Catholic Chicago

First and Fourth Monday Monthly: 8 – 9 a.m.
Second and Fourth Thursday Monthly: 8 – 9 a.m.

Fr. Greg Sakowicz, rector of Holy Name Cathedral, is the host of this lively discussion program that presents news and information about the Archdiocese of Chicago, while exploring topics of faith from the Catholic perspective. Co-hosting with Fr. Sakowicz are either Mark Teresi, assistant to the rector at Holy Name Cathedral, or Wayne Magdziarz, senior vice president at Loyola University Chicago.

The Port Ministries/Friends of the Poor

Monday, April 4, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: The Port Ministries. Guests: Mary Armato and David Krug. Segment II: Friends of the Poor. Guests: Anna Kawa; Mary Anne Downing; Olga Kolata

Undocumented Immigrants/Conversation w/Fr. Robert Barron

Monday, March 28, 2011
Hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. In the first segment of this show Elena Segura, Director of the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education joins us in studio with a couple of religious sisters. One of the topics will be jail ministry to undocumented immigrants. We have a large group of religious sisters who visit people in detention. The Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants (representing 57 religious orders) will have a conference in April on various issues of immigration. Fr. Robert Barron joins our hosts in segment two and gives an update on The Catholicism Project and talks about his Word on Fire ministry, including topics of his blog and his efforts to bring the message of the Catholic Church to a secular media audience.

World Catholicism Week

Friday, March 25, 2011
The Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University is hosting "World Catholicism Week 2011". There will be events held from April 11-14. One of the main events in Chicago will be a celebration of the life of Blessed Chiara Luce Badano, a Focolare member and the first teenager of the XXI century to be beatified. Guests for this segment are Tom Masters, Gina Citron and Adam Kelley. The second segment of the show is a conversation with Graham Ward, the Samuel Fergusson Professor of Philosophical Theology and Ethics at the University of Manchester in England. During World Catholicism Week he will give a talk entitled "Urban Studies in the Mirror of World Catholicism".

Called and Gifted/Grants Management for Catholic Extension

Friday, March 18, 2011

Chi-Town Jazz Festival/Redeemed! Lenten Concert

Friday, March 11, 2011
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi spend the first half-hour of this show talking with Fr. John Moulder of St. Gregory the Great Parish in Chicago who is once again organizing the Chi-Town Jazz Festival. It will be held March 22 to March 26 at various jazz venues in Chicago and the suburbs. The Chi-Town Jazz Festival began in 2010 and involves the collective effort of the jazz community to support hunger relief in Chicago. It showcases an array of outstanding jazz artists in some of the Chicago area’s finest jazz venues. Through the generous contributions of musicians donating their time and talent, and clubs and concert halls donating their space, the funds raised directly benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Catholic Charities who work together for hunger relief. In the second half-hour our hosts are joined by Neil Windt, Music Director at St. Patrick Parish in Lemont, who will discuss "Redeemed!", a Lenten concert presented by the St. Patrick Music Program. There are great expectations attached to this event as it is the first one to be opened to the community at large in Lemont and beyond. The hope is that it will be an ANNUAL event, connecting the parish and it’s music with the local community.

Operation Rice Bowl/"Carrying the Cross of Jesus"

Monday, March 7, 2011
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi join Adrienne Curry in a discussion about Operation Rice Bowl, the official Lenten program of Catholic Relief Services. In the second half-hour Fr. Birtto Berchman discusses the talk he will give to jump start the Lenten season. His talk is called "Carrying the Cross of Jesus".

Holy Name Cathedral Lenten Missions/La Pieta Replica at Holy Family Parish

Friday, February 25, 2011
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi talk with Fr. Thomas Loya during the first half of the show about the upcoming Lenten Missions he will be conducting at Holy Name Cathedral during Lent this year. Fr. Terry Keehan and Colin Collette join our hosts in the second half of the show to talk about the life-size replica of La Pieta that is on display for the next 3 months in the narthex of Holy Family Parish in Inverness. Cardinal George participated in the unveiling ceremony and Mass this past Wednesday.

St. Joseph College Seminary Groundbreaking/Shamrocks for Kids

Friday, February 18, 2011
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi talk with Fr. Peter Snieg and Tony Cascino about the groundbreaking ceremony to be hold on Monday, February 21 on the Loyola University Lake Shore campus for the new St. Joseph College Seminary. The second half-hour is a discussion with Rich Daniels about the Shamrocks for Kids event that benefits the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.

Parish Leadership Day 2011 and World Marriage Day

Monday, January 31, 2011
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi spend the first half-hour of this program talking about Parish Leadership Day with Rita Kattner, Dennis Marks, and Jim Boyd. This year’s Parish Leadership Day will take place on Saturday, February 26 at Maria High School. The second half-hour of the program explores "World Marriage Day" with the director of Family Ministries, Frank Hannigan.

Multi-Parish Pastoring/Seeking the Truth of Things

Friday, January 28, 2011
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz host. The first half of the show is about "pastoring multiple parishes". Guests are Rita Kattner, Fr. Patrick Lee, and Fr. Fredde Washington. The second half of the show is a conversation with Al Gini, author of the book Seeking the Truth of Things: Confessions of a (Catholic) Philosopher.

Bears and Packers Chaplains/Catechism Shows

Friday, January 21, 2011
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi host this show before the big Bears/Packers NFC Championship game. For the first 20 minutes they talk with Fr. Nick Marro, long-time chaplain for the Chicago Bears, and Fr. Jim Baraniak, chaplain for the Green Bay Packers. In the second part of the show Fr. Greg and Graz talk with Vicki Quade, producer of all those Catechism shows that have entertained audiences for years.

Respect Life Month/School on Wheels

Friday, January 14, 2011
Hosts Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdiarz. First segment discusses January as Respect Life Month. Guests: Margie Manczko Breen and Emily Warpinski. Segment Two is about School on Wheels. Guests: Debbie Brandt; Mary Peranteau

Annual Catholic Appeal/Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Monday, January 3, 2011
Host Graziano Marcheschi spends the first half-hour talking with Ray Coughlin and Barbara Shea Collins about the 2011 Catholic Appeal. Graz spends the second half-hour with Sr. Joan McGuire discussing the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Christmas Music

Friday, December 24, 2010
Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi host this show of Christmas music.

Art and Faith of the Creche Art Exhibit/Catholic Blessing of Civil Marriages

Friday, December 17, 2010
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi discuss the Art and Faioth of the Creche exhibit at the Loyola University Art Museum during the first half hour with Lisa Stuchly. In the second half hour Fr. Dan Brandt talks about the second annual marriage ceremony at his parish, Nativity of Our Lord, of couples seeking to have their civil marriages blessed by the Catholic Church. This year nearly 20 couples, who have been married from one to 40 years, will participate in the ceremony to be held on New Years Eve.

Catholics Come Home/Infancy Narratives of St. Matthew

Friday, December 10, 2010
Host Wayne Magdiarz spends the first half hour with Nancy Polacek, Director of Catholics Come Home Chicago. Beginning December 17 and continuing through January 17, The Archdiocese of Chicago and the Joliet and Rockford dioceses will preswent approximately 1,000 television commercials in three languages that will appear on commercial, cable and Polish and Spanish language television stations. In addition, CTA Red, Brown and Blue Line trains and north side busses will also be featuring Catholics Come Home ads. The second half hour is a discussion with Fr. James McIlhone about the Infancy Narratives of St. Matthew’s Gospel.

World Youth Day/Kateri Center of Chicago

Monday, December 6, 2010
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdiarz discuss the upcoming World Youth Day in August, 2010 with Tiffany Swan-Covington, Maria "Cooky" Perez-Eraci and Kathy Oko. The second half hour is about the Kateri Center of Chicago with Georgina Roy, Jody Ozawagosh, George Real Bird and William Buchholtz.

Adoption/Catolico 25th Anniversary/Food Pantries

Monday, November 29, 2010
Host Graziano Marcheschi talks adoption with guests Peggy Lynch, Linda Nguyen and Jim Finnegan in the first segment. The second segment is about the 25th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Spanish language newspaper, Catolico with Editor Alejandro Castillo. The final segment explores the food pantries of Catholic Charities with Esmeralda Zepeda.

Newman Center/Haiti Outreach

Friday, November 19, 2010
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdiarz. The first segment is a discussion with Fr. Steve Bauer, chaplain of the John Paul II Newman Center at UIC. Two students also share the many offereings of this Newman Center on a large "secular" campus and how they impact the lives of students both now and long after they leave the campus. Fr. Bauer is also the director of the Integritas Institute, so he also includes information on the many lectures they offer to students on a variety of ethical issues AND their big Bioethics Conference that is coming up in early 2011. In the second segment Deacon Gerry Keenan of Sacred Heart Parish in Winnetka discusses his parish’s outreach to Haiti, where they are currently focused on educating young people. They’ve built a secondary school where young people are formed as moral and secular leaders in a country where there is little real leadership and less hope.

Chicago Catechetical Conference/

Monday, November 1, 2010
Hosts Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdiarz talk with guests Lois DeFelice and Joe Paprocki about the upcoming Chicago Catechetical Conference. The second half hour is about a new software application that is free and a potentially major weapon in the fight against child abductions. Robert Donnelli discusses his new inovation called

Mission of Our Lady of the Angels/Author Gary Graf

Friday, October 29, 2010
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdiarz talk with Fr. Bob Lombardo, CFR, about the Mision of Our Lady of the Angels. The second half hour is a conversation with Gary Graf about his latest book titled And God Said, "Let’s Eat!!"

Domestic Abuse

Monday, October 25, 2010
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi talk about the issue of domestic abuse. Guests: Rosi Viquez; Beverly Ann Stewart; Teresa Gielczynski; Carmen Patlan

Pursuit of Sainthood for Augustus Tolton

Friday, October 22, 2010
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi talk with Bishop Joseph Perry and Dr. Andrea Ambrosi for the first half-hour of the program. Fr. Greg and Graz also talk with Joyce Duriga of the Catholic New World about what the next issue will feature, listen to an interview with Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller on his appointment as Archbishop of San Antonio, Texas, and interview Roman Szabelski of Catholic Cemeteries about Catholic Cemetery Sunday (November 7)

Office for Black Catholics/Month of the Rosary

Friday, October 15, 2010
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi spend the first half hour discussing the 25th Anniversary of the Office for Black Catholics with Adrienne Curry, Devin Jones, Mary Norfleet-Johnson and Tiffany Swann-Covington. The second half hour is all about the Moth of the Rosary with Lucas Amato.

Fr. Robert Barron/Pathways Inclusion in Worship Ministry

Friday, October 8, 2010
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi spend the first half-hour talking with Fr. Robert Barron about his latest media projects including his new program on WGN television. The second half-hour is spent with Joanne Meyer of Pathways Inclusion in Worship Ministry. The ministry is part of the Pathways Awareness Foundation that works to create access and inclusion in worship.

Author/Speaker Matthew Kelly/Crisis Nursery

Monday, October 4, 2010
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi talk with renowned Catholic speaker and New York Times bestselling author, Matthew Kelly. He will be holding a one-day retreat titled "Living Each Day with Passion and Purpose" at St. Mary the Annunciation in Mundelein on Saturday, October 23. The second half-hour is spent talking with Amy Kendal-Lynch, program director of Crisis Nursery, a Maryville Academy facility located on the northwest side of Chicago. They offer what she calls a preventative program for children 6 years of age and younger in Cook and Lake counties.

Focusing on Vocations

Friday, October 1, 2010
Fr. Brian Welter, Director of the Vocations office, interviews Fr. Paul Asenmacher and Fr. Steve Grunow about vocations.

Green Bay Packers Chaplain/Upcoming Election

Monday, September 27, 2010
Hosts: Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdiarz. Segment I: Fr. Jim Baraniak, chaplain for the Green Bay Packers, talks about what it is like to be the chaplain for a professional sports team. Segment II: Bob Gilligan of the Catholic Conference of Illinois discusses the candidates for Governor of Illinois.

Justice Day/100 Year Anniversary of St. Patrick Church

Friday, September 24, 2010
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: CCHD Director Rey Flores talks about "Justice Day" 2010 scheduled for Saturday, October 2 at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica. Segment II: St. Patrick Church in Lake Forest celebrates the 100 Anniversary of it’s Old Church located at 991 S. Waukegan Rd. in Lake Forest. There will be a 2-day celebration October 2-3. Guests: Fr. Larry Dunn; Jim Buzzard

Missionaries of the Poor Music Ministry/Pilgrimage and Faith Art Exhibit

Friday, September 17, 2010
Host: Wayne Magdiarz. The first half-hour is spent with guest Fr. Brian Kerr discussing the music ministry of Missionaries of the Poor. The second half-hour is a look at the Pilgrimage and Faith: Buddhism, Christianity and Islam Art Exhibit with Jonathan Canning

Remembering 9/11 - Vocations

Friday, September 10, 2010
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi spend the first half-hour talking with Fr. Thomas Baima, Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake about a paper he authored titled "Remembering 911". Also joining the discussion is Dr. Scott Alexander, associate professor of Islam at the Chicago Theological Unions. The second half-hour is a discussion on vocations with Fr. Brian Welter.


Friday, September 3, 2010
Hosts: Fr. Joe Noonan and Fr. Brian Welter. Vocations Office Co-director Fr. Joe Noonan passes the torch to incoming Director, Fr. Brian Welter. They also talk about vocations formation with guest James Wallace.

Archdiocesan Pastoral Council/Catholic Relief Services

Monday, August 30, 2010
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdiarz discussthe Archidocesan Pastoral Council with Rita Kattner, Mary Ann Rosso and Steve Kubiczky. In the second half hour the discussion turns to relief for victims of flooding in Pakistan with Catholic Relief Services director, Adrienne Curry.

Faith and Marriage

Friday, August 27, 2010
Host Graziano Marcheschi interviews employees of the Family Ministry Office about Faith and Marriage. Guests are Frank Hannigan; Elsie Radtke; and Kim Hagerty.

Totus Tuus/Vocations

Friday, August 6, 2010
Hosts: Fr. Joe Noonan and Fr. Brian Welter.

St. Michael Film Festival/Mayslake Ministries

Monday, August 2, 2010
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Guests: Delia Ramirez; Mary Ann Costello; Jason Jones; Dr. Mary Amore

Church Architecture

Friday, July 30, 2010
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Guests: Ellen Skerrett; Fr. John Jamnicky.

Permanent Diaconate

Monday, July 26, 2010
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Guests: Deacon Bob Puhala; Fr. Dennis Stafford; Deacon Gary Kupsak; Deacon Sal Lema

Mission Appeals and iPadre

Friday, July 23, 2010
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdiarz. The first 40 minutes is about supporting missionaries through giving to Mission Appeals in our parishes. The final 20 minutes is a conversation with a priest from Rhode Island who is evangelizing using his very own iphone application. Guests: Sr. Madge Karecki, SSJ-TOSF; Fr. Ron Lewinski; Greg Darr; Fr. Jay Finelli

Mercy Home for Boys and Girls

Friday, July 16, 2010
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Guests: Fr. Scott Donahue; Tom Gilardi

Racial Justice Office 10th Anniversary

Friday, July 9, 2010
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Guests: Sr. Anita Baird; Esther Hicks; Alicia Juarez; Andrew Lyke

Vacation Bible School

Monday, June 28, 2010
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. With parishes offering Vacation Bible School programs in July and August, this show focuses on teaching young children about the Bible. We will discuss a particular approach to helping children understand their faith, and reference in a general way the resources available for Bible instruction, and we will learn about the particulars of three parish Vacation Bible School programs. Guests: Rebecca Rojcewicz; Sr. Judy Diederle; Linda Ricchio; Veronica Pantellis; Fr. Dan Brandt.

Environmental Issues

Friday, June 25, 2010
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Guests: Sr. Janet Weyker, OP; Rev. Dr. Clare Butterfield; Tom Costanza

Pastoral Ministry

Friday, June 18, 2010
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. First half-hour: Guests are Dr. Robert Ludwig, Director of Loyola’s Institute for Pastoral Studies and Dr. Juan Lorenzo Hinojosa, Executive Director of Solidarity Bridge. Both of these entities represent partnerships with the Archdiocese - one devoted to educational programs in pastoral ministry, the other a medical care and Fair Trade cooperative that provides support to the poverty stricken people of Bolivia. Second half-hour: Dan Gast, Director of INSPIRE; Fr. Mike Boehm, a pastor who has used INSPIRE; Patti Fitzpatrick, Director of the Ministry of Bereavement and RCIA at St. Norbert Parish. This half-hour discusses specific programs developed by "pastoral entrepreneurs" that serve others.

Summer Scripture Seminar/Conversation with Fr. Bob Barron

Friday, June 11, 2010
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. First half-hour: Megan Deichl and Dr. Elizabeth Nagel discuss the Summer Scripture Seminar to take place at Mundelein Seminary, June 20th-June 25th. Second half-hour: Fr. Bob Barron talks about his travels, his work on the Catholicism Project, his overall evangelization efforts via media, the Word on Fire, etc.

Monday at the Movies

Monday, June 7, 2010
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. First half-hour: Sr. Helena Burns, F.S.P.,m is a member of the Daughters of St. Paul…she is extremely media-savvy, leads workshops for teens and adults on Media Literacy, Philosophy, and Theology of the Body. She does movie reviews for the Catholic New World. Among other things, Sr. Helena is working on a one-hour documentary about Fr. James Alberione, who may someday become the patron saint of modern communication. Second half-hour: Sr. Rose Pacatte, director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in CulverCity, CA, discusses summer movies.

Memorial Weekend Show

Friday, May 28, 2010
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. This program focuses on Memorial Day. Guests shed light on what it means to be a vet and the challenges they face, as well as guests who give suggestions on what to do on Memorial Day. Guests: Bud Jones; Caesar Hill; Fr. Tom Nangle; Fr. Tom Mulcrone; Fr. Matt Foley.

Priest Ordination

Friday, May 21, 2010
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Guests: Shawn Gould; Christopher Kituli; Andrew Liaugminas; Fr. Mike Owen; Fr. John Breslin.

Happy Mother’s Day

Monday, May 3, 2010
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Guests: Jackie Huckabee; Catherine O’Connil-Cahill; Fr. Lou Tylka

Local Shrines/Metropolitan Tribunal

Friday, April 30, 2010
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz talk about local shrines during the first half hour. Guests: Susan Pudelek; Fr. Christopher Krymski, OSM; Fr. Mark Brummel, CMF. The second half hour is spent talking about the mission of the Metropolitan Tribunal. Guests: Fr. Mike Bradley; Raefael Frackiewicz.
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