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Dr. Doug Schoeninger – March 27, 2012

Do You consider yourself a friend to yourself?  Can you  become your own friend?

Francesca Franchina speaks with Dr.  Doug  Schoeninger, Ph.D.;  Psychotherapist,  Past  President  of the International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT)  practicing in the Delaware Region (Philadelphia, PA)  about healing attitudes; how you  can become your own friend and  relate to yourself  in a way that promotes healing for self and receiving God’s healing love.The Dialogue focuses on  Healing Attitudes; Woundedness, Forgiveness, & Reconciliation.

T5H  Recipe from Francesca’s Sicilian Kitchen:  Easter Ricotta Pie and Easter Bread

The Mercy Messages – May 3, 2011

Francesca Franchina, MS ED discusses  The Mercy Messages as written by St. Faustina; The Mercy Novena , The importance of  Mercy Sunday; the writings as dictated by Jesus of Mercy to   St. M. Faustina Kowalska (Divine Mercy in My Soul) and  the  importance of heeding the teachings given to us through her  by Jesus of Mercy. Francesca reads from the Messages and comments on their effect on our lives; Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. This week, Francesca shares her family’s favorite recipe for Pasta with Creamy Ricotta . Send a SASE to Francesca at P O Box 3238, Dayton, OH 45401 for  recipes and  Easter Ricotta Rice Pie. “THROUGH THE TUMMY TO THE HEART” EVANGELIZATION FOR EVERY DAY;  Italian Soul Food Sprinkled with Evangelization.  On the Second Tuesday of each month Francesca highlights  a different Ethnic Group, its traditions, customs and foods. …..SHARING FAITH AND FOODS: Francesca Franchina stirs up good things in her 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 about sharing faith, easy ways to evangelization and her family’s favorite  Italian  recipes from Termini Imerese, Sicilia.

Metanoia – April 5, 2011

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. addresses METANOIA…Personal conversion and ultimate conversion of heart discussing where we find ourselves in the deepest recesses of our spiritual walk, amid trial, temptation and turmoil; how to get out of a rut, get into prayer/faith formation and set out into the deep without drowning. Francesca also shares her favorite family recipes from her Italian kitchen, this week cooking up .Sicilian style stuffed mushrooms, and stuffed green peppers; meatless dishes that are filling comfort food, easy to prepare and Delicioso! Easter Ricotta Pie is also on the docket to consider for your holiday dinner.

Lent and Lenten Practices – March 29, 2011

Francesca Franchina talks with Fr. John Fletcher, CC, about The Companions of the Cross (CC)  founded twenty five years ago by Fr.  Bob  Bedard in Canada;  Lent and Lenten  practices;  missions, retreats, prayer, fasting and almsgiving and Fr. Fletcher’s his new Radio Maria Program to air on Fridays at 5:30 PM titled “Catholic Grab Bag with Fr. John” Call in to participate toll free (1-866-333-6279)  Francesca shares her family’s favorite Italian meatless  Lenten dishes this week cooking up  Pasta With Cauliflower or Broccoli and Pizza Fritte.  Send a SASE to Francesca at P O Box 3238, Dayton, OH 45401 for  these recipes and  Easter Ricotta Pie. “THROUGH THE TUMMY TO THE HEART” EVANGELIZATION FOR EVERY DAY;

Italian Soul Food Sprinkled with Evangelization…..SHARING FAITH AND FOODS: Francesca Franchina stirs up good things in her 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 about sharing faith, easy ways to evangelization and her family’s favorite  Italian  recipes from Termini Imerese, Sicilia.

Mary Advent and Christmas HolyDays – November 30, 2010

Francesca Franchina  speaks with Fr. Clifton E. Bishop of Bethlehem, PA ,  popular retreat director, chaplain  and health educator, about Advent 2010 and planning  a “Mary Advent and Christmas HolyDays .  The holidays promise healing, hope and renewal, but some encounter depression, desolateness and separation . How do we find solace, comfort and Joy in the midst of hustle and bustle, encountering The Mother of Joy and  her Son  Jesus activating  and living The  Word in  everyday life?  Fr. Clifton, a priest in the Diocese of Allentown, PA, grew up  a Baptist and converted to Catholicism through a correspondence course on Catholicism while in high school. He became a Franciscan Friar and later became a diocesan parish priest. He is an adjunct professor and serves as Chaplain of The Holy Family Senior Living and Assisted Living Center in the Archdiocese of Allentown, PA.

T5H Featured Recipes For Today:  Francesca shares her tasty, easy to make Sicilian Spicy Olives; Baked Mostaciolli with Ricotta and  Meatballs;  Zingy Garlic Bread with Olive Oil/ Parmesan Cheese; and  Italian Green Bean/Artichoke Salad with Pepperoni Pieces  and Mozzarella Cubes  from her favorite family recipes hailing from Termini-Imerese, Sicilia.

The St. Monica Ministry – August 24, 2010

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.

Charismatic Gifts and Contemplative Spirituality – June 8, 2010

Francesca Franchina  reviews  Ralph Martin’s article on Charismatic Gifts and Contemplative Spirituality as addressed by St. John of the Cross and shares her favorite recipe for Tirami-Su, the delicious Italian  desert made with  Mascarpone, Ricotta, Lady Fingers,  Chocolate, Rum and Expresso Coffee.