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What do two Catholic men who believe in God and love the Church sound like when they have a conversation? Listen to ‘"A New York Catholic Conversation" to hear for yourself. For several years every Thursday morning, Frank Alagia and Deacon John Catalano would have breakfast after the 7am Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and they would talk about things they cared about; the daily Gospel message, the Sacraments, Holy Days, forgiveness, and any number of topics of interest to Catholic people. Both men are deeply committed to the teachings of the Catholic Church and to a sacramental life with Christ, and they want their loved ones to know that this life is available to everyone! They are not scholars but they are passionate about their faith, and they engage in a lively, brief exchange every week about all things Catholic. They have a beautiful faith and a true love, and they want you to have it as well. Join Frank and Deacon John each week and see if their Conversation makes sense for you. Contact us at anycatholicconversation@gmail.com or john@jc.training -------------------------- DEACON JOHN CATALANO serves as Pastoral Advisor and Facilities Manager at the Annunciation-Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Scarsdale, NY. He was ordained by Cardinal Timothy Dolan in 2016 and assigned as Deacon to his home parish of OLPH-St. Catharine’s in Pelham, NY, where he has lived with his wife Josephine for thirty years. John and Josephine have three adult children: Angela, Christina, and Joseph. John has a Master’s degree in Church Management from Villanova University and is the author of a book, "Does God Speak to Us? What about Me?," a dialog between himself and his two Catholic daughters, about faith and hope in the Church today. Deacon John’s background is in Advertising Sales, where he worked at places like NBC, USA Networks, and Fox Television, and has now developed a training program for Parishes called ‘Building Community through Parish Leadership’. John has served for several years at the 7 a.m. Mass on Thursdays at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, and is pleased to be working with Frank Alagia on their podcast. -------------------------- FRANK ALAGIA is a life-long resident of Rockville Centre, NY and parishioner at St. Agnes Cathedral. He was one of the most highly-recruited schoolboy athletes as a senior point guard at St. Agnes High School. He attended St. John's University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Communications. He co-captained the basketball team in his senior year under Coach Lou Carnesecca and was named to the prestigious East-West All-Star team. He was also enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as the Naismith Award winner in 1976. Frank has enjoyed a 45-year career on Wall Street and has been a daily Communicant for most of his adult life. He and his wife, Marie, have been married for 35 years and have four children.

What do two Catholic men who believe in God and love the Church sound like when they have a conversation? Listen to ‘"A New York Catholic Conversation" to hear for yourself. For several years every Thursday morning, Frank Alagia and Deacon John Catalano would have breakfast after the 7am Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and they would talk about things they cared about; the daily Gospel message, the Sacraments, Holy Days, forgiveness, and any number of topics of interest to Catholic people. Both men are deeply committed to the teachings of the Catholic Church and to a sacramental life with Christ, and they want their loved ones to know that this life is available to everyone! They are not scholars but they are passionate about their faith, and they engage in a lively, brief exchange every week about all things Catholic. They have a beautiful faith and a true love, and they want you to have it as well. Join Frank and Deacon John each week and see if their Conversation makes sense for you. Contact us at anycatholicconversation@gmail.com or john@jc.training -------------------------- DEACON JOHN CATALANO serves as Pastoral Advisor and Facilities Manager at the Annunciation-Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Scarsdale, NY. He was ordained by Cardinal Timothy Dolan in 2016 and assigned as Deacon to his home parish of OLPH-St. Catharine’s in Pelham, NY, where he has lived with his wife Josephine for thirty years. John and Josephine have three adult children: Angela, Christina, and Joseph. John has a Master’s degree in Church Management from Villanova University and is the author of a book, "Does God Speak to Us? What about Me?," a dialog between himself and his two Catholic daughters, about faith and hope in the Church today. Deacon John’s background is in Advertising Sales, where he worked at places like NBC, USA Networks, and Fox Television, and has now developed a training program for Parishes called ‘Building Community through Parish Leadership’. John has served for several years at the 7 a.m. Mass on Thursdays at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, and is pleased to be working with Frank Alagia on their podcast. -------------------------- FRANK ALAGIA is a life-long resident of Rockville Centre, NY and parishioner at St. Agnes Cathedral. He was one of the most highly-recruited schoolboy athletes as a senior point guard at St. Agnes High School. He attended St. John's University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Communications. He co-captained the basketball team in his senior year under Coach Lou Carnesecca and was named to the prestigious East-West All-Star team. He was also enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as the Naismith Award winner in 1976. Frank has enjoyed a 45-year career on Wall Street and has been a daily Communicant for most of his adult life. He and his wife, Marie, have been married for 35 years and have four children.

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What do two Catholic men who believe in God and love the Church sound like when they have a conversation? Listen to ‘"A New York Catholic Conversation" to hear for yourself. For several years every Thursday morning, Frank Alagia and Deacon John Catalano would have breakfast after the 7am Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and they would talk about things they cared about; the daily Gospel message, the Sacraments, Holy Days, forgiveness, and any number of topics of interest to Catholic people. Both men are deeply committed to the teachings of the Catholic Church and to a sacramental life with Christ, and they want their loved ones to know that this life is available to everyone! They are not scholars but they are passionate about their faith, and they engage in a lively, brief exchange every week about all things Catholic. They have a beautiful faith and a true love, and they want you to have it as well. Join Frank and Deacon John each week and see if their Conversation makes sense for you. Contact us at anycatholicconversation@gmail.com or john@jc.training -------------------------- DEACON JOHN CATALANO serves as Pastoral Advisor and Facilities Manager at the Annunciation-Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Scarsdale, NY. He was ordained by Cardinal Timothy Dolan in 2016 and assigned as Deacon to his home parish of OLPH-St. Catharine’s in Pelham, NY, where he has lived with his wife Josephine for thirty years. John and Josephine have three adult children: Angela, Christina, and Joseph. John has a Master’s degree in Church Management from Villanova University and is the author of a book, "Does God Speak to Us? What about Me?," a dialog between himself and his two Catholic daughters, about faith and hope in the Church today. Deacon John’s background is in Advertising Sales, where he worked at places like NBC, USA Networks, and Fox Television, and has now developed a training program for Parishes called ‘Building Community through Parish Leadership’. John has served for several years at the 7 a.m. Mass on Thursdays at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, and is pleased to be working with Frank Alagia on their podcast. -------------------------- FRANK ALAGIA is a life-long resident of Rockville Centre, NY and parishioner at St. Agnes Cathedral. He was one of the most highly-recruited schoolboy athletes as a senior point guard at St. Agnes High School. He attended St. John's University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Communications. He co-captained the basketball team in his senior year under Coach Lou Carnesecca and was named to the prestigious East-West All-Star team. He was also enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as the Naismith Award winner in 1976. Frank has enjoyed a 45-year career on Wall Street and has been a daily Communicant for most of his adult life. He and his wife, Marie, have been married for 35 years and have four children.

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Episodes

Who Can Receive?

7/22/2021
WHO CAN RECEIVE? Baptized Catholics who have fasted for one hour, and who are in the state of grace, can receive. But beyond the stated requirements, we as one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church must recapture and re-establish the deeper meaning of the "Worthy Reception of Holy Communion." Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:07:26

Patience

7/15/2021
PATIENCE. It’s called a Virtue, but it’s a tough one to develop. And yet, once acquired and nurtured, patience is a path to a more prayerful and peaceful life. Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:01

Anxiety

7/1/2021
ANXIETY. We are not in control, and we don’t know what’s coming next. That alone causes a degree of anxiety in all of us, and we worry. Jesus addressed this during His ministry, and said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest." Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:42

The Rosary

6/17/2021
THE ROSARY. It’s not for everyone, but many people who say the Rosary find it to be a spiritually engaging and enriching prayer. If you are less familiar with it, you may be surprised to learn of its depth, and its power. Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:57

Whatever Happened to Sin?

6/3/2021
"WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SIN?" Sin is not exactly a hot topic on social media right now, but people of faith have to confront it, if we want to have a relationship with God. Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:55

The Holy Spirit

5/20/2021
THE HOLY SPIRIT. “Come Holy Ghost, Creator blest, and in our hearts take up thy rest”. Pentecost draws our attention to the third person of the Trinity. We believe He is the Lord, the giver of life. If He is our Advocate, are we calling on Him now, for all our needs? Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:07:03

The Homily

5/6/2021
THE HOMILY. We don’t go to Mass just to hear a good sermon, but an effective Homily can get us to think, and act. It can enhance our experience at Mass, from the singing and the hearing, to the worshipping and receiving. Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:50

The Real Presence

4/22/2021
THE REAL PRESENCE. Body and blood, soul and divinity -- all present in the Eucharist at Mass. This belief must be nurtured, refreshed, protected, and passed along. And blessed are those who have not seen, but believed. Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:07:08

Discernment

4/15/2021
DISCERNMENT. We all face times in our lives when a big decision or a difficult choice must be made. What’s involved, and how should we go about it? Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:21

Divine Mercy

4/7/2021
DIVINE MERCY. His Merciful Forgiveness extends to all who are in need, and ask for it. If this is true, and we believe it, why not say the prayer as often as possible – "Jesus, I Trust In You" ? Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:07:06

Good Friday & Easter Sunday

4/1/2021
GOOD FRIDAY & EASTER SUNDAY. As we enter into His Passion on Good Friday, we prayerfully follow Him to the Cross, and to His tomb. And when we awaken on Easter Sunday, we recognize once again, that ‘He Is Risen’ today, and every day, for the rest of our lives. Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:33

What kind of Catholic am I?

3/25/2021
WHAT KIND OF CATHOLIC AM I? Well, it’s not really a multiple choice question. We can’t customize our own religion. Today there are those who accept the teachings of the Church, and those who do not. Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:56

The Commandments, Part 2

3/18/2021
THE COMMANDMENTS, Part 2. The last 7 have to do with our relationship with the world, and how we deal with people. Let’s take a look, and see where we stand. Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:07:56

Saint Joseph

3/11/2021
SAINT JOSEPH. He’s always been present, and we’ve learned a lot more from him than we realize. The Church needs him now, so let’s turn to him in prayer and consecrate ourselves to him. Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:38

The Commandments

3/4/2021
THE COMMANDMENTS. They are still there, thank God, all 10 of them. They’re for us, and they provide a blueprint for living, and a guide to freedom. Let’s look at the first three. Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:07:04

Evangelization

2/25/2021
EVANGELIZATION. You mean me? Yes, we are all called to spread the good news of our faith, and draw people to a life with Christ. Let’s talk about who we can reach. And how. Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:38

The Season of Lent

2/18/2021
LENT. It’s a spiritual journey, in which we take on our burdens and faults and follow Him, though the darkness into His light. Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:07:54

Ash Wednesday

2/11/2021
ASH WEDNESDAY. "Gotta get my ashes!” Ok, but what else do I need to think about, as I prepare for Lent this year? Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:12

Obedience

2/4/2021
OBEDIENCE. Respect for Authority has been in decline for a long time. Without that, what will become of obedience? Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:06:18

Humility

1/28/2021
HUMILITY. It’s not really a destination, or even a goal in and of itself, but it is essential for a fruitful and rewarding spiritual life. Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com

Duration:00:07:03