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October 27, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Throughout this month of October—beginning October 6 and finishing today, October 27—a very significant event has been happening at the Vatican: the Synod for the Amazon. This gathering of bishops, theologians, religious, professional scientists, lay men and women and many observers was historic not only because of the topic ... Read More »

October 20, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

On this World Mission Sunday, we hear from the Chief Pastor of the Church, Pope Francis, as he writes to us about how each of us is called to become a missionary disciple. “For the month of October 2019, I have asked the whole Church revive her missionary awareness ... Read More »

October 13, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

As I begin to write this article for the bulletin, the 2019 General Assembly of the United Nations is in full swing with leaders from many nations of the world in attendance, and it reminded me of the visit of Pope Francis to the United States in 2015 along ... Read More »

October 6, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

In the heat of the moment, with tempers flaring and family members shouting out every ill-chosen word, the power of forgiveness probably is the farthest thing from anyone’s mind. Forgiveness occupies a position of major importance in Christian life. Jesus wanted his followers to love even their enemies. Typically, ... Read More »

September 29, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

For all of us associated with St. Peter’s, this is one of the holiest and important weeks of the year since we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Friday, October 4. I would like to have sufficient room in this bulletin and the time to write ... Read More »

September 22, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Some days it is difficult to be optimistic about anything. Violence surrounds us not only in war-torn parts of the world but also in most urban cities throughout the United States. Shootings and murders seem to jump out at us in almost every newscast we watch. We are constantly ... Read More »

September 15, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

One of the things I like to do and try to do as much as possible is to read several periodicals published from countries outside the United States since you hear firsthand their particular take on some of the same questions and situations we are facing here at home. ... Read More »

September 8, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Throughout the summer months right up to the present time I have seen all kinds of advertisements on television for vacation packages to various parts of the world for individuals and families to spend time at a certain spot to enjoy the beach and the clear water, the amenities ... Read More »

September 1, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

The Labor Day holiday weekend has always been a favorite of mine since it occurs after the dog days of August which have a way of de-energizing a person due to the heat and the humidity. September is a much more pleasant month from a weather perspective, and I’m ... Read More »

August 25,2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

If there is one thing St. Peter’s in the Loop is famous for and something that almost everyone who lives in the Archdiocese of Chicago could tell you, it is the reality that we hear confessions every weekday from early morning until when most of the commuters are on ... Read More »