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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 35: The Stinky Seminarian

    August 8th, 2018  |  46 mins 4 secs

    Will's back! Just for a day.

    The seminarian we all know and love has returned from his summer of travel and he's got so many stories for us. In particular, Will, Alissa, and Tom talk about poverty, solidarity, and the true meaning of charity. This episode also has one of the greatest openers ever...

  • Episode 34: Why is Prayer SO Hard?

    August 1st, 2018  |  29 mins 53 secs

    Our prayer lives are essential to being our best Catholic selves. So why is it so hard for the average person to have a consistent prayer life? Tom and Alissa share some frustrations about personal prayer in this episode and lament the fact that, although they're loved by God, they struggle to return to God in prayer every day.

    To you spiritual masters out there, pray for us!

  • Episode 33: Understanding Fertility

    July 25th, 2018  |  37 mins 52 secs

    It's Natural Family Planning Awareness Week for the Church in the United States and to celebrate​​ we're diving into honest discussion about fertility, cooperation in marriage, and the intersection of science and faith. Tom sits back and lets the experts (Alissa and Elizabeth) take charge of this episode. By the way, this episode might provoke some mature questions from kiddos. We suggest listening away from young ears!

  • Episode 32: When I am Weak, I am Strong

    July 18th, 2018  |  23 mins 56 secs

    When we read St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians we see a paradox in one of his passages. St. Paul says that God's power is made perfect in weakness, but what does this mean? Tom and Alissa try to apply this to their lives by giving a brief, imperfect reflection on this passage. Turn it up!

  • Episode 31: Soulmates Do Not Exist

    July 11th, 2018  |  27 mins 21 secs

    Yeah, we thought that would get your attention.

    In this episode, Alissa commemorates 15 years of marriage and shares best practices from her life experiences, Tom gets a bit dramatic when it comes to the term "soulmates" and probably overshares a little bit, and both of us talk about finding "the one" and what the search for love is really all about.

  • Episode 30: The Young Church

    July 4th, 2018  |  31 mins 49 secs

    Between a vibrant Catholic school, a very active altar server ministry, and a growing youth ministry, St. Louis is actively forming the young church to be disciples who love others with Christ's love. Two of our graduating seniors, Michael Dolezal and Micaela Ramacciotti, share the impact that a life lived at St. Louis Parish and School has had upon their faith. ​These young people are the Church of today who have something to show the rest of us, and they're a pretty big deal.

  • Episode 29: The Pope's Go-To Spot at St. Louis

    June 27th, 2018  |  31 mins 42 secs
    social ministries

    The Catholic Church is the world's biggest charitable organization. She runs thousands of schools, hospitals, shelters, and health clinics around the world, and the rubber hits the road right here at St. Louis. In this episode, Tom and Elizabeth sit down with the Director of St. Louis Social Ministries, Bea de la Rosa. Bea tells her story, explains all the work that social ministries does for our community, and shares some of the tender moments she's had with her clients. Thanks for all you do Bea!

  • Episode 28: Hangin' with Deacon Henry

    June 20th, 2018  |  32 mins 9 secs

    Alissa and Tom get to know Deacon Henry a bit better in this episode. We're so excited that the good Deacon is spending some time at St. Louis in preparation for his priesthood because he brings both a unique perspective and set of gifts to our parish. Just a heads up, the basic vocation question is at minute-marker 21:00 :). But if you skip ahead to that point, you'll miss Deacon Henry's really cool hobby...

    If you see Deacon Henry around, make sure to say hi!

  • Episode 27: Holy Land Adventures - Part 1

    June 13th, 2018  |  43 mins 15 secs
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    Seminarian Will is off on a Holy Land Adventure! And Tom isn't jealous at all! Check in with Will and his fellow seminarian Mark as they debrief their first few days in the Holy Land and share what it means to walk where Christ walked and see the Gospel come alive.

  • Episode 26: Happiness and Fulfillment

    June 6th, 2018  |  29 mins

    The life of faith is difficult, and sometimes it doesn't feel rewarding. Not sure if you've ever had moments of existential fear, but we have and we think it's pretty common. Will shares about accompanying others through doubt and Tom weighs in on what it means to be fulfilled by God. Since we're extroverts, we try to work it out as we go along.

  • Episode 25: Bits of Wisdom for Transitions

    May 30th, 2018  |  28 mins 56 secs
    graduates, graduation, life, life change, new chapter

    Alissa, Tom, & Will offer advice for graduates of all ages and anyone else going through a life change. What are a few things that we should keep in mind as we face new horizons? Share this episode with anyone who is facing a new chapter in life!

  • Episode 24: The Psalms: Prayers for the Human Condition

    May 23rd, 2018  |  26 mins 19 secs

    The Book of Psalms is a beautiful arrangement of the human heart and the human condition. They give prayerful words to every emotion and situation that we find ourselves in and they remind us that God's got us, and He wants to be with us all the time. No matter what we're feeling. Tom and Will discuss why they pray with the Psalms and give advice for how you can start doing the same today.

  • Episode 23: A Mission Parish

    May 16th, 2018  |  25 mins 52 secs

    In popular Catholic circles, there's a lot of talk about whether parishes are "maintenance" parishes or "mission" parishes. Are we actively growing and sharing the gospel with everyone we meet, or are we so concerned about keeping things the way they've always been that stifle growth? Are we working to change the culture of our community, or are we accustomed to sitting in the same pew with the same people Sunday after Sunday? Important questions to ask ourselves....

  • Episode 22: Incohate Beings: The Struggle of Commitment

    May 9th, 2018  |  31 mins 53 secs

    Will is taking the next step in his seminary formation by committing to be a Candidate for Ordination, and this leads Will and Tom to consider the importance of committing to a vocation. Why is it so hard to say "yes"? Are we afraid of how great we might become?

  • Episode 21: One-on-One with Pope Francis

    May 3rd, 2018  |  43 mins 31 secs
    gaudete et exsultate, pope francis

    Okay, so we didn't get an interview with the Pope or anything, but when you read his new Exhortation, "Gaudete et Exsultate.," it's like he's talking directly to you! Alissa, Tom, and Will sit around and share their favorite parts of our Holy Father's newest Apostolic Exhortation (not an Encyclical!). The call to holiness applies to all of us, even non-Catholics. So what are you doing about it in your life?​

  • Episode 20: An Interview with One and a Half Almost Deacons

    April 26th, 2018  |  43 mins 28 secs
    catholic, deacon

    Deacon candidates Peter Barger and Mark Molchen sit down with Tom and Will in this episode to discuss what it means to serve the people of God as a Deacon, using the Street Retreat put on by Mobile Loaves and Fishes as an image for his future model of ministry--encountering the other.