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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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William Schmitt – The Family That Plays Together, Stays Together

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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 4, 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 7, 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 2, 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 5, 2020