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January 31

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

1-31-16   As a priest I often hear people telling me their troubles. Sometimes it involves a relationship that has gone sour, and the individual is wondering whether it can ever be reconciled. Other times it is about finances and how a person is going to make it from ... Read More »

January 24

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

1-24-16 This past Friday, January 22, 2016, thousands of people descended on Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court 43 years ago. I am always so edified by so many individuals and ... Read More »

January 17

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Last week in the bulletin I quoted from Pope Francis’ letter for the World Day of Peace, which is celebrated each New Year’s Day. The letter is entitled “Overcome Indifference and Win Peace.” He talked about the importance of maintaining our reasons for hope since there is ... Read More »

January 10

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Every year at the beginning of a new year Popes have issued a letter outlining hopes and dreams for the future and practical ways those can be realized. Pope Francis has continued in that tradition and, although I would have liked to share these thoughts last week ... Read More »

January 3

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



This week, January 3-9, we celebrate National Migration Week, an annual time to consider the plight of migrants and refugees around the world. At this present moment, reflection on this situation is particularly significant since migrants have been fleeing from war-torn areas in various parts of the ... Read More »

December 27

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



It’s just two days after Christmas, and I can just imagine that in many families the parents are going crazy watching their children trying out all their new toys and gadgets and probably not paying too much attention to putting them back in boxes after they have ... Read More »

December 20

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



For the majority of this week liturgically we will continue to celebrate the season of Advent with the special Advent Scripture readings, the O Antiphons at Evening Prayer, the emphasis on the coming of the Messiah, etc. The decorations in church remain the importance of the Advent ... Read More »

December 13

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Last week in the bulletin I reminded you that the Jubilee Year of Mercy was beginning on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8th.  That beginning has now come and gone, but today I want to continue writing about the Year of Mercy and how it ... Read More »

December 6

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Every year as the month of December unfolds, it is a truly happy and blessed time. Advent has just begun, and in the minds of many, Christmas is descending with a passion. But it is also the time we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the ... Read More »

November 29

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



From all appearances, we are already in the Christmas season. The Festival of Lights last weekend was a grand success, and shopping on the Magnificent Mile is in full swing. The Chicago Christmas tree, now moved from Daley Plaza to Michigan and Washington, has been lit and ... Read More »