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Raising Saints: Helping Kids Hear God's Voice

Alexandra and Fr. Connolly

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Kids have the most beautiful insights into the Catholic faith, but sometimes their questions are difficult to answer. On Raising Saints, we are a priest and a mom who are eager to do our best to answer kids’ questions on God, the Church, the faith, and more!Alexandra Sullivan is a wife and mother of three. Fr. Michael Connolly is the Parochial Vicar of the Church of St. Columba in Hopewell Junction, N.Y.

Latest Episodes

Why Did God Create Us?

The Catechism states: "to know, love and serve Him." But what does this mean?

25 MIN1 days ago
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Why Did God Create Us?

Why Should We Care About Jesus' True Presence in the Eucharist?

Last week, we spoke about the theology behind the Eucharist. This week we talk about what it means for us and why we should care. Learn about some Eucharistic miracles, and hear a couple examples of our personal experiences of Jesus' True Presence. Also, more of our new segment, #HowIHeardGod

25 MIN2 weeks ago
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Why Should We Care About Jesus' True Presence in the Eucharist?

The Eucharist: What is Transubstantiation?

We address the now famous Pew Research study that said only 30% of Catholics believe in the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. We touch on some biblical passages to help explain what happens during the consecration. And we introduce a new segment, #HowIHeardGod.

25 MINSEP 19
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The Eucharist: What is Transubstantiation?

Season 2 Trailer

Welcome back! Here's what you've got to look forward to this season!

6 MINSEP 13
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Season 2 Trailer

Ep. 11 - Interview with Leila Miller

In today’s episode we interview Leila Miller, Catholic blogger and co-author of the book, Made This Way, from Catholic Answers. The book discusses 10 difficult issues that modern parents are facing, from modesty to divorce to pornography. They explain what the Church teaches and why, and how to discuss these issues with younger kids and older kids.

34 MINJUN 11
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Ep. 11 - Interview with Leila Miller

Ep. 10 - A Visit with an 8th Grade Faith Formation Class

An 8th grade faith formation class had sent us some questions via email. In this episode we visit their class and record in person! This is our first foray into questions from teens. We discuss the how and why of miracles. And that transitions into a discussion on the meaning of suffering. PS - we are sorry for the average audio quality. Please forgive us.

24 MINMAY 28
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Ep. 10 - A Visit with an 8th Grade Faith Formation Class

Ep. 9 - Be Not Afraid

Today is a little different. We break from our usual format of answering questions to talk as the Holy Spirit moved us. We discuss the darkness in the world around us, and how we will all likely encounter resistance to our faith. But that we should be not afraid because God is always with us. And we encourage all our listeners to be lights of Christ in the world. Plus, if you're a Batman fan, Father Connolly does an impression of Bane from The Dark Night.

27 MINMAY 14
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Ep. 9 - Be Not Afraid

Ep. 8 - The Purpose of Sacraments & Dealing with a Frustrating Person

Father Connolly brought a question from the 3rd grade class at St. Columba school. A student asked: What is the point of the sacraments? As we answer this question we also address a question from a parent, Kristy, who wonders why we go to Confession rather than just asking Jesus to forgive us privately. And then Will in 4th grade asks us to tackle a difficult issue - how to show compassion to a frustrating classmate! Please forgive the background noise and the 3 year old yelling for mommy in this episode! (#CatholicMomLife)

33 MINAPR 30
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Ep. 8 - The Purpose of Sacraments & Dealing with a Frustrating Person

Ep. 7 - Abstaining from meat & Jesus' 40 days in the desert

As we complete 40 days of Lent, Evie brings us a perfectly timed question - why did Jesus wander in the dessert for 40 days? And her younger sister, Chiara, age 8, asks why we are supposed to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in Lent. But did you know that the Church recommends we do this year round?

26 MINAPR 16
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Ep. 7 - Abstaining from meat & Jesus' 40 days in the desert

Ep. 6 - All About Faith

In this episode, we answer 3 questions all about faith. First, Grace, age 7, and her 2nd grade faith formation class, would like to know when CCD was started. Then, Marcelo, age 6, wonders how faith develops in people! Our final caller, Nick, 6th grade, wants to know what "the word" is when we say at Mass "only say the word and my soul shall be healed." That question was actually submitted by two kids - the exact same question - one caller, one by email! WOW!

25 MINAPR 9
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Ep. 6 - All About Faith

Latest Episodes

Why Did God Create Us?

The Catechism states: "to know, love and serve Him." But what does this mean?

25 MIN1 days ago
Comments
Why Did God Create Us?

Why Should We Care About Jesus' True Presence in the Eucharist?

Last week, we spoke about the theology behind the Eucharist. This week we talk about what it means for us and why we should care. Learn about some Eucharistic miracles, and hear a couple examples of our personal experiences of Jesus' True Presence. Also, more of our new segment, #HowIHeardGod

25 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Why Should We Care About Jesus' True Presence in the Eucharist?

The Eucharist: What is Transubstantiation?

We address the now famous Pew Research study that said only 30% of Catholics believe in the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. We touch on some biblical passages to help explain what happens during the consecration. And we introduce a new segment, #HowIHeardGod.

25 MINSEP 19
Comments
The Eucharist: What is Transubstantiation?

Season 2 Trailer

Welcome back! Here's what you've got to look forward to this season!

6 MINSEP 13
Comments
Season 2 Trailer

Ep. 11 - Interview with Leila Miller

In today’s episode we interview Leila Miller, Catholic blogger and co-author of the book, Made This Way, from Catholic Answers. The book discusses 10 difficult issues that modern parents are facing, from modesty to divorce to pornography. They explain what the Church teaches and why, and how to discuss these issues with younger kids and older kids.

34 MINJUN 11
Comments
Ep. 11 - Interview with Leila Miller

Ep. 10 - A Visit with an 8th Grade Faith Formation Class

An 8th grade faith formation class had sent us some questions via email. In this episode we visit their class and record in person! This is our first foray into questions from teens. We discuss the how and why of miracles. And that transitions into a discussion on the meaning of suffering. PS - we are sorry for the average audio quality. Please forgive us.

24 MINMAY 28
Comments
Ep. 10 - A Visit with an 8th Grade Faith Formation Class

Ep. 9 - Be Not Afraid

Today is a little different. We break from our usual format of answering questions to talk as the Holy Spirit moved us. We discuss the darkness in the world around us, and how we will all likely encounter resistance to our faith. But that we should be not afraid because God is always with us. And we encourage all our listeners to be lights of Christ in the world. Plus, if you're a Batman fan, Father Connolly does an impression of Bane from The Dark Night.

27 MINMAY 14
Comments
Ep. 9 - Be Not Afraid

Ep. 8 - The Purpose of Sacraments & Dealing with a Frustrating Person

Father Connolly brought a question from the 3rd grade class at St. Columba school. A student asked: What is the point of the sacraments? As we answer this question we also address a question from a parent, Kristy, who wonders why we go to Confession rather than just asking Jesus to forgive us privately. And then Will in 4th grade asks us to tackle a difficult issue - how to show compassion to a frustrating classmate! Please forgive the background noise and the 3 year old yelling for mommy in this episode! (#CatholicMomLife)

33 MINAPR 30
Comments
Ep. 8 - The Purpose of Sacraments & Dealing with a Frustrating Person

Ep. 7 - Abstaining from meat & Jesus' 40 days in the desert

As we complete 40 days of Lent, Evie brings us a perfectly timed question - why did Jesus wander in the dessert for 40 days? And her younger sister, Chiara, age 8, asks why we are supposed to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in Lent. But did you know that the Church recommends we do this year round?

26 MINAPR 16
Comments
Ep. 7 - Abstaining from meat & Jesus' 40 days in the desert

Ep. 6 - All About Faith

In this episode, we answer 3 questions all about faith. First, Grace, age 7, and her 2nd grade faith formation class, would like to know when CCD was started. Then, Marcelo, age 6, wonders how faith develops in people! Our final caller, Nick, 6th grade, wants to know what "the word" is when we say at Mass "only say the word and my soul shall be healed." That question was actually submitted by two kids - the exact same question - one caller, one by email! WOW!

25 MINAPR 9
Comments
Ep. 6 - All About Faith