Episode 43 The 3rd Week of Ordinary Time

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Well, here it is, the moment you’ve been waiting for!  The first full-length episode of DeaconCast.  What?  It’s not the moment you’ve been waiting for?  OK, it’s the moment I’ve been waiting for.  Anyway, here it is.

0:28  Does the world really need another Catholic podcast? Aren’t there already plenty of good on-line programs about the Church?”

The answer is, “Yes, there are plenty of good Catholic programs on the web.  You can find out just about anything you want to know about our faith just by searching for “Catholic” on iTunes.  Here’s the thing.  I listen to several very good programs myself and I’ll post links to them on the show notes page.  But, as far as I know, there isn’t a podcast hosted by a deacon.

Maybe the world doesn’t need another Catholic podcast but here’s what I hope to accomplish.

book of the gospels01:45  Spread the Gospel. When a deacon is ordained, he kneels before the Bishop and places his hand on the Book of the Gospels.  The Bishop says, “Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you now are.  Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.”

Permanent deacons aren’t ordained to be some kind of “junior priest”.  I believe my mission is to bring as many of my fellow travelers to heaven as possible.  Since most of us don’t have advanced degrees in theology or Church history, I believe in the KISS formula.  “Keep it simple, stupid.”

02:47  Bring ’em home. I especially want to focus on those who have left the Church for one reason or another.  Nothing has changed in the Church’s teachings for over 2,000 years.  We may have changed some of the bells and whistles, some of the words of the liturgy, but what we believe, what we say each Sunday at mass in the Nicene Creed, has never and will never change.

So, if you were once a Catholic and you’ve left, that’s a people problem, not a Church problem.  We’ll discuss some of the  things that might have made you angry here in future episodes.

03:40  Who are these guys called “permanent deacons?” My third goal here is to increase awareness and understanding of the order of the diaconate.  I think we’ve done a very poor job of explaining exactly who we are.

Who knows, maybe you’re being called to serve but you just don’t know it yet because you don’t know what’s involved.  We’ll talk about that too.

There you are.  That’s a very broad and very general outline of what you can expect from DeaconCast.  As time goes by, it will all become crystal clear to you and to me.  After this fairly long-winded preamble, let’s get down to business.

First the news:

04:25 Coakley Tells Catholics We’re Not Welcome to Work in the ER.

05:40 Tim Tebow Stars in Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad.

06:53 Deacon Rescued from Haiti.

07:50 The “Devil” Writes Pat Robertson a Letter.

09:55  Deacon “Oversights” As I said earlier, one of my goals with this podcast is to raise awareness of the role of deacons in the Church.  A semi-regular feature of DeaconCast will be examples of how people who should know better slight the diaconate, in word and deed.

Our first “Deacon Oversight Award” goes to the good folks at Liguori Publications, a Redemptorist ministry located right here in the metro Saint Louis area.  The document in question is the “Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions” published by Liguori.

“Grant wisdom and guidance to our Holy Father, Pope…., our Bishop……, our priests, and all the leaders of our nations, state, and community.”

Notice anything missing?  This is from the Apostolic Constitution Approving New Rites for the Ordination of Deacons, Presbyters (Priests), and Bishops.

“The divinely established ecclesiastical ministry is exercised at different levels by those who from antiquity have been called bishops, presbyters, and deacons.”

No hard feelings guys, but maybe in the next printing, you could include us, too.

11:00  Enough already! That’s about all for this time.  Just a reminder that this ministry needs your help.  Not financial help, though that would be nice, too.  But the two most important things I need from you are your prayers and your input.  If you’re hearing or reading this, I’d appreciate it if you would put in a good word for DeaconCast to the Holy Spirit.  Go ahead, I’ll wait…………

Thank you.  While you were praying, I said a prayer for you too.

Second, you can comment on DeaconCast. Enter your comments below.  If you’d prefer to communicate privately, just click on the “Click here” button under “Email DeaconCast” in the right sidebar, just under the iTunes logo.  If you’d like to make an audio comment, just attach an mp3 file to your email.  Please try to keep your comments under an hour.

I’d really love to hear your suggestions for future episodes.  Be as broad or as specific as you’d like.  I’m all ears.

Finally, you can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes by clicking the aforementioned iTunes logo or you can subscribe to the RSS feed of the show notes page by clicking on the orange RSS-Posts link.  It’s right above the iTunes logo.

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