June 7th - Weekly Newsletter
The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi Procession, and more ...
May 31st - Weekly Newsletter
Pray for Grads, The Visitation of the BVM, Trinity Sunday, and more ...
Response to the Illinois AG Report
Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, in Response to the Illinois Attorney General Report May 23, 2023
Today, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul published a report (the Report) on his office’s investigation of allegations of child sexual abuse against clergy in the six Illinois Catholic dioceses over a period of nearly 90 years. The Report addresses both how dioceses responded to such allegations in decades past and current policies that help ensure the safety of children and support the healing of survivors. We have not studied the report in detail but have concerns about data that might be misunderstood or are presented in ways that could be misleading. It is therefore important that we state what we know to be true. For example:
The 451 names “disclosed":
We must think first of the survivors of sexual abuse who carry the burden of these crimes through their lives. On behalf of the archdiocese, I apologize to all who have been harmed by the failure to prevent and properly respond to child sexual abuse by clerics. Survivors will forever be in our prayers, and we have devoted ourselves to rooting out this problem and providing healing to victims.
For more than 30 years, the Archdiocese of Chicago has been at the forefront of developing and improving policies and programs to address the scourge of child sexual abuse and to support survivors. Our policies and procedures, first adopted in 1992, have served as a model for organizations and professionals dealing with this difficult issue. I hope the attention drawn to the issue by the Report will encourage those who work with minors to learn from our experience and take steps to protect all children from sexual abuse.
Here are some key facts about our efforts in the Archdiocese of Chicago:
In addition to these steps, the Archdiocese of Chicago fully cooperates with law enforcement, including with the Attorney General’s investigation. We have made our employees available for interviews and provided access to hundreds of thousands of documents. We are committed to continuously reviewing our policies and will carefully consider any changes recommended by the Attorney General. Indeed, the archdiocese has already implemented a number of recommendations the Attorney General made during the course of the investigation such as expansion of the parameters of our website list.
From my earliest days as a bishop, I have dealt with allegations of child sexual abuse by putting the child at the center of my actions. In my experience, whether the abuse happened in the recent or distant past, the survivor speaks from the pain they suffered as that wounded and betrayed child. The Archdiocese of Chicago has long sought to heal them and prevent this crime from occurring again. I am personally committed to applying the highest level of vigilance to these efforts and to further strengthening our safeguards against abuse. I invite other institutions that care for children and civil authorities to join us in this work and consider adopting the procedures we have developed over the past three decades, so that all children are kept safe.
May 17th - Weekly Newsletter
Fr. Marshall is retiring, need for Eucharistic Ministers, Glimmer and more ...
May 10th - Weekly Newsletter
Growing Liturgical Ministries, The return of "Being Catholic - Did you know?, and more ...
St. John Berchmans School's annual GLIMMER fundraiser is Saturday MAY 20th from 6pm to 10pm in the School Gymnasium, which will be transformed into a 1970s era disco! Join us for food, beer, wine and cocktails, live music, a silent auction, and more - all to raise money for SJB, a pillar of Catholic education for more than 115 years! This event is open to the public and all are welcome! PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS FOR GLIMMER 2023 HERE! Costumes are highly encouraged!
The Glimmer Committee is still in need of sponsorships to help underwrite the event (SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES), and donations to the silent auction are still being accepted (SILENT AUCTION DONATION INTAKE FORM). Sponsorships and donations are tax deductible, and come with marketing and promotional opportunities. Please contact Claire Kenny (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Lastly, purchase your tickets for the GLIMMER 50/50 RAFFLE TICKETS. The drawing will take place at the event, but you need not be present to win!
May 3rd - Weekly Newsletter
First Communion, UPDATED Food Pantry Needs, and more ...
April 26th - Weekly Newsletter
Need for Liturgical Ministries, SJB School Glimmer Event, and more ...
The Chosen: Season 2
Plant seeds of faith this Spring as we view and discuss the Second Season of "The Chosen". This groundbreaking TV Series is a soul piercing glance at the everyday lives of Jesus and his followers.
Monday's OR Tuesday's this Spring
Monday, April 24 - June 5: 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. ~ SJB Church Hall
Tuesday, April 25 - June 6: 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. ~ SJB Rectory
Email Sr. Diane Marie, here or call 773-486-4300, if you are interested in attending.
Light Refreshments will be served.
Novena and Mass will be held everyday leading up to the Feast of Our Lady of Manaoag. The Novena will be at 6 pm and Mass at 7 pm from April 20 – 28th, except April 22, which will be a 4 pm Novena and Mass at 5 pm
The FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MANÃOAG will be held at St. Hedwig church on Saturday APRIL 29, 2023 with a procession at 4 pm, weather permitting and Mass at 5 pm.