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EPISODE#226
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: WE ARE AN EASTER PEOPLE

It is always an honor, pleasure and privilege for host Rick Howick to welcome Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Freyer to our studios (high atop the

Tower of Hope). In this lively conversation, we will be talking about what it means to be an ‘Easter People.’

It is all about the resurrected Christ.

HE IS RISEN!

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Originally broadcast on 4/10/21

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 #269
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: COMMUNITY EMERGENCY FUND

On this podcast, Deacon Steve Greco has invited some folks from a parish in Pennsylvania who have done an amazing service to their community in this time of pandemic. Our topic is about an initiative called the “Community Emergency Fund.”

You will be inspired by this timely discussion that is all about reaching out and assisting our neighbor in need!

 

 

Originally broadcast on 1/31/21

EPISODE #261
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: A FAMILY GUIDE TO SPIRITUAL WARFARE (PT. 1) WITH GUEST KATHLEEN BECKMAN

Welcome on in.. to another episode of Empowered by the Spirit with host, Deacon Steve Greco (of Spirit Filled Hearts Ministry).

Today’s guest is author/speaker Kathleen Beckman. On this episode, we’re going to touch on an area we don’t really hear a lot about in our churches and communities.. but it’s high time we bring it out and expose it to the light.. Our topic is spiritual warfare.

Our guest today has immense knowledge on this topic. In fact, Deacon Steve and Kathleen covered so much ground in the studio that this session became a 2-part series!

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Originally broadcast on 11/15/20

EPISODE #257
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: THE IMPORTANCE OF CHRIST IN TODAY’S SOCIETY

Hosts Deacon Steve Greco and Rick Howick of the OC Catholic Radio Show team up for a timely conversation about how we can truly reflect Jesus Christ in our lives to the society at large.

This is such an important conversation to have during this election season.

 

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Originally broadcast on 9/6/20

EPISODE #251
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: ALL ABOUT EUCHARISTIC MIRACLES

On today’s broadcast, we’re going to learn a thing or two about Eucharistic miracles. Deacon Steve interviews a young man (Ray Grijalba) who is causing quite a good stir with his popular channel on Youtube.

Tune in and hear what he has to say!

Check out “The Joy of the Faith” on Youtube!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 7/26/2020

EPISODE #250
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: “EVANGELIZATION NOW” WITH GUEST FR. AL BACA

Deacon Steve Greco is thrilled to welcome a very special guest to the studio for our show today. It’s none other than Fr. Al Baca, the Diocese of Orange Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation.

Tune in for this lively and timely discussion!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 7/19/2020

EPISODE #232
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: THE DIVINE MERCY CULTURE

On this week’s program, Steve welcomes Alexis Walkenstein back to the show. Alexis has a fascinating background working in media and network TV for many years; and, she is now an accomplished film producer and author. She has worked on dozens of faith-based films in recent years, including UNPLANNED, BREAKTHROUGH and FATIMA.

On today’s installment, our focus is on the Divine Mercy that Jesus offers.. and its evidence in the culture all around us!

Tune in and share this fascinating discussion.

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 2/23/2020

POPE FRANCIS: THE WORLD NEEDS CATHOLICS WHO GO OUT, PROCLAIM JESUS

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2020 / 06:20 am (CNA) – Pope Francis spoke Sunday about the need for Catholics to be active in going out to announce the faith of Jesus Christ to the world.

“The world needs Christians who let themselves be moved, who never tire of walking the streets of life, to bring everyone the consoling word of Jesus,” he said Feb. 2 in his Angelus address.

“Every baptized person has received the vocation to proclaim,” he added “– to proclaim something, to proclaim Jesus – the vocation to the evangelizing mission: to proclaim Jesus!”

For the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Pope Francis reflected on the day’s Gospel passage, which speaks of Joseph and Mary bringing the child Jesus to be consecrated in the temple, where they encountered the holy Simeon and Anna.

These men and women “represent models of welcome and giving of their life to God,” he said. “These four were not the same, they were all different, but they all sought God and allowed themselves to be guided by the Lord.”

The Gospel describes them as having attitudes of movement and amazement, he said.

According to the pope, “in this way the four protagonists of the Gospel passage show us that Christian life requires dynamism and requires willingness to walk, letting oneself be guided by the Holy Spirit.”

“Paralysis does not suit Christian witness and the mission of the Church.”

He advised parishes and other communities in the Church “to encourage the commitment of young people, families and the elderly, so that everyone can have a Christian experience, living the life and mission of the Church as protagonists.”

In his address, Pope Francis also spoke about amazement. He said, “the ability to be amazed at the things around us promotes religious experience and makes encounter with the Lord fruitful.”

The inability to be amazed, on the other hand, can make people indifferent, he added.

“May the Virgin Mary help us to contemplate the gift of God for us every day in Jesus, and to let ourselves be involved by him in the movement of the gift, with joyful amazement, so that our whole life may become a praise to God in the service of our brothers,” he prayed.

After the Angelus, the pope noted the Church in Italy’s celebration of the Day for Life, with the theme, “open the doors to life.”

Francis said he joins the Italian bishops in hoping the day will be an opportunity to remember “to guard and protect human life from the beginning until its natural end.”

He also added that it is “necessary to combat any form of violation of dignity, even when technology or the economy is at stake, opening the doors to new forms of responsible fraternity.”

Speaking about the celebration of the World Day of Consecrated Life, also celebrated Feb. 2, the pope led those in St. Peter’s Square in praying a Hail Mary for consecrated men and women, who, he said, “do a lot of work and many times in secret.”

This day “recalls the great treasure in the Church of those who follow the Lord closely by professing the evangelical counsels,” he stated.

EPISODE#21
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: HOMILY HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 33rd AND 34th SUNDAYS OF ORDINARY TIME

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