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Being Church

Inspiring and Encouraging our St. Louis Community

About the show

A podcast about Catholic culture and the life of our parish.

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Episodes

  • Episode 73: Tom Wrote a Book

    January 31st, 2020  |  25 mins 12 secs

    Tom co-authored book called "The Art of Accompaniment" all about how the baptized people of God have a responsibility to walk with one another as they journey toward Christ. In this episode, Tom gives an intro to the book and explains how it can be real in a parish setting.

  • Episode 72: The Golden Globes and a Consistent Life Ethic

    January 17th, 2020  |  33 mins 44 secs

    What are the underlying principles of a Catholic pro-life vision? Inspired by the recent Golden Globes debacle, Tom and Alissa attempt to crack into this large topic on this episode, holding human dignity and the gospel call to love our neighbors at the forefront of their discussion. Disclaimer: We didn't name every human dignity issue, we know there are many!

  • Episode 71: The Arrival of the Magi

    December 27th, 2019  |  36 mins 24 secs
    advent, catholic, christian, christmas, church, epiphany, groups, lectio, media, mission, online, parish, patience, podcast, prayer, preparing, teams, waiting

    In their final Advent Mission Podcast, Fr. Matthew, Alissa, and Tom discuss the Magi and the significance of their journey to worship the King of the Jews. Why do they care about the King of the Jews and what importance does their journey have for our own experiences of faith?

  • Episode 70: The Nativity Scene – Advent Mission Podcast

    December 22nd, 2019  |  39 mins 44 secs
    advent, catholic, christian, christmas, church, groups, lectio, media, mission, online, parish, patience, podcast, prayer, preparing, teams, waiting

    In the third week of our study on "The Infancy Narratives" we reflect on the political landscape in the time of Jesus' birth and how it--along with every element of the Nativity scene--more deeply reveals God's mission for his Son.

  • Episode 69: The Three Annunciations

    December 13th, 2019  |  49 mins 47 secs
    advent, alissa, book, bookclub, catholic, christian, christmas, infant, jesus, matthew, priest, tom

    In this week's episode Fr. Matthew, Alissa, and Tom spend time talking about the three "annunciations" that happen prior to Jesus' birth. What do these stories have to teach us about following the will of God?

  • Episode 68: Origin Stories – Advent Book Study

    December 6th, 2019  |  36 mins 51 secs
    advent, book, bookclub, catholic, christian, christmas, infant, jesus, priest

    Pope Benedict XVI writes about the different genealogies of Jesus in the first chapter of "Jesus of Nazareth: Infancy Narratives." What do origin stories have to do with a person's life mission and how does Jesus' origin as "the Word made flesh" change our life's mission?

  • Episode 67: Dos and Don'ts of Small Faith Communities

    November 20th, 2019  |  27 mins 56 secs
    catholic, christian, church, community, discussion, faith, group, positivity.

    Last week, Alissa and Tom discussed the importance of creating a small group and this week they're offering some practical tips for running small groups. Use these last two podcasts to help prepare you for our upcoming Advent Mission: Online! You can do it!

  • Episode 66: The Gift is in the Invitation

    November 8th, 2019  |  25 mins 58 secs
    advent, catholic, christian, christmas, church, groups, lectio, media, mission, online, parish, patience, podcast, prayer, preparing, teams, waiting

    We've got a cool idea for a parish Advent Mission this year, but to do it right we need to do it together! Tom and Alissa talk about small groups (yes, again), why they're necessary, and how they'll tie into our parish Advent Mission at St. Louis. Check it out!

  • Episode 65: The Value of Work with Fr. Jesse

    October 1st, 2019  |  32 mins 27 secs
    catholic, church, priest, work

    How do we make sure we work in order to live and not the other way around? Fr. Jesse shares insight about work from the Catholic tradition in this episode of The Being Church Podcast.

  • Episode 64: Reaction to the Pew Research Eucharist Survey

    September 6th, 2019  |  26 mins 47 secs

    Full disclosure: We had to re-record this episode because the fact that 70% of Catholics don't believe in the Real Presence really made Tom and Alissa bitter.

    When this survey came out a few weeks ago, prominent Catholic voices made their displeasure known. Bishop Robert Barron published a firey YouTube video calling for more consistent catechesis, and Tom Carani ranted in the hallways of St. Louis parish.

    But with a few weeks between the published survey and our reaction, we're trying to focus on positive next steps. How do we evangelize the good news of the Eucharist to others while re-affirming its truth for our own lives?

  • Episode 63: Welcome Fr. Matthew!

    August 14th, 2019  |  33 mins 46 secs

    Alissa and Tom sit down with Fr. Matthew, our new pastor, to find out a little more about the guy behind the collar. Hear his vocation story, his motivating spirituality, and his hopes for this parish in this episode of the Being Church podcast!

  • Episode 62: Waiting for Beauty: Practical tips for transition

    August 1st, 2019  |  27 mins 27 secs

    Tom and Alissa have had a busy summer full of change and transition (they're so sorry to have left you hanging Being Church community!). In this episode, they share some insights about their transitions and what practical tips have really helped them these past few life-changing months.

  • Episode 61: Parishioner Spotlight: Peter Polito

    April 26th, 2019  |  45 mins 17 secs

    The process of discernment is difficult precisely because it leads us into the unknown, and it asks us to rely on God’s timing and God's plan rather than our own. Peter’s unique experience of discernment was full of joy and pain, but ultimately, it led him right where God needed him to be. Listen to his story and invite God into the plan for your own life.

  • Episode 60: Parishioner Spotlight: Marisol Kruger

    March 29th, 2019  |  30 mins 3 secs

    St. Louis parishioners "show up" for all sorts of different reasons, and St. Oscar Romero has inspired parishioner Marisol Kruger to live her Catholic faith to a deeper level. Hear her story of making a pilgrimage to St. Romero's Canonization Mass with her family and the effect it's had on her life on this month's episode.

  • Episode 59: Parishioner Spotlight: Ashley Winning

    February 13th, 2019  |  35 mins 59 secs

    Ashley never thought for a second that she would become Catholic, but at this year's Easter Vigil, she'll finish the RCIA and be baptized. Hear what she has to say about remaining open to God's plan and how her newfound Catholic faith is changing her life.

  • Episode 58: Parishioner Spotlight: Janet Sims

    January 16th, 2019  |  34 mins 43 secs

    Janet was looking for a church home when she first came to St. Louis, and one parishioner's simple greeting at Mass permanently changed both Janet and the St. Louis community for the better.