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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.

Echo Community

Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Host Dawn Fitzpatrick talks with Brian Butler of Echo Community, formerly known as Dumb Ox Ministries.

Building Beds for Kids in Need

Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga talks with Daniel Palmeri and Daniel Harris about the work they do building beds for kids in need.

Spirit Magazine, Spring 2023

Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Spirit Magazine is a dynamic Catholic Charities print publication offering compelling client stories, engaging photography and thoughtful analysis from administrators and staff, three times a year regarding the progress of our work in Cook and Lake counties. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Editor Rose Sweeney to discuss the Spring issue of Spirit and the way it highlights the great things happening at Catholic Charities in 2023.

Religious Brothers Day/May is the Month of Mary

Monday, May 1, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: May 1 is Religious Brothers day and the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. In recognition, our first guest today is not only a religious brother, he is also a Muralista, Educator, and Cowboy. Guest: Brother Mark Elder, C.M. Segment II: For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of May to honor Mary, Mother of God. Guest: Fr. Richard Fragomeni.

Cuarto Domingo de Pascua

Friday, April 28, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 10, 1-10 del domingo, 30 de abril de 2023 Viernes, 28 de abril de 2023

Alleluia! The Season of Easter

Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Broadcast in the third week of Easter, in this edition of Focus on the Liturgy, Timothy Johnston, Danielle Noe and Todd Williamson explore the many facets of the Season. If all of Lent was to prepare us to renew our baptism at Easter, what does it mean then to live as one whose baptism has been renewed? The symbols of Easter, its liturgies, the texts of the Easter Masses and especially the Scriptures that are proclaimed all give us direction and guidance as to how we are to be in the world as disciples of Jesus.

Doula Services

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Catholic Charities Doula Services provide free birth preparation and labor assistance, as well as case management, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support to low-income, expectant mothers residing in the City of Chicago. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Velma Walker and Nicole Harper-Spencer to discuss how doulas affirm young mothers and their children, and help connect them to other Catholic Charities resources, as needed during their first weeks as a family.

Addressing Violence in Our Communities

Monday, April 24, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Waukegan/North Chicago and the Waukegan Police Department are joining together for a gun buy-back event that will take place this Saturday, April 29. Most Blessed Trinity Parish offers many social services to it's community. Guests: Fr. Timothy O'Malley, Marvin Sabido, Cmdr. Scott Chastain

Tercer Domingo de Pascua

Friday, April 21, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Lucas 24, 13-35 del domingo, 23 de abril de 2023 Viernes, 21 de abril de 2023

Encountering Christ in the Liturgy

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Host Beth White spends time talking to the Director of Divine Worship, Todd Williamson, about Encountering Christ in the Liturgy in this great season of Easter.

Roseland Adolescent Parenting Program

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Catholic Charities provides a wide range of programs and services that support young mothers and their children, such as the Roseland Adolescent Parenting Program (RAPP). In-home visits, group classes and supportive services help expectant mothers with limited resources become confident, capable parents. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Velma Walker to discuss how RAPP helps nurture young families during key, early years of child development.

Segundo Domingo de Pascua o Domingo de Divina Misericordia

Friday, April 14, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 20, 19-31 del domingo, 16 de abril de 2023 Viernes, 14 de abril de 2023

The Great Season of Easter/New School of Parish Leadership and Evangelization

Thursday, April 13, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: As we enter into the Great Season of Easter, we have the director of the Office for Divine Worship and self-proclaimed “Liturgy Geek”, Todd Williamson, joining us to take a deep dive into just what makes the season of Easter so great! Segment II: The University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, has been the major seminary and school of theology for the Archdiocese of Chicago and beyond for over a century. And now there is a new School of Parish Leadership and Evangelization that starts up on July 1 this year. Cardinal Blase Cupich said “This new school will provide fresh opportunities for the education and spiritual development of the laity, building their capacity to contribute their gifts and talents and experiences as disciples for the benefit of the entire church as envisioned by the Second Vatican Council.” Joining us now to talk about the new School of Parish Leadership and Evangelization, as well as other events coming up at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, is the new Provost and VP for Development at USML/Mundelein Seminary, Brian Schmisek.

Parish Twinning and Mission

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
This month Megan sits down with two representatives of the Parish Twinning Program of the Americas (PTPA). David Siler is Executive Director, and Diane Huggins is President of the Board of Directors. Since its founding in 1978, PTPA has formed about 300 twinning's for parishes in 78 Catholic dioceses in 31 states with Catholic parishes in Haiti and Latin America. This non-profit organization works to live the Gospel by seeking, building and maintaining twinning relationships between Catholic parishes. Megan asks about her guests’ experiences with parish twinning and the various ways PTPA can guide and resource parishes.

Youth Mentoring Program

Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Caring adults make ALL the difference in the lives of adolescents, especially those who, through no fault of their own, have experienced trauma and great hardship in their lives as children. Catholic Charities Youth Mentoring Programs offer youth living in Lake and Cook counties the chance to spend time with trained, supervised volunteers who genuinely care about them and want to help them stay focused on positive goals for the future. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Sarah Loffman, Fatima Gomez, and Debbie Roberts to discuss the positive impact that Youth Mentoring can have in the lives of young adults.

Let’s hear from CSJ Sisters: Pat and Erin!

Thursday, April 6, 2023
Meet Sister Pat Bergen and Sister Erin McDonald, members of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph - Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph (csjoseph.org). Sr. Pat is based in La Grange, IL and is known among several local committees and local groups in Chicago. Check out her lenten reflection here. Sr. Erin is University Minister for Service and Social Justice at the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, MI and co-host of Beyond the Habit, “a podcast moving beyond everyday assumptions of what it means to be Catholic hosted by two Catholic Sisters.”

Diakonia in the Airports

Thursday, April 6, 2023
Father Michael Zaniolo, Director and Chaplain of the Archdiocese of Chicago airport ministries will discuss the joys and challenges of serving God’s people on the move at O’Hare and Midway Airports. He explains through stories what it means to teach and witness to the word of God and to serve his people by fostering growth and renewal through prayer, study and Christian service for airport personnel and travelers.

Life Issues in Illinois

Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Today on Fully Alive, host Dawn Fitzpatrick spends time talking with Mary Kate Zander, Executive Director of Illinois Right to Life, about all of the various topics of life issues in Illinois.

Dawn Eden Goldstein, author of “Father Ed: The Story of Bill W.’s Spiritual Sponsor

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga is joined by author Dawn Eden Goldstein

LOSS Program Update

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Catholic Charities LOSS Program has been providing Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide since 1979. Individuals and family members nationwide are offered a safe, non-judgmental environment in which they can find community, direction, and resources for healing. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Deborah Major, Program Director, and Emily Tegenkamp, Program Coordinator for LOSS to discuss LOSS updates, and Fr. Charles Rubey’s 50th Anniversary of dedicated service to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Downtown Way of the Cross/Faith and Fitness

Monday, April 3, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Traditionally, many Christian groups plan and stage a “Way of the Cross” event on Good Friday, connecting the sufferings of Christ during his passion with the suffering of our brothers and sisters at the hands of violence, greed, poverty, sickness and war. Today on Catholic Chicago, we have a group that organizes a Way of the Cross event in downtown Chicago. Each year they follow the passion of Christ in the heart of our city, where thousands of people carry their cross every day. Through choral music, Gospel passages, reflections, and silent procession, we hope to enter more deeply into the events of Good Friday and their meaning for us today. They ask to experience the exceptional Presence of Christ among us as a real answer to the needs of our hearts. Guests: Bishop Mark Bartosic, Roberta Gattodoro, Clare Chiodini, and Davide Bonicelli. Segment II: Michele Sotak and Fr. Lou Cameli talk about how faith and fitness intersect.

Catholic Men Chicago Southland (CMCS)/Evenings with Venerable Augustus Tolton

Thursday, March 30, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Since 2004, Catholic Men Chicago Southland (CMCS) has helped men to do what is in their power to do, namely, be holy and courageous men, to improve their marriages, be better fathers to their children, grow in virtue, serve the needs of others more generously, be active participants in their parishes, and be better citizens. The CMCS Annual Men’s Forum is held on the Saturday after Easter Sunday, which this year is April 15. Joining us in studio to talk about the Catholic Men Chicago Southland and it's annual Men’s forum is Bishop Joseph Perry. Also joining us via Zoom is Executive Director of Catholic Men Chicago Southland, Frank Casella. Segment II: Evenings with Venerable Augustus Tolton are community events hosted by Chicago Bishop Joseph Perry where he discusses why the life, legacy, and spirituality of the first publicly recognized African-American Roman Catholic priest in the U.S. is relevant today. Here in studio to talk about Venerable Augustus Tolton and these community events are Bishop Joseph Perry and Valerie Jennings.

An Update on the Black Catholic Initiative

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Host Fr. Michael Trail talks to Fr. Matt O'Donnell about what is happening within the Black Catholic Initiative in Chicago.

Art of Caring Gala and Programs It Supports

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
The Women’s Board of Catholic Charities, Lake County Services is comprised of talented, dynamic ladies who coordinate meaningful projects and events on behalf of our programs and the people we serve. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Nadine Shepard, Natalie Reinkemeyer and Joanie Reynolds to discuss the upcoming Art of Caring Gala, hosted by the Women’s Board and the ways in which this special event will help improve lives and nourish spirits across Cook and Lake counties.

The Shrine of All Saints at All Saints Parish in Morton Grove

Monday, March 27, 2023
Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi sit down to talk to Fr. Dennis O’Neill Rector, at The Shrine of All Saints at All Saints Parish in Morton Grove. Fr. Dennis joins us to talk about the incredible relics they have at the shrine.

Quinto Domingo de Cuaresma

Friday, March 24, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 11, 1-45 del domingo, 26 de marzo de 2023 Viernes, 24 de marzo de 2023

The Sacred Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
In this broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy, hosts Danielle Noe, Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson explore the liturgies of the Sacred Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. They discuss the Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday), the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion (Good Friday) and the Great Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday), looking at the key moments of each liturgy, the readings and the various rites by which we are immersed into the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ.

Senior Congregate Meal Program

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Catholic Charities Senior Congregate Meal Program provides hot, nutritious meals to seniors each week, along with our community partners. Join Katie Bredemann as she Donna Schultz, Director of Nutrition Program Operations to discuss how Catholic Charities’ radical hospitality offers much more than nourishment to seniors who participate in this popular program.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, March 20, 2023
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: March for Life Illinois. Guest: Molly Malone Rumley. Segment II: Human Composting Bill. Guest: LeNette Van Haverbeke. Segment III: Invest in Kids Act. Guests: Bobby Sylvester, Dr. Noreen Dillon

Cuarto Domingo de Cuaresma

Friday, March 17, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 9, 1-41 del domingo, 19 de marzo de 2023 Viernes, 17 de marzo de 2023

Interview with the Kaufmans

Thursday, March 16, 2023
In this show we are interviewing Larry and Cheryl Kaufman, a golden couple. They just celebrated fifty years of married life last year. With half a century of lived experience, they certainly have some wisdom to pass on to our listeners.

Witnesses to Renewal – Voices from Parishes

Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Host Beth White talks to her guests Mary Hermanson and Sean O'Dea about evangelization at the parish level.

Adult Day Care Centers Support Seniors and Families

Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Our three Adult Day Care Centers offer socialization and enjoyable activities to seniors who are frail and cannot be left alone. Seniors are encouraged to make the most of every day while their family members know that their loved ones are receiving kind, professional support in a safe and uplifting environment. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Angela Bailey, Associate Vice-President of Senior Services, and LaDonna Tennent, Lead Site Director for the three Adult Day Care Centers to discuss the importance of these centers to our Senior Services Impact Area.

Spelman College Glee Club Performances in the Chicago Area

Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Host Fr. Michael Trail talks to Fr. David Jones about the Spelman College Glee Club performing at Sacred Heart Church in Winnetka and St. Benedict the African Church in Chicago.

Tercer Domingo de Cuaresma

Friday, March 10, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Juan 4, 5-42 del domingo, 12 de marzo de 2023 Viernes, 10 de marzo de 2023

The Marian Stained Glass Windows

Thursday, March 9, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. The mini-series, The Marian Stained Glass Windows, highlights the beautiful windows seen in St. Mary of the Woods Parish in Chicago. Each window features the Blessed Virgin Mary and were all designed by the world-renowned stained glass artist, Max Ingrand. This French-born artist has displayed his work all over the world, including the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. However, only a handful of his windows are located in the United States. St. Mary of the Woods is fortunate enough to have some of these amazing works of art. Guests: Fr. Rich Jakubik, Clint Cottrell, Michael Jolls, Jesse Healy, Carrie Elko, Anthony "Tony" Kawalkowski

Network of African Catholic Voices

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
This month Megan met with two religious sisters who are part of the Pan-African Catholic Theology and Pastoral Network (PACTPAN). This is a community of African scholars and pastoral agents who promote, create, curate and celebrate their Catholic intellectual, cultural and spiritual heritage as Africans, while also offering best practices in the pastoral field for a vital Church! Megan sat down with Sr. Leonida Katunge, a Sister of St. Joseph Mombasa in Kenya, who is the Program Director of PACTPAN, and Sr. Titilayo Aduloju, a Sister of St. Michael the Archangel in Nigeria, who has been leading in a research group focused on the Church of Now.

St. Francis de Sales Parish Partnership

Tuesday, March 7, 2023
As Catholic Charities expands its work on the local level, across the six Vicariates of the Archdiocese of Chicago, wonderful stories are emerging of kind and generous people banding together within parishes in support of Catholic Charities and the clients we serve. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Fr. David Ryan, Tom Powers, and Mitch Siegel to discuss recent events at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Lake Zurich that have bolstered two vital Catholic Charities programs in Lake County.

Ignatian Spirituality Project/Men of Christ Catholic Conference

Monday, March 6, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: The Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) invites those recovering from homelessness and addiction to experience God’s unconditional love. The Ignatian Spirituality Project believes that spirituality has an important role to play on the journey of recovery and it exists to “light a path” forward. The hope is that through reflection on life experiences within a safe and welcoming environment, participants can begin to find the self-acceptance, hope and healing needed to reclaim their lives. Guests: Matt Meyers and LaTanya Simpson. Segment II: Men of Christ is an organization of Catholic men with the goal of helping men to be authentically Catholic and to develop meaningful friendships with like-minded Catholic men. The Men of Christ Catholic Conference is scheduled on Saturday, March 11. Guest: Kevin O’Brien

Segundo Domingo de Cuaresma

Friday, March 3, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Mateo 17, 1-9 del domingo, 5 de marzo de 2023 Viernes, 3 de marzo de 2023

Belong, Believe, Behave … Part 2

Thursday, March 2, 2023
Deacons James Norman and Dave Brencic talk with Deacon Richard Hudzik about his podcast ministry.

Meet Sister Dina!

Thursday, March 2, 2023
Today's guest is Sister Dina Bato, S.P. with the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary of the Woods, IN

Lake County Laudato Si Gardens

Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si invites people all over the world to recognize our call to become “caretakers of creation” and use what God has provided to us to help our most vulnerable neighbors. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Lisa Roti, Gary Schiappacasse, and Kathy Felice to discuss how the Lake County Laudato Si Gardens are accomplishing these goals and inviting parishes around the Archdiocese of Chicago to do the same.

Always a Pleasure -- Chuck Swirsky

Monday, February 27, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Our guest today is Chuck Swirsky, whose award-winning career includes calling NBA games for the last 25 plus years, and over 50 years in broadcasting. He is also a faithful and active parishioner at Holy Name Cathedral. Recently Chuck authored a book that chronicles his incredible career titled Always a Pleasure.

Primer Domingo de Cuaresma

Friday, February 24, 2023
Lectura y reflexión del Evangelio según San Mateo 4, 1-11 del domingo, 26 de febrero de 2023 Viernes, 24 de febrero de 2023

Celebrating Black History and the African American Heritage Prayer Service

Thursday, February 23, 2023
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Today on Catholic Chicago we host a few members of the African American Heritage Prayer Service plannning committee. Guests: Deacon LeRoy Gill, Jennifer Farrand, Damani McClellan, Tiffany Brown

The Great Season of Lent

Wednesday, February 22, 2023
This broadcast of Focus on the Liturgy airs on Ash Wednesday – the start of the great season of Lent! Danielle Noe, Timothy Johnston and Todd Williamson spend the hour breaking open the theology of this season, its liturgies and its spirituality. In addition, they discuss the Revised Order of Penance, a new translation of the ritual texts for the Sacrament of Penance / Reconciliation.

Community Support for Domestic Violence Survivors, Part 2

Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Catholic Charities assists domestic violence survivors with community-based programs and services, plus two transitional housing residences that allow women and children the space and time they need to recover and rebuild their lives. Join Phil Zepeda and Katie Bredemann as they welcome Aida Segura, Director of the House of Peace to continue a discussion about the innovative ways Catholic Charities works with community partners to address the unique challenges that every victim encounters.

Updates on the Eucharistic Revival in the Archdiocese of Chicago

Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Host Joyce Duriga is joined by Franciscan Sister Alicia Torres and Kambra French from Carmel Catholic High School.

Public Policy Issues Important to Catholics

Monday, February 20, 2023
Host: Bob Gilligan. Segment I: Nicaragua situation with priests being detained. Guest: Christopher Ljungquist. Segment II: Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Guest: Ryan Quigley. Segment III: Letter from Cardinal Cupich to Members of Chicago City Council. Guest: Brendan O'Sullivan.
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