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Catholic Chicago

First and Fourth Monday Monthly: 8 – 9 a.m.
Second and Fourth Thursday Monthly: 8 – 9 a.m.
WNDZ 750 AM

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.

Metropolitan Tribunal/Renew My Church

Monday, June 24, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Fr. Ramil Fajardo of the Metropolitan Tribunal joins us to talk about the various responsibilities of the Tribunal including the annulment process and changes under Pope Francis. Segment II: Fr. Peter Wojcik and Marco Oropeza discuss Renew My Church and the importance of activating missionary disciples in our parishes.

Deacon John Cook/St. Aloyisius

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Deacon John Cook joins Fr. Greg and Graz to talk about his busy life as a deacon in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Segment II: Fr. Claudio Diaz discusses the history of St. Aloyisius parish

Summer Scripture Conference/Rev. Robert McLaughlin Faith Foundation

Monday, June 3, 2019
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Summer Scripture Conference at Mundelein Seminary. Guests: Megan Deichl; Dr. Anthony Pagliarini; John Ellgas. Segment II: Rev. Robert McLaughlin Faith Foundation and it's upcoming golf outing. Guest: Mark Terisi

Muslim-Catholic Relations/Abortion Legislation

Thursday, May 30, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: The state of Muslim-Catholic relations in Chicago. Guests: Dan Olsen; Susan Pudelek; Abdullah Mitchell. Segment II: Abortion legislation in the state of Illinois. Guest: Dawn Fitzpatrick.

Memorial Day Field Masses and Services for Veterans

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Roman Szabelski, Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries, talks about Field Masses across the Archdiocese on Memorial Day. Segment II: David Dempsey, Program Director of the St. Leo Residence for Veterans, discusses the many services available for veterans through Catholic Charities.

Month of Mary/Chicago Shares

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Fr. James Presta of St. Emily Parish in Mount Prospect, discusses May as the Month of Mary. Segment II: Chicago Shares is a unique program to assist the homeless and other people in need to obtain food and other necessities. Guests: Ron Polaniecki; Elizabeth Kohlbeck.

Vocations Activities/St. John Paul II Newman Center

Monday, May 6, 2019
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Upcoming Vocations Office Events and Activities including Totus Tuus, Sport Camps, and Quo Vadis Camp. Guest: Shawn Lucas. Segment II: The St. John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) is hosting a fundraiser called the Holy Happy Hour at the Lagunitas Brewing Company on Monday, May 20. Guest: Fr. Connor Danstrom.

Religious Brothers Day

Monday, April 29, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. May 1 is the annual Religious Brothers Day. Guests: Brother James MacDonald, Brother Gregory Smyth; Brother Michael Segvich.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Thursday, April 25, 2019
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and on this program we explore what the Archdiocese of Chicago is doing to protect our children. Guests: Mary Jane Doerr; Deacon Dan Welter; Michael Hoffman; Ali Bestler; Olivia Clark.

Child Abuse Prevention Month/Renew My Church

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Child Abuse Prevention Month and the upcoming Pinwheel Prayer Service. Guests: Myra Flores; Michael Hoffman. Segment II: Renew My Church update. Guest: Cliff Barber.

Lenten Events

Monday, April 1, 2019
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: The Annual Lenten Day of Reflection and Reconciliation at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii. Guest: Fr. Richard Fragomeni. Segment II: A special Lenten concert will take place on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the St. Joseph Chapel at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines. Guest: Very Rev. Esequiel Sanchez.

Ministry and Care for the Post 65 "Silver Tsunami" Generation

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Ministry and Care for the Post 65 "Silver Tsunami" Generation. Guests: Fr. William Grogan; Sr. Carolyn Martin; Lucinda Gryzenia; Nancy Flowers; Dr. Jon Maks; Dr. Therese Lysaught; Bill Kappas.

Keep Hope Alive Benefit/Liturgical Music in Our Prayer Lives

Monday, March 25, 2019
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Rich Daniels joins Fr. Greg in his role as Chairman of the Board of the Office for Human Dignity and Solidarity's Immigration Minisstry. Segment II: Deacon Dan Welter, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago, talks about an upcoming event at St. Barnabas Parish billed as an afternoon of stories, prayer and reflection woven around the beloved songs of Dan Schutte and the group known as the "St. Louis Jesuits."

Spanish-Language Leadership Conference/Downtown Stations of the Cross

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: The Instituto de Liderazgo Pastoral is offering a Spanish-language workshop this weekend titled, "Renew My Church, V Encuentro and Pastoral Formation." Guests: Jesus "Chuy" DeLeon; Nelly Lorenzo; Sr. Dominga Zapata. Segment II: Beniamino Rovagnati and Davide Bonicellli talk about the annual Stations of the Cross that will go from Daley Plaza to Holy Name Cathedral.

SPRED/Mary and the Art of Prayer

Monday, March 4, 2019
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: SPRED stands for Special Religious Development. It's a ministry of the church that helps parishes welcome persons with developmental disabilities into participation in the liturgical life of their parish. Guests: Sr. Mary Therese Harrington; Joe Quane. Segment II: Rachel Fulton Brown talks about her most recent book, Mary and the Art of Prayer: The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life and Thought.

Mercy Home for Boys and Girls/24th Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Mercy Home for Boys and Girls gives at-risk children a safe place to live, therapy to heal from the trauma of abuse and neglect, and tools like education and job skills to help them build independence. Guest: Mark Schmeltzer. Segment II: The 24th annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture will be held Monday, March 11 at DePaul University in Lincoln Park. Guests: Dr. Malka Simkovich; Dr. Jon Nilson.

Wayne Messmer performs in "Damien"/Diveheart

Monday, February 25, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Wayne Messmer is a professional speaker, singer, broadcaster, author and actor. He joins us in-studio to talk about the one-person play, "Damien," by Aldyth Morris. Wayne's next performance of "Damien" will be Saturday, March 2, at Christ the King Church in Lombard. Guests: Wayne Messmer; Dick Clish; Rich Spada. Segment II: Diveheart is a non-profit organization that uses scuba diving to help build confidence and self-esteem in children, adults and veterans with disabilities. Guests: Jim Elliott; Gabe Spataro.

World Day of the Sick/Annual Catholic Appeal

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: February 11 marked the World Day of the Sick, an observation started by Pope John Paul II in 1992 to encourage people to pray for those who suffer from illness and for their caregivers. Guests: Fr. William Grogan; Mary Jo Quick. Segment II: The Annual Catholic Appeal kicks off Sunday, February 17. Guests: Elizabeth Anastasia; Fr. Wayne Watts; Brendan Keating; Barbara Collins; Teresa Battaglia

Never Be Ordinary/The Share Group USA

Monday, February 4, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Fr. John Cusick talks about his new book, "Never Be Ordinary: Wisdom from My Father." Segment II: Len Reynolds is a lay man who has created an effort to fight human trafficking called The Share Group USA.

Catholic Schools Week/Renew My Church

Monday, January 28, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. It's Catholic Schools Week across the United States. Guests: Dr. Jim Rigg; Mary Iannucilli. Segment II: An update on Renew My Church. Guests: Fr. Jason Malave; Paul Goetz.

The Gathering VIII: Championship Moments of Faith and Life

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: The Gathering VIII - Championship Moments of Faith and Life will be held Saturday morning, February 2, at Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness. Guests: Bob Fallon; Joe Ferlita; Pastor Corey Brooks; Fr. Terry Keehan. Segment II: Editor Joyce Duriga discusses the latest issue of Chicago Catholic. Segment III: Karie Farrell talks about her on-line religious goods store.

March for Life Chicago/Fr. Andrew Liaugminas

Thursday, January 10, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Dawn Fitzpatrick talks about the various activites around the March for Life Chicago which takes place this Sunday, January 13. Segment II: Fr. Andrew Liaugminas is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Director and Chaplain of Calvert House at the University of Chicago. Fr. Andrew joins Fr. Greg and Graz to talk about his ministry.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity/Author Kenneth Woodward

Monday, January 7, 2019
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is held annually from January 18-25. Guests: Dan Olsen; Pastor Brian Wise. Segment II: Kenneth Woodward is in-studio to talk about his latest book: "Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Ascent of Trump."

Year-In-Review

Thursday, December 27, 2018
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. This is our annual year-in-review program where we reflect back on accomplishments of the past year and look forward to the challenges of 2019. Guests: Dr. Jim Rigg; Monsignor Michael Boland; Fr. Jason Malave; Sr. Stephanie Baliga

Christmas Music

Monday, December 24, 2018
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz hosts our annual Christmas music program.

Health Care

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. The entire hour of this program focuses on Health Care with guests lined up by the Cardinal's Vicar for Health Care, Fr. William Grogan. Guests: Fr. William Grogan; Susan O'Leary; Linda VanDeventer; Dr. Reinhold Llerena; Nancy Flowers; Laura Messineo; Roberta Rakove.

The Church and State in Balance/Cardinal Blase Cupich

Monday, December 3, 2018
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Author, lecturer and historian Ed Gordon discusses "The Church and State in Balance. Segment II: Cardinal Blase Cupich talks with our hosts for the second half of the program.

Violence Prevention/Augustus Tolton Book

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Phil Andrew, Director of Violence Prevention for the Archdiocese of Chicago, joins us in studio to discuss various initiatives undertaken by his office. Segment II: Chicago Catholic Editor Joyce Duriga talks about her new book, Augustus Tolton: The Church Is the True Liberator.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. The annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the weekend of November 17th and 18th. During this hour we discuss the importance of CCHD and how several community groups benefit from the campaign.

Synod on Youth in Rome/Tuesday's Election

Monday, November 5, 2018
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Fr. Lou Cameli, the Cardinal's Delegate for Formation and Mission, talks about the recent Synod on Youth in Rome. Segment II: Bob Gilligan, Executive Director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, joins us to discuss Tuesday's election.

Freedom Coaching/#WhyImCatholic

Monday, October 29, 2018
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Steve Pokorny has a national ministry called Freedom Coaching. He ministers to people with addiction to pornography. Segment II: Joseph Boland, Vice President for Catholic Extension, talks about their #WhyImCatholic campaign.

Retirement for Religious/Young Adults and Catholicism

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Host: Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Brother Michael Segvich, coordinator, Retirement for Religious, promotes the collection for religious that is held in early December. Segment II: Mary Deeley, Pastoral Associate and Director of Christ the Teacher Institute at the Sheil Center at Northwestern University, joins us to talk about young adults and Catholocism.

Renew My Church Summit/Fr. Esequiel Sanchez

Monday, October 22, 2018
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: The Renew My Church Summit was recently held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Guests: Cliff Barber; Marco Oropeza. Segment II: Fr. Esequiel Sanchez, Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, discusses Day of the Dead observances, and also surviving a plane crash with 102 other passengers recently in Mexico.

The Coming Home Retreat/Seventh Annual Mass for Hope and Healing

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: The Coming Home Retreat is a day-long retreat for veterans and their adult family members to pray and reflect on their military experiences in a safe environment. Guests: Major General Emile Bataille; Dave Harman; Fr. Michael Sparough; Don and Teresa Larson; Major General Jim Mukoyama. Segment II: The Seventh Annual Mass for Hope and Healing will take place on Saturday, October 20 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Parish. Guests: Tom Tharayil; Michael Hoffman.

Book about Living the Sacraments/State of Mundelein Seminary

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Joe Paprocki joins us for a conversation about his latest book, Living the Sacraments: Finding God at the Intersection of Heaven and Earth. Segment II: Fr. John Kartje, Rector of University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, joins us for a discussion on the state of the seminary.

Respect Life Ministries in Today's America/Aid for Women Anniversary

Monday, September 24, 2018
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, will talk about the importance of respect life ministries in today's America in a presentation at St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Park Ridge. Guests: Mary Jo DiRe; Cecilia Klein; Fr. Britto Berchmans. Segment II: Aid for Women is celebrating it's 40th anniversary with a dinner on October 3rd. Guests: Susan Barrett; Bob Fallon; Bill Booth; Mary Hallan Fiorito.

Catholic Lawyers Guild

Thursday, September 13, 2018
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. The Catholic Lawyers Guild Red Mass and Restorative Justice. Guests: Sr. Catherine Ryan; Hon. Thomas Hogan; Jean Gaspardo. Segment II: Restorative Justice. Guests: R. Matthew Simon; Fr. David Kelly.

Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass/Renew My Church Update

Thursday, August 30, 2018
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Clarissa Aljentera talks about the significance, history and importance of the sacrament of Matrimony and the upcoming Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass. Segment II: Fr. Jason Malave, the Cardinal's Delegate to Renew My Church, Strategic Planning and Implementation, joins us with his monthly Renew My Church update.

Life and Justice Conference/Praying for the Care of Creation

Monday, August 27, 2018
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Life and Justice Conference. Guests: Ryan Lents; Ray Pingoy. Segment II: Praying for the Care of Creation. Guests: Susan Pudelek; George Nassos; Sr. Dawn Nothwehr.

Sunrise Prayer Service/Wartime Papacy of Pope Pius XII

Thursday, August 23, 2018
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I; Sunrise Prayer Service on Saturday, August 25. Guests: Deacon LeRoy Gill; Deacon William Pouncy. Segment II: The Wartime Papacy of Pope Pius the Twelfth. Guest: Dr. Edward Gordon.

Promoting Peace in Our Neighborhoods/Robert Rogers

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Deacon LeRoy Gill talks about a couple of events that he helped organize and, most importantly, the efforts to promote peace in our neighborhoods. Segment II: Robert Rogers is an accomplished musician and author who shares a compelling message to audiences across the country.

"What is Truth?"/"Non-Violence Works"

Monday, August 6, 2018
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: The Holocaust Museum in Chicago is the site of a movie screening and discussion on August 27 called "What is Truth?" The evening will begin with the showing of the 2016 film "Denial", which deals with a British trial centered around a Holocaust denier. Guests: Dr. Dan Olsen; Ms. Kelley Szany. Segment II: "Non-Violence Works" is an initiative to help educate people on the merits of non-violence. Guests: Phil Bradley; Elfriede Wedam

Playing By Heart/Still Point Theatre Collective

Thursday, July 26, 2018
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Author Carmela Martino joins us to talk about her latest book, Playing By Heart. Segment II: Lisa Wagner-Carollo, Founder/Artistic Director of the Still Point Theatre Collective, joins us to talk about her organizations latest projects.

Fr. Lou Cameli/Fr. Jason Malave

Monday, July 23, 2018
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Fr. Lou Cameli joins us for the first half-hour to discuss his new book, "A New Vision of Family Life: A Reflection on Amoris Laetitia." Segment II: Fr. Jason Malave, the Cardinal's Delegate to Renew My Church, Strategic Planning and Implementation, joins us in-studio to discuss the latest developments in the Renew My Church initiative.

Nourish for Caregivers

Monday, July 2, 2018
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. From their own cargiving experiences, Kelly Johnson and Deb Kelsey-Davis co-founded Nourish for Caregivers, helping them find a spiritual home in the Church, learning to thrive and grow in their faith as they care for a loved one.

Phil Andrew -- Violence Prevention Initiatives

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Phil Andrew, the Archdiocese of Chicago's Director of Violence Prevention Initiatives, joins us in the studio for the entire program.

Renew My Church Update/Familly Reunification Fund

Monday, June 25, 2018
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Fr. Jason Malave, the Cardinal's Delegate to Renew My Church, Strategic Planning and Implementation, joins us with an update on Renew My Church. Fr. Bob Gilbert, pastor of St. Joachim Parish also joined by phone. Segment II: Joseph Boland, Vice-President of Mission for Catholic Extension, talks about a Family Reunification Fund that has just been launcched in response to the human tragedy unfolding on the nation's southern border with Mexico.

Author Bill Paradise/Theology on Tap Kick-Off Event

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Bill Paradise joins Graz to discuss his latest book, Cancer, You and God. Segment II: Jenna Rummelhart, Senior Communications Coordinator with the Department of Parish Vitality and Mission, talks about this year's kick-off event for Theology on Tap.

Author Edward E. Gordon/Priest Convocation

Monday, June 4, 2018
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Edward E. Gordon talks about his latest book: Divided on D-Day: How Conflicts and Rivalries Jeopardized the Allied Victory at Normandy. Segment II: The Upcoming Priest Convocation in June. Guests: Fr. Brad Zamora; Fr. Carl Morello.

Renew My Church/Fr. Augustus Tolton Peace Center

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Fr. Jason Malave gives a Renew My Church update. Segment II: Christie L. Richardson talks about the new Fr. Augustus Tolton Peace Center in Chicago's Austin community.
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