A sound idea: a recording of this week’s homily — UPDATED

A few people have asked me about this, so I finally decided to give it a shot.

Below is this Sunday’s homily, recorded as it was delivered at the 11:30 am Mass at my parish in Queens. The yawns, screams, cell phones and crying babies are all real. So is the sound of hurled vegetables hitting the ambo.

I don’t know if I’ll do this every week, but it was an interesting experiment.  See what you think.  Click the arrow to hear.

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  1. “Faith comes through hearing” said one of our foremost epistle writers AND preachers.

  2. I downloaded the audio and will review it at work tomorrow. I am always looking for something like this so I can reduce the bytes to a minute or less.

  3. You sound younger than your picture. ;)

    Our pastor today used the “repent” part of the reading in Mark to highlight how Norma McCorvey, Bernard Nathanson, Abby Johnson, and a personal unnamed student of his all turned from their previous positions on abortion and not only changed but repented and became Catholic. And he followed up with it toward anyone who may have had an abortion or forced someone to have one. It was so moving. May I state our pastor’s name? Fr. R. Veras.

  4. The Youtube version is stopping sound just after 7 minutes or so…. I do like the idea tho. The You-tube format is a great way to “share” sermons with others who might not read the long version – like my sons! Great job by the way :)

  5. Deacon Greg Kandra says:

    Thanks for the feedback, Ellen — and alerting me to the YouTube glitch. I’m not sure why that happened. I need to talk to Patheos about finding a way to post directly onto the site without using a third party; WordPress wouldn’t accept the file because it was too large, which necessitated my converting it into a YouTube format, which was a lot more time and trouble!

    Dcn. G.

  6. Great idea Greg. I hope you do it for all your homilies.

    I have used a free audio editing tool called Audacity for years. I captured most of the talks at the Seminary during our formation years and converted the files to MP3 format on CD that could be given out to others in the class who wanted them. More editing options than I understand or remember from my broadcast days as a whippersnapper.

    I was able to reduce your file size from 15.5 to 2.5 Mb without a significant quality loss. If this is a size WordPress would accept let me know and I’ll post the two so you can do an A B comparison for yourself.

    By the way the content of this homily is a good reminder of the secular reality we have to live in.

    God bless

  7. Deacon Greg Kandra says:

    That’s great, Don — thank you! I’ll have to try it for myself. It has to be less than 9 MB, so that should work …

    Dcn. G.


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