Catholic Life Every Day Podcast
The Podcast for Parish Leaders and Parishioners

Welcome to Catholic Life Every Day podcast! Join host John Cardenas and various experts and special guests on the Catholic Life Every Day podcast as they delve into the topics that matter most to parish leaders and parishioners. Whether you’re a priest, a lay leader, or someone seeking inspiration and guidance, our podcast provides practical and actionable advice to help you live your Catholic faith in a meaningful and practical way every day.

We explore everything from community building to print and digital communication and resources, all designed to help you serve the people of your parish in the best way possible. Our goal is to inspire and empower listeners to deepen their connection to their faith and community and discover the joy and fulfillment that comes from living their faith to the fullest.

Thanks for tuning in to Catholic Life Every Day podcast.

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LATEST EPISODE

S2 Episode 6

Special Guest | Jen Norton

In this captivating episode, join hosts John and Tommy as they delve into the enchanting world of art and faith with the talented artist Jen Norton. Discover how Jen’s deep-rooted faith intertwines with her artistic process as she shares profound insights into the intersection of spirituality and creativity. From discussing the influence of faith on her artwork to exploring her latest journal, “Arise to Blessedness,” this conversation will inspire and uplift listeners in their own spiritual journeys. Don’t miss the chance to engage with Jen Norton’s beautiful art and explore the meaningful connection between faith and art.

To learn more about Jen Norton and her artwork, visit her website:
https://www.jennortonartstudio.com/

Follow Jen Norton on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/JenNortonArt

To get your own copy of Jen Norton’s journal, “Arise to Blessedness,” visit Ave Maria Press: 

https://www.avemariapress.com/products/arise-to-blessedness⁠

Explore and support Catholic art at the Diocesan Library of Art:
https://art.diocesan.com/

This episode is brought to you by Diocesan. Discover more inspiring podcasts at:
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RECENT EPISODES

S2 Episode 5

Special Guest | Sam Halligan

n this episode of Catholic Life Every Day co-hosts John and Tommy interview Sam Halligan, Director of Outreach at Damascus Catholic Mission Campus. Sam shares his experiences and insights on how his ministry is helping to build stronger communities through his work at the mission.

Listeners will hear about the challenges Sam has faced and overcome while working at Damascus Catholic Mission Campus and how his ministry helps to build stronger communities. Sam also provides examples of how his work has impacted individuals and families and encourages listeners to participate in community-building activities and support the ministry at Damascus Catholic Mission Campus.

This inspiring conversation is a must-listen for anyone looking for guidance on living their Catholic faith in a practical and meaningful way. Join John, Tommy, and Sam on Catholic Life Every Day as they discuss building stronger communities through faith and outreach.

To learn more about Damascus, visit:

https://damascus.net/
http://diocesan.com/podcast

S2 – April 9, 2023

Inspiration Daily Sunday Read | Happy Easter! by Susan Ciancio

Hey everyone, this is John Cardenas, and I’m excited to tell you about a powerful Inspiration Sunday read that’s perfect for this Easter season. Narrated by Jennifer, “Happy Easter!” by Susan Ciancio is a moving reflection on the meaning of Easter and what it means for our faith.

In this read, Jennifer reminds us of God’s immense love for us and the ultimate sacrifice that Christ made to save us. As we celebrate this special day, Susan’s words encourage us to reflect on the significance of Easter and what it means for our daily lives as Catholics.

Through powerful imagery and heartfelt language, “Happy Easter!” invites us to remember Good Friday’s pain and sorrow while rejoicing in the hope and promise of the Resurrection.

So, if you’re looking for an inspiring and thought-provoking read to deepen your faith this Easter season, “Happy Easter!” by Susan Ciancio, narrated by Jennifer Cardenas, is a must-read. You can find it on diocesan.com/blog and other inspiring content to help you live out your Catholic Life Every Day.

Happy Easter, and thanks for tuning in!

S2 – aired April 2, 2023

Inspiration Daily Sunday Read | The Messiah by David Dashiell

In this special Inspiration Sunday Read, join Jennifer as she delves into the dramatic events of Holy Week and the powerful impact of recognizing Jesus as the Messiah. Journey alongside Jesus as He enters Jerusalem, reflect on the reactions of those who encountered Him, and learn how to bring the lessons of Holy Week into your Catholic Life Every Day.

Be inspired to honor Jesus during this sacred time and in all aspects of your life. Don’t miss this soul-stirring episode, and remember to explore more faith-enriching content on our podcast and blog at diocesan.com.

S2 Episode 4

Special Guest | Mike DiCosola

“In this episode, we are excited to delve into the mission and work of Paradisus Dei, an organization dedicated to helping families discover the superabundance of God. As Catholics, we know that the family is the domestic church, and a strong family is the foundation for a strong community and society.

Join hosts John Cardenas and Tommy Shultz as they talk with Mike DiCosola, the Director of Mission Engagement for Paradisus Dei, about their commitment to supporting and strengthening marriages and family life in the Catholic Church. Their programs, such as “That Man is You” and “Missionaries to the Family,” aim to empower men and families to live out their Catholic faith daily.

Their latest project, “Mysteries of the Rosary,” is designed to encourage people to rediscover the power of this ancient prayer and foster group discussions in homes and at the parish.

Stay tuned for an informative and engaging conversation as John, Tommy, and Mike discuss the importance of family in God’s plan for salvation and how Paradisus Dei is making a positive impact in the lives of families and communities.”

To learn more about Paradisus Dei, visit:

http://paradisusdei.org
http://therosaryseries.com
http://paradisusdei.org/that-man-is-you/
http://diocesan.com/podcast

S2 – aired March 26, 2023

Inspiration Daily Sunday Read | Jesus Wept by Kathryn Mulderink

Join Jennifer as she reads Kathryn Mulderink’s powerful reflection on Jesus’ compassion and power over death in “Jesus Wept.” As Lent comes to a close, this episode serves as a reminder to reflect on our own faith and trust in God’s plan. Learn how Jesus’ actions in raising Lazarus from the dead demonstrate his divine power and ability to alleviate the sorrows of others.

If you’re seeking inspiration and reflection on Catholic life every day, tune in to the podcast at diocesan.com/podcast and visit the blog landing page at diocesan.com/blog. May this episode bless and inspire you on your journey of faith.

S2 – aired March 25, 2023

Inspiration Daily Sunday Read Bonus | Do Not Be Afraid by Sr. Kathryn James Hermes

Looking for an inspiring and uplifting message to brighten up your day? Look no further than Catholic Life Every Day’s Bonus Episode, featuring Sr. Kathryn James Hermes’ powerful reflection on the Annunciation, titled “Do Not Be Afraid.”

As we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, we are reminded of Mary’s courage and unwavering faith in God’s plan. In this episode, Sr. Kathryn James Hermes encourages us to trust in God’s plan and not give in to fear, just as Mary did.

Through her moving words, we are reminded of the importance of holding onto faith and hope, even in times of uncertainty and challenge. So tune in to this special bonus episode and be inspired to live your life with courage, trust, and faith.

S2 Episode 3 – aired February 17, 2023

Special Guest | Martin Watjen

In this episode, we sit down with Martin to discuss the Steubenville Parish missions and how they promote spiritual growth within the parish. Martin shares how the missions were created as a way to take what they do on campus at the Steubenville conferences and bring it off the hilltop to the local parishes. He discusses the logistical and spiritual preparation that goes into the missions, including providing speakers, worship leaders, and administrative support to the parishes. Martin also touches on the importance of moving away from a checklist mentality and focusing on building a relationship with Christ. Tune in to hear more about the Steubenville Parish missions and how they can benefit your parish.

Catholic Life Every Day is written by John Cardenas and produced by Diocesan.

To learn more about Steubenville Parish Missions, visit:

S2 – aired March 12, 2023

Inspiration Daily Sunday Read | To Never be Thirsty Again by Alexis Dallara-Marsh

Join Jennifer on the Catholic Life Every Day podcast for this week’s Inspiration Daily Sunday Read, featuring the reading “To Never Be Thirsty Again” by Alexis Dallara-Marsh. In this episode, Alexis reflects on the idea of spiritual thirst and how it can only be quenched by Jesus. Drawing on the Gospel of John, she shares insights about the Samaritan woman who encounters Jesus at the well and ultimately leaves behind her water jar to proclaim Christ is Lord. This reading reminds us that true joy can only be found in Jesus and encourages us to renounce our earthly possessions to follow him.

Tune in to the Catholic Life Every Day podcast for more inspiration on living a Catholic life every day.

For more inspiration and content, visit diocesan.com/blog.

S2 – aired March 5, 2023

Inspiration Daily Sunday Read | Faith and Action by Tommy Shultz

Welcome to Inspiration Daily Sunday Read. Today we reflect on the power of faith and action. During Lent, we often think of the desert, where Jesus fasted for 40 days and where our ancestors in faith had to live off the land to survive.

In today’s First Reading, God asks Abram to leave everything he knows and go to an unknown land. Abraham fulfilled the definition of faith, believing in God without knowing the future. Today, we must ask ourselves, do we have faith like Abraham? Faith is a supernatural virtue that God freely gives us, and by praying and talking with God, we can strengthen our faith. God has a plan for each of us, and like Abraham, we must step out in faith, trusting in God’s love.

For more inspiration and content, visit diocesan.com/blog.

Photo by Sergey Pesterev on Unsplash

S2 – aired February 26, 2023

Inspiration Daily Sunday Read | The Tempting of The King 
by Alexis Dellara-Marsh

Today, we will be exploring the story of Jesus’ temptation in the desert, as recounted in Matthew 4:1-11. In this story, Jesus faces three trials that challenge his trust in God and his identity as the Son of God.

As we reflect on this story, we are reminded that our lives are often filled with trials and temptations. We are called to trust in God and rely on His Word to guide us through difficult times. Lent, a time of prayer, fasting, and penance, strengthens our faith and deepens our relationship with God.

In “The Tempting of the King” by Alexis Dallara-Marsh, we see how Jesus resists the devil’s temptations by relying on Scripture and his unwavering trust in God. Through this story, we can learn to identify ourselves as children of God, beloved by Him and worthy of His love and grace. So let us open our hearts and minds to the Word of God as we dive into this powerful and inspiring story.

Narrated by Jennifer C

If you’re looking for even more inspiration, visit our website at https://diocesan.com/blog/, where you can read more inspirational content.

S2 Episode 2 – aired February 25, 2023

Special Guest – Leonardo Jaramillo

En este episodio inaugural de nuestra serie en tres partes acerca del Papa Benedicto XVI, sumergirnos en la vida temprana y formación de Joseph Ratzinger. Nuestro invitado especial, Leonardo Jaramillo, experto en Educación Religiosa en Our Lady of the Americas en la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta, nos guiará en el recorrido de la infancia, educación y entrada en el sacerdocio de Ratzinger. Indagaremos en los acontecimientos y experiencias que influenciaron su desarrollo espiritual e intelectual, brindándonos una visión de la persona detrás de una de las figuras más relevantes en la historia católica.

No te pierdas la oportunidad de conocer más acerca del camino de Joseph Ratzinger hacia su papel como Papa Benedicto XVI.

Join us in this first installment of our three-part series on Pope Benedict XVI as we explore the early life and formative years of Joseph Ratzinger. Our guest, Leonardo Jaramillo, a Religious Education expert at Our Lady of the Americas in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, will guide us through Ratzinger’s upbringing, education, and entry into the priesthood. We’ll delve into the events and experiences that shaped Ratzinger’s spiritual and intellectual growth, giving insight into the man behind one of the most influential figures in Catholic history.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Joseph Ratzinger’s journey to becoming Pope Benedict XVI.

S2 – aired February 22, 2023

Inspiration Daily Sunday Read | A Reflection on Ash Wednesday 
by Merridith Frediani
 

Today’s reflection, written by Merridith Frediani, reminds us of the true purpose of Lent – to draw closer to God by embracing the invitation into original solitude. As we begin our Lenten journey with Ash Wednesday, Merridith shares with us the power of giving alms, prayer, and fasting, not for the approval of others but for the reward of our Father in heaven.

Through this reflection, we are reminded that Lent is not just about giving up something or making a sacrifice but about turning our hearts towards God and embracing the challenge to grow deeper in our faith. So, let us heed the call to answer this invitation and embrace the transformative power of Lent. Let us allow God to work in our hearts by meeting Him in that secret place where it’s just Him and us. Let us now read Merridith Frediani’s reflection on Ash Wednesday.

Narrated by Jennifer C

If you’re looking for even more inspiration, visit our website at https://diocesan.com/blog/, where you can read more inspirational content.

S2 – aired February 19, 2023

Inspiration Daily Sunday Read | Be Holy, as God is Holy – by Christine Hanus

In this episode of the Inspiration Daily Sunday Read on the Catholic Lifer Every Day podcast, Christine Hanus explores the concept of holiness and what it means to “Be. Holy, as God is Holy.”

Drawing from today’s First Reading and Gospel, Christine reflects on the importance of striving for holiness in our daily lives and how virtues can help us in this journey. She shares practical tips on cultivating virtue and making a real effort to exercise it, emphasizing that a life of holiness is not only for nuns and monks but for all Catholics. Through her reflection, listeners are encouraged to embrace the call to holiness and to take intentional steps toward living a life of virtue.

 

Narrated by Jennifer C
If you’re looking for even more inspiration, visit our website at https://diocesan.com/blog, where you can read more inspirational content.

S2 – aired February 12, 2023

Inspiration Daily Sunday Read | Seasonal Blues or Constant Gratitude? 
by Tami Urcia
 

In this week’s read – we’ll discuss the topic of “Seasonal Blues or Constant Gratitude?” by Tami Urcia. As we approach the winter season, many of us find ourselves amid the winter blues, longing for the warmth of spring. But what if we were to take this time and make it extraordinary for our spiritual growth?

In today’s read, we will explore gratitude and how even small acts of thankfulness can bring joy to our lives. We will also look at Jesus’s teachings in the gospel, where he warns against anger and lust, reminding us of the importance of righteousness on our path to heaven.

So the question remains we will crumble or sing his praises, join us as we dive into this type of thought-provoking read and discover how to choose gratitude amid seasonal blues.

If you’re looking for even more inspiration, visit our website at https://diocesan.com/blog, where you can read more inspirational content.

S2 Episode 1 – aired February 4, 2023

Special Guest | Fr. John Burns

In this episode, Fr. John introduces his new guided Lent journal, “Return,” from Ave Maria Press, which is designed to help you reorient your mind and heart this Lent so you can more fully experience the joy of Easter—Christ’s victory over sin and death.

Throughout the journal, Fr. John invites you to strip away your confusion, attachments, and sin so you can return to the Lord and undergo real and lasting conversion. He uses the prophet Joel’s call to wholehearted conversion in the liturgy’s first reading on Ash Wednesday as a guide for the journal prompts. Fr. John breaks down the verses each week and guides us through the process of reorienting our lives, hearts, and minds towards the Lord through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

The journal includes stunning original art by Josiah Henley of Heart of IESVS, free weekly companion videos, a downloadable discussion guide, and other resources. This journal is perfect for an individual, book club, or parish-wide use leading to Easter.

Join us in this episode as Fr. John guides us through the journal and shares his insights on the power of Lenten practices to bring about real and lasting conversion. https://www.avemariapress.com/products/return

S1 Episode 15 – aired December 15, 2022

Catholic Life Every Day Podcast | The Best of 2022! 

In this special episode, we’re wrapping up Season 1 of 2022 with a LIVE recording of the finale! We’ll take a walk down memory lane and reflect on the past year, which was filled with many blessings, opportunities, and lessons. You’ll hear from some of our experts from past episodes, including their insights and highlights from our conversations. Additionally, we’ll have some special guests who will join us to share their thoughts on the show and its impact on their lives. Join us for a night of celebration, reflection, and gratitude.

S1 Episode 14 – aired December 1, 2022

Special Guest | Leonardo Jaramillo

En este episodio, John Cardenas se une con nuestro invitado especial, Leonardo Jaramillo, Director de Educación Religiosa en la Mision Nuestra Señora de las Américas de la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta, para discutir el Avivamiento Eucarístico Nacional. Juntos ofrecen recomendaciones prácticas sobre cómo podemos participar en esta importante iniciativa liderada por los Obispos de los Estados Unidos. ¡Únase a nosotros para una discusión inspiradora y educativa!

In this episode, John Cardenas joins our special guest, Leonardo Jaramillo, Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of The Americas – Archdiocese of Atlanta, to discuss the National Eucharistic Revival. Together they offer practical recommendations on how we can all participate in this important initiative led by the US Bishops. Join us for an inspiring and educational discussion!

S1 Episode 13 – aired November 22, 2022

Camino and Your Mission | A Parish Perspective on How to Choose a Data Solution

Join John Cardenas and David Cotton as they delve into Catholic data management with a special focus on Camino, the comprehensive and user-friendly software solution. Discover how Camino streamlines the data management process and helps you stay organized. To provide a real-world perspective, Holly Brown, Business Manager at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas, will join the discussion and share her experience with managing parishioner data.

Tune in for a valuable and informative episode that is a must-listen for all Parish administrators!

Diocesan Podcast: https://diocesan.com/podcast/
Camino: https://diocesan.com/camino/
Diocesan: https://diocesan.com/
St. Patricks Catholic Church: https://www.stpatrickdallas.org/

S1 Episode 12 – aired October 27, 2022

Special Guest |
Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT

In this episode, join us as we delve into the spiritual journey of Advent with Sr. Miriam James Heidland. Sr. Miriam is a popular Catholic speaker, co-host of the Abiding Together podcast, and the author of the bestselling book “RESTORE” from Ave Maria Press.

With her new guided journal for prayer and meditation, “BEHOLD,” she offers an opportunity to deepen our faith and reflect on the true meaning of Advent. Sr. Miriam will share her experiences, insights, and practical tips on making the most of this special time through meditation, reflection, prayer, and journaling. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or just starting your spiritual journey, this episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking to grow closer to the Lord during Advent. https://www.avemariapress.com/behold

S1 Episode 11 – aired September 8, 2022

myParish App and Your Mission | A Parish Perspective on Why to Have a Mobile App

Unleashing the Power of myParish App for a Thriving Catholic Community” – Join us as we delve into the world of digital communication in the Catholic Church. Our hosts, John Cardenas and Marc Wadaga share their expertise on the myParish App and how it can enhance the Catholic life in parishes.

They discuss the features of the App that make it a user-friendly, customizable, and accessible tool for fostering community and spreading the faith. Additionally, Doug Engemann, the Administrative Assistant at Immaculate Conception, shares his experience with aligning the digital communication of the parish with its mission.

Tune in to discover how the myParish App can help you reach people where they are today and strengthen their faith in your community.

S1 Episode 10 – aired August 18, 2022

Special Guest | Dr. Timothy O’Malley

In this episode of Catholic Life Every Day, hosts John Cardenas and Tommy Shultz welcome Dr. Timothy O’Malley, a renowned Catholic theologian, author, and teacher. Dr. O’Malley serves in several prestigious roles, including Director of Education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life and Academic Director of the Notre Dame Center of Liturgy. He is also an executive member of the Eucharistic Revival and a theological consultant for Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Join us as we delve into Dr. O’Malley’s new book “Becoming Eucharistic People: The Hope and Promise of Parish Life.” from Ave Maria Press. This book offers insights into how parishes can become vibrant, Eucharistic communities where individuals are fed and transformed by the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Get ready for an enlightening and inspiring conversation on the importance of the Eucharist in our lives and how we can become Eucharistic people.

S1 Episode 9 – aired July 21, 2022

How Do I Get More Parishioners to Read my Bulletin?

Embark on an informative episode with John Cardenas and Harry Rutherford as they delve into the world of digital communication in the church with special guest Krysten Bracaglia from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Wildwood, FL. Listen in as they discuss the impact of technology on religious institutions and gain practical insights on how to effectively navigate the shift toward digital communication while finding a healthy balance.

S1 Episode 8 – aired June 16, 2022

Special Guest | Kathryn Mulderink

“Navigating Summer Parish Life with Kathryn Mulderink” – Join our hosts, John Cardenas and Tommy Shultz, as they explore the challenges and opportunities of parish life during the Summer season with guest Kathryn Mulderink. She shares tips and experiences for staying mission-focused, maintaining a strong prayer life, and drafting a successful ministry or communication plan.

Tune in for practical advice and inspiration to stay engaged in your ministry during the Summer months. Kathryn is a Secular Discalced Carmelite writer and speaker who collaborates with the diocese and various parishes to lead others to encounter Christ.

S1 Episode 7 – aired May 26, 2022

Transform your Parish Communication | The Way We Communicate Says A Lot

Bulletins & Apps & Websites, Oh My!

Join John Cardenas and Harry Rutherford as they dive into the world of digital and print media in the church. They will discuss the importance of these tools in connecting with the community and the challenges of choosing the right one. They will also provide practical tips and advice on effectively integrating your bulletin with digital communication. Get ready for an informative and engaging discussion on Bulletins & Apps & Websites.

S1 Episode 6 – aired Apr. 28, 2022

Special Guest | Fr. Mike Schmitz

Deeper Faith through Steubenville Conferences with Fr. Mike Schmitz – In this episode, John Cardenas and Tommy Shultz sit down with Fr. Mike Schmitz to discuss the importance of spiritual renewal and the role of retreats in fostering a deeper relationship with God.

Join us as Fr. Mike shares his experience with Steubenville Conferences and why he continues to attend. This episode offers a chance to step back from the busy world and reflect on the joy of the Lord.

S1 Episode 5 – aired Apr. 7, 2022

Parish Transformation through Data

Join John Cardenas and David Cotton in this exciting episode as they delve into data-driven digital technologies and their impact on parishes. Learn how a data model can help align your parish goals with the right technologies, leading to increased parishioner involvement and cost savings. Get ready for a thought-provoking and informative conversation on the future of the Church.

S1 Episode 4 – aired Mar. 17, 2022

Get Them Back In the Pews

Discover the secrets to creating an engaging and effective online presence for your parish. Join John Cardenas as he sits down with Arthur Richardson, a Web Development Pro, and Heidi Galdys, an Email/SMS Expert, to discuss the key elements every parish website and social media account should have. From facts to storytelling, find out what it takes to create a standout online presence for your community.

S1 Episode 3 – aired Feb. 24, 2022

Mobile Communication for Today’s Catholic

In this episode of the Catholic Life Every Day Podcast, John Cardenas is joined by Heidi Galdys and Marc Wadaga to discuss how to boost parishioner engagement in just a few short minutes each week through effective promotion and messaging strategies.

Tune in to discover new and innovative ways to get your parishioners more involved and invested in their faith community.

S1 Episode 2 – aired Feb. 17, 2022

Special Guest |
Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT

In this episode, we will be joined by Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, a popular Catholic speaker and author of the bestselling book “Loved as I Am.” She is also the co-host of the Abiding Together podcast and the author of the new Lenten reflection journal, “Restore” from Ave Maria Press. Sr. Miriam, a former Division I athlete, had a radical conversion and joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity in 1998.

During the episode, we will delve into Sr. Miriam’s background, her journey of faith, her thoughts on the Lenten season, and how her latest journal, “Restore,” offers a unique approach to healing for individuals, families, and parishes. With Sr. Miriam’s extensive knowledge and experience in theology and ministry, this promises to be a thought-provoking and inspiring episode.

S1 Episode 1 – aired Feb. 1, 2022

Communication Strategies for Digital and Print Media

In this premiere episode of the Catholic Life Every Day Podcast, host John Cardenas sits down with guests Heidi Galdys and Harry Rutherford to explore how digital and print media can enhance the spiritual experience of church-goers. Discover the latest trends and best practices in this exciting conversation.