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August 9, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Tuesday, August 11 is for Franciscans throughout the world a special day to celebrate the feast of St. Clare of Assisi. Clare was born in 1193 into a family of the nobility of Assisi, Italy. As a young girl she showed great compassion for the poor and devotion to ... Read More »

August 2, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

One of the things I like to do is read. I enjoy reading for pleasure a variety of books, especially mysteries, books about history and books on current affairs.  I also try to keep current with books about Franciscan life and our Catholic faith. I developed a love of ... Read More »

July 26, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

As I write these words for the first time as Pastor of St. Peter's Church, I must say I feel a bit at home. Though I have never been stationed at St. Peter's before I have been here for many meetings, ordinations and professions. In fact, I made my ... Read More »

July 19, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Since this is my (Fr. Kurt’s) final bulletin article, I decided to write about happiness and how we find it as an abiding characteristic in our lives. We all seek it and hope that most of the time we enjoy it, but we can sometimes be derailed in its ... Read More »

July 12, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Even though Fr. Michael becomes pastor of St. Peter’s this week, he and I decided that I would still prepare the bulletins of July 12 and 19 so that he would have a bit of time to unpack and to acclimatize himself in his new position. He will begin ... Read More »

July 5, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

During these past months and weeks when we could not gather as a faith community because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I suspect that most of us concentrated on personal prayer at home even more than we did before the “Shelter in Place” began. It was a real opportunity for ... Read More »

June 28, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Transitions in one way, shape or form are a regular part of life. Our Presidents can only serve two terms in office and then there must be a change. Even the best of school principals eventually indicate that they feel they have given their all and so ask that ... Read More »

June 21, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

It seems like an eternity since we had to close down on March 14 due to the direction of Governor Pritzker and Cardinal Cupich as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. It was the first time in memory that Catholic Churches throughout the Archdiocese all had to close ... Read More »

June 14, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

In times of joy and sorrow, Catholics gather around the table of the Lord. We seem drawn to celebrate the Eucharist by an instinct of faith when we welcome new members, bid farewell to loved ones, seek strength and consolation, reach out to the victims of a tragedy, offer ... Read More »

June 7, 2020

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

As I write this article (Memorial Day 2020), there is a great divide in our country about how fast or how slowly all aspects of the closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic should be lifted. Some states have already almost completely opened everything, including beaches, gyms, restaurants, bars, daycares, ... Read More »