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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  • 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.

  • Episode 57: The Podcast ̶C̶a̶n̶c̶e̶l̶l̶e̶d̶ Revisioned

    January 2nd, 2019  |  13 mins 47 secs
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    Whenever we do anything at St. Louis, we ask ourselves, "What's the goal of this and how will this bring the gospel to light at St. Louis?" We've gotten away from the goal of this podcast and we're going to use the beginning of 2019 to get back to our mission.

    Beginning this year, we'll start featuring parishioner stories of God's grace. When we share our stories, we reveal God's hand at work in our lives. And when we share how God influences our lives, we encourage others to examine their own lives for God's grace.

    So what's your story? What has God done for you? Maybe He's done more than you know...

  • Episode 56: Being a Catholic Mom

    December 26th, 2018  |  30 mins 15 secs

    Motherhood is no joke, and the demands put on moms today make the job even more difficult than normal. But what is it like to be a mom at St. Louis and how can our parish create a more welcoming environment for young families? Alissa chats with Elizabeth Polito and Christa Villarreal--St. Louis employees--about the joys and struggles of being a Catholic mom at Mass on Sunday and every other day of the week.

  • Episode 55: Embrace the Wait

    December 19th, 2018  |  29 mins 52 secs

    We're always anticipating the next moment. Looking forward to Christmas, to the New Year, to the day our in-laws leave town. In this episode, Seminarian Will encourages Tom and Alissa to find ways to be holy right now. In this very moment.

    Fr. Doug's Homily -

  • Episode 54: What's the Deal with Our Lady of Guadalupe?

    December 12th, 2018  |  25 mins 43 secs

    December 12th is a big day at St. Louis parish not just because it marks the end of theater season for Alissa's kids, but because it's the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! This is a feast day in the Church, but it leads us to ask a lot of questions about Mary and this specific apparition. Tom and Alissa discuss. Turn it up!

  • Episode 53: Feeling the Christmas Pressure!

    December 5th, 2018  |  27 mins 46 secs

    It's almost Christmas, are you ready? Tom and Alissa aren't. Thankfully the Church gives us four weeks of Advent to help us prepare our hearts. How do we keep this sacred time sacred? By the way, we kinda lose it at the end so listen all the way through.

  • Episode 52: Why Am I So Restless?

    November 29th, 2018  |  29 mins 46 secs

    We've all had moments of deep restlessness. Thoughts that keep us up at night, worries that prevent us from living full lives, deep concerns about big questions like who we are and where we're going with our lives. What's the deal with all this and why are we so restless? Alissa, Will, and Tom spend some time discussing why we can't be satisfied with what we've got and why that should give us a glimpse of hope.

  • Episode 51: Why Gratitude Makes You a Better Person

    November 21st, 2018  |  21 mins 29 secs

    Happy Thanksgiving! This week, Alissa and Tom talk about gratitude and its relation to humility. When we try to see all things as a gift, we are overwhelmed by the truth that we are not self-sufficient beings. And that's a good thing.

  • Episode 50: Choosing to be Holy

    November 14th, 2018  |  25 mins 48 secs

    We talk about holiness a lot. But it's so often an esoteric discussion; we don't give concrete approaches to being holy people. We try to give a bit more substance to the holiness discussion in this episode. How do we actually become holy? What does it mean to be a priest by our baptism? And what does one have to do with the other? God has called us first, but how do we respond?

  • Episode 49: Vocations Start with Family

    November 8th, 2018  |  32 mins 35 secs

    Catholics LOVE the word "vocation" and this week the Church worldwide is asking all the faithful to consider their vocations--what they're called to do to serve God in the world. How do we begin to hear what God wants from us? Alissa, Will, and Tom say it starts in the family, and break that down a bit in this episode.

  • Episode 48: To See God As He Is - Reflection by Seminarian Will

    November 1st, 2018  |  13 mins 43 secs

    Seminarian Will shares his reflections on this Solemnity of All Saints in this BONUS EPISODE of the Being Church Podcast.

  • Episode 47: Making Peace in a Violent World

    October 31st, 2018  |  30 mins 29 secs

    Last week our nation endured three violent situations that gained national news attention. We know, however, that violence happens every day, all over the world. So what is a Catholic Christian to do in a culture of violence? What should our attitude be in times of despair? Tom and Alissa take a stab at what it means to make peace happen as Christ commanded.

    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God."