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August 8, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar


This weekend, August 7-8, 2021, throughout the Archdiocese, we observe the Missionary Cooperation Plan, the annual collection that connects our archdiocese with missionary causes around the world. Unfortunately, for a second summer the missionaries could not send speakers to visit us in person due to the ... Read More »

August 1, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar


Today, Sunday, August 1, 2021 we begin our year-long celebration of the 175th anniversary of St. Peter's Church. We welcome Fr. Thomas Nairn, OFM, the Provincial of the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart who is presiding and preaching at this Mass. Throughout the coming year we ... Read More »

July 25, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

The Pardon of Assisi

As I mentioned in the bulletin last weekend, on August 2 each year, a feast especially important to Franciscans is celebrated. The Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula honors Mary and commemorates a small chapel in the valley below Assisi where ... Read More »

July 18,2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

175th Anniversary

Mark your calendars now as we will begin our 175th anniversary celebration with a festive Mass at 11:00 am on Sunday, August 1, 2021. Fr. Thomas Nairn, OFM, the Provincial of the Franciscans, Sacred Heart Province, will be the presider and homilist.

Since arriving as pastor of ... Read More »

July 11, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

On Wednesday, July 14 we celebrate the Feast of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the “Lily of the Mohawks.” As a young boy I was introduced to this 17th century holy woman through the deep devotion of my maternal grandparents. My grandfather was raised in the area of Trois-Rivieres, Québec and ... Read More »

July 4, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

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

June 27, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

On Tuesday, 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 20, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Last Friday, the Guidelines for the Restore Illinois Phase 5 were implemented throughout Chicago and the State. Following the direction of the Archdiocese, we here at St. Peter's Church also revised and updated our safety protocols. As we evaluate these new Guidelines and consider further adjustments to our schedule, ... Read More »

June 13, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

The feast of St. Anthony of Padua is ordinarily celebrated on June 13, the day of his death in 1231. As June 13 this year falls on a Sunday the Church asks that we celebrate the Liturgy for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary time. As is the custom, here ... Read More »

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 »