Nov. 10, 2010
Upcoming Programs
Thanksgiving on the Big Screen

Thanksgiving has been the theme of a number of challenging and entertaining films in recent years.

Woody Allen's Broadway Danny Rose, tells the story of a New York theatrical agent whose clients are mostly what society—and the entertainment business—considers losers. The film ends with a touching Thanksgiving Dinner at Danny's apartment. All his "acts" gather for TV dinners. Yet the love of Danny Rose for his washed-up clients is part of the charm of hisThanksgiving "feast" and tells us something about all our efforts to create community around a meal.

A 2003 movie, Pieces of April, written and directed by Peter Hedges and starring Katie Holmes, is (like Allen's film), concerned with adult themes, situations and language, but with an important story. A young woman, April Burns, lives in near-poverty in New York City. She invites her dysfunctional family to drive into the city from Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving, in an effort to reconcile with them. April has to cope with a lot of problems, not the least of which is the fact that her stove isn’t working. April’s mother is dying of cancer, and this will probably be her final Thanksgiving. The film is alternately funny and sad, but in the end teaches a lot about the power of food and family.

No Thanksgiving feast is ever perfect, but as we try to bring out in this year's holiday-themed program, our family meals and our shared gratitude are essential to our life and our faith. The ACR team wishes you a blessed Thanksgiving—and we’re grateful for each of our listeners!
Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#10-47 , #10-48)
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 two sisters from the African American Congregation, The Sisters of the Holy Family, in New Orleans, Louisiana. They bring healing comfort to children, the elderly, the poor and the powerless, especially those of African descent.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Fr. Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M., answers questions: What test were the Apostles trying to avoid in John's Gospel? How could Moses live after seeing the face of God? How does Jesus' response to the woman in the crowd in Luke 11 apply to us today? Why did Jesus tell the women of Jerusalem to weep for themselves and not for him? What is the Scripture that warns us against giving scandal to the young?

Marriage Moment
The Catholic Church in the United States is making marriage a priority, with a multi-year initiative to support sacramental married life in our society. Here at American Catholic Radio we’re contributing to that effort with our weekly “Marriage Moment,” featuring Commentator Roy Petitfils. Roy is a counselor in Broussard, Louisiana, at Pax Renewal Center for Individual, Marriage and Family Therapy. He writes an internationally syndicated column, “Our Young Church,” and is a sought-after consultant, facilitator and retreat leader. He’s the author of What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About the First Five Years of Marriage, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. Roy lives with his wife, Mindi, and two sons in Youngsville, Louisiana. His topic today is: Career Decisions

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Fr. Raed Abusalia, a parish priest of the Latin church in Taybeh, a Palestinian village 30 kilometers northeast of Jerusalem, inside the occupied territories of the West Bank. The village has an overall population of 1,300 inhabitants, all Christians, of the Latin, Orthodox and Greek Catholic rites. John talks with Father Abusalia about how Americans can assist Christians in the Holy Land with their struggle to survive.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick interviews Fr. Leo Patalinghug, the dynamic priest known for his "Grace Before Meals" Web TV show and his cookbook by the same name. "Grace Before Meals" centers on the fact that creating and sharing a meal can strengthen the family and all kinds of relationships.

Ask a Franciscan
ACR host Franciscan Fr. Greg Friedman, O.F.M., answers questions: Is salvation earned or is it a gift? What should a visitor expect when attending a Catholic service with a friend?

Marriage Moment
The Catholic Church in the United States is making marriage a priority, with a multi-year initiative to support sacramental married life in our society. Here at American Catholic Radio we’re contributing to that effort with our weekly “Marriage Moment,” featuring Commentator Roy Petitfils. Roy is a counselor in Broussard, Louisiana, at Pax Renewal Center for Individual, Marriage and Family Therapy. He writes an internationally syndicated column, “Our Young Church,” and is a sought-after consultant, facilitator and retreat leader. He’s the author of What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About the First Five Years of Marriage, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. Roy lives with his wife, Mindi, and two sons in Youngsville, Louisiana. His topic today is: Dealing With Disappointment

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Patricia Robertson. She has been Director of Family Ministry at St. John Church in Jackson, Michigan, since 2000 and part-time chaplain at Vista Grande Villa Retirement Community. She is an adjunct teacher at Spring Arbor University. Patricia holds a doctorate in Ministry from Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit, and is the author of several books, including The Rosary: Worry Beads for Anxious Parents, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. This month, in St. Anthony Messenger, she wrote an article entitled “The Thankful Mysteries.”
 
 
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A weekly half-hour catechetical program, in the popular style of the Franciscans.
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