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Have you ever wondered why the Catholic Church is so different from any other Christian church out there? Why do we pray to saints? Why do we put so much emphasis on Mary? Are you a Catholic that gets frustrated with the Church for not keeping up with the times? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Encounter Mercy Podcast is for you.

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Our Latest Episode

  • Peace Be With You

    Peace Be With You

    Have you ever encountered someone or something that irritates you, and you’ve wanted to scream? Or maybe a situation that causes you fear or pain? It seems to be a part of our lives, yet there are healthy ways to deal with these situations.

    Join Father Andy, Vince, and Br. Barnabas as they discuss how to bring peace to these situations.

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  • The Future of the Church

    The Future of the Church

    Recently, two bits of information hit the public that has caused some members of the church a great deal of worry and fear. These two documents show that there is a great decline in church membership in the United States as well as the state of religion with young people. These two combined show a disheartening reality that faces the church. This reality is that our church is shrinking, and in fact, all of Christianity seems to be shrinking. So, what do we do? Do we fear and hide? Or do we respond with prayer and hard work? But what is this hard work, and how do we reverse this dismal situation?

    Join Deacon(!!) AJ Gedney, Jesse Spanogle, and Fr. Andy as they discuss this topic and this situation in our world today.

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  • The Paschal Triduum

    The Paschal Triduum

    At the end of our Lenten Sacrifice, the Church calls us into the three most holy days of our liturgical year. On Holy Thursday morning, traditionally Diocese throughout the world will celebrate the Chrism Mass. In this special mass, all priests of the diocese renew their promises made at ordination, and the holy oils for the diocese are blessed and consecrated. On Holy Thursday night, the church celebrates the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, where we celebrate the Last Supper and the first Holy Mass. On Good Friday, we celebrate the Passion of Christ where we read from the Passion Narrative according to the Gospel of John as well as adore the Holy Cross and pray for the world. On Holy Saturday during the day, no liturgies can be celebrated. This day, on Saturday in the daytime, nothing happens as Christ rests in the tomb. At sunset, the church celebrates the Easter Vigil, which includes a special fire, lots of candles, many readings and hymns, and the return of the Great Alleluia! These three very holy days hold so many mysteries and special prayers for the church at large.

    Living in a monastery, these three very holy days take on even more of a solemn tone. Join Father Andy, Vince, and Brother Barnabas as Brother Barnabas talks about the celebration of the Triduum in the Monastery at Saint Vincent Monastery in Latrobe, PA.

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  • Sacrifice


    In life, we often hear about the need to sacrifice, and its importance in the Christian life. Join us as we discuss sacrifices in the Christian’s journey.

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  • Saint Patrick

    Saint Patrick

    Who exactly was Saint Patrick? Was he even Irish? And why does the world seem to worship this man? Join Vince and Jesse as they discuss this saint and his importance.

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