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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.

The Integritas Institute for Ethics/Catholics Returning Home

Monday, November 3, 2008
Host Fr. Greg Sakowicz discusses The Integritas Institute for Ethics with Fr. Tim Fiala. In the second half our Fr. Greg explores the Catholics Returning Home ministry with Fr. Matt Compton, Ara Cook, Mary Ann Costello and Jillian Kricki.


Friday, October 31, 2008
Hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Nicholas Lund-Molfese. This show is intended to be an educational resource for Catholics of the Archdiocese of Chicago regarding the vote on the consitutional convention. As Catholics our listeners have the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Faithful Citizenship document as a tool for discerning how they should vote; it is apparent that the question of a Constitutional Convention does not fit into any one area. We would like this conversation to provide information and ideas for consideration when deciding how to vote on this issue.

Peacebuilders Program for Teens at CTU/Youth Ministry Certificate Program at Loyola University

Monday, October 27, 2008
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi interview guests Megan Kennedy-Ferrell, Katie Ainge and Connie Rakitan about the Peacebuilders Program for Teens at CTU. In the second half of the show they discuss the Youth Ministry Certificate Program at Loyola University with Rachel Gibbons and Amy French.

The Year of St. Paul

Friday, October 24, 2008
Host Fr. Greg Sakowicz explores The Year of St. Paul with guests Sr. Anne Flanagan, Dr. Jim Papandrea, Fr. John Kilgalen, and Dr. Margaret Mitchell


Monday, October 6, 2008
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi talk about vocations with Archdiocesan Director of Vocations, Fr. Joe Noonan. Guests also include Paul Stemm, Fr. Chris Doering, and Liz Heinrich.

25th Anniversary of Amate House

Monday, September 29, 2008
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Madziarz talk with guests John Lucas, Ed Vogel, Annie Devine and Jeff Peak about the 25th anniversary of Amate House.

Domestic Violence

Friday, September 26, 2008
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Nicholas Lund-Molfese. This show is an outreach to those who are personally or indirectly experiencing domestic violence. It is our hope that through passing on information about resources and discussing the Church’s teachings on domestic violence, people within the Catholic community will gain an understanding of the effects of domestic violence. We will also address the effects on children living in a house where domestic violence is present. Guests: Rosi Viquez; Mary Anne O’Hare; Joyce Calvin.

Religion and Humor

Friday, September 19, 2008
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Can you mix religion and humor? Can humor play a positive role in our faith lives? Did Jesus tell jokes? We will explore humor and religion during this edition of CCOF. Guests are: Deacon Tom Sheridan; Vicki Quade; Sally Edwards; Bil Mellberg

Here I Am Lord

Friday, September 12, 2008
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Madziarz discuss the "Here I Am Lord" Discipleship and Vocations program with Liz Heinrich, Fr. Chris Doering, Nick Guerrero and Brittany Rangel.

Labor Day show

Friday, August 29, 2008
While Americans are preparing to rest from their labor on Monday, we will explore Why we work and How we work in today’s environment. Two guests will be with us in studio for the entire hour. It’s not your father’s workplace anymore AND it’s not your father’s Labor Day anymore, either. Rather than extolling the contributions of labor unions and of workers contributions to society, this year more than ever, workers, most of whom have no union to speak for them, or whose unions are less effective than in previous decades, are thinking about how to keep their jobs, how to adapt to a changing work environment and how to make work meaningful. We will be discussing the specifics of how we can practice spirituality at work and what exactly does today’s work environment look like. Guests: Greg Pierce and Carol Semrod.

Joyful Again/Interview with Fr. Tom Franzman

Friday, August 8, 2008
Host Fr. Greg Sakowicz talks about Joyful Again, a widowed-ministry. Guests are: Charlotte Hrubes, director of Joyful Again; Geraldine Timm (Gerry), has gone through the program; Ron Poedtke, also has gone through the program. The second half of the show is an interview with Fr. Tom Franzman. He is the newly-named Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pueri Cantores, an international Children’s Choir Program. Cardinal George is the Episcopal Moderator of that group.

Called and Gifted/Together In God’s Service

Monday, August 4, 2008
Host Graziano Marcheschi discusses the Lay Ministry programs Called and Gifted, and Together in God’s Service. Guests are Vicky Ramos, Margueritte Brown, Cathy Costello, Kevin Sullivan, Fr. Bob Miller, Lori Creseau, Fr. Jason Malave, David Heiman, Michael Fekete, Carol Walters and Christine Perenchio.

Issues of Importance to Catholics

Monday, July 28, 2008
In this election year there are many issues that Catholics need to consider as they vote. This show touches upon all of those issues. Hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Nicholas-Lund Molfese.


Friday, July 25, 2008
This show, focusing on music, is hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Guests include Matthrew Baute; Deanna Light; and Fr. Matthrew Talarico.

St. Anne Novena/Ecumenical and Interreligious Events

Friday, July 18, 2008
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz discuss the 109th annual novena in honor of St. Anne. Later they talk with Jason Renken about upcoming ecumenical and interreligious events.

At Home Lourdes Pilgrimage/Mawusi Retreat/Totus Tuus

Friday, July 11, 2008
Hosts Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdziarz spend the first 30 minutes with Todd Williamson and Alicia Torres discussing the At Home Lourdes Pilgrimage that will take place at the same time as Cardinal George and 200 pilgrims will be in Lourdes, France in honor of the 150th anniversary of Mary’s apparitions to St. Bernadette. The next 20 minutes is spent talking with Fr. Joseph Brown, SJ, about the upcoming Mawusi retreat for African-American catechists. Fr. Brown’s topic for the retreat is "African-American Spirituality in Scripture". The final ten minutes is spent talking with John Whitlock about the Totus Tuus Camp taking place July 28 and 29 for boys and girls in Jurnior High and High school at Mundelein Seminary.

World Youth Day

Monday, July 7, 2008
Graziano Marcheschi interviews a few people who are about to embark for Sydney, Australia to participate in World Youth Day, 2008. Guests are: Jaruja Sedano; Pat Pacer; Megan Miller; Rouan Quinain

Independence Day Show

Monday, June 30, 2008
Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Madziarz talk about the history of the Catholic Church in America with Fr. Martin Zielinski; Faithful Citizenship with Bob Gilligan; and finally they take a look at the Cabrini Retreat Center in Des Plaines to promote the upcoming "Cabrini Bash" with Nancy Golen, Zack Hugo and Kathleen Servatius.

Growing in our Faith: Spiritual Direction

Friday, June 27, 2008
Hosted by Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. This program approaches the topic of faith development with Jeremy Langford, Fr. Ed Cronin and Fr. Remil Fajardo.

Airport Chaplaincy/Retired Priests

Monday, June 23, 2008
Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi talk with Midway and O’Hare airports Chaplain Fr. Michael Zaniolo, STL, CAC about what the airport chaplaincies entail. Later, Alex Becker discusses ways to support retired priests.

World Youth Day/Marillac House Social Center

Friday, June 20, 2008
Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Madziarz host this show as Fr. Greg Sakowicz takes a day off. On June 25 Cardinal George and all six auxiliary bishops will celebrate the World Youth Day Mass 2008 at St. John of the Cross Parish in Western Springs. The Cardinal will bless and send forth youth and young adults who will be going to World Youth Day in Sydney Australia and those who will celebrate World Youth Day chicago Style at St. Hyacinth Basilica on Sunday, July 19. Guests for this segment are Lacey Rust; Michelle LaDonne; Katie Hayes; Ann Kubalanza; Mary Schmidt Marillac Social Center, also known as Marillac House-Since 1914, Marillac House has been serving the needs of the working poor of Chicago’s west side community. Sponsored by the Daughters of Charity, Marillac House provides much-needed programs and services in the areas of child care, social services, outreach to the homeless and services for the elderly. Guests for this segment are Maureen Hallagan; Gwen Horton; Anjista Meyer

Father’s Day show

Friday, June 13, 2008
Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi host this show devoted to Father’s Day. Discussed is the importance of the male role model for children as well as the role the father plays in the faith life of the family. Guests: Jim Campbell; Frank Hannigan; Deacon LeRoy Gill; Jack Lynch

Memorial Weekend Show

Monday, May 26, 2008
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi host this show dedicated to the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces. Guests: Bud Jones; Anthony Vaughn; Caesar Hill; Dan Olipra; Fr. John Barkemeyer; Msgr. James Dixon

Fr. Greg’s 29th Anniversary

Friday, May 9, 2008
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz toast Fr. Greg on his 29th anniversary of his ordination. Guests: Fr. Richard Klajbor; Fr. Patrick Marshall; Diego Leon Berrio; Laurent Mhagama

National Ministry Summit: Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership

Monday, May 5, 2008
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz spend the hour talking about the recent National Ministry Summit in Orlando, Florida titled: Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership. Guests are Carol Walters; Dr. Kate DeVries; Jean Welter; Rita Kattner; Deacon Bob Puhala; Fr. Jeremiah Boland; Fr. Ed Mikolajczyk

Pope Benedict visit--recap

Monday, April 28, 2008
Host Fr. Greg Sakowicz discusses the pope’s recent visit to the U.S. with people who were in attendence at some of the events. Guests include Fr. Jeremiah Boland, Dennis Stoll, Alicia Torres and audio clips of Cardinal George’s interview with Graziano Marcheschi from a recent taping of The Church, the Cardinal and You.

St. Hubert Job and Networking Ministry/Focusing on Mary

Friday, April 25, 2008
Host Fr. Greg Sakowiczdiscuses a ministry at St Huberts that helps people who are pursuing employment. Guests are Bob Podgorski, Jerry Koncel and Diane Tolcher. The second half hour is a focus on Mary with Jane Bleka who talks about a new grotto that will be dedicated and blessed by Cardinal George, and Fr. James Presta.

Pope Benedict XVI: His Apostolic Journey to the U.S.

Friday, April 18, 2008
Host Graziano Marcheschi talks to Bishop John Manz and Bishop Francis Kane about the prayer service and papal address to the U.S. Bishops that took place on Wednesday, April 16. In the second half-hour Graziano discusses the open air massin Nationals Stadium onThursday, April 17 with Fr. Jo Andre Beltran, Msgr. George Sarauskas and Paul French.

Sacred Seeds/On Holy Ground

Friday, April 11, 2008
Host Fr. Greg Sakowicz talks with Peter Buttitta and Rabbi Michael Zedek about Sacred Seeds: Children of Abraham Reading Text Together. In the second half-hour the topic is On Holy Ground: Encountering God in the Bible with Carol Kloss and Mary Deeley.

"Called By Name" Vocations Program/National Workshop on Christian Unity/Champions of Faith

Monday, April 7, 2008
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment One: Called By Name Vocations Program/Fr. Joe Noonan; John Whitlock. Segment Two: National Workshop on Christian Unity/Sr. Joan McGuire; Rev. Craig Mueller (Lutheran); Rev. Cynthia Hallas (Episcopalian). Segment Three: Champions of Faith/Rev. Jordan Kelly; Tom Reis.

Pope Benedict XVI: His Apostolic Journey to the U.S. and his writings and focus as pope.

Monday, March 31, 2008
Graziano Marcheschi hosts this show dedicated to Pope Benedict XVI. Guests for this show are Fr. Emery De Gaál; Fr. Don Senior; Fr. Zachary Hayes, OFM; Fr. Mike Sparough, SJ; Bob Gordon and Susan Stack

Divine Mercy Sunday/School Project in Nigeria

Friday, March 28, 2008
Host Wayne Magdziarz explores Divine Mercy Sunday with guests Fr. Edwardo Garcia and Fr. Patrick Hannon, CSP. In segment 2 Wayne talks with Esther Hicks regarding the School Project in Nigeria Partnership with Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools.

Faithful Citizenship for Youth, Young Adults and Youth Ministers/Faith-filled Stewardship and Managing Finances for Young Adults

Monday, March 24, 2008
Host Graziano Marcheschi talks with Jill Rauh, Marty Frauenheim and Diane Herman about Faithful Citizenship for Youth, Young Adults and Youth Ministers. Segment 2 regards Faith-filled Stewardship and Managing Finances for Young Adults. Guests for segment 2 are Timone Newsome, Stephanie Peterson and Mary Anderson.

Padres On Parade

Friday, March 14, 2008
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi talk to various participants in the upcoming Padres on Parade talent show.

Incognito/St. Katerine Drexel Racial Justice Awards

Monday, March 3, 2008
Host Wayne Magdziarz talks with Sr. Anita Baird, Director of the Office for Racial Justice and Michael Fosberg, writer and performer of the one-man play "Incognito" about Mr. Fosberg’s play. In the second segment Wayne and Sr. Anita talk with one of the three recipients of this year’s Saint Katerine Drexel Racial Justice Awards, Esther Hicks.

Stations of the Cross/Conversion and Reconciliation/Healing

Friday, February 29, 2008
Hosted by Wayne Magdziarz. Segment 1: The Stations of the Cross and The Living Way of the Cross in Chicago on Good Friday, March 21 are discussed. Guests are Doug Bond and Fr. Jordan Kelly, OP. Segment 2: Conversion and Reconciliation. Guests are Fr. Jordan Kelly, OP, and Fr. David Simpson, O.Carm. Segment 3: The Gospel of the 4th Sunday of Lent and Healing. The Gospel for the upcoming Sunday is about Jesus’ cure of the blind man. Guest: Fr. John Harvey

Domestic Violence

Friday, February 22, 2008
Graziano Marcheschi and Nicholas Lund-Molfese discuss the issue of domestic violence with Rosa Viquez, Fr. Charles Dahm, Deacon Dan Welter, Susan Low and an anonymous survivor of domestic violence.

7th Annual Healthcare Conference on Human Dignity/1st Catholic Prayer Breakfast

Friday, February 15, 2008
Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Madziarz host discussions regarding the 7th Annual Healthcare Conference on Human Dignity with Helen McCullough, Rev. John Sanaghan, Rev. Tad Pacholczyk and Dr. John Brehany and the 1st Catholic Prayer Breakfast with Bob Gilligan and Mark Randall

Strengthening Marriage

Monday, February 4, 2008
This entire program deals with the national campagin to revitalize and strengthen the institution of marriage. From the USCCB: "The National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage is a multi-year project of the U.S. Catholic Bishops aimed at communicating the meaning and value of married life for the Church and for society. In the initiative, the bishops bring Catholic belief into dialogue with contemporary needs. They urge the Catholic Church to become a community of hope and help for marriages and to join others in building a culture of marriage." This show is hosted by Graziano Marcheschi and the guests are Frank Hannigan, Elsie Radtke, Andrew Lyke, Peter and Margie Breen, and Flo Christiano.

"Fire Under My Feet"/150th anniversary of Blessed Virgin Mary apparitions to St. Bernadette

Friday, January 25, 2008
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi talk with Fr. Leo Mahon and Dr. Nancy Davis, co-authors of the book "Fire Under My Feet". In the second half hour the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Bernadette is discussed with Elizabeth Grinder and Mary Armato.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity/The Mission of Our Lady of the Angels

Friday, January 18, 2008
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Madziarz talk about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with Jason Renken, Sr. Joan McGuire and Rev. Dr. Edgar Hiestand, Jr. Next they talk about the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels with Fr. Robert Lombardo.

Global Catholic Church: 365 Churches in One Year

Friday, January 11, 2008
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Madziarz interview David Heimann and his sponsor Sr. Maria Burke about his recent travels that saw him visit 365 churches in various countries in one year.

The Sin of Racism/Parish Leadership Day

Monday, January 7, 2008
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi talk about the sin of racism with Susan O’Halloran, George O’Hare and Dan McGuire, including Susan’s storytelling presentations "Stories of Race, Stories of Place, Stories of Grace. In the second half-hour of the show Parish Leadership Day on February 2nd is discussed with Rita Kattner, Jim Boyd, Dennis Marks and Fr. Michael Michelini.

Honoring Mary, Mother of God

Friday, September 22, 2006
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. During September and October, activities have taken place or are planned to honor Mary, the Mother of God, in the Archdiocese. These celebrations honor Mary under titles that have significance for particular ethnic communities. The guests explain what these devotions involve and their history. Guests: Fr. Anthony Markus; Antonia Ambubuyou;. Renowned Catholic Bible teacher and creator of The Great Adventure Bible Study system, Jeff Cavins, discusses the presentation he will give on September 27th at Trinity High School, Discover the Big Picture of the Bible that relies on his study system to help participants gain a greater understanding of just how the people, places and events in the Bible come together to form a "big picture".

West Regional Update

Thursday, January 1, 1970
From numerous food distributions, to helping clients with benefits assistance, and care coordination with other Catholic Charities programs, including immigration services, Catholic Charities West Regional office has found new, innovative ways to continue to respond to client needs throughout the pandemic. Join Katie Bredemann as she welcomes Michael J. Waters, Director of Catholic Charities West Regional Office to discuss all of the great things happening in the West Region this fall.