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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#53
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: SPECIAL EDITION FOR HOLY WEEK

On this memorable edition of Cathedral Square, Fr. Christopher Smith shares the Gospel readings for Palm Sunday and Holy Week. He then offers reflections that will both challenge and bless you.

In addition, you will hear glorious music weaved throughout the program (The Lamb of God by Rob Gardner).

Our prayer is that this program will greatly enrich your Holy Week experience.

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Original broadcast on 3/27/21

EPISODE #11
SOUNDS FROM THE SANCTUARY: THE JOURNEY OF LENT

Episode No. 11: The Journey of Lent   

“If you want a great Easter, you have to have a great Lent” preaches Fr. Christopher Smith, Rector

and Episcopal Vicar of Christ Cathedral. It’s easy during this holy season to focus on the end of the

story – the Resurrection – without making the most of the singular opportunity that the Lenten season

offers us as a time for reflection and meditation in preparation for the holiest seasons of the Church

year. Join us on today’s episode as we journey musically through the season of Lent – from the great

Psalm 51 (Miserere Mei/Have Mercy on Me, O God) of Ash Wednesday all the way through the

dramatic raising of Lazarus on the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

EPISODE#51
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: LENTEN MISSION CHRIST CATHEDRAL PARISH (LAST OF A 3-PART SERIES)

Fr. Christopher Smith is the Rector and Episcopal Vicar of Christ Cathedral. Last year, he shared a 3-part parish mission at one of our parishes in the Diocese of Orange.

This podcast is the third of a 3-part series.

Be sure to share this with someone. They’ll be glad you did!

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on radio in April of 2020

EPISODE#50
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: LENTEN MISSION CHRIST CATHEDRAL PARISH (SECOND OF A 3-PART SERIES)

Fr. Christopher Smith is the Rector and Episcopal Vicar of Christ Cathedral; and, he hosts the weekly Cathedral Square radio show. If you have ever been fortunate to hear one of his homilies at mass, you know that he is truly a gifted speaker. Last year, he shared a 3-part parish mission at one of our beautiful parishes in the Diocese of Orange.

This podcast is the second of a 3-part series.

Be sure to share this with someone. You will both benefit tremendously!

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on radio in April of 2020

EPISODE#49
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: LENTEN MISSION CHRIST CATHEDRAL PARISH (FIRST OF A 3-PART SERIES)

Here is a wonderful opportunity to listen to a parish mission without leaving the safety of your home!

Last year, Fr. Christopher Smith was honored to share a 3-part parish mission at one of our beautiful parishes in the Diocese of Orange.

This podcast is the first of a 3-part series.

Be sure to share this with someone. You will both benefit tremendously!

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on radio in April of 2020

EPISODE#30
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: PARISH MISSION AT ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN PLACENTIA, CA – PART 3

Over this past Lenten season, Fr. Christopher Smith was honored to share a 3-part parish mission at St. Joseph’s Parish in Placentia, CA

This program is the third of a 3-part series.

Be sure to share this podcast!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 5/2/20

EPISODE#29
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: PARISH MISSION AT ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN PLACENTIA, CA – PART 2

Earlier in the Lenten season, Fr. Christopher Smith was honored to share a 3-part parish mission at St. Joseph’s Parish in Placentia, CA

This podcast is the second of a 3-part series.

Be sure to share this with someone. You will both benefit tremendously!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 4/18/20

EPISODE#28
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: PARISH MISSION AT ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH IN PLACENTIA, CA – PART 1

Here is a wonderful opportunity to listen to a parish mission without leaving the safety of your home, your car or work space!

Earlier in this Lenten season, Fr. Christopher Smith was honored to share a 3-part parish mission at St. Joseph’s Parish in Placentia, CA

This podcast is the first of a 3-part series.

Be sure to share this with someone. You will both benefit tremendously!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 4/4/20

A MESSAGE OF HOPE

 

DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST,  

We are in our journey of Lent, the season of sorrow, the season of remembrance of Jesus’ passion. In the past, we spent this time spiritually preparing ourselves and looking forward to the rituals of Palm Sunday, the  Holy Week, and then Resurrection Sunday. We sobbed, joyful to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection. Our communities, our choirs, and even catechumens and candidates looked forward to the Resurrection with excitement. 

This Lent, however, we find ourselves experiencing an indescribable fear and sadness. Every day we hear news about the pandemic and its effects around the world, and today it is here, across America, in our state, in our city, and even in our neighborhoods. Everywhere we go we hear  the  news  on TV and on YouTube of the coronavirus from Wuhan  that makes our lives seem more fragile. We are facing a challenge that we have never experienced, and we are shocked and annoyed that our usual routines have been interrupted. We feel the collapse of the material world that we have invested in.  

We are, however, fortunate to be among those who believe in God and His abundant love.  We are strengthened when we read the Scriptures, especially John 16:33 which says, “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” And in the Book of Joshua, “I command you: be strong and steadfast!  Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD, your God, is with you wherever you go.”  

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,  we must take courage and be strong, because we know God is walking with us on the way to Golgotha. We should make an effort  during this time with our families to share with one another our moments of grief and happiness, our anxieties, and our hardships, and we should take this opportunity to renew our loving relationships. We should stay connected with our friends, family members, and those with whom we have lost touch because of our busy lives. And we should set aside some time for family prayers during these  precious moments. 

Finally, come to the Lord in online  Masses to find peace, to pray, and to experience God’s love. Please join me in our prayers for the world, for the United States of America, and for Vietnam.   In particular, let  us pray for the patients who are fighting this deadly disease, and especially for the doctors, nurses and healthcare workers  who directly confront the dangers of this disease both day and night.   Please ask God to give them the health and patience to overcome this challenge. 

May the Lord bless us all and grant us peace in our hearts and bodies. May our Lady of La Vang  protect us from the tragedy of the current pandemic. 

 

In Christ and in our Lady of La Vang.