It's just Joanne and Linda on the podcast this week but that doesn't mean things will be different - they're totally capable of both going off the rails and running overtime as usual. In this episode they not only manage to get through the homily exegesis with one they both heard and one on an mp3 file (a first for this podcast!) but they also dive into the topics of a national hymnal, the upcoming WinterSing in the Diocese of Providence and the unexpected "H" word in the show opening that no one picked up on last year during the Season of Lent. Grab that cup of whatever and join the gals as they begin Lent in style.
Next week we are looking for suggestions on who Joanne should get to join her on the podcast while the others are away. Any suggestions from our listeners (all 12 of you) would be greatly appreciated and while there are no promises she will do her best to get someone from those who are suggested. It's either that or it will be a solo show with her next week (OH NO!). ;)
Fr. Austin Fleming, the Concord Pastor who comments daily, is featured in our "Do You Hear What I Hear" segment this week as we play his ENTIRE HOMILY for all of you. A happy occurrence since we only had one homily to share. Be sure to check out his site for all kinds of spiritual helps.
Gather Us in Mercy, Lord is the gathering rite being used by Linda's parish this Lent and is part of the collection By Heart by composers Tony Alonso and Marty Haugen. While some of these compositions for Gathering, Intercessions and Communion Rites need and should be retrofitted to the Roman Missal 3 translation, they are still very useful and a viable option for parishes who have the musical and liturgical sensibilities to put them to good use. Worth a look and listen.
Fr. Michael Joncas is a favorite composer of ours (especially Linda) and his three psalms for the Lenten season are worthy of note: