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Flint Catholic Podcast

Flint Catholic Podcast

By Fr. Anthony Smela
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Full Interview with Michael Haggerty

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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 4, 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 8, 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 7, 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 3, 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 5, 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 8, 2020
Interview Episode: Tim Goodrich
Today we speak to the owner of Sutorial Shoes in downtown Flint. 
October 3, 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 1, 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