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December 10, 2023

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

As I mentioned in last weekend's bulletin, in 1988, the Catholic bishops of the United States launched the Retirement Fund for Religious to address the significant lack of retirement funding for Catholic sisters, brothers, and priests in religious orders. For most of their lives, elder religious worked for little ... Read More »

December 3, 2023

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Eighty-two years ago this Thursday, December 7, 1941, shortly before 8:00 am in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, many people were in church praying, waking up at home or spending a quiet Sunday morning. That peace and tranquility was dramatically destroyed in the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor ... Read More »

November 26, 2023

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar


Today (the Solemnity of Christ the King) marks the end of the Liturgical year for the Church. Next weekend we will begin a new Church year with the First Sunday of Advent. This weekend ends our year-long cycle of reading from the Gospel of Matthew. Next ... Read More »

November 19, 2023

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar


This weekend, throughout the USA, the annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, also known as CCHD is taken up at all Catholic churches. For over 50 years, the mission of CCHD has been to address the root causes of poverty in ... Read More »

November 12, 2023

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar


Last week, Cardinal Cupich (Archbishop of Chicago) sent a letter to all pastors to inform us about threats made to Catholic Charities workers and others who provide aid to refugees and migrants. In that letter while asking all priests to exercise prudent caution, he also ... Read More »

November 5, 2023

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Last week we celebrated the feasts of All Saints and that of All Souls. Those annual feasts of the Church remind us to pray for our relatives and friends who have died. The month of November is dedicated to the Poor Souls and all the faithful departed whom we ... Read More »

October 29, 2023

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Ask any child/adult what Tuesday (October 31) is and most will reply... It's Halloween and "Trick or Treat." It's time for candy, hot dogs, and parties for both kids & adults. It's time for scary tales and movies, of carved pumpkins and varieties of costumes both funny and frightening. 

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October 22, 2023

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

In 1926 Pope Pius XI, instituted World Mission Sunday for the universal Church. He asked Catholics to pray, learn about the missions and give donations for those working in mission territories as well as all the people they served. His concern was to foster a sense of responsibility in ... Read More »

October 15, 2023

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

In last weekend's bulletin, I wrote about the merging of six of the seven Franciscan Provinces (OFM) into one Province this year. That historic event will take place this week (October 16-20) in Kansas City, Missouri. Fr. Massimo, OFM, Minister General (the head of the Franciscan Order) will join ... Read More »

October 8, 2023

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

As we have announced over the past couple of years in places where the friars are presently serving, six of the seven Order of Friars Minor (OFM) Franciscans will be merging in October 2023 to form one province for the United States. Below, I share a few thoughts and ... Read More »