Mar. 28, 2012
Upcoming Programs
This Easter Season: The Creed

Each Sunday, we recite the Creed at Mass. The new English translation, introduced last year, caused many Catholics to take a second look at the Creed, as familiar words were replaced by more complex phrases such as "consubstantial with the Father," and "incarnate by the Holy Spirit."

The words of the Nicene Creed, which express our Catholic faith, come to us from Christians who lived in the distant past. That Creed was born in fierce debates about what we should believe. I like to think of it as a kind of "handshake" across the centuries! The ancient words invite us to say "Amen" to the faith forged by early believers, many of whom gave their lives for these words.

Here on ACR during this 2012 Easter season, we'll take a closer look at the words of the Creed. We've invited a special season-long guest to "Exploring Our Faith" with John Feister to help us. Our guest is award-winning author and speaker, Mark P. Shea. His one-minute presentations, "Words of Encouragement," on various Catholic faith issues, are heard on Catholic radio stations nationally. Mr. Shea is the author of numerous books on Catholic apologetics, most recently The Work of Mercy: Being the Hands and Heart of Christ, published in2011 by Franciscan Media. In our Easter series, he will discuss various elements of the Creed.

In addition, I will be sharing a weekly reflection on the Creed in my closing comments to each program. It's our hope that our special Easter series on our profession of faith will deepen our knowledge of what we believe, so that we may live what we believe.

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#12-15 , #12-16)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick talks with John Janaro, author of the book, Never Give Up: My Life and God's Mercy. During this season of Lent, John reminds us that we all go through some type of suffering in our lives. This suffering can make us stronger in our love for Jesus or it can paralyze us. John tells us how he found God's grace in his psycial and edmotional suffering.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Hilarion Kistner answers four scriptural questions: Were months and years counted the same way in Jesus' time as they are today? What does it mean that the Book of Daniel is called 'apocalyptic'? What is the biblical basis for tithing? What does Jesus mean by the phrase 'the new and everlasting covenant'?

On Faith & Media
Direct from Hollywood, ACR presents Sister Rose Pacatte from the Daughters of St. Paul. Her mission is to help people of faith understand what we're seeing and hearing all around us. She's an educator, author, movie reviewer for the Catholic press, and she's won numerous awards for her passion to illuminate what's good in today's popular culture. Sister Rose will talk about living Holy Week in the noisy world of media.

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister speaks with Norbertine Father Alfred McBride, a retreat director, frequent radio and TV guest, and prolific author. Last year he was honored by the National Conference of Catechetical Leaders for his lifelong achievement in the field of faith-formation. Over his career, Father Al has been a pastor, taught on the seminary, high school and college levels, and has served as president of the University of Albuquerque. He has a doctorate in Religious Education from Catholic University of America, and has written over 40 books and more than 100 articles on faith formation topics. His most recent publication is The Challenge of the Cross: Praying the Stations, available in print and audiobook formats from Franciscan Media. We're happy to have him with us today to talk with John about connecting our sufferings to Christ's passion and death through the Stations of the Cross.

Minute Meditations
Barbara Beckwith reads from Rediscover Lent, by Matthew Kelly, published by Franciscan Media.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick speaks with Father Greg Friedman about her new book, Moved by Faith: Stories from American Catholic Radio. Judy has compiled several "Living Faith" interviews and written them up in story form in this book so that more people might come to hear about the inspirational people she interviews on this radio program.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Greg Friedman answers two pastoral questions: What are the requirements to receive a plenary indulgence? How are patron saints designated for a cause?

On Faith & Media
Direct from Hollywood, ACR presents Sister Rose Pacatte from the Daughters of St. Paul. Her mission is to help people of faith understand what we're seeing and hearing all around us. She's an educator, author, movie reviewer for the Catholic press, and she's won numerous awards for her passion to illuminate what's good in today's popular culture. Sister Rose will talk about media that matter, that make a difference and demonstrate grace in action.

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister interviews Mark P. Shea, whose one-minute presentations, "Words of Encouragement," on various Catholic faith issues, are heard on Catholic radio stations nationally. Mr. Shea is the author of numerous books on Catholic apologetics, most recently The Work of Mercy: Being the Hands and Heart of Christ, published in print and audio formats by Franciscan Media. In our Easter series, he discusses various elements of the Creed.

Minute Meditations
Norbertine Father Alfred McBride reads from his book The Challenge of the Cross: Praying the Stations, published in print and audiobook formats by Franciscan Media
 
 
Franciscan Radio
Link to audio features Saint of the Day, Sunday Soundbites, Sharing the Word and American Catholic Radio.
American Catholic Radio
A weekly half-hour catechetical program, in the popular style of the Franciscans.
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