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    A Message from Cardinal Cupich
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  • From the Pastor

    THERE’S A WIDENESS IN GOD’S MERCY
    That is the title of one of my favorite hymns which we may not hear all that often, but which carries an important message for all of us. During these extraordinary times that just happen to come during the holiest days of the year, one of the concerns that some may have is their inability to access the Sacrament of Penance during the final days of Lent..... MORE>
     
     
  • From Cardinal Cupich

    A mandatory shelter-in-place order exists for the State of Illinois. What this means for our parishes is that effective 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21 through Tuesday, April 7: • All churches and adoration chapels must be closed and locked until the order is lifted by the governor.     MORE>

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  • THE PRESENCE & POWER OF PRAYER

    During these challenging and rather bizarre days, it’s truly unfortunate that we can’t be together to do what makes life’s troubles easier to bear—to pray with one another. Or can we?
     
    The simple & wonderful fact is that prayer is even better than telephones, texting or social media because it can connect us on a much deeper level, anytime or anywhere, to anyone & everyone, living or dead! So with that fact in mind, I have a suggestion, particularly since it has now been confirmed that all public Masses will be suspended through & even beyond Easter, a profoundly disappointing turn of events for every faith community.
     
    My suggestion then, for as long as it may be necessary is this…. During the time of the weekend Mass you would normally attend, set aside ten, fifteen, thirty minutes—whatever feels right—and pray, in spirit, with your fellow parishioners who would normally be sitting somewhere in church with you at that time. Picture some of them in your mind as you read the scriptures for that Sunday (found elsewhere on this website) or pray in intercession for them, for our parish family, the universal Church, and for all God’s children on this planet. You might even want to Google one of your favorite church songs and either listen or sing along. Yes, this is far from perfect, but for now, it’s going to be the best we can do.
     
    Now, to be honest, the one thing we can’t do in this way is take up a collection! So, if you’re able, please either mail or drop off your regular offering whenever you can, especially your Easter offering when that time comes. The life of a parish is no different than your own; bills—and especially salaries—must be paid even in these extraordinary times. Of course, if your own income has been adversely impacted by this crisis, take care of your own needs first or help out your neighbors in whatever way you can. And if there’s anything we here at the parish office can do for you, just let us know.
     
    As the old saying goes: “this too shall pass.” Until it does, let the “presence & power of prayer” sustain us all.
     
    Fr. Bob

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  • Mass intentions for cancelled masses during these days of suspended gatherings will be rescheduled at a later date. Whenever masses resume, just call the rectory for a new date. For this purpose only, we will waive the canonical limit of two intentions per mass.

  • Bp. Barron's Lent Reflections

    • Friends, today’s Gospel presents the story of the woman caught in adultery, which is one of the clearest demonstrations of what Catholic philosopher René Girard called the scapegoat mechanism...