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The Dumb Ox Podcast

The Dumb Ox Podcast

By St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish
A show about our St. Thomas Aquinas family. We introduce you to our parish by means of good talks and conversation. We will highlight the events, ministries, and holy lives of our parish family one episode at a time, showing how God is working in our lives.
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Come Dwell in the house of the Lord
Just a little update/reminder to join us for Dwell this week!
August 10, 2021
Ep 20 - Ashes Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
This week Adam takes a deep dive into the Ash Wednesday changes that will happen due to COVID this year like only a liturgy nerd could.  The Vatican directive can be found here: The parish instruction video can be found here:
February 10, 2021
Ep 18 - What's your jam?
This week, Adam sat down with the parish's new Ministries Administrative Assistant, Tina Labossiere. Listen to a great conversation introducing Tina beyond her work, especially since her role is behind the scenes for the most part, and get to know her more personally.
February 5, 2021
Ep 17 - Did we hire someone from Ireland??
Staff Spotlight - Courtney Holbrook This week, Adam sat down with the parish's new Coordinator of Middle School Ministry, Courtney Holbrook. Listen to a great conversation introducing Courtney beyond her work, especially if you aren't a youth who gets to benefit from her ministry, and get to know her more personally.
November 19, 2020
COVID Protocols Update 11/15
We have an update to some of our COVID Protocols starting 11/21/20. Please listen in for a brief explanation of them.
November 15, 2020
Ep 16 - Our New Music Director!
Staff Spotlight - Chris Nolin This week, Adam sat down with the parish's new Music Director, Chris Nolin. Listen to a great conversation introducing Chris beyond his formal work tasks and get to know him more personally. Maybe you'll get some sneak peaks of what to expect in the coming weeks for our music program!
November 11, 2020
Where's the Ox?
What happened to the Dumb Ox podcast? Where has it been? Will it ever come back???!!!? That will be answered today!
November 5, 2020
Ep 15 - A Conversation with Dcn Frank
This week, Adam and Chris sat down with Deacon Frank Ashley to go a little bit deeper about his homily from June 7th. With all the unrest about racial justice, we talked about how our faith is relevant during these times.
June 11, 2020
Dcn Frank's Homily Trinity Sunday 6/7/20
In this special episode of the Dumb Ox Podcast, listen to Deacon Frank Ashley's very important homily from the 11:00 Mass this weekend, June 7th. This is a "must-listen" if you didn't hear it at Mass this weekend and absolutely worth a 2nd listen if you did.
June 7, 2020
Ep 14 - Pentecost
With the Easter season coming to a close, Adam and Chris spend some time talking about Pentecost. Join them to learn about the Jewish origins of the feast and how the descent of the Holy Spirit fulfills them. They also give a preview of the extra special Extended Vigil of Pentecost we'll celebrate this year
May 28, 2020
Ep 13 - Practical Ways of Actual Participation
Continuing their conversation from last week, Chris and Adam share some practical ideas on how to actively and actually participate in the Mass. Tune in for some tips to help you engage more deeply in various parts of the Mass, even parts we may tend to gloss over.
May 14, 2020
Ep 12 - Actual Participation
As we all get ready to return to public Mass this weekend, Chris lets Adam talk about his favorite subject: active participation in the liturgy. Tune in to listen and hear about how we can properly join our hearts and minds to worship at the Mass. Pius X - Tra le sollicitundidii Filled as We are with a most ardent desire to see the true Christian spirit flourish in every respect and be preserved by all the faithful, We deem it necessary to provide before anything else for the sanctity and dignity of the temple, in which the faithful assemble for no other object than that of acquiring this spirit from its foremost and indispensable font, which is the active participation in the most holy mysteries and in the public and solemn prayer of the Church. Sacrosanctum concilium Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy. Such participation by the Christian people as "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people (1 Pet. 2:9; cf. 2:4-5), is their right and duty by reason of their baptism. In the restoration and promotion of the sacred liturgy, this full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else; for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit; and therefore pastors of souls must zealously strive to achieve it, by means of the necessary instruction, in all their pastoral work.
May 8, 2020
Update - Return of the Mass
We bring to you good news of great joy! Bishop Vasquez has issued a new decree and pastoral letter permitting the celebration of public Masses in our diocese starting on Tuesday, May 5th! Here’s what that means for our parish!
April 30, 2020
Ep 11 - Light the Roman Candle!
In this episode, Chris and Adam are joined by a special guest, Deacon Frank Ashley! We discuss the meaning and symbolism of the Exultet, the chant that is sung at the beginning of the Easter Vigil after the lighting of the Paschal Candle. Join us in hearing the perspective of Deacon Frank on this great chant after he has spent the last month preparing to chant it this year.
April 9, 2020
Ep 10 - Ancient Homily for Holy Saturday
In this episode, Chris and Adam bring to you the hidden gem of Holy Week. Join us in reflecting on the "Ancient Homily for Holy Saturday" from the Office of Readings, delving into one of the days that we know the least about..
April 9, 2020
Ep 9 - Why so Maundy?
In this episode, Chris and Adam are joined by a special guest, Deacon Will Rooney! We discuss the meaning and symbolism of Holy Thursday, the night where two sacraments were instituted (Eucharist and Holy Orders). Join us in hearing the perspective of Deacon Will on this great liturgy before his own ordination to the priesthood.
April 9, 2020
Ep 8 - New Mass in Time of Pandemic
For an extra episode this week, Adam and Chris walk through the new liturgy that we celebrated for during the pandemic. Listen in for a reflection on how we got these new prayers and how timely these prayers are for us.
April 2, 2020
Ep 7 - Holy Week
This week, Adam and Chris walk through what to expect for Holy Week this year at St. Thomas Aquinas. Listen in for a reflection on how we can uniquely enter into the Paschal Triduum this year and truly make what we believe influence and effect how we pray and how we live.
April 1, 2020
Got Questions? Send us a message!
Announcement: We want to do a Q&A podcast with your questions, so send us an email or audio message(through Anchor) and we'll discuss it in an upcoming episode. Hopefully it will help pass the time in quarantine.
April 1, 2020
Ep 6 - Indulge us for a minute
In this week’s episode, Chris and Adam try to continue discussing the developments logistically and spiritually during this time when public Masses are suspended in our diocese. Join us to learn about the new indulgences granted by the Apostolic Penitentiary during the pandemic.
March 30, 2020
Ep 5 - Lectio Divina
In this week’s episode, Chris and Adam try to continue giving some spiritual encouragement during this time when public Masses are suspended in our diocese. Join us to learn about the practice of Lectio Divina, how it can work to build us up during this time, and practice it with Mark 4:35-41.
March 20, 2020
Emergency Update: COVID-19 Cancellations
On Tuesday, March 17th, Bishop Vasquez promulgated a decree suspending the celebration of public Masses in the Diocese of Austin through April 8th and dispensing the Sunday obligation for the faithful to attend Mass. In this extra episode, Chris and Adam spend some time talking through the implications of this decree for our parish and our spiritual lives and try to provide a little bit of hope in the face of this spiritual challenge. Act of Spiritual Communion  
March 18, 2020
Update: Coronavirus Concerns
We present the Bishop's new letter on the status of parish life throughout the diocese during the rise of the coronavirus concerns, and assess what this currently means for our parish.
March 13, 2020
Ep 4 - Well Well Well what prayer do we have here?
This week we talk about the gospel reading for this Sunday about the Samaritan woman at the well. The Church uses this scene as a model of prayer for us, so this week we have a mid-Lent check up on our prayer lives, and how we can change up our usual approach to this pillar of lent.
March 12, 2020
Ep 3 - The Return of St. Thomas
This week Chris & Adam take a look at the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. Yup, we are celebrating him again! Listen in to learn why we get to celebrate our patron twice a year.
March 5, 2020
Ep 2 - Stations of the Cross
This week Chris & Adam take a look at the "Via Dolorosa" or the Stations of the Cross, which our parish will pray every Friday during Lent at 7PM.
February 28, 2020
Ep 1 - Lent
We examine briefly the meaning of lent, and it ramifications for our parish over the coming weeks.
February 21, 2020
A weekly show by Chris Haberberger and Adam Brill on the Catholic faith, life, and culture of and for our parish family. This first episode introduces you to who we are and why we are doing this show.
February 21, 2020