Question of Faith

Fr. Damian Ference and Mike Hayes

A weekly question of faith answered by Cleveland Catholics. Fr. Damian Ference, Vicar of Evangelization and Mike Hayes Director of Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Cleveland co-host with frequent guests from the Diocesan Office who join in the conversation.

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What is the Secret to Engaging Young Adults in the Church?
Feb 6 2024
What is the Secret to Engaging Young Adults in the Church?
Dr. Megan Lowes-Bolin joins Mike for this episode.Dr Lowes-Bolin's new book: Ignite! The Secret to Engaing Young Adults in the Church.Fr. Damian is under the weather!  Pray for him!(0:45)  Megan teaches at her alma mater, John Carroll University.(1:12)   So what is the secret?(1:30)   Megan also worked in a number of parishes.(1:55)  Who are the people young adults like?  And how do we welcome young adults?(2:40)   The book is filled with stories of role models and other experiences.(3:20) Who were Megan's role models?(3:30)   Parma!  Where all good things come from!(4:35)   Mom is always a big role model for young people.(5:10)  Mom's need help sometimes in bringing up their children.(5:45)  Mike's dad taught him liturgy and was a great role model in teaching him the Mass.(7:00)   The long term influence of role models.(7:45)   What motivates young adults?(10:00)  One experience of someone who was motivated by faith.(12:15)  How might we encourage young adults to be part of our parish communities?(14:15)   Megan's parish supports her well, but she interviewed other people who has different experiences.(15:00)    Mike's job is to help provide resources to the parishes who want to support young adult ministry but don't have those resources.(16:10)   What are some discouraging factors that drive young adults away?  Megan looked at the love languages for ideas.(18:45)  During Covid we really had to think about how we generally do ministry.(19:00)  A short history of Theology on Tap(20:05) Church Search:  Mary Queen of Apostles(21:30)   Megan's husband is a great referee, umpire, and golf coach.(23:05)   Fr Rob Reidy used to be at Sagrada Familia where Mike is doing field ed.(23:35)  Readings for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary time.
Where Can I Take My Daughter on Retreat?
Jan 30 2024
Where Can I Take My Daughter on Retreat?
Maria Wancata, Lindsay Fullerman, and Desi Gould all join us from the Behold Retreat.1:00  An Aside on Spiders!3:15:  How did they all join together to collaborate on this retreat and what parts are they playing?4:00:  Desi talks about her passion for Theology of the Body and talks about how we relate to each other as mothers and daughters.4:55:  FD introduced Maria and Lindsay.   And Lindsay is excited to talk about the spiritual aspects of being a woman.6:05:   Maria breaks down the retreat schedule:  Mind, body, and spirit.  Samantha Kelly of Fierce Athlete will be the Keynote.7:05:  The goal is to see the goodness of femininity.8:00:   There's not one kind of femininity.  Everyone doesn't have to be like Barbie.9:00:  Who can come?Behold RetreatSaturday, March 2, 202410a-4pLourdes Shrine, Euclid, OH10:50:  Lindsay and Mike both didn't talk much with their own mothers, so the retreat will try to kick start those conversations.11:45:  Some people express themselves in writing better.12:35:  We often get disconnected from our heart and our feelings.13:50:  The grounds at the shrine are great for this.14:50:  Video can be found here16:20:   Church Search goes to Lourdes Shrine in Euclid, OH.Sunday Mass at 8AM and 9:30a17:50:  We reflect on this Sunday's Readings for the 5th Sunday in OT20:30:  The 4th Season of the Chosen is getting set to be released in Theatres!Behold RetreatSaturday, March 2, 202410a-4pLourdes Shrine, Euclid, OH
Is It Barbie's World or Ken's World?
Jan 9 2024
Is It Barbie's World or Ken's World?
Maria Wancata joins us to talk about The Barbie Movie winning the Golden Globe Award and her and FD did a workshop on the movie at CLE 21:6.1:35:  We recap the movie a bit.  And the tension between men and women and who should run the world?2:40:  The unresolved dilemma is that neither work well.3:25:  Review of the creation story and provide some teaching on complimenting each other as men and women.4:15:  One teen asked if boys and girls can be friends?5:45: Women have some different strength senses.  Hearing is one.6:40:  This is the first time FD has a majority of female co-workers.7:40:   Mike relates to this as well.8:05:  The Supreme Court scene in the Barbie movie.8:50:   A youth minister asks about whether the movie bashes men.  True?9:50:  Why we engage with culture as Catholics.10:55:  Maria notes that we have to watch movies with our kids too.12:10: Mike notes: Men have been consistently portrayed as dopes.13:35:  The Dukes of Hazzard and the A-Team comes to mind for FD.14:15:  We gotta talk about it!  14:40:  Mike and FD talk about the movie "The Jerk"15:40:  Check out Barbie on Amazon Prime.16:00:  FD is a big Margo Robbie Fan.16:40:  St Dominic's Parish and the Office of Black Catholics have a lot going on for MLK Weekend.  Sr Jane Nesmith joins us to recap these events next week. 18:20:  Readings for the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time.21:00:  New Year's Resolutions on Health.24:00:  Maria will be back on 1/30 to talk about an upcoming retreat for mothers and daughters.24:25:  Believeland retreat is still up for an early bird discount.
What Did We Learn About Priests From Catholic University?
Jan 2 2024
What Did We Learn About Priests From Catholic University?
WELCOME TO SEASON 20:00:  We review FD's NPR voice.1:25:   Mike talks about his experience of doing Sports on NPR.2:22:   We talk about 2024 and our looking forward to this for many years.3:00:  We talk about Generations among ourselves.3:30:   The Catholic Project at Catholic U is the subject today .4:20:   Priests and the Orthodoxy range in the study.5:00:  Fr Eric talks about how he sees this play out in inquirers at the seminary.6:00:   FD talks about how St. JPII and Pope Benedict were priests of the 2nd Vatican Council and were looked on as more progressive at one point.7:19:  Liturgical or Theological or Eccesiological?  Or all these things?8:00:  Is this the Spirit of reform of Vatican II and a resulting backlash?  9:00:  We have a diocesan seminary and Fr. Garris talks about how Priests relate to each other among generations.9:40:  FD notes that it's important to have priest-friends who don't think like you do.11:00. The Church has everyone in it.11:24:   Mike talks about how Fr. Casey Cole, OFM --speaks about wearing the habit and his experience of working as a Campus Minister in the Gross Anatomy Lab.13:20:  Fr. Eric talks about how he tries not to divide priests into categories.14:20:  The 2nd Vatican Council had to shake itself out and some clarifications needed to be made with the New Catechism.15:10:  Young People want things that last in faith traditions.15:50:   How is this being reflected in Pope Francis' papacy?17:00:   Mike's experience with a priest who was a Catholic radio Broadcaster.18:14:  Some more takes on the new study that gives a small snapshot.19:00:   Fr Eric's experience of a funeral that brought a bunch of people together.19:44:   Church Search does to St. James in Lakewood.23:28:   Readings for Epiphany24:00:  A musical interlude.24:40:  The FOUR Kings?25:12:  A stained glass window of the Magi is explored by FD.To get your question of faith answered by us: Email Mike here
How Can We Live A Eucharistic Life Outside of Going to Mass and Doing Adoration?
Dec 5 2023
How Can We Live A Eucharistic Life Outside of Going to Mass and Doing Adoration?
Christy Cabaniss , Director of Missionary Discipleship joins us.You can watch this podcast on our You Tube Channel now:  https://www.youtube.com/@QuestionOfFaithEditor's Note:  We likely will only publish select video clips in the future as opposed to the whole show---but chime in on our poll and let us know what you'd like us to do.  0:30:  How Can We Live A Eucharistic Life Outside of Going to Mass and Doing Adoration?  FD starts us off.1:20:  Tim O'Malley1:30:   Christy comments from the Catechism.   1397 on those who experience poverty.3:00:   We are sent on Mission.3:30:   Fr. Joe Koopman's story of his friend on Mission with St. Theresa of Calcutta.5:00:  Christy notes that the Eucharist strengthens the charity we have.5:40:   There's a whole lot of changing going on.6:30:  God's not out to get us....7:00:  Salt light and leven as enhancement, not competition.8:00:  The "secret" prayer at offertory that priests and deacons say.9:00:  We need to act as we believe.10:05:  Some folks "horde" Jesus.10:40:  We're Living Tabernacles.11:20:  The body of Christ in 4 different ways. 12:20:   Well....not everything....Mike12:50:   "Lord I am not worthy..."13:10:   FD's experience gathering with the Asian Catholic Community.14:00:   Church Search goes to St. Clarence in North Olmstead14:50:  Mike's interview with Neil Kookoothe.15:10:  Readings for the 2nd Sunday of Advent.15:50:   On the Dukes of Hazzard....17:20:  Roman traffic laws.18:00:   Mike's "confession" on the right of way.19:10:  Our new promo
Why Do We Bless Objects?
Nov 21 2023
Why Do We Bless Objects?
Fr Eric Garris joins us.0:00   We talk a bunch of Thanksgiving...3:30:  Our Question....by the way...Why do we bless objects?4:15:  We make distinctions...what happens when we bless something?5:00:  Sacraments vs. Sacramentals6:10:  The strangest thing FD ever blessed is....7:10:  We're participating in God's work...7:35:   Fr Eric and hotel rooms....8:40: On Liturgical practicum class9:40:  On the ritual itself10:05:  A Penance that Fr. Eric gives....10:35:  The strangest thing Fr. Eric has ever blessed is.....11:00:   The Blessing for mothers who have suffered miscarriages.11:50:   House blessings and dorm blessings....12:00:   Do you need Holy Water?12:50:  Fr Damian's progressive meal.13:30:  What are we doing for Thanksgiving?14:05:   On rowdy night...14:45:  On footballs and Wal-Mart16:00:  On Marion's family being giant16:30:  FD's liturgical procession practice.17:35:   On the return from the National Catholic Youth Conference....18:10:   Church Search:  St Francis Xavier in Medina19:00:  On Christy Cabaniss' recent presentations.20:00:   On Mass "enactments"20:45:  Congrats to Lake Catholic Volleyball21:40:   The Young Adult Mass is at the Cathedral on Saturday 11/25 at 4:30PM.22:15:  Readings for the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe22:55:  On FD being cancelled...23:10:  On Shepherds24:05:   On Harambe24:35:  On Mike's reflection on Christ the King25:20:   On Thanksgiving cooks25:55:   On Cooking distinctions
What Were All Those High School Teens Doing at Cleveland Public Auditorium?
Nov 7 2023
What Were All Those High School Teens Doing at Cleveland Public Auditorium?
Francine Costantini and Cari Reagan from the Youth Ministry Office joins us.1:50  What is Cleveland Public Auditorium?2:25:  Cari Regan talks about Bishop Malesic and the musicians he mentioned that had played at Cleveland Public Auditorium and more of her thoughts.4:20:   When you're part of something bigger....5:20:  What was the first big Mass that we were part of....7:05:  Why do High School students usually get together?7:50:  The Ignatius High School guys tied the rally towels... 8:05:   Gianna, a high school Senior gave a great reflection.10:50:  Bishop Malesic was very moved by the event.11:40:   Francine had vision....what was it like for her to see this all happen?13:20:   Seeing all different kinds of adults there was also very cool.17:00:  Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin and Elyria Catholic brought their whole body.  Also Our Lady of the Elms...was well represented.17:50:   Their closing hymn is the same tune as OL of the Elms' alma mater where they also have goats and chickens.18:55:  Do it again?19:40:  A lot of moving pieces.20:40:   The principal of NDCL had some moving experiences post-Mass,22:00:   We all have to break silos.22:40:  Chica Anyanwu gave a rousing pre-Mass reflection.23:50:   Everyone felt welcomed.Check out CLEYouthMin on Instagram.24:45:   Readings for the 32nd Sunday can be found here.25:30:   The Johnny Cash song:  The Man comes around.Check out the video from the Mass:https://vimeo.com/882127903
Can My Kid Dress As a Priest for Halloween?
Oct 24 2023
Can My Kid Dress As a Priest for Halloween?
(0:30) Maria Wancata takes up this question with us as we look at dressing up for Halloween?(1:10)  FD's story about a young woman who Flannery O'Connor wrote an essay on.(1:55):  FD never "played priest" but what did he dress for Halloween as?(2:35)  Mike's parents had creative halloween ideas.(3:20)  FD's politically incorrect costumes and Maria's costumes.(3:55)  Costumes of the 70's and 80"s.(4:35)  Mike's Halloween accident.(5:05)  The grade school that's next to the seminary dresses up as Saints. (6:15):  A little history of Halloween.(7:25)   The Dominicans would have this All Saint's Day celebration at Catholic U.(8:00)   Mary Queen of Apostles had a similar party here.(8:40)   Does FD have an problem with people dressing up as a Priest?(9:20)  Does FD need to confess(10:10)   Maria's kids will dress up as....(10:35)  Mike's Sully/Miracle costume(10:50)  Did you have to have your candy inspected?(11:10)   Some folks gave Tracks from churches.(11:25)  Do we like candy as adults?(12:40)   Mike's older sister took him trick or treating.  What did his weird neighbors give out?(13:20)   FD: Some gave out pennies!(13:45)  Some put a bucket out.(14:05)   Some kids are "hoarders"(14:35)   Did you ever play a trick?(15:25)   Trunk or treat events are going on.(16:25)  FD desires healthy food.(16:45)   Mischief on Halloween?(17:20)   St Clement in Lakewood is the Church Search(18:20)   Readings for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary time.(20:40)   Are we going to dress up for Halloween?
What can WE do about the situation in the Middle East?
Oct 17 2023
What can WE do about the situation in the Middle East?
(0:00)  Mike and FD discuss Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa's statement on the situation after the Hamas attack on Israel and the subsequent response.(0:10) Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa's has asked for us to unite with those suffering in the Middle East.(1:05) Article on Cardinal Pizzabolla's offer to exchange places with the hostages.(1:50)  Today's Mass on Ignatius of Antioch.(2:10)   This is Israel's 9/11 and the response has made it more dire.(2:35):  Cardinal Pizzaballa's thoughts on evacuating Palistinans.(3:15)  What about Palestian Christians?(3:30)  What can we do?   Some ideas on prayer.(4:40): Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa's statement on making 10/17 a day of prayer and fasting.(5:50)   Lobby to open a corridor.(6:35):  Bishop Malesic has cancelled his trip to the Holy Land.(7:10)  We CAN pray for a number of things.(8:15)   Article from the Tablet on how Catholics can support the Jewish people.(9:05):  Mike's family members are Jewish.(9:40): Send white roses to a Synaogue(10:00):  FD's experience at a wedding when he heard about the attack.(11:25)   Mike became close friends with a Rabbi during his days in Buffalo. (12:15)  FD's experience of walking through the Jewish ghetto in Rome.(13:20)  We read the Hebrew scriptures.  (13:50)   How do we pray for one another when we are of mixed faiths?  (14:50)   If you havent been to the Maltz Museum.(15:00):  Church Search goes to Gesu on the East Side.(!6:00)  Fr Lukas' video on the Eucharist(16:30):  Readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time.(18:15)  Video is coming your way soon.(18:30)   Questions come to mhayes@dioceseofcleveland.org