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July 10, 2022

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

A FEW OBSERVATIONS FROM THE PASTOR

I would like to share with you some observations I have after being your pastor for a couple of years. Having lived in Chicago for various ministries a number of times before coming here as pastor, I was in shock when I arrived ... Read More »

July 3, 2022

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

This weekend we are celebrating our nation’s Independence (July 4). The past few years we have lived with the reality that with the danger of COVID many celebrations, picnics, family gatherings, parades and fireworks were often cancelled. As many of the restrictions of the previous years have eased and ... Read More »

June 26, 2022

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

On Wednesday, June 29, we celebrate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. These two saints took to heart and put into action Jesus' exhortation, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature." We honor Peter to whom Christ said, “You are Peter, and upon ... Read More »

June 19,2022

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 »

June 12, 2022

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 »

June 5, 2022

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 29, 2022

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

On this day when we recall the Ascension of the Lord, we hear Christ's words to the disciples as found in the Acts of the Apostles, "... you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and ... Read More »

May 22,2022

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Since the time of St. Francis of Assisi, the Friars of the Franciscan Order have been called to gather periodically to discuss our common life of prayer, ministry and our faithfulness to our Rule of Life. These gatherings are called "Chapters." When the Franciscan Order was young, the friars ... Read More »

May 15, 2022

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

In early March I wrote in a couple of bulletins about the archdiocesan-wide spiritual renewal, called Renew My Church (RMC). Since March, I have attended a couple of meetings with other Archdiocese churches in the Downtown Grouping (Assumption Church, Holy Name Cathedral, Old St. Mary's Church, Old St. Patrick's ... Read More »

May 8, 2022

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

As we gather this weekend to celebrate the fourth Sunday of Easter, we also honor and pray this Mother's Day for our mothers, those living and those deceased. It was one hundred eight years ago, on May 9, 1914, that President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother's ... Read More »