Dec. 8, 2010
Upcoming Programs
As the Year Draws to a Close

Advent and Christmas always mean a busy time where I work—both here at Franciscan Media and in my nearby inner-city parish. Before I sat down to write these reflections, for example, I had already made several trips back and forth across the street that separates my two jobs, as I attend to the busy agendas in each ministry!

Over in the "friary," the residence adjoining the church, a "Franciscan Christmas" is in advanced preparation stages. I've done my part, setting up displays that carry on the tradition encouraged by our founder, St. Francis, nearly 800 years ago. Francis understood that the mystery of Jesus—God become human—was best conveyed to the senses, and thus to our hearts, by imagery. And so, the live nativity he created for people in a mountaintop village was an "instant hit." People "got it," and from there it has spread to wherever Franciscan hearts celebrate Christmas.

Here on the "media" side of the street, our thoughts are already turning to 2011, as we wrap up our Advent and Christmas programs (see below) and prepare for the new year ahead. We've launched our new "Franciscan Media" Web site (http://www.franciscanmedia.org/) and are working to fill it with audio and video offerings each day.

There, you'll find links to all we do—not just our "flagship program," American Catholic Radio. In the months ahead, we'll be working to transform this newsletter as well, to help it better reflect our wide range of offerings, and the "look" of the new Web site. Please let us know how you like it, and what we can do to make it better.

We have many surprises planned for 2011: new video projects, a new line of audiobooks, new ways to deliver our video resources to our audience, and of course, the best in Catholic radio, through ACR, Sharing the Word and the rest of our audio resources.

A merry and blessed Christmas in the spirit of St. Francis! And a new year devoted to the encounter with Jesus Christ, through the new media!


Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#10-51 , #10-52)
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 award-winning author, photographer and filmmaker Gerry Straub. His visits to Haiti before and after the devastating earthquake in January are documented in his new book, Hidden in the Rubble: A Haitian Pilgirmage to Compassion and Resurrection.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M., answers questions: What does Jesus mean when he says "Whoever loves his life will lose it"? What is the abomination spoken of in Matthew 24? Does God's promise to Noah mean that the earth will never be destroyed again? How can we know what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane while the apostles slept?

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 part of the U.S. Bishops' marriage initiative, on the Web at www.portumatrimonio.org. Their topic today is "Love is self-sacrifice."

Exploring Our Faith
Our guest is Jeanne Hunt, director of product development for the institutional market at St. Anthony Messenger Press since 2007. In addition to her work at the Press, she also gives parish missions, retreats and workshops across the country on various topics. Jeanne is a mother and grandmother who celebrates faith in the domestic church. Previously, she served in religious education and faith formation for four parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati over 25 years. She is the author of Celebrating Saints and Seasons: Hundreds of Activities for Catholic Children and Handing on the Faith: When You Are a Single Parent, both published by St. Anthony Messenger Press. Jeanne and Producer John Feister talk about helping children to celebrate Advent and Christmas.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick interviews Mike Whelan who is a creche or nativity scene enthusiast. Mike is the President of "Friends of the Creche" an organization that promotes the tradition of the creche all over the world.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M., answers questions: What does the name Emmanuel mean in the book of Isaiah? How should parents help their children understand Santa Claus?

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 part of the U.S. Bishops' marriage initiative, on the Web at www.portumatrimonio.org. Their topic today is "Conjugal Prayer."

Exploring Our Faith
Our guest is Kathleen M. Carroll, managing editor of St. Anthony Messenger Press Books since 2009, and a book editor since 1997. She is the author of Keeping the Faith in Ohio: Words of Hope and Comfort from Our Spiritual Leaders, published by Emmis. St. Anthony Messenger Press has just published her book, A Franciscan Christmas. Producer John Feister talks with her about how St. Francis contributed to our celebration of Christmas.
 
 
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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