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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 »

November 22

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



I suspect that by the time you pick up this bulletin and begin reading it, you have been giving a fair amount of thought to how you are going to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Some people may be thinking about the meal you will cook for your family ... Read More »

November 15

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



If there is one thing constant in the world of news, it is the desire to find something out about someone’s personal past and then making it known to all the world. Certainly that is the case here in the United States as we are engaged in ... Read More »

November 8

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



You might remember that Pope John XXIII said one day he threw open the window in his apartment and thought to himself that it was time for fresh air to come into the Church. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he then called into being the ... Read More »

November 1

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Just last Sunday the Ordinary Synod on the Family came to an end at the Vatican in Rome. All the delegates (bishops, lay men and women, observers) had gathered together for three weeks discussing the family—its joys and its challenges—together with some ways to better pastorally minister ... Read More »

October 25

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Although it has now been a month since Pope Francis visited the United States, I am writing this article at the beginning of October with all the memories of his pastoral visit very much still in my thoughts. Thankfully I had the opportunity to watch a fair ... Read More »

October 18

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



We continue the celebration of Respect Life Month during October. One area that is getting more and more attention is assisted suicide since several states have already passed legislation to allow it under certain circumstances, and several more are now in the business of discussing it in ... Read More »

October 11

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



October is Respect Life Month throughout the United States as determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It is a time for all of us to reflect on the teaching of the Church that all life is sacred and, as far as human beings are ... Read More »

October 4

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



This week is one of the most joyful in the year for all of us here at St. Peter’s since on Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the founder of what is now the Franciscan Order (however, we are transferring the solemn celebration ... Read More »

September 27

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar


GUEST COLUMNIST—Br. Joe Middleton, O.F.M.

  The Brothers and Sisters of Penance—The Secular Franciscan Order


Anytime one looks at or examines anything Franciscan, it is wise to look first at St. Francis himself—and not just a point or a particular event in his story but to ... Read More »