As we wait in Joyful Hope
So, Thanksgiving is over, Christmas music has been playing since October 30, it must now be the Christmas Season, right??? WRONG! We still have a four(ish) week season of preparation to participate in first! So we wait, patiently, in joyful hope for the coming of Jesus Christ during this holy season of Advent.Advent, being a season of preparation, calls us to prepare our hearts, our homes, our world for the coming of Jesus Christ. He has come once as a child, so now we prepare when He comes again as the King. Listen to our podcast this week as we discuss some of the history and practices of advent both in our church and in the Christian world.Season 1, Episode 5The post As we wait in Joyful Hope appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
11 Dec 2019
In this weekly episode, we talk about spiritual direction, what it’s about, and why it’s important. Vince asks Father Andy about his experience as both a spiritual director and spiritual directee.Season 1, Episode 6The post Spiritual Direction appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
18 Dec 2019
How in the world could you boil The Mass down into only an hour?? Well, we couldn’t. Enjoy today’s longer episode on The Mass where Father Dan Hoffman joins Father Andy and Vince as they try to undertake the difficult task of explaining The Mass. The post The Mass appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
4 Mar 2020
Welcome to Monk on the Streets
In our episode this week, Vince and Father Andy talk with Brother Barnabas O’Reilly, a Benedictine monk at Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, PA. Learn about Brother Barnabas and his call to the monastery as well as his job at Saint Vincent College as a full-time campus minister and full-time seminary student.The post Welcome to Monk on the Streets appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
5 Feb 2020
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The Holy Trinity
How does one try to explain the mystery of the Trinity? In our Catholic Faith, we try to uncover this mystery, and yet we fail at its complete comprehension of this mystery, because it is just that: a mystery,Join Father Andy and Vince as they discuss the Trinity and try try try their hardest to understand the Trinity.GenesisChapter 1The Story of Creation.[a] 1 In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth— 2 [b]and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters—3 Then God said: Let there be light, and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good. God then separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” Evening came, and morning followed—the first day.[c]6 Then God said: Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters, to separate one body of water from the other. 7 God made the dome,[d] and it separated the water below the dome from the water above the dome. And so it happened. 8 God called the dome “sky.” Evening came, and morning followed—the second day.9 Then God said: Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin, so that the dry land may appear. And so it happened: the water under the sky was gathered into its basin, and the dry land appeared. 10 God called the dry land “earth,” and the basin of water he called “sea.” God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said: Let the earth bring forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree on earth that bears fruit with its seed in it. And so it happened: 12 the earth brought forth vegetation: every kind of plant that bears seed and every kind of fruit tree that bears fruit with its seed in it. God saw that it was good. 13 Evening came, and morning followed—the third day.14 Then God said: Let there be lights in the dome of the sky, to separate day from night. Let them mark the seasons, the days and the years, 15 and serve as lights in the dome of the sky, to illuminate the earth. And so it happened: 16 God made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to govern the night, and the stars. 17 God set them in the dome of the sky, to illuminate the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good. 19 Evening came, and morning followed—the fourth day.20 Then God said: Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures, and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky. 21 God created the great sea monsters and all kinds of crawling living creatures with which the water teems, and all kinds of winged birds. God saw that it was good, 22 and God blessed them, saying: Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas; and let the birds multiply on the earth. 23 Evening came, and morning followed—the fifth day.24 Then God said: Let the earth bring forth every kind of living creature: tame animals, crawling things, and every kind of wild animal. And so it happened: 25 God made every kind of wild animal, every kind of tame animal, and every kind of thing that crawls on the ground. God saw that it was good. 26 Then God said: Let us make[e] human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth.27 God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female[f] he created them.28 God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.[g] Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that crawl on the earth. 29 [h]God also said: See, I give you every seed-bearing plant on all the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food; 30 and to all the wild animals, all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the earth, I give all the green plants for food. And so it happened. 31 God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed—the sixth day.Chapter 21 Thus the heavens and the earth and all their array were completed. 2 [i]On the seventh day God completed the work he had been doing; he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had undertaken. 3 God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work he had done in creation.The post The Holy Trinity appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
25 Mar 2020
Everyone has a God-given role in this world, and we sometimes call this role our vocation. When we often hear the word vocation, we immediately assume a religious vocation, such as a priest or a nun. Yet, this role can mean so much more. Join Vince and Father Andy as they discuss vocations and why they are important.The post Vocations appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
18 Mar 2020
Thanksgiving is not a Catholic holiday, however, it is an opportunity to give thanks to God for all that he has given us. It is also a great time to show compassion to your neighbor. What does the Eucharist and Thanksgiving have in common? You’ll find out if you listen.The post Happy Thanksgiving? appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
26 Nov 2019
The Last Things
Often the last things are listed as death, judgment, heaven and hell. Today in our podcast Vince and Father Andy discus the Last Things, including purgatory.But wait! We don’t believe in purgatory anymore! Why are you talking about such a topic?!?!? Well, against popular belief, the Church not only continues to teach about purgatory, She makes the point that we NEED purgatory to be able to enter heaven!That and so much more in today’s episode!The post The Last Things appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
22 Jan 2020
Let’s Prepare for Lent
In a week, we begin our journey through Lent, a time of Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving, Penance, and other deeds and prayers to prepare us for Easter. Yet Lent isn’t something that we should just wish away, nor is it a time to get into shape because you might give up sweets. So what exactly is Lent and what should we do or give up for this holy season? Listen to today’s episode where Father Andy and Vince chat about that!The post Let’s Prepare for Lent appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
19 Feb 2020
The Holy Eucharist
Through a Pew Research poll in 2019, it was found that only one-third of US Catholics believe in the Real Presence of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in the Eucharist. This staggering number has caused a mass response (no pun intended) by the Church, her Bishops and priests, and all who teach the faith. Join Father Andy and Vince as they discuss the Catholic Faith and Her understanding of the Eucharist as the Source and Summit of our Christian life (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1324).Links and Notes:Pew Research poll and reportCatechism of the Catholic Church on The EucharistA useful understanding of the term “Transubstantiation”A good summary of Saint Thomas’ MetaphysicsThen the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!” Mark 9:24 NABREBread of Life Discourse – John 6:22-71 NABREAnamnesis – Catechism of the Catholic ChurchBishop William A. Wack CSC, Bishop of Pensacola-Talahassee’s video series on the EucharistCOMMON PREFACE IVIt is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,always and everywhere to give you thanks,Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.For, although you have no need of our praise,yet our thanksgiving is itself your gift,since our praises add nothing to your greatnessbut profit us for salvation,through Christ our Lord. And so, in company with the choirs of Angels,we praise you, and with joy we proclaim: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts . . . The post The Holy Eucharist appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
8 Jan 2020
Who is Mary and why do Catholics have a devotion to her? The Bible has many correlations between the Old Testament and Mary. Mary is the New Eve. There are many references to Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant. Mary, the Mother of God, intercedes for us. In this episode, we give a brief introduction to Mary and explain why we hold her in such high regard. We wish we had more time to talk about her in this episode, but we promise to go into more detail in future episodes.The post Theotokos appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
4 Dec 2019
So, what’s YOUR resolution?
As we begin another New Year, Vince and Father Andy take some time to look back on the last year. There has been so much that has happened in the last year, and it’s important that we look back to see where we have been, as well as to take time to see where we are going.Vince and Father Andy also take some time to answer some of our listener’s questions. As always, if you have a question, submit it here on our website!The post So, what’s YOUR resolution? appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
1 Jan 2020
In a time of panic… let us pray!
As is well known, the world around us seems to be falling apart, yet there is hope! Jesus Christ is alive and is calling out to us! Join Vince and Father Andy as they discuss the situation in our world and look for a silver lining.The post In a time of panic… let us pray! appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
1 Apr 2020
In this episode, Father Andy and Vince discuss mental health, the importance of paying attention to our mental health, and the importance of discussing this publicly. If you need help, you're not alone. Confidential help is available:National Suicide Prevention LifelineCall 1-800-273-8255Available 24 hours everyday The post Mental Health appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
12 Feb 2020
The Story of Christmas
Emmanuel, God IS with us!Today, we have so much to celebrate. The Savior, who came to feed the nations by sacrificing Himself for our sins was born. He had to become flesh to die for our sins, and so, as all the prophets foretold of Him, and the Virgin Mother longed for Him beyond all telling, He has come to His people to set them free! Our salvation is with us, and this is why we celebrate!Join Vince and Fr. Andy as they discuss the Manger scene as well as other personal traditions.The post The Story of Christmas appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
25 Dec 2019
What does it mean to be a brother? Why should men have a sens of brotherhood? How should this look in life?These are all questions men should be asking themselves. Not only should all men be looking for a brotherhood, we should be looking for authentic relationships, ones where we can be held accountable as well as looking out for each other. In today’s episode, Vince and Father Andy discuss brotherhood as well as ways to be in a brotherhood.The post Brotherhood appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
29 Jan 2020
Reconciliation, Confession, Penance – Why do I need this??
Often times, we hear people ask why we need to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. So often, people avoid this sacrament out of fear, confusion, or disinterest. Today, Vince and Father Andy investigate the importance of this Sacrament and hope to inspire you to attend this Sacrament regularly.Links and Notes:And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” – John 20:22-23 NABRE“Hearing nuns’ confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.”Archbishop Fulton J. SheenApostolic PardonQuestion: Is the apostolic pardon the same as the anointing of the sick? Answer:The anointing of the sick is the sacrament given to those who are seriously ill.The Apostolic Pardon is blessing with an indulgence that happens at the conclusion of the anointing of the sick if the recipient is in danger of death. The usual process is confession then anointing of the sick, and it is concluded with the Apostolic Pardon. While confession forgives the eternal punishment for sin, the indulgence attached to the Apostolic Pardon forgives temporal punishment due to sin.The words of the blessing said by the priest for the Apostolic Pardon are:“By the authority which the Apostolic See has given me, I grant you a full pardon and the remission of all your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”Apostolic PardonThe Sacrament of Reconciliation Confession AssistanceI do not remember where I got this document, but I am grateful to wherever I originally downloaded this file. If you are the creator, please let me know and I will give you credit! – Fr. AndyDownload The post Reconciliation, Confession, Penance – Why do I need this?? appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
15 Jan 2020
What must we do to live out our faith? How far must we go? Join Father Andy and Vince as they discuss martyrdom and living out the faith in our daily lives.Catechism of the Catholic ChurchII. To Bear Witness to the Truth2471 Before Pilate, Christ proclaims that he “has come into the world, to bear witness to the truth.”265 The Christian is not to “be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord.”266 In situations that require witness to the faith, the Christian must profess it without equivocation, after the example of St. Paul before his judges. We must keep “a clear conscience toward God and toward men.”2672472 The duty of Christians to take part in the life of the Church impels them to act as witnesses of the Gospel and of the obligations that flow from it. This witness is a transmission of the faith in words and deeds. Witness is an act of justice that establishes the truth or makes it known.268 All Christians by the example of their lives and the witness of their word, wherever they live, have an obligation to manifest the new man which they have put on in Baptism and to reveal the power of the Holy Spirit by whom they were strengthened at Confirmation.2473 Martyrdom is the supreme witness given to the truth of the faith: it means bearing witness even unto death. the martyr bears witness to Christ who died and rose, to whom he is united by charity. He bears witness to the truth of the faith and of Christian doctrine. He endures death through an act of fortitude. “Let me become the food of the beasts, through whom it will be given me to reach God.”2702474 The Church has painstakingly collected the records of those who persevered to the end in witnessing to their faith. These are the acts of the Martyrs. They form the archives of truth written in letters of blood:Neither the pleasures of the world nor the kingdoms of this age will be of any use to me.It is better for me to die [in order to unite myself] to Christ Jesus than to reign over the ends of the earth. I seek him who died for us; I desire him who rose for us. My birth is approaching. . .271 I bless you for having judged me worthy from this day and this hour to be counted among your martyrs…. You have kept your promise, God of faithfulness and truth. For this reason and for everything, I praise you, I bless you, I glorify you through the eternal and heavenly High Priest, Jesus Christ, your beloved Son. Through him, who is with you and the Holy Spirit, may glory be given to you, now and in the ages to come. Amen.272The post Martyrs appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
11 Mar 2020
In today’s episode, Father Andy and Vince chat with Father Dan Hoffman about the different approved Marian Apparitions. While the apparition of Mary is not a necessity for salvation, there are a few good reasons to believe in and pray for these apparitions. Join us as we discuss these miraculous moments in our church’s history!(Note: we tried recording video, but we are still working out the kinks! We hope to start posting the video soon!)The post Marian Apparitions appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
26 Feb 2020
A Chemical Engineer Becomes a Priest
No, it’s not the beginning of a bad joke, it’s Mr. AJ Gedney’s vocation story. Join Vince and Father Andy as they discuss the vocation story and discernment of AJ Gedney, who is a seminarian from the Diocese of Covington, KY.AJ Gedney is a seminarian at Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA. Father Andy and AJ were at Saint Vincent’s together during Father Andy’s last two years of seminary studies. This fall he will begin his third year of Theological studies at Saint Vincent. Please continue to pray for AJ, seminarians, and for young men who are discerning the priesthood!The post A Chemical Engineer Becomes a Priest appeared first on Encounter Mercy Podcast.
20 May 2020