How-to Catholic

S5 Ep10: Q and A with Kevin and Lisa

It’s time for the Q&A episode! You’ve got Qs and we’ve got As. Get ready to have some fun. On the podcast today hosts Kevin and Lisa answer questions about dating, marriage, ministry, parenting, prayer, Kevin’s favorite soccer podcast, advice for our teenage selves and more. Connect with...

S5 Ep9: How-to Saints

Here at How-to Catholic we are constantly telling you to be saints, yet we somehow we’ve never done an episode on the Saints… until now. So who are these halo wearing men and women of every time and place? What does it mean to have a devotion to them and why should we have one in the first...

S5 Ep8: How-to Dysfunction

Working with other people can be tough. Whether they be family members, coworkers, or fellow Catholics. BUT, what if there was a proven model that could help you identify the problem and find a better way forward? On today’s episode, hosts Kevin and Lisa Cotter share the world-renown Five...

S5 Ep7: How-to Mass

Have you ever gone to Mass and wished that you were able to get more out of the Liturgy? Have you ever walked out wishing you could have given more to God? On today’s episode hosts Kevin and Lisa share 5 easy ways to help you not only give more but also receive more at Mass. Along the way they...

S5 Ep6: How-to Small Group

It’s possibly one of the greatest methods for evangelization and spiritual growth that Christianity has ever known and it’s so simple that almost anyone can do it, including you. On today’s episode, hosts Kevin and Lisa Cotter talk about small groups and give you 5 steps for leading your...

Liturgical Lowdown: June

Liturgical Lowdown: June

Welcome to the Liturgical Lowdown for the month of June! In this episode host, Lisa Cotter will be giving you insights, histories, and ideas on how to celebrate and integrate the liturgical life of the Catholic Church into your life this month. SHOWNOTES You can find the books, movies, and items...

S5 Ep5: How-to Discernment: Priesthood with Fr. Josh Johnson

It’s time for the 4th and final installment of our discernment series! Today on the podcast Kevin interviews the incredible Fr. Josh Johnson on how to discern whether or not you might be called to the priesthood. On the episode, they discuss Fr. Josh’s vocation story and look at 3 steps for...

S5 Ep4: How-to Discernment: Consecrated Virginity with Andrea Polito

Consecrated virginity might be the most misunderstood vocation in the Catholic Church. It’s often mistaken for a call to the “single life,” but this vocation, which predates religious sisters and nuns, is actually quite the opposite. So what exactly is a consecrated virgin? On this episode, host...

S5 Ep3: How-to Discernment: Religious Life with Sr. Mary Elizabeth Alberts, SOLT

It’s time for part 2 of our 4-part series on discernment. On this episode, Lisa interviews her friend, Sr. Mary Elizabeth Albers, who is a religious sister with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT). Sr. Mary Elizabeth shares her story of discernment and gives 5 tips for...

S5 Ep2: How-to Discernment: Marriage

One of the most frequently asked questions Kevin and Lisa receive is, “How do I discern my vocation?” This question makes sense because in a world that changes so often it can be difficult to pick one final state of life. So to help with your discernment dilemma, on today’s episode How-to Catholic...

S5 Ep1: How-to Virtue

S5 Ep1: How-to Virtue

Our culture constantly offers us different approaches to happiness, but it typically fails to offer us the one way to happiness that has worked for thousands of years. What is this method and how can we concretely work towards happiness? It’s all about virtue. On today’s episode, hosts Kevin and...

Liturgical Lowdown: May

Liturgical Lowdown: May

Welcome to the Liturgical Lowdown for the month of May! In this episode host, Lisa Cotter will be giving you insights, histories, and ideas on how to celebrate and integrate the liturgical life of the Catholic Church into your life this month. SHOWNOTES You can find the books, movies, and items we...

Liturgical Lowdown: April

Liturgical Lowdown: April

Welcome to the Liturgical Lowdown for the month of April! In this episode host, Lisa Cotter will be giving you insights, histories, and ideas on how to celebrate and integrate the liturgical life of the Catholic Church into your life this month. SHOWNOTES You can find the books, movies, and items...

S4 Ep20: How-to Pilgrimage: Part 2

Pilgrimages are a pretty cool idea, but most people need a few more details. Where should you go? How should you get there? What do you need to know to turn these holy opportunities into a reality? On today’s episode, hosts Kevin and Lisa Cotter tackle part two of a two-part series on pilgrimages....

S4 Ep19: How-to Pilgrimage: Part 1

St. Augustine once said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Spiritual travel has always been a part of the Catholic faith in the form of a pilgrimage, but what is a pilgrimage anyways? Is it just a Catholic vacation? What’s the significance behind this incredible...

Liturgical Lowdown: March

Welcome to the Liturgical Lowdown for the month of March! In this episode host, Lisa Cotter will be giving you insights, histories, and ideas on how to celebrate and integrate the liturgical life of the Catholic Church into your life this month. SHOWNOTES March’s Devotion: St. Joseph S3 Ep16:...

S4 Ep18: How-to Newborn

It’s no secret that Kevin and Lisa recently had a baby and after going through this experience of transition for the 4th time they’ve continued to learn more and more about how to care for a newborn and themselves. On today’s podcast, the Cotters share with you 4 dos for life with a newborn. Along...

S4 Ep17: How-to Platform Part 2

So you know that you’re called to spread a message that God wants you to share, but what’s the best way to do it? In our digital world, there are so many options and endless mediums to figure out, where should you start? On today’s episode, Kevin and Lisa finally get back to podcasting and share...

Liturgical Lowdown: February

Welcome to the Liturgical Lowdown for the month of February! In this episode host, Lisa Cotter will be giving you insights, histories, and ideas on how to celebrate and integrate the liturgical life of the Catholic Church into your life this month. SHOWNOTES February’s Devotion: The Holy...

S4 Ep16: How-to Spiritual High

After a retreat, conference, mission trip, or pilgrimage most attendees experience a sort of “spiritual high” that lasts for a few days or weeks. However, if the high isn’t capitalized on, once it’s gone, it’s easy to let things go back to normal. In an effort to prevent this kind of spiritual...

Liturgical Lowdown: January

Welcome to the Liturgical Lowdown for the month of January! In this episode host, Lisa Cotter will be giving you insights, histories, and ideas on how to celebrate and integrate the liturgical life of the Catholic Church into your life this month. SHOWNOTES January’s Devotion: The Holy Name of...

Liturgical Lowdown: December

Welcome to the Liturgical Lowdown for the month of December! In this episode host, Lisa Cotter will be giving you insights, histories, and ideas on how to celebrate and integrate the liturgical life of the Catholic Church into your life this month. SHOWNOTES December’s Devotion: Immaculate...

S4 Ep15: How-to Platform: Part 1

Have you ever thought about having a Catholic platform? Have you ever wondered what it might take to publish a book, become a public speaker, or start a podcast? On today’s episode, hosts Kevin and Lisa discuss 5 questions about launching a platform. They look at discerning your calling, finding...

S4 Ep14: How-to Called

Our Church calls each baptized Catholic to share the faith, but what if you don’t know how? Where would you start? And what would the end goal be? These are the questions that Kevin answers in his new book, Called: Becoming an Everyday Disciple in a Post-Christian World. On today’s podcast, hosts...

Liturgical Lowdown: November

Welcome to the Liturgical Lowdown for the month of November! In this episode host, Lisa Cotter will be giving you insights, histories, and ideas on how to celebrate and integrate the liturgical life of the Catholic Church into your life this month. SHOWNOTES November’s Devotion: Holy...

S4 Ep13: How-to Live Fearless with Lisa Brenninkmeyer

Few things can hold us back in life like fear. It steals our joy, it tells us we’re not enough, and it stops us from being fully alive. We know deep down that this isn’t what we were made for, but facing fears and clearly seeing reality takes an immense amount of courage. On the podcast today host...

S4 Ep12: How-to Online Dating

Dating is… complicated. For many Catholic singles, the process of finding Mr. or Mrs. Right is annoying at best. After trying Catholic young adult groups, Bible studies, and gatherings at bars, many throw their hands up in frustration because they don’t seem to be getting anywhere. And then the...

S4 Ep11: How-to Dad

Fatherhood is one of the most important jobs on the planet. Many in our Church and society recognize that fathers are struggling to be the dads their children need them to be. What can Catholic men do today to reverse this trend and be great dads in the 21st century? On the podcast today hosts...

Liturgical Lowdown: October

Welcome to the Liturgical Lowdown for the month of October! In this episode host, Lisa Cotter will be giving you insights, histories, and ideas on how to celebrate and integrate the liturgical life of the Catholic Church into your life this month. SHOWNOTES October’s Devotion: Holy...

S4 Ep10: Q and A with Kevin and Lisa

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. We’re mid-way through season 4, so on today’s podcast, we’ll open up the listener mailbag and answer your burning questions. On the episode today we’ll talk about getting nervous before giving a big talk, building community as a young family, discussing your...

S4 Ep9: How-to Date Night

Do you ever wish you could deepen your relationship with your significant other? Do you struggle to invest in your relationship like you know you should? Date night is a universally recognized way to strengthen romantic relationships, but what does it look like and what are some ways to make sure...

S4 Ep8: How-to Spiritual Dryness

Have you ever felt like God was distant? Have you been in a place where you felt spiritually dead? Feeling dry is a common occurrence in the spiritual life, even saints struggled with it, but we don’t often talk about it. What can we do in these moments when we feel apart from God? On today’s...

S4 Ep7: How-to Leadership

Our Church needs leaders. We don’t just need bishops and priests to lead. Not just those who are smart or influential. Now, more than ever, our Church needs everyone to use their gifts and talents to lead. But, what does this look like? How do we learn to lead? Today on the podcast, hosts Kevin and...

Liturgical Lowdown: September

Welcome to the Liturgical Lowdown for the month of September! In this episode host, Lisa Cotter will be giving you insights, histories, and ideas on how to celebrate and integrate the liturgical life of the Catholic Church into your life this month. SHOWNOTES September’s Devotion: Our Lady of...

S4 Ep6: How-to Crisis

Friends, let’s be honest: It’s been a summer of scandal and crisis. There are so many things to sort through, so many emotions, and so many questions that remain. But one question, in particular, continues to linger: What are we supposed to do? On today’s episode, hosts Kevin and Lisa Cotter give...

Life Update

It’s been 6 weeks since we last podcasted because life has been full of transitions. In this informal episode, we update you on what we’ve been up to and address the recent Church scandals*. God-willing, we will get back into the swing of regular episodes next Monday! *Please note, the last half of...

Liturgical Lowdown: August

Welcome to the Liturgical Lowdown for the month of August! In this episode host, Lisa Cotter will be giving you insights, histories, and ideas on how to celebrate and integrate the liturgical life of the Catholic Church into your life this month. SHOWNOTES August’s Devotion: Immaculate Heart of...

S4 Ep5: How-to Parish

Let’s face it: parish life can be hard, but it can also be very fulfilling. As Catholics the parish is a primary place where we are called to encounter God and accompany others, but how do we connect with our parish in a real and meaningful way? On today’s episode, hosts Kevin and Lisa Cotter...

Liturgical Lowdown: July

Welcome to the Liturgical Lowdown for the month of July! In this episode host, Lisa Cotter will be giving you insights, histories, and ideas on how to celebrate and integrate the liturgical life of the Catholic Church into your life this month. SHOWNOTES July’s Devotion: Most Precious Blood of...

S4 Ep4: How-to Liturgical Living

Something new is about to go down on the podcast because tomorrow Lisa is putting up the first of many liturgical lowdown mini-episodes. In order to prepare you for this new series, today hosts Kevin and Lisa Cotter are giving you some vision for why to live liturgically and filling you in on some...

S4 Ep3: How-to Apologetics

Do you know how to have tough conversations about the faith? When we live authentic Catholic lives, friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors will start asking us all sorts of questions. How will we respond in these important situations? On today’s episode, Kevin and Lisa give you 5 do’s...

S4 Ep2: How-to Goodbyes

Do you know how to say goodbye? Summer is a time filled with saying farewells to jobs, friends, houses, and schools. Last impressions are really important for how people will remember us and how we will remember them: how can we learn to do this well? On today’s episode, hosts Kevin and Lisa Cotter...

4 Ep1: How-to Fertility

It’s the first episode of season four and do we have a show for you. On today’s episode hosts Kevin and Lisa Cotter are talking about fertility as they share what they wish they had known about this topic before they got married. Along the way, they’ll give you a Catholic hack that will help your...

S3 Ep20: How-to Sacraments

It’s that time of year… Sacraments! Weddings, Confirmations, First Communions and more. Sacraments connect us to Christ and receiving one is a highlight for any Catholics. How can we learn more about these amazing gifts? On today’s episode, hosts Kevin and Lisa give you 6 things that you might not...

S3 Ep19: How-to Burnout

BURN OUT! Have you ever felt like you didn’t have anything left to give? It can happen to anyone and it happened to Kevin and Lisa during the last few weeks. How do we get here and how do we get out? On today’s podcast, your hosts talk about 8 tips on how to get burned out. Along the way, they’ll...

S3 Ep18: How-to Receive

It’s the most important week in the Church calendar, but what are we supposed to do again? Maybe the best thing is to make sure we take time to experience God’s love in a new way. On today’s podcast, hosts Kevin and Lisa talk about 3 ways to receive God’s love this Holy Week. Along the way, they’ll...

S3 Ep17: How-to Heal with Crystalina Evert

Truth: we are all broken and in need of healing, but this a fact that perhaps we don’t like to readily admit. However, keeping our painful memories in the dark causes more trouble than having the courage to bring them into the light. On today’s episode, Lisa interviews the inspirational Crystalina...

S3 Ep16: How-to St. Joseph

St. Joseph is the patron saint of the entire universal Church, but how much do we really know about him? Whether you’re fully ready for the Solemnity of St. Joseph coming up or don’t know what a Solemnity is, this episode will help you learn just a little bit more about this important saint. On...

S3 Ep15: How-to Spiritual Reading with Fr. Brian Larkin

For the very first time on the How-to Catholic podcast we welcome…. a man of the cloth. Fr. Brian Larkin, who’s our friend and soon to be yours, talks to us about spiritual reading. On the episode today, Kevin and Fr. Brian discuss why it’s so important to read (even more than listening to...

S3 Ep14: How-to Stations

Every Church has them and now that it’s Lent it’s time to pray them, we’re talking about the Stations of the Cross. Whether you’ve never done the stations before or you think you know everything about them, this episode will help you enter more deeply into this sacred and important tradition. On...

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