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Beyond the Bulletin

Striving to create an honest show about parish life, we introduce you to our parish staff, good talks, conversation, interesting guests, and parishioners like you. The goal is to build up the faith of our parishioners in these trying times as well as introduce you to our mission, ministries, and fellow parishioners. While we focus on our community here in The Woodlands, TX - we hope we can meet and bless others along the way!

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Episode 5: A Thomistic Moment - St. Michael, Angels, & Demons

Gomer and Stephen welcome back Brian Jones to the "padcast" to discuss the St. Michael Prayer, angelology and the reality of evil. Special Guest: Brian Jones.Support Beyond the Bulletin

29mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 6: A Ray Of Sunshine

Stephen and Gomer interview Cheryl Ray about origami in the offertory, the fight against sex trafficking, and hope from a non-Catholic perspective. Special Guest: Cheryl Ray.Support Beyond the Bulletin

24mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 7: A Thomist Moment: Faith, Reason, Science and Revelation

Stephen and Mike are joined by our staff Thomist, Brian Jones, Coordinator of Liturgy, to discuss the relationship between Faith and Reason, between Science and Religion, and Stephen reminds us all about the distinction between Public and Private Revelation.Special Guest: Brian Jones.Support Beyond the Bulletin

39mins

21 Sep 2018

Rank #3

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Episode 16: Generationism

Gomer & Stephen explain Baby Boomers, Gen Xer's, and Millennials as they relate to each other and the Church. After looking at the secular traits of the generations, the guys break down why Millennials view the Church differently than their parents and how it impacts the current climate in parish life, community, and liturgical preferences. Stephen gets excited at the death of Applebees and fabric softner. Support Beyond the Bulletin

49mins

28 Nov 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 4: Town Hall Follow Up

Stephen and Gomer welcome Brian Jones to the table to recap and dive deeper into the Restore Town Hall addressing Church scandal.Special Guest: Brian Jones.Support Beyond the Bulletin

26mins

12 Sep 2018

Rank #5

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Episode 23: Too Big To Succeed?

Stephen and Gomer discuss the benefits and challenges that come with the modern mega-dioceses that we see in the United States. The guys don't hold back on the idea that the current diocesan model in the global church could be reducing vocations, isolating our clergy, and neglecting the principle of subsidiarity in Church governance. Stephen places himself on the Chair of Peter and creates the "Diocese of The Woodlands." Support Beyond the Bulletin

36mins

8 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 15: Going to Confession

In this episode your fearless hosts, Gomer and Stephen, talk about the sacrament of confession- why we need it and how to do it- and address some issues and fears about going to Confession. I mean, we are only finding the holiest guy we know and telling him the worst things we've ever done. What's so hard about that?! What does it mean to repent and have interior sorrow for our sins? How do I confess my sins, and what am I specifically required to confess? What do I do after my confession? We hit on things like: Species and Number, why not to tell your life story or blame other people, and more!Support Beyond the Bulletin

32mins

16 Nov 2018

Rank #7

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Episode 14: The Four Last Things

We discuss the Four Last Things- death, judgment, Heaven and Hell- and clarify a bunch of myths and misunderstandings, especially as it touches upon Catholic funerals. A funeral is neither a sacrament nor a sacramental, but a sacred liturgy whereby we pray for the repose of the soul of the dead and worship God together. It is not a canonization Mass, though it is right and proper to remember and celebrate the good that our loved ones who have passed on did in his/her life. That said, funeral Masses are offered for their sins and attachments to sin. Also, we are all afraid of death, but our fear of death should be obliterated by the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ. Check out Hebrews 2:14-15: 14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same nature, that through death he might destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage. Support Beyond the BulletinLinks:Christian Funerals in the Catechism — 1683 The Church who, as Mother, has borne the Christian sacramentally in her womb during his earthly pilgrimage, accompanies him at his journey's end, in order to surrender him "into the Father's hands." She offers to the Father, in Christ, the child of his grace, and she commits to the earth, in hope, the seed of the body that will rise in glory.184 This offering is fully celebrated in the Eucharistic sacrifice; the blessings before and after Mass are sacramentals.Hebrews 9: First comes death, then judgment — 27 And just as it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.Jesus and the New Testament on Hell — Search terms from Biblegateway.com and the Revised Standard Version 2nd Catholic Edition."But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire."Jeremiah 7 and the origin of accursed Gehenna — 31 And they have built the high place of To′pheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind.

46mins

9 Nov 2018

Rank #8

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Episode 3: Belong, Believe, and Bless

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20mins

8 Sep 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 21: Mary, Mother of God

Stephen and Gomer cure their "holiday hangover" by discussing the title of Mother of God and why it's so crucial. Gomer tells the lamest Canadian joke ever. Eh-men!Support Beyond the Bulletin

26mins

7 Jan 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 20: New Year, Same Gomer

Mike and Stephen discuss New Year's resolutions and setting goals. Mike helps Stephen set a personal theme for 2019. Stephen reminds Gomer of the importance of brotherhood in achieving goals.Support Beyond the Bulletin

27mins

4 Jan 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 19: The Jewish Roots of Christmas

Gomer goes full rabbi and explains to Stephen the Jewish roots of Christmas found in the books of 1st & 2nd Maccabees. This episode makes your head spin faster than a dreidel - from Luther removing key books of the bible, to Alexander the Great's conquests, to King Herod being a paranoid jerk. It all comes to a mind blowing conclusion in the Bethlehem. L'Chaim Catholics!Support Beyond the Bulletin

25mins

21 Dec 2018

Rank #12

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Episode 22: Skorts - An Ode To Catholic Education

Gomer & Stephen celebrate Catholic Schools Week by traumatizing the young minds of two students from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School. All the basics get covered...religion class, prayer, muppets, dry-fit uniforms, skorts, and more! Support Beyond the Bulletin

32mins

30 Jan 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 18: The Christmas Special

Gomer & Stephen share their favorite Christmas traditions and take a look at the importance of the birth narratives in the Gospels of Matthew & Luke. Stephen finally outsmarts Gomer...thanks Santa! Support Beyond the Bulletin

31mins

19 Dec 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 9: Ex Opere Operato!

Parishioner Question: In light of the revelations about the wicked lives of people like Archbishop McCarrick, what's the deal with all of those sacraments he did? Surely they cannot be valid in God's eyes? Are those babies now to be considered unbaptized, Eucharists unconsecrated, priests non-ordained? Answer: Ex Opere Operato!Special Guest: Brian Jones.Support Beyond the Bulletin

37mins

5 Oct 2018

Rank #15

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Episode 8: College Football: The Other Sabbath?

Stretching Gomer's comfort zone - Stephen & Gomer discuss the culture of college football and other sports in the South and how sports played through the lens of faith can bring about world peace.Support Beyond the Bulletin

20mins

28 Sep 2018

Rank #16

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Episode 10: St. José Sánchez del Río

In preparation for an upcoming relic tour, Stephen and Gomer discuss the extraordinary life of St. José Sánchez del Río, also known as "Josélito" by Mexican Catholics. Josélito is a 20th century saint who was martyred by the Mexican government during the Cristeros War at only 14 years old for refusing to renounce his Catholic faith. His relics will be on display in The Woodlands and Houston in mid-October 2018. Support Beyond the Bulletin

18mins

9 Oct 2018

Rank #17

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Episode 12: The Men In White

Stephen and Gomer interview a parishioner on the podcast for the first time! Jerry Trzeciak runs a million ministries but his pride and joy is the Kolbe Prison Ministry. The guys discuss what it's like inside the Ferguson Unit, why Jerry loves this ministry, and how Kolbe Prison Ministry is transforming the lives of the "men in white" (aka the inmates). Special Guest: Jerry Trzeciak.Support Beyond the Bulletin

33mins

22 Oct 2018

Rank #18

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Episode 13: The Principal's Office

We interview Veronica Tucker, the new principal of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School! She gives us her education, theology, and family background while Gomer does his best to interrupt and make it all about him!Special Guest: Veronica Tucker.Support Beyond the BulletinLinks:Fr. Tom introduces Principal Tucker! — Veronica’s leadership skills and passion for faith-filled Catholic education are evident in her academic background which includes a B.A. in Pre-Professional Studies and Theology from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from the University of San Diego, and a Catholic School Leadership Certification from Creighton University. Additionally, Veronica will complete her M.S. from Creighton University in May 2019. Veronica has served the Diocese of Fort Worth for the past 12 years and is eager to join The Woodlands community this summer. While at Notre Dame, Veronica met her husband Aaron and together they have four children. Their oldest, Abby, will be a freshman at Frassati Catholic High School in the fall. Luke will be in 6th grade at St. Anthony of Padua. And her youngest two, Joey and Davidson, will both be in Kindergarten at St. Anthony of Padua. Our Parish School — Founded in 2001 as part of the Catholic parish of St. Anthony of Padua, we serve students in Pre-K3 through 8th grade in The Woodlands, Texas.History of the Catholic Church in the United States — Meanwhile the Catholic population continued to expand. By about 1776, it reached approximately 25,000 in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York State alone. Not long after the American Revolution, John Carroll, cousin of Declaration of Independence signer Charles Carroll, saw his dream of a Catholic college take root with the 1789 establishment of Georgetown. The Bill of Rights, with the First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom, helped Catholics further cement their place in post-Revolutionary America. John Carroll was appointed prefect of the United States of America in 1784 and bishop of Baltimore in 1789. Baltimore, the premier see, or first diocese in the country, was elevated to an archdiocese in 1808. Archbishop Carroll died in 1815. (There are now 195 Catholic dioceses and eparchies in the United States, with some 450 active and retired bishops.)

30mins

30 Oct 2018

Rank #19

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Episode 11: Buildings vs. People

Gomer and Stephen discuss the awkward struggle between growing/maintaining capital assets versus growing the faith of the people in a Catholic parish setting. Gomer makes Stephen shed a tear.Support Beyond the Bulletin

35mins

15 Oct 2018

Rank #20