Pray for Grads, The Visitation of the BVM, Trinity Sunday, and more ...
Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.
Happy Wednesday everyone, hope you had a good holiday weekend!
The Easter Season officially ended last Sunday when we celebrated the Solemnity of Pentecost. And now we're in the season of Ordinary Time, but there are two more special feasts the Church celebrates on these next two Sundays. The first is the Most Holy Trinity, followed by the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Read more about the Trinity below, as well as today's special Feast of the Visitation of Mary.
SUNDAY MASS IN SPANISH Starting THIS SUNDAY June 4th, until October 31st,
the 12:30 p.m. Spanish Mass will be celebrated at
St. John Berchmans.
Please join us!
LA MISA EN ESPAÑOL Empezando ESTE DOMINGO 4 de junio
la Misa en español en SJB es a las 12:30 pm hasta el 31 de oct.
¡Por favor únase a nosotros!
Pray for the Grads- Keep in your prayers all the graduates this season, especially our SJB School 8th Graders who will graduate this Friday.
Anointing of the Sick- The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated NEXT Wednesday, the 1st Wednesday of the Month after the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Hedwig. This sacrament is reserved for those who have serious illness and/or frailty of old age.
Parish Liturgical Ministries - EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS- Spring is a time for growing … and we are asking you to help us grow our Parish Liturgical Ministries as anExtraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. With the return of the Precious Blood at Mass SOON, we will need more ministers in order to make this happen! If you WERE a minister in the past, or if you have ever thought about this ministry. Please pray on it, and consider joining. Contact Michael White, the Director of Liturgy & Music if you are interested.
Daily Mass & Devotions- Did you know the parish celebrates Mass daily at 8 a.m. in the chapel at St. Hedwig? Did you know we also have Holy Hour/Eucharistic Adoration twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7 - 9 p.m. in St. Hedwig? For the full list of Mass times and Devotions, please see the schedule below.
Being Catholic - Did you know? - Many of us grew up attending Catholic School, or CCD classes, etc ..., and knew "about" things, but we didn't really remember what they're called or knew the meaning behind a word/phrase. In this weekly newsletter, we will feature a "Did you know?!" It will sometimes be a word, or a place, or an object related to our Catholic Faith. So, did you know ... ?
UPDATED BCAP Food Pantry needs - Our Parish Food Pantry is doing what it is intended for, and that is distributing food and other necessities to those in need. HOWEVER, see below for our most current needs as they have changed from food into other necessities.
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.
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. If you would like to add you someone's name to the sick list, please email the Parish Office. Please also email us when it's ok to remove them from the sick list. This helps to ensure our list is up to date.
We hope to see you at one of the Masses this weekend, wear a mask or not, and don't forget to bring a friend or two!!
God Bless, see you in Church!
Michael White, Director of Music and Liturgy AND 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.
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Saint of the Day - May 31
The Story of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This is a fairly late feast, going back only to the 13th or 14th century. It was established widely throughout the Church to pray for unity. The present date of celebration was set in 1969, in order to follow the Annunciation of the Lord and precede the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist.
Like most feasts of Mary, it is closely connected with Jesus and his saving work. The more visible actors in the visitation drama (see Luke 1:39-45) are Mary and Elizabeth. However, Jesus and John the Baptist steal the scene in a hidden way. Jesus makes John leap with joy—the joy of messianic salvation. Elizabeth, in turn, is filled with the Holy Spirit and addresses words of praise to Mary—words that echo down through the ages.
It is helpful to recall that we do not have a journalist’s account of this meeting. Rather Luke, speaking for the Church, gives a prayerful poet’s rendition of the scene. Elizabeth’s praise of Mary as “the mother of my Lord” can be viewed as the earliest Church’s devotion to Mary. As with all authentic devotion to Mary, Elizabeth’s (the Church’s) words first praise God for what God has done to Mary. Only secondly does she praise Mary for trusting God’s words.
Then comes the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). Here, Mary herself—like the Church—traces all her greatness to God.Reflection
One of the invocations in Mary’s litany is “Ark of the Covenant.” Like the Ark of the Covenant of old, Mary brings God’s presence into the lives of other people. As David danced before the Ark, John the Baptist leaps for joy. As the Ark helped to unite the 12 tribes of Israel by being placed in David’s capital, so Mary has the power to unite all Christians in her son. At times, devotion to Mary may have occasioned some divisiveness, but we can hope that authentic devotion will lead all to Christ and therefore, to one another.
Initially this feast wasn't celebrated after Pentecost and took a few centuries to find its place in the calendar.
After the celebration of Pentecost, the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church continues to meditate on the great mystery of God through the feast of Trinity Sunday. The Sunday following Pentecost has been dedicated to the Holy Trinity for many centuries, but was not always celebrated by everyone in the Church.
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, initially this Sunday was known as a Dominica vacans, with no specific focus or theme. At that time there was no particular feast celebrating the Holy Trinity, but soon enough there arose a need for the Church to further define her beliefs in God.
A heresy known as the Arian heresy began to spread in the 4th century, disputing the traditional Christian belief of one God in three divine persons. The bishops of the Church decided to compose a Mass in honor of the Trinity to reaffirm the belief, but it was not given a specific date in the calendar.
By the 8th and 9th century, however, the Church found a perfect place. The St. Andrew Daily Missal explains how Sunday was the most fitting day.
Sunday is consecrated throughout the year to the Holy Trinity because God the Father began the work of creation on the “first day,” the Son made man rose from the dead on a Sunday morning, and the Holy Spirit came down on the Apostles on Pentecost Sunday.
Besides celebrating the Trinity in some fashion on each Sunday, there also grew a need to fill the “vacant” Sunday after the feast of Pentecost. This need was heightened by the fact that ordinations occurred during this time and there existed no specific liturgy. As the St. Andrew Daily Missal explains, “The feast of the Holy Trinity owes its origin to the fact that the ordinations of the Ember Saturday, which took place in the evening, were prolonged to the next day, which was Sunday and had no proper Mass at that date … [a votive Mass of the Holy Trinity] was celebrated in some places on this Sunday; and since it occupied a fixed place in the liturgical calendar, this Mass was considered as establishing this Sunday as a special feast of the Blessed Trinity.”
Celebrating Trinity Sunday after Pentecost also allows the Church to further reflect on the mystery of God after receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. This helps us see the connection that if we truly want to understand the Trinity, we need to have the gift of the Holy Spirit. We can never fully understand who God is on our own and desperately need his guidance and inspiration.
The Trinity is one of the most fundamental beliefs of the Catholic Church and so it is fitting that we dedicate aparticular Sunday to that mystery.
IN ADDITION TO FOOD ... Because peoples needs are more than just food, we are now collecting the following (new or gently used) items for our Immigrant brothers and sisters. Coats, Spring/Summer Clothes, Jeans, Shoes, Blankets, Towels, Sheets, Pots/Pans, and Utensils.
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.
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
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. – Tuesday and 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
“God has written for each one of us a unique andunrepeatable story,
but he has left us the freedom to write the ending.”
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, 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, Daniel Salas, Eleanor Rylko, Nancy, Brian, Jimmy Denges, & Crystal Mohetano.
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