Jan. 5, 2011
Upcoming Programs
Looking Ahead 2011

American Catholic Radio began in 2004 as a faith-formation program, sponsored by the U.S. Bishops. We have moved, in recent years, from a fully funded project of the Catholic Communication Campaign (part of the bishops’ fundraising efforts nationwide), to partial funding from the CCC and the support of other underwriters—whom you hear from on each program. It is our hope in 2011 to broaden that support, seeking help from those who wish to affirm and promote our radio ministry.

The change in support does not mean a change in the basic goal of ACR, which is “to help you know your faith, so you can grow in your faith.” That’s faith formation in a nutshell! Our program offerings seek to span all aspects of Catholic life and belief. We deal not just in the history or theology of our faith, but also in the lived reality of Catholics in the U.S. and beyond.

Early in this new year, our radio production team will take some time to review our basic goals in the light of the U.S. bishops’ groundbreaking document on faith formation, Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us. The bishops give the three major goals of adult faith formation:
  • invite and enable ongoing conversion to Jesus in holiness of life;
  • promote and support active membership in the Christian community;
  • call and prepare adults to act as disciples in mission to the world.
The ACR production team believes that at the end of each program, our audience ought to have experienced something of those three goals. Somehow, the listener should hear a call to conversion, with a mention of Jesus in the course of our presentations. The reality of being an active Catholic must pervade our appeal to our audience. Finally, we must equip listeners to be articulate and empowered to present the gospel in the world.

This year, we hope to take a “big picture” approach to the program. We will be planning the overall sweep of the program year 2011. In addition to seasonal and liturgical events, we will also take a long view of “know your faith, grow in your faith.” We will challenge ourselves to select topics and show elements, and to write our scripts with the bishop’s three goals—personal conversion, active membership, call to mission—in mind.

This, after all, is what every parish, pastor and Church teacher is called to do. We hope that, a year from now, you will find that you’ve grown in your faith through listening to American Catholic Radio and, indeed, to all our Franciscan Media efforts.

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#11-03 , #11-04)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick speaks with Diane Anderson, a homeschooling mom, who with 3 other friends began a priest trading card project. The St. John Vianney Cards Project feature photos and interesting statistics of priests serving in the Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska.

Ask a Franciscan
Fr. Hilarion Kistner answers these scriptural questions: What was the grievous sin committed by the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah? Does God's law forbid interracial or inter-cultural marriage? Did members of the church community at Corinth believe in baptism for the dead?

Marriage Moment
The Catholic Church in the U.S. is making marriage a priority, with a multi-year initiative to support sacramental married life. Here at American Catholic Radio we're doing our part with our weekly "Marriage Moment," featuring Lucia and Ricardo Luzondo. Married for 10 years, they are co-founders of Renovacion Familiar, an effort to renew family life, based in Miami, Florida. They offer workshops, retreats, conferences and concerts in the U.S. and Latin America, to promote the values of Christian marriage and family. Ricardo is a Pediatric Neurologist and Lucia is an attorney. She recently retired from her active law practice to dedicate herself to full-time service in the Chruch. Lucia and Ricardo are part of the national advisory board of Por Tu Matrimonio, which is the Spanish language component of the bishops' marriage initiative, on the Web at www.portumatrimonio.org. Their topic today is "Fidelity in Marriage".

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister’s guest is the President of Catholic Relief Services, Ken Hackett. Ken has headed CRS since 1993, and oversees operations in more than 100 countries, with a global staff of nearly 5,000. Before he became its president, Ken served CRS in posts throughout Africa and Asia, as well as in a variety of positions at CRS headquarters, since 1972. He’s been on the scene in Africa, guiding CRS' response to the Ethiopian famine of 1984-1985 and the crisis in Somalia in the early 1990s. Now he’s here to update us on conditions in Haiti as that beleaguered land marks the first anniversary of the 2010 earthquake.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick interviews Lisa Gigliotti, an attorney from Michigan. Lisa struggles with debilitating illnesses herself, yet fights to defend life through her profession as an attorney. She was instrumental in getting a ballot passed that would ban assisted suicide in her state. Her strong faith and determination allows her to continue working for the promotion of life.

Ask a Franciscan
Fr. Greg Friedman answers these pastoral questions: Are the words of the prayer the Memorare inconsistent with Catholic teaching about Mary? Is it necessary for already baptized adults to physically attend RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) sessions to become Catholic?

Marriage Moment
The Catholic Church in the U.S. is making marriage a priority, with a multi-year initiative to support sacramental married life. Here at American Catholic Radio we're doing our part with our weekly "Marriage Moment", featuring Lucia and Ricardo Luzondo. Married for 10 years, they are co-founders of Renovacion Familiar, an effort to renew family life, based in Miami, Florida. They offer workshops, retreats, conferences and concerts in the U. S. and Latin America, to promote the values of Christian marriage and family. Ricardo is a Pediatric Neurologist and Lucia is an attorney. She recently retired from her active law practice to dedicate herself to full-time service in the Church. Lucia and Ricardo are part of the national advisory board of Por Tu Matrimonio, which is the Spanish language component of the bishops' marriage initiative, on the Web at www.portumatrimonio.org. Their topic today is "Competition in Marriage."

Exploring Our Faith
The University of Dayton hosts a two-day forum on the issue of “Race in the Church Today” January 27 and 28, 2011 The keynote speaker of that event is Dr. C. Vanessa White, Director of the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where she earned her masters in theological studies and doctorate in Ministry. She serves on our catechetical advisory board here at St. Anthony Messenger Press, and co-edited for us, with Cecilia Moore and Paul Marshall, a recent book, Songs of the Heart and Meditations of the Soul: Prayers for Black Catholics. Doctor White talks about the forum, and its important topic.
 
 
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