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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.

National Migration Week / Respect Life Month

Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Today on Fully Alive, Ray Pingoy is joined in by Mauro Pineda and Peter Duff to talk about the National Migration Week and the 109th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Our Catholic Church in the United States celebrates National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children and victims and survivors of human trafficking. The second segment of the show highlights the upcoming Respect Life Month. Our guest, Maria Goldstein, has been championing the Respect Life message in her parish. She shares many ideas with us as we prepare for the upcoming Respect Life Month in October. Let us continue to build up a Culture of Life!

House of Hope Resale Shop

Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Editor Joyce Duriga interviews Sue Olafson, executive director of Hope Ministries, about the House of Hope Resale Shop that has raised over $600,000 this year to support outreach efforts at St. Anne Parish in Barrington.

Coming Home to St. Vincent’s

Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Catholic Charities’ headquarters at 721 North LaSalle Street previously was a loving home called St. Vincent’s Orphanage. Due to the dedication of the Daughters of Charity religious order, St. Vincent’s served more than 60,000 women, children and families from 1881-1972, and our Post Adoption Services continues to welcome back all those who spent time there as infants, parents, staff, and volunteers. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Pat Conway and Lisa Francis to discuss the journey many adults embark on to learn more about their heritage, and the upcoming St. Vincent’s Reunion.

Vigésimo Segundo Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario

Friday, September 1, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Mateo 16, 21-27, del domingo, 3 de septiembre de 2023. Viernes, 1 de septiembre de 2023

The Current Status of COVID and Health Care Issues / The U.S. and World Economy

Thursday, August 31, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Dr. Edward Gordon gives an update on where things stand with the Covid-19 pandemic, health care issues, and the economy.

Chicago Youth Service Corps

Tuesday, August 29, 2023
The Chicago Youth Service Corps is a year-round program run by the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services to provide paid opportunities for youth ages 16-24 to engage in community service, project-based learning, and leadership development. Catholic Charities is an authorized agent, working with a non-profit called Future Ties to enrich the lives of 60 participants in this program. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Johnita Lindsey and Jennifer Maddox to discuss all of the progress made in the Chicago Youth Service Corps since it was started in 2020.

Do Not Discard/Iconography in Our Faith and Life Journey

Monday, August 28, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Do Not Discard is a new book by Chicago author, Marlene Byrne, based on the true-life story of Sam, an orphan who was thrown in the trash as an infant. The book chronicles Sam’s story from a garbage dump in El Salvador as he rises above adversity in an orphanage and the streets of El Salvador to arrive in Chicago. Joining us for the first half of today’s program is Marlene Byrne. Segment II: A Form of sacred art is the icon. An icon is a type of religious artwork, often a two-dimensional painting on wood, that is common in religious devotion. While icons are most frequently associated with Eastern Christianity, they are no uncommon in the Latin Church. Joining us for the second half of today’s program is Iconographer Joseph Malham.

Vigésimo Primer Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario

Friday, August 25, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Mateo 16, 13-20, del domingo, 27 de agosto de 2023. Viernes, 25 de agosto de 2023

Black Catholic Deacons and the Sunrise Prayer Service/Food Deserts in the City

Thursday, August 24, 2023
Host: Mark Teresi. Segment I: On Saturday, Aug. 26, the Black Catholic Deacons of Chicago hosted the annual Sunrise Prayer Service at 6:30 a.m. at Oakwood Beach to pray for peace. The prayer service was followed by a Peace Fellowship Breakfast and Symposium at Our Lady of Africa, 613 E. Oakwood Blvd., Chicago. Guests: Deacon LeRoy Gill and Deacon William Pouncy. Segment II: Food deserts can be described as geographic areas where residents' access to affordable, healthy food options (especially fresh fruits and vegetables) is restricted or nonexistent due to the absence of grocery stores within convenient traveling distance. Joining us now to continue a discussion we began in June about the issue of food deserts in the city are Larry Campbell, Dwight Hearns, and Sandra Botello

Rites of Preparation

Wednesday, August 23, 2023
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Danielle Noe, Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson discuss the rites that prepare us to enter into various parts of the celebration of the Mass. They explore the rites that prepare us at the very beginning of Mass to enter into the great Mystery of the Liturgy – the Penitential Act and the Rite for the Blessing and Sprinkling of Water. They also spend time unpacking the rites that prepare us to specifically enter into the Liturgy of the Eucharist at Mass.

Parishes Accompanying Migrant Families

Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga talks with Fr. Carl Morello, Pastor of both Ascension-St. Edmund and St. Catherine of Sienna-St. Lucy and St. Giles Parish, also in Oak Park, and Celine Woznica from Ascension-St. Edmund Parish in Oak Park, about the work being done in welcoming the stranger as they accompany migrant families who are trying to find a better life.

An Exceptional Volunteer

Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Mr. Samuel Grimes worked for 25 years as a volunteer, then an employee for Catholic Charities. He served as a driver, bringing noontime meals to homebound seniors in the northwest suburbs. Each visit also served as a Wellness Check, and Mr. Grimes was known for caring deeply about the seniors on his route, going above and beyond his responsibilities to brighten their day and extend kindness and assistance to them. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Mr. Samuel Grimes, and Catholic Charities staff members Donna Schultz and Spencer Harstead to celebrate and thank this exceptional volunteer.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, August 21, 2023
Segment 1: Migrant Crisis Response In Chicago Segment 2: Status of SB1909 Segment 3: Food Insecurity in Ukraine

Vigésimo Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario

Friday, August 18, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Mateo 15, 21-28, del domingo, 20 de agosto de 2023. Viernes, 18 de agosto de 2023

Raising a Family, Having Fun

Thursday, August 17, 2023
Co-hosts Fr. Britto Berchmans and Sandy Labouvie refect on their conversation last month with Eric and Megan Weber.

Companions of Christ, Part 2

Thursday, August 17, 2023
Deacons James Norman, Dave Brencic and Richard Hudzik continue their discussion bout Companions of Christ.

The OEMD Team - Accompanying Parish Leaders

Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Host Beth White talks with Evangelization Coordinators about the Office of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship.

Feels Like Home: A Single Catholic Woman's Guide to Religious Life in the U.S. - continued

Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Part Two of a conversation that started earlier this month. Susan Flansburg, author of Feels Like Home: A Single Catholic Woman's Guide to Religious Life in the U.S. talks about her new book written for those discerning a vocation as a religious Sister. In this book, Susan provides practical information based on over 20 years of experience working with a religious community and interviewing and consulting with vocation directors and many religious Sisters and nuns. This is a book that vocation ministers, pastors, campus ministers, teachers, and parents must get into the hands of women who are considering the vocation of a religious Sister. Available for purchase on https://Amazon.com.

Inside Peace Corner

Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Launched from a small storefront in 2002, the Peace Corner Youth Center was envisioned as a safe haven for youth in the Austin neighborhood on the westside of Chicago. Today the Peace Corner is operated by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and it has grown into a full-service community center with a computer lab, classrooms and a wide range of activities and recreational sports. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Jonathan McDonald, Kevin Allen and Josiah Allen to discuss how the Peace Corner thrives as a supportive environment in which youth learn the skills they need to be successful in life.

Catholic Schools Today, August 14, 2023

Monday, August 14, 2023
In the first part of tis program, Jennifer Farrand and Cassandra Thornton from the Academy of St. Benedict the African talk about getting ready for the upcoming school year, and their annual First Responders BBQ. Then Rose Carbone, Senior Manager of Talent Acquisitions, talks about employment opportunities in Chicago's Catholic Schools.

Décimo Noveno Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario

Friday, August 11, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Mateo 14, 22-33, del domingo, 13 de agosto de 2023. Viernes, 11 de agosto de 2023

Knights of Columbus Police Council

Thursday, August 10, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. The Knights of Columbus, St. Michael the Archangel Council 12173, is the only police Knights of Columbus Police Council. As the group that sets up and maintains the Nativity Scene in Daily Plaza at Christmastime, they have earned the nickname, “The God Squad”,. Our guests in Studio for the full hour – Dennis Fitzgerald, William “Bill” Warnock, both retired Chicago police officers.

Loving and Serving the Poor in Mission

Wednesday, August 9, 2023
This month Megan sits down with Vincentian missionary, Fr. Jaroslav Jasso. He is living and working in Madagascar, an island nation just off the southeast coast of the African continent. Megan is glad to welcome Fr. Jaroslav back to Chicago, as he is here making mission appeals again. Fr. Jaroslav explains that climate change has affected the communities who are unable to support themselves without water and fertile land. He describes the hopes and plans of the Vincentians to help people irrigate for fruitful farming, build simple homes for refugees and very simply offer food to starving families.

The Catholic Church's Work to End Racism

Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga spends time talking with Bishop Joseph Perry about how the Church is working to confront racism.

West Regional Update

Tuesday, August 8, 2023
As Catholic Charities expands its programs and services on the local, regional level, each regional office increases in importance as a vital center of client activity, and program operations. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Michael Waters, the Regional Director of Catholic Charities West Suburban Cook region to discuss how his office is working with parishes, schools, and other community groups to support residents who are struggling throughout this large geographic area.

Faith and Fitness

Monday, August 7, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. On today's program, Fr. Lou Cameli and Michele Sotak join our hosts to continue the discussion of Faith and Fitness.

Fiesta de la Transfiguración del Señor

Friday, August 4, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Mateo 17, 1-9, del domingo, 6 de agosto de 2023. Viernes, 4 de agosto de 2023

Feels Like Home: A Single Catholic Woman's Guide to Religious Life in the U.S.

Thursday, August 3, 2023
Susan Flansburg, author of Feels Like Home: A Single Catholic Woman's Guide to Religious Life in the U.S. talks about her new book written for those discerning a vocation as a religious Sister. In this book, Susan provides practical information based on over 20 years of experience working with a religious community and interviewing and consulting with vocation directors and many religious Sisters and nuns. This is a book that vocation ministers, pastors, campus ministers, teachers, and parents must get into the hands of women who are considering the vocation of a religious Sister. Available for purchase on https://Amazon.com.

Companions of Christ, Part 1

Thursday, August 3, 2023
Deacons James Norman, Dave Brencic and Richard Hudzik talk about Companions of Christ.

Reflections from the National Black Catholic Congress

Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Host Fr. Michael Trail and Fr. Matt O'Donnell talk about the experience of attending the National Black Catholic Congress.

CC Renews

Tuesday, August 1, 2023
CC Renews is a Catholic Charities Counseling Program that helps people of all ages who have had more than one traumatic experience in their lives. Through counseling and case management, as needed, participants receive assistance from compassionate, experienced professionals to plan for a healthier path forward. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Carla Gutierrez and Daisy Gonzalez to discuss this specialized approach to counseling.

Décimo Séptimo Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario

Friday, July 28, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Mateo 13, 44-52, del domingo, 30 de julio de 2023. Viernes, 28 de julio de 2023

Parliament of the World's Religions and Street Masses in Little Village.

Thursday, July 27, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: In August of 2023, the Parliament of the World’s Religions returns to the birthplace of the modern interfaith movement after 30 years away to celebrate 130 years of history in the city of Chicago. Parliament Convenings attract participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations. Joining us in studio for the first half of today’s program to talk about the Parliament of the World’s Relitions are Dan Olsen and Susan Pudelek from the Office For Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. Segment II: St. Agnes of Bohemia Parish, located in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, is hosting street Masses every Tuesday and Thursday evening through the beginning of August to bring the Gospel message of peace and hope to the community and to pray for an end to violence. Joining us for this half of today’s program are Fr. Marco Franco Luna and Tony Velasco.

The Precious Blood

Wednesday, July 26, 2023
July is traditionally known as the Month of the Precious Blood. In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, Danielle Noe, Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson discuss the Precious Blood of Christ. They explore not only the Eucharistic Theology, but also the liturgical dynamic of sharing in the Precious Blood and Communion from the chalice.

A Conversation with Vince Gerasole

Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga talks to Vince Gerasole about his career in the media and his current role as Director of Multi Media Content at the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Welcome The Stranger, Part 2

Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Welcome the Stranger is a Catholic Charities initiative, in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Chicago to help the 10,000 asylum seekers who have arrived in our city in recent months through a coordinated, Catholic response that is offered along with initiatives from the City of Chicago and other human service organizations. Join Katie Bredemann and Phil Zepeda as they welcome Rose Marie Lesniak-Mendez and Griselda Garibay to discuss additional Welcome the Stranger updates and how St. Barnabas Parish is generously embracing this call for charitable assistance.

Are You Smarter Than Your 8th Grade Nun?

Monday, July 24, 2023
Vicki Quade plays Are You Smarter Than Your 8th Grade Nun? with Fr. Greg and Mark.

A Conversation With The Webers

Thursday, July 20, 2023
Co-hosts Fr. Britto Berchmans and Sandy Labouvie spend time talking with Eric and Megan Weber about how their faith impacts their relationship.

Evangelization and the Black Catholic Conference

Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Host Beth White talks to her guests about Evangelization and the Black Catholic reality.

Counseling Programs

Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Catholic Charities Counseling Programs help clients deal with a wide variety of mental health concerns. Through counseling and case management, children and adults receive assistance from compassionate, experienced professionals to identify root causes and plan for a more positive path forward. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Ellen Tannenbaum and Laura Caballero to discuss how our Counseling programs are having a positive impact in many people’s lives across Cook and Lake counties.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, July 17, 2023
Segment 1: SCOTUS 303 Creative Case Segment 2: Tax Credit Scholarship Program - Invest In Kids Segment 3: Physician Assisted Suicide

Décimo Quinto Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario

Friday, July 14, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Mateo 13, 1-23, del domingo, 16 de julio de 2023. Viernes, 14 de julio de 2023

What's New at Mayslake Ministries and 60 Years of Religious Life with Sr. Joan McGlinchey, MSC

Thursday, July 13, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Dr. Mary Amore talks about the latest offerings from Mayslake Ministries. Segment II: Sr. Joan McGlinchey discusses her 60 years in religious life.

Mission in Togo, West Africa

Wednesday, July 12, 2023
This month Megan talks with Sr. Rose-Ange Woulaou, a Sister of Providence of St. Paul in Kara, Togo. She is the only member of her congregation living in the USA, and one of the few who speaks English. She is currently studying at Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa. Megan asks Sr. Rose-Ange to talk about her vocational story and what it was like to come to the US for study. They also talk about life in Togo and the ministries of the Sisters of Providence of St. Paul.

Welcome the Stranger Update

Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Welcome the Stranger is a Catholic Charities initiative, in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Chicago to assist the 10,000 asylum seekers who have arrived in our city in recent months. Parishes in all six Vicariates are coordinating a Catholic response to offer charitable help to the asylum seekers, along with Catholic Charities programs and services as available. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Marilu Gonzalez and Donald Kauffold to discuss Welcome the Stranger developments, including a special story from Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Elk Grove Village.

Vocation Ministry as Gift to the World

Thursday, July 6, 2023
Fr. Adam MacDonald, SVD, Divine Word Missionary, looks back with gratitude and learnings through his 12 years of serving in vocation ministry. Recently, he was asked to move back to Chicago to serve as the local superior at the congregation’s Theologate Formation House at Catholic Theological Union in Hyde Park. How do discernment, shared wisdom, and servant leadership play important roles in this transition time? Society of the Divine Word/Divine Word Missionaries Website: https://www.divineword.org/. Vocations Website: https://www.svdvocations.org/ Formation House: https://www.svdvocations.org/discernment-formation/steps-formation/theologate-formation CAVA WEBSITE: https://www.vocationscava.org/

The Newly Formed Diaconate Women’s Committee

Thursday, July 6, 2023
Deacon James Norman and Deacon Dave Brencic invited 3 of the members of the newly formed Diaconate Woman's Committee to discuss the role of the new committee in the Diaconate. Guests: Joan Weiss, Pam Carlson, Laura Georgen

The state of prolife work in a Post-Roe America and the Expansion of the National March for Life

Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Host Dawn Fitzpatrick talks with Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, about what pro-life work looks like in a post Roe v. Wade world.

The Encompassing Center

Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Catholic Charities Encompassing Center was established in 2019 to provide adults and children living on Chicago’s West Side with a healing space for community-based counseling. These residents have significant obstacles to accessing good healthcare, and The Encompassing Center has been a very effective way to address this disparity. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Star Braddock, Outreach Engagement Coordinator to provide a summer update on this vital Behavioral Health program.

Décimo tercer domingo del tiempo ordinario

Friday, June 30, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Mateo 10,37-42, del domingo, 2 de julio de 2023. Viernes, 30 de junio de 2023
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