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The Sandwich Generation

The Sandwich Generation

By Chris Godfrey
The Sandwich Generation brings you conversations about caring for aging parents while still raising children.
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Dr. Ron Kaiser – Planning for Growth Spurts During Old Age

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Cathy Nolan – Finding Peace While at War
Jesus, the Prince of Peace began the Father’s rescue mission on a quiet night at Bethlehem. Through his life, death and resurrection he secured our victory over sin and death. The Church applies the Grace of His victory to latter generations. Nevertheless, the Devil is still very dangerous. A liar and a murderer from the beginning, he and his minions continue to take many captives. In this time of unprecedented corruption and cowardice, our Lady comes to gather an army. And as we choose sides, it would be good to remember that the Virgin never loses. Host of and mother of 8, grandmother of 32, and now a great grandmother, our guest Cathy Nolan knows something about a mother’s heart and shares with us some of Our Lady’s battle plans. Experiencing God’s peace has always been our objective, and with this last show of our series, we leave you in good hands as we commend you to the Holy Family. Have a blessed new year.
December 26, 2021
Rob Amico and Amber Paluzzi – Regain your Balance this Advent and Christmas
People speak of “Life Balance” between career and personal, some even give a bow to the spiritual by recommending things like Yoga. Such is the state of affairs in the world right now. We know that relationships are the key to our happiness, and it is them that we want to keep in balance – love for God and others. One of the ways to help our elderly get to Church and family gatherings is by helping them restore their physical balance. Our guests, Rob Amico and Amber Paluzzi of Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers give us some helpful advice.
December 19, 2021
Fr. Christopher Lapp – Let St. Joseph coach you up this Christmas
As the Year of St. Joseph draws to a close, Fr. Christopher Lapp, Pastor of St. Joseph Church in Mishawaka, Indiana gives us some advice for keeping this great saint involved with our lives and those our families for years to come.
December 05, 2021
Megan Rogers – SHIP is ready to sail
Megan Rogers is a volunteer supervisor for the Northwest Region of SHIP, a federally-funded service staffed by over 400 volunteers in the State of Indiana who provide unbiased information and assistance on Medicare which is something that affects everyone age 65 and over. Learn how to get the care you and health insurance coverage your loved ones need and maybe even save money in the process.
November 07, 2021
DK Raymer – Asking For Help
Why is it so difficult to say the words “I need help?” DK Raymer gives good advice for restoring ourselves and our communities after a crisis.
October 31, 2021
Dr. Joe Brickner – Building Winning Teams
Author of “So You Want To Be A Coach…”, Dr. Joe Brickner discusses bringing out the best in others as a corporate manager and later as the head basketball coach for his alma mater Benedictine College. Visit his website at www.DrJoeBrickner.comfor more of his work and podcasts.
October 17, 2021
DK Raymer – Supporting Caregivers
Caregiver burnout is a very real – and potentially dangerous condition. All families go through transitions where loved ones require extraordinary care. And for their caregivers it can be a heavy cross. If we are attentive, we can help them carry it by following our Blessed Mother’s example.
October 10, 2021
Dr. Ron Kaiser – Planning for Growth Spurts During Old Age
Old age is a stage in our development like any other, and one for which we should proactively plan. The brain can retains its neuroplasticity throughout life, thereby enabling us to structure a personality that helps us to master the aging process. For more, visit Dr. Ron Kaiser’s Dr. Ron Kaiser received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
October 03, 2021
DK Raymer – Uncovering the Top 3 Fears Most Seniors Share
No mater where they live, their economic condition or family status, these three fears are nearly universal among seniors. Join Patient and Senior Living Consultant DK Raymer as we discuss how we can help them meet these challenges.
September 26, 2021
DK Raymer – Supporting Men through an illness
God made man male and female, these complementary differences give marriages and families their beauty and strength. During an illness men have needs related to this difference. Our guest DK Raymer will identify some of the these differences and give us the benefit of her long experience as a Patient and Healthcare Advocate as we care for our loved ones.
September 12, 2021
The Buck Stops with Parents - Dr. Catherine Godfrey-Howell
Doing the right thing requires much thoughtful and prayerful effort. It is especially difficult when we are making decisions for other people, which is something we do all the time in the sandwich generation! In this privileged position we alone are responsible for forming and following our conscience. Parental authority comes from the Creator Himself and cannot be abrogated, and should be supported.
September 08, 2021
Mary Grace Narkaj – Beauty Outlasts The Beast
Finish your race with style. Mary Grace Narkaj, a former collegiate swimmer and now fashion entrepreneur shares how she translated making beautiful things into making beautiful relationships. You can see her work at, or visit her blog at Marusya Marusya.
August 08, 2021
Tim Murray - Sandwich With A Solid Foundation
Realtor Tim Murray discusses many of the things families need to consider when choosing where to live. To continue this conversation further with Tim yourself, he can be reached at the Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group, Cell: (574) 286-3944,
July 19, 2021
Angelo DiCarlo – Sicilian Sandwich Anyone?
Our own Ang DiCarlo reflects upon life with a Sicilian grandmother while growing up, and the lessons he learned from his parents.  He also shares how this and being a sports journalist has prepared him for his new role as father.
July 12, 2021
Fr. Fred Dolan - Fathers As The Greatest of Sandwich Artists
Fathers impact individual lives and families for generations to come. Therein lies their greatest opportunity for accomplishment and remembrance. Fr. Fred Dolan, Secretary Vicar for Opus Dei in Canada shares some thoughts about becoming successful – and ultimately happy fathers.
June 28, 2021
Donalyn Bratton – It’s Time For A Vacation!
Travel Agent Donalyn Bratton helps the Sandwich Generation kick off summer with some things to consider for our vacation travel this year.
June 14, 2021
Mick Blunt – Sundays With Dad
Does your estate plan protect the hearts of your loved ones? Mick Blunt shares how she and her husband – along with their five children - became the key provision of her dying mother’s estate plan.
May 31, 2021
Phil Stackowicz – Is the Flood Rising? Try Long-term Care Insurance
We are living longer these days, thereby increasing the chances we will need long-term care. Finding and getting good care is becoming more and more expensive.  Our guest, Phil Stackowicz, General Agent for the Knights of Columbus in the state of Indiana discusses one important way for paying for them.
May 18, 2021
What Does St. Joseph and an Estate Planning Attorney Have in Common?
Asking questions people have about estate planning, Emily Yost discusses with host Chris Godfrey the interplay between property and relationships and how one is meant to serve the other.
May 18, 2021
Rev. David Bratton – Get Out of Jail and Tell Everyone About This New Life!
The soul is to the body as Christians are to the world. Rev. Dave Bratton has been sharing this life in many different environments, from Communist Poland (with the help of JPII), to the locker rooms of professional sports, he has made environments more human by turning hearts to Christ.
April 26, 2021
Fr. Eric Cruz – Loving in a New York Minute
Born the youngest of six to a mother who emigrated from Puerto Rico. Fr. Eric Cruz was born and raised in the Bronx, fulfilling a childhood dream of graduating from the University of Notre Dame and being ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. He recounts his mother’s nurturing of his vocation, and his later care for her in her old age – amidst the pressures of living in the capital of the world.
April 05, 2021
Daria Godfrey, Tess, Gigi and Ivanka Cassady – Resiliency and Easter Traditions
Resiliency is the quality we need to comeback after getting knocked down. Cultural traditions that honor the great Christian Feast of Easter are blessed with this trait. Chris Godfrey is joined by his wife Daria, daughter Tess and granddaughters Gigi and Ivanka to discuss Ukrainian Easter traditions, and the making of pysanky. You can watch a short piece made by Daria and Tess on how these decorative Easter eggs are made:  They will be live at Godfrey Law Offices making and selling pysanky for your Easter baskets, Wednesday of Holy Week from 4-7 pm and Holy Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. Godfrey Law Offices is located at 2025 Edison Rd., South Bend, across the street from the Mandarine House Chinese Restaurant, between Ironwood Rd. and the University of Notre Dame.
March 29, 2021
Jessica Bamber- Get Paid For Staying Home and Caring For A Loved One
Jessica Bamber she is an account manager for Caregiver Homes from Senior Link which provides services, support and technology that engages family caregivers. She discusses a new Program for Medicaid Waiver eligible people that coaches and pays family and friends to move-in and care for them.
March 22, 2021
Bob and Pat Speer – Eat Your Way Through Lent and Grow in Holiness too!
The Church relaxes its rules for Lenten fasting with good reason. The problem for many elderly folks is that they don’t eat enough! Bob and Pat Speer have spent their careers in overseeing meals in large institutional settings such as hospitals and long-term care facilities. They are keenly aware of these challenges and share some of their valuable experience to help us get our loved ones to eat more – even when they don’t feel like it. An unlikely mortification for most of us, but valid nonetheless.
March 15, 2021
Dr. Catherine Godfrey-Howell -The Love That Moves Our Families and Canon Law
Dr. Catherine Godfrey-Howell and her father explore the relationships between Lent, Dante’s experience in the Divine Comedy, and how Canon Law can serve as a guide for us when we feel lost in a dark-wood too. Canon law is a reliable account of reality through both the seen and unseen realms in which we live. We also discuss the reality of marriage, and what the annulment process is and is-not.
March 08, 2021
Elisabeth Sullivan and Kirk Doran – Catholic Education Is Great and Getting Even Better
Elisabeth Sullivan of the Institute of Catholic Liberal Education, and Prof. Kirk Doran and economics professor at the University of Notre Dame discuss the growing popularity of Classic Catholic Education; a unique opportunity to help our children flourish in the coming years.
March 01, 2021
Tony Ughetti - Leaving Home For a Better Life
Leaving home is always difficult, but when done to improve one’s quality of life it becomes easier to do. Tony Ughetti is the Healthcare Administrator for Greencroft Goshen Healthcare one of the 50 largest senior living communities in America. We talk about the many blessings and challenges moving to a senior living community presents, especially with our recent Covid-19 concern.
February 22, 2021
David L. Schindler – Are You In The Game or Just Getting a Hotdog?
"What the heck am I doing?" is a good question to ask as Lent begins. Professor David L. Schindler, Dean Emeritus of the John Paul II Institute for studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and former professor of the University of Notre Dame PLS program, reflects on his life and work and the importance of keeping our life, marriages and families centered on Jesus and his Church.
February 15, 2021
Drs. Donna Coletti and Thomas Florenza – Restoring Dignity (Without Having To Die For It First)
Dignity Therapy is a new approach to helping those who are suffering from life threatening or life-limiting conditions. Not only does a loss of hope and identity interfere with normal “cure” therapy it also makes a person susceptible to the seductions of euthanasia. St. Alphonsus Liguori reminds us that we will not be saved unless we persevere until the end. Dignity Therapy can be thought of as a bit of self-defense training at a vulnerable stage in life.
February 08, 2021
Patrick McCaskey – Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
Mother Teresa said, “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” The concept of competition while cooperating while building community is explored with Patrick McCaskey, Vice President and Board Member of the Chicago Bears. An author and speaker, our conversation with Papa George Halas’ grandson spans the early days of the NFL, raising a Catholic family of 11 while running a historic sports franchise, all the way to Pat’s favorite for this year’s Super Bowl. He also shares a poem from his new book on the Gospels.
February 01, 2021
Tony Minopoli - Knights of Columbus, Placing Winning Bets
Young men bet everything on marriage and family life. How can they help each other make good on their commitments? Guest Tony Minopoli is the Chief and Chief Investment Officer of the Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors manages the risks for the Knights of Columbus - who in turn help families manage their own. Tony shares his expectations for the 2021 economy and how he advises his own family to prepare for it.
January 18, 2021
Deacon Fred Everett – When Mom Moves In
Honoring your father and mother can take many forms.  Dcn. Fred Everett of St. Matthew’s Cathedral talks about his family’s heartwarming and challenging experience of having his mother move in with him for the final years of her life.
January 11, 2021
Becky Zaseck, April Pierce and Angel Baginske - Real Services, Three Wise Women Bearing Gifts for Caregivers
This show is a must if you are taking care of elderly and disabled loved ones. Becky Zaseck, President and CEO, April Pierce, Director of Care Management and Options Counseling for the Area Agency on Aging, and Angel Baginske, Director of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana share with us the many services available to the elderly and disabled, as well as opportunities for volunteering one’s time, talent and treasure in our community.
January 04, 2021
Marie Reimers – Keep Your Guardian Angel Busy - And Not Everyone Else!
If we do not create our own plan for disability, someone else’s plan will be used instead. As much as that may be disagreeable for us, it will be worse for those around us. Learn how to control the things you can control, so others don’t have to do it for you. Also learn how our legal system works to provide missing pieces in a person’s life.
December 28, 2020
William Schmitt – The Family That Plays Together, Stays Together
What do we do - when everything that needs to get done – is done? Celebrate the season by being more playful with your loved ones! There are few things more important in life. Play can be an effective way to bring the generations closer together.
December 21, 2020
David and John Niswonger - Giving and Receiving an Inheritance
When our money changes, our life changes too – for better or worse. John and David Niswonger, a father and son financial advisory team at Council Oak Raymond James in South Bend provide helpful advice for giving and receiving inheritances in the most beneficial way.
December 14, 2020
Fr. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C. – Telling Stories That Matter
Historian Fr. Bill share insights into telling histories accurately and winsomely. We discuss two of his recent books “American Priest – Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C.” and “Telling Stories that Matter – Memoirs and Essays of Fr. Marvin O’Connell”.  We also discuss the role of family stories in the development of our identity, as well tips on how to tell them! We also discuss the importance of telling the truth in a community.
December 07, 2020
Michael Shade - Your Ultimate Guide For Economic Stimulus
Michael Shade, Chief Executive Officer of the Catholic Community Foundation of Northeast Indiana, discusses the many opportunities for contributing to the Divine Economy within the diocese through the Catholic Community Foundation. We also discuss the role institutions play in the lives of Catholic families.
November 30, 2020
DK Raymer - 7 Tips For Little Red Riding Hood
Your aging parent might not actually come out and say they need help. But they may be leaving clues, nonethless. Learn what signs to look for and what they may mean.
November 23, 2020
Dr. Janet Smith - A Sabbatical For Mom
Prof. Janet Smith put her academic career on hold to help her mother during her declining years. Learn what this great teacher of life and its beginning stages learned about its end.
November 16, 2020
Chris Johnson – What You Need To Know About Veterans Benefits
Our veterans may be eligible for any number of different benefits. Chris Johnson is a retired Marine Corps major and estate planning attorney specializing in getting his clients the benefits due them for their military service. This episode covers much of the foundational information needed to begin the process yourself. He is a partner of the Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law Firm ( near Nashville, Tennessee. He is also a member of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, (
November 15, 2020
Andrew Weiss – What You Need to Know About Life Insurance
There is a joke that Hell is being stuck in a room with a life insurance agent. But what if the agent is working for a saint? The Knights of Columbus has the unique privilege of being founded by Fr. Michael McGivney to care for Catholic families during times of dire need. Preparing for financial transitions through life insurance can be a daunting task but our guest Andrew Weiss, a Field Agent of the Knights of Columbus and Member of the Million Dollar Roundtable gives us solid foundation upon which to begin this process.
November 02, 2020
Dr. Joseph Cerbin, K.M., – Help Wanted: Knights and Good Samaritans Preferred
Like the Good Samaritan who brought his needy neighbor to an Innkeeper for further assistance, we too often bring our loved ones to others for help. Our guest Dr. Joseph Cerbin is a Family Practice Physician with the South Bend Clinic Granger Family Medicine Office, ( He is also a member of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta ( The Order of Malta built the best hospital in the world during its time treating each patient as the Lord Jesus himself. Every new patient admission began with a visit to a priest for the sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion and then to a lawyer for a Last Will and Testament before beginning treatment with the doctors. Their code of honor required the best of them, and therefore their full attention to detail of the patient’s well-being. Our discussion includes the modern practice of using Advance Directives to provide authority and instructions for health care. For guidance in preparing these instructions, we turn to the recent document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith entitled: “Samaritanus Bonus – on the care of persons in the critical and terminal phases of life”. (
October 26, 2020
Dr. Meg Meeker – Boost Your Parenting Productivity Today!
The family is the strongest team on earth.  Meg Meeker M.D. pediatrician, author and national media contributor shares her wisdom on protecting children and forming strong characters within them. Plenty of tips on meeting today’s challenges for mothers, father, and grandparents. She is also a podcaster and her work can be found at ( She and Chris Godfrey created a DVD for parents and young teens entitled “Know Yourself”. To learn more go to: (
October 19, 2020
Frank Macknick, Jr. – How to Choose the Right Retirement Center or Nursing Home for a Loved One
Moving is always difficult, but it can be even more stressful when choosing a place for our loved ones.  Our guest Frank Macknick, Jr. has spent over 50 years serving as a consultant to the retirement living and nursing home industry around the country. He knows what to look for and shares his valuable experience with us.
October 12, 2020
Cathy Nolan - Becoming God's Friend
When we keep our hearts free of lesser things, we are better able to meet life’s challenges with joy. Cathy is the mother of eight and grandmother to thirty-two children. In this podcast she shares her concerns about growing older, and how prayer is helping her as she waits for what our Lord and his Mother have promised to all of God’s friends. She and her husband Dennis host the daily recitation of the Holy Rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet on (
October 05, 2020