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Young Adult Ministry (YAM) was the Archdiocese of Chicago’s outreach service to women and men in their twenties and thirties, married and single. YAM director Darius Villalobos and YAM coordinator Pablo Padilla led discussions on a wide range of topics that connected faith with everyday life for young adults.

Post-Easter and Post-pandemic Liturgy

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Timothy Johnston (LTP) and Todd Williamson (ODW) talk about liturgy in the Post-Easter and Post-Pandemic time. They spend the first part of the show discussing the Solemnities that come immediately after the Easter Season (Holy Trinity and the Holy Body and Blood of Christ), and in the second half of the show they address some of the liturgical limitations which the Covid19 Pandemic brought about. What might the Liturgy look like as restrictions are lifted?

The Age of Faith: The Church in the Middle Ages

Monday, May 24, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Dr. Edward Gordon gives an update on where things stand with the Covid-19 pandemic, and then he talks with our hosts about the history of the Catholic Church in the middle ages.

Solidarity and Equipping for COVID

Thursday, May 20, 2021
Megan interviews Georgia Winson, President and Executive Director of Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach. This medical surplus recovery organization distributes medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics around the world. Georgia shares about her work. Later in the show they are joined by Fr. Stan Chu Ilo, Research Professor of World Christianity and African Studies at DePaul University, Chicago and Sr. Mary Paul Asoegwu, Director of Development Ministry for the Daughters of Divine Love. They discuss a specific project called Equipped for COVID that will distribute donated medical supplies, equipment and PPE to southeast Nigeria's Catholic hospitals and clinics.

Walking with People with Mental Illness and their Families

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Beth White, host for On the Way, is joined by Doug Beach, Chair of NAMI FaithNet. Doug discusses Mental Health Awareness month, the resources of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (www.nami.org), and the tools available through the faith focused area of NAMI, FaithNet. As a ministry, they work with churches, parishes, synagogues, and mosques to heighten awareness and knowledge about mental illness to take away the stigma and to equip communities to walk with those who need support. Deacon Thomas Lambert joins On the Way host Beth White from the Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness to discuss the local efforts in the Archdiocese to support parishes in their desire to walk with those with mental illness in the community. On their website (www.miministry.org) there are resources for personal, group, and communal prayer, homily suggestions, and practical things a parish can do to create a welcoming, inclusive community. The Commission is available to provide a five-part series on mental illness in interested parishes to better prepare the community on how to support those struggling with their mental health.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, May 17, 2021
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Mary-Louise Hengesbaugh of Girls' Health First talks about House Bill 1797, legislation to repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. Segment II: Scott Phelps of A&M Partnership talks about Senate Bill 818, legislation on Comprehensive Sex Education. Segment III: Sue Barrett of Aid for Women talks about their upcoming Walk-A-Thon and the latest with crisis pregnancy centers.

CATHOLIC CHICAGO WEEK IN REVIEW, MAY 15, 2021

Saturday, May 15, 2021
We talk to Chicago radio legend, Kevin Matthews, about how his unexpected encounter with a broken statue of Mary led to a conversion of heart in him. And we discuss the month of May being the month of Mary.

Meet Three Of Our New Priests

Thursday, May 13, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, will ordain eight diocesan priests and one Canon Regular of St. John Cantius at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 North State St., Chicago. The newly ordained priests, ranging in age from 26 to 55, hail from the Archdiocese of Chicago, as well as California, Michigan, Virginia, Colombia, Mexico and Poland. Today on Catholic Chicago, we are going to get to know three of these men. Guests: Deacon Andrew Matijevic, Deacon Robert Ryan, Deacon Leonel Sepulveda

Evangelization and our parish context

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Beth White joins Lifelong Journey for a conversation on Evangelization and the current parish context within the Archdiocese of Chicago. Beth is the director for the Office of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship.

CHARITIES GOLF CLASSIC SUPPORTS LAKE COUNTY PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The 27th Annual Charities Golf Classic will be held July 19. This popular all-day gathering raises critical funds for Catholic Charities Lake County programs and services, which assist more than 60,000 residents each year. Join guest host Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Matt Davis and Ashley Styx to preview the golf outing, and discuss how the event proceeds will be used to respond to the needs of clients who are struggling more than ever this year.

Catholic Schools Today, May 10, 2021

Monday, May 10, 2021
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Golden Apple Finalist. Guests: Sandy Holbach; Sara Lasica. Segment II: Early Childhood Language Intensive Program. Guests: Erika Gallardo; Dr. Katy Lichon; Georgina Luque

Sexto Domingo de Pascua

Friday, May 7, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 15, 9-17, del domingo, 9 de mayo de 2021. Viernes, 7 de mayo de 2021

Back to Back: Volunteer & Food Ministry; Older Vocations & Spiritual Development for Women

Thursday, May 6, 2021
Sister Connie Bach, PHJC, Vocation Director for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ poorhandmaids.org Talk about the charism of her congregation, their volunteer program and Food Ministry phjcvolprogram.org. Ph. 574-340-6409 Mrs. Kathy Brady Murfin, Vocation Director for the Sisters, Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary talks about how as a married woman she met the Sisters and became their vocation director, including her ministry of helping women grow in their spirituality. Part of this congregation’s aim is to welcome older vocations and help women explore other options other than the vowed vocation. Contact Information: website: Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary (sscm-usa.org; YouTube; Facebook Ph: 815-814-1414 email: [email protected]

Homelessness, Emergency Sheltering and a Complex of Responses

Thursday, May 6, 2021
Co-hosts Deacon Richard Hudzik and Deacon Dave Brencic interviewed two individuals who have a heart for responding to those in our community who are risking or experiencing homelessness. Chicago Deacon Bob Conlin spoke about his experience of serving clients of South Suburban PADS. Additional information about PADS can be found at www.sspads.org. The other guest for the show was Tina Rounds, executive director of BEDS Plus. This organization, like PADS, also provides shelter, together with a variety of ancillary services that address situations that might precipitate being homeless or in need of temporary shelter. Information for BEDS can be found at www.beds-plus.org. Long story made short—as we welcome the stranger, we find that there is more to the response to homelessness than simply providing a temporary place to stay.

Care for Creation and Chastity Education – Important themes

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
During the first half of today’s Fully Alive, Dawn and Ray interview Andy Panelli and Iza Redlinski, both members of the Laudato Si Encyclical Working Group at the Archdiocese of Chicago. They discuss our calling to Care for God’s Creation, and different ways that people can get involved. On the second half of the show, they talk about the Chastity Education Initiative: what is Chastity, the many endeavors of the initiative, and things to look forward to as we ease the pandemic restrictions in Chicago.

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
We conclude our 3-part series on MOTHERHOOD today with a first-hand account of the plight of mothers who are coming to Catholic Charities Food Pantries for assistance this year. Family Stabilization Supervisor Sharon Holmes has made many adjustments to keep eight Catholic Charities Food Pantries in Chicago operating to their greatest possible extent throughout the pandemic. Join Brigid Murphy as she welcomes Sharon to discuss how the Food Pantries are currently doing, and Sharon will share stories of courage and resilience from the mothers she has met this year.

Covid-19 Pandemic Update/May is the Month of Mary

Monday, May 3, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Dr. Ed Gordon gives an update on where things stand with the Covid-19 pandemic. Segment II: Fr. Lou Cameli, the Cardinal's Delegate for Formation and Mission, talks about the month of May being the Month of Mary.

CATHOLIC CHICAGO WEEK IN REVIEW, MAY 1, 2021

Saturday, May 1, 2021
We hear about United Catholic Youth Ministries and also get to know the first African-American president of the Catholic Lawyers Guild on Catholic Chicago. And the Voice of Charity explores lessons from the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Quinto Domingo de Pascua

Friday, April 30, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 15, 1-8, del domingo, 2 de mayo de 2021. Viernes, 30 de abril de 2021

The Broken Mary Project

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. An unexpected encounter with a broken statue of the Virgin Mary next to a dumpster sparked a devotion to our Blessed Mother in Kevin Matthews. Kevin has authored a book titled Broken Mary: A Journey of Hope. The Broken Mary statue, and her self-proclaimed "roadie" Kevin, will be appearing at St. Mary Immaculate Church in Plainfield in the diocese of Joliet on Wednesday, May 12 at 7pm.

Alleluia – The Season of Easter

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, co-hosts Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson discuss the life-giving season of Easter. Particularly they focus on the baptismal character of Easter and having just renewed our baptism at the Easter Vigil or on Easter Sunday. Together they explore the theology of the season by breaking open the liturgies, readings and celebrations that make up this 50-day Feast.

LESSONS FROM THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Our 3-part series on MOTHERHOOD continues with this special program focused on the encouragement, peace, and love provided to this, and all generations, by the greatest mother of all: The Blessed Virgin Mary. Join Brigid Murphy as she welcomes Reverend Gerard Kelly, C.M., Chaplain of Catholic Charities to discuss how Our Lady’s life on earth, and Her guidance from heaven offer tremendous inspiration to all mothers, fathers, and all who seek Her presence in their lives.

First African-American President for Catholic Lawyers Guild/Mayslake Ministries

Monday, April 26, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: The Catholic Lawyers Guild will be installing its first African-American president, (Retired) Judge Ed Washington, on May 26. Guests: Hon. Edward Washington II; Daniel R. Murray; Hon. Thomas More Donnelly. Segment II: Dr. Mary Amore gives an update on the offerings at Mayslake Ministries.

Cuarto Domingo de Pascua

Friday, April 23, 2021
Cuarto Domingo de Pascua Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 10, 11-18, del domingo, 25 de abril de 2021. Viernes, 23 de abril de 2021

United Catholic Youth Ministries/Earth Day and Environmental Issues

Thursday, April 22, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: United Catholic Youth Ministries is a multi-parish pastoral ministry that supports youth, young adults, families and the Hispanic/Latinx community in Evanston. They have four main ministry focuses: Youth and Children Ministry, Campus Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and Hispanic Ministry. Guests: James Holzhauer-Chuckas, Alex Roman, Alize Ramirez. Segment II: Today (April 22) is Earth Day. The Catholic Climate Covenant collaborates with other Catholic organizations to advance the Church's call for us to love and care for God's creation and our vulnerable neighbors. Guest: Jose Aguto

Anti-Racism and the Black Catholic Initiative

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Clarissa Aljentera from the Office for Lifelong Formation joins Beth White, host, for On the Way to discuss anti-racism, her upcoming course at Boston College, and ways the Archdiocese is proactively trying to have very important conversations and ultimately put into practice, issues around race and diversity, specifically through a newly formed Racial Justice Circle and a novena for racial justice being prayed by employees of the pastoral center. Clarissa also suggests a few resources that might help listeners to continue their own journey of learning more. Cliff Barber, Chief Strategy Officer for Renew My Church and Director of the Boston Catholic Initiative joins host, Beth White, to talk about the Black Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Chicago. They discuss the impact of parish closures and unifications in the Black Churches, primarily on the Southside of Chicago. Cliff shares his hope for the future even in the midst of great grief. The Black Catholic Initiative includes all Black Catholics in the Chicagoland area. The goal is to support and bring these Catholics together in creative ways. A new website will be launched in the coming months.

HOME VISITS

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
The Voice of Charity begins a three-part series celebrating MOTHERHOOD with a special show recognizing Catholic Charities Arts of Living Program. As one of the longest-running programs at the agency, the Arts of Living uses HOME VISITS to help expectant mothers, and mothers of children 0-3 by providing education, guidance and support with basic needs as they work toward greater stability in their lives. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Arts of Living Program Director Constance Upton, and Program Supervisor Danyelle Sloss to discuss the short, and long-term benefits of HOME VISITS during these formative years for all of the participants in this program.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, April 19, 2021
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Josh Hale, President and CEO of Big Shoulders Fund, talks to Bob about tax credit scholarships in Illinois. Segment II: Dan Misleh, Executive Director of Catholic Climate Covenant, discusses Earth Day and environmental issues. Segment III: Tom Morrison, Illinois House Representative from District 54, talks about the proposed repeal of the Parental Notification of Abortion Act.

CATHOLIC CHICAGO WEEK IN REVIEW, APRIL 17, 2021

Saturday, April 17, 2021
Holy Family Catholic Academy students got to meet a NASA scientist on Catholic Schools Today. The Voice of Charity highlights upcoming vaccination events. And Mission Matters explores mission during a pandemic.

Tercer Domingo de Pascua

Friday, April 16, 2021
Tercer Domingo de Pascua Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 24, 35-48, del domingo, 18 de abril de 2021. Viernes, 16 de abril de 2021

Mission During a Pandemic

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Megan interviews Fr. Jason Torba, Pastor of St. Ferdinand Parish and Marta Robak, lay leader and parishioner. St. Ferdinand Parish and other communities in the Archdiocese of Chicago have been supporting the work of the Missionaries of the Poor (MOP) Brothers for many years. Fr. Torba and Marta share the story of how this relationship began and how it became a regular commitment. Megan then asks how the pandemic challenged their plans. They explain how the MOP Team, parish leaders and the Brothers worked together to come up with creative and new ways to continue. Fr. Torba and Marta also share stories of hope and generosity. They are proud of all that has been accomplished and how everyone came together to give, and grow in their faith during a pandemic.

Evolving ministry toward youth and our response as Church

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
We speak with Chelsea Baldwin and Emily McDonnell from the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation about how youth ministry has evolved since the beginning of Covid 19. We talk about digital responses and gathering opportunities for young people.

VACCINATION EVENTS

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
In recent weeks, Catholic Charities has been working with numerous civic and health partners to host ten vaccination events in Chicago and its suburbs, with additional events planned soon. These events often have been in communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Catholic Charities Southwest Regional Director Marilu Gonzalez to discuss the positive impact that these vaccination events have had, and teamwork that has made them possible.

Catholic Schools Today, April 12, 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021
Hosts: Dr. Jim Rigg and Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Holy Family Catholic Academy Students Meet NASA Scientist. Segment II: DePaul College Prep Support the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Community.

CATHOLIC CHICAGO WEEK IN REVIEW, APRIL 10, 2021

Saturday, April 10, 2021
The Office for Human Dignity and Solidarity explores how the proposed legislation to repeal the parental notice of abortion act could enable human traffickers to hide evidence on Fully Alive. And Fr. Greg Sakowicz talks to the radio voices of the Chicago Bulls about the role of faith in their lives and their careers in professional sports.

Segundo Domingo de Pascua

Friday, April 9, 2021
Domingo de la Divina Misericordia Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 20, 19-31, del domingo, 11 de abril de 2021. Viernes, 9 de abril de 2021

Sports and Faith

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Host: Fr. Greg Sakwoicz. Chuck Swirsky and Bill Wennington, the radio voices of the Chicago Bulls, talk about the role of faith in their lives and careers in professional sports.

Proposed legislation to Repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act will Enable Human Traffickers to Hide Evidence

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Today on Fully Alive Dawn and Ray begin the show by interviewing Bob Gilligan, Executive Director of Catholic Conference of Illinois to discuss the progress of the dangerous repeal proposal of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act and its connections to human trafficking. In the second half of the show, they welcome Kimberly Duda who is developing a webinar on human trafficking as a practicum for her Master's Program. More information about the HB 1797 and SB 2190 at www.ilcatholic.org

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: The Pandemic No One Is Talking About

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Catholic Charities is working with Governors State University to broadcast an important virtual conversation on April 9 regarding the prevalence of human trafficking in the Chicago area. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Nancy Mott, a Catholic Charities volunteer, dedicated parishioner, and Certified Illinois Domestic Violence Professional to discuss how religious and secular groups across Chicagoland are helping victims and joining together to stop the spread of these crimes of exploitation.

Chicago’s Got (Religious) Brothers!

Thursday, April 1, 2021
Today’s guests are Alexian Brothers from the Immaculate Conception Province: Brother Tom Klein, C.F.A, Director of Ministry Development, and second-year novice, Brother Carl Sisolak who will be professing his first vows later this year. Br. Carl shares his vocation story while Br. Tom talks about the Brothers and their ministry since their foundation in Germany in year 1245. Today, the Brothers continue their Gospel response to the poor, the sick, the dying and all others who are marginalized and isolated from the society. The brothers ask for prayers for Br. Carl on his vocation journey and for the congregation’s ministries and continued growth in membership. Visit www.alexianbrothers.org to find out more.

Discovering the Beauty of Lay Ecclesial Movements

Thursday, April 1, 2021
In today’s show, co-hosts Deacon Richard Hudzik and Deacon Dave Brencic interview Archdiocese of Chicago Deacon Dan Coughlin. Deacon Dan was recently appointed to serve at the Cardinal’s liaison to the Archdiocese’s lay ecclesial communities. The conversation explores what these movements are, why they are a blessing to the Church and how one might find out more about these groups. Some are well-known in Chicago—the Cursillo, the Charismatic Renewal Movement, Regnum Christi, Focolare, Escuela de la Cruz and many others. The movements, associations of lay people who seek to enter more deeply into their faith and be committed to life in the Church, are concrete instances of the Holy Spirit alive and converting us ever deeper. Information about these communities are on the Archdiocese’s website at https://www.archchicago.org/offices-and-ministries/lay-ecclesial-movements

JUNIOR BOARD UPDATE

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Catholic Charities Junior Board is comprised of caring young professionals who give of their time, talent and treasure to further the mission of the agency. The Junior Board has stayed very active during the pandemic, working in warehouse food distribution, tutoring, and organizing groundbreaking virtual gatherings, such as the Racial Equity Book Club. Join Brigid Murphy as she welcomes Noreen Russo and Gracie Covarrubias to discuss recent Junior Board initiatives and plans for the rest of this year.

"Music Has Legs": The Journey of Juan Manuel Pineda

Monday, March 29, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. "Music Has Legs" is an inspiring book that takes readers on the journey of Juan Manuel Pineda, from the streets of El Salvador to the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) orphanage to the front page of the Chicago Tribune. The book delivers an uplifing story at a time when Good Stories are difficult to find.It highlights what people from Shriners Hospital for Children, UIC Hospital, NPH USA and a host of Chicago families can accomplish when they work together. Guests: Bishop Ron Hicks; Marlene Byrne

CATHOLIC CHICAGO WEEK IN REVIEW, MARCH 27, 2021

Saturday, March 27, 2021
The BASE Chicago re-imagines pathways to success for urban youth by combining sports and academic opportunities on Catholic Chicago Focus on the Liturgy explores the Holiest Week of the Year. And Catholic Chicago reflects on Pope Francis’ recent trip to Iraq.

Domingo de Ramos “De la pasión del Señor”

Friday, March 26, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Marcos 14, 1-15, 47, del domingo, 28 de marzo de 2021. Viernes, 26 de marzo de 2021

Reflections on Pope Francis' Recent Visit to Iraq

Thursday, March 25, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Catholic/Assyrian Dialogue. Guests: Very Rev. Thomas Baima; Rev. Chorbishop George Toma. Segment II: Catholic/Muslim Relations. Guests: Dr. Dan Olsen; Dr. Marcia Hermansen; Dr. Scott Alexander.

The Holiest of Weeks

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy co-hosts Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson discuss the liturgies and rites of Holy Week. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday they explore the theology and spirituality of the these holiest of days for us as Christians. They give special attention to the liturgies of the Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday/Easter Sunday.

Encompassing Center Offers Mental Health Services And More

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Across the nation, mental health experts have seen a significant increase in the number of people seeking relief from COVID-related concerns such as anxiety, depression, and grief. The Encompassing Center is Chicago is making a positive impact in many people’s lives, offering mental health, substance use programs, and assistance with basic needs to residents of Chicago’s Near West Wise. Join Marie Jochum and Brigid Murphy as they welcome Jennifer Smith, Program Director to discuss how The Encompassing Center is all about wellness, and treating guests with respect and dignity.

The BASE Chicago/Aging, Cargiving and the Third Act

Monday, March 22, 2021
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: The BASE Chicago re-imagines pathways to success for urban youth by combining sports and academic opportunities with a distinctive methodology rooted in excellence belief and love. Guests: Eric Davis, Frank Brim, Rich Schulz. Segment II: Aging, Caregiving and the Third Act. Guest: Joyce Gallagher

CATHOLIC CHICAGO WEEK IN REVIEW, MARCH 20, 2021

Saturday, March 20, 2021
New York Times best-selling author Mark Shriver talks about his new book, 10 Hidden Heroes on Catholic Chicago The Catholic Conference Hour explores the link between parental notice of abortion and raising a red flag about trafficking victims. And we hear about the Medical Missionary of Mary sisters on Mission Matters.

Quinto Domingo de Cuaresma

Friday, March 19, 2021
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 12, 20-33, del domingo, 21 de marzo de 2021. Viernes, 19 de marzo de 2021
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