EPISODE#208 OC CATHOLIC RADIO: FACEBOOK LIVE WITH BISHOP TIMOTHY FREYER AND FR AL BACA
In the world of “Facebook Live,” Bishop Timothy Freyer and Fr. Al Baca answer your questions. Please go to our Diocese of Orange Facebook page, click on the notifications, and you will be alerted each time we go LIVE.
Tune in and enjoy this dynamic and spiritually enriching conversation!
EPISODE#205 OC CATHOLIC RADIO: “FOCUS” COLLEGE CAMPUS MISSIONARIES
Each week, we bring you compelling conversation with church leaders and laity. Today, host Rick Howick welcomes Michal Sequeira and Zach Fiedler. These are young people who have a call to minister to their peers on college campuses.
FOCUS stands for “The Fellowship of Catholic University Students.” Over 700 Focus Missionaries are currently active on college campuses all over the U.S. today.
This kind of work is desperately needed in today’s society, and they need our support and prayers!
EPISODE#204 OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUEST IS DARYL SEQUEIRA
Each week, we bring you compelling conversation with church leaders and laity. Today, host Rick Howick welcomes back one of our favorite guests, Daryl Sequeira. Daryl is the former ‘chair’ of the theology department at Servite High School in Anaheim. He currently serves in Catholic education in the state of Arizona.
Today’s episode will be a discussion on where we are as a society in 2020. There is so much that has come against Catholics and the church as a whole, so we’re going to dig in and talk about it.
EPISODE#200 OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUEST IS DR. ERIN BARISANO, ON THE STATE OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN THE DIOCESE OF ORANGE
Host Rick Howick interviews guests on a variety of topics. On this week’s show, Rick welcomes Dr. Erin Barisano back to the program. Barisano is the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Orange.
Our topic of discussion today will center on the state of Catholic education in Orange County. How have things been going in regards to ‘distance learning’ in these times of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Tune in, and you’ll surely be encouraged by what you hear!
As we begin our seventh year publishing OC Catholic, the award-winning official newspaper of the Diocese of Orange, we have a fresh new look – one that reflects the inspired, faith-filled individuals who pack the pews in our 62 parishes and faith centers. From parish events to news from Christ Cathedral to the accomplishments of the students in the Orange Catholic School system, our promise is to bring you the wonderful stories of life in our diocese.
As we begin this year, however, our paper better reflects you. Last spring we conducted a survey to get a better sense of how you feel about the content we deliver each week. We enlisted a third-party, independent firm that developed a survey that was distributed in our churches, inside the newspapers delivered to readers at home with their O.C. Register Sunday paper, and online. The results were gratifying.
Nearly 90 percent of the more than 1,000 people that took the survey said that they feel that it is important that the diocese continue to publish the paper, with 87 percent reporting that they find the publication “useful.”
Eighty-four percent of respondents said that reading OC Catholic helps them understand issues affecting the Church. As many as 96 percent reported that they regularly read our diocesan news, Catholic Family Life feature, international news and guest columns.
While most survey takers said they feel the balance of news is just about right, some expressed a desire to see more local news. One reader offered the suggestion to increase the size of the type in our photo captions.
We kept all your feedback in mind as we redesigned the paper, resulting in what we hope you will find to be an even more engaging, informative and inspiring read each week.
I recently learned that our own Bishop Kevin Vann, along with his brother bishops, Bishop Timothy Freyer and Bishop Thanh Thai Nguyen, will be traveling to Rome for a meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis. Our readers should be pleased to know that our diocesan newspaper, OC Catholic’s July 2019 special issue highlighting the dedication of Christ Cathedral, will be presented to Pope Francis at that meeting.
You can bet that if we receive feedback on OC Catholic from the pope, that’ll be headline news in our next issue.
EPISODE#8 CATHEDRAL SQUARE: GUEST IS TONY JENNISON, THE VICE PRESIDENT OF PHILANTHROPY FOR THE ORANGE CATHOLIC FOUNDATION
On today’s podcast episode, Fr. Christopher welcomes Tony Jennison to the studio. Tony is a longtime friend of Fr. Christopher’s, and this is his first time on the program. Together they discuss many of the activities surrounding the dedication of our brand-new cathedral here in the Diocese of Orange.
Tune in to this very interesting podcast; and, be sure to share with a friend!
EPISODE#160 OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUEST IS DARYL SEQUEIRA – WHY ARE WE (STILL) CATHOLIC?
Host Rick Howick interviews folks on a variety of topics. Today, Rick welcomes back one of our favorite guests, Daryl Sequeira from Servite High School in Anaheim. Daryl is the ‘chair’ of the theology department at Servite.
Today’s episode will reflect on the spirit of the upcoming new year, and touch on several items that might give us ‘pause.’
In spite of all the challenging things going on in the church today, why is it that we’re still Catholic?
Tune in for the very thoughtful discussion.
Originally broadcast on 12/29/18
EPISODE#158 OC CATHOLIC RADIO: A DISCUSSION ON THE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THE HOMELESS WITH GUEST GREG WALGENBACH
On this week’s edition of the program, Rick welcomes Greg Walgenbach back to the studio. Greg is the director of the office of Life, Justice and Peace for the Diocese of Orange.
We’re going to talk about a very unique memorial service that’s going to take place on the Christ Cathedral campus on Friday, December 21st. The event is called the Homeless Person’s Inter-Religious Memorial Service – honoring the homeless who have passed away over the past year with dignity and respect.
Some important topics of discussion here, so be sure to tune in!
Originally broadcast on 12/15/18
I was sitting with my husband at St. John Vianney Church on Balboa Island last Sunday. As we waited for the 8 a.m. Mass to begin, I noticed a woman across the aisle reading OC Catholic. Two rows behind her another woman was doing the same. And in front of me, a man sat down with his copy of the paper.
Between the stacks dropped off at every parish in the diocese and at all the Catholic schools, as well as the papers delivered to homes each Sunday (with the OC Register), the weekly newspaper is among the largest weekly diocesan newspapers in the country.
Since the paper was launched nearly 5 years ago, we’ve made several changes to our editorial mix. The one feature that has garnered the most attention from readers is the inside back cover – the “Moments in our Journey” photo page. We love sharing photos you’ve taken that capture those special moments in your parish. Keep sending them in. (Remember to send them in high resolution to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
In addition to photos, our readers have been sending in their written contributions, hoping to be published in the pages of OC Catholic’s print edition. Because we can’t fit all the submissions into the newspaper, we’ve decided to create a page on occatholic.com, the newspaper’s website, to publish approved submissions from readers.
The new online spot for reader contributions will allow us to share your writing with our digital audience that extends beyond the boundaries of the Diocese of Orange.
Here’s how to submit your work.
From occatholic.com, hover over the “Opinion” tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page. A dropdown option for “Reader Contributions” appears. Click on that to review our submission guidelines and then to submit your story. Unfortunately, we’re not able to accept submissions via regular mail. They must be submitted online.
We’re interested in stories that share your personal journey of faith. We’re looking for stories that will inspire others. We’re not interested in political rants or negative commentary. If your work meets our requirement for uplifting and inspirational, we’ll edit it for clarity and accuracy and publish it to our website.
Words are powerful. You may end up inspiring someone on his or her own faith journey with yours.