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.

Vocations Initiatives/Harmony, Hope and Healing Outreach

Monday, June 25, 2012
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Sr. Elyse Marie Ramirez, O.P., talks about a two-part initiative to support vocation directors and congregational leaders in vocation work. Segment II: Marge Nykaza and Tina Villapando talk about the Harmony, Hope and Healing Outreach .

Religious Liberty

Friday, June 22, 2012
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. This full hour is on the topic of Religious Liberty. There are many facets to this discussion, including Freedom of Conscience, the U.S. Bishops initiative called "Fortnight for Freedom", and the timely topic of "The Church and Politics". Guests: Scott McLarty; Fr. Lou Cameli.

Golf Outing/Julie Berggren

Friday, June 15, 2012
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Dr. jack Lynch talks about the Fr. Robert McLaughlin Faith Foundation annual golf outing. Segment II: Jim Disch interviews a representative of the Archdiocese of Australia about an exciting venture they recently launched in Rome. Segment III: Julie Berggren talks about the many aspects of her work as a prayer leader and spiritual director.

Catholic Cemeteries and Chicago Catholic Scripture School

Friday, May 25, 2012
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Catholic Cemeteries. Guests: Roman Szabelski; Ted Ratajczyk. Segment II: Chicago Catholic Scripture School. Guests: Patricia Malinowski; Fr. James McIlhone.

Order of Malta and Prayer for Christian Unity

Friday, May 18, 2012
Hosts Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Order of Malta. Guests: Mary Armato; Karen leone; Tom Reedy. Segment II: Prayer for Christian Unity. Guests: Sr. Joan McGuire; Aphrodite Peponis; Br. Jeff Gross.

150th Anniversary of the St. Joseph Women’s Club of Wilmette/Zacchaeus House

Monday, April 30, 2012
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: 150th Anniversary of the St. Joseph Women’s Club of Wilmette. Guests: Rita Hall; Heidi O’Toole; Kathy Shinkle. Segment II: Zacchaeus House. Guests: Deacon Alfred Coleman; Larry Campbell.

Focolare Run-4-Unity/Saint Sebastian Players

Friday, April 27, 2012
Hosts: Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Focolare Run-4-Unity. Guests: Daniel Poole; Annie Aguirre; Stephen Schubert; Ana Paula Panzarini. Segment II: Saint Sebastian Players. Guests: Jim Masini; Jill Chukerman Test; Jonathan Hagloch

Heaven and Hell Art Exhibit/Justice Month

Monday, April 23, 2012
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) and the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art collaborate on the Heaven and Hell Art Exhibit. Guests: Molly Tarbell; Jon Nilson. Segment II: April is Justice Month. Guest: Tom Howard.

The Bible

Friday, April 20, 2012
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Author Mary Sperry talks about her new book, Bible Top Tens: 40 Fun and Intriguing Lists to Inspire and Inform. Segment II: The Summer Scripture Seminar at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake is discussed with guests Megan Deichl, John Elgas and Susan Carlson.

Peace Through Music Concert and Polish Museum of America

Monday, April 2, 2012
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Peace Through Music Concert. Guests: Sir Gilbert Levine; Daniel Elbaum; Maria Ciesla. Segment II: Polish Museum of America. Guests: Jan Lorys; Maria Ciesla.

Divine Mercy Sunday and Our Lady of the Angels

Friday, March 30, 2012
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Divine Mercy Sunday. Guests: Drew Mariani; Br. Crhis Alar. Segment II: Our Lady of the Angels. Guests: Sr. Alicia Torres; Fr. Bob Lombardo

Child Abuse Prevention Month (April) and

Monday, March 26, 2012
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Child Abuse Prevention Month (April). Guests: Thomas Tharayil; Mayra Flores. Segment II: Guest: Thea Flaum

Holy Land Trip and Career Transition Centers

Friday, March 23, 2012
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Holy Land Trip. Guests: Fr. Gary Graf; Omer Eshel; Julie Cooper. Segment II: Career Transition Centers. Guest: Anita Jenke

Shamrocks for Kids and Unity in Christ’s Mission

Friday, March 16, 2012
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Shamrocks for Kids campaign of Mercy Home For Boys and Girls. Guests: Mark Schmeltzer; Daniel Nelson. Segment II: An upcoming event at Wheaton College on Unity in Christ’s Mission. Guests: Sr. Joan McGuire; Dr. John Armstrong.

The Way of the Cross Music and Jazz Fest

Monday, March 5, 2012
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Way of the Cross Music. Guests: Don Celleton and Mark Ouweleen. Segment II: 2012 Chi-town Jazz Fest. Fr. John Moulder.

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.
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