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  • Catholic Connection – September 4, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Intro and News

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    40 Days for Life Fall Kickoff

    • Description: The kickoff for these 5 metro Detroit Fall campaigns will be at National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica on September 16th at 7 p.m. Shari Richard of Sound Wave Images is the keynote speaker and they have two members of the clergy who will give scriptural reflections: Pastor Peter Mannering of Grace Chapel of Waterford and Deacon Dominick Pastore of St. Isaac Jogues.
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      • Barb Yagley

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    “What If You Could Outsmart Alzheimer’s” - Dementia Education Series

    • Description: Wednesday, September 23rd, 6 - 8:30 PM @ St. Michael School cafeteria - 11441 Hubbard Rd., just south of Plymouth Rd., in Livonia - 734-261-1455, ext. 207. E-mail: [email protected]
    • Segment Guests:
      • Judy Petterle

        A well respected retreat facilitator for youth and adults. Judy has extensive experience in church outreach work and ministry with underprivileged and marginalized members of society.

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    Conclusion

    • Description: Teresa previews the upcoming hour of "Catholic Connection."
  • Catholic Connection – September 4, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Intro, News, and Annie Mitchell

    • Description: Before today's news, Teresa checks in with Annie Mitchell to find out what we can look forward to on the "Son Rise Morning Show" next week.
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      • Annie Mitchell
        Producer and News Director, Son Rise Morning Show

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    Life Beyond Betrayal

    • Description: "Melody Lovvorn, former betrayed spouse, Co- Founder of the non-profit Undone Redone, Inc., and VP of Route1520, LLC is releasing a new online course to help women who have experienced the pain of betrayal and infidelity. Ms. Lovvorn’s course, Life Beyond Betrayal, spans 30 days and will be accessed by computer, tablet, or smart phone. The course was released to the public on Tuesday, September 1st. The #1 web site for cheating, Ashley Madison, was recently hacked with the names and other details about millions of subscribers made public. While the Ashley Madison hack will impact millions of families, the repercussions of infidelity are not confined to this single incident. Since the hack was made public last week, most of the dialogue has been about the cheating spouse and very little has been said about the offended spouse who often suffers in silence. The Ashley Madison story will quickly fade due to our current 24-hour news cycle, but for women (and men) across the country, this struggle will still remain very real."
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    Life Beyond Betrayal

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    New EWTN Show: Morning Glory

    • Description: Airing 7-8am Eastern Time -- Starting Tuesday September 8th
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    Spiritual Direction Connection

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      • Dan Burke
        President & Founder, Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation
  • Catholic Connection – September 3, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Catholic College Night - Sept. 9th

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    Lansing's Catholic Women's Conference

    • Description: The fourth annual Catholic Women's Conference in Lansing is taking place October 24th. Speakers include Sr. Sarah Burdick, Erin Looby-Carlson, and Fr. Mathias Thelen.
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    Lansing's Catholic Women's Conference

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  • Catholic Connection – September 3, 2015 – Hour 2

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    U.S. Catholics Open to Non-Traditional Families

    • Description: "When Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families later this month, he will find a Catholic public that is remarkably accepting of a variety of non-traditional families, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that provides an in-depth look at American Catholics’ views on family life, sexuality and Catholic identity. Nine-in-ten U.S. Catholics say a household headed by a married mother and father is an ideal situation for bringing up children. But the survey shows that large majorities think other kinds of families – those headed by parents who are single, divorced, unmarried or gay – are OK for raising children, too."
    • Segment Guests:
      • Dr. Pia de Solenni

        Dr. Pia de Solenni is an ethicist and cultural analyst. She owns her own consulting company, Diotima Consulting. She is an expert in issues relating to women’s health, life issues, the new feminism, Catholicism, and culture. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and National Review Online.

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    Networks Haven’t Covered a Single Planned Parenthood Video Release in One Month

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      • Dan Gainor

        Dan Gainor, The T. Boone Pickens Fellow and Vice President of Business & Culture for the MRC, is a veteran editor with more than two decades of experience in print and online media. He has appeared a number of times on the Fox Business Network and writes for The Fox Forum. He has served as an editor at several newspapers including The Washington Times and The Baltimore News-American.

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    Cross Catholic: Sacred Mercy Scholarships

    • Description: "Life for the poor in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean is extremely difficult. These boys and girls are desperately searching for a path to a better future. They are eager to obtain an education that will help lift them and their families out of a cycle of poverty, hunger, and despair. School will soon be back in session, and we want to ensure that no child – regardless of his or her financial position – is left behind. You can help us achieve that ambitious goal by establishing a student scholarship for just $88. An additional $22 donation will fund nutritious school lunches so that child can also grow up healthy and strong. $110 accomplishes both!"
    • Segment Guests:
      • Jim Cavnar

        Jim Cavnar is a founder and president of Pompano Beach, Florida-based Cross International Inc. and Cross Catholic Outreach Inc., two Christian relief and development charities founded in 2001 to help the poorest of the poor worldwide. They are affiliated as the Cross International Alliance, an ecumenical association. In thirteen years the Alliance has grown to become the 56th largest nonprofit in the Philanthropy 400.

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    Cross Catholic: Sacred Mercy Scholarships

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  • Catholic Connection – September 2, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Intro and News

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    Teresa's Two Cents

    • Description: A majority of Americans who identify themselves as Catholic don't agree with the church on what is a sin. Key questions in a recent survey asked respondents about sex before marriage, the active homosexual lifestyle, so called same-sex marriage, contraception, and abortion. But according to this study half or more of American Catholics aren't following those teachings. The new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that 65-percent of Catholics in this country say living together is not a sin. That includes 50-percent of Catholics who regularly attend mass. Fifty percent say active homosexuality is not a sin, 75-percent say the same about contraception, and 70-percent say divorce is no sin. About one-third of Catholics surveyed say abortion is not a sin.

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    Pope Gives Priests Authority to Absolve Sin of Abortion

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      • Dr. Robert Fastiggi

        Dr. Robert Fastiggi, Professor of Systematic Theology, has been at Sacred Heart Major Seminary since 1999. Prior to coming to Detroit, he taught at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas from 1985-1999. During his time at Sacred Heart, Dr. Fastiggi has taught a wide variety of courses, including, Ecclesiology, Christian Anthropology, Mariology, Trinity and Christology and the Sacramental Life of the Church. He is a board member of the Mariological Society of America and the Society for Catholic Liturgy.

  • Catholic Connection – September 2, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Pope Gives Priests Authority to Absolve Sin of Abortion

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    Feed My Sheep: Priests speaking on the issues of our time

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    Feed My Sheep: Priests speaking on the issues of our time

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  • Catholic Connection – September 1, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Pope Gives Priests Authority to Absolve Sin of Abortion

    • Segment Guests:
      • Fr. Peter Mitchell

        Fr. Peter Mitchell is a priest of the of the Diocese of Green Bay. He received his doctorate in Church History from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, in 2009. He has spent much of his priesthood working in Catholic education.

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    Pope Gives Priests Authority to Absolve Sin of Abortion

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  • Catholic Connection – September 1, 2015 – Hour 2

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    The 40 Film / 40 Days for Life

    • Description: Pro-Life Champions, the producers of the 40 film, are teaming up with 40 Days for Life to encourage local leaders in the United States and other countries to use this powerful movie as a tool to educate, inspire and motivate pro-life volunteers to get involved with 40 Days for Life. The upcoming Fall Campaign will take place from September 23 to November 1, 2015. 40 has released a new website page for this collaborate effort.
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      • John Morales
        Producer/Director, The 40 Film

        John brings an extensive 20-year background in radio and television to the film. Morales has been a television sports reporter and anchor for Fox Sports Net Chicago, WJBK-TV/Fox 2 in Detroit, WKBD-TV/UPN in Detroit, and KTRK-TV/ABC in Houston and has contributed to a variety of other stations and networks including ESPN, Fox Sports and CBS Radio Sports.

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    Pope Gives Priests Authority to Absolve Sin of Abortion

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    Pope Gives Priests Authority to Absolve Sin of Abortion

    • Description: Fr. Stephen Imbarrato continued
  • Catholic Connection – August 31, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Regenerate(d) 2015: Speak of My Mercy Conference

    • Description: Branches Catholic Ministries will be sponsoring a fall conference on October 3-4, 2015 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Canada. Regenerate(d) 2015 will feature dynamic talks from renowned Catholic speakers including Vinny Flynn, Sharon Lee Giganti, Dr. Taylor Marshall, Fr. Larry Richards, and Elizabeth Scalia. The conference will begin with an address by Most Rev. Gerard Bergie, Bishop of St. Catharines and this year’s main celebrant and homilist.
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      • Karen Head
        Director of Communications, Branches Catholic Ministries

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    Regenerate(d) 2015: Speak of My Mercy Conference

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  • Catholic Connection – August 31, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Questioning the sexual revolution

    • Description: "While 2015 hasn’t been declared an official “year of the family” by Pope Francis, it’s been a major focus of his nonetheless. The World Meeting of Families — the primary reason for his apostolic visit to the United States — is just weeks away, and in October he’ll convene the ordinary Synod of Bishops to discuss pastoral challenges to the family. The importance of strong families has been a constant theme throughout his general audiences over the past year as well. It’s unsurprising then that almost any time the issue of Catholic family life comes up in conversation, so does the issue of family planning and, in particular, birth control." - Christopher White
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    Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church

    • Description: "In the new book Promise and Challenge, ten diverse Catholic women -- theologians, philosophers, attorneys, and an economist -- answer Pope Francis' call to address the deeper questions about the meaning of womanhood and the role of women in the Church. Based on their presentations at the 2014 Symposium on Women in the Church, these women help move the conversation forward through their intriguing insights and analysis of established teachings and traditions combined with original scholarship and new ideas."
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      • Mary Rice Hasson

        Mary Rice Hasson, J.D., is a Fellow in the Catholic Studies Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington D.C., where she writes on Catholicism, sexuality, morality, women’s issues, and family life. She co-authored, with Michele Hill, the groundbreaking report, What Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception (2012), and is completing a book that explores Catholic women’s views on faith, sexual morality, and reproduction. An attorney, Mrs. Hasson writes commentary for a variety of websites and publications and has been interviewed by media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, EWTN, the BBC, and the AP, as well numerous Catholic radio programs and print publications.

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          • Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church
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    Bible Verse of the Week

    • Description: Teresa and Gail discuss Luke 15:4 -- “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it?”
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      • Gail Buckley
        President & Founder, Catholic Scripture Study International
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