Archive for August, 2010

The St. Monica Ministry – August 24, 2010

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Francesca Franchina,  MS Ed. speaks with Dr. Jim Buchner, D. Min., Faith Formation Director of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Maryland regarding his book and acclaimed presentation  The St. Monica Ministry  which evolved from the highly successful Come Home Program for returning  folks who have been “on leave” from the Catholic Church. Dr. Buchner  created  this book and highly successful  program  to help caring Catholics  who have family members and friends in this situation. He will present The St. Monica Ministry   program at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 1411  North Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, OH on Sunday August 29, 2010 from 2:00- 4:30 PM. For more information see St. Luke the Evangelist website.  THROUGH THE TUMMY TO THE HEART, ITALIAN SOUL FOOD SPRINKLED WITH EVANGELIZATION FEATURES FRANCESCA’S FAVORITE ITALIAN RECIPES  FROM HER FAMILY KITCHEN. Today Francesca shares her favorite recipe for Chicken Cacciatore alla Termini Imerese, Sicilia and a simply delicious Ricotta Pie.

The 100th Annual Sicily Fisherman’s Feast – August 17, 2010

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Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. speaks with Phil Privitera and Ray Geany of Boston, MA about the 100th Annual  Madonna Del Soccorso de Sciacca, Sicily Fisherman’s Feast sponsored by The Sciacca  Fishermen’s Society held  in North Boston (Little Italy) on August 15th./ Discussing the tradition, custom and faith of the people hailing from Sciacca, Sicily revolving around a Marian Apparition  to  Nicolo Bruno an Augustinian Monk who was suffering from a severe fever and broken neck in 1300. The Blessed Mother appeared to him announcing she was there to help the people of Sciacca and for him to get up and deliver the message. He was instantly healed of his fever and broken neck and spent the rest of his days telling of this great message which they continue to this day with a four  day  Italian Festa, Outdoor Celebration of Holy  Mass, Procession through the streets of Boston’s North End and street after street of delicious Italian foods enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year. .


Growing up Catholic and the Church Today – August 3, 2010

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Francesca Franchina focuses on introducing the Catholic Faith to those interested in learning more, RCIA, witnessing and what you can share from your own experience about Catholicism, growing up Catholic and the Church today.

Francesca stirs up good things in the kitchen sharing faith, inviting others to partake in the goodness of the Lord and sharing recipes for living  life’s lessons as given to us in the Word of God and promulgated by Good Pope John Paul II in The New Evangelization.

         “Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord ” in Francesca’s kitchen as she shares everyday  down to earth conversation, easy ways to evangelization and her family’s Italian cooking recipes from Termini Imerese, Sicilia.