Raising Saints: Helping Kids Hear God's Voice

Raising Saints: Helping Kids Hear God's Voice

By Alexandra and Fr. Connolly
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.
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Season 2 Trailer
Welcome back! Here's what you've got to look forward to this season! 
06:25
September 12, 2019
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.
34:03
June 10, 2019
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. 
23:50
May 28, 2019
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.  
27:04
May 14, 2019
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) 
33:21
April 30, 2019
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?  
25:46
April 16, 2019
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!
24:51
April 9, 2019
Ep. 5 - Dinosaurs & Dogs
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.  
21:20
March 26, 2019
Ep. 4 - "Happy Lent", Ashes and Incense
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.    
28:27
March 12, 2019
Ep. 3 - Good Friday
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? 
22:40
February 27, 2019
Ep. 2 - Purgatory and Liturgical Seasons
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. 
27:36
February 27, 2019
Ep. 1: Questions about Creation
In our first ever episode we tackle questions about God and creation.  Find out how we answer the questions: who made God, and why Adam and Eve believed the lie of the devil in the Garden of Eden.  
26:37
February 27, 2019
Show trailer
Welcome to Raising Saints! Here's a quick intro to our show.  
01:49
February 8, 2019
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