Feb. 2, 2011
Upcoming Programs
Our 2011 American Catholic Radio Faith-Formation Themes

In an earlier newsletter, I wrote about our staff's efforts to plan for this year's American Catholic Radio programs. We recently held a brainstorming/planning session, and from that process emerged a set of themes that we will tackle, beginning with our Lenten programs. Here's a sneak preview of what we'll be doing:

In programs for Lent 2011, which begins on March 9, we deal with the topics of conversion and bringing justice to our world. This dual theme embraces the "baptismal" nature of Lent--that is, preparing for Baptism or renewing Baptism--and the response that every Christian must make, because of Baptism, to work on behalf of justice.

During the Easter season, we'll devote seven ACR programs to the "Seven Things All Catholics Should Know." This theme follows the post-Easter part of the RCIA process, known as "mystagogy," when newly baptized Christians deepen their knowledge and experience of faith.

During the long stretch of Ordinary Time that follows Easter, we'll tackle the Beatitudes, and their meaning for living our Christian faith.

In the fall, we'll devote a special series of radio programs to "the Spirit of Assisi," as Pope Benedict XVI journeys to the city of Sts. Francis and Clare to join with other religious leaders to pray for peace. This October marks the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's historic World Day of Prayer for Peace.

Finally, our ACR broadcast year will conclude with an Advent-Christmas preparation series.

Each of these themes is based American Catholic Radio's goal to be a "faith-formation" program, helping listeners meet Jesus, participate in the Church community, and take their faith into the world.

We welcome your thoughts and questions. And, thanks to those who responded to my query about your own faith-formation needs, in our last issue. Our team will take those questions to our experts on "Ask a Franciscan" in upcoming episodes.

Peace,


Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#11-07 , #11-08)
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 Father Jim Baraniak, chaplain to the Green Bay Packers. Fr. Jim's duties include not only the Packers, but also his campus ministry at St.NorbertCollege, being pastor at Old St. Joseph Church on campus, being assistant vocation coordinator for the Norbertines and his sacramental ministry at the Breen Bay Correctional Institute. He's one busy man!


Ask a Franciscan
Fr. Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M. answers: 1) When Jesus says in Matthew 16:18-19 that he will build his church upon this rock, did he mean a rock, or the apostle Simon Peter?, 2) Who is the “queen of the South” and what is “the sign of Jonah” to which Jesus refers in Luke 11:29-32?, 3) How do we account for the differences in the creation stories in the first and second chapters of Genesis? and 4) When Jacob’s father-in-law speaks of the God of Abraham, the god of Nahor, and the Awesome One of Israel, is he referring to three different gods?

Marriage Moment

The Catholic Church in the United States is making marriage a priority, with the bishops' multi-year Pastoral Initiative to explore what sacramental married life means for the Church and for society. We here at American Catholic Radio are doing our part with today's “Marriage Moment.” Commentator Susan Hines-Brigger, Assistant Managing Editor of St. Anthony Messenger magazine asks, "You Put the Peanut Butter Where?"


Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Peter Herbeck. You may have seen or heard Peter on EWTN; he co-hosts the weekly shows The Choices We Face (also on radio), Crossing the Goal and a daily radio program, Fire on the Earth. Mr. Herbeck is Vice President and Director of Missions for Renewal Ministries, an organization that fosters renewal and evangelization in the Catholic Church. This ministry equips lay mission teams around the world to respond to Pope John Paul II’s call for a new evangelization. Mr. Herbeck holds a masters in Theology from, Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit, Michigan, and has written two “Servant Books,” published by St. Anthony Messenger Press: When the Spirit Comes in Power and When the Spirit Speaks: Touched by God’s Word (co-author with his wife, Debbie) Mr. Herbeck explains how he promotes spirituality for men on Crossing the Goal.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick talks to Pat Ennis, developer of "The Third Option Marriage Program.” The Third Option is an ongoing group program to build better marriages. Couples receive both the tools they need to have a successful marriage and encouragement from other mentor couples.

Ask a Franciscan
Fr. Greg Friedman, O.F.M. addresses: 1) Can the American flag be draped over a veteran’s coffin during the funeral Mass? and 2) Must extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist take communion to the sick and homebound within a certain time limit after Mass?

Marriage Moment
The Catholic Church in the United States is making marriage a priority, with the bishops' multi-year Pastoral Initiative to explore what sacramental married life means for the Church and for society. We here at American Catholic Radio are doing our part with today's “Marriage Moment,” featuring Marriage counselors Andrew and Terri Lyke who respond to the question: "When married life seems to be like one big broken promise, how do we stay the course?"

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guests are Paul and Missy Parkison, executive directors of the Christian Family Movement since 2009. Christian Family Movement, or CFM, is a national network to encourage Catholics and their families in Christ-centered marriages and family life; helping them live the Christian faith every day; and improving society through actions of love, service, education and example. Paul Parkison is a professor of education and chair of the Teacher Education Department at the Uni­versity of Southern Indiana. His wife, Missy, holds a masters in political science from Vanderbilt University and in pastoral theology from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. The Parkisons have been married 18 years and are the parents of two teenagers. They talk about how organizations such as CFM help carry out the bishops’ initiative on marriage.
 
 
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