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

Poverty Awareness Month/Parish Leadership Day

Friday, January 31, 2014
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Poverty Awareness Month: Chocolate for the Journey. Guest: Anna Mayer Segment II: Parish Leadership Day 2014: Families Fostering Faith, Prayer and Service. Guests: Nancy Polacek; Amanda Thompson.

Parish Leadership Day, 2014/Bishop Perry Catholic Men's Conference

Friday, January 24, 2014
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Parish Leadership Day 2014. Guests: Jim Boyd; Bill Attea; Norm Bowers; Joe Ward; Edgardo Reyes. Segment II: Bishop Perry Catholic Men's Conference. Guest: Frank Cassella

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity/Documents Release by the Archdiocese of Chicago

Friday, January 17, 2014
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Guests Fr. Thomas Baima and Methodist Minister John Armstrong are the guests who talk about ecumenical relations and the upcoming week that focuses on Christian Unity. Segment II: The Archdiocese of Chicago released documents related to 30 Archdiocesan priests who have been accused of abusing minors at various times during the last half century. This half-hour focuses on what's going on now, specifically through the AOC's Office for the Protection of Children and Youth. Guests: Jan Slattery; Thomas Tharayil; Mayra Flores.

March for Life

Friday, January 10, 2014
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. The hour is dedicated to an upcoming March for Life event in Palatine. Guests: Maria Goldstein; Laura Vandercar; Ray Pingoy

2013 In Review

Monday, December 30, 2013
Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi co-host this year-in-review program. Various department directors in the Archdiocese of Chicago are asked for a highlight or two from this past year as well as what they are looking forward to in 2014. Guests: Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, Catholic Schools; Darius Villalobos, Young Adult Ministry; Andrew Lyke, Office for Black Catholics; Nancy Polacek, Year of Strong Catholic Parents; Frank Hannigan, Family Ministries; Anthony Suarez-Abraham, Peace and Justice, Respect Life

Christmas Music

Friday, December 20, 2013
Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz offer a broad selection of Christmas music, from classic favorites to more recent attempts to celebrate the birth of Christ in song.

Pope Francis: Time Magazine's Person of the Year, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013
Time Magazine has named Pope Francis its Person of the Year for 2013. Hosts Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi explore the first nine months of the new Papacy and the impact Pope Francis has had on Catholicism around the world. Guests participating in the program are: Dr. Susan Ross, Chair of the Theology Department at Loyola University; Fr. Thomas Baima, Vice-Rector of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary; and Fr. Michael McGovern, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Evanston and an expert on popes and papal transition.

Mercy Home for Boys and Girls/Hispanic Ministry

Monday, December 2, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Mercy Home provides kids in crisis with the support and guidance they need to realize their own potential and make adapt positive decisions. Guest: Mark Schmeltzer. Segment II: Fr. Marco Mercado talks about Hispanic Ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago and all the events coming up this December.

Retirement Fund for Religious/Office of Conciliation

Monday, November 25, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: The annual collection for the Returement Fund for Religious takes place the weekend of December 7th and 8th. Guests: Sr. Lisa Polega; Sr. Patricia Crowley; Sr. Sharon Glumb. Segment II: Ralph Bonaccorsi, Director of the Office of Conciliation, talks about the services his office provides for parishes.

Journey Back to the Catholic Faith/Finding God in Popular Music

Friday, November 22, 2013
Catholic speaker, author and life/relationship coach Jackie von Zwehl talks about her journey back to the Catholic faith and her realization that we are all unconditionally loved by God. In the second half of the program, Brian Fife, music director at St. Raymond de Penafort Church in Mount Prospect, talks about his upcoming presentation called "Finding God in Popular Music."

First Responders Retreat/"Who Will Fill These Shoes?"

Friday, November 15, 2013
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Dr. Mary Amore discusses a retreat at Mayslake for First Responders set for January 29. Segment II: Fr. Francis Bitterman talks about "Who Will fill These Shoes?", a gathering at Mundelein Seminary the day after Thanksgiving.

An Hour with Vicki Quade

Monday, October 28, 2013
The author of Late Night Catechism, Vicki Quade, talks about her two new productions at the Royal George Theatre, Bible Bingo: An Act of Charity in Two Acts and Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night. During the second half-hour, the conversation switches to what's new at the movies.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Friday, October 25, 2013
Host: Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: National Director of CCHD for the USCCB Ralph McCloud and Director of the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Peace and Justice Anthony Suarez-Abraham. Segment II: Fr. Dave Kelly talks about how CCHD helps the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation. Segment III: Ray Pingoy talks about the Gospel of Life Project which is partly funded by CCHD. Segment IV: Mark Goebel talks about the Immigrant Leadership Development Project, which is funded by CCHD.

Immigration Pilgrimmage/Volunteering

Friday, October 18, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Immigration Pilgrimage. Guests: Jim White; Jose Torres; Elena Segura; Fr. Mike Shannahan; Fr. Larry Dowling; Fr. Gary Graf. Segment II: Volunteering. Guests: Christine Curran; Robert Castagna

Inter-Church or Interreligious Families/Health Care Ethics

Friday, October 11, 2013
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Michael Terrien talks about his presentation, "How Do We Raise our Children in Inter-Church or Interrelgious Families?". Segment II: Fr. Bill Blazek, a health care ethicist, talks about his mission at a huge university with several thousand students who are registered as Catholics.

Chicago Catechetical Conference/Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center for Chicago Weekend of Praise and Worship

Monday, October 7, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: The Chicago Catechetical Conference: Believe, Deepen, Proclaim will be held Friday and Saturday, October 25-26 at the Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. Guests: Clarissa Aljentera; Ester Hicks; Maruja Sedano. Segment II: The Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center for Chicago is sponsoring a weekend of Praise and worship called "In His Presence" for Friday through Sunday, October 18-20 at the Double Tree Hotel in Oak Brook. Guests: Lauretta Froelich; Fr. John Harvey.

Saint Sebastian Players/Phil's Friends Ministry

Monday, September 30, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Jim Masini and Barbara Murphy-Sanders are in studio to talk about the Saint Sebastian Players and their new production, Godspell. Segment II: Philip Zeilke is on the phone to talk about Phils's Friends, which is an Evangelical Christian organization that offers hope to cancer patients by providing them with care packages, weekly cards, and assurances that they are being remembered in prayer while they undergo treatment.

"Acts of Recovery"/Immigration Concert

Friday, September 27, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Michael Hoffman is in the studio to talk about his new book, "Acts of Recovery: The Story of One Man's Ongoing healing from Sexual Abuse by a Priest". Also in the studio is Tom Tharayil to provide details of the Mass of Atonement and Hope. Segment II: Rich Daniels joins us in the studio to talk about a special concert to benefit the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education.

Catholic Men Chicago Southland Men's Conference/CTU Ministry Showcase

Monday, September 23, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Guests Frank Casella and Deacon Alfred Coleman talk about the next Catholic Men Chicago Southland Men's Conference. Segment II: Kathy Van Duser and Akua Kankam from CTU discuss the upcoming Ministry Showcase.

Artists of Peace Program/Fall Spirituality Conference

Friday, September 13, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. In this program our hosts talk with a woman in campus ministry who is a pastoral associate and author, and also with three men who are volunteers on the Archdiocese's Justice Education Commission. Guests: Kathy Sherman, CSJ; Bridget Sperduto; Dr. Mary Amore; Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Franciscans Sisters at Our Lady of the Angels Parish/Aid for Women

Friday, August 16, 2013
Fr. Greg Sakowicz discusses the community outreach at Our Lady of the Angels Parish with Franciscan Sisters Stephanie and Alicia, along with postulant-to-be Jessica Lambert. The second half of this program features Aid for Women. Guests are project manager Frances Jimenez, board member Mary Fiorito and client Trudy.

Catholic Schools Today, August 12, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: St. Bede School in Ingleside wins Dream Machine School Makeover Contest. Guest: Charles Pinto. Segment II: Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Celebrate The Year of the Parent. Guests: Esther Hicks; Ryan Blackburn. Segment III: Prince of Peace School's RoboPoP Team are LegoLand Champs. Guests: Kathleen Rauch; Colleen Case; Maddie Case.

Feast of the Assumption/Shalom Ministries/Parish Transformation

Friday, August 9, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Fr. Jim Presta talks about the upcoming Feast of the Assumption. Segment II: Eby Kurian talks about Shalom Ministries and the upcoming Chicago Shalom Festival. Segment III: Fr. Ron Lewinski and Tim Weiske give an update on the Parish Transformation program.

Suicide Awareness

Monday, August 5, 2013
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. This morning we spend the full hour discussing an important topic that is often difficult to talk about. Guests Kathy Gudonis and Rita Rippentrop talk about depression, suicide and the feelings of grief and loss that follow.

Author Mary Deeley/Justice Education Commission

Monday, July 29, 2013
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: A conversation with Mary Deeley. Segment II: Archdiocese of Chicago Justice Education Commission. Guests: Devin Jones; Mitch Gainer; Robert "Bob" Moran.

Great Summer Reads/Summer Retreats/Mawusi

Friday, July 26, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: An editor from Franciscan Media talks about some books that make great summer reads. Guest: Joan McKamey. Segment II: Summer Retreats at The Well retreat center. Guests: Sr. Mary Southard; Fr. John Surette. Segment III: The annual Mawusi retreat. Guest: Lois De Felice.

New Vocations Director/Family Day/Theology on Tap

Friday, July 19, 2013
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Fr. Grancis Bitterman is the newly appointed vocation director for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Guest: Fr. Francis Bitterman. Segment II: Saturday, August 3rd is Family Day for the parishes in Lake County at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. Guest: Bob Lyman. Segment III: The new director of the Young Adult Ministry Office, Darius Villalobos, talks about this years Theology on Tap.

Chicago Catholic Scripture School/Gun Turn-in Event

Friday, July 12, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Patricia Malinowski discusses the new season of the Chicago Catholic Scripture School. Segment II: Church of the Holy Spirit in Schaumburg is sponsoring a gun turn-in event. Guest: Fr. John Dearhammer.

Ordained Chaplains

Friday, June 28, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. The two guests this morning are both ordained chaplains. One carries out his ministry at a hospital and the other at one of the U.S.'s busiest airports. Guests: Deacon Mike Kiley; Fr. Michael Zaniolo.

Year of Faith Series: Our Life in Christ

Monday, June 24, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Fr. Lou Cameli and Monsignor Dennis Lyle join our hosts in discussing Our Life in Christ as one of the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Institute for Leadership and Catholic Education/WYD Chicago

Friday, June 21, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Summer Session of the Bishop Gorman Institute for Leadership and Catholic Education. Guests: Ellen Lilly; Sr. Cathleen Cahill. Segment II: WYD Chicago. Guests: Lois DeFelice; Lisa Boris

The Year of Strong Catholic Parents/Fr. Bob McLaughlin Golf Outing

Friday, June 14, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: July 1 begins the next year in the Strategic Patoral Plan, the Year of Strong Catholic Parents. Guests: Nancy Polacek; Amanda Thompson. Segment II: Saints Peter and Paul Church on Chicago's far south side celebrates it's 100th anniversary on July 7. Guests: Fr. Honoratus Mwageni; Susan Vicario; Larry Campbell; Brenda Downes. Segment III: The annual Fr. Bob McLaughlin Golf Outing. Guest: Dr. Jack Lynch.

Year of Faith Series, Part III

Monday, June 3, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Part III of the Year of Faith Series. Fr. Lou Cameli and Fr. Robert Tuzik join us to discuss the four main pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Priest Retirement Collection and Annual Ecumenical Prayer Service.

Friday, May 31, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Priest Retirement Collection. Guests: Msgr. Pat Pollard; Alex Becker. Segment II: Annual Ecumenical Prayer Service at St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Cathedral in Bellwood. Guests: Rev. Fr. Joy Alappatt; Rev. Grayson VanCamp; Sr. Joan McGuire

Memorial Day--Honoring Those Who Serve Our Country

Friday, May 24, 2013
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. This is our Memorial Day themed program that was live on Friday and replays on Monday. Guests: Bertel Smith; Mary Pettinato; Paul Genova; Ted Ratajczyk; Fr. Daniel Brandt.

Immigration Reform/Summer Classes

Friday, May 17, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. The Struggle for Immigration Reform is the topic for the first segment. Guests: Elena Segura; Sr. Lisa Polega; Bob Moran. The second segment is about an abundance of courses and classes designed for the Summer season. Guests: Sr. Sallie Slatkovich.

Year of Faith Series, Part II

Monday, April 29, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Part II of the Year of Faith Series. Fr. Lou Cameli and Fr. Brian Welter join us to discuss the four main pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Deaf Catholic Youth Initiative of the Americas/St. Teresa of Avila lecture

Friday, April 26, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Fr. Joseph Mulcrone recently returned from a trip to Guatemala as part of a group called Deaf Catholic Youth Initiatives of the Americas. Segment II: Fr. John Welch talks about his upcoming lecture on St. Teresa of Avila.

"All Things Pope Francis"

Monday, April 22, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. This program of Catholic community of Faith is devoted to a discussion of "all things Pope Francis". Guests: Dr. Matthew Bunson; Anthony Suarez-Abraham

Summer Scripture Seminar/Novenas

Friday, April 19, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: The Annual Summer Scripture Seminar at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary is discussed with guests Megan Deichl, Catherine Sims and John Ellgas. Segment II: Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P. discusses novenas.

Author Chris Haw/Dying with Dignity

Friday, April 12, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: We talk to a young man about his journey away from and back to his Catholic roots. Guest: Chris Haw. Segment II: We explore the ethical issues surrounding dying with dignity with two medical ethicists. Guests: Fr. Andrew Wawryzn; Amy Martin.

Child Abuse Prevention Month and World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Monday, April 1, 2013
Hosts: Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Guests Tom Tharayil, Mayra Flores, Michael Hoffman and Fr. Jerry Boland discuss April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Segment II: Sr. Elyse Ramirez talks about the upcoming World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Also, Fr. Francis Bitterman talks about how children in the Catholic School and religious education of St. Norbert regularly pray for seminarians at Mundelein Seminary and men at two other houses of discernment in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Lenten Parish Missions/Jan Karski

Monday, March 25, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Mary Ellyn Schneider, a parisihoner at Visitation Parish in Elmhurst, has attended 37 missions to help deepen her own faith over the last 2 years. Segment II: The legacy of Jan Karski, a Polish-Catholic resistance fighter during World War II, was recently recognized by President Barack Obama. Guests: Ed Zulkey; Bozena McLees; Wanda Urbanska.

Year of Faith Radio Series: Program 4

Friday, March 22, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Pope Benedict XVI declared the period between October 11, 2012 and November 24 of this year to be the Year of Faith and asked Catholics during this time to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church so that we may deepen our knowledge of the faith. Here on Catholic Community of Faith we’ve been honoring the Year of Faith sharing with our listeners information on the main constitutions of the Second Vatican Council. With assistance from Fr. Lou Cameli, the Cardinal’s Delegate for Christian Formation and Ministry, we have discussed the Constitutions on Divine Revelation, the Church and the Church in the Modern World. Fr. Cameli is back with us this morning with another special guest to talk about the fourth and last of constitutions. This one is called Sacrosanctum Concilium, and is focused on the Sacred Liturgy. We are happy to welcome Fr. Cameli and Fr. Ron Lewinski to our show this morning.

Habemus Papam Franciscum!

Friday, March 15, 2013
Hosts Graziano Marcheschi and Wayne Magdziarz. A full hour of Habemus Papam Franciscum! Guests: Dr. Peter Casserella; Monica Mavric; Fr. Mike McGovern

"Blessed are the Peacemakers" Workshop/Papal Transition

Friday, March 8, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. A "Blessed are the Peacemakers" workshop will be held Saturday, March 16 at Holy Family Church on West Roosevelt Road in Chicago addressing the crisis of violence in Chicago and beyond. Guests: Ken Butigan; Anthony Suarerz-Abraham; Andrew Lyke; Thomas P. Tharayil. In the second half of the show Fr. Mike McGovern talks about the papal transition underway in Rome.

CRS Rice Bowl/Legacy of Vatican II document, Gaudium et Spes.

Monday, March 4, 2013
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Tom Howard and Enrique Silva talk about CRS Rice Bowl, a Lenten faith-formation program that combines prayer, fasting and giving. Segment II: Fr. John Pawlikowski is the primary speaker in a series of lecutres that explores the legacy of the major Vatican II document, Gaudium et Spes.

Interreligious Relations/Artwork of Franklin McMahon

Friday, February 15, 2013
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Sr. Joan McGuire and Rabbi Michael Balinsky discuss interreligious prayer for victims of gun violence and the Annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture. Segment II: Guests Kathleen van Ella and Sr. Joy Clough talk about the opening of an art exhibit featuring the works of the recently deceased artist, Franklin McMahon.

Building Trust, Restoring Hope/Parish Leadership Day

Friday, January 25, 2013
Host: Graziano Marcheschi. Segment I: Building Trust, Restoring Hope. The VA and Catholic Church partner to heal veterans and their families. Guests: Carol Walters; Kathleen Leggdas; Deacon Tom Lanbert. Segment II: Parish Leadership Day, 2013. Guests: Rita Kattner; Bill Attea; Amanda Sullivan; Joe Ward Edgardo Reyes.

Disability Ministries/Priest Boxing

Friday, January 18, 2013
Host: Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Deacon Don Grossnickle and Ken Jennings talk about their book, "Unbreakable Resilience." Segment II: Fr. Ted Schmitt talks about his unusual path to the priesthood.
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