November 13, 2022

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Next weekend, November 19-20, parishes throughout the USA will take up the annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, also known as CCHD. The Archdiocese of Chicago played an integral role in the creation of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), founded in 1969 as the official anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Half a century later, CCHD Chicago remains true to its mission of empowering low-income Americans to participate in the decisions that affect their lives, families, and communities. A Second Collection for CCHD will be taken up next weekend at all the Masses here at St. Peter's.


Because of early deadlines for our church bulletins, I am writing these thoughts the last weekend (Nov. 5-6) before our nation'smid-term election on Tuesday, November 8. So, by the time you read this bulletin, the results of Tuesday's election should be known throughout the country. I imagine none of us might be completely satisfied in who won and who lost throughout the nation and the various states and cities. However, what I truly hope and pray is that no matter who won, our nation might return to trying to work together for the good of all people. The slanderous political ads, the spreading of false stories and twisting of facts in the attempt to win an election in the recent campaigns of both political parties should call us as a nation to examine exactly how we want to live and work as Americans.

The blatant attack on the symbol of our American democracy (the Capital in Washington, DC), the physical attacks on those running for office or members of their families, the racism, self-interest and selfishness exhibited in this recent election campaign by many politicians and their followers, I find not only dangerous to our American ideals, I find it also against our belief in a compassionate and loving God.

As our elected officials begin their service to our country and each of us, they are to take this oath…

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

At the early beginning of our country, Archbishop John Carroll (First bishop and then Archbishop in the USA. He was born in Maryland and a number of his relatives were influential politicians in the new country.) issued a prayer for our country. His prayer is as needed now as it was 231 years ago. I urge you to pray this prayer for our country. I encourage you to do all you can to insure that our politicians fulfill their oath upon assuming their responsibilities towards all who live in our great country.

A Prayer For The United States Archbishop John Carroll (1791)

We pray, O almighty and eternal God, who through Jesus Christ has revealed thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of your name.

We pray Thee, who alone are good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal and sanctity of life, our chief bishop, the pope, the vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the government of his Church; our own bishop, all other bishops, prelates and pastors of the Church; and especially those who are appointed to exercise among us the functions of the holy ministry, and conduct your people into the ways of salvation.

We pray O God of might, wisdom and justice, through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with your Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the president of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness and be eminently useful to your people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality.

Let the light of your divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.

We pray for his excellency, the governor of this state, for the members of the assembly, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare, that they may be enabled, by your powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.

We recommend likewise, to your unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of your most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.

Finally, we pray to you, O Lord of mercy, to remember the souls of your servants departed, who are gone before us with the sign of faith and repose in the sleep of peace; the souls of our parents, relatives and friends; of those who, when living, were members of this congregation, and particularly of such as are lately deceased; of all benefactors who, by their donations or legacies to this Church, witnessed their zeal for the decency of divine worship and proved their claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech you, a place of refreshment, light and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Amen.


Thanksgiving Mass
November 24 at 9:00 am

Additional confessors will be scheduled.
December 12- 17 and December 19-23. Please note that NO confessions are scheduled on December 24.

Immaculate Conception Holyday, Patroness of the United States
Wednesday, December 7 - Holy Day Vigil Mass at 5:00 pm
Thursday, December 8 - Holy Day Masses at 7:30 am, 11:40 am & 1:15 pm

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas
Monday, December 12 - Masses at 7:30 am, 11:40 am & 1:15 pm

Christmas Masses
Saturday, December 24 - Vigil Mass at 4 pm and Night Mass at 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 25 - Mass at 9 am and Mass at 11:00 am

New Year Masses

Saturday, December 31 - New Year's Day Vigil Mass at 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 1 - New Year's Day Masses at 9:00 am and 11:00 am

More information on various programs, prayers, etc. for the upcoming holiday season will be found in future bulletins and on our website.

Fr. Michael