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EPISODE#44
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: THE SAMOAN COMMUNITY AT CHRIST CATHEDRAL

Welcome to another episode of Cathedral Square featuring host Fr. Christopher Smith.

On this episode, Fr. Christopher welcomes a two wonderful parishioners of Christ Cathedral. They are brother and sister; and, happen to be part of a thriving Samoan community at the parish. Their names are Kelemete and Maria Talavou.

Do yourself a favor and tune in. You’ll be inspired to SHARE this podcast!

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 11/28/20

EPISODE #252
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: THE PANDEMIC AND YOU

These are indeed troubling times. With all the quarantines, lockdowns and civil unrest, many of us find ourselves on stress overload! Deacon Steve Greco welcomes a guest today who will certainly help us to navigate through it all.

Her name is Michelle Woodward; and, she is a LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) and a committed Catholic.

Be sure to listen and SHARE!

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 8/2/2020

EPISODE#201
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: SPECIAL EDITION “OUR JOURNEY BACK..”

This is a very special podcast-only edition of Orange County Catholic Radio!

Lend an ear as host Rick Howick welcomes Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Freyer back to the studio – to discuss the re-opening plan for our parishes in the Diocese of Orange.

Listen and SHARE.

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 6/5/20

CATHOLIC NIGHT: A CELEBRATION OF FAITH, FAMILY, AND HOCKEY

Catholic night, a landmark event packed with potential for spiritual solidarity and companionship among Catholics across Orange County, is nearly here. 

Scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Catholic Night will offer fun and fellowship for Diocese of Orange parishioners who will be cheering on the Anaheim Ducks as they take on the Colorado Avalanche.  

“It’s a rare and wonderful opportunity to openly express our Catholic identity and fellowship at a public venue and event,” said Hank Evers, director of marketing, Diocese of Orange. “It’s an occasion to take pride in being Catholic at an event that fosters community.”  

When the Ducks aren’t on the ice, Catholic students will take center stage. Catholic Night will feature a performance of the National Anthem by Rosary High School’s choir during the St. Catherine’s Academy Color Guard presentation. Students on the Servite, Santa Margarita, JSerra, and Mater Dei high school hockey teams will participate in a showcase of their skills during intermission. Exclusive post-game on-ice fun includes a Slap Shot experience and family photo opportunities with Wild Wing and the Zamboni.   

Now in its fourth year, Catholic Night is a partnership between the Anaheim Ducks, a professional sports franchise in the National Hockey League, and the Diocese of Orange, one of the largest faith communities in California.  

The Ducks also support Orange County’s large Catholic community by sponsoring the Parochial Athletic League (PAL). PAL benefits students and families in all Catholic elementary schools across the Diocese of Orange, including independent schools. Their mission is to provide an opportunity for friendly competition in sports with other schools within the boundaries of the Diocese. All the net proceeds from Catholic Night will be directly supporting PAL. 

“Art and sports speak to all cultures, and they are timeless,” said Gabriella Dominic, marketing manager at the Diocese of Orange. “They have a universal message to the community, and the Catholic faith is universal. We are the Orange County Catholic community, and the Anaheim Ducks represent Orange County. We have the Orange County spirit, but we have to bring in the Catholic spirit as well.”  

The love of sports is a universal language. Sports serve as a unique avenue in which people from all backgrounds and walks of life can come together and give the best of themselves. In a document called “Giving the Best of Yourself— A Christian Perspective on Sport and the Human Person,” Pope Francis stated, “Sports is a context in which to concretely experience the invitation to be an outgoing Church.”  

The first 1,000 discounted tickets sold include an exclusive Anaheim Ducks Catholic Night commemorative hat. Tickets can be purchased at AnaheimDucks.com/CatholicNight.

EPISODE #114
TRENDING WITH TIMMERIE: THE SUPERBOWL AND WOMANHOOD

What is a woman?  Fr. Robert Spitzer of The Magis Center joins Trending with Timmerie to unpack the many gifts of femininity to dive deeper into the identity of women.

Hips don’t lie? Controversy has stirred over depictions of women during the Super Bowl halftime show featuring J. Lo and Shakira.  Listen for a discussion on everything from sex trafficking to empathy.  Conversations will cover beauty, virtue, children, marriage, productivity, feminism, eternity, the Women’s March, gender identity, objectification, finding balance, and an un-affirmed generation.

 

Links to resources mentioned:

Essays on Women https://smile.amazon.com/Essays-Woman-Collected-English-German/dp/0935216596/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=edith+stein&qid=1581035962&sr=8-3

 

Listen to more episodes at https://www.radiotrending.com/

Host Timmerie to run a workshop in your area https://www.radiotrending.com/booktimmerie

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 2/9/20

CALIFORNIAN FAMILIES TALK PROGRESSIVE BUT LOOK TRADITIONAL, STUDY FINDS

WASHINGTON (CNA) — A new study says that while most Californians support the redefinition of marriage and the family, they choose intact marriages and traditional families. 

“People with the most amount of choice and privilege, when they have a choice, they choose things like these traditional structures which are most pleasant to live in,” said Catherine Pakaluk, assistant professor of social research and economic thought at the Catholic University of America, in an interview on Wednesday with CNA. 

The new report by the Institute for Family Studies (IFS), “State of Contradiction: Progressive family culture, traditional family structure in California,” focuses on a survey of Californians about marriage and children. 

Authored by Wendy Wang, director of research at IFS, and W. Bradford Wilcox, a senior fellow at IFS, the report “reveals a paradox at the heart of California’s success.” While Californians mostly supported “family diversity,” or non-traditional families, they also reported higher-than-average intact marriages and families where children live with their biological parents—“traditional” families. 

“On the one hand, the Golden State, especially through Hollywood and Silicon Valley, has been a global messenger of expressive individualism, personal fulfillment, and tolerance—values associated with progressivism,” Wang and Wilcox wrote. 

“On the other hand, the families that actually live in the Golden State tend to be traditional.” 

For the study, IFS analyzed data from its California Family Survey conducted by the polling company YouGov between Sept. 6 and Oct. 11, 2019, of 2,000 adults in California ages 18 to 50.

EPISODE#187
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUEST IS LINDA JI

Each week, we bring you compelling conversation with church leaders and laity.

On this episode, host Rick Howick welcomes a guest who is making a real impact on the lives of many families throughout our diocese. Her name is Linda Ji; and, her title is Director of Pastoral Care for Families in All Stages.

With a job title like that, one can only imagine all the hats that Linda gets to wear each day.

Listen in.. and, be sure to share this podcast with a friend!

 

 

Originally broadcast on 12/21/19

MARY CAN RENEW THE FAMILY AND THE PARISH, NEW USCCB EVANGELIZATION CHAIR SAYS

Baltimore, Md., Nov 26, 2019 / 10:00 am (CNA) – Mary must be our key to the New Evangelization in the U.S., the incoming head of the U.S. bishops’ evangelization committee says.

“The greatest evangelization that ever happened in the history of the world was when Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in what is now Mexico City, and converted seven million people within ten years,” Bishop Andrew Cozzens, auxiliary bishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis, told CNA in an interview at the recent fall meeting of the U.S. bishops’ conference.

“So divine help is the ultimate goal,” he said.

Bishop Cozzens was elected as the chairman of the Committee on Evangelization of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at the recent fall assembly in Baltimore, from Nov. 11-13.

He will succeed Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, in the role. Barron has served as chairman of the committee since the fall of 2017.

During his tenure, Barron emphasized the challenge of evangelizing the “nones,” or Americans who do not affiliate with any religion. In a presentation to fellow bishops in June of 2019, Barron noted that for every convert to the Catholic Church, more than six people are leaving the church.

The problem of religious disaffiliation is especially marked among young people. According to the Pew Research Center, more than four-in-ten Millennials are religiously unaffiliated.

Cozzens credited Barron with keeping the issue prominent as the bishops’ conference simultaneously responded to the renewed clergy sexual abuse crisis.

“I’d love to see us, as a bishops’ conference, take the problem head-on and come together in various ways,” Cozzens said, while stressing that evangelization at the parish level is the primary aim, together with strengthening families. He said that Marian devotion will be critical to any success.

“Teaching that Mary’s role in our faith and in the family can really help strengthen families” is essential, he told CNA.

As the Church responds to a rise in the “nones” and in Catholics leaving the church, a key question needs to be “how do we make our Catholics missionary disciples?” Cozzens asked.

This needs to be done at the “grassroots level,” he said, noting efforts which have been underway by groups like Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), St. Paul’s Outreach, the Neocatechumenal Way, and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

This involves “helping lead people to that encounter and that formation they need to be able to send forth people as evangelizers,” he said.

Another development during Barron’s tenure as evangelization chair was the V Encuentro, a national gathering of Hispanic Catholic leaders, held in September of 2018.

The future of the Church in the U.S. will largely be tied to the Hispanic community, but, in October, Pew reported that Catholics no longer constitute a majority among Hispanics in America.

“The whole basis of the Encuentro process was forming missionary disciples,” Cozzens said, “so that process, as it goes forward, is really intended to form leaders who would be able to help our young people, especially our Latino young people.”

“In some ways, I find it much easier to evangelize than your average American young person,” Cozzens said of the Hispanic Catholic community in the U.S. “They’re very open. But we have to do it.”

MOVE TO MEET PEOPLE WITH LOVE — EVEN AROUND THE FAMILY TABLE

Religion and politics. The two subjects you’re supposed to avoid in polite conversation. 

Except that the holiday season is when faith and family collide. Feasts like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s bring moments ripe for conversation with relatives — for better or for worse. 

What can we do when talking about our beliefs with family feels as dangerous as driving on ice-covered roads? 

A 2019 survey found that 49% of Americans reported skipping a family gathering because conversations with relatives have become so uncomfortable and divisive. But 70% also wish their interactions with family members during the holidays were more meaningful. 

When faith is central to our lives, how can we approach family gatherings, office parties or neighborhood potlucks when we know those closest to us may not share our beliefs? 

Jesus is the perfect place to start. 

Remember that he ate dinner with prostitutes and tax collectors. Known sinners. Social outcasts. 

But he sought them out, moving out from his comfortable circles of like-minded friends to those who were completely different from him. 

He sat at table with people whose lives looked nothing like his own. He passed food and shared conversation with those who might not have held any beliefs in common with him. 

Yet he still offered them radical welcome, grounded in love. 

Jesus knew what it felt like to be in the midst of uncomfortable conversations. The Gospels are full of tense moments — Pharisees plotting to trick him, enemies laying traps and unexpected encounters interrupting his plans. 

Yet over and over again he moved out to meet people where they were. Not standing at a safe distance, judging or gossiping, but pulling up a chair beside them and seeing them as beloved by God. 

There’s no magic formula for navigating holiday gatherings with difficult relatives. But we have the model of mercy in how God himself sat down at the table next to sinful, imperfect humans. 

He listened with love. He asked questions. He challenged when necessary, but not before listening and loving — and never without mercy. 

Imagine how our family parties could change this year if we offer a quick prayer to Jesus for a loving heart and a gentle tongue when we find ourselves seated next to a complicated conversation partner at Thanksgiving or Christmas. 

Remember those wise words that often surface when people of faith debate how and whom to help after a disaster: “We don’t help them because they’re Christian; we help them because we’re Christian.” 

The same holds true for our holiday conversations. 

We don’t show love and mercy to someone simply because they’re Catholic — because their beliefs align nicely with ours or their comments never ruffle any feathers. We show love and mercy because we’re Catholic, followers of Christ who moved out to the margins and sought out the ones whom polite society dismissed and righteous folks shunned. 

By definition, every human family is complicated and imperfect. Ironically, the ones closest to us can be the ones hardest to handle. We’ve all felt that ache — or anger — when someone dismisses or denies the faith we love. 

Does it bother us, as committed Catholics, when family members don’t share our beliefs? Of course. If we have found beauty, truth and goodness in God, we naturally want to share it with others. 

But no matter what, Christ calls us to pull up a chair and meet each person with compassion. The God of the Eucharist is waiting to meet us around the holiday table, too.

SHARPEN YOUR PENCILS FOR THE SCHOOL OF LOVE

Did you know the family is a school of love?

The Second Vatican Council declared this teaching, St. John Paul II deepened it and Pope Francis affirmed it. Our Catechism of the Catholic Church spells it out clearly: The family is “a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity” (No. 1666).

But after a long summer with kids crawling up the walls at home or a challenging season of family reunions or vacations, we might be doubting how well we care for those we’re called to love.

Take heart. A new school year is upon us — the perfect time to sharpen our pencils, roll up our sleeves and redouble our efforts to learn from this school of love.

No matter our vocation or stage of life, all of us are part of families — those we came from and those we choose to build. Family teaches, forms, tests and changes us.

But the family is not a school of success. For better or for worse, there are no grades, no awards and no graduation. We’re in it for the long haul. (How many of us have laughed or groaned that we’d never pick our family, but we’re stuck with them?)

Yet we can still move together toward love, inching forward in fits and starts, trying to grow in wisdom even when we fall back.

This school is no summer vacation, full of ease and escape. We have to work hard. We fail sometimes. We get in trouble.

But the beauty of this school of love is that we each get to specialize. We don’t have to be an expert in anyone else’s family problems or peccadillos. (What a relief!) We simply have to learn how to love the particular people God gives us to love — and keep relearning how to love them over time.

Want to grow in your school of love this year? Here are three ways:

Pick your subject. Sometimes the people who seem hardest to love are precisely the ones God calls us to love. Rather than avoiding a particular relative you find repulsive, ask God for the strength and wisdom to meet them where they are — through conversation or prayer. You may never change their mind, opinion or behavior, but you can extend a glimmer of God’s mercy their way.

Gather your supplies. This year, the average family is projected to spend over $500 on each school child. (Please don’t let my kids see this, since there’s no way we’re spending that much on them!) But what matters most in the school of love is free for all. Joy. Forgiveness. Patience. Encouragement. Peace. Pray for what you need most this year and keep your petition daily before your eyes.

Ask questions. Jesus’ approach with difficult people or sticky situations was to ask questions. Rather than leaping to judgment or condemnation, choose curiosity first. Keep asking questions until you get to the heart of the matter. (Google “The 5 Whys” for a clever approach.)

In the school where I grew up, one sign caught my attention — and I notice every time I’ve seen it in countless Catholic schools since: “Let it be known to all who enter here that Jesus Christ is the reason for this school, the unseen but ever-present teacher of all its classes, the model of its faculty, and the inspiration for its students.”

Could the same be said of my family? That Jesus Christ is the reason for our being? That God is our teacher and model? That the Spirit is our inspiration?

No family is perfect. But we can keep trying with love.

Sharpen your pencils. It’s back-to-school time, and all of us have plenty to learn.