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.

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.

Amate House/Office for Councils/Haiti Update

Monday, April 26, 2010
Hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Amate House’s Amate Magic. Deacon John Lucas and Becky Ried dusciss their upcoming fundraiser at Navy Pier, Amate Magic. Segment II: Representatives from three Consultative Bodies that are part of the Office for Councils discuss how each body is structured and how they go about advising Cardinal George. Guests: Fr. Ed Mikolajczyk; Steve Kubiczky; Jan Peters; Rita Kattner. Segment III: Adrienne Curry of the Archdiocese’s Catholic Relief Services Office gives an update on the situation in Haiti, the progress that has been made, and a new way for money to be raised for Haiti Relief through the sale of items made by Haitians.

Domestic Abuse Counseling/Assistance Ministry

Friday, April 23, 2010
Hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. In the first half-hour Fr. Greg and Graz interview Fr. Charles Dahm, OP, of St. Pius V parish. He runs domestic abuse-counseling program at his parish….and he has been traveling around the Archdiocese encouraging other parishes to begin their own domestic abuse ministries. Matt Hunnicutt is the guest for the second half-hour. Matt has spent more than half of his professional career working at Catholic Charities in the Department of Child Protective Services. He sees his work in the Office of Assistance Ministry as an exxtention of his previous work with children.

Civil War Religion/Misericordia

Friday, April 16, 2010
Host Fr. Greg Sakowicz discusses religion during the Civil War Days with Fr. Bob Miller in the first half-hour. During the second half-hour Fr. Greg’s guests are Sister Roemary Connelly and Lois Gates of Misericordia Heart of Mercy. They discuss their "candy day" coming up next weekend.

Heroic Media’s Pro-Life Campaign/

Friday, April 9, 2010
Host Graziano Marcheschi interviews Debbie Ortiz and Allen Ptack about their group, Heroic Media, and it’s Pro-Life Campaign that is based on creative and well-researched advertising. In the second half-hour, Graz talks with Lisa Hendey, the founder of and author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul.

Fr. Augustus Tolton/The Hiding Place

Monday, April 5, 2010
Hosts Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdziarz. First half-hour: The cause for sainthood for Fr.Augustus Tolton, the first American diocesan priest of African descent. Guests: Bishop Joseph Perry; Mary Norfleet Johnson. Second half-hour: Guest is Tim Gregory, Artistic Director of The Provision Theatre Company, which will be premiering THE HIDING PLACE, the true story of a family that fought the Nazi madness with the only weapon they had: love.

Food Service and Food Pantries

Monday, March 29, 2010
Host Graziano Marcheschi talks about Food. In the first half hour Graz interviews representatives of Food Services Professionals, and Archdiocesan agency providing nutritious meals to schools and more. Guests: Paula DeLucca; Maria Bournas; Leslie Williams. The second half hour is a discussion about Food Pantries supported by the Catholic Charities of Chicago. Guests: Kathy Donahue; Sr. Joellen Tumas.

Wayne Messmer

Friday, March 26, 2010
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi spend the hour talking with Chicago celebrity Wayne Messmer--known for his singing of the National Anthem during Chicago sporting events--about his life and his current role in the one-person play, "Damien".

Annulment Process/Relevant Radio

Monday, March 22, 2010
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. First half-hour: Special presentations regarding the annulment process will be held at several locations across the Archdiocese this spring. They are being sponsored by the Catholics Come Home Chicago evangelization initiative in coorperation with the Marriage Tribunal. Guests: Susan Miller; Fr. Michael Bradley. Second half-hour: Discussion cetneres on Relevant Radio, it’s concept, reach and importance to Catholics. Guest: Fr. Francis "Rocky" Hoffman.

2010 Census

Friday, March 19, 2010
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Guest Mary Ann Spina, Pastoral Associate at Holy Cross Parish in Deerfield, discusses the upcoming Lenten Day of Reflection and Reconciliation at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii on Saturday, March 27. On that day she will focus on the journey of Jesus to four mountains: Mount of Temptation, Mount of Olives, Mount of Calvary and Mount of the Ascension. In the second segment of the show, the bishops of the United States are one of the many groups to sign on as a partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to support and promote the 2010 Census. The directors of Archdiocesan agencies that work with various ethnic groups are all engaged in getting the word out to their particular communities. There are plans and concerns that are discussed in this segment. Guests: Mary Norfleet-Johnson; Nick Lund-Molfese; Teri Nuval; Fr. Tom Cima.

Bread of Life Youth Retreat/Chicago Catholic Men’s Conference/David Ranghelli

Friday, March 12, 2010
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: The Bread of Life Youth Retreat, April 16-18 at Guerin College Prep. Two guests in-studio…Tiffany Swann-Covington and Thomas Howard, Youth Ministry Coordinators. Segment II: The Chicago Catholic Men’s Conference takes place Saturday, March 20, at the Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont. Our guest by phone is Hector Molina, Master of Ceremony at the Conference. He is a much sought after bilingual lay Catholic speaker and Evangelist who, for nearly 25 years, has ministered the teachings of the Catholic faith throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Segment III: David Ranghelli, director of "The Calling", an award-winning documentary, joins us by phone. He’ll be in town Monday, March 22, for a screening of the documentary at Dominican University.

Chi-Town Jazz Festival/Donna Pena, "In Times of Trouble"

Monday, March 1, 2010
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. First Segment: Fr. John Moulder, resident priest at St. Gregory the Great Parish on Chicago’s north side. Fr. John is one of Chicago’s most respected jazz guitarists. He has organized the Chi-Town Jazz Festival, running March 16 to March 21, at high-profile jazz sites such as the Green Mill, Jazz Showcase and Andy’s Jazz Club. Funds raised by the festival will go to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Northern Illinois Food Bank and other charities. Second Segment: Recording artist Donna Pena has a new album out... "Clamo a Ti" or "In Times of Trouble." She is a bi-lingual recording artistwho weaves her faith life into her music.


Friday, February 19, 2010
Host Fr. Greg Sakowicz. A discussion with Fr. Donovan and Fr. Vanecko about the season of Lent.

World Marriage Day/Catholic Identity

Monday, February 1, 2010
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdiarz. The first half-hour is a discussion with Elsie Radtke of the Family Ministries Office aboutWorld Marriage Day which coincides with Valentine’s Day this year. In addition , National Marriage Week is observed from Feb. 7-14. In the second half-hour Fr. Lou Cameli joins the hosts in a discussion about "Catholic Identity: The Catholic Difference and the Difference It Makes."
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