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EPISODE#228
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: THE PRESENTATION SISTERS: A NUNUMENTARY

It is always a pleasure to have new friends join us in the studio, high atop the Tower of Hope on the campus of Christ Cathedral. The topic on the table today is all about some wonderful, Godly servants who reside at St. Bonaventure Catholic School in Huntington Beach. They are known as ‘The Presentation Sisters.’ On this podcast, host Rick Howick welcomes three unique guests: Alexa Vellanoweth (a former student at St Bonaventure), Kim White (the principal at St. Bonaventure) and Vanessa Frei (Director of Marketing and Enrollment).

So what exactly is a “NUNUMENTARY?” Tune in, and find out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 5/15/21

EPISODE#219
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: DR ERIN BARISANO GIVES US AN UPDATE ON CATHOLIC EDUCATION 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. Dr. 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 are things looking as we embark on this new year of 2021?

Listen in, and be encouraged!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 1/16/21

 

EPISODE#43
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: CHRIST CATHEDRAL ACADEMY

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

On this episode, we welcome Julianna Tapia (the Principal of CC Academy) and Patti Abeyta (Preschool Director of CC Academy).

Today’s conversation covers all the goings-on at Christ Cathedral Academy, including important issues regarding COVID-19 and school closures throughout the diocese.

Amidst it all, we have some good news to share!

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 10/31/20

EPISODE#209
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUEST IS MARY FLOCK OF ST POLYCARP SCHOOL ONLINE CATHOLIC ACADEMY

For this podcast, host Rick Howick welcomes Mary Flock to our studios in the Tower of Hope, on the campus of Christ Cathedral. Mary is the principal of St. Polycarp School Online Catholic Academy.

Together they will talk about the all new “virtual” school which serves students locally and nationwide for at-home learning.

Tune in and SHARE!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 8/29/20

LESSONS IN CONFINEMENT

The first several weeks of the novel coronavirus pandemic flew by.  

Whether it was because my thyroid medication was too strong or I was convinced isolation would end quickly – I’m not sure, but whatever the case, I seemed to have unlimited energy. 

Tackling projects I haven’t addressed in years kept my mind occupied. Digging through the boxes stacked in the back of the garage, cleaning the oven, labeling leftovers in the freezer – routine housekeeping chores kept my mind occupied. There wasn’t time or energy to acknowledge the anxiety nibbling at the edges of my consciousness. Besides, ticking items off my endless to-do list gave me the illusion of control. 

My family is one of the lucky ones. I work from home and my husband is retired; our youngest daughter was able to return from college and continue her studies; our two grown sons are safe and healthy, and mom’s retirement community locked down before a single COVID-19 case occurred. 

And yet, days became weeks. My early optimism gave way to frustration. Not being able to have my mom over each Sunday for dinner felt strange. Being unable to do my own errands, things as mundane as grocery shopping or gassing up the car, rendered me helpless. 

It was not until the fifth week that depression set in. It was impossible to sleep. Zoom exercise classes were chores, daily walks an obligation, laundry felt like punishment. I ate sweets to counter my anxiety. Instead of calling my mother every night, I binged on disturbing true-crime podcasts.  

Each successive day of confinement frazzled my nerves more. Then one morning I couldn’t deny it: The scale showed I’d gained eight pounds. Ignoring my mental health meant that soon none of my clothes would fit. 

It was time to re-learn the important lessons the coronavirus confinement has taught me. These lessons include: 

 

  1. Interviewing inspirational church leaders has led me to spend more time in prayer, with my journal, in spiritual reading, and contemplation. 
  2. Technology empowers us to be together as a family for virtual Sunday evening cocktails. 
  3. The phone connects me with far-flung friends even though we can’t visit in person.
  4. Redoubling my efforts to get fit means religiously attending my Zoom classes in yoga and Tai Chi.
  5. Walking at least an hour every day forces me into the sunshine and fresh air.
  6. Cultivating my roses, gardenias, hydrangeas and azaleas, lemons and avocados gets my hands into the earth and into nature.
  7. Feeding my family teaches me new skills: I’ve learned to bake bread from scratch, create main dishes from new recipes, and I made my first-ever cheesecake.
  8. I’ve learned to make homemade vanilla and lemon extracts, began painting, and started making my own greeting cards.
  9. I’m taking an online course in decorative lettering.
  10. I’ve organized photographs into scrapbooks and recipes into cookbooks.
  11. My calls to Mom provide the chance to write down her memories, which I plan to share with her grandchildren.

 

As I write this, a cool breeze wafts in the family room. A mockingbird serenades us as our dog Samson snoozes at the front door. It’s peaceful, and I realize, again, that – even in confinement – every breath is a blessing.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Many Catholics believe that being faithful means meeting the minimum requirements of weekly attendance at Mass, observation of holy days, and fasting from meat on Fridays during Lent.  

Yet Church leaders encourage adult Catholics to commit to a lifetime of educating ourselves in the faith. That can include pondering Scripture, developing a daily prayer life, reading inspirational books that help grow our spiritual lives, and consuming Catholic media, including books and podcasts.  

“We tend to think of Sunday Mass as the minimum requirement for practicing Catholics, but if we are in a relationship with Love itself, that undergirds our entire existence, we don’t want to do the bare minimum,” explains Katie Dawson, director of Parish Evangelization and Faith Formation for the Diocese of Orange. “It’s like we are invited to this abundance at the banquet of the Lord, and instead, we satisfy ourselves with only a crumb.” 

Indeed, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops underscores this invitation in its Faith Formation mission: “The Church’s catechetical mission aims to help the faithful of all ages to grow in both human and Christian maturity, enriching the whole of life with the leaven of the Gospel. Consequently, appropriate goals and content will embrace all the faith dimensions of an adult life—for example, understanding and communicating the faith, skills needed for personal growth, the experience of family life, relationships, public service, and concern for the common good.” 

Instead of looking at our faith as an obligation, Dawson says, we must respond to this meaningful invitation from God to live our lives with Him in the fullness of joy.  

Orange County Catholics have the opportunity to develop and deepen our faith by participating in a variety of parish and diocesan programs, as well as taking advantage of a variety of Catholic reading and media opportunities.  

 

LOCAL FAITH FORMATION EVENTS 

While suspended during the current pandemic, many parishes will resume group meetings, giving us the chance to grow in our faith together with like-minded Catholics. Several parishes periodically offer Taize prayer services, during which parishioners chant and pray in relative darkness to grow closer to God.  

At St. Polycarp Church in Stanton, attendees can join Catholic Scripture Study each Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

St. Bonaventure Church in Huntington Beach offers a Faith & Fellowship meeting every second Thursday. St. Kilian Church in Mission Viejo offers an Adult Faith Formation class on the second and fourth Mondays, and St. Joseph Church in Placentia on April 16, will hopefully begin its Welcome Home program for Catholics who have fallen away from the Church. 

 

CATHOLIC BOOKS AND PODCASTS 

Dawson recommends free books available from Dynamic Catholic, including “Jesus Shock,” by Peter Kreeft. She also recommends “God, Help Me,” by Jim Beckman (Amazon paperback, $12.16), and “In the School of the Holy Spirit,” by Jacques Philippe (Amazon paperback, $13.85). 

Dawson also likes the Abiding Together podcast, which discusses important themes of the spiritual life and offers inspiring insights that help deepen your relationship with God. 

EPISODE #222
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: PHILIPPINES – ON FIRE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

On this podcast, Deacon Steve Greco welcomes some folks who have traveled a great distance to reach our studio today. How does 7000 miles sound to you?

Sr. Neseta Vargas is the Mother General of the Augustinian Order.  She works tirelessly in the area of education in her native country of the Philippines. Our other guest is Fr. JP Alvarado from the Ministers of the Infirm.

Our discussion centers around the street kids they minister to each day; and, how you and I can lend a helping hand from where we are.

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 12/8/19

EPISODE#7
CATHOLIC SCHOOL CONNECTION: GUEST IS MIKE SCHABERT

On this episode, host Dr. Erin Barisano welcomes Mike Schabert to the program.

Mike is the Associate Superintendent of Marketing and Enrollment in the Department of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Orange.

Listen as he shares his story and vision for the future of Catholic education for our boys and girls.

Be sure to SHARE this podcast!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 10/26/19

EPISODE#6
CATHOLIC SCHOOL CONNECTION: GUEST IS DR. DENISE VALADEZ

On this episode, host Dr. Erin Barisano welcomes Dr. Denise Valadez to the program.

Denise is the Associate Superintendent of Curriculum, Accreditation and Spirituality in the Department of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Orange.

Listen as she shares her story and vision for the future of Catholic education for our boys and girls.

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 10/12/19

EPISODE #102
TRENDING WITH TIMMERIE: ABORTION BREAST CANCER LINK

Molecular Microbiologist Dr. Gerard Nadal, President of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, joins Trending with Timmerie.  Dr. Nadal will explain how abortion and contraception cause breast cancer. They’ll also discuss: Contraception’s link to depression and anxiety. Also, the sex differences present in every cell of a man and woman’s body.

Finally, you’ll receive career and academic advice whether you are a college student or a seasoned professional.

 

What else is Timmerie talking about?   www.RadioTrending.com

 

 

Originally broadcast on 9/21/19