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June 6, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

The feast of Corpus Christi was first celebrated in Liege, Belgium in 1246. Pope Urban IV extended the feast to the entire Church in 1264. Today, in many countries throughout the world, Corpus Christi is a public holiday with special Masses, processions with the Blessed Sacrament through city streets ... Read More »

May 30, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Today the Church celebrates the great mystery of the Trinity. As we know, mystery is by definition not able to be explained fully. The Trinity has over the centuries been a mystery to believers and non-believers alike. However, through our faith and trust in revelation we have come to ... Read More »

May 23, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

In the second reading today from St. Paul we hear, “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord…..To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.” (1 Cor12: 4-7) On this feast ... Read More »

May 16, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

On this day when we recall the Ascension of the Lord, Mark's Gospel reminds us of the command the Lord left us to follow, as He returned to his Heavenly Father. For Jesus says to his followers, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature." ... Read More »

May 9, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

As we gather this weekend to celebrate the sixth Sunday of Easter we also honor and pray this Mother's Day for our mothers, those living and those deceased. As I wrote in last weekend's bulletin it was one hundred seven years ago, on May 9, 1914, that President Woodrow ... Read More »

May 2, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

As I wrote in the church bulletin last week, with more people receiving the vaccine for COVID, an increase of tourists, workers, etc. here in the Loop and the return of warmer weather, we will adjust our present COVID affected church schedule a bit to better meet the needs ... Read More »

April 25, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

In the Gospel selection for today's Mass we hear, "Jesus said, I am the Good Shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep ... Read More »

April 18, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

I am writing these thoughts on Saturday of Easter Week (April 10). There is a feeling of Spring in the air. Trees are budding, daffodils on street dividers, along south Lake Shore drive and many other places are blooming. One of the friars told me this week that he ... Read More »

April 11, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

I would like to express a grateful THANK YOU to our musicians, cantors, readers, ushers, greeters, sacristan, church decorators, security personnel, friars, church staff, benefactors and everyone who came to St. Peter's during the Lenten Season, Holy Week and Easter services. Because of your great devotion to the Lord and ... Read More »

April 4,2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

“Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels! Exult, all creation around God’s throne! Jesus Christ, our King, is risen! Sound the trumpet of salvation!” (from The Easter Proclamation) After forty days of prayer and sacrifice we have arrived at the great feast of Easter. Christians throughout the world would ... Read More »