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Following the Apostles’ Footsteps; living in community – 4/22/17


How can we imitate the apostles’ mission to live in community? In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists the top five ways we can live “in community”, even if we live alone.

Annette Walker, CEO for St. Joseph Health, and Christopher Furman, President and CEO of Ventura Foods, a leading global manufacturer of food products, both honorees at this year’s Conference on Business and Ethics in the diocese of Orange, discuss the importance of giving back to the community.


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Holy Holy Holy Saturday! 4/15/17

RessurectionI’ts almost Easter Sunday! In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists the meaning behind her top five symbols of the Easter season.
Norbertine priest Fr. Norbert Wood, O. Praem discusses his order’s new internet series on the saints among us. Titled, “City of Saints”, the series is produced by the Norbertine priests of St. Michael’s Abbey in Southern California and features 7 true inspirational short stories which will be introduced each week during the season of Easter.
Director Charles Kinnane, founder of Kinnane Films, joins the conversation to share what his artistic vision was for “City of Saints” which he directed. He’ll also talk about his highly acclaimed pro-life short film, “Just Keep Swimming” .

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The Drama of Holy Week – 4/8/17

vianney_drama1 Holy Week presents the most “theatrical” scripture readings in our Church calendar.

Actor and director Leonardo Defilippis, founder of St. Luke Productions, talks about his current touring one-man show where he portrays St.John Vianney.

Peggy and Leonardo continue their discussion, exploring the origin of St. Luke Productions, a Catholic theater ministry dedicated to evangelizing and renewing the culture through professional live and media productions. They share “casting notes” for the historical characters we are going to encounter in the dramatic scripture readings for the coming Holy Week liturgies.

In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a gathering of parishioners attending a Stations of the Cross service and asks them, “which station of the cross spoke to you tonight?” In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy discusses the top five ways to engage all five senses in the coming week’s dramatic liturgies.

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The Season of Miracles – 4/1/17


Lenten scripture readings recount the miracles Jesus performed during his public ministry. Miracles continue to be a window into the supernatural power of God. In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists the top five categories of miracles the Church deems worthy of belief.
Sometimes we can be a channel for God’s power to perform small miracles for others. Tristen Seagondollar, Faith Relations Manager for Habitat for Humanity Orange County, joins Fr. Tim Ramaekers, pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in the diocese of Orange, to discuss their innovative collaboration with 15 Catholic parishes in Orange County to sponsor a home to be built for a family in need.
Listeners are invited to call in with their comments or questions for Tristen and Fr. Tim regarding the Catholic-driven home building project Habitat for Humanity is coordinating in Orange County.
In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a choir practice at a local Catholic parish and asks the faithful, “have you experienced a miracle in your life?”


Faith in Art – rediscovering the ancient craft of iconography – 3/25/17

Valerie Sinkus The Easter story has served as inspiration to Christian iconography for thousands of years.
Christian iconographer Valerie Sinkus discusses the sacred process of writing an icon. Valerie, a Camaldolese Oblate who practices and teaches this ancient craft, will explore the history of icons and their unique niche in Church art.
Peggy and Valerie continue their discussion of the history and practice of Christian iconography and accept calls from listeners who have questions or comments on the subject.
In the Call Me Catholic Countdown, Peggy lists her top five most profound images from the Passion of Christ.
In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a third grade classroom at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and asks the students, “if you could paint a picture of heaven, what would it look like?”

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Spring Training…not just for baseball players! – 3/18/17

Fr. Alan Benander
With baseball’s spring training season upon us, the Call Me Catholic Countdown lists the top five reasons Catholics love this sport!

Fr. Alan Benander, O Praem, baseball coach at St. Michael’s Abbey Prep School, discusses the disciplines of Lent and what they have in common with the rigors of baseball’s spring training.

Fr. Alan Benander takes calls from listeners who share his passion for baseball.

In Chatting with Catholics, Peggy takes her microphone to a local Catholic high school’s baseball practice and asks the young players how and if faith influences their team play.

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The Legacy of St. Patrick – 3/11/17

With March 17 just around the corner, Call Me Catholic celebrates the legacy of Ireland’s great St. Patrick a wee bit early. Sons-of-Saint-Patrick

George Marlin, co-author of the just released “Sons of St. Patrick” discusses the compelling history of the ten archbishops of New York, all Irish by birth or heritage, and how their influence helped shape New York into one of the greatest cities in the world.

George Marlin talks about the diversity and talents of the ten Irish archbishops of New York, from R. Luke Concanen to Timothy Michael Dolan, and how each played an indispensable role in the history of Catholicism in the United States.

The Call Me Catholic Countdown lists the top five ways we can honor St. Patrick on his feastday.