Beyond the Bulletin

Connecting Our Catholic Community

About the show

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 24: ReCenter

    March 6th, 2019  |  22 mins 4 secs
    almsgiving, catholic, confession, fasting, lent, prayer, repentance

    Every Lent the Church asks three things of her members: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. These are three spiritual disciplines that actually grow your faith. But often our parishioners are heard saying how they wish they had a better prayer life, or a better relationship with God, or a deeper Catholic faith – yet they do not know where to start. A few “Our Fathers” here or a Scripture reflection there – and they soon give up the effort. This year we are asking all our parishioners to join together to Give Up, Pick Up, and Offer Up the same things for Lent 2019. Through these spiritual disciplines and practices your personal faith will grow, and so will the unity of our Church community. Our prayer is that we can hold each other accountable to growing in virtue and holiness this Lenten season as parish family.

  • Episode 23: Too Big To Succeed?

    February 8th, 2019  |  36 mins 47 secs
    archdiocese, bishops, catholic, church, clergy, diocese, pope, subsidiarity, vocations

    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."

  • Episode 22: Skorts - An Ode To Catholic Education

    January 30th, 2019  |  32 mins 51 secs
    academics, catholic, education, school, students

    Gomer & Stephen celebrate Catholic Schools Week by traumatizing the young minds of two students from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School.

  • Episode 21: Mary, Mother of God

    January 7th, 2019  |  26 mins 47 secs
    catholic, marian, mary, mother of god, motherhood

    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!

  • Episode 20: New Year, Same Gomer

    January 4th, 2019  |  27 mins 32 secs
    2019, catholic, goals, new year, resolutions

    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.

  • Episode 19: The Jewish Roots of Christmas

    December 21st, 2018  |  25 mins 31 secs
    catholic, christmas, hanukkah, israel, jewish, maccabees

    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!

  • Episode 18: The Christmas Special

    December 19th, 2018  |  31 mins 53 secs
    advent, baby jesus, catholic, christmas, nativity

    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!

  • Episode 16: Generationism

    November 28th, 2018  |  49 mins 52 secs
    baby boomers, catholic, church, gen x, generations, millennials

    Gomer & Stephen explain Baby Boomers, Gen Xer's, and Millennials as they relate to each other and the Church.

  • Episode 15: Going to Confession

    November 16th, 2018  |  32 mins 44 secs
    catholic, confession, penance, sacrament

    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?!

  • Episode 14: The Four Last Things

    November 9th, 2018  |  46 mins 40 secs

    We talk about Death, Judgment, Hell, and Heaven and what Catholic funerals are for.

  • Episode 13: The Principal's Office

    October 30th, 2018  |  30 mins 26 secs
    catholic, education, interview, principal, school

    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!

  • Episode 12: The Men In White

    October 22nd, 2018  |  33 mins 19 secs
    catholic, church, hope, incarcerated, inmates, jail, justice, kolbe, ministry, prison, texas

    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).

  • Episode 11: Buildings vs. People

    October 15th, 2018  |  35 mins 35 secs
    advancement, buildings, catholic, church, development, fundraising, money, renovations, tithing

    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.

  • Episode 10: St. José Sánchez del Río

    October 9th, 2018  |  18 mins 57 secs
    catholic, josé sánchez del río, martyr, mexico, saints, texas

    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.

  • Episode 9: Ex Opere Operato!

    October 5th, 2018  |  37 mins 53 secs
    faith, parishioner question, sacraments

    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!

  • Episode 8: College Football: The Other Sabbath?

    September 28th, 2018  |  20 mins 41 secs
    catholic, church, college football, faith, parish, sports

    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.