Friday, June 27, 2008

Audio Homilies?

Well, I have decided to try something new. I am not sure I am sold on the idea, but I thought I would give posting audio homiles a try. I am borrowing a recorder and playing around with it and trying to figure out the best way to add the audio to my blog. So below is my first trial run of a daily homily. Don't expect much, but do let me know if you like this idea or not, or if you have suggestions on recorders, ways to post the audio on my blog, etc...


Anonymous said...

Fr. Christensen,

This is a good idea. I have another suggestion for you: you should think about posting your recordings in a podcast (it is free) in iTunes (the place were everybody that has an iPod can download and listen later on their iPod).
A successful Catholic "podcaster" is Fr.Finelli (better known as iPadre!). See his website at: You may find this interesting as a sample of how it can be done.

This link to iTunes gives explanations on how to post your own podcast:

The order of Franciscan monks in Chicago also has a podcast of their homilies, I have downloaded them in my iPod and listen to them in the mornings in my way to work.
I also listen in the morning (during commuting time) to another good podcast, "the liturgy of the hours" that is produced as a daily "morning prayer" podcast by lay people.

I would appreciate a good Catechism podcast, but there is only one out there and it is not explained by a Catholic priest.

Fr. Christensen: as a returning Catholic to the Catholic church, I can tell you that we need more of this in the "virtual world" of podcasting and the internet. More of the "good stuff" to nullify all the bad things that are getting around.

Perhaps the Devil is on the internet, but God is sending some of his Angels to save some souls there too.

Father Christensen said...

Thanks for the input. I would love to turn this into a podcast but there are two overarching problems: I do not have a server on which to store the audio files and the recorder I have only puts out WAV files. Now it is do-able to work with only WAV files, but it takes a fair amount of work to convert them into MP3 files, which is what itunes and other such applications use. I can also use a public server such as googlepages but they have a limit on the size of the files.

So, we will see what happens.

Anonymous said...

Fr. Christensen,

I found an interesting website that hosts podcasts (links below). You may want to check them out.

At the same time, I found some MP3 digital recorders in A good friend of yours :) whispered me to send you an Amazon gift certificate so you can get a new MP3 recorder.

Here below is the link with info on price, you don't have to pay anything for the starting package that gives you about 100 MB of storage, and they offer good amount of storage for a very low price: