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Christmas/New Year Programs on CD

Fr. Robert’s specials for Christmas and New Year’s days are available together on a single CD. They are available for $5 per disc and you can get yours below or by calling the Radio Maria offices at 1-888-408-0201.

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December 31, 2014 – The Nativity, Peace & the Glory of God

God came as a child, inviting us to draw close to him. St. Francis, whose joy over the Nativity of Our Lord, brought us the idea of re-creating that beautiful birth-scene in our homes and churches. Witnesses to Christ’s birth include: Mary & Joseph, Shepherds, Kings, angels and animals. But which witness might we be in this celebration? Also, what is the connection between the angel’s promise of peace and our world today? The Sacred Scriptures will be the basis for our reflection.

Radio Maria Christmas Mass Schedule

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We invite you to join us in celebrating the birth of our Lord. We will be bringing you broadcasts of the Holy Mass on Christmas eve and Christmas day.

On Christmas Eve we will broadcast live the daily Mass of Advent from the Radio Maria studios at our normal Mass time (8am central/9am eastern). We will then broadcast the Christmas Vigil Mass from St. Francis Xavier Cathedral at 4pm central/5pm eastern.

Our Christmas Day celebrations will begin at midnight central/1am eastern with the broadcast of the Midnight Mass from St Peter’s Basilica in Rome celebrated by Pope Francis. We will then bring you Christmas Day Mass from St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Alexandria, LA at 9am central/10am eastern.

December 16, 2014

Father Loya addresses Christ’s genealogy, the 3 youths in the furnace and the death of the innocents in the Biblical past and sadly now. Father Loya notes that the Bible is not just a history lesson, it is about us and it is happening now. Special guest, Juliana Taimoorazy of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council talks about the middle eastern Christians being present day witnesses and martyrs for the faith and what her organization does to help those Christians and how you can help. Juliana also discusses what is being done and what is not being done to secure a safe haven for Assyrian Christians (evangelized by St. Thomas). To find out more about the Iraqi Christian Relief Council visit www.Iraqichristianrelief.org Also, to know more about our brothers and sisters in Christ visit www.picturechristians.org and www.restoreninevehnow.org

December 15, 2014 – Healing Through the Gift of Jesus in the Incarnation

Host Kathleen Beckman speaks about God’s intentional healing of humanity through the Gift of Jesus in the Incarnation. She leads a rosary of intercessory prayer for all listeners and includes prayers for healing of families, spouses and children. In the rosary she prays for people who may be feeling spiritual vexation or oppression asking the Eternal Father to set free them free as preparation for the imminent coming of the Christ Child at Christmas. She gives a teaching on how the storms in our lives can bring us closer to God if we persevere in faith, hope and love.

December 09, 2014

Father Loya invites as to pull back the veil and see God as He manifests Himself in the Incarnation, where the invisible God is made visible through the physical. This is the world of Catholicity.

Father Loya talks about the loss of family members this past year and reflects that through faith it allowed God to permeate his existence and that God can hold the departed in Eternal Memory with perfect love. We further discuss the pillars of Advent or as called in the Eastern Catholic Churches, Phillip’s Fast as we are called to prayer, fasting and charity as this time is not only a time for joy but for penance as well. We should live Christmas as it was meant to be lived!

New Hour From New York

Father NortonRadio Maria is happy to announce a new hour of programming from our New York studios: The new hour will complete our weeknight schedule of programs with a new program on Fridays, at the customary time– 9 PM EDT (8 PM CDT) The first half hour will continue to offer the Holy Rosary as on the other weeknights. The second half hour will be a special program for the Advent-Christmas Season, entitled “God is With Us.” Your host will be Fr. Stephen Norton, Pastor of St. Benedict’s Parish in the Bronx, N.Y. Fr. Norton will be sharing reflections on the central figures in the Advent-Christmas story, beginning with St. Joseph on Friday, December 5th. We are delighted to welcome Fr. Norton to our Radio Maria Family and to offer an additional hour of LIVE Catholic programming from New York. Please join Fr. Norton at 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central every Friday through the Advent-Christmas Season.

Radio Maria in Alexandria Welcomes Some Special Visitors

“Despite the dark and rainy weather outside, Mr. Emanuele Ferrario, Father Francisco Palacios came knocking on our studio door with big smiles and warm greetings,” said Father Robert, national priest director in charge of programming. “We were delighted that they were able to come all the way from Italy to visit us.”

Frank Hare, technical director for RM US met with the group to discuss the urgent need for repairing and replacing essential broadcasting equipment in several areas. They also discussed programming.

“Like an early Christmas present, we had a most wonderful visit with Mr. Ferrario and Father Francisco, and then a delicious gumbo lunch prepared by volunteers Paul and Sandra Miletello,” said Father Robert.

“We hated to see them go, but the warmth and encouraging spirit of their visit remains with us here in the Alexandria studio.”

Fr. Francisco, Mr. Ferrario and Fr. Young

Frank Hare, Paul & Sandra Miletello, Mr. Emanuele Ferrario, Fr. Robert Young and James Mora

October 23, 2014 – Mike Aquilina Interview

Catholics love to celebrate the feasts, but often these celebrations become routine.

In their latest collaboration, The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics (Image, Sept. 16, 2014), Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina remind us of the reasons for the seasons and celebrations of the Church and show us how to find true joy in the feasts of Christ.

The authors examine the history and traditions behind both favorite and forgotten holidays, from Christmas to Valentine’s Day to the Feast of the Sacred Heart. They demonstrate how through the feasts, ordinary Christians learn the life of Christ, share it, and come to imitate it.

October 23, 2014 – Mike Aquilina and Karen Kelly Boyce

Ken talks with Mike Aquilina, coauthor with Cardinal Wuerl, “The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics” (Image) and and Karen Kelly Boyce author of “Sisters of the Last Straw” series. Mike Aquilina and Cardinal Wuerl examine the history and traditions behind both favorite and forgotten holidays, from Christmas to Easter, from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity to the Feast of the Holy Angels. Catholic faith is festive, and the Catholic faithful count their days by celebrating the mysteries of Jesus’ life. There is a message to be found in the passing of days, weeks, and seasons. Through the feasts, ordinary Christians learn the life of Christ, share it, and come to imitate it. Mike’s book can be purchased at: www.imagecatholicbooks.com To learn more about Mike visit www.mikeaquilina.com/

Karen Boyce’s “Sisters of the Last Straw” (Chesterton Press) series is for children ages 6-11 years old. There are currently three books in the series about a group of misfit nuns who all have “bad habits”. They are trying to overcome their faults while learning to tolerate each other and spread the love of Jesus. In a comical way, this book teaches simple Gospel lessons with fun and mystery! Karen’s books are available at: www.catholicword.com Visit Karen’s website: www.karenkellyboyce.com

December 16, 2013 – Incarnation and Carmelite

In our busy preparations for Christmas, even our spiritual preparations, we can sometimes forget the most significant theological aspect of Christ’s birth, the Incarnation of God into our human lives. During this conversation Frances and Mark discuss some interesting historical facts regarding the use of the term ‘Incarnation’ in the history of the Carmelite Order. They then go on to speak about an interesting phrase in a Prayer by Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, which she wrote to the Trinity. In that well know prayer she asks: “Consuming Fire! Spirit of Love! Descend within me and reproduce in me, as it were, another incarnation of the Word that I may be to Him another humanity wherein He may renew His mystery.” This is a prayer very rich in meaning, especially as each of us is called to become another Christ and to Incarnate His life into our own. In this pre-Christmas conversation, Mark and Frances discuss how we can work to prepare ourselves to receive this ‘Incarnation’ in our own souls.

December 28, 2012 – Christmas Season 2012

Joe talked about the real Catholic Christmas Season, one of celebration and joy but also one with a particular focus on our mission to become saints. He also read an excerpt entitled “Discourse for Christmas Night – The Birth of Jesus Christ. Part V “ from St. Alphonsus Liguori.

December 6, 2012 – Lisa Hendey

Ken talks with his guest Lisa Hendey, author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms – Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body, and Soul and O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath. Lisa is the founder and editor of www.catholicmom.com a website focusing on the Catholic faith, Catholic parenting, and Catholic cultural topics. In the “handbook” you will find advice and resources for the Catholic mom. In her new book for Advent you will find prayers that a family can use to establish a family tradition of praying during Advent. For more information visit Lisa’s website is www.lisahendey.com She blogs at www.patheos.com/blogs/lisahendey Her books can be purchased at www.avemariapress.com.

November 19, 2012 – Mother Maureen & Sr. Edith Scholl

“Christmas in the Cloister, Gregorian Chant and Christmas Carols” is the new CD of Mount St. Mary’s Abbey Nuns who will be talking about the life of the Cistercian nuns of the past and present.

September 29, 2012 – Puritans and Stuarts

Highlight the religious conflict in England leading to the English Civil War; describe the Puritan Experiment in government, including its attack on Christmas. Describe the great religious crisis of the Popish Plot during the reign of the restored Stuart monarch, Charles II–recount the injustice of the trials of the last great wave of Catholic martyrs from 1679 to 1681. Continue the story of Maryland, describing Calvert’s heirs and their efforts to inculcate religious tolerance and freedom of religion in their colony–the changing fortunes of Catholics in the Maryland colony during the the Civil War and Restoration.

December 29, 2011 – Christmas Legends

Vincenzina Krymow talks about Christmas Legends in this episode of Living with Mary Today.

December 23, 2011 – Mary and the Significance of Christmas

Father John Fletcher, CC discusses Mary and the Significance of Christmas.

December 22, 2011 – Christmas in Film

In this program, Michael Duricy discusses Christmas in film.

Pam Long – November 30, 2011

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Pam Long, Regional Director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Social Action Office, Dayton, OH about her ADVENTURESOME trip to Africa this past summer, visiting  artisans who  design and make the unique handmade, holiday gifts of jewelry, clothing, home décor items, toys, ornaments  and   farmers who raise the coffee, chocolate  from more than twenty five developing countries for The Fair Trade Sale held at Bergamo/Mount St. John; 4400 Shakertown Rd.; Beavercreek, OH, 45430 on  Saturday, December 3, 2011 from   9:00 AM ­ 4:00 PM.   Local area residents from these developing countries  provide entertainment throughout the day. All products are sourced from a nonprofit, 100% fair trade organization to ensure the artisans and farmers are treated with dignity and respect. Do your Christmas shopping and  help support the Fair Trade artisans and farmers!   Encore airing Monday December 5, 2011  at  2:30 AM and 8:30 PM and pod cast on Radio Maria. 

December 14, 2010 – Caregiving During the Holidays

Host Warren Hebert, RN, shares a variety of tips for family caregivers during the holiday season. Whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter or another big holiday, the stress on a family caregiver often prevents one from enjoying the family. These tips offer practical solutions that will relieve the stress for you and the person receiving care.

Songs for Christmas – Program 015

To celebrate the Christmas season, Lynn has selected various Christmas songs ranging from traditional to more modern hymns.

View the full transcript here.

December 25, 2009 – The Theological Meaning of Christmas

In this program, Fr. Johann Roten,  S.M. helps the listeners to understand the theological meaning of Christmas.

December 24, 2009 – Christmas Traditions and Their Meanings

In this program, Fr. Johann Roten tells us about the meanings found in Christmas traditions.

December 18, 2009 – Mary in Artistic Representations of Christmas

Fr. Johann Roten, S.M. explores Mary in Art and the Artistic Representations of Christmas.