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January 11

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

1-11-15

 

We have just finished celebrating National Migration Week (January 4-11) here in the United States with the theme, “We are One Family under God.” The celebration of National Migration Week provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the hardships faced by migrants, including children, refugees and victims ... Read More »

January 4

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

1-04-15

 

As we begin this new year of 2015, it’s a good time to think, reflect and perhaps even dream a bit about the near future. These past twelve months have been difficult: we have been dealing with the threat of ISIS and its violence, the Ebola virus ... Read More »

December 28

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

12-28-14

 

Now that Christmas has come and gone—even some families already discarding their Christmas trees and taking down their Christmas decorations—our thoughts turn toward New Year’s Eve with its many late night and midnight celebrations: in Times Square, in nightclubs and banquet halls, in fancy hotels with their ... Read More »

December 21

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

12-21-14

 

It is wonderful at Christmas time to see so many churches, agencies, and civil programs go out of their way to make sure the needy are specially taken care of at this time of the year. I wonder how many coats, hats, scarves and gloves are gathered ... Read More »

December 14

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

12-14-14

 

Last week in the bulletin I outlined the general aims of the Year of Consecrated Life proclaimed by Pope Francis and which began on the First Sunday of Advent and will continue until February 2, 2016. It is a time for the entire Church to reflect on ... Read More »

December 7

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

12-07-14

 

Pope Francis has proclaimed 2015 as The Year of Consecrated Life to begin last Sunday—the First Sunday of Advent—and to conclude on February 2, 2016—the World Day of Consecrated Life. This year also encompasses the observance of the 50th anniversaries of Perfectae Caritatis, the Second Vatican Council’s ... Read More »

November 30

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

11-30-14

 

We have just come through some of the coldest weeks ever in the month of November and most of us were probably not quite ready to endure these temperatures and the blustery winds that have accompanied them. Ready or not, we have to accept the fact that ... Read More »

November 23

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

11-23-14

 

We have just finished the mid-term elections that have seen the Republicans win a huge majority in the House of Representatives and a majority in the Senate as well. They also have either re-elected the vast majority of their own Republican governors or elected others for the ... Read More »

November 16

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

11-16-14

 

This is a very important and exciting week for the city of Chicago and especially for the Archdiocese of Chicago, which comprises the two counties of Cook and Lake. On Tuesday of this week Most Reverend Blasé Cupich, D.D., will be installed as the new Archbishop of ... Read More »

November 9

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

11-09-14

 

On Friday, October 24, 2014, we had the privilege of being part of an event called “Heaven Cries Out for Our Children.” It was sponsored by the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Education of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The event began with a rally at the Federal ... Read More »