Dive Deep

Dive Deep

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Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, is a show where we will dive deep into our faith where we will explore those interesting Catholic questions and issues you may have.


Child announces he or she is gay? Friend having sex outside of marriage?
Sep 18 • 22 min
In part three of our series “Real World Questions, Real Catholic Answers,” we explore these questions from a pastoral perspective, giving you a concise understanding of what the Church teaches and hoping they can prepare you for these challenging…
Adult child living with boyfriend/girlfriend? Friend wants a divorce?
Sep 4 • 18 min
In part two of our series “Real World Questions, Real Catholic Answers,” we explore these questions from a pastoral perspective, giving you a concise understanding of what the Church teaches and hoping they can prepare you for these challenging…
Child/spouse won’t go to Mass? Know someone who feels they have no worth?
Aug 21 • 18 min
In part one of our series “Real World Questions, Real Catholic Answers,” we explore these questions from a pastoral perspective, giving you a concise understanding of what the Church teaches and hoping they can prepare you for these challenging…
Catholic Charities and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
Aug 7 • 17 min
On today’s Dive Deep, hear from the staff at Catholic Charities as they share how Covid-19 has impacted the clients they serve as well as the organization.
Back-to-school expert advice in COVID-19 world
Jul 24 • 35 min
The debate to return to school has circulated the internet far and wide. Today, we Dive Deep with Dr. Bill Moredock, principal at Little Flower Catholic School in Springfield and a clinical psychologist, on the return to school, the impact of major…
What do priests think about moving to a different parish?
Jul 10 • 21 min
Every year, there are new priest assignments. While parishioners can sometimes feel angst about the future of their parish with a new priest, what do priests think? Do they like moving so much? Why does the Catholic Church move priests to different…
Bishop Paprocki as you’ve never heard him before
Jun 26 • 54 min
Join us for this special edition of Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, as we celebrate Bishop Paprocki’s 10 years in the diocese (June 22 was his 10 year anniversary). Hear inside stories about him being named a…
Eight men - the largest class of new priests in our diocese since 1964!
Jun 12 • 33 min
Eight men - the largest class of new priests in our diocese since 1964! Listen to the fascinating journey of two of these men, Deacons Peter Chineke and Michael Berndt, as they are about to be ordained priests June 19. Hear how an Amtrak ride made a…
How to answer 10 difficult questions about our faith - Part Two
May 29 • 32 min
On the last episode of Dive Deep we got answers to 5 common questions our Protestant friends ask us. Today, get 5 more in the second half of our two part series. Saints and Mary, Good Works vs. Faith Alone, the sacraments, indulgences and bible vs. oral…
How to answer 10 difficult questions about our faith - Part One
May 15 • 33 min
The Eucharist, infant baptism, confession, papal infallibility, the sacraments, purgatory. It can sometimes be difficult defending our faith when non-Catholics question you about these topics and more. Join Dive Deep as we explore 10 questions…
He was Lutheran. He became Catholic. Now he’s a priest. Oh, and he’s married.
May 1 • 34 min
Join Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois on May 1, as you’ll hear the amazing story of our own Father Scott Snider, pastor of Mother of Dolors in Vandalia and St. Joseph in Ramsey. What ultimately led him to the…
Coronavirus: This big positive shines amongst all the uncertainty and stress
Apr 17 • 17 min
It is important to control your consumption of negative news! Check out today’s podcast and hear something positive coming out of this situation!
A beautiful conversion story - Effingham’s Rebecca McIntire
Apr 3 • 40 min
Hear how a simple invitation brought Effingham’s Rebecca McIntire to Catholicism, how her first year as Catholic has been going, what she loves most about the faith, and the message she has for all of us.
Coronavirus: A Catholic response and what our diocese is doing
Mar 20 • 13 min
In today’s podcast we Dive Deep into the Catholic Response to the Coronavirus.
She had two abortions. How the Church and Rachel’s Vineyard brought her healing
Mar 6 • 42 min
The abortions left her cold and feeling worthless. She felt no one loved her. Springfield’s Betty Parquette shares her incredible story of how confession and a special retreat brought her freedom and healing.
Impossible Whopper - To Eat or Not to Eat
Feb 21 • 20 min
In today’s Dive Deep Podcast we feast on the Impossible Whopper, can you eat it during Fridays in Lent, and what should our Lent really look like?
Just War Theory - What is it?
Feb 7 • 17 min
In today’s podcast learn about Just War: what is it and what justifies war?
Bishop Paprocki’s Live Q&A with High School Students from Across the Diocese
Jan 31 • 56 min
On Tuesday, January 8, 2020, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki sat down for a live Q & A with high school students from across the diocese. Topics included: advice for how to stay Catholic in college; what is the church in our diocese doing to increase…
Previewing the Spring Legislative Session with Zach Wichmann
Jan 24 • 21 min
Today’s podcast is keeping you informed! Illinois Catholics take a listen to Zach Wichmann about upcoming legislation to watch out for.
Diving Deep with Teresa Tomeo
Jan 17 • 35 min
We had the great pleasure of Diving Deep with Teresa Tomeo in today’s podcast. She is a Catholic Talk Show Host, Author, Speaker and true Evangelist of the Faith!
10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Mass
Jan 10 • 35 min
10 things you may not know about the Mass. Listen to today’s Dive Deep podcast and see how many you know!
The 3 Tickets to Heaven (Indulgences, Rosary, Adoration)
Jan 3 • 22 min
Unfortunately for us there is no fast pass to heaven, but there are some helpful tips. Listen to the latest Dive Deep Podcast and find out what they are.
Marijuana, Sports Gambling and State Sanctioned Gambling
Dec 27, 2019 • 11 min
January 1st Marijuana is legal and gambling expansion is happening…we know what the state thinks on these matters, what does the Church say?
Radical Discipleship on A Bus
Dec 20, 2019 • 36 min
Can you imagine 9 kids, 2 parents and 1 bus every day all day? Listen to Deacon Patrick O’Toole’s radical discipleship story!
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Christmas
Dec 13, 2019 • 39 min
Why is the date for Christmas December 25? What happened to Jesus’ original crib? How did Christmas trees come about? Were there more than three Magi? David Bertaina from the University of Illinois, Springfield sits down with Dive Deep to answer these…
Why was Archbishop Sheen’s beatification postponed?
Dec 6, 2019 • 22 min
On Dec. 21, Peoria area native Archbishop Fulton Sheen was scheduled to be beatified by the Catholic Church, or officially declared “Blessed.” On Dec. 3, it was announced it was going to be postponed, shocking the Catholic faithful. Why was it postponed,…
Annulments
Nov 29, 2019 • 26 min
What is an annulment, how does it work, and why is it necessary in the Catholic Church if someone who is divorced wants to get remarried?
The Last Four Things
Nov 22, 2019 • 32 min
This week’s podcast Dives Deep into the last 4 things: Death, Judgment, Heaven or Hell.
Ghosts and Aliens
Nov 15, 2019 • 31 min
Kicking off Season 2 of Dive Deep with the Church’s teachings on Ghosts and Aliens! You do not want to miss!
A Family of Faith
Nov 1, 2019 • 37 min
Hear how three generations of the Hoefler family felt a unique calling to serve the church and how each of them feed off each other for help and support in their vocation.
Exorcisms
Oct 25, 2019 • 25 min
What happens during an exorcism? How often does the Catholic Church perform one? How can someone become possessed?
Papal Infallibility
Oct 18, 2019 • 15 min
Do you think Papal Infallibility means the Pope is perfect? Listen to today’s podcast and find out what Papal Infallibility really means!
Your Catholic faith at 93 miles per hour
Oct 11, 2019 • 21 min
Curt Tomasevicz Olympic bobsledder and former Nebraska football player joins us to talk about faith and athletics. You won’t want to miss “Your Catholic faith at 93 mph”!
Causes of Saints and a Special Look at Quincy’s Father Augustine Tolton
Oct 4, 2019 • 25 min
Join us as we talk about the canonization process for Fr. Augustine Tolton and the process of becoming a saint.
Exploring the Questions of Women Deacons and Priestly Celibacy
Sep 27, 2019 • 23 min
Women Deacons? Priestly celibacy? We explore these issues and the history surrounding them.
A local woman’s journey to the faith
Sep 20, 2019 • 31 min
You will not want to miss this incredible story of one woman’s journey to the faith. Hear how Deegee Kienstra from Edwardsville found the Catholic faith.
Pope Francis’ Change on the Death Penalty (A Look at it About One Year Later)
Sep 13, 2019 • 14 min
In this episode, we are going to get into the death penalty and review Pope Francis’ announcement where he said that the death penalty was no longer admissible under any circumstance. We are going to look at what Pope Francis actually did.
Why does God allow bad things to happen?
Sep 6, 2019 • 19 min
In the first episode of Dive Deep, we explore the question of why does God allow bad things to happen, evil to happen, natural disasters to happen. Fr. Christopher House sits down with us to discuss this question.