Alexandra Sullivan is the co-host of Raising Saints, a podcast inspired by her goddaughter’s questions about the faith. She is a wife and mother to 3 children and spends a lot of time volunteering at the kids’ school and making PB&J. The rest of her time is divided between her photography business, and her faith-based blog, called Transform Our Hearts, where she hopes to inspire others to deepen their faith.
Ordained May 26th, 2018, Fr. Michael Connolly is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. Fr. Connolly grew up in St. Augustine’s Parish in Ossining, NY. He attended Kennedy Catholic High School where he was a member of the football team as well as the musical theatre program and Fordham University where he studied music and philosophy. Having been inspired by his loving family and wonderful parish priests, Fr. Connolly has always felt called to the priesthood, though he tried, at times, to ignore that call! He is incredibly grateful to God to be a priest and serving the wonderful people of St. Columba Church in Hopewell Junction, NY. When he’s not celebrating Holy Mass, Fr. Connolly loves to sing and play music. He is especially excited about spending time with the children of St. Denis-St. Columba School.
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!
If you are a parent, you have probably heard one, or both, of today’s questions. Mason, 2nd grade, would like to know if Jesus was alive during the time of the dinosaurs. And Gracie, age 11, is curious if her beloved dog will be in heaven.
This week we talk a little about Lent and what we personally are doing for Lent. We answer a question from Mary, age 7, about why we receive ashes on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday. And also, find out why and when our priests use incense, thanks to Alexandra’s son John, age 6.
As we enter Lent, we have a few questions today wondering about Good Friday. Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? And if He knew He had to die, why did He pray to God the Father asking to not have to die on the cross?
Ever wonder what Purgatory is and what we do when we are there? And, what’s the reason for all the different colors during the church year? Find out on today’s episode.