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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 »

May 30, 2021

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 »

May 23, 2021

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 »