Jun. 9, 2010
Upcoming Programs
Sacramental Life: Fatherhood and Marriage

On an upcoming ACR program, author Roy Petifils talks about his latest book, What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About the First Five Years of Marriage (St. Anthony Messenger Press). I recently brought a copy of the book to a wedding I was witnessing. I presented it to the bride's mother during the homily—for safekeeping, until after the newlyweds return from their honeymoon!

My hope is that this newly married couple will get a head start on their life together. Along with the book, I spoke of "sacrament" as the thing I wished I'd been taught—34 years ago—about marriage preparation. Out of all the things I can tell a new couple, I believe that understanding "sacrament" is the most important.

Older Catholics knew what a sacrament was by memorized definition: "An outward sign, instituted by Christ to give grace." I suspect most of the young couples I prepare do not know that definition. But the couple whose wedding I witnessed did tell me this in their personal assessment: "A sacrament to me is an invisible entity that God is present and active in that experience" and a sacrament gives "evidence that 'God is around us.'" They went on to state that they hoped to "Allow God in our relationship, when we pray/attend Mass [so] we can grow as a couple."

Not formal theological language, but good enough for this pastor! It's my hope that in the premarital preparation with couples, I can communicate "sacrament" well enough to at least express our deep Catholic belief that God is indeed present in our world through the "visible signs" we celebrate in the Church; that in the everyday relationships of married life—and of fatherhood, which we celebrate this month—they will know the truth of the sacrament that married couples are.

It's our hope here at Franciscan Media Production that our ACR programs this month are an extension of that great sacrament!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#10-25 , #10-26)
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 Brian Rooney, who was a Captain in the Marine Corps, and a veteran of the Iraq conflict. He is an attorney who is running for a seat in Congress. He is a husband but most importantly he is a father to his three children. As we celebrate Father's Day we take a look at one man's example of how to live out your life while being a man of faith.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Dan Kroger answers questions: Why is Mary pictured with a snake at her feet? What is the origin of the rosary? Should the rosary group pray silently when at church, or may they pray out loud?

Marriage Moment
The Catholic Church in the United States is making marriage a priority, with a 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,”introducing Commentator Susan Hines-Brigger, Assistant Managing Editor of St. Anthony Messenger magazine. Susan has a BA in Communication Arts from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has written the “Faith-Filled Family” column for the magazine for 16 years. She and her husband Mark have been married almost 15 years, and have three children and are expecting their fourth in August. Susan’s topic today is called, "You Put the Peanut Butter Where?"

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest, marking Father's Day on “Exploring our Faith,” is Dr. Raymond Guarendi. He is a clinical psychologist and the father of 10 children. He has been a regular guest on national radio and TV, including Oprah, and he offers parent practical help through his advice column in the National Catholic Register, and his radio programs. He’s also the author of several books on family life, and you can find his audiobook, Good Discipline, Great Teens, at www.AmericanCatholic.org.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Producer Judy Zarick interviews author Roy Petitfils. Hisworks with couples every day which led him to write his third book ,What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About the First Five Years of Marriage, from St. Anthony Messenger Press. Roy will be speaking at the Marriage and Family Life Ministries Conference, taking place this month in Cincinnati.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Donald Miller, OFM, answers questions: Does the Church approve of police officers family members owning or carrying handguns? May a person suffering from a mental illness receive the Eucharist? How can we resist the temptation to gossip?

Marriage Moment
Susan Hines-Brigger, Assistant Managing Editor of St. Anthony Messenger offers her commentary, "Moving from Me to We: A Lifelong Journey"

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Sheila Garcia. Since 1989, she’s served in the U.S. Bishop’s Office on Marriage and Family Life. Ms. Garcia holds a Masters in Theology. John talks with her about the bishops' Pastoral Initiative on Marriage, and their pastoral letter on marriage, issued last November.
 
 
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