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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 »

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 »