I just started doing a podcast for our liturgical ministers here in the Diocese of San Jose. I’ve been doing a weekly podcast with Nick Wagner for the last eight months for catechumenate ministers at TeamRCIA, but doing a solo podcast is certainly a lot more challenging than one where you interact on air with another person. And with any podcast, trying to communicate your thoughts in a cohesive and interesting manner is a lot more difficult if you’re not reading from a prepared and edited script.
But I think podcasts have a certain accessibility for those who might not read through an entire post, especially a lengthy one. In the short but fast-paced history of digital social media, blogs are soon becoming “old school” (not always a negative trait) and less text-based media has already taken over. (With Pray Tell live-streaming several of the presentations at this coming NPM gathering, the move into the podcast realm might not be far away.)
So in this episode, I thought I’d go through Pope Francis’ encyclical, Lumen fidei, and break it down for our liturgical ministers in our diocese, many of whom might not usually read a papal document that wasn’t specifically about the liturgy. I also know that for many busy church staffs, working through an entire encyclical takes a lot of time. So I also suggest some specific paragraphs to read if one doesn’t have time yet to study the entire letter. Finally, I also try to give some “so what” ideas for liturgical ministers and coordinators. What is the take-away from this document that can help us look again at how we do our liturgical ministry?
Eventually, I’ll work on a post on this for those who still like their social media old school.