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Catholic radio helps listeners ‘feel at home in arms of God,’ EWTN host says

04 10.12.17_Father William (Guglielmo) Lauriola PAGETHANK YOU: Congratulations to Franciscan Father William (Guglielmo) Lauriola of Immaculate Conception Chapel on his retirement. Father William will now be in residence at St. Elizabeth Parish in Oakland. Father William came to Immaculate Conception in 1974. He looks forward to his move and will continue his healing Masses. Father William celebrated his last Mass at Immaculate Conception on Oct.1. Longtime parish secretary Jeanne Macchello is also retiring. Jeanne began working as secretary 50 years ago. Many know Jeanne as coordinator of the popular spaghetti luncheons at Immaculate Conception School that drew appetites from far and near for homemade pasta and all the fixins. Jeanne is looking forward to her retirement, spending time with her children, five grandchildren, and traveling.

October 12, 2017
Tom Burke

04 Barbara McGuigan MUGBarbara McGuigan, host of EWTN’s “The Good Fight,” will speak to the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, Oct. 21 at St. Brendan Parish, San Francisco. It was my pleasure to speak with the well-known Catholic communicator via email.

Barbara, “a card-carrying member of the pro-life movement,” has been at the podium for 35 years “in the trenches giving lectures, seminars, retreats, women’s conferences” and more, she told me.

It should be no surprise she ended up behind a microphone, she said. “I’m the oldest of 11 children, I’ve been speaking to a large group for a long time!”

Barbara said God called her to be a voice for the church. “I would like to think, it was the Holy Spirit who gave me the abundant graces needed to fulfill my desire to defend the defenseless unborn from abortion, the defenseless newborn from infanticide and the defenseless long-born, that is, the elderly, disabled and terminally ill from euthanasia and assisted suicide,” she said.

God, too, keeps her on the path, she said. “Only by God’s powerful graces that I simply could not function without, along with my love and respect for his children made in his image and likeness, can any of us persevere in the struggle on, what St. John Paul II called, ‘the royal road of the cross.’”

Barbara’s talk Oct. 21 will focus on the mother of God. “We are her children and she loves us. So my focus will be on our Blessed Mother at Fatima who appeared in 1917, 100 years ago, to the little children in Portugal on six different occasions to unfold a message from heaven that still applies to us today!”

Barbara, whose history with EWTN goes back well more than a decade, said the influence of Catholic radio should not be underestimated. “I believe there is not a more awesome task than helping another human being to feel at home in the arms of God. That’s what Catholic radio can do and does,” she said.

She is also sure of how the media should be put to use. “We just must give God permission to work through us. It’s not what we can do, but what he can do through us. We die to ourselves to rise with him! It doesn’t get any better than this!”

The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women “Fall Convention” takes place Oct. 21, St. Brendan Church Hall, 29 Rockaway Ave. at Ulloa, San Francisco with registration at 9 a.m. $25 fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. Contact Cathy Mibach (415) 753-0234; dcmibach@aol.com. Also speaking at the convention are: Jean Hostetter Ramirez, who has been a volunteer at San Quentin State Prison for the past 16 years, will present an overview of incarceration in the United States and the facets of restorative justice. Sacred Heart Sister Fran Tobin and Presentation Sister Rita Jovick, members of the Northern California Sisters against Human Trafficking, will share information about sex and labor traffickers and give information about how others can help.

“The Good Fight” with Barbara McGuigan can be heard Saturday, 11 a.m. on Immaculate Heart Radio 1260 AM.

04 Driscoll HALFHAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Sandy and Jere Driscoll celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 19 with Mass at Immaculate Conception Chapel where they married on that same date half a century ago. Their daughters, sons-in-law and six grandchildren hosted a dinner party for the couple at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco after Mass. Sandy and Jere have lived in San Francisco all their lives and are parishioners of St. Paul’s in San Francisco where Sandy attended school “kindergarten through high school,” their daughter Melissa Brilliant told me in a note to this column. Jere is a graduate of San Francisco’s St. Anthony School now St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception. “They have been actively involved in doing marriage preparation in their home for the last 37 years,” Melissa said.


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