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May 22, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Last week in the bulletin I began to speak a bit about Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Exhortation The Joy of Love. In that introduction I also shared with you the words of Archbishop Cupich at his News Conference on the day this letter was released. The Archbishop ... Read More »

May15, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

5-15-16   I have chosen this feast of Pentecost to write a few thoughts about the new Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis entitled The Joy of Love or Amoris Laetitia in Latin. This is the Holy Father’s reflections on the two Synods on the Family which took place in ... Read More »

May 8, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day, one of the nicest days in the year since we single out our mothers for special attention and memory. Each one of us has unique stories to tell of our mothers, and we do so with thanksgiving and perhaps with a ... Read More »

May 1, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

5-01-16   It is said that many adults who are single wonder whether there is a place for them in Catholic life. Some single Catholics doubt that parishes, heavily focused on marriage and family life, can connect with them. Still, many single adults discover a place in the Church. ... Read More »

April 24, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



As I sit down to write this article for the bulletin, the element of “pilgrimage” is swirling around me. Father Mario is about to leave with thirty-six pilgrims for Egypt and Greece. It has been several years since he has sponsored this particular pilgrimage, but both he ... Read More »

April 17, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

4-17-16   Did you ever notice how many times we hear about the importance of “witnessing” in the Scriptures, especially in the readings for the Easter season? The women ran back to tell the apostles what they had witnessed. Peter after Pentecost in the Acts of the Apostles which ... Read More »

April 10, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

4-10-16   Do you ever think much about your childhood and young adult years? I suspect the answer to that question is a resounding YES. Hopefully those early years were ones of great joy and satisfaction. As a youngster you reveled in exploring all kinds of new things and ... Read More »

April 3, 2016

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

4-03-16   The Catholic Church has innumerable canonized saints and hundreds of thousands of deceased persons whom we have come to know as saints but not yet canonized. Some of these saints lived long ago such as St. Ambrose, St. Peter Chrysologus, the twelve Apostles, St. Mary Magdalene, St. ... Read More »

March 27

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

3-27-16   It seems that everyone looks forward to celebrating Easter, although perhaps from varying reasons. For some, Easter really signals the beginning of spring. No matter what specific date Easter falls on in a particular year, we somewhat think of it as a true transition from the doldrums ... Read More »

March 20

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

3-20-16   Can you believe it? We are beginning Holy Week and next Sunday is Easter. Even though we have been blessed with a relatively warm winter, we still are wondering when spring will actually arrive for good. I had to chuckle the other day when I read a ... Read More »