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(From the Dec. 21, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)
St. Peter Parish, Spokane, has begun offering podcasts of homilies preached at the church.
Nick Senger, assistant principal of All Saints School, and Harry Lewis, music director for St. Peter, have worked together to record and post the homilies on the Internet at http://saintpeterspokane.blogspot.com.
“All that is needed to listen to the homilies is a computer and an Internet connection (preferably high speed),” said Senger. After reaching the web site, listeners just click on the homily of their choice.
“More tech-savvy people can also subscribe to the homily podcast and receive them automatically each week,” he said, and play the podcasts on an iPod or other mp3 player.
“We call the podcast ‘Keys to the Kingdom,’ and it is also available on iTunes,” Senger said.
The homilies date back to the weekend of Nov. 19.
Podcasts of the daily readings are available on the web site of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: http://www.usccb.org/nab/nabpodcast.shtml
The three parishes of Walla Walla – St. Patrick, Assumption, and St. Francis of Assisi – have joined to offer a new faith formation program, “Living in Faith Together,” or LIFT. The program evolved from a workshop on whole parish catechesis, sponsored by the Center for Ministry Development. The format centers on catechizing all parishioners by preparing them for upcoming liturgical seasons. The first Walla Walla Tri-Parish LIFT event, held on Nov. 29, focused on preparing for Advent. Over 250 parishioners gathered at the St. Patrick Hall and gym for a meal, a lesson by Father Pat Kerst on the history of Advent, and an “interview” of Isaiah (Deacon Jim Barrow) and John the Baptist (Peter Gogl). Families were then invited to make their own Advent wreath. Plans are in the works for future LIFT nights centering on Lent or Holy Week. All planning was done by committees made up of volunteers from St. Patrick, St. Francis and Assumption parishes and headed by the St. Patrick Adult Faith Formation committee. (IR photo from St. Patrick Parish, Walla Walla)