SJB Votive candles, Alpha?, St. John Vianney, and more ...
I call you my friends, says the Lord,
for I have made known to you all that the Father has told me.
Happy Wednesday everyone and welcome to August!
Votive Candles - Due to several recent requests, the small votive candles have returned to the Marian Shrine on the west side of St. John Berchmans Church.
Catechists are needed - We are in need of volunteers to be Catechists and Aides for our Religious Education Classes, see below for more info.
Religious Education Update- Please see the information below about our Religious Education program for the upcoming year.
JULY 2023 - UPDATED BCAP Food Pantry needs - THANK YOU to everyone who has been dropping off food and other necessities for our Food Pantry lately, you're wonderful. Our Parish Food Pantry is doing what it is intended for, and that is distributing food and other necessities to those in need. We really need the "basics" like Flour, Oatmeal, Instant Coffee, Sugar, etc ... See below for our most current needs.
Prayers for the Sick - Both in the Sunday Bulletin, and here in the Weekly Newsletter, we list the names of those who are in sick and in need of our prayers. These people are remembered each week as part of the Universal Prayer/Petitions. If you would like to add you someone's name to the sick list, please email or call the Parish Office. Please also email/call us when it's OK to remove them from the sick list as this helps to ensure our list is up to date.
Online Book of Intentions - Also, if you have a special intention that you would like us to pray for, see below for the link that you can click and then enter your intention. These intentions are also prayed for each week in the Universal Prayer/Petitions. They are private, no one can see them except us, and can be anonymous if you wish.
Daily Mass & Devotions- For the full list of Mass times and Devotions, please see the schedule below.
Parish Forms on the Website - https://www.carloacutisparish.org/parish-forms.html Did you know that many of our forms and requests are on our website? Inquiring about a Baptism ... Need a copy of your Baptismal Certificate ... Want to schedule your wedding? It's all on our website! Simply fill out the form and we'll get back to ya.
We hope to see you at one of the Masses this weekend, and don't forget to bring a friend or two!!
God Bless, see you in Church!
Michael White, Director of Music and Liturgy AND the Weekly Newsletter Editor
Blessed Carlo Acutis Parish Mission Statement
We are a multicultural, intergenerational Catholic parish community of people who through the help of the Eucharist, are on the journey to learning about, celebrating, serving and proclaiming our faith in the Risen Jesus.
Our vision is transforming spirits, hearts and minds.
We are welcoming, learning, believing, serving, celebrating,
understanding, sharing, diverse, community and focused on quality.
1). To have vibrant, welcoming liturgies.
2). To be an evangelizing community.
3). To reach out to youth.
4). To provide social justice education and outreach to the poor.
Marian Shrine at St. John Berchmans
Due to several recent requests, the small votive candles have returned to the Marian Shrine on the west side of St. John Berchmans Church. All of the candles were removed as part of COVID-19 safety protocols at the beginning of the pandemic, and unfortunately weren't put back as the safety protocols were relaxed in the past year. Stop by, light a candle and say a prayer for your special intention. The suggested donation is $1.
Come and see. Try Alpha!
Blessed Carlo Acutis Parish cordially invites you to come to Alpha and explore life and its questions in a welcoming, friendly environment. This ten week series includes a shared meal, a video that looks at a different question of faith each week and leads to conversation and an opportunity to share thoughts and hear from others. The conversations are fun, open, honest and judgment free. Alpha is a seven-week build up to a “Day away retreat” with a three – week follow up. Alpha is offered free of charge.
Blessed Carlo Acutis invites you to our next session of Alpha. Come and see, even if only for one night. If you find that Alpha is not for you there is no pressure to come back.
Our Alpha session will begin at the end of September.
For more information, contact Sister Diane Marie Collins at 773-486-4300 or by email.
You can drop off any donations to 2517 W. Logan blvd between the hours of 9-3 pm M-F,
or on Sundays in the bins at the back of the church.
Do you love the Catholic Faith and want to help pass it on to the young students of our Parish? We are currently looking for volunteers to serve as Catechists and Aides for our Religious Education classes held on Sunday mornings. Think it over, pray on it, and if you think you are interested, please contact Halina Pydych in the parish office. ¿Aman la Fe Católica y quieren ayudar a transmitirla a los jóvenes estudiantes de nuestra Parroquia? Actualmente estamos buscando voluntarios para servir como catequistas y ayudantes para nuestras clases de Educación Religiosa que se llevan a cabo los domingos por la mañana. Piénsenlo, ore al respecto y, si creen que están interesados, comuníquense con Halina Pydych en la oficina parroquial.
Registration will open on Monday, August 7, 2023 and will close on Monday, September 11, 2023.
Blessed Carlo Acutis Parish offers two-year preparation classes for the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation.
First Holy Communion class is for children 7 years of age and older
Confirmation is for children who are entering 7th grade or higher.
We also offer ongoing formation classes for the children who have received their Sacraments and are interested in continuing to learn more about their faith.
Our Religious Education Classes will begin Sunday, September 17, 2023. Classes meet weekly in person on Sunday mornings and include Mass participation at 11:00 am at the St. Hedwig Church Site. All classes are taught in English and use bilingual materials.
$200 for one child $150 for each additional sibling(s)
$150 for each additional sibling(s)La inscripción se abrirá el lunes 7 de agosto de 2023 y se cerrará el lunes 11 de septiembre de 2023.
La Parroquia del Beato Carlo Acutis ofrece clases de preparación de dos años para los Sacramentos de la Sagrada Comunión y la Confirmación.
La clase de Primera Comunión es para estudiantes de 7 años de edad y en adelante,
La confirmación es para estudiantes que ingresan a 7° grado o superior.
También ofrecemos clases de formación continua para los estudiantes que han recibido sus Sacramentos y están interesados en seguir aprendiendo más sobre su fe.
Nuestras clases de Educación Religiosa comenzarán el domingo 17 de septiembre de 2023. Los estudiantes de las clases se reúnen semanalmente en persona los domingos por la mañana e incluyen la participación en la Misa a las 11:00 am en la iglesia Santa Eduviges. Todas las clases se imparten en inglés y utilizan materiales bilingües.
$200 por un niño
$150 por cada hermano(s) adicional(es)
Saint John Vianney
Saint of the Day for August 4
(May 8, 1786 – August 4, 1859)
Saint John Vianney’s Story
A man with vision overcomes obstacles and performs deeds that seem impossible. John Vianney was a man with vision: He wanted to become a priest. But he had to overcome his meager formal schooling, which inadequately prepared him for seminary studies.
His failure to comprehend Latin lectures forced him to discontinue. But his vision of being a priest urged him to seek private tutoring. After a lengthy battle with the books, John was ordained.
Situations calling for “impossible” deeds followed him everywhere. As pastor of the parish at Ars, John encountered people who were indifferent and quite comfortable with their style of living. His vision led him through severe fasts and short nights of sleep.
With Catherine Lassagne and Benedicta Lardet, he established La Providence, a home for girls. Only a man of vision could have such trust that God would provide for the spiritual and material needs of all those who came to make La Providence their home.
His work as a confessor is John Vianney’s most remarkable accomplishment. In the winter months he was to spend 11 to 12 hours daily reconciling people with God. In the summer months this time was increased to 16 hours. Unless a man was dedicated to his vision of a priestly vocation, he could not have endured this giving of self day after day.
Many people look forward to retirement and taking it easy, doing the things they always wanted to do but never had the time. But John Vianney had no thoughts of retirement. As his fame spread, more hours were consumed in serving God’s people. Even the few hours he would allow himself for sleep were disturbed frequently by the devil.
Who, but a man with vision, could keep going with ever-increasing strength? In 1929, Pope Pius XI named him the patron of parish priests worldwide.
Indifference toward religion, coupled with a love for material comfort, seem to be common signs of our times. A person from another planet observing us would not likely judge us to be pilgrim people, on our way to somewhere else. John Vianney on the other hand, was a man on a journey, with his goal before him at all times.
BCAP - Weekly Mass
Sacraments and Devotional Schedule
*All are celebrated at St. Hedwig Church*
8:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
After the 8 a.m. Mass on the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the Month.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
Monday through Saturday at 7:30 a.m
Saturdays at 4:15 p.m.
7:30 a.m.–8:00 a.m. – Monday through Saturday
Holy Hour - (En Español)
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. – Tuesday
Circulo de Oracion- (En Español)
Reflection, Prayer and Singing / Reflexión, Oración y Canto
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Friday
7:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Friday
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena
8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. – Tuesday
Novena to St. Peregrine Novena to the patron saint for persons suffering from cancer,
AIDS or other chronic illnesses.
8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. – First Wednesday of the Month
Litany of the Sacred Heart
7:45 a.m.–8:00 a.m. – First Friday of the Month
Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
7:45 a.m.–9:00 a.m. – Saturday
DOLMA – Rosary and Our Lady of Manaoag Novena
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. – First Saturday of the Month
Rosario y Consagración a Nuestra Virgen De Guadalupe
12:30 p.m. – Primer Domingo
“Continuously ask your guardian angel for help.
Your guardian angel has to become your best friend.”
Pope Francisis cautioning people not to get accustomed to the war in Ukraine, and is calling for the faithful to keep those suffering "this tragic reality" in our hearts and prayers. "The thought of the people of Ukraine, afflicted by war, should remain vivid in our hearts." Please continue to pray for them.
Online Book of Intentions
Praying for each other's intentions is an important part of our parish life. If you would like the parish to pray for your intention, please write the intention in a sentence or two in this Online "Book of Intentions." These intentions will be remembered in our intercessions at our Sunday masses.Click HERE
Please pray for the Sick of our Parish
Fr. Paul Reicher, Reynaldo Sanchez, Rachel Mauricio Elizar, Charlene Herda, Doreen Maneely, Anna Mann, Nicole Vilches, Karel O’Brien, Angela Rivera, Mary Anne Sedey, Linda Klickmann, Barbara Durbin, Danny Olivero, Junior Burgos, Dolores Kryszak, Joseph Price, Teresa Ellison, Tallulah Andresen, Robert Bauer, Antionette Krerowicz, Ana Flores, Apolonio Alarcon, Antonio de Vera, Patricio A. Yanez Guerra, Manglio Bonilla Gail, Jason & Family, Daniel Brady, Cyndi De Lira, Carolyn S. Duckunue, Transito Alvarez, Frances Alequin, Alejandro Carmona, Sophie Hernan, Eleanor Jura, Monika Kloniecka, Joseph Wyse, Verena Tonnesen, Berenice Sosnowski, Nick Jurado, Jackie Schuman, Terry Brady, Salomea Olszewska, Hertha Runowski, Angie Schuman, John Graff, Joseph Murphy, Linda Riske, Margaret Flisiak, Jazzmyne Aguilar, Hailey Marose, Sarah Ellison, Nancy Idaszak, Sally Cox, Eleanor Rylko, Nancy, Brian, Jimmy Denges, & Crystal Mohetano.
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