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EPISODE #273
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: THE BIBLICAL BACKGROUND OF DIVINE MERCY

On this podcast, Deacon Steve Greco teams up with good friend and fellow radio host, Rick Howick, to discuss various topics pertaining to our Catholic faith. Most notably, they’ll take a deep dive into the meaning and biblical background of divine mercy.

Having recently celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday, this topic is especially timely.

Be sure to listen and share with a friend!

 

 

 

 

 

Original broadcast aired on 4/19/2020

EPISODE#54
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: GUEST IS LINDA JI – DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF FAMILY LIFE IN THE DIOCESE OF ORANGE

On this episode, host Fr. Christopher Smith 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 the Office of Family Life in the Diocese of Orange.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original broadcast on 4/10/21

EPISODE #12
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: AMPLIFY FEMALE COMPOSERS

Episode No. 12: Amplify Female Composers   

In the midst of the COVID pandemic, acclaimed organists and church musicians Janet Yieh and Carolyn Craig collaborated in founding AMPLIFY Female Composers – a project dedicated to promoting music written by female composers. As a preview for their spring 2021 offering – a virtual Stations of the Cross featuring organists playing solemn meditations – Janet and Carolyn join host David Ball to introduce our listeners to this important project. They’ll be highlighting some beautiful tracks both from their 2020 Virtual Advent Calendar; and, the upcoming Stations of the Cross. These are featuring performances by church musicians and choirs across the United States, England, and even here in California {from both San Diego native Chelsea Chen and Cathedral Organist David Ball on the mighty Walker organ of Christ Cathedral}.

Find out more about 2021’s Stations of the Cross and many more resources about female composers for music listeners and church musicians at: https://www.amplifyfemalecomposers.org/

EPISODE #272
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: EASTER JOY!

If you are a frequent listener to the Empowered by the Spirit radio broadcast, you know that our host, Deacon Steve Greco, is a man of great enthusiasm for his Catholic faith. And when it comes to Easter, that can be quite infectious!

On today’s offering, Deacon had the chance to sit down with our very own Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Orange, Timothy Freyer. This session was recorded in more of a “living room” setting, rather than the studio. I think it adds more of an intimate ambience of sound quality.

Listen in, and I guarantee you will find it to be time well spent!

 

 

Originally broadcast on radio – 4/4/21

EPISODE#225
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF OC

Host Rick Howick welcomes Ellen Roy to the studio for today’s discussion. Ellen is the Executive Director for Catholic Charities of Orange County. She shares about her fascinating background; and, about some of the incredibly important work that happens every day. This ministry is an absolute lifeline to so many.. Catholic Charities of OC!

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Originally broadcast on 3/27/21

EPISODE#53
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: SPECIAL EDITION FOR HOLY WEEK

On this memorable edition of Cathedral Square, Fr. Christopher Smith shares the Gospel readings for Palm Sunday and Holy Week. He then offers reflections that will both challenge and bless you.

In addition, you will hear glorious music weaved throughout the program (The Lamb of God by Rob Gardner).

Our prayer is that this program will greatly enrich your Holy Week experience.

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Original broadcast on 3/27/21

EPISODE#52
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: GUEST IS IAN RANGEL – DIRECTOR OF THE PASTORAL SERVICES APPEAL

Fr. Christopher is always thrilled to bring new friends to the studio to be part of the radio program.

Today’s guest is Ian Rangel. He is the Director of the Diocese of Orange Pastoral Services Appeal and Fund Development.

Give a listen to this very informative program; and, share it with a friend!

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/20/21

EPISODE#224
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: HIGHLIGHTS OF HOLY WEEK

Host Rick Howick interviews guests on a variety of topics. On this week’s program, Rick welcomes back the Vicar-General for the Diocese of Orange, Msgr. Stephen Doktorczyk.  He also serves as the Moderator of the Curia.

On this broadcast, Rick and Monsignor drill down on some of the most important highlights of Holy Week!

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/20/21

EPISODE #11
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: THE JOURNEY OF LENT

Episode No. 11: The Journey of Lent   

“If you want a great Easter, you have to have a great Lent” preaches Fr. Christopher Smith, Rector

and Episcopal Vicar of Christ Cathedral. It’s easy during this holy season to focus on the end of the

story – the Resurrection – without making the most of the singular opportunity that the Lenten season

offers us as a time for reflection and meditation in preparation for the holiest seasons of the Church

year. Join us on today’s episode as we journey musically through the season of Lent – from the great

Psalm 51 (Miserere Mei/Have Mercy on Me, O God) of Ash Wednesday all the way through the

dramatic raising of Lazarus on the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

EPISODE#223
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: THE YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH

On today’s podcast episode, host Rick Howick welcomes Lesa Truxaw to the program. Lesa has served the Diocese of Orange for close to 20 years; and, she brings a wealth of ministry experience to the table. Her title is “Director For the Office of Worship” at the Pastoral Center in the Diocese of Orange.

Our key area of discussion today is the proclamation made by Pope Francis that is of such great importance for 2021: “The Year of St. Joseph.”

What exactly does that entail? Tune in and find out!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 3/6/21