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EPISODE #247
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: TESTIMONY OF DEACON STEVE AND MARY ANNE GRECO

We have a very special podcast to bring you today. This audio was captured before a live audience at a large Catholic conference a couple of years ago. It features the host of the Empowered by the Spirit radio program, Deacon Steve Greco (and his wife Mary Anne). They have been married now for close to 50 years; and, they talk about some of the trials and triumphs that they’ve dealt with throughout their lives together.

This is one POWERFUL testimonial session that you will want to share with others!

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 6/21/2020

EPISODE #246
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: BEING CALLED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Join Deacon Steve Greco as he welcomes his daughter Laura to the weekly broadcast. She shares her amazing journey of “faith, hope and love” in dealing with a surprise diagnosis of lung cancer.

It also acts as a clarion call to ALL of us to listen to the Holy Spirit and His influence on our daily lives.

If you or someone you know is impacted by cancer, please listen and encourage others to do the same!

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 6/7/2020

EPISODE #119
TRENDING WITH TIMMERIE: THRIVING IN CRISIS AND KEEPING THE FAITH

A welcome surprise for long time listeners of Trending with Timmerie: Chris Mueller is back discussing how to thrive with the downtime, quality time, and close quarters we all face in-light of the Coronavirus.  He will share about keeping the faith in the midst of the unfathomable as his son Ben battles cancer.  Timmerie will discuss how we can be more courageous and faithful as access to the Mass and Communion decreases and fear increases.  She’ll discuss the importance of living in a state of grace and not taking God for granted.

 

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 3/22/20

EPISODE #229
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

When it comes to listening to the Empowered by the Spirit podcast with host Deacon Steve Greco, you always know that you’re going to meet new and interesting people.

On today’s broadcast, we’re delighted to introduce you to a man of faith who has certainly undergone his fair share of adversity and challenges.

His name is Paul McKinnon, and he is a ‘stage 4’ lung cancer survivor.

Tune in, and be sure to share with a friend!

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 1/26/2020

EPISODE #172
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: OVERCOMING ADVERSITY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

Host Deacon Steve Greco interviews guests on a variety of topics. On today’s show, he welcomes a dynamic mother and daughter combo, Jonna & Janine Malabanan.

They’ll talk about the great faith they carry with them at all times, especially whiles facing a dire cancer diagnosis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 11/11/18

 

EPISODE #165
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: WOMEN AND LUNG CANCER

Join Deacon Steve Greco as he welcomes his daughter Laura to the weekly broadcast. She shares her amazing journey of “faith, hope and love” in dealing with a surprise diagnosis of lung cancer. This is a powerful conversation between a father and daughter.

If you or someone you know is impacted by cancer, please listen and encourage others to do the same!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 9/23/18

EPISODE#153
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUEST IS ANNETTE WALKER OF CITY OF HOPE

Host Rick Howick interviews guests on a variety of topics. On this week’s program, Rick welcomes Annette Walker to our Tower of Hope studios. A recent article in the OC Catholic stated the following:

“City of Hope has announced the appointment of Annette Walker as CEO for its new cancer research and treatment center in Orange County. Walker will lead the development of a $200-million best-in-class facility planned for Irvine and will guide the expansion of City of Hope throughout the region.”

Annette is here to tell us all about her hopes and dreams for the presence of City of Hope in Orange County!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 9/22/18

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI SCHOOL HOSTS ‘DANCE OUT CANCER’

YORBA LINDA—Eighth graders at St. Francis of Assisi School in Yorba Linda held the fourth annual “Dance Out Cancer” event recently to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Yorba Linda. More than $3,800 was raised by the 36 students in classes 8A and 8B, and the funds enable the school to be a major sponsor of the local event, now in its 13th year in Yorba Linda.

“Dance Out Cancer is a wonderful way to help students learn to give back,” said principal Tom Waszak. “As our 8th graders are graduating from school, they are making their mark on the community by their good work and generosity.”

At the dance, school families and guests donated $20 per family to attend, and additional donations were gathered for face painting, dinner and desserts. Eighth grade teachers Mrs. M’Liss Painter and Mrs. Ann Cooper have inspired their students to give back through the “Dance Out Cancer” event.

The event was chaired by school parent Laurie Warye-Schoenke, with assistance from volunteers Michelle Leo, Susan Michael and many others. The funds given to the American Cancer Society will be used to support programs of cancer research, education, advocacy, and free patient services.

At St. Francis School, each class from pre-school through eighth grade chooses a charity to support and holds an event to further the charity’s mission. The “Dance Out Cancer” event is supported by the school-wide community as a fun and effective way for students to make a difference for their chosen charity.

THREE YEAR-OLD BRAZILIAN BOY WITH CANCER ‘CELEBRATES MASS,’ WANTS TO BE POPE

Sao Paulo, Brazil (CNA/EWTN News) – Rafael Freitas is a three-year-old boy in Brazil who loves to pretend to celebrate Mass. He says he wants to be Pope someday.

He also has an aggressive form of cancer.

“At the facility where he receives his care there is a common area and little Rafael invites all the patients to come there to attend his ‘Mass,'” said the boyís father, Randersson Freitas.

He said his son has had a long devotion to the Mass.

“When he started walking, just after he turned one year old, Rafael started imitating the priest every time we went to Mass. When the priest raised up the chalice, he would raise up his little cup,” Randersson told CNA.

In 2014, doctors told Rafaelís parents that the little boy was suffering from a stage 4 form of childhood cancer that affects the nervous system and the bones.

In March 2014, Rafael received chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital in the city of Barretos, but doctors said there was no hope he would recover. Despite being placed in the wing for terminal patients, Rafael began to improve, thanks to the intense treatments and the prayers of his family and many friends. Doctors now say he has a chance to survive the cancer.

Once at the hospital chapel where Rafael attends Mass with his parents, the boy asked the chaplain for a peculiar gift: a paten, the small golden plate used at Mass to hold the Host. The priest gave him one and also gave him a small tunic and stole made just to fit him.

“The priest thought Rafael’s request was so beautiful that he gave him a whole set of unused liturgical objects. The day he received them he must have celebrated 300 hundred Masses,” his father joked. “He was still ‘celebrating’ Mass at 11 o’clock that night.”

His father said it was ìthe best gift his son could have received. Thousands of people have watched a video of the boy’s pretend Mass that his parents posted to Facebook. Rafael’s father suggested the boy was imitating his parents.

“We are extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist and we strive to attend Mass every day,” Randersson said.

Rafael’s parents say the little boy’s health is still at risk.

“We are in a crucial week when new tests will be done to figure out what needs to be done still. Perhaps he will need a bone marrow transplant,” Randersson said.

“We ask prayers from all bishops, priests, religious, laity and families. Pray for Rafael. Let us form a prayer chain. We know that Rafael’s healing is in God’s hands and we hope that this miracle will take place.”