Sep. 14, 2011
Upcoming Programs
Preparing for the Changes in the Mass

The First Sunday of Advent, November 27, marks the first time the complete new English translation of the prayers of the Mass will be used officially. I suspect that by now, many Catholics have been alerted to this change.

The venerable Roman Missal, the book we priests in recent years have known as the Sacramentary, with all the prayers for Mass, has been revised twice since the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, most recently by Pope John Paul II in the past decade. The English translation of the Roman Missal, Third Edition, was completed last year and includes changes revised prayers for both the presider and the assembly.

Most Catholic parishes have been preparing their members to understand the reasons for these changes and introduce the new responses and prayers. American Catholic Radio will be helping you as well. We've planned six programs devoted to the new Mass translation. These two weeks will feature the first and second in the series; the others will follow in October.

Producer John Feister will talk with liturgical experts on each week's "Exploring Our Faith" segment. They'll go to the basic meaning of all liturgy, which is how we as Catholics pray together. That's a good place to begin our look at the upcoming changes in the Mass. Our liturgists will also explore the "why" behind the changes and how parishes will implement them.

Producer Judy Zarick will be taking a different approach to the new Mass translation. She'll be asking Catholics about how important the Eucharist is in their daily lives.

If you can't get enough about the new translation of the Roman Missal, check out my DVD series, The Catholic Update Guide to Changes in the Mass. Describing it as a "pastor's take" on the new translation, I try to approach this liturgical change from the practical point of view of people in the pew.

Don't have time for the video? You'll be hearing some of the material from the DVD program in the closing segments of our ACR programs on the subject.

Help your listeners learn about this important change in the Mass with American Catholic Radio.

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#11-39 , #11-40)
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 military chaplain Father Paul Hurley, who describes how our servicemen and women experience the Mass in a new way outside their parish routine.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Hilarion Kistner responds to three scriptural questions: 1) Where in the Bible is the Trinity explained?; 2) Who were the Essenes? and 3) Why did John the Baptist object to being compared to Elijah?

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 talks this week about "faith on television," spotlighting two popular programs, Lost and Desperate Housewives.

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Franciscan Father Tom Richstatter. Ordained a priest in 1966, Father Tom has devoted most of his life to the study and teaching of liturgy and sacramental theology, now as professor in these areas at St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana. He is a frequent guest here on ACR and has written over one hundred books and articles, mostly recently "Simple Facts, Deep Truths: The Liturgical Year" (December 2010 Catholic Update). In preparation for the introduction of the new English translation of the Mass prayers from the Roman Missal Third Edition, Father Tom spoke with John about how Catholics pray.

Minute Meditations
Barbara Beckwith reads from The Bible's Best Love Stories, by Allan F. Wright and published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick interviews Todd-Lee Kotanen from Howard, Wisconsin. What Todd-Lee first considered just another music gig sparked much more and led him to the Catholic Church.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Greg Friedman answers two pastoral questions: 1) Can a Catholic child receive first communion even though her parents were not married in the Church? and 2) How can parents find an appropriate godparent for their child's baptism?

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 talks this week about about young people and their spiritual experiences.

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Father Jan Michael Joncas, who composed the popular contemporary hymn "On Eagle's Wings" when he was a seminarian, not suspecting how often U.S. Catholics would sing it. Father Joncas is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and teaches Catholic studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. The author of three books and over 180 articles on liturgy, he has composed and arranged over 300 pieces of liturgical music. In preparation for the introduction of the new English translation of the Mass prayers from the Roman Missal Third Edition, Father Joncas spoke with John about why the Mass is a formal, structured prayer, also known as a "rite."

Minute Meditations
Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg reads from The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux, published in audiobook form by St. Anthony Messenger Press.
 
 
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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