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EPISODE #267
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND WITH GUEST FR. DAVE HENEY

Join Deacon Steve Greco as he welcomes Fr. Dave Heney back to the program.

In addition to being pastor at St. Bruno Parish in Whittier, CA, he was also the longtime daily host on Relevant Radio’s “Family Rosary Across America” program.

Today we’ll be taking a virtual tour through the Holy Land!

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Originally broadcast on 1/3/21

MATER DEI, ROSARY, SERVITE STUDENTS SIGN UP

November 11, 2020, marked the first day of the 2020-2021 school year when high school athletes could make their college commitments official. In response to Covid-19 safety protocols, Orange County Catholic high schools celebrated their senior athletes in a variety of safe formats, including Mater Dei High School, where three separate National Signing Day ceremonies took place on campus to honor 30 of their senior Monarchs.  

There were four players from the school’s baseball program who committed to playing at the next level. Drew Porter will be headed to California State University, Northridge. Alonzo Tredwell will play for UCLA, and both Skye Selinsky and AJ Valle committed to Columbia University. 

From the softball diamond, Natalie Marshall committed to University of Kansas, and Morgan McConnell signed with University of North Dakota.  

Six Monarchs from across Mater Dei’s boys and girls basketball programs made their college commitments. Harry Hornery will play for USC. Nick Davidson is headed to University of Nevada, Reno. Wilhelm Breidenbach signed with University of Nebraska. Brooke Demetre committed to Stanford University. Maeaali’l Amosa will play for Pepperdine University, and Alyssa Durazo-Frescas signed with University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

The Mater Dei volleyball programs saw seven senior athletes commit to continuing their playing careers. Zaria Henderson is headed to University of California, San Diego. Cadence Gronski will play for Santa Clara University. Isabella Lesage signed with Northwestern University. Lauryn Sweeney will play for Fordham University. Josh Rosenblum signed with California State University, Long Beach, and Colby Bennett and Rachel Blair committed to the beach volleyball programs at USC and Concordia University, respectively.  

From the pool, swimmer Kailia Utley committed to Vanderbilt University, and swimmer Lizzie Mackowiak is headed to University of Arizona. Water polo player Grant Loth signed with UCLA, and teammate Clay Kaneko committed to Pepperdine University. From the girls water polo program, Casey Coppock will play for University of California, Santa Barbara, and Janna Tauscher signed with University of California, Berkeley. 

Three soccer players made college commitments, including Megan Hogate who will play for University of Texas. Faith Nguyen is headed to UCLA, and Connor Place signed with University of California, San Diego. 

Additionally, golfer Ryder Henares will continue his playing career at Loyola Marymount University, and tennis player Grace McSkimming is headed to Sacramento State University.  

“It was such a pleasure to see our athletes enjoying Signing Day,” says Mater Dei Athletic Director, Amanda Waters. “It was a safe and fun event, and our families were truly grateful we could give them this experience. All three sessions were worth it to see their smiling faces and the emotion from the parents on this special day.” 

Rosary Academy saw two of their water polo players make college commitments. Lauren Woolley will play for San Jose State University, and Veralie Naranjo signed with Biola University.  

“I am so proud and happy to see Lauren committing to continue her academic and water polo career at SJSU,” says Rosary head water polo coach Rory Bevins of Woolley. “I know she will continue to do great things and look forward to seeing her grow as a person.” 

Of Naranjo, Bevins says, “I am very excited for Veralie committing to continue her water polo and academic career at Biola. She will do great things at the next level, and I am so excited to see what she does in the future.” 

Servite High School celebrated three of their senior athletes as they made college commitments. Golfer Benjamin Hong is headed to Boston College, and his teammate William Sung signed with Columbia University. 

“They are what Servite is all about,” says Servite head golf coach, Dane Jako, “not just great players, but also great teammates, students and men.” 

And Servite pitcher Brady Childs will play baseball for Drury University. 

“Brady has displayed a great work ethic and has proven to be a great teammate during his time at Servite,” said Friars head baseball coach, Shawn Gilbert. “We look forward to watching Brady further develop as a pitcher and an individual at the next level.”  

EPISODE #262
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: A FAMILY GUIDE TO SPIRITUAL WARFARE (PT. 2) WITH KATHLEEN BECKMAN

Welcome to the second of Deacon Steve Greco’s conversation with our very special guest, author and speaker Kathleen Beckman.

Her new book is titled “A Family Guide to Spiritual Warfare.”

Part 1 was titled: Strategies for Deliverance and Healing.

Part 2 (this episode) is titled: The Foundational Tripod for Victory.

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 11/22/20

RESPECT LIFE ROSARY PROCESSION DREW 100 TO CHRIST CATHEDRAL

In response to numerous parishioners from all over the diocese asking how they could help to bring more awareness to the preeminent priority of abortion during this election, parishioners from 18 parishes gathered Oct. 17 in a prayerful procession and recitation of the Rosary along Chapman Avenue in Garden Grove, just outside the grounds of Christ Cathedral. 

Organizer Tami Vogeler said, “All human life is equally sacred, but all issues are not equal. The issue of abortion is the preeminent priority issue…so, we felt a need to speak up.” 

Vogeler said the group was inspired by the statement from the USCCB Pro-life committee: “Last November, the U.S. bishops reaffirmed that ‘the threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed.’ While we noted not to ‘dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity such as racism, the environmental crisis, poverty, and the death penalty,’ we renewed our commitment to protect the most fundamental of all human rights – the right to live.”  

Chris Kenmore, Rick Garrett, Alejandra Baker and Tami Vogeler planned the event intended to encourage Catholics from all the parishes to join in the sidewalk vigil/Rosary procession to celebrate Respect Life Month and to honor the Blessed Mother as part of a Marian Devotion in the month of the Rosary.  

Alejandra Baker said, “We started at the parking lot of Christ Cathedral, on Chapman Avenue, processed in prayer towards Lewis Street, and remained at the corner of Chapman and Lewis Street, chanting the Rosary, alternating it in English and Spanish. We returned to the parking lot of Christ Cathedral where our Rosary procession ended.” 

 

PRO-LIFE FROM CONCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH 

 

Pro-life is about more than the beginning of life. It also encompasses the end of life. The Catholic Church is committed to providing resources, along with community partners, that assist individuals and families at the end of life’s journey. 

The Whole Person Care Initiative is a comprehensive approach to caring for the sick and dying, spearheaded by Catholic healthcare, the Catholic Church, community healthcare providers, and public health leaders. This effort seeks to remake how our healthcare system addresses death and dying and lays out a vision for a network of care that addresses both the physical and spiritual dimensions of care. 

In 2018, the Diocese of Orange spearheaded the first local conference of its kind as part of the larger statewide Caring for the Whole Person Initiative, a collaborative project of the California Catholic Conference and the Alliance of Catholic Health Care. This day- long summit was open to professional care providers, community health leaders, parish volunteers, and clergy. Speakers included Ira Byock, MD, Megory Anderson, PhD. and Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange. To view a few recordings and material presented on this day, please visit https://www.rcbo.org/resource/about-life-justice-and-peace/whole-care-conference/ 

A ROSARY FOR OUR NATION

I’ve found myself praying for my country a lot these days. As a family, we remember to do so when we say grace at dinner. At other times — usually after reading some terrible headline or seeing the latest total of fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic — I’ll say a silent prayer as well. 

So I welcomed the recent announcement by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles that there would be a national Rosary for America. Now is certainly the time to request heavenly intercession amid our pandemics not just of disease but of polarization, anger and fear. 

The prayer took place on Oct. 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. While it was announced only a week before, Catholic newspapers, television, radio and social media threw their support behind the event. 

Archbishop Gomez introduced it, but he did not dwell on our ailments and our conflicts. Instead, he recalled the first Catholic missionaries in the New World, and he reminded us that we are the missionaries today called to bring the good news to the people. 

“We ask Mary to look upon our nation with her mother’s eyes,” he said. “We ask her to intercede for this great nation.” 

“We pray that America might fulfill the beautiful vision of our missionaries and founders,” he continued. “As a land where all men and women are treated as children of God. With equality, liberty and justice for all.” 

It was a simple appeal, and what followed was simple as well. Various bishops from around the country took turns praying the decades of the Rosary. 

One decade was recited in Spanish. Without exaggeration or heavy-handedness, the great diversity of our church was represented in various backdrops and chapels. In the faces of the young children who recited the Glory Be, in the faces of the women who recited the Fatima prayer and in the faces of the bishops themselves. 

It was a prayerful visualization of our nation and our church. 

At the end, Archbishop Gomez asked Catholics to “light up the digital highways” by posting prayer intentions with the hashtag #RosaryforAmerica. 

One of the unexpected blessings of the pandemic have been the events of public prayer. Most notable was the “urbi et orbi” blessing by Pope Francis on March 27. The powerful image of the pope alone in the darkening, rain-swept plaza of St. Peter’s was perhaps the most iconic Catholic image of this time of sickness and fear. 

Public processions have taken place as well. In San Francisco on Oct. 3, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone led an hour-and-a-half procession through the Mission District to commemorate the city’s patron saint and to offer thanksgiving for a relaxation of city restrictions on the celebration of indoor religious services. 

Such public prayer in times of crisis has a long history in the church. More than 1,500 years ago, St. Gregory the Great led a procession through Rome praying for a cessation of the bubonic plague. According to legend, he had a vision of St. Michael the Archangel sheathing his sword on the top of what is now called Castel Sant’Angelo, and the plague was stopped. 

Our pandemics are still with us. Not just COVID-19, but also the pandemics of distrust and division, of inequality and want. As Archbishop Gomez declared, now is a time of missionary witness. 

If Catholics in every parish and every diocese can transcend their divisions and unite to care for the hungry, the homeless, the unemployed, the sick and the grieving, perhaps the healing that our nation most desperately needs will take place. The sword will be sheathed, and our prayers will be answered.

EPISODE #251
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: ALL ABOUT EUCHARISTIC MIRACLES

On today’s broadcast, we’re going to learn a thing or two about Eucharistic miracles. Deacon Steve interviews a young man (Ray Grijalba) who is causing quite a good stir with his popular channel on Youtube.

Tune in and hear what he has to say!

Check out “The Joy of the Faith” on Youtube!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 7/26/2020

EPISODE #227
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: FR. DONALD CALLOWAY ON GOD’S DIVINE MERCY

On this podcast episode, Deacon Steve Greco is thrilled to have Fr. Donald Calloway as his special guest.

Fr. Calloway has one of the most remarkable conversion stories of faith that you will ever hear from ANYONE, let alone a Catholic priest.

Listen in to this engaging conversation as Fr. Calloway and Deacon Steve shine the spotlight on Our Blessed Mother and God’s Divine Mercy upon ALL of us!

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 1/12/2020

EPISODE #216
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: “FAMILY ROSARY ACROSS AMERICA” WITH FR. DAVE HENEY

Join Deacon Steve Greco as he welcomes Fr. Dave Heney to the program.

In addition to being pastor at St. Bruno Parish in Whittier, CA, he is also the daily host on Relevant Radio’s LIVE afternoon program, “Family Rosary Across America.”

Tune in to hear some fascinating stories prayers being answered amidst our busy drive-time commutes!

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Originally broadcast on 10/27/19

DIFFERENT CLICKS, SAME PRAYER: POPE ASKS CATHOLICS TO PRAY THE ROSARY

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Told that some people think Pope Francis isn’t exactly a fan of the rosary, Jesuit Father Federic Fornos practically shouted, “What?”

“Pope Francis says the rosary is the prayer of his heart. He prays it every day,” said the international director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, formerly known as the Apostleship of Prayer.

Father Fornos was at the Vatican press office Oct. 15 to launch the latest effort to respond to what he said was Pope Francis’ explicit request that the network help young people learn to pray and love the rosary.

The Click to Pray eRosary is both a free app for Apple and Android and an actual high-tech rosary bracelet that connects to a smartphone using Bluetooth. Making the sign of the cross with the rosary automatically opens the app on the phone, while clicking one of the prayer beads allows the person praying to advance through the prayer texts, music and images on the screen.

Father Joao Chagas, head of the youth office at the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, said the app — described on clicktoprayerosary.org — is “a concrete sign of the pope’s desire to enter the lives of young people and help them pray.”

Pope Francis’ big push to get young people to pray the rosary came in the run-up to and the celebration of World Youth Day in Panama in January, Father Fornos said. Hundreds of thousands of rosaries were distributed to the young people taking part.

But the pope has not let up. Speaking to Polish pilgrims at his weekly general audience Oct. 9, Pope Francis reminded them that when Mary appeared to two young women in Gietrzwald, Poland, in 1877, she told them, “Pray the rosary every day” and, the pope said, “she assured them that the graces imparted by this prayer would be salvific and would lead people to happiness in heaven.”

“Remember these words, especially now, in the month of October dedicated to the rosary,” the pope continued. “Through the intercession of Mary, mediator of graces, we ask for peace for the world, wisdom for those who govern and for faith and unity for families.”

Marking the month of the rosary in 2017, Pope Francis tweeted: “The rosary is a synthesis of the mysteries of Christ: we contemplate them with Mary, who allows us to see with her eyes of faith and love.”

But his admonitions to pray the rosary were particularly fervent in October 2018 when the Catholic Church was reeling from accusations about clerical sexual abuse and, particularly, its cover-up.

Pope Francis asked Catholics last year to pray the rosary each day in October, asking Mary to protect the church and make it more aware of its “sins, errors and the abuses committed in the present and the past, and committed to fighting without hesitation so that evil would not prevail.”

Turning to Mary in times of trouble should be as natural as turning to one’s earthly mother when things look grim, he has said.

Celebrating the feast of Mary’s assumption into heaven Aug. 15, Pope Francis told people that the feast is a reminder that, in heaven, “there is a mother who waits for us, and she is our mother. She loves us, she smiles at us and she rescues us with great care.”

“Like every mother, she wants the best for her children and tells us, ‘You are precious in the eyes of God. You were not made for the little gratifications of this world, but for the great joys of heaven,'” he said.

“Let’s allow the Mother of God to take us by the hand,” the pope said. “Every time that we pick up the rosary and pray, we take a step forward toward the great goal of life,” which is to be with God for eternity.

The pope also has let the rosary speak for itself, such as when he went to Rome’s Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love May 1, 2018. Greeting the crowds gathered outside the shrine’s original little church, the pope said little more than: “Let’s pray together. I’ll see you later, but let’s pray, OK?”

Then he went inside, recited the rosary with a few dozen people and came back outside to recite one more Hail Mary with the crowd and give them his blessing.

In Pope Francis’ descriptions of her, Mary is the ideal disciple: full of faith, willing to take risks and ready to set out at a moment’s notice.

The Gospel description of her visitation to her cousin Elizabeth says, “She set off in haste.”

At the end of a Marian procession and recitation of the rosary in the Vatican Gardens in 2014, Pope Francis said Mary, “the virgin of haste,” is “always ready to come to our aid when we pray to her, when we ask her help, her protection.”

ATHLETE PROFILE: CAYLEE SANTOS

Most high school athletes can only dream of being able to call themselves state champions, but Rosary Academy senior Caylee Santos can already add that title to her resume – times two. 

As a freshman, Santos was a member of the Royals 2017 CIF Division III girls basketball state championship team. She was wide-eyed and in unfamiliar territory. 

“Freshman year, I was scared,” says Santos. “I had never been in that environment before…and I didn’t really understand the game of basketball back then.” 

Santos soaked up the experience, and the Royals climbed back to the top earlier this year, securing their second CIF state title, this time in Division I. Now in more familiar surroundings, Santos understood what it took to be a champion and was ready for the challenge. Winning two state championships in three years is no easy feat, and she credits Rosary basketball head coach Richard Yoon with raising her understanding of the game to a new level. 

“He’s taught me so much,” says Santos of Yoon. “When I walked into basketball my freshman year, there was more to basketball than I had learned before. I started understanding [the game] more because of him.” 

As a shooting guard for the Royals, the 18-year-old loves the feeling she gets when she sinks a basket and hears the cheers from the bench. Despite her high level of skill, Santos is always looking to improve. 

“I think Caylee is sometimes the unsung hero on the team,” says Yoon. “She does all the little things teams need to be successful but are not glamorous to report. She is a lights-out shooter, but more importantly, she takes pride in her defense, which is what coaches want out of their players.” 

Her experiences have brought Santos more than just better insight into the game, but a deeper appreciation for how basketball has molded her growth as a person. 

I continue [playing] to be a better person,” says Santos. “I don’t just learn basketball. I learn life skills, how to be a better teammate and how to be a leader.” 

Off the court, Santos serves as a member of Rosary’s Campus Ministry team, where she helps prepare mass and assists with charity fundraisers. She is also a TA at church and enjoys teaching young kids about God. Both experiences have strengthened her faith. 

“I know he’s always with me and that he’s with my team,” says Santos. 

The Cerritos resident is planning on playing collegiate basketball alongside studying business and possibly attending graduate school. It was her stepfather who introduced Santos to the game when she was around five years old, and she is grateful for the encouragement she receives from both her parents and stepparents. 

“They give me so much support,” says Santos. “Even if I’m down on basketball, they’ll lift me up.