Catholic Chicago

Catholic Chicago Radio

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 is Mark Teresi, assistant to the rector at Holy Name Cathedral.

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."

Catholic Relief Services/

Friday, January 29, 2010
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. This program features Adrienne Curry, program director for Catholic Relief Services and Justice Education. For the first half-hour Adrienne discusses Operation Rice Bowl with guest Sr. Joellen Tumas. In the second half-hour the discussion switches to Haiti relief efforts with guests Diane Klimek and John Kozojed.


Friday, January 22, 2010
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. The broad topic is Stewardship, but it is broken up into two segments: one dealing with overall giving and how sharing ideas among parishes and using on-line donations increases parish revenue; and the other on how volunteering time and sharing God-given talent enhances overall giving with a focus on St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Parish. Guests: Ray Coughlin; Deacon Joe Stalcup.

Haiti Relief/Deaf Evangelization

Friday, January 15, 2010
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz

News Conference and Prayer Service for Immigration Reform/The World As It Should Be

Friday, January 8, 2010
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. A news conference and prayer service is scheduled for 10 am this morning at Holy Name Cathedral where priests along with religious brothers and sisters are trying to focus support on the next four months which they are calling a crucial time for the survival of immigration reform. The final 40 minutes is spent with Greg Pierce, author of the book "The World As It Should Be: Living Authentically in the Here-and-Now Kingdom of God."

Parliament of the World’s Religions and the National Week of Prayer for Christian Unity/The Annual High School Placement Tests for 8th Grade Students

Monday, January 4, 2010
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. The first half hour is a look at the recent Parliament of the World’s Religions and the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Guests: Sr. Joan McGuire, O.P.; Jason Renken; Asayo Horibe; Pastor Tripp Hudgins. The second half hour discusses the upcoming placement tests for 8th grade students wishing to attend a Catholic high school in the Fall of 2010.

Looking ahead to 2010

Monday, December 28, 2009
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. This show looks forward to 2010. Guests: Fr. Joe Noonan; Sr. Joan McGuire; Fr. John Cusick; Dr. Kate DeVries; Joyce Duriga; Frank Koob; Elsie Radtke

Catholics Come Home

Friday, December 11, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Today’s radio program focuses on Catholics Come Home, a major faith initiative that launches on December 16 in the Archdiocese of Chicago as well as in the dioceses of Rockford and Joliet. TV spots inviting Catholics to return to the practice of their faith will begin airing on all major TV stations. Parishes are preparing to welcome returning Catholics. Guests: Fr. Rich Hynes; Liz Johnson; Doug Stearns; Susan Gerdvil

Shrine of Christ the King/Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Monday, December 7, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. First half-hour: Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is approaching it’s 2nd anniversary. Guests: Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico; Professor Astrida Tantillo. Second half-hour: The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the massive celebration that will take place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines beginning this coming Friday evening. That’s the site of Antorcha Guadalupana...or the Guadalupe torch run. Also discussed is the Federal Plaza bilingual Mass on Saturday, December 12, at noon. And there are Posada worship services throughout the Archdiocese. Guests: Fr. Miguel Martinez; Al Castillo

Cathedral Christmas/Simbang Gabi

Monday, November 30, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. The first half hour previews this year’s Cathedral Christmas at Holy Name Cathedral. HNC Music Director Dr. Ricardo Ramirez and singer Amanda Crumley are the guests in studio. The second half hour talks about the great work being done by the Archdiocese Office for Asian Catholics. The primary focus being the annual celebration of Simbang Gabi, and how this year’s Simbang Gabi ties in with the Catholics Come Home campaign. Guests: Teresita (Terry) Nuval, Sarah Mascarenhas.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Friday, November 20, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development’s annual collection is Sunday, November 22. This show discusses CCHD. Guests: Rey Flores; Bishop Thomas Paprocki; Veronica Avila; Ed Grossman; Sue Barrett; John McNabola

Holy Name Cathedral Speaker Series/Bereavement Programs

Monday, November 2, 2009
Hosts: Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdziarz. Holy Name Cathedral Speaker Series - Guests: Frank Muldowney; Dr. Jeffrey Rosen; Dr. Denis McNamara; Sister Mary Paul McCaughey. Bereavement Programs - Guests: Deborah Armenta; Diane Ostrowski.

The Bible presented by Liturgy Training Publications

Friday, October 30, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. The topic for the full hour is the Bible - how to read it better, how to understand the framework and themes of the Bible. Guests: Mary Elizabeth Sperry; Mary Deeley; Mary Fox

Witness to Racism/A Conscience Fit for Freedom

Monday, October 26, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: An introduction to a new book from the Office for Racial Justice entitled Witness to Racism. Guests: Sr. Anita Baird; Sr. Lois Prebil; Frances Chikahisa; Deacon Dexter Watson. Segment II: An Ongoing Coffee Hour Speaker Series, A Conscience Fit for Freedom at St. Catherine Laboure Parish. Guests: Karen Winterburn; Dr. Peter Casarella

Volunteer Programs in Religious Communities of Women and Men

Friday, October 23, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Many religious communities of women and men have connected young adults to their ministries through volunteer programs that allow them to serve people in need as full-time volunteers, sharing common prayer and simple living. This morning we will talk about these programs with four people who are involved in them.

La Comica del Cielo/Little Sisters of the Poor

Friday, October 9, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: The first performance in the western hemisphere of the Roman Baroque Papal opera, La Cimica del Cielo (The Heavenly Comedienne), will take place on Sunday, October 11th, at 3:00 P.M. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii. Guests: Fr. Edward McKenna; Andrew Schultze; Larry McCauley. Segment II: Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor will be canonized in Rome on October 11. A group of sisters from the U.S. will be there and on that date the sisters will celebrate locally at St. joseph Home in Palatine and St. Mary Home in Chicago with the elderly whom they serve and their families. On November 1, Cardinal George will celebrate a Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Church followed by a reception at the DePaul University Student Center. Guests: Sr. Mildred Mary of St. Paul; Sr. Maureen of St. Margaret Mary; Joan Thirty

World Mission Sunday/Sr. Rosemary Connelly Anniversaries

Monday, October 5, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: World Mission Sunday, also called Propagation of the Faith Sunday, takes place on October 18, when a collection is held in parishes to support world missions. Guests: Sr. Madge Karecki, SSJ-TOSF; Maureen Colin; Fr. Michael Montoya. Segment II: Sr. Rosemary Connelly is celebrating her 40th year as Executive Director of Misericordia and her 60th year with the Sisters of Mercy. Guests: Sr. Rosemary Connelly; Lois Gates; Kevin Connelly.

Ignatian Spirituality Project/"I’m Hot and I’m Bald: Chemotherapy for Winners"

Monday, September 28, 2009
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment 1: Tom Drexler, Executive Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, and Wayne Richard, a person who was homeless and who made one of the retreats and who now works with those who give the retreats to men and women who are homeless. Segment 2: Interview with Elaine Jesmer, author of "I’m Hot and I’m Bald: Chemotherapy for Winners"

"Lolek"/Battling HIV and AIDS

Friday, September 25, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment 1: Jeremy Stanbary, Catholic performer. He performs a popular one-person drama called "Lolek." It’s about the amazing young adulthood of Pope John Paul II with a focus on his vocation and calling to the priesthood. Lolek will be performed at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville on Friday, Octover 23. Segment 2: The continuing battle against HIV/AIDS. Guests: Jean Claude Kazadi Mwayabo; Jesus J. Huerta

Tenth Anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification/Amate House

Friday, September 18, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: The Tenth Anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. Guests: Jason Renken; The Rev. Donald J. McCoid; The Rev. James Massa. Segment II: Amate House and the October 24th Servathon. Guests: Annie Devine; Colette Healey; Linda Maier; Meghan Krantz.

Conciliation, Restorative Justice and Polarity Management in the Church

Friday, September 11, 2009
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz Guests: Ralph Bonaccorsi; Greg Gustin; Fr. Bill Nordenbrock, CPPS

Pope Benedict’s encyclical, "Caritas in Veritate"…"Charity in Truth"

Friday, August 28, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Nicholas Lund-Molfese. Tuests Ms. Jo-Ellen Karstens; Professor Peter Casarella; Professor David Schindler; Fr. Robert Sirico

New Seminarians/Parliament of the World’s Religions

Friday, August 14, 2009
Hosts: Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdziarz. The First half of the show features two men who will be entering Mundelein Seminary this fall throught the INSEARCH program. Bob Regan went to Northern illinois University and is currently living at St. Alexander’s in Palos Heights to gain experience in a parish setting before entering Mundelein Seminary this fall. Bob worked in the newspaper industry as a reporter and in sales. Julio Lamb-Salazar was born and raised in Cuba and is trained as a medical doctor. He defected to the United Sates after World Youth Day in Toronto. He recently finished a residency at Stroger Hospital specializing in Emergency Room Medicine. Julio’s parents still reside in Cuba and he recently visited them after becoming an American citizen. Julio is now living at St. Alphonsus parish on the north side before entering Mundelein Seminary this fall. The second half of the show is about the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Guests are: Rev. Dr. William Lesher, President of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions; Sr. Joan McGuire, OP. and Jason Renken.