What Lumen Fidei has to say to liturgists

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.

Work of the People Podcast #2: Lumen Fidei

Roman Missal podcast

Emily Strand calls our attention to a podcast she is producing and co-hosting for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the University of Dayton. “Beyond the Words” seeks to catechize young adults (and the young at heart) on the changes of the new Roman Missal. Five episodes have been produced so far, with up to 15 more planned.

So far, the podcast has made featured discussions with high school students and college students, an interview with Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati, and more.

The series is available at this link:


and subscribable/downloadable through iTunes:


(or search “Beyond the Words” under podcasts).