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Listening to The Heart of Jesus – February 7, 2012

 Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with listeners about “Listening to The Heart of Jesus and Consoling the Heart of Jesus” from Sr. Josefa Menendez and the writings dictated by Jesus in THE WAY OF DIVINE LOVE as a preparation for Lenten reading, personal spiritual growth and transformation. Francesca’s Recipe Today: PASTA BOLOGNESE Francesca Franchina, MS Ed 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 stories, with her friends, down to earth conversation about doing worthwhile things; easy ways to cook and bake through sharing her family’s favorite Italian recipes from Termini Imerese, Sicilia.

The New Year – January 3, 2012

Today Francesca shares information on the New Year, designated as the Year of Faith, Personal and World Change,  the New Evangelization, and Baptism of the Holy Spirit from the writings of Fr.  Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM, Cap the Papal Household Preacher. From her kitchen she relates  the history and her recipe for cannoli from her favorite family recipes hailing from Termini- Imerese, Sicilia.

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD WITH MARY,OUR BLESSED MOTHER? Part VI – August 3, 2011

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD WITH MARY,OUR BLESSED MOTHER? WHY, WHY, WHY? Part VI

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed. talks with Fr. John Fletcher CC about Marian Pilgrimages, what to expect on a pilgrimage, how to plan one, the benefits of a pilgrimage and what is going on across the world in the world of Marian Apparitions especially as the Blessed Mother appeared  in Guadalupe to St.Juan Diego,  Fatima, (Children:Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia Lourdes (St. Bernadette), Betania, Venezuela (Maria Esperanza) in Catania, Sicily with Rosario Toscano and even in our own Archdiocese of Cincinnati as Our Lady of America (Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat)  to Sr. Mildred Neufil a Precious Blood Sister. What is the power of the rosary,? Why Marian devotion is  so important and what keeps the Blessed Mother coming back to warn, cajole and guide her children to get back to God, to come to her Son and to be guided by the Holy Spirit.   Why Marian spirituality? What  is going on in Medjugorje? Is it still  under discernment and are people still flocking to the area and changing their outlook on life and experiencing a change of heart?   

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.

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

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. .