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Our podcasts fall into six categories:

  

Church and Culture: how the Church intersects with our U.S. culture

Faith and Family: guidance for the faith development of families

Feastdays and Saints: days of celebration in the Church’s liturgical year

Church Unscripted: what are people on the street saying or thinking about?

How-to: how and why do Catholics do what they do?

Q & A: what you’ve always wanted to know about...

  

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(June 24, 2008)
Spirituality of the Eucharist Part I
By Fr. Patrick Van Durme

In a talk before a live audience of catechetical leaders and youth ministers, Fr. Patrick Van Durme, Military Chaplain from the Diocese of Rochester, explores the transforming power of the Eucharist and what it means to live as a menber of the Body of Christ in the world.

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(May 22, 2008)
Forming a Conscience for Faithful Citizenship
By Marvin Mich

Marvin Mich, Director of Social Policy and Research for the Catholic Family Center, describes how the development of an informed conscience is an active and lifelong process of seeking the truth and following it. The two sources that Catholics use to develop an informed conscience are reason, which involves analyzing and wrestling with contemporary issues, and revelation, which comes from the Scriptures and Church teachings.

  

For more information on how the principles of Catholic Social Teaching can impact our political choices, visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org/resources/podcasts

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(April 25, 2008)
The Battle for Rights in the U.S. Catholic Church
By Fr. Kevin McKenna

In this author interview Fr. McKenna describes the topic of his book, the research he undertook to write it and how the book speaks to the Church today.

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(April 9, 2008)
Committing Yourself to Life in the Spirit
By Bishop Matthew H. Clark

As part of the Diocesan Spiritual Renewal Bishop Clark led a four-part retreat, the fourth session of which reminds us that this life is a journey, that God knows us better than we know ourselves, and that we need to respond to the Gospel and embrace the fullness of discipleship.

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(April 2, 2008)
Making Jesus Part of Everyday Life
By Bishop Matthew H. Clark

As part of the Diocesan Spiritual Renewal Bishop Clark led a four-part retreat, the third session of which exhorts us to integrate prayer, Scripture, and other elements of our faith into everything that we do.

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(March 26, 2008)
The Eucharist
By Bishop Matthew H. Clark

As part of the Diocesan Spiritual Renewal Bishop Clark led a four-part retreat, the second session of which encourages us to receive the weekly Eucharist with our whole heart. 

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(March 17, 2008)
Jesus' Invitation to Us
By Bishop Matthew H. Clark

As part of the Diocesan Spiritual Renewal Bishop Clark led a four-part retreat, the first session of which challenges us to consider whether or not our personal relationship with Jesus is dynamic and expanding.

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(March 13, 2008)
What’s so special about being a catechist?
By Scott Rutan

Scott Rutan (Faith Formation Coordinator, St. Patrick’s Church, Victor) poses the question to a variety of catechists.

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(February 21, 2008)
The Challenge of RCIA in a Parish Cluster
By Chris Wensel

Chris Wensel, Pastoral Associate at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Community in Penn Yan, discusses the challenges that face R.C.I.A. groups in parish clusters spread out over a large geographic area. Individual instruction is key in this process and the use of certain Rites during the Mass has ensured that catechumens stay connected to the parish community. 

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(February 4, 2008)
The Dignity of Work
By Patrick Fox

Pat uses Scripture and Church teachings to show the value and dignity of work in the lives of human beings. From the beginning we have been called to share in the work of the Creator. The work in which we engage is part of the path of our salvation.

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(January 10, 2008)
Feast of the Holy Family
By Belinda and John Brasley

Belinda serves as Youth Minister for the Cathedral Community in Rochester, NY. John serves in the Diocesan Office of Parish Support Ministries as Coordinator of Urban Services and Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. He also ministers as Deacon at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Rochester, NY. They are the parents of three teenagers.

  

John and Belinda share how they see ordinary family life as a path to transformation and holiness. In family life we are called to share in the holiness and mission of Christ. We become holy, not in spite of the struggles of family life, but in the midst of them.

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(December 20, 2007)
From St. Nick to Santa Claus
By Patrick Fox

Do you believe in Santa Claus? Pat Fox (Catechetical Leader, St. Joseph’s Church, Penfield) describes how the historical figure of St. Nicholas developed into the character we know as Santa Claus with all his various cultural manifestations.

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(December 17, 2007)
Celebrating Christmas
By Scott Rutan and Friends

 Scott Rutan (Faith Formation Coordinator, St. Patrick’s Church, Victor) poses the question: What Catholic traditions around Christmas do you most treasure?

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(December 10, 2007)
Our Lady of Guadalupe
By Fr. Jesús Flores

This feast, celebrated on December 12, recalls the appearance of the Blessed Virgin to an Indian peasant named Juan Diego in 1531 after the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Fr. Jesús explores the symbolic meanings of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the story of Juan Diego’s encounter with her.

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(December 6, 2007)
Consumerism and Christmas
By Sr. Karen Dietz

Sr. Karen, Pastoral Administrator of St. Agnes in Avon, reflects on the struggle many Christians have to balance the religious celebration of Advent and Christmas with the consumerism that surrounds us at this time and which begins long before the actual season. She offers some practical suggestions for ways to simplify and deepen the celebration.

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(November 27, 2007)
Podcast Extra: Keynote from Pastoral Planning Leaders Day

Were Not Our Hearts Burning: Developing a Paschal Attitude

  

(The audio begins approximately 30 seconds into the keynote. The speaker is referring to the disciples found in the passage from Luke 24:13–35.) Shannon Loughlin and Fr. Ed Palumbos gave the keynote address at Pastoral Planning Leaders Day on November 3rd, 2007 at Keuka College. This was a day of enrichment and networking for planning group councils, parish pastoral councils, pastors, pastoral administrators, campus ministers, parish staff and interested others. The talk centers around a reflection on the road to Emmaus.

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(November 13, 2007)
Parents as Partners in Catechesis
By Patrick Fox

Patrick Fox, Catechetical Leader, St. Joseph’s Church, Penfield, NY identifies parents as the primary educators of their children but suggests that they need not do this alone. The role of parents in the faith formation of their children is best when it works as part of a partnership between the Bishop, the pastor, and other church professionals and volunteers. When those involved in this partnership are engaged and supported then does the church in the home – the domestic church – flourish.

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(October 29, 2007)
The Communion of Saints
By Sr. Karen Dietz

Sr. Karen explores the origin and meaning of the Catholic belief in the Communion of Saints. She reflects on how this belief is made real through the faith of others, living and deceased, who make up this "family" and support us along the way.

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(October 16, 2007)
Natural Family Planning
By Steve and Anne Bohn

Steve and Anne have a conversation about Natural Family Planning: why they choose to use it and the unexpected gifts it has brought to their marriage.

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(September 25, 2007)
Holiness and the Tridentine "Latin" Mass
By Fr. George Heyman

Fr. George Heyman, Professor and Director of Continuing Education at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry describes the historical development of the ritual forms of our Eucharistic celebration. He also explores highlights of Pope Benedict’s July 7, 2007 apostolic letter, “Summorum Pontificum”, concerning the use of the Tridentine Mass.

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