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October 14, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

At the beginning of this month, Fr. Ed Shea, Fr. Tom Ess, and I joined approximately 2500 people from throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago at the Rosemont Convention Center for a program dealing with the Renew My Church process presently going on in the Archdiocese. As many of you ... Read More »

October 7, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

I am writing this article in the midst of the controversies surrounding the accusations of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford , who says that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a party when they were both in high school. This has completely upset the nomination process for ... Read More »

September 30, 2018

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 Thursday, October 4. I would like to have sufficient room in this bulletin and the time to write ... Read More »

September 23, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

One of the most frequent themes Pope Francis has commented upon is that of each Christian being called to be a “missionary disciple.” No doubt you have heard this term used in homilies from time to time, and you might have wondered what that was all about since perhaps ... Read More »

September 16, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar


A very important gathering for the Church will take place in Rome in the next couple of weeks, something that many of us may not have heard too much about. On October 6, 2016, Pope Francis announced that the theme of the Fifteenth Ordinary Assembly of the Synod ... Read More »

September 9, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



These past several weeks have been extremely difficult for so many of us. Deep down we have to admit that we usually look forward to having peace and quiet surround us as much as possible, although we know that is not always the case. Even though we ... Read More »

September 2, 2018

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, ... Read More »

August 26, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



As I write this article, forest fires are raging in thirteen states throughout the Western section of the United States and in several European countries as well. California is the state with the most destruction and the most media coverage, but it is far from the only ... Read More »

August 19, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



By this time you no doubt have heard that Pope Francis earlier this month made a statement indicating that the teaching of the Church concerning the death penalty had been updated. He did so, building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment. Now the ... Read More »

August 12, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



All three readings have examples of people complaining in different ways. Paul contrasts two ways of life. One way, a complaining and dissatisfied life, results in “bitterness, fury, anger.” In the other path, the life of the Spirit, others are treated with love ... Read More »