Sign Up for Our Newsletter!

Sign-Up to receive updated stories from OC Catholic.


In the world of “Facebook Live,” Bishop Timothy Freyer and Fr. Al Baca answer your questions. Please go to our Diocese of Orange Facebook page, click on the notifications, and you will be alerted each time we go LIVE.

Tune in and enjoy this dynamic and spiritually enriching conversation!





Originally broadcast on 8/8/20


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

The first half-hour of today’s show features some fascinating audio from Fr. Christopher’s interview on EWTN television in July, 2019. This was just prior to the dedication of Christ Cathedral.

The second half includes some homily highlights from the Sunday morning masses that are livestreamed on Christ Cathedral’s Facebook page.

Be sure to share this inspiring podcast with a friend!





Originally broadcast on 5/16/20


It’s time to launch another episode of Cathedral Square featuring our host, Fr. Christopher Smith.

Today’s program includes more homily highlights from the Sunday morning masses that we livestream on video for our Facebook feed.

Be sure to share this inspiring podcast with a friend!





Originally broadcast on 12/28/19


Get ready for another wonderful episode of Cathedral Square featuring our host, Fr. Christopher Smith.

Today’s program includes more homily highlights from the Sunday morning masses that we livestream on video for our Facebook feed.

Be sure to share this inspiring podcast with a friend!





Originally broadcast on 11/23/19


Get ready for another wonderful episode of Cathedral Square featuring our host, Fr. Christopher Smith.

Today’s program includes more homily highlights from the Sunday morning masses that we livestream on video for our Facebook feed.

The first half of the program will feature Fr. Chris’ message on the feast of Corpus Christi. Then, we will conclude with his dynamic words shared on Pentecost Sunday.

Be sure to share this inspiring podcast with a friend!





Originally broadcast on 7/27/19


Emmanuel Villalpando seems to be a shy man, but he is the opposite. His interest in the salvation of souls and his God-given inspiration led him to create OMNIA, a website where he creates unity and a greater community of Catholics. So far the group has 1,405 members on Facebook, including one special follower: Auxiliary Bishop of Orange, the Most Rev. Tim Freyer. 

“Our intention is to make a network among young Catholics, so that they know each other, help each other and are motivated,” says Villalpando. “Thus, we make the Church where young adults can nourish their faith, grow in their faith and make our Church stronger.” 

One of the group’s goals is to ensure that when the youth of any parish –– or those who belong to any ministry of Youth and Young Adults within the Diocese of Orange or the Archdiocese of Los Angeles ––have been confirmed in the faith, that they can find the group and with it, a place with others who share the same religious values and faith in God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary, the Pope and the Church. 

“We promote events and place them on Facebook because there are people who study and work, and sometimes it is difficult for them to find out where they can go to feed their faith,” said Arturo Ortiz, a member of the group. “Faith is our life and our union as brothers in Christ.” 

A little over a year ago, Villalpando celebrated the debut of OMNIA Catholic –– meaning EVERYTHING in Italian. The group had been known as Connected Catholics, but a Facebook group already existed with that name. 

As the group grew, Villalpando was joined by Thang Pham and Alejandra Bolívar as the site administrators. The moderators in the network are Aldo Flores, Jacqueline Koh, Andy Sison, Nhan Le, Rigo Dominguez, and Jonathan Blanco. 

“A friend was inviting me to one or two Catholic events, but her texts came to me alone through Messenger, until I thought we could reach more people on another platform and shared the idea with Emmanuel,” recalled Arturo Ortiz. “I began to notice that many young adult Catholics did not have a place to go, and now they can figure out according to their schedules and flexibility, when they can or cannot go anywhere, by publishing the event on Facebook.” 

For his part, Villalpando expressed that, thanks to Catholic community, OMNIA’s mission is encouraging young people and young adults to experience Christ through enriching and up-to-date Catholic events with the purpose of fostering parish and inter-diocesan bonds. 

He said the OMNIA group members noticed that most ministries are dedicated to young people and preach the gospel message, but it only included and focused on Catholics who shared their common mission and vision; but in OMNIA they’re achieving global growth experiences in the faith. 

“It’s not about saying that a ministry says that this or that is the way to be Catholic; if the person does not feel identified with a ministry, he or she regularly leaves the ministry, and if there’s no follow-up on their needs, sometimes they leave the Church,” Villalpando said. “Through OMNIA we wanted to break that window of what it means to be a Catholic; we seek that young people recognize God and encourage the traditions of the Church, the charismatic movement or the biblical study, etc.” 

He said if anyone wants to learn more, “we have to encourage him/her to listen to the teachings of our Bishops, that they feel a collective embrace so that our current and future members of the Church can have a range of options and select what it means to be Catholics in different areas of Southern California.” 

For now, 21 parishes in the Diocese of Orange offer ministry groups and options for young people, from La Habra to San Juan Capistrano, and from Orange to Seal Beach. Groups include Fishers of Life (FLOCC), Singles for Christ, Canvas, OLG Young Adults, Secret Fire, Upper Room, Firelight, Holy Spirit Young Adults, Awaken, Search for Christ, Rooted/Young Knights, Journey Earthen Vessels, OC Catholic Brunch, Rise, Anchor, Thrive, Ignite, Theology on Tap, Gianna Club and Young Catholic Professionals. 

Villalpando added that being Catholic means fulfilling the sacraments of the Holy Mother Church and, through it, creating and training disciples to preach the word of God to men. 

“My passion is that no young or young adult Catholic is left behind in the teachings of the Church, and that is why we have asked parishes to inform us so that we can all see and perhaps attend their events,” he said. “We did not want to do anything without the permission of our Roman Catholic Church; we are growing, and the goal is to reach more than 50 parishes in Orange County, and especially those where there are no groups that provide space for young people and adults between 18 and 40 years.”  


Vatican City, Oct 24, 2017 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News) – An initiative from the Vatican this month is inviting people to virtually connect with Pope Francis and learn more about Church missions and how to support them.

MissioBot is an automatic chat system on Facebook Messenger, which helps guide users through a chat experience with words from Pope Francis. Through any computer or smart phone with the Facebook Messenger app, users can learn about mission projects around the world.

The participant then has the opportunity to pray for particular intentions or donate to specific causes, such as orphans or victims of famine. People will also be able to click on “Papal Wisdom” to receive snippets of advice from Pope Francis.

MissioBot is available for the entire month of October in commemoration of World Mission Sunday, Oct. 22.

In a press conference on Saturday, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, head of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, emphasized that mission work is an essential aspect of the Christian faith.

“In the Christian faith, there is a pulse that gives life to the body. If the pulse stops, we enter into crisis, shock,” said Cardinal Filoni, adding that the pulse of faith is mission work.

Every Christian is called to be a missionary in some way, he said, pointing to Saint Francis Xavier, who spread the Gospel by traveling to Japan, and Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, who supported missionaries through prayer.

World Mission Sunday was begun in 1926 by the Congregation for Divine Worship and is now promoted by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Mission Societies.

The Pope’s message for the 91st World Mission Day was published by the Vatican earlier this year. Pope Francis said that World Mission Day “is a good opportunity for enabling the missionary heart of Christian communities to join in prayer, testimony of life and communion of goods, in responding to the vast and pressing needs of evangelization.”


On this episode of Call Me Catholic, Peggy’s guest is Mark Matthews. In addition to being a Google FX expert, they also discuss his concerns with Artificial Intelligence (AI). Mark also talks about “Bibles and Brew”, a Catholic men’s fellowship group he founded in Hollywood that encourages men to grow in their faith and masculine identity.

We conclude the show with a visit from Peggy’s sister, Katie.



Originally broadcast on 10/7/17



Menlo Park, Calif., Sep 19, 2017 / 03:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News) – People need to learn how to argue better on the internet, especially about religion, Catholic media personality and Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron said in remarks at Facebook’s headquarters on Monday.

“Seek with great patience to understand your opponent’s position,” he advised, adding that it can be “very tempting just to fire back ‘why you’re wrong.’”

Instead of going after what’s wrong, he said, one should seek also highlight what your opponent has right. This is an “extraordinarily helpful” way to get past impasses.

Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire website and media content reach millions of people each year over the internet. The bishop spoke to Facebook employees Sept. 18 at the company’s Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters on the topic “How to have a religious argument.” The event was live-streamed to around 2,500 viewers.

“If we don’t know how to argue about religion, then we’re going to fight about religion,” he said.

For Bishop Barron, argument is something positive and “a way to peace.”

If one goes on social media, he said, “you’ll see a lot of energy around religious issues. There will be a lot of words exchanged, often angry ones, but very little argument.”

Bishop Barron praised the intellectual tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas and his time’s treatment of disputed questions. A professor would gather in a public place and entertain objections and questions.

“What’s off the table? Nothing as far as I can tell,” the bishop summarized. He cited the way St. Thomas Aquinas made the case for disbelief in God before presenting the arguments for rational belief in God.

“If you can say ‘I wonder whether there’s a God,’ that means all these questions are fine and fair,” Bishop Barron continued. “I like the willingness to engage any question.”

Aquinas always phrases the objections “in a very pithy, and very persuasive way.” In the bishop’s view, he formulates arguments against God’s existence even better than modern atheists and sets them up in the most convincing manner, before providing his responses to these arguments.

Further, St. Thomas Aquinas cites great Muslim and Jewish scholars, as well as pre-Christian authorities like Aristotle and Cicero, always with great respect.

Bishop Barron said authentic faith is not opposed to reason; it does not accept simply anything on the basis of no evidence.

He compared faith to the process of coming to know another human person. While one can begin to come to know someone by reason, or through a Google search or a background check, when a relationship deepens, other questions arise.

“When she reveals her heart, the question becomes: Do I believe her or not? Do I trust her or not?” he said.

“The claim, at least of the great biblical religions, is that God has not become a great distant object that we examine philosophically,” the bishop said. “Rather, the claims is that God has spoken, that God has decided to reveal his heart to his people.”

Bishop Barron addressed several other mindsets that he said forestall intelligent argument about religion.

The mentality of “mere toleration” keeps religion to oneself and treats it as a hobby. However, religion makes truth claims, like claims that Christ rose from the dead.

“Truth claims, if they really are truth claims, cannot be privatized,” he said. “A truth claim always has a universal scope, a universal intent.”

“The privatization of religion is precisely what makes real argument about religion impossible.”

While science has created great knowledge that should be embraced, there is the mindset of “scientism” which reduces all knowledge to scientific form.

“It results in a deep compromise of our humanity, it seems to me,” he said, contending that religious truths are more akin to those of literature, poetry and philosophy. The scientistic mindset would have to argue that Shakespeare’s plays or Plato’s philosophical dialogues do not convey deep truths about life, death, faith, and God.

Scientism also mistakes its subject when attempting to consider God. “The one thing God is not is an item within the universe,” Bishop Barron said.

The bishop also faulted a mindset that is “voluntarist,” which believes that the faculty of the will has precedence over the intellect. In a religious context, this holds that God could make two plus two equal five. This gives rise to a view of God as arbitrary and even oppressive.

In response, some people believe humanity’s will trumps the intellect and determines truth through power. According to Bishop Barron, they see God as incompatible with human freedom and, in the words of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, see freedom as the inherent liberty to determine the meaning of one’s own concept of existence, the universe, and human life itself.

Addressing the Facebook employees about their work, he said that their company’s social media network shows an “extraordinary spiritual power” in connecting all the world.

“I think that it’s a spiritual thing that you’re bringing everybody together,” he said.