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September 29, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

For all of us associated with St. Peter’s, this is one of the holiest and important weeks of the year since we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Friday, October 4. I would like to have sufficient room in this bulletin and the time to write ... Read More »

September 22, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Some days it is difficult to be optimistic about anything. Violence surrounds us not only in war-torn parts of the world but also in most urban cities throughout the United States. Shootings and murders seem to jump out at us in almost every newscast we watch. We are constantly ... Read More »

September 15, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

One of the things I like to do and try to do as much as possible is to read several periodicals published from countries outside the United States since you hear firsthand their particular take on some of the same questions and situations we are facing here at home. ... Read More »

September 8, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

Throughout the summer months right up to the present time I have seen all kinds of advertisements on television for vacation packages to various parts of the world for individuals and families to spend time at a certain spot to enjoy the beach and the clear water, the amenities ... Read More »

September 1, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

The Labor Day holiday weekend has always been a favorite of mine since it occurs after the dog days of August which have a way of de-energizing a person due to the heat and the humidity. September is a much more pleasant month from a weather perspective, and I’m ... Read More »

August 25,2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

If there is one thing St. Peter’s in the Loop is famous for and something that almost everyone who lives in the Archdiocese of Chicago could tell you, it is the reality that we hear confessions every weekday from early morning until when most of the commuters are on ... Read More »

August 18, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar


Fiscal Year 2018-2019


The Archdiocese of Chicago requires all pastors to publish in the church bulletin a summary financial report at the end of each fiscal year. We at St. Peter’s have followed this directive for many years, and below you have the ... Read More »

August 11, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar



All of today’s readings speak about people on the move in search of a new homeland. The reading from Wisdom reminds us of the night of Passover when the people of Israel, trusting in God’s promises, journeyed from slavery to freedom in a ... Read More »

August 4,2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

One of the real problems of our time is the issue of and the availability of pornography. In some ways this is not a new phenomenon, but what is relatively new is the fact that pornography is no longer relegated to adult book stores and adult theaters. Anyone of ... Read More »

July 28, 2019

Posted by Jo Ann Bednar

The previous two weeks in our church bulletin I wrote about Dorothy Day, one of the people I admire so much about how she tried to put her faith into practice in very concrete ways throughout her life, especially after she became a Catholic. It’s not that she didn’t ... Read More »