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July 29, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



No doubt many of you reading this article are familiar with an author by the name of Matthew Kelly. He is also a sought-after speaker at conventions and workshops, a youth minister, a catechist, and a family man. One of his latest books is entitled Rediscovering Catholicism: ... Read More »

July 22, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



You probably have been hearing a fair amount about the Archdiocesan renewal program Renew My Church either from details at your home parish or from the Chicago Catholic, our Archdiocesan newspaper. This program is drawing people together in clusters to discuss how our parishes can become more ... Read More »

July 15, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Last week in this column I summarized the thoughts of a Protestant pastor in his new book Quit Church, in which he writes that followers of Jesus are called to be “all-in” as they respond to the Lord’s call as a disciple. His point was that all ... Read More »

July 8, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



From time to time we read new statistics about fewer and fewer people attending church on a regular basis. This is true not only in the United States but almost everywhere in the world. Here in Chicago Cardinal Cupich established the Renew My Church initiative several years ... Read More »

July 1, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



A few weeks ago we remembered the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy on June 5, 1968. He had been campaigning for the office of the President of the United States when he was shot in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los ... Read More »

June 24, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



Some of you might be wondering why I haven’t written anything before now concerning our chapter event in St. Louis at the end of May. After all, we had prepared you for the fact that most of us would be gone from St. Peter’s attending this chapter ... Read More »

June 17, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



It’s time once again to celebrate Father’s Day, something that not always gets sufficient attention in the busyness of summer activities and various jobs that need to get done around the house such as cutting the grass, trimming the shrubs, washing the car, paying the bills, etc. ... Read More »

June 10, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



I have been writing recently about various aspects of Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate, “Rejoice and Be Glad,” which is Francis’ contemporary commentary on the universal call to holiness which the Second Vatican Council emphasized more than fifty years ago. What the Council and ... Read More »

June 3, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



This Sunday here in the United States we celebrate the great Feast of Corpus Christi, and it gives us the opportunity to reflect on the reality of the Real Presence of the Lord in the consecrated Host and the Precious Blood, and it causes us to be ... Read More »

May 27, 2018

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



One of the struggles that people have grappled with almost from the beginning of creation is how we can attain unity with diversity. How can men and women get along together and even thrive despite the fact that each might approach a situation differently? How can people ... Read More »