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December 11, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



The Roman Church has been singing the “O” Antiphons since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer from December 17-23. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the ... Read More »

December 4, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



We at St. Peter’s want to congratulate our Archbishop Blasé Cupich on being elevated to the rank of Cardinal at the recent consistory in Rome on Saturday, November 19. Pope Francis has honored Archbishop Cupich and also all of us in the Archdiocese by this appointment. Obviously ... Read More »

November 27, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, our thoughts and focus go to Christmas. For some time now advertisements on radio, television and the print media have been trying to get us in the “Christmas spirit” by convincing us that Christmas is about gift giving and gift ... Read More »

November 20, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



This weekend marks the close of this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. I believe it has been just that—an extraordinary year of extending God’s mercy to all the faithful primarily through the more frequent reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and through the ... Read More »

November 13, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

From Guest Columnist Fr. Mario DiCicco, O.F.M.


The country of Syria finds itself in a conflict which each day becomes more and more cruel. The death toll from the conflict is over 500,000. The severity of the humanitarian disaster has been outlined by the United ... Read More »

November 6, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Although many reading this bulletin may have already voted by taking advantage of early voting opportunities, still I suspect many of you will be waiting to visit your voting place next Tuesday, November 8th. We have had all kinds of exposure to candidates on the national, state ... Read More »

October 30, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

A REVOLUTION OF TENDERNESS A Reflection on our Role as Catholic Citizens


Economic decisions and institutions should be assessed according to whether they protect or undermine the dignity of the human person. Social and economic policies should foster the creation of jobs for all who can work with ... Read More »

October 23, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Continuing our reflection on these for Respect Life Month of October, I offer the following thoughts written by Richard M. Doerfinger, Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. His piece is entitled “The True Face of Assisted Suicide.”


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October 16, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



The elections in the United States are less than a month away. We have already had two presidential debates and one vice-presidential debate. We are bombarded every news cycle with election coverage and with candidate ads on radio and television. Hopefully by this time every citizen is ... Read More »

October 9, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



October is Pro-Life Month in the Catholic Church. Here at St. Peter’s we have used a section of the bulletin during this month to reflect on several pro-life issues as a means of observing this special month. All of this helps us to review some of the ... Read More »