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March 18, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



As a priest, Franciscan, disciple of Jesus, member of the Catholic Church, citizen of the United States, and a pastor, my thoughts continue to come back to the question of immigration. We are an immigrant Church, a pilgrim people on a journey of faith, hope and love. ... Read More »

March 11, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



I am writing this article on the very day that Commander Paul Bauer’s funeral was held at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church. I am still reeling from the horrific situation that brought him into contact with Shomari Legghette, who is a convicted armed robber, who legally ... Read More »

March 4, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Just before beginning this bulletin article, I finished working on my personal friar budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year for our province. Like many of you, each friar is asked to seriously consider what his proposed income will be and what he anticipates his expenses will be ... Read More »

February 25, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Some of you may remember the television show Frasier that aired from about 1993 to 2004. It was one of those shows that you could watch week after week and not be afraid of all kinds of off-color jokes being part of the scripts. One of the ... Read More »

February 18, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Next month Pope Francis celebrates the fifth anniversary of his pontificate. These five years have been exciting in that he has surprised us from time to time in so many ways. He has tried to find ways that the Catholic Church stays in touch with “the people ... Read More »

February 11, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Well, my brothers and sisters, we are about to begin one of the most sacred times of the year, namely, Lent. We have been moving along nicely during this month of February, sometimes hesitantly because of the many overcast and dreary days and other times with uplifted ... Read More »

February 4, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Last Sunday we had an introduction to the Annual Catholic Appeal. You know that the Annual Catholic Appeal involves a request for our financial support to sustain the many good works of the Archdiocese and its many parishes. The Annual Appeal, however, is more than a request ... Read More »

January 28, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Some of us may not be aware that 183 nations have diplomatic ties with the Holy See, i.e. have an official representative who intersects for a variety of reasons with the Vatican City state. Once a year, usually shortly after the New Year, these diplomats are invited to come ... Read More »

January 21, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Last Sunday we hosted a special Mass in preparation for the Chicago March for Life that gathered several thousand people at the Federal Plaza to listen to a number of speakers giving their perspective on the Pro-Life emphasis that has seized our attention each year at this ... Read More »

January 14, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



We are privileged today to welcome many individuals and groups to our 12:30 Mass who are preparing to join the March for Life Chicago at the Federal Plaza beginning at 2:00 P.M. People have come from all over the Midwest to come together in solidarity to pray, ... Read More »