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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 »

September 20

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Certainly the excitement is building as we all prepare to welcome Pope Francis to the United States this week. Even though plans have been in the making for over a year, now the time has arrived, and we can sit back and take in all that will ... Read More »

September 13

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



In his recent interview with the editor of the Catholic New World (issue dated August 23-September 5, 2015), Archbishop Blasé Cupich is commenting on the Synod on the Family taking place in Rome next month, and he says that, while it is extremely important that the Church ... Read More »

September 6

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Tomorrow is Labor Day, a day that signals many transitions in the lives of people. For families, it means that vacation time is probably ended, and now all members go back to “ordinary time” with earlier to bed and earlier to rise as the normal. For students ... Read More »

August 30

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



For the past decade or so, we have been hearing a good deal about “alternative energy sources.” Most of the commentary has centered around wind and solar energy sources, but there are others as well. In the Western and Southern States of our country you see many ... Read More »

August 23

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



This Sunday is a truly special day in the Archdiocese of Chicago, for Archbishop Blasé J. Cupich will receive the pallium from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. On the occasion of this event the Archdiocese has asked each parish to publish the ... Read More »

August 16

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Last weekend I was speaking with a lady from Philadelphia who had come to Sunday Mass. After she mentioned that this was her first time in Chicago and therefore the first time she had come to St. Peter’s, I commented to her that her City of Brotherly ... Read More »

August 9

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Someone told me the other day about a friend of his whose idea of a great vacation is to go to a beach with several books and then relax to take in the sun, the water, and whatever that authors bring to mind. I have to admit ... Read More »