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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.

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.

Year of the Priest

Monday, August 3, 2009
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Topic/Guests: Year of the Priest/Fr. David Toups; Fr. Ron Kalas; Fr. Ed Salmon; Fr. Ed Maxa

Caritas in Veritate/The Clare at Water Tower

Friday, July 31, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Topics/Guests: Caritas in Veritate/Adrienne Curry. The Clare at Water Tower/Janet Sisler

Holy Name Cathedral/Adrian Dominican Sisters

Friday, July 24, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Topics/Guests: Holy Name Cathedral/Fr. Dan Mayall. Adrian Dominican Sisters/Sr. Durstyne; Sr. Frances; Sr. Grace; Sr. Norine

Job and Career Transition/Catholic Extension Society

Monday, July 13, 2009
Host: Wayne Magdziarz. Topics/Guests: Job and Career Transition/Al Gustafson. Catholic Extension Society/Fr. Jack Wall

Racial Justice/Apparition

Friday, July 10, 2009
Hosts: Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdziarz. "Catholics Praying for Racial Justice" is an initiative of Catholics United for Racial Justice and the Office for Racial Justice. These are pilgrimages in each of the six vicariates, during which groups will travel by bus to several churches where they will participate in a short program of prayer, Scripture reading, witnessing and silence. Guests: Michael Rabbitt; Dorothy May Thomas. Maura Smith is a documentarian who just completed a documentary called "Apparition." It’s about apparitions of Mary seen around the world. There will be a benefit premiere of "Apparition" at the Holy Name Cathedral parish center at 6-pm on Wednesday, August 5. Admission is $10 with the money going to the Cathedral. The showing is sponsored by the Evangelization and Spritual Life Commission. Guests: Maura Smith; Susanne Smith; Ara Cook.

Mental Illness Awareness Workshops/Vacation Bible School

Monday, July 6, 2009
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. The National Catholic Partnership and it’s Committee on Mental Illness will present three mental illness awareness workshops in July, in Washington D.C., Chicago and Portland. The Chicago workshop is July 21 at St. John of the Cross Parish in Western Springs. Guests: Connie Rakitan; Deacon Tom Lambert; Janice Benton. It’s summer and that means vacation time AND Vacation Bible School. Guest: Veronica Pantellis

Kolbe House Ministry/North American Forum on the Catechumenate/"God on the Go"

Friday, June 26, 2009
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Deacon Pablo Perez, Assistant Chaplain at Kolbe House Jail Ministry presents the newest initiative of Kolbe House, "Sanctuary/sanctuario." Vicki Tufano, a Pastoral Associate at Ascension Parish in Oak Park, and Chairman of the Board of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, shares information about an NAFC institute at Catholic Theological Union June 29 through July 2. Mark Mastroianni, member of St. Edna Parish in Arlington Heights and inventor, will discuss how he came to create a unique combination of the Bible and technology called "God on the Go."

Sports and Spirituality

Monday, June 22, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Guests: Fr. Nick Marro, Fr. Jim Baraniac; Gary Graf

The Catholicism Project

Friday, June 19, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Guest: Fr. Robert Barron

Feast of Corpus Christi and A Eucharistic Journey with St. Paul

Friday, June 12, 2009
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Guests: Ceil Brieste; Tom Curtin; Fr. Tom Norris; Jack Lynch

800th Anniversary of the Founding of the Franciscan Order and June Celebratory Concert

Monday, June 1, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Guests: Fr. Bob Hutmacher, OFM; Stacy Eckert; Fr. Jim Ciaramitaro, OFM Conv.

Justice Day 2009/The Summer Scripture Program

Friday, May 29, 2009
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. This is a two topic program, with both topics touching on Catholic Social Teaching. The first half-hour is about Justice Day, 2009, to be held at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. Guests: Elena Segura; Bob Moran; Dr. James Burke; Dr. Mark Hayford. The second half-hour is about the Summber Scripture Program at Mundelein Seminary, with this year’s theme, "The Bible and Social Justice". Guests: Megan Deichl; Fr. Marty Zielinski.

Memorial Weekend Show

Friday, May 22, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. A show about veterans. Caesar Hill; Mary Kay Vincente; Dan Olipra; Danny Scheurer; Fr. Tom Mulcrone

Mother’s Day Show

Friday, May 8, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. This show is dedicated to Mom. Eileen Higgins; Margie Maczko Breen; Carol Potrykus

Ecumenical Show

Monday, May 4, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Show dedicated to the ecumenical dealings of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Jason Renken; Joyce Duriga; Daoud Nassar; Fr. Thomas Baima

New Priests/Old Priests

Monday, April 27, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. New priests and old priests are interviewed. Andrew Smith; Kyle Tybor; Augustine Mahonge; Fr. Lou Cameli; Fr. Ed Filakowski; Sr. Elyse Ramirez

Testimony/Dramatic Presentations

Friday, April 24, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment One: Testimony: A Film Documentary about the Life of Pope John Paul II/Thomas Neil Mulligan. Segment II: Two Dramatic Presentations from St. Luke Productions: The Confessions of Saint Augustine and Vianney/Leonardo Defillipis

Safe Environments for Children

Monday, April 6, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. This entire show is about creating safe environments for children. Guests are Jan Slattery, Womazetta Jones and Matt Hunnicutt.

Casa Jesus/Unethical Behavior of Busness Leaders

Monday, March 30, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Fr. Octavio Munoz, Director of Casa Jesus, talks about Casa Jesus as a place of discernment and preparation for hispanic men considering and preparing for the priesthood. Fr. Munoz talks in particular about the upcoming fundraiser, "The Year of St. paul Awards Banquet and Dance" on Saturday, April 25 at the Palmer House. Segment II: The Unethical Behavior of Business Leaders in the Current Economy. Guests: Joe Holt and Dr. Abol Jalilvand.

Reflective Lenten Program

Friday, March 27, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Our guest for the show is Fr. Dom Grassi. Fr. Grassi presents reflections for Lent accompanied by music by Mark Teresi.

Holy Name Cathedral Benefit/Respect Life Issues

Friday, March 13, 2009
"All Join Hands to Raise the Roof" Benefit dinner Monday, Mardh 30, at the Palmer House Hilton, to raise funds for the repair of Holy Name Cathedral. We’ll talk about the fund-raiser…as well as the Cathedral, it’s history, the extent of work that needs to be done, the bravery of the firefighters who "saved" the cathedral. Guests: Father Dan Mayall, pastor HNC; Millie Striegl, benefit chairperson; Mary Canavan, Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council; Greg Veith, Manager of Facilities and Construction for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Segment II: Mary-Louise Kurey, director of our Respect Life Office. There is plenty to talk about regarding respect-life issues this week. President Obama expanded federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Mary-Louise also was in Springfield, testifying before a committee regarding the possible elimination of the health care right of conscience act. This is a hot topic in Springfield right now, and also was one of several issues targeted last week at the Catholics at the Capitol rally.

Lent: The Spirit, the Discipline, the Love

Friday, February 27, 2009
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Fr. Any Alexander, SJ and Maureen McCann Waldron, authors of Praying Lent: Renewing Our Lives on the Lenten Journey, cofounded the Creighton University Online Ministries Web site. Their book emphasizes that lent is about prayer and is written to reflect Ignatian spirituality. Segment II: Lent is a time when we focus on PENANCE, an often misunderstood aspect of the Christian life. Fr. Robert Powell, OFM, director of Programs at St. Peter in the Loop Church discusses the richness of Penance. Segment III: Celeste Cotter, CSJ, director of vocation ministry for the Sisters of St. joseph and the presenter of "The Mirror Image of God’s Love" one of several "Lent at the Well" offerings from The Well, "a center for our sacred unity with God, eearth and one another."

Kelly Hall YMCA/Grief Counseling

Friday, February 20, 2009
Our guest for the first half hour is Fr. Bob Lombardo, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal. He established the our Lady of the Angels Mission in the former rectory and is seen as the catalyst behind the kelly hall YMCA in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood. Kelly Hall YMCA evolved out of the combined efforts of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. This is Father Bob’s baby and he is very passionate about how such a project can positively influence an underprivileged neighborhood. Our second half-hour will focus on helping children deal with grief. Our in-studio guest is Lauri Olbrisch, vice president of Rainbows, the largest international non-profit charity dedicated exclusively to helping the world’s children cope with grief associated with the loss of a parent through death, divorce, deployment or incarceration. Joining us by phone is Amy florian. She is a liturgy and bereavement consultant, grief coach, and the former executive director of Stauros USA. She is the author of numerous articles, is an adjunct professor at Loyola University, Dominican and St. Xavier University. she has published two books (Sign & Symbol, Word & Song with Ave maria Press and The Mass: An Invitation to Enjoy It with ACTA Publications.) Hosts are Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz.

Evangelization/New World/African American Heritage Mass

Friday, January 30, 2009
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi explore various topics in this show. Fr. Jordan Kelly, O.P. talks about the three "Visits for Evangelization" scheduled for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Joyce Diriga of the Catholic New World talks about the edition that just hit the streets. Joycelyn King, director of religious education for St. Dorothy Parish talks about the African American Heritage Mass at Holy Name Cathedral. Marcia Berry talks about the Solemn Vespers Service at St. Jude Thaddeus Church on Monday, February 9th.

The Still Point Theatre Collective/Movies

Friday, January 23, 2009
Hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. First 20 minutes: The Still Point Theatre Collection. Guest is founder/actress Lisa Wagner-Carollo. Lisa highlights the current touring production on the life of Dorothy Day called "haunted by God: the Life of Dorothy Day. Phone guest Stephen kendrick, writer/producer of "Fireproof" joins the show. Fireproof is a stronlgy pro-marriage movie that is about to be released on DVD. For the last half-hour the guest is Steven Greydanus, film critic for the National Catholic Register. Steven talks about the movies of 2008 that were nominated for Oscars and he talks about his "Top Ten Pictures of 2008" that will be released today.

Parish Leadership Day/Ninth Ecumenical Prayer Service and Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Friday, January 9, 2009
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz discuss the upcoming Parish Leadership Day at Maria High School with Dennis Marks and Howard Kovochich. Next they explore the Ninth Annual Ecumenical Prayer Service and Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with Sr. Joan McGuire and Rev. Edgar Hiestand, Jr.

A Look Ahead to 2009

Monday, January 5, 2009
Hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. First quarter hour: Sr. Mary paul McCaughey, Superintendent of Catholic Schools. Second quarter hour: Frank Koob, Catechetical Ministry Coordinator. Third quarter hour: Fr. Joe Noonan, Director of Archdiocesan Vocations. Fourth quarter hour: Graziano Marcheschi, Director of Lay Ministry Formation.

Christmas music

Monday, December 22, 2008
Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdiarz host this annual program showcasing Christmas music provided by World Library Publications

Annual Retirement Fund for Religious/175th Anniversary of the BVM congregation/Fifth Annual Cathedral Christmas

Friday, December 12, 2008
Hosts Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdiarz spend the first 20 minutes discussing the annual collection for the retirement fund for religious with Sr. Margaret Coleman, OSF and Sr. Frances Fitzpatrick, OP. The next twenty minutes are about the 175th anniversary of the BVM order with guests Sr. Mary Alma Sullivan, BVM and Sr. Ann Harrington, BVM. The final 20 minutes are about the fifth annual Cathedral Christmas taking place at Holy Name Cathedral the evening of December 12. Guest is Dr. Ricardo Ramirez.

Advent Resources/Kolbe House Jail Ministry Electronic Retreat/Advent Africa Summit

Monday, December 1, 2008
Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi host this Advent related show. In the first half hour they explore Advent Resources with John Feister and Fr. Bob Hutmacher, OFM. The topics of the second half hour are the Kolbe House Jail Ministry Electronic Retreat with Deacon Pablo Perez and Fr. Bob Coiaresi, O.Carm. and the Advent Africa Summit with Adrienne Curry.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Friday, November 21, 2008
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi talk with Elena Segura and leaders of various groups that benefit from grants and assistance from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.