave to our local Bible study group when we gathered to pre-read the Scriptures for the Mass of the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time. I asked the Bible study folks this question because I am heading out to do a Communion Service at ... Read More about What To Say to Boy Scouts ??

CF160: Chicken Plucker

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 04:07:51 +0000

In this episode: the best daddy in the world, chicken plucker, mattie moment, Sweet Brown Cold Pop Escape, CCE field trip, papal lap book, cheap date, mailbag: Chad asks about the recent Boy Scouts of America controversy, Allyson’s book, twaddle

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CF Bonus: Holy Saturday

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:55:25 +0000

Repost of the Catholic Family’s Holy Saturday instructional podcast.

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CF Bonus: Good Friday

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:54:25 +0000

Repost of the Catholic Family’s Good Friday instructional podcast.

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CF Bonus: Holy Thursday

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:53:00 +0000

Repost of the Catholic Family’s Holy Thursday instructional podcast.

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Welcome Back, Easter Catholic

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:43:55 +0000

The following is the ‘heart’ of Deacon Tom’s EASTER HOMILY given at his parish in north central Arizona. A bit of it has been modified for the readers at the Catholic Family Podcast site. Dear parishioners … dear folks visiting family members … dear visitors. We wish you a most holy and blessed Easter. Let ... Read More about Welcome Back, Easter Catholic

Lent With a Difference

Sun, 10 Feb 2013 20:35:15 +0000

Dear wife Dee and I were visiting in Missouri – a babysitting trip we make to take care of our younger ‘grands’ in Springfield suburb. Our daughter, a single mom has a mandatory annual business conference she is a big part of helping with. And we enjoy the opportunity to visit with the two youngest ... Read More about Lent With a Difference

Christmas Miracle: A Deacon Hears A Confession

Fri, 21 Dec 2012 00:20:06 +0000

End of Advent greetings and graces. Merry Christmas! May your days be filled with prayer, and holy and happy times. I remember reading postings from dear Allyson about visiting an elderly woman from the parish that the Sweeney’s go to. I gathered (or think I remember) that the elder was mostly homebound and that Allyson ... Read More about Christmas Miracle: A Deacon Hears A Confession

CF159: Mine Is Bigger!

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:12:24 +0000

  In this episode: our own private highway, toddler-friendly advent wreath, Kathryn is confirmed, Christmas play, caroling, mailbag: Bob from Georgia, Dee from Catholic Vitamins, and Sean the Ducktape Guy from Ontario-who? email us [at] or call us at 936-228-1836.    

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Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:45:11 +0000

How’s the Year of Faith going for you thus far? It started several weeks ago and I can’t say I’ve seen too much change in our parish. To the Sabbath day observer, Mass is what the Mass has been. The homilies are sort of the same (mine excepted he said with a touch of sinful ... Read More about Advent In The YEAR OF FAITH

CF158: Amazon Woman

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 05:52:13 +0000

In this episode: Amazon Woman, National Youth Leadership Training, The dreaded mobile phone, The Dreaded Driving Test, Holy Trinity Coop,, vote – whether you have binders or not, teaching CCE, mailbag. Final Song: Alkor: Experimental Thought Revelation, from the Kahvi Collective

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What Are You Hungry For?

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:38:10 +0000

I don’t think I’ll get into too much trouble if I share with just a few of you that DW (Dee) isn’t much of a cook, and doesn’t have any yen to become one. And so we eat out a fair amount, and our meals that we do have at home are usually somewhat pre-prepared ... Read More about What Are You Hungry For?

‘Warming Up’ The Scouts

Thu, 19 Jul 2012 21:58:05 +0000

‘Warming Up’ The Scouts By Deacon Tom Fox Hello friends and listeners to the Catholic Family Podcast. Summertime greetings. Are you high and dry? Or are you soaked from recent downpours? May God grant respite from heat, gentle soaking rains and an end to the persistent forest fires. I hope your summer is a ... Read More about ‘Warming Up’ The Scouts

CF157: But…But…Butt!

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 01:30:46 +0000

In this episode: Allyson’s summertime drink, Mattie turns 3, pouring set, review of Brave, swim season ends (sort of), the boys at summer camp, audio feedback from CJ, Allyson paints the boys’ room, Little Saints Preschool, Green Tip: Clean with Peroxide, Mailbag: Matt, Catholic Heritage Curricula. Contact us (at) catholicfamilypodcast (dot) com or call 936-228-1836. ... Read More about CF157: But…But…Butt!

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CF156: Lipstick Mattie

Sun, 01 Jul 2012 11:55:33 +0000

In this episode: traveling Sweeneys, Lipstick Mattie, supreme court ruling on the Affordable Healthcare Act, Fortnight for Freedom, Catholic Summer Reading Program, what is a thurible, dress at weddings and mass, mail bag. Contact us (@) or call 936-228-1836.

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Thoughts About Yesterday’s Supreme Surpise

Fri, 29 Jun 2012 22:20:43 +0000

Well, yet another Republican Supreme surprise!  How come Dem Supremes never give us surprises?  In other words, who are the real ideologues?  Actually, Roberts has often sided with the Court’s Lefties, e.g. in the Arizona decision earlier this week.  What’s more, Rush Limbaugh was told several years ago by an “insider” to watch out for ... Read More about Thoughts About Yesterday’s Supreme Surpise

CF155: Murder, Suicide and Massacre

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 14:02:47 +0000

In this episode: the chicken saga, catechetical moment, Appalachian Trail, Small Things Blog, Titanic birthday, Dave Ramsey for kids, Holy Trinity Co-op, summer activities, CREED,  Dinner with the Devil, Test of Fire, Catholic non-negotiables, Mark Levin Ameritopia, mail bag from Deacon Tom. email us (@) catholicfamilypodcast (dot) com or call 936-228-1836

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In Exile

Fri, 11 May 2012 17:34:06 +0000

Recently, I’ve been reviewing Hillsdale College’s Constitution 101 course, which is offered online for free. This is a great introduction not only to the Constitution but also to how the founding fathers thought about the American Mind. One of the defining principles of the Constitution was that our founding fathers held the truths in the ... Read More about In Exile

Worried About His Church?

Mon, 07 May 2012 20:36:03 +0000

During the early days of May, we are continuing to read about the first days of the Church. In my studies, I’ve come to enjoy the Acts of the Apostles and the stories of building up the Body of Christ which is His Church. In a recent Mass, there is the Scripture story about addressing ... Read More about Worried About His Church?

Easter Hope

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 03:06:25 +0000

Even if we don’t know with any degree of certainty that there is an after-life… even if this ‘religion stuff’ seems pretty much man-made … even though the world seems to pay more lip-service to Christianity than to living it — the one thing that the Easter Christian is gifted with is HOPE. There is ... Read More about Easter Hope

The Catholic Faith Is Only LENT To You

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 23:29:13 +0000

Hello friends of The Catholic Family. It is Ash Wednesday as I write this reflection. I’m late getting my monthly column in to the “Sweeney-works.” Life has a way of catching up with and speeding past good intentions and plans. I have what others in the world see as a ‘smudge’ on my forehead. The ... Read More about The Catholic Faith Is Only LENT To You

CF154: Speedcleaning

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 16:29:14 +0000

In this episode: Speedcleaning, Homeschool for High School, Austin gets his Life Scout, Mattie Claire and the eggs, Kathryn talks about the ambry, David dissects the recent Obama healthcare debate, Mailbag: Capt. Jeff, Stephanie in Maryland, anonymous voicemailer. Sign the White House petition to Rescind the HHS Mandate Requiring Catholic Institutions to Provide Insurance Covering ... Read More about CF154: Speedcleaning

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It Ain’t About the Pill, Baby!

Sat, 11 Feb 2012 19:04:22 +0000

The title of this post is taken from Kathleen Parker’s excellent editorial on this topic which was published yesterday. My father has a saying. When 20 people say you’re drunk, it’s time to lay down. It appears that we have a president who is three sheets to the wind on preserving, protecting, and defending the ... Read More about It Ain’t About the Pill, Baby!

Do You Love or Hate Religion?

Fri, 20 Jan 2012 02:20:00 +0000

Take a look at these two videos, but PROMISE us that you will look at both of them. Comments?

The Holy Family; The Catholic Family

Sat, 31 Dec 2011 20:54:22 +0000

In recent years, there is a priest that I have followed a bit. His name is Fr. Tommy Lane. He came from Ireland and he became a professor and a successful preacher at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. I was reading some of his words recently and I noticed how Fr. Lane reminded ... Read More about The Holy Family; The Catholic Family

The PET Project

Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:34:40 +0000

Refer to CF153 for a full discussion of the significance of this video. This YouTube video explains the PET (Person Energy Transportation) Project:

CF153: PET Project

Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:26:20 +0000

In this episode:  Caramels, National Youth Leadership Training,  Christmas Eve mass, visiting the family, when Christmas gets radical,  PET Project, Miss Marjorie Smoot, Kathryn’s Birthday. Jenny Crook “The First Noel” (mp3) from “Christmas Harp – Elegant Expressions of Christmas with Celtic & Concert Harps” (Classic Fox Records) Picture by Chrissy Morin: Christmas Present Email us ... Read More about CF153: PET Project

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CF152: The Nativity of the Lord

Sun, 25 Dec 2011 05:14:03 +0000

The Sweeney kids record the Christmas Eve gospel reading from Luke, Chapter 2. It’s poignant that the Sweeney kids did the same reading in 2007 with much smaller voices and minus a little sister (Mattie Claire). It’s interesting to compare their voices. Music by Jenny Crook from the album Jenny Crook “The First Noel” (mp3) ... Read More about CF152: The Nativity of the Lord

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Is Marriage Becoming Obsolete?

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 18:09:52 +0000

I read an article today that cited a Pew Center survey reporting that 40% of Americans believe that the institution of marriage is becoming obsolete. Obsolete! In 1972, the rate of marriage in the United States was 72%. Today, the rate is 51% and projections indicate that married people will be in the minority within ... Read More about Is Marriage Becoming Obsolete?

CF151: And Also With Your Spirit

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 17:50:15 +0000

In this episode: homemade gifts, making soap, household cleaner, grocery bag holder, the 5 best toys of all time, chicken coops, green onions, bankrupt churches, the new missal, A book of Saints for Catholic Moms. Here’s a link to cleaning car windows.Call our comment line at  936-228-1836 or email us [at] catholicfamilypodcast (dot) com.  

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Change for a Dollar

Sat, 10 Dec 2011 04:08:51 +0000

This video speaks for itself. Take 10 minutes and give it a peek. You’ll be glad you did.

Gene and Alice and the Luminous Mysteries

Fri, 11 Nov 2011 03:05:03 +0000

One of the joys of the early years of being a deacon has been my work with young couples as they prepare for the beautiful sacrament of marriage. At the time, we lived in Estes Park, Colorado. Estes is a small Colorado town of gorgeous views and it sits at the base of Rocky Mountain ... Read More about Gene and Alice and the Luminous Mysteries

Scary TV

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:06:44 +0000

David and I recently were able to take a trip by ourselves and stay in a very nice hotel.  One of the things that I enjoy when it’s just the two of us is getting to watch television.  Let me back track just a little bit.  About 5 years ago David cancelled our cable service.  ... Read More about Scary TV

Heaven Speaks to Families

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 22:30:27 +0000

What would it be like to have a direct communications link to the Holy Ones in Heaven? Sound far-fetched and somewhat silly? I understand. But there are ways that we can hear from Heavenly residents. There’s the Blessed Mother, of course. She’s been speaking to the world in many different venues for decades and more. ... Read More about Heaven Speaks to Families

CF150: Thunderwear

Mon, 24 Oct 2011 01:34:15 +0000

In this episode: Trip to Philadelphia, Darlene  at Barklay Prime, Larry at Big Green Earth Store, Building A Chicken Coop Alpine A-Frame,  trees and thunderwear, 180 Holocaust and Abortion,  Congrats to Shelly Henley Kelly and Douglas born Oct. 14. Call our comment line at 936-228-1836  or email us [at] Lightning by snowpeak The Glitch ... Read More about CF150: Thunderwear

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CF149: Dry Bones

Fri, 16 Sep 2011 13:10:20 +0000

In this episode: Getting into the swing of the semester, volleyball, scouting, hazardous kid, dove season starts, musical instruments, Allyson’s meltdown, Texas Wildfires,  Review of “The Help”, Whole Family Catechesis. Email us [AT] or call 936-228-1836 Final Song: John Waller: As for Me and My House John Waller “As for Me and My House” ... Read More about CF149: Dry Bones

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So proud

Fri, 16 Sep 2011 12:33:52 +0000

Austin made me so proud of him on Wednesday. [callout]The best part was when two other moms came out and intentionally found me to tell me what a wonderful son I have.[/callout]Hannah has volleyball practice on Wednesdays in the mornings and this really messes up our homeschool day. What are the other five of us ... Read More about So proud

Angel of God My Guardian Dear

Wed, 14 Sep 2011 21:35:17 +0000

Does anyone, anywhere still have angel pictures prevalent in their home these days? Close by the baby’s crib? In the children’s playroom? Are angels even meaningful to us ‘moderns?’ I used to go to a hair stylist when we lived in San Francisco. (NB: When you live in San Francisco – they are stylists – ... Read More about Angel of God My Guardian Dear

Scrabble Scramble

Thu, 04 Aug 2011 14:08:32 +0000

[callout]While I’m trying to instil some virtues in my crew, they are working on their sense of humor.[/callout] I’ve been cleaning out cabinets the last couple of weeks in hopes of getting rid of stuff.  We have too much stuff, but doesn’t everyone?  Well, we’re getting rid of some of ours.  While digging through some ... Read More about Scrabble Scramble

Summer Dryness

Tue, 02 Aug 2011 21:17:06 +0000

Cookouts, picnics, hikes, swimming. Ah, the fun and times of summer. Have you been ‘hard at it’ this summer? The early part of our summer had much going on in it, but I’m so thankful that it began with a wonderful retreat and conference (at Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH). It was my seventh year ... Read More about Summer Dryness

CF148: Cry Baby

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 23:22:27 +0000

In this episode:  scout camp, praying the Angelus, Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan, benediction, lots of mail: Patrick, Chris, Mac and Katherine, A Little Way of Homeschooling, Melissa Wiley and Tidal Schooling Fred McDowell “Woke Up This Morning” (mp3) from “I’ll Be So Glad When the Sun Goes Down: Alan Lomaxâ??s “Southern Journey,” 1959â??1960″ (Global Jukebox) ... Read More about CF148: Cry Baby

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No Gifts Please

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:36:27 +0000

July 2 was Mattie Claire’s second birthday.  We celebrated her big day with a few friends and a birthday lunch.  Because Mattie Claire is the youngest of five children, she has lots of toys to choose from.  We have baby dolls, doll houses, Barbies, blocks, puzzles, plastic animals, Legos, gears to build with, trucks and ... Read More about No Gifts Please

CF147: A House Divided

Mon, 13 Jun 2011 03:50:24 +0000

In this episode: Austin’s questions about leadership, Unschooling, Allyson reviews the Crafty Classroom, Austin reviews Heroes Over Europe, the “Church” situation, Catholic Crossroads by Patrick Denny. Send your comments to us [at] catholicfamilypodcast (dot) com or call the comment line 936-229-1836.

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Grocery Shopping with Kids

Thu, 02 Jun 2011 03:18:16 +0000

Grocery shopping with five kids is, well, not fun.  Until now!  I’ve discovered how to do it.   Just follow these 5  simple steps and grocery shopping with five children won’t be a chore anymore.  In fact, it can be quite pleasant. Step One-each child plans meals for one day; breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, and ... Read More about Grocery Shopping with Kids

I’ll Die on Monday & Funeral Will Be Thursday

Wed, 01 Jun 2011 19:36:00 +0000

Have you read Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life? The opening words of Chapter 1: “It’s not about you. The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment…” If you are a faithful listener and friend of The Catholic Family — you’ve probably heard Allyson talk about her visits to ... Read More about I’ll Die on Monday & Funeral Will Be Thursday

Family Tools

Fri, 13 May 2011 20:28:20 +0000

Recently, I attended a conference put on by the guys from the Manager Tools Pocast. I’ve been listening to Mark Horstman and Mike Auzenne for years. They are truly innovators in the world of actionable management tools and techniques. Allyson has even gotten into their podcasts lately, and claims that being a homeschool mother is ... Read More about Family Tools

CF146: Rabbit Stew

Mon, 09 May 2011 05:27:02 +0000

In this episode: Austin burns the table, Mattie her hand, David and Austin make rabbit stew, Allyson reviews Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood, David reviews Catholic Stuff Podcast, Allyson launches a peanut butter and jelly mission, The Sweeneys have a new mixer, and the feed is messed up. Checkout Deacon Tom’s article on May Mothers. Soundseeing Song: ... Read More about CF146: Rabbit Stew

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May: Month Of Mothers, Month of Mary

Fri, 06 May 2011 00:04:19 +0000

Happy spring! Happy Mother’s Day. Happy month of Mary, everyone’s Blessed Mother. This picture shows an outdoor bronze state commissioned by Madonna House in Combermere, Canada, and designed and accomplished by the late sculptor Frances Rich. This statue is called OUR LADY OF COMBERMERE. The statue shows Our Blessed Mother running to wrap her arms ... Read More about May: Month Of Mothers, Month of Mary

Babies Are Smart

Thu, 28 Apr 2011 20:32:47 +0000

Today for lunch Mattie Claire had a ham and cheese samich (that’s sandwich for you people who don’t have kids).  She wanted her “samich” and was excited to get in her highchair to eat.  It took about five seconds for her to open up that sandwich and take it apart.  OK, that’s fine, she’ll eat ... Read More about Babies Are Smart

Signs of Spring

Wed, 06 Apr 2011 03:49:34 +0000

If you happen to read my words from time to time, I hope that you don’t mind that I refer to Catherine Doherty and Madonna House every so often. Catherine was the foundress of Madonna House up in Northern Canada – and it now has field houses in about 20 locations. Madonna House is a ... Read More about Signs of Spring

Miss you

Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:57:15 +0000

Last week was Mrs. Uilkie’s birthday – March 23, but we didn’t have a party, we didn’t need to buy a gift or flowers.  She went to be with her Lord last October.  If you are a listener to our podcast, catholicfamilypodcast, you’ve heard us talk about Mrs. Uilkie.  We did a few simple things ... Read More about Miss you

CF145: Bird on a Stick

Sun, 27 Mar 2011 18:11:20 +0000

In this episode: The Sweeneys visit the Barrons, Mattie Claire gets ashes, Kathryn gets her driving permit, Bird on a Stick,  Mail Bag: Coley from Florida, Petra from the Netherlands, Debi in Texas, Charlie,  Jim Beeghley from Pennsylvania. Leave us some voice feedback at 936-228-1836 or email us  [at]  catholicfamilypodcast [dot] com

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Ten Things to Learn from Japan

Sun, 27 Mar 2011 16:46:31 +0000

A priest friend of mine in China sent me the following. The authorship was listed simply as “Sunita.”  I thought it was quite remarkable, especially when compared to what we usually see in the United States in times of natural disaster. THE CALM – Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself ... Read More about Ten Things to Learn from Japan

Getting to Yes

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 05:37:22 +0000

The title of this article may have misled you. I’m not talking about the well known book Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In. But rather, I want to talk a minute about saying ‘yes’ to your kids. When Kathryn was a little girl, one evening, she had finished her dinner and was asking ... Read More about Getting to Yes

Simple Pleasures

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 18:29:19 +0000

The kids and I were recently away from the house for a several days.  Away from school work that really should have been done, away from laundry/cooking/cleaning, away from the phone calls, the computer emails and social networks, away from paper work for scouts and church, away from weekly meetings.  We were away from everything.  ... Read More about Simple Pleasures

Lenten Themes In Your Home

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 23:35:08 +0000

Hello dear friends of the Catholic Family Podcast and columns. Greetings as we are about to enter Lent. Each year, blogs and columns and religious shows bring us things to think about or to consider doing for Lent. So I guess I won’t be different – well maybe so. [callout]Church isn’t just a place to ... Read More about Lenten Themes In Your Home

A Day of Glass

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:54:12 +0000

This was so cool, I just had to put it on the website.

CF 144: The Gauntlet

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 14:03:42 +0000

In this episode:  Texas Independence Day, Kids Cooperating? St. Joseph Altar,  Starting is the Hardest Part, Better Window Cleaner,  The Gauntlet, Mail Bag;  Diana in Mission Viejo. Checkout the New Catholic Family Website, Call our comment line 936-228-1836 Email us [at] catholicfamilypodcast (dot) com Final Song: Johnny Nicholas – I’m from Texas[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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Leave Them Alone

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 16:12:17 +0000

Last Monday night was my night off for a couple of hours from the kids and after dinner clean-up.  I play Keeno with a group of women once a month.  We get together and eat, discuss what is going on in our little town, and try to go home with at least one prize.  It’s ... Read More about Leave Them Alone

I Can’t Afford Jesus

Tue, 22 Feb 2011 02:27:17 +0000

You might have noticed a change in the Catholic Family’s website recently. Our website has traditionally been a landing page for our audio podcast. Most of our traffic (i.e. listeners) comes through subscriptions to our podcast through iTunes and other RSS sources. But recently, Allyson and I decided to “up the ante” and create new ... Read More about I Can’t Afford Jesus

Was Jesus Green?

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 15:30:37 +0000

Often, I’ve wondered if Jesus was green. So I broke out my electronic bible the other day and started searching. Sure enough, there is tons of support for this theory. Here are twelve examples of green living from the Prince of Peas. Jesus must have composted because he knew the value of fertile soil. “…other ... Read More about Was Jesus Green?

Constant Reminders

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 06:15:35 +0000

Did you brush your teeth?  Did someone feed the pets?  Is your bed made?  Have you straightened up your room?  Have you had breakfast?  Have you done your morning chores?  Are you ready for school? Sometimes I wish that I had a “record” button somewhere on my body so that I could store all of ... Read More about Constant Reminders

CF 143: Pie!

Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:06:34 +0000

In this episode: David and Allyson celebrate National Pie Day, Green Tip: Recycle/Gift Bags, Hannah’s  bird feeder, timeout for the girls (all day!), a discussion about the changes in the Roman Missal, and an addition to the Catholic Family. Song: Pie by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could Contact the Catholic Family by ... Read More about CF 143: Pie!

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Splinter of the Mind

Sun, 13 Feb 2011 17:04:18 +0000

Like most people, I try to relate the Sunday Mass readings  to my life. This week’s readings talk about Jesus coming to fulfill the law. I must confess that I was having trouble finding an application to my life after Saturday night vigil Mass. When I got home, Saturday night started to irritate me more ... Read More about Splinter of the Mind

CF 142: Squeaky Clean

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 13:13:08 +0000

In this episode: soap making, Austin wacks a mole, Mattie Claire moments, review of Gulliver’s Travels, Deacon Tom, mailbag and a whole lot more. email us [at] catholicfamilypodcast -dot- com or call the comment line at 936-228-1836.

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Old Thoughts in a New Year

Fri, 07 Jan 2011 17:33:29 +0000

I belong to a local exercise facility in our town. It is notable and smile-able to see the large uptick in people showing up for classes and workouts following the Christmas and New Year holidays. A new year – leading to a fresh start. But then, many of us soon re-learn, we really do face ... Read More about Old Thoughts in a New Year

Merry Christmas!

Sat, 25 Dec 2010 00:00:06 +0000

Have a great Christmas filled with God’s blessings!

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CF 141: Road Trip

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 15:59:07 +0000

In this episode: A new Christmas skit – what would happen if there was no room at the Holiday Inn (of Bethlehem), David and Allyson talk about their Fredricksburg trip, falling off the Dave Ramsey wagon, preparing for Christmas, making soap, and more. Email us (at) catholicfamilypodcast (dot).com Call our comment line at (936) 228-1836.

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CF 140: All By Myself

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 14:04:30 +0000

In this episode: Vespers and benediction, scapulars,  advent readings, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Saint Dolls. Links in this episode: Pope’s Homily on Nascent Life Scapulars #1 Scapulars #2 Question for the Gospel of the Week Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Saint dolls #1 Saint dolls #2 email us [at] catholicfamilypodcast (dot) com or call ... Read More about CF 140: All By Myself

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Your Mission, If You Choose To Accept It…

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 22:40:57 +0000

Do you remember Mission Impossible from television some years ago? I used to like that action and intrigue show a lot. Times were certainly different back then. As I remember now, there was no gratuitous violence, no unnecessary sexuality, just good suspense and adventure. Did you like it? One of the things that I feel ... Read More about Your Mission, If You Choose To Accept It…

CF 139: Kid's Edition

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 01:42:12 +0000

In this episode: Austin talks about scouting, Kathryn talks about the world of work, Mattie Claire talks on the show, our new priest Fr. JoJo. Call our NEW comment line at (936)228-1836 or email us [at]

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 21:25:45 +0000

For something like fifteen years, I’ve been a student and a devotee of Catherine Doherty and Madonna House. I’ve shared about ‘them’ in sermons, columns, recorded messages on the internet and with friends. Just ask – and I’ll start to share about my visits to Combermere, the formation headquarters of Madonna House, and about my ... Read More about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

CF 138: Spiritual Warrior

Sat, 09 Oct 2010 05:24:01 +0000

In this episode: Good kids/Bad kids, Emma Lee, Mrs. Uilkie passes, living a lie, voice mail from Lisa Hendey. Contact us [at] catholicfamilypodcast (dot) com or call 206-339-8993. Final Song: Gary Primich “Daddy, Let Me Hitch A Ride” (mp3) from “Ridin’ The Darkhorse” (Electro-Fi Records) Buy at iTunes Music Store Stream from Rhapsody Buy at ... Read More about CF 138: Spiritual Warrior

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CF 137: Clothed in Humility

Wed, 08 Sep 2010 15:50:01 +0000

In this episode, a recent homily on humility is presented with David and Allyson’s thoughts on this important topic. The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis contact us [at] catholicfamilypodcast (dot) com or call 206-339-8993

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For Parents Who Worry About Their Children’s Salvation

Mon, 06 Sep 2010 04:04:24 +0000

I suspect it might surprise you — because it certainly surprised me — that one of the things that deacon candidates and ordained deacons had in common was that the majority of them were worried about the salvation of the souls of their children. What’s that you ask? Deacons? Worried about the salvation of their ... Read More about For Parents Who Worry About Their Children’s Salvation

CF136.5: Spooky Story

Sun, 29 Aug 2010 15:37:27 +0000

So I’m sitting in my bed, it’s around 11:30, checking email, looking at facebook.  Mattie Claire is asleep in my bed because there are six girls in her room chattering.  The boys are asleep in their room (the only smart people in the house) and David is in Dallas.  The house is in shut down ... Read More about CF136.5: Spooky Story

CF 136: Lost Shepherd

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 03:44:24 +0000

In this episode:  CNMCMMX, Catholic dogs, Sweeney cleaning solution, washing windows,  Rosetta Stone special, lost shepherd. Final Song: Bryan Murdaugh:  (Twenty-nine) I’m Listening used with permission from the artist or 206-339-8993

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Rosary In The Home

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 22:18:33 +0000

Some years ago, my lovely wife Dee and I discussed starting a once a month Rosary in the Home. We didn’t want it to be just for friends or certain people, so it was announced as an open door get-together. Any and all were welcome. And inspired or inconsequential, we chose the first Thursday of ... Read More about Rosary In The Home

CF 135: Herbs and Volleyballs

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 02:53:21 +0000

In this episode: Farmer's Market, Herb Sales, Homeschooling Lessons, Kathryn's Volleyball, BVCHEA Statement of Faith, Boston Here we come!, 19th anniversary, The New Abortion Providers, Mail Bag: Debra in Florida.

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Emma Lee

Sat, 10 Jul 2010 18:14:06 +0000

Here’s our newest adopted kid – Emma Lee, studying hard -as usual. That’s why she’s such a good student. Her younger Sweeney brothers and sisters should take a lesson!

Mattie Claire

Thu, 08 Jul 2010 20:07:42 +0000

Picture by Brandi Tejeda Photography

Ronald Reagan On The Fourth of July

Sat, 03 Jul 2010 21:05:54 +0000

The following is a 1981 July 4th message from President Ronald Reagan For one who was born and grew up in the small towns of the Midwest, there is a special kind of nostalgia about the Fourth of July. I remember it as a day almost as long-anticipated as Christmas. This was helped along by ... Read More about Ronald Reagan On The Fourth of July

Austin at Summer Camp

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 15:06:31 +0000

CF 134: Oh, Poo!

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 04:13:32 +0000

In this micro-episode of the Catholic Family: Christmas in July, compost pails, berry season, parenting tip, traveling monstrances.

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CF 133: Being Catholic In China

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 04:08:09 +0000

Special Edition of Catholic Family: David interviews a friend from China about being Catholic in China.

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Fri, 11 Jun 2010 13:08:51 +0000

David and Mattie Claire

Fri, 11 Jun 2010 11:51:56 +0000