Catholic in a Small Town

Catholic in a Small Town

In this weekly podcast, Mac and Katherine, who are Catholic converts, talk about raising kids, Catholic issues, scouting, movies, books, games, podcasts and anything else that comes up. Mac and Katherine have been podcasting since 2006.

Episodes

March 29, 2024 64 mins

Jude is home! The table has left the building! Kat & Jennifer go camping, Supercell is very “B”, Manhunt isn’t as good as everyone says and Brideshead Revisited deserves attention.

 

Movies & TV:

Supercell

Manhunt

Anatomy of a Murder



Books:

Brideshead Revisited

 

Ben’s short film:

Something’s Out There

 

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Jude turns 15 and gets a visit from Ben, Katherine has a tea with the book club ladies, American Fiction is super sharp but problematic, and A Severe Mercy deserves a reread every decade or so.

 

Movies & TV:

American Fiction

Resident Alien

 

Books:

The Ferryman by Justin Cronin

 

Ben’s short film:

Something’s Out There

 

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Katherine is getting a little better, we get an unexpected update on Jude, Dune Part 2 is worth the trip to the theater and we talk about the importance of thinking about the next step.

 

Movies & TV:

Dune Part 2

Mr. Holmes

The Awful Truth

 

Ben’s short film:

Something’s Out There

 

Other great stuff we like:

Sam’s I...

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February 26, 2024 99 mins

The Barrons travel to Scranton to visit Jude, Kat is sick, and SAM GETS ENGAGED! We talk about True Grit, Miss Potter, and an abundance of English regency-era entertainment. For Catholic Stuff we talk about True Grit and Merchant of Venice as a double feature on looking at Justice and Mercy.

 

Movies & TV:

True Grit

Emma (movie with Gweneth Paltrow)

Emma (BBC series)

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February 7, 2024 70 mins

Mac suffers the grind and the tickle (not a euphemism), Sam is back in town, Argyl is not worth your time, but Self-Reliance and The Guard are, and we wax nostalgic over how great (and peppered with faith) the show ER was.

 

Movies & TV:

Argyl

Self-Reliance

The Guard

ER

 

Ben’s short film:

Something’s Out There

 

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January 28, 2024 82 mins

Kat takes Jude back to Scranton. We live the empty-nester’s life with the food subscription service to prove it. We show Jude what everyone compares his school to (Dead Poets Society), and we lament how modern society frowns upon early marriage…also we complain a lot about Monarch.

 

Movies & TV:

Dead Poets Society

Monarch Season 1

Role Play

Regarding Hen...

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January 19, 2024 81 mins

Sam becomes a working man, Mac & Kat take off to the mountains, Maggie Moore(s) is pretty dark, and we catch up on lots of emails from you, good people of CSTonia.

 

Movies & TV:

Maggie Moore(s)

The Italian Job (2003)

 

Ben’s short film:

Something’s Out There

 

Other great stuff we like:

Sam’s Instagram

Pacem in Terr...

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January 10, 2024 86 mins

Our week is bookended by parties, Die Hard+Towering Inferno = Skyscraper and Kat has thoughts…lots of thoughts… on Barbie.

 

Movies & TV:

Skyscraper

Godzilla (2014)

Barbie

Macbeth

Twelfth Night

 

Ben’s short film:

Something’s Out There

 

Other great stuff we like:

Sam’s Instagram

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December 29, 2023 69 mins

Barron Christmas recap, Last Night in Soho is disappointing, Shakespeare in Love is more problematic that we remember, but just as entertaining as ever, and we look back over the past year and hope (with a little help from St. Teresa) for the new one.

 

Movies & TV:

Last Night in Soho

Shakespeare in Love

Airplane

Klaus

Gremlins

 

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We get Jude home, despite his best efforts, Tristan & Cheyenne’s party was a delight, Fred Claus was not, Leaving the World Behind gets top marks for style and tension, but not for a satisfying resolution, and Regina Doman reminds us how to incrementally take our advents to a more traditional level.

 

Movies & TV:

Fred Claus

Love Actually

Leaving the World Behind

 

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December 15, 2023 66 mins

Kat is disappointed with a rug purchase but is super-proud of our clean blinds, Mac revisits Die Hard 35 years after his first viewing, Four Christmases is pretty good, Kat recommends two older movies and we try to untangle a knot of issues revolving around feminism in the modern world.

 

Movies & TV:

Die Hard

Four Christmases

The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer

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December 8, 2023 96 mins

Kat is going to a chiropractor, we are treated to breakfast with some great listeners, Ben is almost all moved out, Lady Ballers is a throw-back silly comedy, and Katherine ties her reading and watching together for a knot of insanity. Also, Rosary Army needs your support.

 

Movies & TV:

Lady Ballers

The Women

Love Has Won

 

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The Barrons head to Swainsboro for a huge Thanksgiving. Jude is back in PA, Sam is driving a little red truck, Ben is moving out, and Mac is sporting new rims! Kat liked Penny Serenade, Philadelphia Story is a mixed bag, and Escape from New York is such an 80s time capsule. No mail, but we go on and on about a eucharistic procession and preparing for advent.

 

Movies & TV:

Penny Serenade

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November 22, 2023 83 mins

Kat takes the camper to pick up Jude from St. Greg’s, Ben signs a lease, Mac installs dust collection in the shop, Monarch is disappointing, and Robin Hood is lots of fun. Finally, we talk about the connection between formality and proper worship. 

 

Movies & TV:

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters

 

Books:

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

 

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November 15, 2023 86 mins

Kat keeps busy with work and executor duties and still finds time for camper-backing questions. Dreamin’ Wild is disappointing, and we talk about despair versus hope with current events in our church.

 

Movies & TV:

Dreamin’ Wild

Penny Serenade

Runaway Bride

 

Blog mentioned:

Article by Kevin Wells: https://crisismagazine.com/opinion/bishop-s...

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October 31, 2023 84 mins

We wrap up the annual GLS State Park camping trip where we got to show off our new teardrop. We watch the classic Aliens with the boys, make a case for The Conjuring as the perfect horror movie, and discuss catholic themes in Bram Stoker’s proto-vampire classic, Dracula.

 

Movies & TV:

Aliens

The Conjuring

 

Books:

Dracula

 

Other great stuff...

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October 19, 2023 81 mins

Kat & Sam go visit Jude, Mac is knee deep in paper-writing, Spooky Buddies gets a little theological, and we talk through our anxieties about Jude at boarding school.

 

Movies & TV:

Spooky Buddies

Hocus Pocus

Terminator Salvation

 

Books:

True Grit

 

Other great stuff we like:

Sam’s Instagram

Pacem in Te...

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October 6, 2023 65 mins

Alliteration rules the day with a Walter Willits Wedding, Mac and Kat try to get back in the swing of regular life and pick up pickleball. The only movie we watch new to us is an 80s “classic” and we talk through Mac’s big mistake and the good that can come from it.

 

Movies & TV:

Midnight Run

Hobbs and Shaw

Passengers

Limitless

Snatch

 

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September 27, 2023 62 mins

As Katherine's father passes away, we contemplate his life.

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September 12, 2023 60 mins

Jude starts classes, Mac visits mom, Kat visits Dad, Sam visits Indiana, the Barrons struggle to find something to watch, and we talk about viewing the gospel through the eyes of a medieval… and the traditional Act of Contrition.

 

Movies & TV:

The Greatest Beer Run Ever

Greyhound

Afterparty Season 2

 

Podcast mentioned:

The Symbolic World e...

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