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Catholic Connection

Catholic Connection – May 1, 2015 – Hour 1

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Intro and News

  • Description: Elizabeth Ficocelli fills in for Teresa Tomeo.
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    • Elizabeth Ficocelli

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The Latest from the Frontlines of the Pro-Life Movement

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    • Fr. Frank Pavone
      National Director, Priests for Life

      Fr. Frank Pavone is one of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the world. Originally from New York, he was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O’Connor. He is a priest of the Amarillo Diocese and serves full-time in pro-life leadership with his bishop’s permission. In 1993 he became National Director of Priests for Life. He is also the President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion.

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True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life

  • Description: "The promise of True Radiance is simple: Prayerful, faith-filled women become more beautiful as they age, not less. As a woman matures spiritually, as she grows in wisdom and holiness, she increasingly reflects a radiant inner beauty that touches others in countless ways. If you’ve ever felt negative about the onset of middle age with its array of physical and psychological challenges, this book can help you redefine your perception of aging. Along the way, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the possibilities for relevance, value, and contribution waiting to be discovered. Positive, personal, and practical advice from fellow traveler Lisa Mladinich will inspire and motivate you to thrive in the second half of life."
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    • Lisa Mladinich

      Lisa Mladinich is a Catholic wife and mother, catechist and workshop leader, and the author of the popular booklets, "Be An Amazing Catechist: Inspire the Faith of Children," and "Be an Amazing Catechist: Sacramental Preparation" available from Our Sunday Visitor. She is the founder of Catholic Writers of Long Island, www.BeAnAmazingCatechist.com and www.AmazingCatechists.com, a website devoted to providing encouragement and community to all who teach the Catholic Faith, with resources in English and Spanish; and the host of "Amazing Minutes"; short, powerful podcast lessons on teaching the Catholic faith to children featured at www.amazingcatechists.blogspot.com and www.osv.com.

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True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life

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Catholic Connection – May 1, 2015 – Hour 2

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Intro and News

  • Description: Elizabeth Ficocelli fills in for Teresa Tomeo.
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Working with Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

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    • Susan Conroy

      Susan has made numerous personal and television appearances for local as well as worldwide audiences. On EWTN's global television network, she hosted a 13-part mini-series of shows called "Speaking of Saints" as well as a brand new mini-series called "Coming to Christ" which started airing on EWTN in June 2014. Susan published a new book from Our Sunday Visitor which served as a "companion" to the mini-series, sharing the title: "Coming to Christ: Resting in His Love."

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Working with Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

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Prayer Works! Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality

  • Description: "Prayer is how we talk with God. The Bible says we should do it constantly. Jesus said it's the one thing we need to do. Your soul was made to be in conversation with God. Nobody knows you better. Nobody cares more about you. The good news is that prayer isn't something exotic or esoteric - not when Matthew Leonard talks about it. He makes the methods manageable. So if you've never read a book on prayer, you've got the right one. And if you've read lots of books on prayer, you've still got the right one. It's got laugh-out-loud humor, great storytelling, and rock-solid instruction. Prayer Works is fun and fast-paced. It will put you on your knees - after you're finished slapping them."
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    • Matthew Leonard
      Executive Director, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

      A convert to Catholicism and former missionary to Latin America, Matthew holds a Masters in Theology from Franciscan University and is a frequent guest on radio stations across the country including CBS, SiriusXM, and Immaculate Heart Radio. He television appearances include EWTN and Shalom Media. Matthew's articles have been published in newspapers and magazines such as Our Sunday Visitor, Shalom Tidings, and the Magnificat.

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Prayer Works! Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality

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Catholic Connection – April 30, 2015 – Hour 1

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Intro and News

  • Description: Elena Rodriguez fills in for the travelling Teresa Tomeo.
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    • Elena Rodriguez

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Crisis Pregnancy Center Fundraiser

  • Description: Mother & Unborn Baby Care have a Spring Fund raiser on May 28th, 2015 @ San Marino Club, in Troy, MI. Peter Riccardo is here to tell us all about it.
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    • Peter Riccardo
      Director, Mother and Unborn Baby Care
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Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

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    • Steve Ray

      Steve is a convert to the Catholic faith and a popular author, speaker, and pilgrimage leader. He has been to the Holy Land over 100 times exploring, filming, and leading thousands of pilgrims. Steve is a regular guest on Catholic radio and TV including Catholic Answers, Ave Maria Radio, and EWTN. He writes Bible Studies for Catholic Scripture Study International.

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Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

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Catholic Connection – April 30, 2015 – Hour 2

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Intro and News

  • Description: Elena Rodriguez fills in for the travelling Teresa Tomeo.
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    • Elena Rodriguez

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From the Kippah to the Cross

  • Description: "Jean-Marie Élie Setbon, the son of non-observant French Jews, was first attracted to Jesus when he saw a crucifix at a young age. He hid a crucifix in his room and contemplated it often, even though he knew his family would be hurt and angry if they ever caught him. Seeing the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur from his apartment window, he was drawn to the church, where he found himself powerfully pulled toward Jesus in the Eucharist. After several years of surreptitiously attending Mass, he resolved to convert to Catholicism in spite of the scandal it would cause, but God had other plans."
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    • Roy Schoeman

      Roy Schoeman was born in a suburb of New York City of "Conservative" Jewish parents who had fled Nazi Germany. His Jewish education and formation was received under some of the most prominent Rabbis in contemporary American Jewry, including Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, probably the foremost Conservative Rabbi in the U.S. and his hometown Rabbi growing up; Rabbi Arthur Green, later the head of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College who was his religion teacher and mentor during high school and early college; and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, a prominent Hasidic Rabbi with whom he lived in Israel for several months. Midway through a career of teaching and consulting (he had been appointed to the faculty of the Harvard Business School) he experienced an unexpected and instantaneous conversion to Christianity which led to a dramatic refocus of his activities. Since then he has pursued theological studies at several seminaries, helped produce and host a Catholic Television talk show, and edited and written for several Catholic books and reviews.

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From the Kippah to the Cross

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"Cosmo Harms Minors" Campaign

  • Description: A majority (67%) of respondents said Cosmo was inappropriate for all ages while only 24% said it was appropriate. Interestingly, women (73%) are more likely than men (60%) to say Cosmo is inappropriate. Further, over half (55%) support Cosmo being covered or not displayed where children can see it, while 35% oppose.
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"Cosmo Harms Minors" Campaign

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Catholic Connection – April 29, 2015 – Hour 1

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Intro and News

  • Description: Elizabeth Ficocelli fills in for Teresa Tomeo.
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The Infertility Companion for Catholics: Spiritual and Practical Support for Couples

  • Description: "One in every six United States couples experiences infertility but Catholic couples face additional confusion, worry, and frustration as they explore the medical options available to them. Filling a major void in Catholic resources, The Infertility Companion for Catholics describes the Church's teaching on reproductive technologies and provides a rich spiritual perspective on the emotions and faith involved in embracing the cross of infertility. The authors both experienced periods of being unable to conceive and they walk in solidarity with readers, compassionately coaching them through the challenging landscape of infertility."
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    • Angelique Ruhi-Lopez

      Angelique Ruhi-Lopez has been married to her husband Richard since 2003. They experienced infertility for one year before deciding to adopt their first child, Emmanuel, from Vietnam. They also have three biological children, Sebastian, Madeleine, and Anabella. Ruhi-Lopez holds a master's degree in theology from Boston College. She served as an award-winning staff writer at La Voz Catolica, the Spanish-language newspaper of the Archdiocese of Miami. Ruhi-Lopez is a freelance writer for The Florida Catholic, and a blogger and web editor for the Archdiocese of Miami.

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      • Book(s):
        • The Infertility Companion for Catholics: Spiritual and Practical Support for Couples
          Buy this resource now. Click here to purchase.

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Courage International Conference - Plymouth, MI

  • Description: "Open to bishops, priests, religious, school superintendents, and diocesan personnel who minister to those with same-sex attraction. August 10-12, 2015 @ The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 5 Mile Road, Plymouth, MI 48170." Click the link below for all details. Speakers include Archbishop Vigneron, Dr. Ralph Martin, Fr. John Riccardo, Thomas Cardinal Collins, Dr. Mary Healy, Daniel Mattson, Dr. Mark Latkovic, Peter Herbeck, Msgr. Charles Pope, Dr. Janet Smith, Teresa Tomeo, and more!
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    • Fr. Paul Check
      National Director, Courage Apostolate

      Fr. Paul N. Check is a priest with the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut and was ordained in 1997. He holds an S.T.B. from the Gregorian University, Rome and an S.T.L. (Moral Theology) from the University of the Holy Cross, Rome. In 2008, Fr. Paul Check was elected to succeed Fr. John F. Harvey as the Executive Director of Courage International, which provides pastoral support to individuals with a same-sex attraction who wish to live according to the Church’s teachings on chastity.

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Courage International Conference - Plymouth, MI

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Catholic Connection – April 29, 2015 – Hour 2

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Intro and News

  • Description: Elizabeth Ficocelli fills in for Teresa Tomeo.
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    • Elizabeth Ficocelli

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The Supreme Court and “Same-Sex Marriage”

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New Movie: Little Boy

  • Description: Elizabeth tells us about a new movie, "Little Boy," produced by Leo Severino, Eduardo Verástegui, and Alejandro Gómez Monteverde.
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Latest News from the Vatican

  • Description: Joan Lewis is the author of the blog "Joan's Rome." She joins us each week to share the latest news out of the Vatican concerning the Holy Father and the Catholic Church.
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Latest News from the Vatican

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Catholic Connection – April 28, 2015 – Hour 1

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Intro and News

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Celebration of Life Dinner and Silent Auction to Benefit Right to Life - LIFESPAN

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The Cross and The Light 2015

  • Description: "The Cross and The Light" is coming back to Michigan from April 16-May 16th. Locations include St. Hugo of the Hills in Bloomfield, St. Patrick in White Lake, St. Isidore in Macomb, and others. She tells us all about this years production.
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    • Kelly Nieto
      The Cross and The Light

      Kelly is a former Miss Michigan, Miss America Runner-Up, and Miss America Talent Winner. She has performed as the opening act for Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, and Charlie Daniels. She is a former atheist who embraced the Catholic faith after exploring the occult and the New Age.

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The Cross and The Light 2015

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Catholic Connection – April 28, 2015 – Hour 2

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Intro and News

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Archbishop Cordileone's Battle in San Francisco

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Archbishop Cordileone's Battle in San Francisco

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From Fear to Faith: A Worrier's Guide to Discovering Peace

  • Description: "Even though the Bible tells us to “be not afraid” but it's next to impossible to follow that advice when faced with the big - and small - “what-ifs” of life. Chronic worrier Gary Zimak is no stranger to fear and anxiety, and in From Fear to Faith he shares his process for overcoming common and wearying fears and embracing the calm strength of faith through his 5-P method. As Gary says writes, by doing what we can and letting God take it from there, we can start feeling less anxious and more at more at peace today!"
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    • Gary Zimak
      Founder, Following the Truth

      Gary Zimak is a full-time Catholic lay evangelist and the founder of Following The Truth, a lay apostolate dedicated to teaching the truths of the Catholic Faith. He is also a speaker, podcast host, and author.

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From Fear to Faith: A Worrier's Guide to Discovering Peace

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Catholic Connection – April 27, 2015 – Hour 1

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Intro and News

  • Description: Christine Schicker fills in for Teresa Tomeo.
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    • Christine Schicker

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"What In The World Is Real?" Conference May 9

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Annual Protest of NAACP at Cobo Hall

  • Description: Coming up May 3rd. Pastor Yuille gives us all the details!
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    • Pastor Levon Yuille
      Pastor, Bible Church in Ypsilanti

      Dr. Yuille is the pastor of the Bible Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan, National Director of the National Black Pro-Life Congress and the host of Joshua’s Trail radio program on WDTK in Detroit.

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Annual Protest of NAACP at Cobo Hall

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Catholic Connection – April 27, 2015 – Hour 2

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Intro and News

  • Description: Christine Schicker fills in for Teresa Tomeo.
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    • Christine Schicker

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LCWR Agrees to Abide by Vatican’s Corrections

  • Description: The Leadership Conference of Women Religious has agreed to terms with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to help refocus its role to be “centered on Jesus Christ and faithful to the teachings of the Church.” The mainstream media has depicted this as a “victory” for the sisters against an overbearing and interfering Vatican institution. Was there really a ‘winner’ or ‘loser’ in these meetings? What do the results actually mean?
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LCWR Agrees to Abide by Vatican’s Corrections

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The Inside Word at EWTN

  • Description: Doug Keck is EWTN's President & Chief Operating Officer. He joins Christine to share with us the latest news regarding EWTN's TV & radio programming.
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Bible Verse of the Week

  • Description: Christine and Gail discuss Proverbs 25:24 -- "Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a nagging wife."
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    • Gail Buckley
      President & Founder, Catholic Scripture Study International
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