CF161: God’s Country


Podcast: Download 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

CF160: Chicken Plucker


Podcast: Download 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

Welcome Back, Easter Catholic

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 …

CF159: Mine Is Bigger!


Podcast: Download   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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April 28, 2011 Allyson No Comments
Peanut Butter & Jelly by spcbrass

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 the meat, the cheese, and the bread separately.¬† It all goes to the same place and doesn’t really have to get there at the same time.¬† She also had some grapes and yogurt.¬† Well, she played around with her “samich” makin’ material for a while and then it happened.¬† … Continue Reading

Signs of Spring

April 6, 2011 Deacon Tom No Comments

If you happen to read my words from time to time, I hope that you don‚Äôt 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 mostly lay community of men and women who live a very simple life based on radical compliance to the Gospel. Catherine Doherty was a great lover of the Church, the Eucharist, the priesthood and married life and families. She and her late husband, Eddie Doherty were both ‚Äėclose to the earth‚Äô to use an old expression. They loved God‚Äôs wonderful creation.

I was looking at some of Catherine‚Äôs words with regard to spring. I found these: ‚ÄúSoft pastel shades tint the evenings of spring and the early morning, bringing new hope, new life, especially in the hearts of those who live in the midst of nature. So it is with the Church,‚ÄĚ Catherine writes… ‚Äúso it is with the people of God. Hope is like the sap rising in the trees. Easter reminds us that Christ is truly risen, and that all Christians have life in the risen Christ. Each member of the Church lives in the resurrected Christ.‚ÄĚ

Now I am deaconing all the weekday Masses this week. And on Monday morning, I thought of Catherine’s words. I looked out at those present for daily Mass: old timer Bernie commented days ago about a book he had borrowed from me. It was written by Patrick Madrid and it’s called SEARCH AND RESCUE. It’s about how to prayerfully work to bring our children and grandchildren back into the Catholic faith. Bernie sounded so upbeat and renewed from reading that book. Like many of us, he has adult children who have left the practice of the True Faith.

Looking out at Mass, I remembered that Mary S. sent me an email in which she said that she had borrowed a CD that I put out when I did the talk at the Lenten day of recollection. Mary said she enjoyed the CD so much that she had signed up for the Lighthouse Catholic Media CD of the Month shipment program…¬† Mary‚Äôs faith walk is being renewed this spring.

And on Monday at Mass, I looked and saw dear wife Dee and Darleen and Michelle and Caroline; these are some of the women who had signed up and went in 3 cars down to Phoenix to a wonderful day of Women Gathered In Grace, sponsored by the Council of Catholic Women in Phoenix. Our contingent from St. Philip’s joined a total of 600 women who were there to seek fertile ground for a new birth of hope and the journey of faith.

Luminous is the light of spring; luminous is the light of the Resurrected Christ. Luminous is God’s grace as He helps us to restore the land as we heard in a recent reading from Isaiah.

Is your soil moist and ready to receive the seeds of renewal? Or is it hard and brittle and resistant … like clay? We ought not to think of Lent as a time of refraining; rather think of Lent as a time for growing… sending up new shoots of a greening faith.

Your soul… my soul…

we are the soil waiting to give birth to the new life of faith
in us at Easter… and on Divine Mercy Sunday. Soon we will add an Alleluia to our prayers and to our thoughts. Let‚Äôs fertilize and cultivate the soil before then.


Deacon Tom


Miss you

March 28, 2011 Allyson, Blogs 4 Comments

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 for her – drove her to Mass, took her bottles of water, gave her some of our latest homemade concoctions, and visited her as much as we could which wasn’t nearly enough.¬† She, on the other hand, did tremendous things for us.¬† She prayed the rosary daily for us, for many other people that she loved, and for some that she didn’t even know.¬† She watched EWTN constantly so that she could “attend” daily Mass, although she longed for the Eucharist on a daily basis as well.¬† We did Corporal Works of Mercy for her, but she provided Spiritual Works of Mercy for us.¬† I think we got the better end of the deal. … Continue Reading

CF145: Bird on a Stick

Vexillum Legionis

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.

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Ten Things to Learn from Japan

March 27, 2011 Blogs, David, Feature 1 Comment

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.

  1. THE CALM – Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.
  2. THE DIGNITY – Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.
  3. THE ABILITY РThe incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall.
  4. THE GRACE – People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.
  5. THE ORDER – No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.
  6. THE SACRIFICE – Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid? … Continue Reading

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CF161: God’s Country


Podcast: Download 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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