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Join Deacon Steve Greco as he welcomes a very special guest to the studio, Fr. Augustine Puchner.

Fr. Augustine is a Norbertine priest, and he is pastor at St. John the Baptist Church in Costa Mesa, CA.

They discuss among other things the Norbertine order, The Holy Spirit, Divine Mercy and aspects of enhancing and enriching our faith in today’s world.




Originally broadcast on 8/9/2020


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

We welcome two very important guests to the studio today; and, each of them offers a tremendous contribution to the materially poor and marginalized of our community.

Mary Lou Walters is the Director of the Christ Cathedral Community Outreach on the Christ Cathedral campus. Our other guest, Nancy Savage, labors right alongside in assisting with financial matters and many other details (too numerous to count).

You will be inspired by their shining example.

Be sure to listen and share this podcast!





Originally broadcast on 5/30/20


With the ongoing crisis regarding COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders for most folks in the U.S., people have gotten creative in order to continue to move forward in education, business, ministry.. you name it!

It’s no different for those doing important work in the Diocese of Orange.

On this podcast, host Rick Howick had the opportunity to hop on a zoom meeting session with key staff members who work at the Pastoral Center at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove.

Listen in, and hear about all the dynamic goings-on taking place, EVEN in these times of crisis!






Originally broadcast on 4/18/20


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.


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Host Timmerie to run a workshop in your area



Originally broadcast on 3/22/20


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

Today’s episode will be a discussion on where we are as a society today. 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.

Tune in for the very thoughtful discussion.





Originally broadcast on 4/6/19



ROME (CNS) — In times of crisis, the Catholic Church and its faithful must return to the basics of the Christian faith, said Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron of Los Angeles.

Bishop Barron, who was ordained to the priesthood in 1986, told reporters in Rome March 7 that he has lived most of his priesthood in the context of the church’s sexual abuse crisis and is convinced that the only way forward is to focus on what it really means to be Christian.

The Franciscans, Dominicans and other religious orders were formed at “times of real crisis,” he said. “That’s when great figures like St. Dominic said, ‘Back to the basics, which for him meant poverty, trust in God’s providence, preaching the Gospel.”

The bishop had just received an honorary doctorate in theology from the Dominican-run Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, commonly called the Angelicum.

Bishop Barron’s “Word on Fire” multimedia ministry, his famous video series on the church and his other outreach work, he said, responded to a desire “to tell the story of Catholicism again; let’s tell the story of the great saints again.”

Dominican Father Michal Paluch, rector of the Angelicum, told reporters the university knew it was giving Bishop Barron an honorary degree at “a very difficult time for the church,” particularly given the abuse scandal.

While norms and procedures are essential for keeping children safe, he said, the church is still about preaching the Gospel “with conviction and energy and enthusiasm, and Bishop Barron is someone who is showing us how to do it.”

Father Paluch said Bishop Barron meets the Dominican’s criteria of “PBS: a preacher, backbone and special.”

The Dominicans, formally the Order of Preachers, want to recognize individuals who excel at preaching, he said, but they must have the “backbone” of solid knowledge of Catholic philosophy and theology — especially the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas and “St. John Paul II, our most illustrious alumnus.”

But to receive an honorary doctorate, he said, there must a “special” something extra, which in Bishop Barron’s case is his broad outreach.

Immediately after receiving his honorary degree, Bishop Barron delivered a lecture on “divine generosity,” pitting the work of St. Thomas Aquinas against post-modernist writers like Jacques Derrida, who doubted there ever could be a truly “gratuitous gift,” because whenever one receives a gift there is an expectation that something, even just a thank you, be given in return.

“Most philosophies, most ethical systems would fully acknowledge how limited our range of generosity can be,” Bishop Barron said. But in Christianity, Jesus tells his disciples to love their enemies and to forgive people 70 times seven times.

“You have the Lord who gives this extraordinary — to the natural mind, seemingly utopian set of commands — but in fact they are possible in the order of grace,” the bishop told reporters after his talk.

The pagans in the New Testament commenting, “How these Christians love one another,” shows how attractive it is when Christians allow the Holy Spirit to inspire them to love as God loves, which is without expecting something in return, he said.

“It is eminently practical and, I would say, evangelical,” the bishop said. “When people see it, they say, ‘What is that? Where’d that come from?’ And that’s when you see it’s the Holy Spirit.”


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Originally broadcast on 9/29/17


WASHINGTON (CNS) — Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has initiated the Social Capital Project, a research effort that examines the importance of “associational life,” which includes families, religious congregations and other communities.

The project found that civil society has declined in America, and a panel at the American Enterprise Institute introduced localism and federalism as two routes for combating this trend.

Lee’s address and a subsequent panel discussion among a team of experts took place July 12 and explored the topics of localism and social capital. The participants talked about “why federalism is key to restoring civic connectedness and faith in the American government.”

The project also researched religion in the United States, as religious institutions naturally facilitate the types of communities that the project discovered are declining. The project cited surveys that found only 42 to 44 percent of Americans attend religious services monthly — part of a trend of fewer people being raised in religious traditions and more people exhibiting decreased confidence in organized religion.

“Church attendance and trust in organized religion have dropped sharply since the 1970s,” Lee said. “The destruction of community life is a spiritual crisis for millions of our fellow citizens.”

Ryan Streeter, director of domestic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, introduced Lee. Vice chair of the Joint Economic Committee in Congress, Lee began his remarks by referencing a common platform for social interactions: Facebook. Dubbed a “community” by founder Mark Zuckerberg, the site has approximately 2 billion monthly users. Lee argued, however, that Facebook is not a true community.

“Community institutions like churches and like little leagues can’t be replaced by the glowing rectangles that we keep in our pockets, that we sometimes seem to check obsessively,” Lee said. “Rather, community is the stage where we perform the most rewarding roles in our lives, as children and parents, as siblings, as spouses, as friends, as mentors and disciples.”

The Social Capital Project released its first report in May and found that American communities are growing weaker. Lee argued that as the federal government has expanded, offering programs more traditionally offered by religious institutions, communities have begun to come apart.

“Government crowds out civic groups by competing with them to perform civic functions,” Lee said.

Lee, however, did not advocate for a repeal of government programs. Rather, he suggested a focus on initiatives at the state and local levels, which would do more to serve communities.

“The government does not have to refrain from playing a role, but it needs to aim for city hall rather than the federal government,” Lee said. “It should be the people’s servant.”

A panel discussion followed Lee’s remarks. Joel Kotkin, presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University and executive director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, moderated the panel and asked the participants for their reaction to Lee’s words.

Lee Drutman, senior fellow in the program on political reform at the think tank New America, considered the fractured political climate in his response.

“Let’s face reality,” Drutman said. “We are an incredibly divided country.”

Drutman described two competing visions that emerged in the 1960s and still affect America. One was diverse, urban and socially progressive; the other was rooted in faith, tradition and small-town life. Drutman explained that the 2016 election placed these two ideologies in opposition.

As a result of the election of President Donald Trump, Drutman remarked that many Democrats say they do not recognize the United States under Trump.

“Think about what that’s doing to our collective psyche as a nation,” Drutman said.

Yuval Levin, the Hertog fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the editor of National Affairs magazine, also recognized this adverse effect upon the American mindset and community.

“We have in our politics a debate between two radical forms of individualism,” Levin said.

In response to this rise of individualism, the panelists had a debate over localism and federalism as two potential solutions. Consensus among the panelists was that the party out of power in Washington often “remembers” federalism while the opposition party does not have as much incentive to do so, since its members can enact change on a national level.

“There are some who have been making this case for a while,” Drutman said. “People who are minorities at the national level can come to set policy at the local level.”

Drutman shared some caveats about localism, pointing out that voter turnout is typically low in local elections. Furthermore, he argued, people tend to trust local government more but tend to know less about it than they do of the federal government.

“People most trust the institutions they know nothing about,” Drutman said.

Levin, while agreeing that localism helps to foster civil society, also warned that often localism can lead to “majority tyranny,” as James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 10, of the Federalist Papers. He and Winship cited race in the 1960s as an example.

“The history of race in America offers an argument against localism that cannot be ignored,” Levin said.

Scott Winship, director of the Social Capital Project, asserted that for localism to work properly, America needs strong local institutions as well as strong communities.

“Affluence has allowed us to outsource the responsibilities we used to have to each other,” Winship said.

Winship explained that as Americans become wealthier, they rely less upon their neighbors for simple favors that form the foundation of community life.

“We may be materially richer than in the past,” read the project’s May report. “But with atrophied social capabilities, with a diminished sense of belonging to something greater than ourselves, and with less security in our family life, we are much poorer for doing less together.”


Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the Baltimore, Maryland-based international humanitarian agency, is on the scene assisting families in Europe as the refugee and migrant crisis continues to grow. Local parishes have asked what they can do to help, CRS has provided this list of ways that individuals and communities can help.

· A prayer for refugees that you can incorporate in your meetings, events, and classes
· General intercessions for peace in Syria
· Invite the members of your parish, school, or ministry to submit their prayers using our virtual chapel \ Spanish

CRS Stories, Articles and Interviews to learn more
· Visit our Syrian Refugee Crisis home page \ Spanish to learn about the crisis and to find out how the Church is responding
· Read the story of Six Syrian Refugees \ Spanish and how they recount the hardest part of their journey to Europe
· Baltimore Sun: Op-ed by Carolyn Woo:
· America magazine: CRS staff in Serbia
· Catholic News Service:
· Listen to a CRS field interview that was recently featured on the Jennifer Fulwiler show on SiriusXM radio

Video overview of the crisis
· CRS staff member Caroline Brennan shares about the situation in Syria

Photos from the field show the need
· A collection of images from the field

Social Media can help spread awareness of the need for assistance
@CatholicRelief, @CRSNews, @CBrennanCRS, @KimPoz and @ngamer19, #RefugeeCrisis, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and YouTube. Share this image on your social media outlets to be in solidarity with our refugee brothers and sisters.

The immediate need is for food and water, shelter, access to sanitation, baby food, medical care and protection.

Donate online:
By phone: 1-877-435-7277

By mail:
Catholic Relief Services
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, MD 21297-0303
In the memo line, write “Migrant Crisis”