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December 27, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

As we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family this weekend, I encourage you to pray for all families. The families of our world and Church today are composed of a variety of people and circumstances. No matter what our definition of family, God calls each of us to ... Read More »

December 20,2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Today as we light the four Advent candles we realize Christmas will soon be here. Whether we are ready or not the birthday of our Lord and Savior arrives Friday and we are invited to celebrate that great event. Unfortunately, this year, due to COVID protocols, we cannot sing ... Read More »

December 13, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

This Third Sunday of Advent has traditionally been called “Gaudete” Sunday. “Gaudete” is Latin for “rejoice”. The rose colored vestments and rose candle on our Advent wreath reminds us that we are halfway through the Advent season. As we light the third candle on our Advent wreath, we are ... Read More »

December 6, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Seventy-nine years ago tomorrow (December 7, 1941) a little before 8:00am 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 that ... Read More »

November 29, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

This weekend November 28-29, we begin a new Church year with the First Sunday of Advent. This Advent and Christmas season will be very different than what many of us remember from previous years. The continuing threat of the COVID-19 virus and the need to implement safe guidelines for ... Read More »

November 22, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

This weekend, throughout the USA the annual Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is taken up in parishes. CCHD was founded in 1969 by the US Bishops to end the cycle of poverty in the United States by funding organizations that help people help themselves. With ... Read More »

November 15, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

In the recent presidential campaign that saw record numbers of people voting, last Saturday after days of uncertainty it was announced that Joe Biden had received over 75 million votes (and 290 electoral votes) and President Trump had received over 70 million votes (and 214 electoral votes). Though facing ... Read More »

November 8, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Last week we celebrated the feasts of All Saints and that of All Souls. These 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 »

November 1, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

From the earliest days of the Church we have remembered and prayed for the dead. On this All Saints Day and tomorrow on All Souls Day, I encourage you to pray for your family, neighbors, parishioners and others who have died. Keep their memory alive by sharing with others ... Read More »

October 25, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Once a year all pastors are required by the Archdiocese of Chicago to publish in their Sunday bulletin a summary of the financial report that is sent to the Archdiocese at the end of the fiscal year. With the change of pastors in July and my needing to get ... Read More »