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Here comes yet another special edition of Cathedral Square with your host Fr. Christopher Smith.

During the just-concluded Advent season, Fr. Christopher had the opportunity to give a special presentation to the parishioners of St Martin de Porres in Yorba Linda, CA. The occasion was the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary; and, the title of the talk is The Immaculate Conception of Mary: Living by a Standard of Goodness.

This message offers us all an ideal reflection as we begin anew in 2022.





Originally broadcast on 1/1/22


We have all heard stories that really affect us. You know the ones.. jaw-dropping testimonies that make you shake your head in awe. That is what you are about to experience on this edition of the OC Catholic Radio podcast.

Host Rick Howick has the honor, pleasure and privilege to welcome John Ballas to our studios today. John is a parishioner at St Martin De Porres parish in Yorba Linda, CA. He was recently awarded the honor of being named the “St. Joseph Radio Catholic Man of the Year” for 2020.

John has done some great work at the parish for a number of years. At the heart of it all is a story of heartbreak and tragedy in his family.

Be sure to share this podcast!





Originally broadcast on 6/5/21


On today’s installment, Deacon Steve welcomes another new friend that he is eager to introduce you to.

Gene Hernandez spent many years in law enforcement; and, most recently has served as the mayor of Yorba Linda, CA.

Is it possible for us to truly live out our faith boldly in today’s work environment?

Listen in to this captivating discussion! 






Originally broadcast on 1/13/19



Student reporters from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School’s WOLF News program recently connected with producers at the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) located at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove for a tour of the studio and hands-on experience creating a mock broadcast.

EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world with 11 networks that broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 268 million households in more than 145 countries and territories. During the visit, the team of 10 middle school student learned about EWTN’s global reach and the network’s mission to spread the good news of the Gospel. They also gained valuable real-world experience in front of the camera and behind the scenes in the control room.

Each reporter practiced their craft on the EWTN set, taking cues from professional television producers, reading from teleprompters, modifying lighting, and learning about the time, talent, and collaboration required to complete a successful show. Students also benefitted from opportunities at the controls where they counted down to cue producers in the studio, operated teleprompters, and were introduced to the many different roles and responsibilities of a production crew.

“My favorite part was seeing the control room and all the equipment it takes to run a news program,” said seventh grader Elizabeth Harita. “There are so many people working together to make things look easy.”

The goal of the WOLF News program at St. Francis is to develop the next generation of media professionals by providing a platform for students to write and produce a weekly broadcast and by connecting them to local news stations, mentors and role models in their community. The high quality, religious focus of EWTN’s programming is a fitting example for students at a faith-based learning institution.

“I had no idea that EWTN could reach so many people,” said WOLF News reporter Jade Hattouni, who also holds the position of Religious Affairs Representative on the school’s student council. “It was impressive to think that the people we met produce television shows about God’s word and that their message goes all over the world.”

In addition to announcements about school activities, the first season of WOLF News has highlighted the meaning of Lent, emphasized the importance of taking care of the planet on Earth Day with a story on the school’s Garden Club, drawn attention to the importance of community connection with a feature on alumnus-turned-science-teacher Kevin McKay, and provided examples of positive character traits such as perseverance and gratitude.

“We look forward to more original news reports with a youth perspective on important issues,” said Andrea Watanabe, vice principal at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, located in the foothills of Yorba Linda, is dedicated to developing students from preschool through 8th grade as Christ–centered individuals with an academic focus. For more information on the school and its programs please visit


YORBA LINDA—Eighth graders at St. Francis of Assisi School in Yorba Linda held the fourth annual “Dance Out Cancer” event recently to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Yorba Linda. More than $3,800 was raised by the 36 students in classes 8A and 8B, and the funds enable the school to be a major sponsor of the local event, now in its 13th year in Yorba Linda.

“Dance Out Cancer is a wonderful way to help students learn to give back,” said principal Tom Waszak. “As our 8th graders are graduating from school, they are making their mark on the community by their good work and generosity.”

At the dance, school families and guests donated $20 per family to attend, and additional donations were gathered for face painting, dinner and desserts. Eighth grade teachers Mrs. M’Liss Painter and Mrs. Ann Cooper have inspired their students to give back through the “Dance Out Cancer” event.

The event was chaired by school parent Laurie Warye-Schoenke, with assistance from volunteers Michelle Leo, Susan Michael and many others. The funds given to the American Cancer Society will be used to support programs of cancer research, education, advocacy, and free patient services.

At St. Francis School, each class from pre-school through eighth grade chooses a charity to support and holds an event to further the charity’s mission. The “Dance Out Cancer” event is supported by the school-wide community as a fun and effective way for students to make a difference for their chosen charity.