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Flint Catholic Podcast

By Fr. Anthony Smela
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New Season and Back to School!
We're back! The students are back in school, and that means we can begin our THIRD season of the Flint Catholic Podcast! Today, we bring in Patrick Brennan to sit along side Fr. Tony, and we catch up from everything that happened over the summer. After the break, we play a back to school game. Announcements SISTER LISA IS MAKING HER FINAL VOWS!! The Servants of God’s Love invite all in the parish to join us in the celebration of the Perpetual Profession of Vows of Sr. Lisa Zelfa at Christ the King–Ann Arbor-on Saturday, September 10th. Bishop Boyea will be the main celebrant. The mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. immediately followed by a reception in the parish center. St. Matthew will begin an 11-week Bible study Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come on September 8 at 7:30 pm. Participants will meet every week to view an engaging video presentation followed by a time of lively group discussion and fellowship. For more information or to register, contact Amanda Williams at (810) 287-7941 or email at: St. Robert Church-Flushing Feast Day Celebration 100 Years in Flushing September 15th-18th Thursday–Sept. 15th 6:30 pm National Pro-Life speaker Rebecca Kiessling Friday-Sept. 16th 24 hour Adoration/Exposition Followed by 8:30am Mass Saturday, Sept. 17th Sunday-Sept. 18th Following 10:30AM Mass-Picnic Celebration! Pig Roast, Games, Entertainment, Open House St. John Fenton Applefest 50th Anniversary September 15-18th Carnival Rides, Food, Entertainment Opening Evening Fireworks at Bush Park Raffle Offers 2 Cars as Grand Prizes See details at “Holy Hot Rods” Holy Rosary’s 3rd Annual Car and Truck Show (Swap/Craft Show too) Saturday, Sept. 17th 10AM-2PM 10am-2pm (Rain Date-Sept. 18th) Awards: People’s Choice, Kid’s Choice, Best Original, Best Modified Food Tent, 50/50 Raffles/Door Prizes Model Car Contest Open to Antiques, Classic, Rat Rods, Street Rods, Customs, 4X4’s and more! $10 Driver’s Admission Placement of cars begins at 9AM Contact Tony Avery (810 736-4040 at 9AM Holy Family 2022 Bible Study Wisdom Study Scripture and the Tradition of the Catholic Church provide an abundance of wisdom, though it can often be challenging to apply it to our lives. In this eight-part study, Jeff Cavins and Thomas Smith examine biblical wisdom as it relates to daily life. Drawing on the wisdom literature of the Bible—Proverbs, Wisdom, Sirach, and Ecclesiastes—  Wisdom: God’s Vision for Life will teach you how to actively seek sound guidance and increase your sense of peace in navigating life. In everything from friendships to finances, from making decisions to attaining peace of mind, Scripture offers a vision for happiness and well-being. With this program, you will learn how to gather, gain, and grow in wisdom, and you will experience the joy it brings to your life.  Where: St Joseph Center  When: Wednesday evenings 7 pm to 8:30 pm October 5, 12, 19, 26 / November 2, 9, 16, 30 Cost: $25.00 for participants Program leader and contact: Dcn. Dan (
September 10, 2022
The Mystery of the Eucharist
Today, we tackle the USCCB document "The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church" as we continue our journey to the Eucharistic Revival.   After the break, we talk Canon Law! Recently, Nancy Pelosi has been told that she is not to be admitted to communion in the diocese of San Francisco, and we look at that issue in light of this document and Canon 915.
May 30, 2022
Do You Want To Be Healed? Interview: Patrick Brennan
Today we explore the phenomenon of miraculous healings in the Scripture along with miraculous healings we see today.  On Friday, May 20th, at 6pm at St. Mary in Flint, a healing service will take place. After the break, Patrick Brennan joins us to continue the discussion on healing.
May 20, 2022
#BYOB Revelation and a Bible Game
We totally forgot to finish the #BYOB series, can you believe it?!?! Today we dive into the most difficult book of the bible to understand, the book of Revelation. Given the time constraints, I hope I did a good job in summarizing it, but I could do a whole series on Revelation alone. If that is something that interests you, let me know in the comments and we'll consider doing it going forward. After the break, we play a game. Are the lines I read from the bible or are they lyrics to a heavy metal song? I only got one wrong when I played it! 
May 05, 2022
A Walk Through Holy Week
Today, we take a walk through the upcoming Holy Week - Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday.  After the break, we take a look at different ways of celebrating Easter (or really, more like the spring) in different parts of the world. Some are... unique.
April 07, 2022
They may take our lives, but they will never take our FREEDOM! Today, we're talking about freedom. What is it, and why does it matter?
March 10, 2022
Emotions, Imagination, and the Number 40!
Today, we're talking about EMOTIONS - like the good kind. And the imagination. How can God use those? Watch and find out!   After the break, grab your Faith Catholic Magazine as we learn about the number 40 and how important that is in Scripture!   HAPPY LENT!
March 03, 2022
Members of the Household of God and Interview with Mark Harris
The Flint 40 Days for Life website is Sign up for the prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood: For more information contact Mark Harris Flint 40 Days for Life Campaign Leader - volunteer at email: “Introducing 40 Days for Life" video: You can save a life: “Meet a Mom who chose life!
March 01, 2022
The Toughest Catholic Quiz
Today, we tackle the Toughest Catholic Quiz from Catholic Answers. How well did you do? Let us know in the comments!
February 03, 2022
Circuses and Lectio Divina
Pillar Catholic Article -  Megalovania -
January 31, 2022
Spirituality Year and #Blessed
Today, we talk about the bishops including a spirituality year for seminarians. What does this have to do with ordinary people in the pews? A lot! Stay tuned to find out why.   After the break, we talk about what it means to be #Blessed. Following the Feast of the Epiphany, we discuss what the big deal is with chalk, water, and salt.
January 19, 2022
Advent/Christmas, and Evangelizing Your Family
First, we want to apologize for our episodes coming out more sporadically recently. As you know we're trying to work out the kinks in this new video studio, and it's taking longer than expected. Hopefully, when we start the new year, we'll be able to go every week!   Today, we look at Advent and Christmas.   After the break, Michael gives us tips for evangelizing your family, especially as we spend time with them during the holidays.   Don't forget, the St. John Vianney School auction is on Saturday, February 12th. More details will come in the following weeks.
December 21, 2021
Major Update and #BYOB Colossians
It's been a while! In the time we've been gone, we have been working hard on upgrading our studio. Now we're no longer just audio, we're video! You can find us online at
October 28, 2021
Lessons From Samuel and Space Meteors
Today we look to 1 Samuel 3 on how to Hear God. We get a lesson from Samuel. After the break, we read through an article wondering if a recent discovery of an ancient meteor strike was located in the Biblical city of Sodom.  Was Sodom Destroyed By A Meteor? #BYOB Fr. Pieter on Genesis 19
September 23, 2021
WSJ Article and the Rant on Rants
We look to the Wall Street Journal for our first segment. After the break, we return to the Synod on Synods - hopefully for the last time (but probably not)
September 19, 2021
Freshman Questions and Patrick Brennan
In the first segment, we again take a couple of questions from Fr. Tony's Theology class. If you have a question you would like answered on the Flint Catholic Podcast, send an email to!  Dorothy's House of Coffee presents the Missio Dei Project. Come and join us for a weekend of worship, coffee, and hands on ministry experience with Bryan O'Donnell from Urban Encounter Ministries. Worship music led by John Mira. $15 registration. September 17-18. Register at After the break, we speak with the new Director of Campus Ministry at Powers Catholic High School, Patrick Brennan.
September 09, 2021
#BYOB Romans and Fire Insurance (not)
In the first segment, we continue our journey through the Bible with the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans. After the break, we look at The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. 
September 02, 2021
The Case for Jesus and Top 5 Catholic Media
In our first segment, we talk about Brant Pitre's book, The Case for Jesus.  After the break, Michael and I count down our top five of Catholic Media, with a couple of honorable mentions at the end.  Fr. Tony Word on Fire Ministries ( Spirit Juice Studios ( Fr. Mike Schmitz (Ascension Presents) ( The Prince of Egypt (Dreamworks) David Calavitta Instagram (@DavidCal Michael Augustine Institute/ You Were Born for This Podcast - Fr. John R. Catholic Answers The Hour (i.d. Podcast) Fearless Documentary (Encounter Ministries)
August 27, 2021
The Didache and More Meetings?!?!?
In the first segment, we discuss the great early Church document, the Didache.  After the break, we look at George Weigel's recent article, A Church in mission or a Church in meetings? First Annual Michigan Catholic Women’s Conference - To be held on October 16, 2021 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Lansing Center. For more details, check out the diocesan website.
August 20, 2021
Unity of the Church. Interview: Fr. Anthony Strouse
In the first segment, we talk about unity within the Church and unity outside the Church. We go over some ways to help us all foster real unity in the world, the kind of unity that Jesus prays for.  After the break, we interview Fr. Anthony Strouse, pastor of St. Pius X and St. Matthew in Flint.  CATHOLIC COMMUNITY OF FLINT PICNIC Sunday, August 15, 2021 The Catholic Community of Flint Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 15th, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Flushing County Park on McKinley Road, Pavilion #1. Burgers, hot dogs, water, iced tea and lemonade will be provided. We ask that each family bring a dish to pass. If you are interested in attending, please call the St. John Vianney parish office at 810-235-1812 or email Amy Henthorn at Let us know how many will be attending so we can plan accordingly. We hope to see you there! 2021 Lugnuts Game/Night of Vocations - To be held on August 13, 2021 at 7:00 pm at Jackson Field Stadium. First Annual Michigan Catholic Women’s Conference - To be held on October 16, 2021 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Lansing Center. For more details, check out the diocesan website. Dorothy’s House of Coffee is now officially open! You can check us out at (yes, that is the full link!)
August 12, 2021
#BYOB Acts of the Apostles
Today we take another step in our #BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible) journey. We've officially begun the New Testament and dive headfirst into the Acts of the Apostles. Beginning September 21, on Tuesdays, 7-9pm, Holy Family in Grand Blanc will begin a journey through the Bible through the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan. CBSM brings the Scriptures to life with in-depth study of the entire Bible led by seminary professors. Learn more and join us for an info Night at Contact them at or call/text 586-438-3085. Dorothy’s House of Coffee is now officially open! [Video Link] You can check us out at (yes, that is the full link!)
August 05, 2021
Authority in Christ, and Put Down the Devices!
In our first segment, we talk about what it means to have the Authority of Christ.  After the break, we dive back into Faith Magazine. This time into the July/August edition. Page 6, Sheri Wolfert's article entitled, Summer Reset: Put Down the Devices.  ANNOUNCEMENTS Join young adults ages 18-39 from across Michigan this summer for a Catholic pilgrimage weekend of camping, prayer, friendship, and hiking to the Shrine of the Cross in the Woods in Indian River. Cost is $45 per person. Deadline to register is July 16th. To register, go to If you have any questions please contact Dawn Hausmann, director of young adult ministry at the Diocese of Lansing, at or 517-342-2506. Beginning September 21, on Tuesdays, 7-9pm, Holy Family in Grand Blanc will begin a journey through the Bible through the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan. CBSM brings the Scriptures to life with in-depth study of the entire Bible led by seminary professors. Learn more and join us for an info Night at Contact them at or call/text 586-438-3085 This will be the last full episode for a few weeks - we’re all taking some time off. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t be uploading. There may be some mini-episodes uploaded during this stretch, so stay tuned!
July 08, 2021
Summer Pilgrimages - Interview with Colleen Vermeulen
Today, we unveil our top summer pilgrimage spots. First, a list that is within a short drive, and then a list of our top worldwide pilgrimage spots.  Driving Distance: Cross in the Woods Bl. Solanus Casey Center Shrine of Christ’s Passion Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe - LaCrosse, Wisconsin Our Lady of Good Help - Champion, Wisconsin Bishop Baraga Tour, Northern Michigan North American Martyrs Shrine, Midland, Ontario Money/Time Not a Problem Jerusalem. Jasna Gora Monastery St. John Paul II International Shrine Any pilgrimage that Steve Ray leads. After the break, we speak to Colleen Vermeulen of the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan. Interested in learning more about the school? Visit
July 02, 2021
#BYOB Malachi and the USCCB Assembly
We are at the halfway point of our participation in the #BishopsYearOfTheBible! Today, we look at one of the minor prophets, Malachi.  After the break, we look to the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops). They had their General Assembly last week, but before you fall asleep, there was an interesting proposal given by Bishop Cozzens of The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. We talk about the Eucharistic Revival Project and then we talk about the bishops passing an action item to produce a document on the meaning of the Eucharist.  Article talking about the Eucharistic Revival Project Interview with Bishop Cozzens on the Eucharistic Revival Project
June 25, 2021
The Faith Catholic June Edition
Grab your Faith Catholic Magazine June Edition! We're going to dive into two different topics from this magazine. The first segment is about the Prophetic Mission of the Laity (a favorite topic of ours!). The second segment is about Scripture and Spiritual Warfare.  Don't forget about FaithFest in Dewitt, Michigan on June 26th!
June 17, 2021
The Eucharist and Covenants
This past Sunday, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus, and so we felt it appropriate to talk about the Eucharist today! The first segment goes into sacramental theology and what the Eucharist is. The second segment goes into the covenantal nature of the Eucharist.  This is the link to the Virtual Adoration channel that Michael mentions in this episode.  As our dispensation from the Sunday and Holyday obligation ends, the Flint parishes (Christ the King, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. John Vianney, St. Matthew, St. Pius X, St. Mary Oratory) are celebrating the great gift of the Mass in our lives. To do this, these parishes will be celebrating an outdoor Mass on Sunday, June 13th, at 11:00 a.m. at Powers Catholic High School to celebrate our faith, witness our joy at the gift of the Eucharist, and enjoy fellowship with each other. After Mass there will be lunch and music to continue the celebration. This will be the only Mass for those parishes on June 13th (Saturday evening Masses will be held as usual). Please mark your calendars to join in this festive event! ishop Earl Boyea seeks to further “equip the Household of Faith” to become disciples of Christ so that, in His friendship, they can reach out and evangelize the wider community. Among the initiatives to achieve this goal, FaithFest offers families and people of all ages a day of live music, social and recreational activities, food, fireworks and fun -- all  centered around a vigil Mass. This extraordinary family festival takes place on the grounds of St. Francis Retreat Center, a beautiful 95-acre campus, where rolling hills, wooded trails and ample accommodations permit a unique and memorable summer festival of faith. FaithFest is a day for Christian families to gather together and celebrate their faith in an atmosphere of upbeat, joyful participation! Parish and school groups, youth ministries, small groups or large apostolates -- all are welcome to reunite at FaithFest!
June 10, 2021
#BYOB Isaiah Part Two
Today, we finish what we started last week - the book of Isaiah!  After the break, we speak with Fr. Paul Donnelly, the pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe and soon the pastor of Christ the King in Flint as well!  During this interview, we mentioned Renewal Ministries and the Hogar Nazareth Orphanage in Honduras.
June 03, 2021
#BYOB Isaiah Part One - Interview with Dan Schmit
Isaiah is a large book - so large in fact, that we couldn't get through the whole thing in one segment, we needed to split it into two! Today, we'll talk through the first half of the book and next week, we'll finish Isaiah.  After the break, we talk with the Director of Worship at Holy Redeemer, Dan Schmit. 
May 27, 2021
The Authenticity of Scripture and the Zealots
The first segment comes from a question Fr. Tony received from his 8th grade class. How can we know the Scripture is reliable? How do we know it's true? For this segment, we cite Dr. Brant Pitre and his book, The Case For Jesus. In the second segment, we come back to the Faith Catholic Magazine and look at the historical group known as the Zealots. Who are they, and why are they important in Israel during the life of Christ? 
May 20, 2021
#BYOB Judith and Community on Mission
Today we continue our journey through the Bible by taking a look at the book of Judith.  After the break, we jump back into Faith Catholic Magazine with Fr. Dwight Ezop's article, "Parish Communities Are Called To Nourish People".
May 13, 2021
St. Pius V and Sister Christina
In the first segment, we return to the April issue of Faith Magazine and talk about St. Pius V. After the break, we talk to Sister Christina of the Servants of God's Love about her work on the East Side of Flint.
May 06, 2021
UPDATE: Don't Eat The Seed! Interview: Dcn. Mike Martin
This is a re-upload! The last one only uploaded the first nine minutes, this is the full episode! 
May 06, 2021
Option for the Poor. Interview: Mary Dowsett
Today we examine the Church's teaching on the option for the poor. After the break, we speak with Mary Dowsett and ask her to talk about her time ministering on the east side of Flint.
April 23, 2021
Happy Easter! And the Bishop's Statement on the Vaccine
Happy Easter! He Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed! In the first segment, we talk about the season on Easter! Easter didn't end a few Sundays ago! In the last segment, we read and discuss the statement from the Michigan Bishops about the vaccines, especially the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
April 14, 2021
Fools for Christ and Holy Thursday
Happy April Fools Day! Today, we begin by talking about how we should be fools for Christ! Also, today is Holy Thursday, so in the second segment we talk about what happens during this day of the Triduum.
April 01, 2021
Holy Week and the Annunciation
Today, we talk about the part of the Triduum that we don't usually talk about. The time between Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. What happens on Holy Saturday? In the second segment, we talk about the Annunciation - our feast day today!
March 25, 2021
#BYOB Nehemiah and Welcome Back!
Our next installment of the #BYOB (Bishop's Year of the Bible) is from the Book of Nehemiah!  Then, a short discussion about what returning to Mass will be like. What should we expect going into the summer? In what ways will the Church have to change in the midst of the world changing? I don't have all the answers, but perhaps a few points to get us started. 
March 19, 2021
Reclaiming St Patrick's Day! Interview: Cecilia Lawrence
Today we try to reclaim St. Patrick’s Day! We look into the actual history of St. Patrick and his incredible story! As St. Paul says in Ephesians, let’s not get drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit! In our last segment, we interview artist and iconographer Cecilia Lawrence. You can find her incredible work at
March 13, 2021
Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Interview: Raffy Urgino
Today we begin by talking about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. You may have heard that phrase before, but have never really known what it meant. Here, we go into what that means, and how we all can be baptized by the Holy Spirit! Dorothy's House of Coffee is going to open soon! Keep checking our new website for more details! Today, Raffy Urgino joins us! He is the Director of Religious Education and Evangelization for Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Burton. We talk about evangelization and continue the conversation about Baptism of the Holy Spirit!
March 04, 2021
#BYOB Ruth. Interview: Dr. Theresa Marshall
Today we are on our second of our twelve part #BYOB series! As we were recording, I didn't have the list of books in front of me, so I'll list them here. 1. Judges 2. Ruth 3. Nehemiah 4. Judith 5. Isaiah 6. Malachi 7. Acts of the Apostles 8. Romans 9. Colossians 10. 1-2 Timothy 11. Hebrews 12. Revelation. In the second segment, we interview the principal of St. John Vianney Catholic School in Flint, Dr. Theresa Marshall. You can learn more about the school at
February 25, 2021
Ecumenism and Evangelization. Interview: Josh Carlson
Today we dive deeper into the difference between Ecumenism and Evangelization, and why we need to do both.  In the second segment, we talk to the manager of Dorothy's House of Coffee, Josh Carlson. Yes! Dorothy's is reopening! You can keep up on the latest news through the new website, 
February 18, 2021
Preparing for Lent. Interview: Deacon Sean Costello
Today, we begin by helping you prepare for the best Lent of your life! (Perhaps the second Lentiest Lent of all time, the first being last Lent).  ANNOUNCEMENTS: The bishop has extended the dispensation to attend Mass until May 16th, a week before Pentecost. After the break, we chat with Deacon Sean Costello of Powers Catholic High School. We talk about his path to the diaconate, his time as the superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Lansing, and his role now at Powers Catholic High School.  Want to know more about Powers? or call 810-591-4741.
February 11, 2021
Catholic Schools! Interview: Sally Bartos
We're right around Catholic Schools Week, so the theme for February will be Catholic Schools! In the first segment, Michael and I discuss the statistics of Catholic schools, and why we see their importance. Sally Bartos is the principal of Powers Catholic School, and so we sit down to ask her about the importance of Catholic schools, and especially during this time of Covid-19. 
February 08, 2021
The Role of Life in the Gospel. Interview: Jenny Ingles
Today, we talk about the Pro-Life movement. In the second segment, we are joined by Jenny Ingles. Jenny Ingles is the Director for Natural Family Planning in the Diocese of Lansing where she coordinates Natural Family Planning programs throughout the diocese.  She also assists couples in choosing the right method of Natural Family Planning for their life circumstance and helps them troubleshoot any problems that they may have using NFP.  In addition, she is a Creighton Model FertilityCare Practitioner where she teaches couples how to understand, chart and make procreative and gynecological decisions using the Creighton Model FertilityCare System.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hope College with a dual degree in Political Science and Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice.
January 30, 2021
Full Interview with Michael Haggerty
This is the full length interview with Michael Haggerty of the Traditional Latin Mass Community. The Traditional Latin Mass (Also known as the Extraordinary Form of the Mass or the Tridentine Mass) is celebrated every Sunday at 3pm at St. Matthew Church in downtown Flint.
January 20, 2021
Saints and the Mass. Interview: Michael Haggerty
Today, Michael and I tell our favorite saint stories!  After the break, we interview Michael Haggerty, one of the leaders of the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Matthew's in Flint. We talk about the Mass itself, and he gives some tips for those who would like to attend, but don't know what to do. On Saturday, we will release the full interview.
January 14, 2021
#BYOB and Baptism
Happy New Year! We made it to 2021! We're gonna start a monthly segment called #BYOB - we'll take a segment and go through 12 different books of the bible. The books we chose are ones that we typically don't hear from and may not be as familiar with. The first book we're gonna look at today is the book of Judges. Announcements- Virtual Panel: Understanding Various Forms of Consecrated Life Date/Time Sun, 01/31/2021 - 04:00 PM EST Cost $0 Why are there different forms of consecrated life in the Catholic Church and what is the difference? The panel of women, for this day, will represent consecrated virginity,  a secular institute, a society of apostolic life, and a religious sister.  Each will talk on their vocation and the beauty of this form of life. THIS EVENT is complimentary on behalf of the Diocese of Orange, California, the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, and the Diocese of Phoenix Arizona. Registration Link: On January 8th, we'll celebrate the Baptism of Jesus, and so we figured this was a good time to talk about Baptism in general. 
January 07, 2021
New Years and Theotokos
Today we talk about New Years resolutions - and the best strategies to follow through on them.  In the second segment, we talk about the Solemnity that we celebrate on January 1st, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, the Theotokos.  Feel free to leave a message for us here. Link to Cecilia Lawrence's artwork.
December 31, 2020
Merry Christmas!
Today, we have some fun! In the first segment, we discuss our top 3's. Top three Christmas movies, top three Christmas music, and my favorite, top three Christmas foods! In the second segment, we play Christmas trivia. Can you do better than us? Send us an email or a message with your scores!
December 26, 2020
Full Interview with Fr. Joe Krupp
I'm just gonna say it. If you decide to skip this episode, you're making a huge mistake! We talk about Fr. Joe Krupp's vocation story, his beard, his church building project, and his beer! Fr. Joe Krupp is the pastor of Holy Family parish and St. Mark parish in Grand Blanc. You can follow him on Twitter at @joeinblack, on facebook at, and on YouTube at for his Quarantine Catechesis.
December 21, 2020
The Power of Beauty. Interview: Fr. Joe Krupp
Today, we tackle the idea of beauty!  Check your parish website for Christmas Mass times and livestreams! Fr. Joe Krupp, pastor of Holy Family in Grand Blanc is the interview!
December 17, 2020
Interview Episode: Fr. Jim Rolph
The full interview with Fr. Jim Rolph, the chaplain of Powers Catholic High School and a member of the Realignment of Resources to Mission for the diocese of Lansing. 
December 14, 2020
Maintenance to Mission. Interview: Fr. Jim Rolph
Today we start with a portion of the interview from Fr. Jim Rolph where he talks about his role in the Realignment of Resources to Mission committee for the Diocese of Lansing. More information can be found at the diocesan website,  After the break, Michael and Fr. Tony discuss the Archdiocese of Detroit moving to a "Family of Parishes" model.
December 10, 2020
Covid Holidays and More 8th Grader Questions
How was your Covid Thanksgiving? It probably wasn't much better than ours. With Christmas right around the corner, how do we still celebrate these holidays, even with the Covid restrictions? Announcements: Livestreaming at St. John Vianney and St. Matthew! At release date, we don't have the links up and ready yet, so please continue to check the website,   New Confession and Adoration schedule for St. John Vianney and St. Matthew. Saturday morning at 8:30am at St. John Vianney Monday evening at 6pm at St. Matthew Adoration will begin after the 12:10pm Mass at St. Matthew and Benediction will be at 7pm.  Young Adults are invited to a weekly zoom call, 8pm on Advent Tuesdays. They will go through the Bishop's Year of the Bible
December 03, 2020
New Testament Overview #BYOB
Today we take the whirlwind tour through the New Testament. After the announcements, Fr. Tony tells his favorite story in the bible, The Greatest Story Never Told.  Announcements: RRM Parish Meetings - Starting Monday, November 16 through Thursday, December 17, the Diocese of Lansing Realign Resources for Mission Committee will be touring the diocese for a series of local parish meetings in order to explain the rationale behind the process, the methodology of the process, the vision it has for the future of parish life in the diocese and, most importantly, to listen to parishioners as to what they think of the process and how it could, potentially, impact upon their parish positively or negatively. Note: Because of Covid, these are now entirely online. Each meeting will begin at 7pm and will run for a duration of 90 minutes. The meeting will consist of two elements: A presentation on behalf of the Realign Resource for Mission Committee combined with both verbal discussion and written feedback from parishioners on their hopes and fears for the process; what feel needs to be known about their parish; and any specific suggestions they may have for the future of their parish or the future of the diocese. They can also register their questions too. November 30th - RRM at St. Matthew December 2nd - RRM at St. John Vianney Young Adults, 18 & older, are invited to participate in a weekly Zoom call at 8pm on Advent Tuesdays 2020 Come explore through conversation and community what God’s word is saying to you.  NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. This series will allow us to begin together Bishop Boyea's Year of the Bible and begins Tues. Dec 1st. Behind the Veil #2: Tour of Convent Life (Virtual) – Wonderful opportunity not only for women in discernment of religious life, but for youth groups, families, and others curious to learn about convent life and experience of various religious sisters living it.  Link MESSAGE FROM THE BISHOP:  "After consulting the Presbyteral Council and the Cabinet, I have decided to extend the dispensation from the Obligation of Sunday and Holy Day Mass until February 16th, the day before Ash Wednesday." However, the bishop strongly encourages those in good health to attend Sunday Mass. Each parish takes seriously COVID protocol, and so you should feel safe to return to Mass. The great news is that Churches have not been a spreader event.
November 26, 2020
Interview Episode: Craig Pohl, Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Lansing
Today we travel to Lansing to speak to the Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Lansing, Craig Pohl!
November 23, 2020
Old Testament Overview #BYOB. Interview: Craig Pohl
Today I run as fast as possible to narrate the overarching story of the Old Testament. After the announcements, we speak with Craig Pohl, the Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Lansing. In this episode, we'll have a segment from the full interview, which will be released later this week. Announcements:   The Bishops Year of the Bible (BYOB) starts soon!  Text BYOB to 84576 to join! You can also join by email at Young Adults 18 + are invited to participate in a weekly Zoom call at 8pm on Advent Tuesdays 2020.  Come explore through conversation and community what God’s word is saying to you.  NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.  This series will allow us to begin together Bishop Boyea's Year of the Bible.  Dates: Tues. Dec 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd.
November 20, 2020
Happiness - Interview: Fr. John Whitlock
Today we talk about a topic we all need more of, happiness! We take a look at one of my heroes, Arthur Brooks, and his book Love Your Enemies. His movie which is also worth watching is called The Pursuit.   Our interview today is with the Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Lansing, Fr. John Whitlock. Check out their brand new website,
November 12, 2020
Inspiration of Scripture #BYOB
Starting next month is the Bishops Year of the Bible (#BYOB), and so over the next few weeks we'll talk about Scripture to prepare us for the year. Bishop Boyea's Year of the Bible Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Why read the Holy Bible? Well, as that great figure of the Early Church, Saint Jerome, said: “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ”. Jesus Christ is our reason to read the Holy Bible. It is in the pages of Sacred Scripture that we encounter him; that we get to know him and he gets to know us; that we fall in love with him, and, thus, we discover our deepest peace, happiness and meaning. That’s why I invite you to join me in reading through the Holy Bible over the course of the next 12 months, starting this Advent. Together, it will be our Year of the Bible. Each day, I will text you a chapter of Sacred Scripture directly to your cellphone. We will then read it and meditate upon it. Over the weeks, I’ll also text you invitations to events; share video reflections with you; and let you know about other Year of the Bible updates. By the end of 12 months, we will have made our pilgrimage together. Do you want to sign up? Well, all you have to do is pick up your cellphone and text the letters BYOB – that stands for Bishop’s Year of the Bible – to 84576. Alternatively, if you would rather receive the daily scripture reading via e-mail, click here to sign up. I look forward to journeying with you as we encounter Christ through various books of the Bible over the next 12 months. Let us make this a deeply spiritual year for all of us. Thank you and God bless you. + Earl Boyea Bishop of Lansing
November 05, 2020
The Four Last Things Part II
As we prepare for Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day, we take some time to remember the Four Last Things; Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Today, we focus in on the last two; hell and heaven. Announcements: Commemorations for the Dead for All Souls Day St. Robert: 8:30am St. John Davison: Noon at St. John Chapel/Mausoleum Holy Rosary: 6pm Holy Redeemer: 7pm On Monday, November 2, at St. Robert Church, 35 hours of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin and continue throughout Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, until Benediction at 8 pm. Many Eucharistic Adorers will be needed to sign up for one-hour periods to ensure Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is not left alone. Sign up at: Please call Renee (810.964.7597) or email if you need help signing up. 
October 29, 2020
The Four Last Things Part I
As we prepare for Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day, we take some time to remember the Four Last Things; Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Today, we focus in on the first two; death and judgment, and next week we will look at the last two.  Announcments From October 10-25, St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center in Flint will host its annual Octoberfest fundraiser virtually. To help support their job training, social enterprise, literacy, food pantry and other programs, please participate in the Octoberfest Auction and Impact Giving campaigns. Find out how to participate here: For more information about the Center, visit Questions - contact Lisa Hirsch at Thank you for your support! If you know of any announcements that your parish has that should be said on this podcast, please let us know! You can email Fr. Tony at  Please don’t forget to like, subscribe, review, and share this podcast with others!
October 22, 2020
The Election Episode
As some of you may be aware, there is an election happening in a few weeks. In this episode, we look at the USCCB document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. What are the principles that we should be voting with? The United States Conference of Bishops speaks clearly and forcefully in this document, and we talk about it so you don't have to read it.  Announcements this week Holy Hour on October 23rd at St. Mary/St. Joseph in Durand. The Diocese of Lansing podcast.
October 15, 2020
The Encyclical Episode
Today, we talk about the encyclical that Pope Francis just dropped, Fratelli Tutti! We bring back Tim Goodrich to have a roundtable discussion about what we thought of the Pope's encyclical. There are no announcements today - unfortunately, not a lot is happening in the Catholic world right now due to Covid-19. If you hear of anything that you think should be mentioned in this podcast, please feel free to reach out to us with the message button or at
October 08, 2020
Interview Episode: Tim Goodrich
Today we speak to the owner of Sutorial Shoes in downtown Flint. 
October 03, 2020
We Take Questions From 8th Graders
In the first segment, we answer questions from the 8th graders at St. John Vianney. As a reminder, you can ask your own questions from the website when you click the Message button ( You can also send me an email directly at Announcements this week: Launch! All college students in Flint are invited to Launch at Dorothy's on Tuesday evenings. Oremus Monthly Holy Hour at St. Matthew in Flint. Religious Education is starting up all over the diocese, don't forget to sign up! In the final segment, we play a portion of the interview with Tim Goodrich (Sutorial Shoes). The full interview will be released on Satuday, October 3rd.  
October 01, 2020
The First Episode! Interview: Fr. Tom Firestone
This is the historic moment! The first episode! In the first segment, Fr. Tony and Michael discuss the good things they see happening in Flint. Then, we give some general announcements at around the ten minute mark.  After that, we have the interview with Fr. Tom Firestone, Pastor of the Catholic Community of Flint.
September 24, 2020
Introduction to the Flint Catholic Podcast
Here is what the Flint Catholic Podcast is all about! First episode on September 24th.
August 26, 2020