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This week, Allison Gingras and our guest Kelly Sakmar take on the tough topic of pregnancy and infant loss. Both women share from their hearts about their own experiences with loss and discuss ways to find peace and healing in grief. Some resources they talk about include: Be Not Afraid, a private non-profit organization which provides comprehensiv…
 
This week, Allison Gingras and Danielle Bean share a lively conversation with Bishop-elect William (Bill) Byrne. Bishop-elect Byrne has served as the pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac, Maryland since 2015. He will be installed to his recent appointment by Pope Francis to serve as the Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts, …
 
This week, Matt Archbold joins us on the Catholic Momcast to talk about his newest book American Antigone, a novel that looks at the issues of life as we experience them in the United States today. This is a creative work that can inform and inspire readers of all ages to think clearly about political and moral topics and the real ways they touch o…
 
This week, Fr. Willy Raymond, CSC, joins us for an inspiring conversation about Holy Cross Family Ministries founder, Venerable Patrick Peyton and his dedication to family prayer and especially the Rosary. We talk about Fr. Peyton's cause for sainthood, his famous Rosary Rallies, and the global work he did to promote families praying together. Fr. …
 
This week our guest is author and speaker and fellow podcaster Pat Gohn. Pat sits down with Danielle Bean to talk about some of her favorite saints and how the Rosary has become a peace-inspiring habit for her in her life. Pat also shares some ideas for ways to make the Rosary real for kids, teaching them about the mysteries of the Rosary and about…
 
Our guest this week is Gretchen Crowe. Gretchen is editorial director for periodicals at OSV, where she oversees the publication of Our Sunday Visitor, the only national Catholic weekly newspaper in the United States. Her books are Why the Rosary, Why Now? and Praying the Rosary with St. John Paul II. Gretchen sits down with Danielle Bean to discus…
 
All through the month of October, the month of the Rosary, we will be featuring stories about saints and the Rosary here on the Catholic Momcast. On this week's show, Fr. Jim Phalan, CSC, returns to the podcast with Danielle Bean. Together, they discuss the story of St. Bernadette and how Mary helped prepare Bernadette for her FirstCommunion, and h…
 
This week, Allison Gingras and Danielle Bean walk through some of the CatholicMom content they have been enjoying lately. From the Sunday Gospel Activities to the Daily Gospel Reflections, from the blog posts on parenting, marriage, spirituality, work, and friendship, there are so many new and old things at CatholicMom that are designed to encourag…
 
Allison Gingras and Danielle Bean take on the topic of making prayer a daily habit. Do you struggle with this? What can help us establish good prayer habits and stick with them? Finding time for personal prayer can be challenging for a busy mom. How can we set ourselves up for success, and what tools help to make daily prayer a reality? Danielle re…
 
This week, Allison Gingras and Danielle Bean talk about why getting a good night's sleep is important -- and how you can go about getting the rest you need. We all know about staying up too late watching Netflix or reading a good book, only to regret it the next morning when the alarm rings. We also know about using cups of coffee or Diet Cokes to …
 
Join Allison Gingras and Danielle Bean for a fun conversation about meal planning from two people who are NOT expert meal planners in any way. Let's talk about what meal planning looks like in the real world! Together, they share ideas for budget-friendly, time-saving nutritious meals that your family will actually eat. One of many resources mentio…
 
Are you struggling to say goodbye to a big kid who is leaving for college, starting a new job, getting married, or otherwise beginning a life of their own? Allison Gingras and Danielle Bean talk about the "Goodbye Season" that many parents go through this time of year. This year is extra challenging for some, and maybe not a "goodbye" at all, becau…
 
In this week's show, Lisa Hendey and Danielle Bean share thoughts and ideas about prayer journaling. Lisa shares her system that incorporates a regular planner in her daily prayer time, and Danielle shares some simple ways she has used different methods of journaling in daily prayer. They also share ideas for ways to schedule and plan for an organi…
 
This week, Allison Gingras and Danielle Bean are talking about habits -- how to break bad ones and establish good ones. easier said than done! They share ideas for ways to set goals and achieve them in your prayer life, personal relationships, work, and health. Some of the tips they cover: 1) Power of writing down your goals 2) Holding yourself acc…
 
This week we are sharing a recent session from our series of FB Live Q&As with Fr. Jim Phalan, CSC. In recent weeks, we have been focusing on the topic of trust. Specifically, how can we move break bad habits of worrying, overcome anxiety, and grow closer to God, especially during this time of Covid19 and rampant uncertainty? Danielle Bean chats wi…
 
Lisa Hendey and Danielle Bean discuss some of the common frustrations we are all experiencing with daily back and forth, opening and closing, due to Covid19. Taking on a question from listener Alyson, we share thoughts on going back to school and how parents can discern the best plan of action for themselves and their kids this school year. We disc…
 
Allison Gingras and Danielle Bean discuss changes in our summer plans and activities during this season when many of our regular camps, sports, and other events are cancelled. How are you enjoying an old-fashioned summer? In what ways are you and your family making the most of the season, despite the disappointment of things being different this ye…
 
This week, we are having some downtime and taking this week off from producing a new episode of the podcast. We don’t want to neglect you, though, so we thought we would share a re-run of one of our most popular episodes, Grown Up Friendships #047, where Allison Gingras and Danielle Bean talk about the sometimes-sticky topic of grown up friendships…
 
Lisa Hendey and Danielle Bean discuss ways that Catholics are beginning to go back to Mass, along with some ideas for those who may not yet be ready or able to return. What Mass options do you have n your diocese? What procedures are in place, and how does that affect the ways you are able to pray with your parish community? Lisa shares honestly ab…
 
Our guest this week is Cathy Gilmore, founder of Virtue Works Media. Cathy sits down with Danielle Bean to share about her newest project, Virtue Heroes. From her website: "Tiny Virtue Heroes are pretend friends who turn children’s imagination into a sacred training space, a spiritual dojo, in which everyday habits are powered with God’s grace to b…
 
Join us for a fun show where Allison Gingras, Danielle bean, and Lisa Hendey look back over the first 100 episodes of the Catholic Momcast, sharing favorite moments and memories. We also take a look ahead at the next 100 shows and offer ideas for where we might go from here. What has been your favorite episode of the Catholic Momcast? What topics w…
 
Danielle Bean and Allison Gingras have a fun and inspiring conversation about ways to celebrate Father's Day this year. They share ideas for socially-disctanced gatherings as well as ways to recognize our priests and others who have played fatherly roles in our lives. Here are some Prayers for All Priests we mentioned in the show. How about you? Ho…
 
Lisa Hendey and Danielle Bean take a question from listener Elizabeth who is wondering about balancing work, rest, recreation, and feeling like she's doing "enough" while caring for a baby. They discuss housework schedules and the ways your attitude toward these things can change as your family changes and grows. They talk about the temptation to a…
 
Danielle Bean chats with Jacquelyn Youst, owner of the Pennsylvania Academy of Protocol, about ways we can all be considerate of others and stay safe in a time of global pandemic. What basic rules of manners have changed? What things should we keep in mind as we learn news of communicating and interaction in public spaces? How can we consider the n…
 
Allison Gingras and Danielle Bean discuss the popular concept of "self care" for women. What does it mean? How do you do it? What if you wouldn't really enjoy or can't really afford a "spa day"? What are some basic ways we can learn to care for ourselves and support our general peace, health, and wellbeing that truly make up what "self care" really…
 
Danielle Bean and Lisa Hendey talk about having time to dig deep and clear out clutter during this time of quarantine. How do you make decisions about what to keep and what to give away? What are some of the emotional obstacles to getting rid of things from your kids that are no longer needed? What are some of the blessings and joys that can come f…
 
Danielle Bean sits down tie author Allison Gingras to discuss the newest in her series of books, Stay Connected. This newest title is Seeking Peace: A Spiritual Journey From Worry to Trust. Allison shares about prayer practices that can help during times of anxiety as well ways to find meaningful friendships with other women who share your faith. T…
 
Danielle Bean sits down with Fr. Jim Phalan, CSC, director of Family Rosary, to talk about devotion to Mary for the month of May. What is the history of honoring Mary in May? Why is this fitting? In the discussion, Fr. Jim shares Gerard Manley Hopkins' beautiful poem about Mary, The May Magnificat. He also refers to Bishop Robert Barron's video abo…
 
How are you doing in this Easter season of joy? In what ways does it feel different from past years because of Covid-19? Danielle Bean and Lisa Hendey talk about the change from Lenten penances to Easter celebrations. In what ways can we celebrate Easter but still continue some of the good spiritual progress we made during the 40 days of Lent? We a…
 
Danielle Bean and Allison Gingras discuss ways to keep on celebrating the joyful season of Easter, despite the fact that we are still dealing with quarantine in the face of the corona virus threat. How can we be creative in celebrating and connecting with loved ones? What are some fun ideas and crafts we can do with big kids and little kids to make…
 
Danielle Bean and Lisa Hendey discuss ways to stay healthy and active, even during times of stress and social isolation. They chat about their mutual love for the Peloton app and Lisa's recent article at CatholicSeniors.com, on a similar topic. They discuss the problem of emotional eating and some ways to make sure we are not being too demanding of…
 
Allison Gingras and Danielle Bean discuss trusting in the goodness of God, even during difficult times. How can we keep on "choosing the better part" and leaning on God during this unusual time of quarantine? What are some ways we can "sit at the feet of Jesus" even when there is so much stress and anxiety in the world? Allison and Danielle share s…
 
Danielle Bean interviews children's book author Gracie Jagla about her new book, God the Father and the Best Day Ever. Gracie shares about how she was inspired to write the book and her hopes for the resource it can be for parents, teachers, and kids of all ages. We love to hear from you with feedback, questions & ideas for future podcast topics. E…
 
Lisa Hendey and Danielle Bean take on the Corona virus ... How can we stay healthy and calm in the face of so much change, scary news, and uncertainty these days? Let's talk about it! Lisa shares about her mom and dad, and some innovative ways she is staying in touch with them during their quarantine. Danielle shares some ideas for ways we can conn…
 
Danielle Bean and Allison Gingras discuss the importance of forgiveness, especially during the season of Lent. Do you struggle to forgive? Even small tags? What can you do when forgiving is very hard to do? What kinds of prayer help? What about the sacraments? Why is it important that we forgive, anyway? Join us for an inspiring conversation! We lo…
 
This week, Lisa Hendey and Danielle Bean chat about Danielle's new book, Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood. In this book, Danielle shares from the heart abut a new stage of family life - one in which her children grow up and become young adults, going to college, getting jobs, and getting married. Lisa and Danielle…
 
This week, Lisa Hendey and Danielle Bean sit down with author Lori Ubowski who, along with her daughter Ava, created Side by Side: A Catholic Mother-Daughter Journal. Lori shares how she came to this project and how it was working along with her young daughter on such a fun and personal project. If you are a mom of a daughter, you will want to chec…
 
We have an exciting new guest this week! CatholicMom editor Barb Szyszkiewicz joins Danielle Bean for a show focused on the Eucharistic Adoration. Barb has been a "regular" at Adoration" for a few years now and, in addition to sharing the fun story of how she got started, she walks us through she of the basics and offers encouragement as well. You …
 
Lisa Hendey and Danielle Bean take on a sensitive topic requested by one of our listeners. Our listener received a scary and upsetting prenatal diagnosis for her unborn baby and is reaching out for prayer and support. Lisa and Danielle discuss way we can all cope during times when we receive bad news, how it can affecter prayer life, and things fri…
 
This week, Danielle Bean and Lisa Hendey sit down with Fr. Bill Burton, author of Abba Isn't Daddy and Other Biblical Surprises. Fr. Bill uses humor and personal stories to help every person connect with Scripture in meaningful ways. Join us for an encouraging and enlightening conversation! We love to hear from you with feedback, questions & ideas …
 
This week, Lisa Hendey and Danielle Bean sit down with Conor Gallagher. Conor is publisher of TAN Books and St. Benedict Press and author of Still Amidst the Storm: A Family Man's Search for Peace in an Anxious World. Conor shares about the stresses of work and family life and how he learned to find peace through connection with God in his work, fa…
 
This week Danielle Bean and Allison Gingras are talking about the spiritual problem of acedia, a sin of spiritual sloth. What are some ways we might suffer fro spiritual lethargy and procrastination, and how can we combat this? Is this something you struggle with in your spiritual life? What are some ways we can reinvigorate our relationship with G…
 
Lisa Hendey and Danielle Bean discuss making goals for 2020. What are your plans and goals for the new year? We discuss ideas for setting goals in our health lives, work lives, personal lives, and spiritual lives. Join us for a fun and enlightening conversation! We love to hear from you with feedback, questions & ideas for future podcast topics. Em…
 
This week, Lisa Hendey and Danielle Bean discuss gift ideas and how we choose to celebrate with gifts at Christmas. How do you keep yourself on budget with Christmas shopping? What helps you celebrate without too much materialism? How can we teach kids to avoid getting the "gimmies" this time of year? Join us for a fun and enlightening conversation…
 
Danielle Bean and Allison Gingras connect with you this week to talk about the crazy busy season of Advent and how to avoid see of the stress this year. Are you finding quiet in your days? Are you taking care of yourself? Are you nurturing your marriage? We are sharing practical ways to make this your best Advent ever by prioritizing and learning t…
 
Allison Gingras and Danielle Bean connect today to talk about the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42) Read it here! Are you more like Mary or like Martha? When it comes to holiday gatherings and to-do lists, what stresses you out most and how to deal with that? How can we make sure to focus on what really matters, in spite of the extra stres…
 
This week, Danielle Bean and Lisa Hendey talk about Catholic teaching on purgatory and the practice of praying for the dead. Who are you remembering and praying for this November? We love to hear from you with feedback, questions & ideas for future podcast topics. Email us at editor@catholicmom.com or send us a voicemail or connect on social media.…
 
This week, Danielle Bean and Lisa Hendey sit down with relationship therapist Dr. Michael DiPaolo to take about ways to build up our marriages, guide teens through dating, and improve family connections. You can check out more of Dr. DiPaolo's work at his website. We love to hear from you with feedback, questions & ideas for future podcast topics. …
 
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