Jan. 19, 2011
Upcoming Programs
What Do You Need to Know—to Grow?

Every priest is ordained—in part—to be a teacher. For some of us, teaching is a full-time ministry. My Franciscan brothers who teach in high school or on the college level carry on a proud profession, rooted in the history of the Church and in American Catholic Church history. From January 30 through February 5, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, which promotes the work of Catholic education across our country.

My own "teaching ministry" is exercised as a pastor in several ways. On Sundays, I have a "faith-formation" dimension to my homilies, and we have educational projects at the parish. And, I treasure the time I can spend in our inner-city school, talking with the children, supporting the teachers and interacting with parents.

A special blessing is my "other ministry" with Franciscan Media. Here I can assist in a broad effort to form the faith of American Catholics with my colleagues. Our radio program and other on-air features are part of that ministry, as is our work to supply resources for adult faith formation. In March, we will release an 18-part DVD to teach about the new translation of the Roman Missal, which Catholics in the U.S. will begin using this coming Advent.

We'd like to learn what you'd like to know about your faith. How can we make our faith-formation resources better? Write to me at GregF@AmericanCatholic.org. I would love to hear personally about your particular questions and needs!

This issue, we also welcome to our "media team," Fr. Pat McCloskey, O.F.M., my Franciscan colleague, who has many years' experience in Catholic journalism, including being author/editor of a number of award-winning books. He writes the "Ask a Franciscan" column in St. Anthony Messenger, and brings lots of ideas to our media outreach. He will be adding his expertise to the production of this e-newsletter as well! Welcome, Father Pat!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#11-05 , #11-06)
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 interviews Matt Baglio, journalist and author of the book, The Rite. Mr. Baglio uses the astonishing story of one American priest's training as an exorcist to reveal that the phenomena of possession and exorcism are not merely a remnant of the archaic past.

Ask a Franciscan
Fr. Dan Kroger, O.F.M., answers these pastoral questions: What is the proper procedure to make a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament? What is the right way to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

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. Their topic today is "Trust and Forgiveness."

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Most Rev. Thomas J. Paprocki. Since April 2010 he has served as Bishop of Springfield, Illinois. He is also the chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1978, where in 2003 he was appointed an auxiliary bishop. He holds degrees in both civil and canon law. Bishop Paprocki spoke with John about the importance of the Rite of Exorcism in today’s Church, in light of the release of the film, The Rite.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick interviews Bob Penta, principal of St. Agnes Catholic School in Arlington, Massachusetts. Bob believes in a Catholic school education and took a position with a Catholic school despite the paycut he would incur.

Ask a Franciscan
Fr. Don Miller. O.F.M., answers these ethical questions: How can I convince my fiancé that pre-marital sexual intercourse is wrong? Does a human soul exist before the person is conceived?

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. Their topic today is "Facing Infertility and/or Miscarriage."

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C. Their topic is the status of the Iraqi Christian community, now that the war is officially over.
 
 
Franciscan Radio
Link to audio features Saint of the Day, Sunday Soundbites, and American Catholic Radio.
American Catholic Radio
A weekly half-hour catechetical program, in the popular style of the Franciscans.
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