Faithcast

Faithcast is the weekly podcast from catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference.

Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news from the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Faithcast

January 15, 2020
69: Faithcast - episode 69
Faithcast is the weekly faith podcast from www.catholicnews.ie (http://www.catholicnews.ie/) , the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews, news and stories of faith from the Catholic Church in Ireland. Episode 69 of Faithcast features an interview with Professor Salvador Ryan, Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth on Pope Francis’ introduction of a special Sunday of the Word of God on 26 January.    The faith news this week features the participation of staff and parishioners from Knock Shrine at the Papal Mass for Sunday of the Word of God; the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020; a new podcast on the Catechism; the leaders of Ireland’s main Churches welcome of the agreement reached on Northern Ireland; and Catholic Schools Week 2020.  You can get this podcast directly to your phone by subscribing to the RSS feed or to the iTunes link here. For more on these stories please see www.catholicnews.ie (http://www.catholicnews.ie/) . All queries relating to the podcast should be directed to bdrumm@catholicbishops.ie.
December 18, 2019
68: Faithcast - episode 68
Faithcast is the weekly faith podcast from www.catholicnews.ie (http://www.catholicnews.ie/) , the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews, news and stories of faith from the Catholic Church in Ireland.   Episode 68 of Faithcast is a special seasonal one and features Advent and Christmas Reflections from Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, Father Thomas Casey SJ, Dean of the School of Philosophy at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Bishop Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe and Ms Kate Liffey, National Director for Catechetics.    This episode also features a very special Happy Birthday Message for Pope Francis from eight year old Eliza Long from Dunboyne, Co Meath. Pope Francis turned 83 on 17 December.  You can get this podcast directly to your phone by subscribing to the RSS feed or to the iTunes link here. For more on these stories please see www.catholicnews.ie (http://www.catholicnews.ie/) . All queries relating to the podcast should be directed to bdrumm@catholicbishops.ie. As this is our last episode this side of Christmas, we take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy and Holy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!    ENDS 
December 12, 2019
67: Faithcast - episode 67
Faithcast is the weekly faith podcast from www.catholicnews.ie (http://www.catholicnews.ie/) , the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews, news and stories of faith from the Catholic Church in Ireland. Episode 67 of Faithcast features an interview with Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, on reaching out this Christmas. This episode also features a thought for the day reflection from this year’s Advent Calendar from Bishop Michael Router, Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh.    The faith news this week features this year’s Christmas Tree and Nativity Scene at the Vatican, the launch of the Jubilee Year centered on Our Lady of Loreto, the Church Leaders meeting with the PSNI, the Christmas Eve Eurovision Mass to be broadcast from Galway Cathedral and, this year’s online interactive Advent Calendar.  You can get this podcast directly to your phone by subscribing to the RSS feed or to the iTunes link here. For more on these stories please see www.catholicnews.ie (http://www.catholicnews.ie/) . All queries relating to the podcast should be directed to bdrumm@catholicbishops.ie.
December 5, 2019
66: Faithcast - episode 66
Faithcast is the weekly faith podcast from www.catholicnews.ie (http://www.catholicnews.ie/) , the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews, news and stories of faith from the Catholic Church in Ireland. Episode 66 of Faithcast features an interview with Aidan Chester, Director of Veritas, on their #sharingthemeaning social media campaign for Christmas 2019. This week's episode also features an Advent thought for the day reflection on the gift of life from Bishop Larry Duffy, Bishop of Clogher.    The faith news this week features the Letter from Pope Francis on the meaning and importance of the Nativity Scene; the changes to Sacramental Preparation in the Archdiocese of Dublin; Message from Bishop Kevin Doran encouraging Irish pilgrims for the IEC2020 in Hungary; and, the 2019 Online Advent Calendar goes live on catholicbishops.ie.   You can get this podcast directly to your phone by subscribing to the RSS feed or to the iTunes link here. For more on these stories please see www.catholicnews.ie (http://www.catholicnews.ie/) . All queries relating to the podcast should be directed to bdrumm@catholicbishops.ie. ENDS

Come and See Inspirations

Come & See Inspirations is a podcasting team based out of Ardagh in West Limerick, Ireland.

Our podcasts are based around the weekly radio programme SacredSpace102fm, and includes our weekly radio programmes, as well as other recordings and inspirational talks.

Come & See Inspirations

January 18, 2020
Sunday the Word of God with Dr Jessie Rogers (Programme Excerpt) (S10E9b)

Excerpted from this weeks programme we have interview with Dr Jessie Rogers, Professor of Scripture at St Patrick's College Maynooth. Dr Jessie shares her thoughts on the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis, Aperuit illis, in which he established that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be the Sunday of the Word of God. Starting with her thoughts on 'What is the Word of God' Dr Jessie shared on some of the topics Pope Francis included in his Apostolic Letter - Why the Pope wanted a Sunday of the Word of God; the connection between the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures; the four readings at Mass; the Homily; the Enthronement of the Word of God and the Blessing and Commissioning of Lectors.

January 18, 2020
Sacredspace102fm - Sunday of the Word of God with Dr Jessie Rogers - 19 January 2020 (S10E9)

This week we are joined by Dr Jessie Rogers, Professor of Scripture at St Patrick's College Maynooth. Dr Jessie shares her thoughts on the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis, Aperuit illis, in which he established that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be the Sunday of the Word of God. Starting with her thoughts on 'What is the Word of God' Dr Jessie shared on some of the topics Pope Francis included in his Apostolic Letter - Why the Pope wanted a Sunday of the Word of God; the connection between the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures; the four readings at Mass; the Homily; the Enthronement of the Word of God and the Blessing and Commissioning of Lectors.

In addition we have our regular review of the saints of the week plus a reflection on the Sunday Gospel.

January 12, 2020
Seek Youth Conference - Annette O'Donnell - 12th January 2020 (Programme excerpt) (S10E8b)

Annette O'Donnell shares with John and Shane around her faith experiences and in particular with the Seek Youth Conference in 2019 in the USA.

January 12, 2020
SacredSpace102fm - Sharing Faith Experiences: Annette O'Donnell - 12 January 2020 (S10E8)

On this weeks programme John and Shane are joined by Annette O'Donnell who shares with us her faith experiences in different places and different ways. We have our regular reflection on the Sunday gospel which is Matthew's account of the Baptism of the Lord as today marks the close of the liturgical season of Christmas. We also have our regular visit to the saints of the week and other bits and pieces. 

January 4, 2020
Epiphany Thoughts: Reflecting on Little Christmas - 5th January 2020 (Programme Excerpt) (S10E7b)

On this weeks programme John and Shane reflect on the feast of Epiphany and the different traditions and customs around the celebration of the last major feast of the Christmas season.

St Matthew tells us (2:1-12) that Wise Men came from out of the east seeking the new born child as the Messiah of the whole world not just for the people of Israel. Their homage to him upon locating him in Bethlehem is representative of the whole world who adore the Holy Child and recognise his Divine Kingship, he who is the Light of the World.

"They set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh."

The feast of the Epiphany in the latin rite tradition focuses on the manifestation or showing of the Child Jesus to the Magi or Wise men who have come to seek the new King of the Jews. The three wisdom seekers represent the gentiles; those outside the covenanted community of Israel to whom the Messiah will also come. Where the shepherds represented the Chosen People, the three magi represent all those who truly search and seek for God in our world even if from out side our community and experiences. The questions this familiar part of the Christmas narrative can pose to us include:

  • What "star" do I follow in my life? Do I follow the Morning Star which is Christ or do I have other things I follow?
  • Am I open to seeing the Divine in others even if they are different from me?
  • Like the Wise men, am I willing to trust in God and go where She leads me, even if it means travelling far (literally or metaphorically), believing that God will be "my staff and my shield"?

But like the shepherds, the three magi did not stay in Bethlehem, they had to go back out into the world, back to their homes and families and daily lives; just like we have to. But they took the message of what they had seen and heard with them. Epiphany demands that like these kings we should return to our own countries a different way, carrying to all those we meet the light of Christ. "For behold, darkness shall cover the earth," says the Epistle of the Epiphany Mass, "and a mist the people: but the Lord shall arise upon Thee, and His glory shall be seen upon Thee. And the Gentiles shall walk in Thy light..." These words may be applied to us, upon whom the light of Christ has indeed risen, and who have the responsibility to radiate that light in the darkness of our own world. It is clear how much the feast of Epiphany must mean to all who are engaged in the apostolate and are striving to extend the kingdom of Christ.

January 4, 2020
SacredSpace102fm - Reflecting on Epiphany - 5th January 2020 (S10E7)

On this weeks programme John and Shane reflect on the feast of the Epiphany which is celebrated in Ireland on January 6th. We have our regular reflection on this weeks Sunday gospel as well as a quick visit to the saints of the week and other liturgical odds and ends.