The Catecast - Sharing the Truth of the Catholic Christian Faith

A podcast hosted by Golden Apple Award-winning catechist Mark Moorhead, a fisher of men, “Catecasting the net” to win souls for Christ!

#0042 - Jesus’ Friends and Family

January 18th, 2019
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#0042 - Jesus' Friends and Family... host Mark Moorhead shares a catechesis on getting to know Jesus better by taking a look at the people closest to Jesus.  In addition, Mark offers a Lectio Divina on the Gospel for this upcoming Sunday.

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About The Catecast

The Catecast is a podcast that aims to share the Catholic faith with anyone who wants to learn.  Mark, the host, does this in his own engaging style.  He relies on over 15 years of full-time catechetical experience and an advanced educational background in Catholic theology.  His systematic approach is simultaneously thorough yet entertaining, and it's sure to capture your attention.  You'll be having fun and learning more about the Catholic faith in no time!

Many thanks to Ben Walther for permission to use his inspirational music in the production of the show.

The current strand of lessons are based on the Christ Our Life series by Loyola Press.

Stay tuned for more next time as we continue "casting the net" to win souls for Jesus Christ on The Catecast.

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#0041 - Jesus’ Mission

January 10th, 2019
In The Catecast...

#0041 - Jesus' Mission... host Mark Moorhead shares a catechesis on getting to know Jesus better by taking a look at how Jesus was anointed for His mission and what that mission entailed.  In addition, Mark offers a Lectio Divina on the Gospel for this upcoming Sunday and a shares a brief, yet extremely relevant lesson from Bishop Robert Barron, from his Word on Fire podcast on this week's readings.  Do check out Word On Fire - you won't be sorry you did!

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About The Catecast

The Catecast is a podcast that aims to share the Catholic faith with anyone who wants to learn.  Mark, the host, does this in his own engaging style.  He relies on over 15 years of full-time catechetical experience and an advanced educational background in Catholic theology.  His systematic approach is simultaneously thorough yet entertaining, and it's sure to capture your attention.  You'll be having fun and learning more about the Catholic faith in no time!

Many thanks to Ben Walther for permission to use his inspirational music in the production of the show.

The current strand of lessons are based on the Christ Our Life series by Loyola Press.

Stay tuned for more next time as we continue "casting the net" to win souls for Jesus Christ on The Catecast.

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#0040 - Yes, She Knew

December 17th, 2018
In The Catecast...

#0040 - Yes, She Knew... host Mark Moorhead shares a catechesis on the song, Mary, Did You Know?, in the form of a trial that charges Mary with ignorance regarding the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament and their fulfillment in her Son, Jesus.  Beware... you may never see the song the same way again.  The dialogue in its entirety as well as all Scriptural citations are below.  Enjoy!

  • Mary, Did You Know? (A Case of Ignorance?)
  • The Charge• Mary, a faithful Jewish girl, was guilty of ignorance regarding the facts about the coming Messiah… her own Son, Jesus the Christ.
  • The Prosecution• Your Honor, I call Mary to the stand.• Mary, did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
  • Mary• Yes, I did. The Old Testament foretold that “He alone stretches out the heavens and treads upon the crests of the sea.” (Job 9:8)
  • The Prosecution• Did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
  • Mary• Yes, I did. The Lord told our prophets, “Say to those whose hearts are frightened: be strong, fear not! Here is your God, He comes with vindication; With divine recompense He comes to save you.” (Is 35:4)
  • The Prosecution• Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new… that this child that you’ve delivered will soon deliver you?
  • Mary• Yes I did. The angel Gabriel greeted me saying, “Hail, full of grace (kecharitomene – Lk 1:28),” so I knew I’d already been delivered, actually. I then told my cousin Elizabeth that, “My spirit rejoices in God, my savior.” (Lk 1:47)
  • The Prosecution• Did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
  • Mary• Yes I did. Everyone knew that it was said of the coming Messiah, “Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared.” (Is 35:5)
  • The Prosecution• Did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with His hand?
  • Mary• Yes I did. The Psalmist foresaw, “In their distress they cried to the LORD, who brought them out of their peril, hushed the storm to a murmur; the waves of the sea were stilled. They rejoiced that the sea grew calm, that God brought them to the harbor they longed for.” (Ps 107:28-30) 
  • The Prosecution• Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
  • Mary• Yes I did. As it was written, “When He established the heavens I was there… Then was I beside Him as His craftsman, and I was His delight day by day, playing before Him all the while, playing on the surface of His earth; and I found delight in the sons of men.” (Prov 8:27, 30-31) 
  • The Prosecution• …And when you kiss your little baby, You’ve kissed the face of God?
  • Mary• Yes, “For thus said the LORD of hosts (after He had already sent me)… Whoever touches You touches the apple of my eye… Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.” (Zech 2:12, 14) 
  • The Prosecution• Mary, did you know? The blind will see, the deaf will hear…
  • Mary• Yes, regarding the coming of my Son it was said, “On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book; And out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see.” (Is 29:18) 
  • The Prosecution• Did you know the dead will live again?
  • Mary• Yes, in the Scriptures it was spoken that with the coming of Christ, “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake.” (Dan 12:2) 
  • The Prosecution• Did you know the lame will leap and the dumb will speak the praises of the Lamb?
  • Mary• Of course! The prophet wrote of my Son, saying, “Then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the dumb will sing.” (Is 35:6) 
  • The Prosecution• Mary, did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
  • Mary• Yes, I did. It is written of my Son, the Word, “God of my fathers, LORD of mercy. You who have made all things by your word.” (Wis 9:1)• “At God's word were His works brought into being; they do His will as He has ordained for them.” (Sir 42:15) 
  • The Prosecution• Did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
  • Mary• Yes, just listen… “For a child is born to us, a Son is given us; upon His shoulder dominion rests. They name Him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace. His dominion is vast and forever peaceful, From David's throne, and over His kingdom, which He confirms and sustains by judgment and justice, both now and forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this!” (Is 9:56) • And as if that weren’t enough, Gabriel told me personally that, “He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David His father, and He will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” (Lk 1:32-33)
  • The Prosecution• Did you know that your baby boy is Heaven’s perfect Lamb?
  • Mary• Yes, absolutely. As a little girl, I learned the prophecy of the suffering servant. “Though He was harshly treated, He submitted and opened not His mouth; Like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearers, He was silent and opened not His mouth… He was cut off from the land of the living, and smitten for the sin of His people.” (Is 53:7-8) 
  • The Prosecution• One final question, Your Honor…• Mary, did you know that this sleeping child you’re holding is the Great I AM?
  • Mary• Yes. It was written, “For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your savior… everyone who is named as mine, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made. Lead out the people who are blind though they have eyes, who are deaf though they have ears. Let all the nations gather together, let the peoples assemble! Who among them could have revealed this, or foretold to us the earlier things? Let them produce witnesses to prove themselves right, that one may hear and say, "It is true!" You are my witnesses, says the LORD, my servants whom I have chosen To know and believe in me and understand that it is I. Before me no god was formed, and after me there shall be none. It is I, I the LORD; there is no savior but me. It is I who foretold, I who saved; I made it known, not any strange god among you; You are my witnesses, says the LORD. I am God, yes, from eternity I AM He; There is none who can deliver from my hand: who can countermand what I do? Thus says the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” (Is 43:3, 7-13)
  • The Judge• Defense, your witness.
  • The Defense• The defense rests, Your Honor.• "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11:28) • “…and His mother kept all these things in her heart.” (Lk 2:51) 
  • The Judgment - Mary, this court finds you NOT GUILTY of ignorance regarding any of those things which are mentioned in the song, “Mary, Did You Know?” By virtue of this decision, it would seem that the song itself should be under trial, as it gives the false impression that you were ignorant of these important matters stemming from your own Jewish faith, which you no doubt learned as a little girl in Nazareth.  While this may be demeaning to you if the song's questions are taken to imply ignorance on your part, we must admit the likelihood that it was almost certainly not the intent of the songwriter.  Nevertheless, prudence would seem to dictate that it not be sung at Mass, for it can give the false impression that not only you, but nobody else knew or expected the things which had been foretold.  This is simply untrue, as you have so eloquently pointed out with your Scriptural answers.
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About The Catecast

The Catecast is a podcast that aims to share the Catholic faith with anyone who wants to learn.  Mark, the host, does this in his own engaging style.  He relies on over 15 years of full-time catechetical experience and an advanced educational background in Catholic theology.  His systematic approach is simultaneously thorough yet entertaining, and it's sure to capture your attention.  You'll be having fun and learning more about the Catholic faith in no time!

Many thanks to Ben Walther for permission to use his inspirational music in the production of the show.

The current strand of lessons are based on the Christ Our Life series by Loyola Press.

Stay tuned for more next time as we continue "casting the net" to win souls for Jesus Christ on The Catecast.

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#0039 - Jesus’ Early Life

December 14th, 2018
In The Catecast...

#0039 - Jesus' Early Life... In this episode, host Mark Moorhead shares a catechesis on getting to know Jesus better by taking a look at His childhood.  In addition, Mark offers a Lectio Divina on the Gospel for this upcoming Sunday and a gives a brief Food For Thought Q&A.

Here's a link to The Star of Bethlehem, by Rick Larson, as referenced in the episode.

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About The Catecast

The Catecast is a podcast that aims to share the Catholic faith with anyone who wants to learn.  Mark, the host, does this in his own engaging style.  He relies on over 15 years of full-time catechetical experience and an advanced educational background in Catholic theology.  His systematic approach is simultaneously thorough yet entertaining, and it's sure to capture your attention.  You'll be having fun and learning more about the Catholic faith in no time!

Many thanks to Ben Walther for permission to use his inspirational music in the production of the show.

The current strand of lessons are based on the Christ Our Life series by Loyola Press.

Stay tuned for more next time as we continue "casting the net" to win souls for Jesus Christ on The Catecast.

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#0038 - Our Response in the Face of Evil

August 28th, 2018
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#0038 - Our Response in the Face of Evil, host Mark Moorhead exhorts listeners to take up spiritual arms in cooperation with God, Who has begun a historic purification of His Church.

 
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The Catecast #0037 - Jesus, Mary, the Infancy Narratives, and Inerrancy

July 31st, 2018
In The Catecast...

#0037 - Jesus, Mary, the Infancy Narratives, and Inerrancy, host Mark Moorhead shares a catechesis on the early life of Jesus, which we know about from the Infancy Narratives found in Matthew and Luke.  In addition, he explains how the Infancy Narratives serve as a summary of the entire Christian faith, including beliefs regarding Mary.  Mark also Goes Deep by touching on Biblical Inerrancy and offers an Everything Old Is New segment on the Mass readings for this upcoming Sunday.

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About The Catecast

The Catecast is a podcast that aims to share the Catholic faith with anyone who wants to learn.  Mark, the host, does this in his own engaging style.  He relies on over 15 years of full-time catechetical experience and an advanced educational background in Catholic theology.  His systematic approach is simultaneously thorough yet entertaining, and it's sure to capture your attention.  You'll be having fun and learning more about the Catholic faith in no time!

Many thanks to Ben Walther for permission to use his inspirational music in the production of the show and to Father Louis Thomas for his "Father Knows Best" reflections!

The current strand of lessons are based on the Christ Our Life series by Loyola Press.

Stay tuned for more next time as we continue "casting the net" to win souls for Jesus Christ on The Catecast.

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The Catecast #0036 - Jesus’ World

July 26th, 2018
In The Catecast...

#0036 - Jesus' World, host Mark Moorhead shares a catechesis on getting to know Jesus better by understanding the world in which He lived.  In addition, Mark offers an Everything Old Is New segment on the Mass readings for this upcoming Sunday.

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About The Catecast

The Catecast is a podcast that aims to share the Catholic faith with anyone who wants to learn.  Mark, the host, does this in his own engaging style.  He relies on over 15 years of full-time catechetical experience and an advanced educational background in Catholic theology.  His systematic approach is simultaneously thorough yet entertaining, and it's sure to capture your attention.  You'll be having fun and learning more about the Catholic faith in no time!

Many thanks to Ben Walther for permission to use his inspirational music in the production of the show and to Father Louis Thomas for his "Father Knows Best" reflections!

The current strand of lessons are based on the Christ Our Life series by Loyola Press.

Stay tuned for more next time as we continue "casting the net" to win souls for Jesus Christ on The Catecast.

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The Catecast #0035 - Portrait of Jesus and His Disciples

July 19th, 2018
In The Catecast...

#0035 - Portrait of Jesus and His Disciples, host Mark Moorhead shares a catechesis on getting to know Jesus via the New Testament, with particular attention on the Beatitudes as a portrait of Christ and, by grace, the virtues, and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, the means to be formed into His Image.

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About The Catecast

The Catecast is a podcast that aims to share the Catholic faith with anyone who wants to learn.  Mark, the host, does this in his own engaging style.  He relies on over 15 years of full-time catechetical experience and an advanced educational background in Catholic theology.  His systematic approach is simultaneously thorough yet entertaining, and it's sure to capture your attention.  You'll be having fun and learning more about the Catholic faith in no time!

Many thanks to Ben Walther for permission to use his inspirational music in the production of the show and to Father Louis Thomas for his "Father Knows Best" reflections!

The current strand of lessons are based on the Christ Our Life series by Loyola Press.

Stay tuned for more next time as we continue "casting the net" to win souls for Jesus Christ on The Catecast.

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The Catecast #0034 - Robert Bethea Interview, Part II

July 10th, 2018
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#0034 - Robert Bethea Interview, Part II, host Mark Moorhead shares part two of a two-part interview with a friend who is discerning the priesthood with the Order of Preachers (perhaps better known as the Dominicans).

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The Catecast is a podcast that aims to share the Catholic faith with anyone who wants to learn.  Mark, the host, does this in his own engaging style.  He relies on over 15 years of full-time catechetical experience and an advanced educational background in Catholic theology.  His systematic approach is simultaneously thorough yet entertaining, and it's sure to capture your attention.  You'll be having fun and learning more about the Catholic faith in no time!

Many thanks to Ben Walther for permission to use his inspirational music in the production of the show and to Father Louis Thomas for his "Father Knows Best" reflections!

The current strand of lessons are based on the Christ Our Life series by Loyola Press.

Stay tuned for more next time as we continue "casting the net" to win souls for Jesus Christ on The Catecast.

 

The Catecast #0032 - Jesus' Impact

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The Catecast #0033 - Relationship With Jesus/Interview With Robert Bethea, Part I

July 3rd, 2018
In The Catecast...

#0033 - Relationship With Jesus/Interview With Robert Bethea, Part I, host Mark Moorhead continues a catechetical series on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, with this episode's lesson focusing on what it means to be intimate friends with Christ.  He also shares part one of a two-part interview with a friend who is discerning the priesthood.

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The Catecast is a podcast that aims to share the Catholic faith with anyone who wants to learn.  Mark, the host, does this in his own engaging style.  He relies on over 15 years of full-time catechetical experience and an advanced educational background in Catholic theology.  His systematic approach is simultaneously thorough yet entertaining, and it's sure to capture your attention.  You'll be having fun and learning more about the Catholic faith in no time!

Many thanks to Ben Walther for permission to use his inspirational music in the production of the show and to Father Louis Thomas for his "Father Knows Best" reflections!

The current strand of lessons are based on the Christ Our Life series by Loyola Press.

Stay tuned for more next time as we continue "casting the net" to win souls for Jesus Christ on The Catecast.

 

The Catecast #0032 - Jesus' Impact

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