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July 2, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

7-02-17

 

This past week—June 19-23—just over 100 friars from our Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart gathered in Saint Louis for our Provincial Chapter, something that is held every three years in each Franciscan province throughout the world. It is a time for us to renew friendships, to ... Read More »

June 25, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

6-25-17

 

Recently the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a pastoral reflection entitled “Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times.” In the reflection they give us direction in solidarity with those who have been forced to flee their homes due to ... Read More »

June 18, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

6-18-17

 

This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, or the Body and Blood of Christ. It is a time when a number of parishes take the occasion to have a procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets in order to make a public expression of ... Read More »

June 11, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

 

The doctrine of the Trinity was not yet worked out at the time that the New Testament was written. In fact, it took two more centuries for bishops and theologians to settle on formal statements about the three-in-oneness of God. The Council ... Read More »

June 4, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

6-04-17

 

Last week in the bulletin I was reminiscing about how the Apostles and disciples experienced dramatic changes in their lives and ministry from after the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost until what happened at the Council of Jerusalem c. 49 A.D. Jesus had told them ... Read More »

May 28, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

5-28-17

 

I don’t know about you, but I often like to think about how it must have been to be alive at the time of the public life of Jesus and in those years between the first Pentecost and perhaps the Council of Jerusalem. The best we can ... Read More »

May 21, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

5-21-17

 

No doubt you have noticed over the past several months that we have been putting a number of copies of the Chicago Catholic at the rear of church. The newspaper has been sending us these copies for your taking, hoping that perhaps you would decide to actually ... Read More »

May 14, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

5-14-17

 

This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day, one of the nicest days in the year since we single out our mothers for special attention and memory. Each one of us has unique stories to tell of our mothers, and we do so with thanksgiving and perhaps with a ... Read More »

May 7, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

5-07-17

 

It may seem unbelievable, but this weekend is the mid-point of the Easter Season, fifty days between Easter Sunday and the Solemnity of Pentecost. The Church understands that there is so much to absorb about the reality and the implications of the Paschal Mystery that she tries ... Read More »

April 30, 2017

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

GUEST COLUMNIST—Fr. Ed McKenzie, O.F.M.

 

Today I have asked Fr. Ed McKenzie to offer a reflection about the life of the Secular Franciscans or the Lay Franciscan branch of the Franciscan Order. He presently serves as the Provincial Spiritual Assistant to those attached to the Sacred Heart Province. ... Read More »