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 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.

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

    September 21st, 2018  |  39 mins 40 secs
    catholicism, faith and reason, thomist moment

    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.

  • Episode 6: A Ray Of Sunshine

    September 12th, 2018  |  24 mins 35 secs
    finance, healing, hope, offertory, sex trafficking, tithe

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

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

    September 12th, 2018  |  29 mins 24 secs
    angels, archangel, catholic, church, demons, evil, prayer, st. michael

    Gomer and Stephen welcome back Brian Jones to the "padcast" to discuss the St. Michael Prayer, angelology and the reality of evil.

  • Episode 4: Town Hall Follow Up

    September 12th, 2018  |  26 mins 3 secs
    abuse, bishops, catholic, church, healing, laity, parish, popes, scandal, victims

    Stephen and Gomer welcome Brian Jones to the table to recap and dive deeper into the Restore Town Hall addressing Church scandal.

  • Episode 3: Belong, Believe, and Bless

    September 8th, 2018  |  20 mins 14 secs
    believe, belong, bless, catholic, parish, service, vision statement

    Your hosts unpack our new parish vision statement - that all may belong here, believe in Jesus Christ, and bless others - and apply it to individuals, ministries, and the parish as a whole. As a vision statement, it is simple enough to be memorable, but specific enough to actually provide direction for our parish.

  • Episode 2: All About Alpha

    September 7th, 2018  |  23 mins 52 secs
    alpha, catholic, evangelization

    We discuss why we are bringing Alpha back to our parish, why it originally left, and what purpose it serves for the life of our parish.