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.

Lent, Almsgiving and Service to the Poor/Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture

Friday, February 24, 2012
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Today, during Catholic Community of Faith we will focus on the beginning of Lent, in particular the practice of almsgiving, and service to the por, AND we will talk with trhee people including the presenter, about the upcoming Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture. Guests: Adrienne Curry; Sr. Joan McGuire; Tom Masters; John L. Allen, Jr.

"Redeemed!" Concert and Dramatized Audio Bible

Friday, February 17, 2012
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: "Redeemed!" concert. Guest: Neil Windt. Segment II: Dramatized Audio Bible. Guests: Fr. James McIlhone and Michael Stark.


Friday, February 3, 2012
Host: Fr. Brian Welter interviews Michael Sullivan on the topic of vocations.

Parish Leadership Day 2012 and Lady of Pompeii Shrine’s Winter Spirituality Series

Monday, January 30, 2012
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: We visit with Catholics who are putting together and promoting Parish Leadership Day. Guests: Rita Kattner; Bill Attea; Dominic Clemente. Segment II: Connecting the practice of Yoga with Catholic sprituality and beliefs with Susan Pudelek.

Annual Catholic Appeal/Marriage Ministry

Friday, January 27, 2012
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I is a discussion of the Annual Catholic Appeal…how it works…who it benefits…the personal benefits of giving. Guests: Ray Coughlin; Barbara Shea Collins; Fr. Wayne Watts; Elizabeth Golden. Segment II: Elsie Radtke, associate director of the Family Ministries Office, joins us to talk about Date Night Challenge Chicago and World Marriage Week.

Aim High/Mass and Choir of 1,000 Voices

Friday, January 20, 2012
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. In segment I we learn about Aim High, a mentoring program of the Center for Companies that Care, a not-for-profit group that has secured mentors from businesses in the past and is now introducing the program to AOC parishes. Guest: Marci Koblenz. Segment II: Our topic for the second half of today’s program is the Mass and Choir of 1000 Voices event at Holy Name Cathedral on February 4 at 3 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Archdiocese’s Office for Catholic schools and the American Federation Pueri Cantores. This event will feature a choir made up of singers ages 9-18 from high school, middle school and parish choirs. Guests: Sr. mary Paul McCaughey; Fr. Tom Franzman; Paul French.

Migration Week/Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Friday, January 13, 2012
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Migration Week….what is it and why the USCCB promotes it. Guests: Elena Segura; Kathy McGourty; Mark Curran. Segment II: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Guests: Sister Joan McGuire; Aphrodite Peponis.

Christmas Music

Friday, December 23, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Enjoy this program of Christmas music.

The Environment

Friday, December 16, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. The topic of the environment is revisited in this show, with emphasis on the Church’s teaching on safeguarding the environment, including the themes of common responsibility, lifestyles and a new look at food production. Guests: Scott McLarty and Dave Madden.

Retirement Fund for Religious

Friday, December 9, 2011
Host: Wayne Magdziarz. Our show today focuses on the annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious, which will be taken up in parishes this weekend, December 10 and 11. The fund assists congregations of both men and women in their efforts to care for aged, sisters, priests and brothers and carry on their ministries. Guests: Fr. Bernard Scianna, OSA; Sr. Barbara Mass, SLW.

Outreach to People with Special Needs

Monday, December 5, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Today’s program centers around how parishes can improve their ministries and outreach to people with special needs. Guests: Deacon Don Grossnickle; Deacon Tom Lambert.

Partners for Sacred Places/Mercy Home for Boys and Girls

Monday, November 28, 2011
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Jim Vodak joins us in studio to discuss the Partners for Sacred Places program. Partners describes itself as "the only national, non-sectarian, non-profit organization devoted to helping congregations and their communities sustain and actively use older and historic sacred places." Some of our parishes are currently involved in a training program with Partners. Segment II: Mercy Home for Boys and Girls is hoping to find more mentors for the children it serves. Guests: Katie Keller-Smith; Nick O’Grady.

"The Devil You Don’t Know"/Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Friday, November 18, 2011
Hosts: Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Fr. Lou Cameli joins us in-studio to talk about his latest book, "The Devil You Don’t Know: Recognizing and Resisting Evil in Everyday Life". Segment II: Sr. Julie Vieira, IHM and Sr. Maxine Lollasch, IHM, members of the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, will discuss their award-winning website and promotional approach to informing people just what religious life is all about.

Interreligious Relations/Fundraiser for Augustus Tolton Sainthood Cause

Monday, October 31, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Guests: Sr. Joan McGuire; Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos; Asyo Horibo; Andrew Lyke; Dr. Vanessa White.

Clergy in the Military

Friday, October 28, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Guests: Julie Haskel; Sr. Linda McClenehan; Fr. Matt Foley.

Contemplation and Spirituality

Friday, October 21, 2011
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. The topic today is contemplation and spirituality…and forming spirituality ministries at the parish level. All four guests are from St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Gurnee. Guests: Peter Wells; Bridget Purdome; Michelle Shaffer; Sister Peg Scholle.

Benedictine Sisters/Anniversary of Dwell In My Love

Friday, October 14, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Sr. Patricia Crowley, O.S.B., Prioress of St. Scholastica Monastery, is in studio to discuss the 150th anniversary of the Benedictine Sisters. Segment II: Sr. Anita Baird, director of the Office for Racial Justice, and Esther Hicks of the Catholic Schools office join our hosts to talk about the 10th anniversary of the Cardinal’s pastoral letter on racism, "Dwell in My Love."

Chicago Catechetical Conference/Feast of St. Francis

Monday, October 3, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: The Chicago Catechetical Conference is scheduled for Oct. 21 and 22 at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. Guests: Pat Redington; Dr. Melanie Barrett. Segment II: Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey calls from Washington D.C. where she is attending the National Catholic Educational Association Conference. Cardinal George is receiving a St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award for his dedication to Catholic Education. Segment III: Fr. Bob Hutmacher talks about all the observances going on at his parish that revolve around the Feast of St. Francis on Tuesday.

Dream Sabbath/Byzantine Music

Friday, September 30, 2011
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: The USCCB-Justice for Immigrants is participating in an inter-faith initiative called Dream Sabbath. Dozens of dioceses are developing educational activities to create awareness on the realities of undocumented students. This initiative is from September 25 to October 9. Guests: Elena Segura; Quintiliano Rios; Kevin Appleby; Dr. Michael J. Hogan. Segment II: Conductor Timothy Woods will be a guest to discuss his upcoming concerts featuring Byzantine music at St. John Cantius parish, Annunciation Parish in Homer Glen and at Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago. He is also reviving the Musicam Sacram Choir under the new name of Ecclesia.

Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference/Symposium on God, Freedom and Public Life

Monday, September 26, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Guests: Fr. John Harvey; Peg DeWilkins; Donna Albert. The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference for Chicago is scheduled for Oct. 7-9 at the Westin Chicago North Shore. Segment II: Guest: Thomas Levergood. The Lumen Christi Institute and the Committee on Social Thought are co-sponsoring a symposium on Thursday, Oct. 6 from 4-6 p.m., on God, Freedom and Public Life. Cardinal George, who recently authored God in Action: How Faith in God can Address the Challenges of the World is among the speakers.

Parish Nursing/St. Nicholas Eparchy Golden Jubilee

Friday, September 23, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment One: Our guest for the first segment is Dr. Ann Solari-Twadell, curently an assistant professor at Loyola University and the former director of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. Ann enlightens us on the ministry of parish nursing-it’s history and development, the status locally and nationwide and the training for and nature of this important parish-based work. Segment Two: Guest is Nestor Popowych, co-chair of the St. Nicholas Eparchy’s Golden Jubilee Committee. Nestor has been leading the planning and implementation of the program events for over a year. He describes for the listeners some of the many colorful events that include a traveling icon, a procession in Ukrainian Village and a Pontifical Liturgy with Cardinal George and other dignitaries of the eastern rite Catholic churches.

St. Nicholas Eparchy/Society of St. James the Apostle

Friday, September 16, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. The first segment is about the 50th anniversary of the St. Nicholas Eparchy, and the differences between the Byzantine and Latin rites. Guests: Fr. Basil Salkovky and Maria Kulczycky. The second segment talks about the Annual Benefit Dinner of the Society of St. james the Apostle. Guests: John Racila and Dan Chorney.

Remembering 9/11 -- 10 years Later

Friday, September 9, 2011
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Today’s show is dedicated to remembering the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Ireland Pilgrimage/Our Lady of the Angels

Monday, August 29, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Cardinal George has appointed Rev. James O’Brien as the Archdiocese of Chicago’s official representative/liaison to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress which will be held in Dublin, Ireland, from June 10 through June 17, 2012. Fr. O’Brien discusses the importance of the IEC and gives listeners details of the pilgrimage he will lead to Ireland. Segment II: Franciscan Father Bob Lombardo and Sr. Alicia Torres join our hosts and talk about the renovations of Our Lady of the Angels Church that are in progress with hopes of reopening this historic Church by Christmas of this year. The Franciscans still need to raise about $50,000 to finish the first phase of reconstruction and about $130,000 total to complete the project. Our Lady of the Angels School, of course, was the site of the tragic school fire that left 92 students and three nuns dead in 1958. The Franciscans currently operate a mission/community center at that location.

Father and Son Conference/Interview with Fr. Richard Ho Lung

Friday, August 26, 2011
Host: Wayne Magdiarz. Segment I: Father and Son Conference. Guests: Pat McCaskey; Frank J. Casella. Segment II: Interview with Fr. Richard Ho Lung, founder of Missionaries of the Poor.

Reflecting Christ’s Light Radio - Events, People and Stories from the Strategic Pastoral Plan

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Three Young Adults from Amate House talk about service, faith and being a Catholic young adult in the Archdiocese. Ali Schlereth, Melissa Carnall, and Michaela Pease devoted one year to simple, communal living while offering their talents to schools and programs in Chicago. Listen to them tell their inspirational story from our radio broadcast on August 24, 2011.

Concerts for Charity/Africa

Friday, August 12, 2011
Hosts Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Guests Fr. Brian Kerr, MOP and Fr. Paul Vilangappara, MOP (Missionaries of the Poor) discuss two upcoming concerts at St. Emily Church and Holy Trinity Church (August 20 and 21) to support the order’s Good Shepherd Center, an orphanage, in Kenya and their Crisis Center in Jamaica. Segment II: Adrienne Curry and Fr. Maina Waithaka give listeners a perspective on the drought and near famine occuring in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and East Africa and the latest information about what CRS is doing in this area to prevent starvation and improve conditions.

St. Michael Film Festival/Peter and Paul Ministry

Monday, August 1, 2011
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Every Friday evening in August St. Michael Parish in Chicago hosts the St. Michael Film Festival, an event that promots the "culture of life" through film. Guests: Dr. Joseph Fitzpatrick; Jason Jones. Peter and Paul ministry is a new ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago that focuses on young adults and social media. Guests: Devin Jones; Ashley Collins.

Four Retired Bishops

Friday, July 29, 2011
Host Graziano Marcheschi spends the hour in conversation with retired bishops Timothy Lyne, Thad Jakubowski; John Gorman and Raymond Goedert.

Roman Missal/Author Peter Mockaitis

Monday, July 25, 2011
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. The first half of today’s program plumbs the depths of Liturgy Training Publications for resources to appreciate the new Roman Missal. Guests: Anna Manhart; Danielle Knott. The second half of the program is an interview with a very dynamic young man on how to improve our lives by keeping the agreements we make with ourselves. Guest: Peter Mockaitis.

REFLECT/Domestic Violence

Friday, July 22, 2011
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. In the first half-hour of today’s program we hear about REFLECT, a unique retreat developed just for singles of a "seasoned" age. Guests: Libby Richart and Mike Garr. In the second half-hour offers some good insights on what causes domestic violence and how to reduce it in our society. Guests: Frank Hannigan; Rita Kattner; Fr. Chuck Dahm, OP.

Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth/World Youth Day, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011
Hosts: Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth are celebrating 125 years of service in the Catholic Church. Joining our hosts in studio to talk about the wonderful work of this religious order are: Sr. Barbara Jean Wojnicki; Sr. Virginette Rypniewski; Sr. Maria Sophia Gerlach. Segment II: Youth Ministry Coordinator Tiffany Swann-Covington talks about Word Youth Day Chicago Style, August 20-21 at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Des Plaines.

Bereavement Team/Dreams For Kids

Friday, July 8, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago has a bereavement team that assists parishes in setting up bereavement ministries. Guests: Eva Bustamante and Martha Tressler. Segment II: Tom Tuohy, President and Founder of Dreams for Kids discusses the work of his organization that makes dreams come true for children with physical and mental challenges.

Boys Town Chicago/Courage Project

Monday, June 27, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Guest: Fr. Bruce Wellems. Fr. Wellems will share with us the good word about new group homes for at-risk youth that he is helping to build in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, and how this inspiring project will help the effort to keep child welfare cases out of the courts. Segment II: Sr. Nancy Swanson. Sr. Nancy’s Courage Project at St. Germaine Parish in Oak Lawn is for single, pregnant women and for single mothers with young children. It’s unique for several reasons. Segment III: Tom Howard announces and explains the Justice and Life Youth Leadership Summit that will take place on July 25 and 26.

Healthy Relationships for Teens and Young Adults

Friday, June 24, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. On today’s Catholic Community of Faith broadcast we learn to balance the head and the heart as we learn about programs that help teens and young adults make and keep healthy relationships, and then we learn some very pleasant ways to balance work and prayer in the great outdoors this summer. Segment I: Elsie Radtke. Segment II: Dr. Mary Amore.

New Bishops and Rev. Robert McLaughlin Faith Foundation

Friday, June 17, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. The first half-hour is spent with the Archdiocese of Chicago’s newly named bishops, Rev. Andrew Wypych and Rev. Alberto Rojas. The second half-hour is spent with Dr. Jack Lynch with the Rev. Robert McLaughlin Faith Foundation.

Youth Ministry

Friday, June 10, 2011
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. On July 1 the Archdiocese of Chicago begins the "Year of Teens and Young Adults", the first focus of it’s five-year Strategic Pastoral Plan: Reflect Christ’s Light. So, it’s appropriate that we talk about summer service projects designed for teens and young adults and about Catholic scouting that serves a portion of this same age group. The first segment is about summer service trips. Guests: Dan Lawler; Rudy Gomez; David Heimann. The second segment is about scouting. Guest: Bill Tworek.

Social Justice

Monday, June 6, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment One guest is Tom Howard who talks about the work he is doing to increase the capacity of parishes and vicariates to do the social ministry of the Church and, in particular about how he’s doing that this week in Palos Heights. Segment Two guest is Deacon John Green. Deacon John talks about his new book, Streetwalking with jesus: Reaching Out in Justice and Mercy.

Memorial Day--Honoring Those Who Serve Our Country

Friday, May 27, 2011
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Today’s show honors those who serve our country. Guests: Dan Olipra; Caesar Hill; Bert Smith; Fr. Matt Foley

Bereavement Counseling/Parish Operations Office

Friday, May 20, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Bereavement Counseling. The first guest on this show is Amy Florian, nationally-recognized liturgist and bereavement consultant who works as a teacher, trainer, and grief coach. Amy is a Fellow in Thanatology (the study of death and grief) in the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the founder of Corgenius. She is an adjunct professor at Loyola, Dominican and Xavier universities. In addition, she is the author of over 90 articles and two books. Segment II: Parish Operations Office. If you want to know more about parish financial management, stay with us because in segment II of this program we have three guests who will enlighten us on this subject. Guests: Taffie Iwaniki; Debbie Finley; Lauren Zitlow

Pope John Paul II Beatification

Monday, May 2, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. This program is dedicated to the Beatification of Pope John Paul II. Guests: Fr. William Woestman; Jan Lorys; Sr. Joan McGuire; Rabbi Herman Schaalman.

Holy Name Cathedral Young Adult Board/Ecumenical Discussion of Anglican Church

Friday, April 29, 2011
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Holy Name Young Adult Board. Guests: Eleanor Strong; Boldi Lassu. Segment II: Discussion of Anglican Church. Guest: Fr. Thomas Baima

Formation in Ministry and Strategic Pastoral Plan

Monday, April 25, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Formation in Ministry. Guests: Megan Deichl; Deacon Dennis Brown; John Ellgas. Segment II: Strategic Pastoral Plan. Guest: Msgr. John Canary

Forgiveness and Reconciliation.

Friday, April 15, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Guests Dr. Troy Martin and Joan McKamey talk about forgiveness. Segment II: Fr. Ron Lewinski talks about reconciliation.

Faith and the Environment/New American Bible

Friday, April 8, 2011
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Faith and the Environment. Guests: Mark Potosnak; Dan Misleh. Segment II: Mary Elizabeth Sperry.

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.
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