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Focus on the Liturgy

Fourth Wednesday Monthly: 8 – 9 a.m.
WNDZ 750 AM

 

Focus on the Liturgy brings the mission of developing and deepening the liturgical life of Archdiocese parishes and institutions to the airwaves. The program is co-hosted by Todd Williamson, director of the Office for Divine Worship, and Timothy Johnston, editor and liturgy training consultant at Liturgy Training Publications.

ADVENT AND THE RETURN OF CHRIST

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy cohosts Timothy Johnston (LTP) and Todd Williamson (ODW) explore the season of Advent. They discuss how the first two weeks of Advent do not point us to Bethlehem, or to the birth Christ, but rather to the return of Christ in Glory at the end of time. In addition, they talk of how this aspect of our faith runs throughout the great season of Advent and is an integral part of the theology and spirituality of the season.

LITURGY AND CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Timothy Johnston (LTP) and Todd Williamson (ODW) are joined in the studio by former co-host, Danielle Noe! They discuss the relationship between the Liturgy and Social Justice. The major themes of Catholic Social Teaching are all explored through the lens of the corporate, communal prayer of the Church.

MARIAN FEAST DAYS AND THE LITURGY

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, cohosts Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson talk about Mary and the Liturgy. Throughout the year there are a number of days on which the Liturgy of the Church commemorates some aspect of the Blessed Virgin Mary – events in her life (e.g., the Annunciation on March 25), or some aspect of Marian Theology (e.g., Mary, Mother of God on January 1) or an apparition of Mary (e.g., Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11). They discuss the liturgical celebration of Mary, a tradition which the Church has held from the earlies years of Christianity.

THE FOUR-FOLD PRESENCE OF CHRIST IN THE LITURGY

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the very first document of the Second Vatican Council, in which the Church first called for the renewal of the Liturgical Life of the Church, notes in the Liturgy, Christ is present in 4 main ways. In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Hosts Timothy Johnston (LTP) and Todd Williamson (ODW) discuss those four ways that Christ is present: in the Liturgical Assembly, in the Word of God, in the Minister and especially in the Eucharist and Sacraments.

EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY TIME

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson discuss the theology and the spirituality that is at the heart of Ordinary Time. They discuss the season as one that directs us to and helps focus us on the role of Discipleship into which we, as Catholics, have been baptized. In addition, they discuss the “Theological Feasts” of our liturgical calendar. That is, the feasts that don’t celebrate a Saint, but rather that celebrates a theological tenant of our faith (e.g, Trinity Sunday, Corpus Christi, Christ the King, etc.).

THE FULL SEASON OF EASTER

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson discuss the full season of Easter. Exploring the theology of the season, looking at it's structure, and breaking open the great Feasts of Ascension and Pentecost, they reflect on the power and profundity the 50 Day Feast!

BREAKING OPEN THE TRIDUUM

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
It’s Easter Week! Just days ago, the Church has celebrated the most holiest of all our Liturgies – the liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson break open these sacred rites and explore the theology and spirituality of them. From the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, through the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and culminating with the Easter Vigil, Timothy and Todd help the listeners to reflect back on what They’ve experience in their parishes.

THE LENTEN RITES OF THE RCIA

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy co-hosts Timothy Johnston, from Liturgy Training Publications, and Todd Williamson, from the Office of Divine Worship, discuss the rites and rituals of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults that are a part of our Lenten journey. Those who are in their final weeks of preparation, before being baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ or before being received into the fullness of the Catholic Church, need our prayers and support. The rites which we celebrate during Lent help them as they move toward Initiation. Timothy and Todd explore the Rite of Election, which takes place at the Cathedral, and the Scrutiny Rites, which are celebrated at parishes all over the Archdiocese.

THE THEOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY OF THE GREAT SEASON OF LENT

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy co-hosts Timothy Johnston, from Liturgy Training Publications, and Todd Williamson, from the Office of Divine Worship, discuss the great season of Lent! They explore the theology and spirituality of the season and the journey we are called to make during the 40 days. In addition, Timothy and Todd discuss the Sunday Liturgies, the Mass texts and the readings of Lent, as well as some of the symbols, traditions and other practices of the season.

THE SEASON OF ORDINARY TIME

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss the season of Ordinary Time. In the weeks following the Christmas Season, the Liturgy of the Church presents us with a view of what discipleship and the Christian Life should look like now that we have experienced - again - the Great Mystery of the Incarnation.

THE LITURGY OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

Wednesday, December 26, 2018
This broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy aired the day after Christmas, on the Feast of St. Stephen! Co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss the Christmas Season, along with Timothy Johnston (from LTP). Together they break open the theology of the Season, exploring the Nativity, Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord. Along the way they discuss the rites and ritual, the symbols, music and texts of Christmas Tide.

THE LITURGY AND THEOLOGY OF ADVENT

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
We’re on the verge of a brand new Liturgical Year as the first Sunday of Advent approaches! In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss the New Year and the season of Advent. They are joined by Timothy Johnston, also from LTP (Liturgy Training Publications) as they discuss the theology of the season, as well as its liturgies, music and symbols.

THE LAST WEEKS OF ORDINARY TIME

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss the last weeks of Ordinary Time. As the Liturgical year winds down we prepare to celebrate the great feasts of All Saints, All Souls and the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, all of which are discussed and explored in this show.

THEOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY OF THE CHURCH BUILDING

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson talk all about the theology and spirituality of the Church building and the main appointments needed for liturgy. Among other things, they discuss the Altar and the Ambo; the tabernacle and the space for reconciliation. All of the main items that are part of our liturgical life are examined and broken open.

RITE OF ORDINATION OF BISHOP

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Pope Francis has recently appointed three Priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago as Bishops of the Catholic Church! On September 17th, Frs. Ronald Hicks, Mark Bartosic and Robert Casey will be ordained Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese. In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson examine the Rite of Ordination of a Bishop. They walk through the Rite and break open the texts, the ancient gestures and the different liturgical elements of the ordination rite.

SOLEMNITIES OF ORDINARY TIME

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson talk about a number of liturgical topics! They discuss the Solemnities of this period of Ordinary Time, they talk about the second edition of the Misal Romano, the first ever approved Spanish Missal for the United States, and they report on a few recent Conferences in which ODW and LTP have been involved!

LITURGY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Liturgy and Justice is the topic for this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy. Co-hosts Danielle Noe (Liturgy Training Publications) and Todd Williamson (Office for Divine Worship) discuss how the liturgical life of the Church shapes and molds us to live out our Christian lives in a world that is so in need of justice, peace and charity. They discuss the actual liturgical texts (opening prayers/collects, the Eucharistic Prayers, etc.) to see how our prayers call us to lead lives of justice.

RETURN TO ORDINARY TIME

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
After the great 50 days of Easter, we return to Ordinary Time again! In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss the feasts and the Solemnities that mark Summer Ordinary Time. This is the longest season of the Liturgical Year – six months – and it offers countless ways to experience the extraordinary presence of God in the “Ordinary”.

THE 50 DAY CELEBRATION OF EASTER

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson talk all about the Easter Season in this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy. Recorded the fourth week of Easter, they discuss the structure of the season, the spirituality and theology of the season as well as the feasts that are celebrated throughout this 50-day celebration of Easter!

LITURGIES OF HOLY WEEK

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
During this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss all the liturgies that are celebrated during Holy Week. They discuss the Palm Sunday Mass, the Chrism Mass and all the major liturgies of the Tridumm: The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday and the Great Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.

LENT AND THE RCIA

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss the Rites that are celebrated during Lent for those who are in the parish’s process of RCIA – the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. For both the unbaptized who seek full initiation, and the baptized candidates who seek to come into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church, the RCIA includes special liturgies in which God encounters them and furthers their process of conversion.

Winter Ordinary Time

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss Winter Ordinary Time and how it flows out of and continues the celebration of Epiphany at Christmas. Plus, since it’s only 2 weeks away from the date of this broadcast, Todd and Danielle discuss the great season of Lent and what it’s focus and role is!

The Season of Christmas

Thursday, December 28, 2017
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Wendy Silhavy, from the Office for Divine Worship, sits in for regular Co-Host Danielle Noe. In this show, aired during the Octave of Christmas, Wendy and Todd discuss various elements of the wonderful season of Christmas. They talk about the symbols and Scriptures of the season, the movement of the season from the Nativity of Christ, to the celebration of Epiphany and to the conclusion of the season on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Plus, Wendy – a Liturgical Musician – discusses the theology and spirituality of some of the most well-loved hymns and carols of Christmas.

The Theology of Thanksgiving and The Great Season of Advent

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
This broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy aired on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and then again on the Friday after Thanksgiving. So in this show, Co – hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson spend the first part talking about and discussing the theology of Thanksgiving, the Mass and other rites that surround it, and the whole connection that Thanksgiving has to the Eucharist. During the second half of the show, our Co-hosts discuss the Great Season of Advent that begins just a week after this show was recorded.

The Liturgies of November

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
November is traditionally the month dedicated to praying for the dead. The month begins with the two great feasts of the Solemnity of All Saints on November 1, and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed - or All Souls - on November 2. In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss this tradition and take an in-depth look at these two Liturgical celebrations.

Autumn Ordinary Time

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss Autumn Ordinary Time, as we mark the 25th Week of that Liturgical Season. They discuss the theology of the season as well as the readings and prayer texts we are hearing at Mass these weeks. They also received a question from a listener – asking about the “offertory rite.” Listen to the show to hear what Danielle and Todd had to say about this part of the Mass! Remember that questions or topics you’d like to hear discussed on Focus on the Liturgy can be sent to twilliamson@archchicago.org.

Liturgical Renewal

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson talk about the issue of Liturgical Renewal. The movement for Liturgical Renewal began well before the Second Vatican Council, and as Pope Francis noted in a recent address to Italian Liturgists, it is still going on today! Danielle and Todd also discuss the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

Music in Liturgy

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson are joined by Wendy Silhavy, the Senior Coordinator of Liturgies and Music from the Office for Divine Worship of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as they discuss the role of music in liturgy. Liturgical Music is its own form of music – as such it fills a specific role and purpose. There are norms that govern it’s choice and even the determination of what is sung in prayer. As Find out why we say, as Wendy notes during the show, “It’s not that we sing at Mass; it’s that we sing the Mass.”

The National Gathering on Christian Initiation

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy cohosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson talk about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and specifically about the National Gathering on Christian Initiation, scheduled for July 5 & 6 right here in Chicago! Guests Michael Ruzicki and Vicky Tufano, from LTP, join in on the conversation. LTP (Liturgy Training Publications) is sponsoring the event. This is a National Gathering for all Christian Initiation Ministers and this broadcasts focuses on all the various aspects of the event!

Unpacking the Season of Easter

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson unpack the season of Easter! From the renewal of baptism (or baptism first received) at the Easter Vigil, they as the question, “So What?” So What that we have just renewed our baptism? Or for those Elect who were baptized on Holy Saturday night, “So what that you were baptized?” What now? The Easter Season is for living out of the baptism we have just renewed or have just received.

The Liturgies of Lent

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson talk about the Liturgies of Lent, particularly those that are part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Many parishes have been celebrating the Scrutiny Rites with the Elect – those who will be baptized and fully initiated at the Easter Vigil this year. Danielle and Todd talk about the Scrutiny Rites and much more!

The Great Season of Lent!

Friday, February 24, 2017
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy cohosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss the Great Season of Lent. They talk about the liturgies of the Season and look at some of the Texts and the Readings that help to give shape to our experience of Lent. They spend a good amount of time discussing the Baptismal Focus of Lent and how everything of the season prepares us for the Renewal of our Baptism at Easter.

Ordinary Time

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
On this broadcast of Focus on the LIturgy co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss the season of Ordinary Time. For the first part of the show, they look at the liturgies of this season and highlight some of the feasts and celebrations. In the second half of the show, Danielle and Tod explore the evangelizing power of the Liturgy.

Christmas Show

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
This broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy explores the season of Christmas Tide! Co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss the season, it's liturgies and symbols. They talk of how the season only begins on Christmas Eve, raises to a highpoint with Epiphany, and closes out with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on January 9th!

The New Year of Grace

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, cohosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss the season of Advent. Looking at the liturgies of the season, they explore the readings, texts and images of the Season.

Becoming a Cardinal

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Archbishop Blase Cupich has been named a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church! In this broadcast of Focus on the LIturgy, co-hosts Danelle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss the process of being named a Cardinal, how a bishop is named such and what it means for the Church. Then, in the second half of the show, they discuss the great Solemnity of All Saints and All Souls.

Funeral Rites

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss the funeral rites of the Church. As the process of death is itself a journey for those of us who have faith, so too are the rites and the rituals of Christian Burial. The hosts discuss the three main movements, or "stations" of the Funeral Rites: The Vigil, the Funeral Liturgy and the Committal.

Revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss a number of Liturgical topics! It's Summer Ordinary Time, and so they look at the season and some of the Feasts and Celebrations that mark the period. They also spend time talking about the Revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony, which is able to be used in parishes of the United States as of September 8.

Revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss a number of Liturgical topics! It's Summer Ordinary Time, and so they look at the season and some of the Feasts and Celebrations that mark the period. They also spend time talking about the Revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony, which is able to be used in parishes of the United States as of September 8.

The Seasons of the Liturgical Year

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Earlier this year, Pope Francis raised the Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene, July 22, to the rank of a Feast! Aside from some slight changes to the Mass for that day (e.g., the addition of the Gloria), this gives an opportunity to discuss the Liturgical Year! Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss the change for July 22 as well as the whole ideas of Liturgical Time, the Seasons of the Liturgical Year and the Sanctoral Cycle - that is, the cycle of days on which we celebrate the Saints and Martyrs!

The Book of Blessings

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The Book of Blessings is one of the best kept secrets of the Church. In reality it can be one of the most helpful resource for the liturgical life of any parish! In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss this treasure of the Church's liturgical life, talking about the various Orders of Blessing, and when various blessings can be used throughout the liturgical year, in the life of the parish and in the lives of parishioners!

Memorial Day Field Masses/Revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony

Friday, May 27, 2016
This month, Focus on the Liturgy is broadcast on Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 27 and again on May 30. Because of that, we talk to Catholic Cemeteries about the Archdiocesan Field-Masses being held outside in all the Catholic Cemeteries on Memorial Day. In the second half of the show, given that June is right around the corner and is one of the busiest months for weddings, co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss the revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony, which will be promulgated in the United States this Fall.

The Great 50 Days

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
It's the Fifth Week of the Easter Season! So in this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss the various aspects of "The Great 50 Days!" They talk about what it means to have renewed our baptism at Easter, what it calls us to and how we live that out from Sunday to Sunday, Week to Week, Season to Season!

Triduum

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss the great Liturgies of Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum. They look at and break open the dynamics and symbols of the Liturgies of Palm Sunday, the Chrism Mass and, of course, the profound Liturgies of the Triduum: The Mass of the Lord's Supper (Holy Thursday), the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion (Good Friday) and the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday).

It's All-Lent-All-the-Time!

Friday, February 26, 2016
Co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson explore the great and joyful Season of Lent. They spend the first part of the show discussing the focus and the purpose of Lent as, the 40-day period to prepare to renew our Baptism at Easter! The second half of the show is given over to exploring the Lenten Rites of the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).

From Mass to Mission

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss Ordinary Time and the whole idea of "From Mass to Mission," which is actually the title of brand new resource from Liturgy Training Publications. They talk about this new resource, which has versions for Children, Teens and Adults.

The Ministry Enrichment Gatherings

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson begin the show talking about three upcoming opportunities for Liturgical Ministers of the Archdiocese: The Ministry Enrichment Gatherings, a collaborative effort between the Office for Divine Worship and Liturgy Training Publications scheduled for January 23, April 9 and April 16 of 2016. Michael Ruzicki, from LTP is a guest in this first part of the program. In the second half of this show, Danielle and Todd discuss the liturgies and rites of the Christmas Season!

Expectant Joy!

Friday, November 27, 2015
It's Advent, and in this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson discuss all the various aspects of the Season. They talk about the symbols of the season as well as the Rites and the Prayers that help give focus to this season of "Expectant Joy!"

Late Ordinary Time Season

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
As the end of the Liturgical Year approaches, Daniell Noe and Todd Williamson discuss this Late Ordinary Time Season. They spend time breaking open the great feast days of All Saints and All Souls, and end the show by talking about the Year of Mercy and some of the liturgical rites that surround the start of the Jubilee in December.

Joy In The Liturgy

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
During this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Pope Francis was just beginning his Apostolic Trip to the United States. Prompted by that, Co-hosts Danielle Noe (LTP) and Todd Williamson (ODW) discuss the topic of Joy in the Liturgy - following on Pope Francis' Encyclical, The Joy of the Gospel. Danielle and Todd are joined by Michael Ruzicki, also of LTP.
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