Archive for 28/11/2010
I love the First Sunday of Advent. For weeks, the scent of the Christmas season has been in the air; the odd (normally very odd) rogue ad on the radio, Christmas decorations appearing in stores in a bewildering array of colour and shape combinations and a veritable forest of artificial fir trees sprouting up in garden centres and hardware stores. There’s a kind of smell unique to artificial Christmas trees, a sort of ‘having-been-kept-in-a cold-Norweigian-warehouse-for-a-year’ smell that never fades no matter how long you’ve owned your pseudo-prickly family heirloom. I’m an avid Christmas aisle stalker – can’t get enough of twinkly faux Dickensian water mill ornaments or nodding wire reindeer which you can plug into the mains (hmmmm), and I’ve become worse since Caitie arrived. But all of this is just a tacky sideshow really, a sideshow that I try, albeit somewhat halfheartedly, to avoid until Advent. This morning, we had the Mass of the First Sunday of Advent. The Advent Crown stood on its stand in front of the lectern, and Caroline had assembled a choir which sang a beautiful sequence, `Await the Lord with hope, await the Lord with joy. Keep vigil for the coming of the reign of God,’ as the altar servers carrying the cross and candles, followed by Fr Tom, processed up the aisle. Seeing the celebrant in a purple chasuble instead of the familiar green was the first visual surprise – the rich purple signifying that we had entered a new and important phase of the Church’s year; like Lent, a period of reflection and preparation for a time when God’s hand directly intervenes in the destiny of mankind.
Fr Tom called the children forward to the front of the church and then, before they left for the Children’s Liturgy, he got one of the older children to light the first purple candle of the Advent Wreath while he prayed and the choir sang. Caitie watched wrapt as the candle was lit, realising, I think, that Christmas – real Christmas, the Christmas of mystery and miracle, not the artificial, candyfloss, superficial but admittedly fun secular Christmas – was coming at last.
This podcast was produced with yet another stinking cold, runny nose and hacking cough and brought to you only by the relief given by Wychwood Goliath Beer.
In this episode: It Happened Today, No Longer A Governor, Deanery Magazine Issues. The Church Of England – The Spirit of The Nation? and more feedback.
60 Second Saint – St John of The Cross
Nimrod from Elgar’s Variations played by the Band of Davis High School 2008.
You can find Dan Smrokowski and The Special Chronicles Podcast at www.dansmrokowski.com.
Daniele Rossi’s podcast and other resources can be found at www.stutteringiscool.com
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End Music Name Above All by Simply Praise, available through www.musicalley.com
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Hello Just A Catholic Dad friends. I’m sorry that the latest episode isn’t out yet; it’s sitting on my hard drive at home waiting for me to sort out a problem with uploading to Libsyn. I’ll keep you updated!
Hi Guys, hope you all had/are having a restful Sunday. Just a quick note to say thank you to everybody who has been downloading Just A Catholic Dad. I am truly humbled. Thankyou. I’m hoping to record Just A Catholic Dad 21 tomorrow night, so if you have any feedback, please drop me a line to firstname.lastname@example.org. See you then!
Thank you again and God Bless.
Hi Everybody – good of you to join me again in another foray into faith, fatherhood and air traffic control!
In this episode, the cheese slice, ‘On This Day’, how to get on to a runway safely (recorded on location!), Catholic News, Leanne Loves Pink, The Write Of The Mac (there’s a song in there somewhere), missing Mass, Children’s Liturgy?, Catholic Weekend, More on Church Schools & Catholic News. All in 40 minutes!
Background Music may be too loud on runway incursion segment, if so, please forgive and let me know.
End Music, Navegando by Alex Guedes, available from www.musicalley.com
I’ve just recorded Just A Catholic Dad 20 and people are sending me some really nice emails. I’m so glad people are enjoying the podcasts. Thank you to the great people at SQPN for saying such nice things about the show – and thank you to those of you downloading it. Now, back to editing….
Today I was so lucky to have the chance to be a guest on the Catholic Weekend show. It’s the first time I’ve been on someone else’s podcast and added to that the fact that is was an SQPN podcast, and that it was Cap’t Jeff and it was a show as good as CW, I did not want to let anyone down and I was, to put it mildly, a little nervous at about 2:30pm today!
The thing about having your own podcast is that you can listen to the recording and edit out the bad stuff to stop yourself making a complete fool of yourself – I’ve even binned a whole podcast on a couple of occasions because I’ve been unhappy about the content or presentation. When it’s someone else’s podcast, however, you don’t have that level of protection – especially when it’s being Ustreamed! However, Cap’t Jeff was a true gent and made the whole process a lot of fun – including the occasional Skype issue! AND I got to speak with Mac Barron at last!
When we do these podcasts, we know that we’re not professionals, but we want to do as professional a podcast as we can – especially when we’re talking about our Faith. So, I hope that I haven’t made a complete fool of myself or sent the fine Catholic Weekend community to sleep!
So thanks Jeff, and I’d love to come back sometime for another go sometime.
By the way – next Just A Catholic Dad is due for recording this Monday, so if you have any comments or feedback on anything, just send me mail or an MP3 to email@example.com.
God Bless all and Goodnight.
(You can find Catholic Weekend, Catholic Pilot (Jeff’s podcast) and Catholic In A Small Town (Mac and Katherine’s podcast) at www.sqpn.com or on iTunes. Check them all out, they’re great.
Tomorrow is the audit of my airport ATC Unit’s Local Competency Scheme by the UK ATC Regulator – the Safety Regulation Group. Tomorrow, some unfortunate will have to control whilst being assessed by a Unit Competency Examiner being assessed by an SRG Inspector. “Now don’t forget, it’s the UCE being assessed, not you…” Yeah Right. No pressure!
‘Three Pious Practices for Every Devout Catholic’ www.boston-catholic-journal.com
Links to Great Websites/Podcasts:
Cap’t Jeff’s ‘Catholic Pilot’ and ‘Catholic Weekend’ from www.sqpn.com or through iTunes.
Ian Maxfield’s ‘The Catholic Laboratory’ www.catholiclab.net
Sean McGaughey’s ‘http://catholicroundup.com‘
End Music ‘Billboard For The Lord’ by Country Drive, available from www.musicalley.com
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Sorry for the delay! In JustACatholicDad 18; family update, choosing a school and the Domestic Church and spreading my podcasting wings. With some kind comments and feedback from Captain Jeff, Ian Maxfield and Maddie Hall.
End music by Porch Light, available through Music Alley.
Try these great podcasts:
Catholic Pilot (available through http://catholicpilot.com/ www.sqpn.com & iTunes)
Catholic Weekend (available through www.sqpn.com & iTunes)
The Catholic Laboratory with Ian Maxfield (http://www.catholiclab.net/TheCatholicLaboratory/Home.html)
Thank you to these great Catholic Podcasters for their podcasts, their encouragement and their support. Cheers guys.
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See you next week back in the Study-O and sans cold (hopefully).