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March 21, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

A year ago most churches throughout the world had closed their doors to public worship in an unprecedented move to help stop the spread of the COVID virus. Little did we know at that time how deadly and costly this dangerous virus would be. Government leaders in some countries ... Read More »

March 14, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Lent and traditionally called, Laetare Sunday or Rejoice Sunday. We are half-way through the season of Lent. Holy Week and the Easter season are quickly approaching. As we walk through Lent 2021 we are reminded that this is the second Lent that we ... Read More »

March 7, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter titled, Patris Corde ("With a Father's Heart"). In this Letter the Pope describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, ... Read More »

February 28, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

In the Gospel last Sunday, the writer St. Mark wrote that Jesus spent forty days in the desert. When he returned to Galilee Jesus proclaimed, "The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." For the last year we have been in our own desert ... Read More »

February 21, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

On Wednesday we were sprinkled with ashes and once again began the Season Lent walking with the Lord through his Passion, Death and Resurrection. This Lent we continue to face health and political challenges to so many of us throughout the world. But through the tremendous dedication of medical ... Read More »

February 7, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

LENTEN SEASON

Last Wednesday, February 3 was the feast of St. Blase, Bishop & Martyr of the 4th century. Because many were not able to attend Mass on his feast, today, Sunday February 7, we will have the annual Blessing of St. Blase for diseases of the throat and ... Read More »

February 14, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

February 14 was for many years known as the feast of St. Valentine. Studies and scholarship of the last few decades have raised enough conflicting stories and uncertainties about the legend of St. Valentine that the Church removed the feast from the Calendar of Saints. However, the tradition of ... Read More »

January 31, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL (ACA)

This weekend, throughout the Archdiocese, is the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) Announcement Weekend. This year's theme is "Come, follow me...and bring hope to the world." Many Catholics, throughout the Archdiocese, will be receiving the Annual Catholic Appeal mailing from Cardinal Cupich soon.

The Annual Catholic ... Read More »

January 24, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL (ACA)

Next weekend, throughout the Archdiocese, will be the beginning of the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA). This year's theme is "Come, follow me...and bring hope to the world." Many Catholics, throughout the Archdiocese, will be receiving the Annual Catholic Appeal mailing from Cardinal Cupich soon. On ... Read More »

January 17, 2021

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

There are a number of important events to remember as we begin 2021. January marks the 158th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed January 1, 1863 in the midst of the Civil War that was tearing the country apart.

Tomorrow, Monday, January 18 is a national holiday as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Though great progress has been made in tolerance throughout our country since the 1960’s, there is still much work to do. As tragic attacks on other human beings, shootings and hate filled language that have become more prevalent in the past couple of years has shown, we still have much work to do to make equality for all people a reality. Let us join in prayer and work daily so that all people of the world might realize the “Dream” of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that we are truly brothers and sisters to one another in the human ... Read More »