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Catholic Music Spotlight Interview with Gerald Montpetit, Cat.Chat
by Lisa M. Hendey
do you get when you mix the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Bible, the
Communion of saints, papal encyclicals, and a talking cat?
No, this isn’t some bad joke in the making – it’s the
recipe for Cat.Chat, a Catholic audio show for families aimed at children
ages three to eleven years of age. From my own review of the Cat.Chat CDs,
however, I’d have to say that the appeal of Moses, the talking cat and his
friends extends well beyond this target demographic. The five CDs that
comprise the current Cat.Chat catalogue are chock full of fun, learning
opportunities and great Catholic music.
Catholic families, committed to teaching our children a
true love for our faith, are always on the lookout for creative and
enriching catechetical tools. Cat.Chat fits this bill – it is dogmatically
sound, creative, entertaining and fun. I find myself listening to the CDs
even after I’ve dropped my boys off at school and am a big fan of both Moses
and the talented Catholic artists who accompany him on the series’ five CDs.
I had the chance to catch up with Cat.Chat co-creator
Gerald Montpetit, who shared the following about this wonderful audio series
for Catholic families.
Q: Please describe the
Cat Chat program, your goals and how the CDs are structured.
A: Cat.Chat, short for
Catholic Chat, is a NEW Catholic Audio Show for Kids ages 3-11 that
teaches the faith while it entertains! There are presently 5 CDs in the
series and each one is aimed at helping kids & their families learn
important aspects of the Catholic faith in a simple and dynamic way through
great stories, catchy songs, real-life conversations
Each CD is structured in a
similar way that is fun and easy to understand for kids. They join Moses the
Amazing Talking Cat, Papa, Josh, Hannah and their friends for an
unforgettable Cat.Chat experience in:
1: Mary Leads Me Closer to Jesus - Kids will grow closer to Jesus and
Our Blessed Mother through inspiring songs & stories such as I Wanna
Say Yes, Full Of Grace, Pray for Me and more.
Jesus in my Heart - Learn about love, forgiveness and living your life
for Jesus in the stories and song titles such as To Be Like Jesus, He's
in My Heart, The Lord's Prayer and more.
Amazing Angels and Super Saints - Kids will soak in the songs and
stories about the angels and saints in titles such as In the Presence
of the Angels, Go Francis, I am Called and more.
The Mass Comes Alive - This CD will lead kids to a greater
appreciation and love for the Mass. Listen in and have the Mass come
A Christmas to Remember - Have the message & songs of Advent &
Christmas ring in your hearts all year long with this newest release of
Volume 6: (coming
soon!!!) An Extra Special Easter - This CD will be a treasured
resource to feature the teachings of Lent & Easter into the hearts & homes
of children & families.
Our goal is to see kids
and families experience Jesus through the beauty and treasures of our
Catholic faith. We strive on providing top-quality Catholic media resources
to help kids and families in their faith journey. We want them to
experience their faith in a way that will inspire them to desire holiness
and a passion for living out their faith to the fullest.
As my friend Christopher
West once shared with me: "Gerald, my kids just love Cat.Chat. The tunes are
catchy and the lessons are so inspiring."
Q: Can you please
share the touching story behind the inspiration for Cat.Chat and how your
dream became a reality?
A: From the first few
years of our marriage, it had been a prayer on our hearts to be able to do
ministry together as a couple & as a family. With my experience in
sound recording & songwriting and my wife's experience as a religious
education teacher, we were more than eager to share the gifts & talents the
Lord had given us. After much prayer and discernment, the Holy Spirit
started revealing to us His plan for our ministry. It was not until about 8
years into our marriage that my wife Denise and I felt called to create a
quality Catholic CD series that has great catechetics and captivating songs
all in one. We decided to call it Cat Chat: The Catholic Audio
Show for Kids.
During this whole
discernment process, a difficult, yet touching experience helped unfold the
finer details of what Cat.Chat was to become, including who the main
characters of this audio show would be.
In 1999, when our niece
Tristan Humphries (the voice of Hannah on each CD) was only 4 years old, her
mother Louise (my sister) passed away from cancer at the Cross Cancer
Institute in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Tristan's real life experience was
echoed in the Cat.Chat Vol#1 script; she actually “visited her mom in that
really big hospital…kissed her… and hugged her really hard” the day her mom
Tristan, her brother
Keenan and their father Mark have experienced first hand the hardships, the
pain and the sorrow of losing a wife and mother. They truly lived some of
what the main characters - Papa, Josh and Hannah - experienced in this audio
show. Their life story, echoed through the various Cat.Chat CDs, inspires
and encourages us to keep the end in mind; which is eternal life through
Q: How do you select
the topics for Cat.Chat and how are your elements researched to ensure
faithfulness to the teachings of the Church?
A: We have chosen the
most popular topics, and what I believe to be some of the most important
faith aspects in the Church. Mass and the Eucharist (Vol. 4), relationship
with Jesus and reconciliation (Vol. 2), our Blessed Mother (Vol. 1) and our
heroes in the faith (Vol. 3). Because Christmas is such an important
celebration for all, our desire is to have Volume 5 crossover into the
secular market to reach out and share the true meaning of Christmas,
hopefully drawing them into the rest of the series.
All of our research stems
from Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the lives of the
saints, different papal encyclicals and the lived experience of our own
family and friends.
"I am pleased to
….recommend the Cat.Chat products. This material aims at communicating the
message of the Gospel and the teaching of the Catholic Church in a simple
and dynamic way through music & story-telling and spreads the good news of
Jesus to children & their families.” Archbishop Thomas Collins,
Archdiocese of Edmonton, AB
Q: How long does it
take to record and produce each volume?
Well, the first volume
took about 6 months to complete. As we progress with each volume, we are
now able to complete CD production within 3-4 months. That includes
research, script writing, song writing, recording, final mix down, and
Q: Can you please
introduce us to some of the cast of Cat Chat, especially the "real" Moses?
How did you get him to talk like that???
A: Papa, Josh,
Hannah are the three main loveable characters of each audio show. Each
volume introduces new friends and family members to create diversity between
the CDs. Now we can't forget about Moses the Amazing Talking Cat, who is
the host of each show. Kids just love Moses because of his humor, wit and
sneaky ways. What makes it really interesting is that all the characters in
the audio show think Moses is just a cute little orange-tabby pet cat that
purrs and meows and does what any other ordinary cat does, but to us "the
listeners", he's an AMAZING talking cat who sneaks around telling us what he
really thinks about all this cool Catholic Chat.
There is also a new animal
character that interacts with Moses on each show. You'll meet Rocko, the
Coolest Dog in Town (in Vol. 3), Missy, the Cutest Kitty Around (in Vol. 4)
, and Sneak the Mouse (in Vol. 5). With today's modern technology, anything
is possible. Imagine, Mango the Talking Bird (in Vol. 6).
Q: Please say a few
words about some of the awesome musicians whose work accompanies your CDs.
A: Each CD has
approx.40-50 people involved in its' productions. The main singers for the
CD series are Janelle, a rapidly growing Nashville Catholic recording
artist, Christine Paranych, a local Catholic singer, songwriter and
illustrator for Cat.Chat, as well as myself and several talented kids who
sing some of the songs. There are also two different kids' choirs who
record on the albums- one choir consists of about 20 kids ages 6 to 9, the
other consists of about 20 kids ages 10 to 15. We blend these together to
make one beautiful and angelic sounding choir. We have been blessed to have
access to a professional recording studio where all of the music is
recorded. With input from different professionals in the music industry, we
strive to have the best possible sound quality on each CD.
What type of feedback have you received from listeners, teachers, clergy and
A: It has truly been a
blessing to hear such positive and life-changing responses from people who
listen to Cat.Chat. There are so many stories from kids, parents, educators
and clergy who say that Cat.Chat has truly inspired them to live out their
faith to the fullest. They are excited to have such a quality catholic
resource they can use to help teach the faith.
One touching story of a
young, rambunctious 7 year old boy, who knew nothing about the faith was
given a Cat.Chat from a friend. He never stopped listening to it and
eventually got the whole series. His parents, who were not Catholic, ended
up coming into the Church and the boy now feels that God is calling him to
become a priest. Obviously God was working in their lives and Cat.Chat was
one of the tools He used to bring this family into the Church. Praise the
One dad admits that he is
somewhat embarrassed to say that he listens to Cat.Chat alone in his vehicle
on his way to work. He is enjoying it just as much as his kids.
One mom says that the Cat.
Chat CDs have been a huge instrument in helping teach her family how to
Q: What are your plans
for the future?
A: I am currently asking
the Lord to send me an email regarding this issue. I haven't received it
Actually, my wife Denise
and our four young kids are truly thankful for what the Lord has done with
this ministry. We give Him all the glory and entrust the future of Cat.Chat
This fall we have been
busy doing Cat.Chat Live concerts across western Canada. We are expanding
across Canada and already have some inquiries for concerts in the United
States. We also have a Cat.Chat VBS program scheduled for release in March
of 2006. Plans to release quality Catholic DVD's that will visually
entertain, captivate and educate kids about the faith is also on the
Our desire is to reach as
many people as possible with the gospel of Jesus Christ and we will do all
that we can to fulfill this mission we sense the Lord is calling us
To order or find out more
about Cat.Chat, visit our website:
www.catchat.ca or call Cat.Chat Productions at: 1-866-286-5433 or visit
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