Parish Feast Day Mass, Did you know?, and more ...
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.
Happy Wednesday every one ... Autumn weather is surely upon us, the leaves are turning colors, and the weather is getting cooler. Pull out your blanket, fix yourself a Hot Toddy, or your favorite warm beverage and let's get to some NEWS!
Happy Feast Day BCA Parish! - Today is the Feast of Blessed Carlo Acutis, our Parish Patron. Read more about Carlo's life in today's "Saint of the Day" portion of the newsletter.
Oktoberfest-Join us onSaturday, October 22nd from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. in the St. Hedwig parking lot for Fellowship, Fun, Beer & Brats, and back by popular demand "The Polkaholics"! More details to follow, stay tuned!! We also need LOTS of volunteers to help with this event, please visit our SIGNUP GENIUS.
Patronal Feast Day- Sunday, October 23rd, we will celebrate our Patronal Feast Day with Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Hedwig Church. This will be the ONLY Mass celebrated this particular Sunday parish wide!! Please join us as we celebrate our Patronal Feast together as a Parish.
Guardian Angel Gala - The 2022 St. John Berchmans School Guardian Angel Gala will take place THIS Friday, October 14th at 7 p.m. See the flyer below for more information on how to register and sponsor.
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 ... ?
November Daytime Scripture Study - Getting to Know St. Matthew! See below for more info ...
Pozole to go! - It's that time of year again ... check out the details below!
RCIA Study Group - Do you know someone who is interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith, or wishes to finish receiving their sacraments? The RCIA Study Group will meet on SUNDAY from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the SJB Rectory. Please contact Sr. Diane Marie at 773-486-4300 for more information.
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.
Mass Intentions - All parishioners and friends are invited to request Mass intentions for those who have died, for loved ones on their birthdays or anniversaries, or for any other occasion or concern. As the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the most powerful prayer of the Church, this is a very effective way to honor the living or pray for the dead. The suggested donation for these Masses is $10 per Mass. In order to ensure availability of your preferred day and time, please submit an electronic request on our website, or call the Parish Office at least two weeks in advance.
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.
MASKS are OPTIONAL -Use your best judgement when it comes to your own safety and the safety of others, and do not come to church if you are feeling ill. As always, be kind and respectful to one another if the person choses or not to wear a mask. Remember, we're all in this together!
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 on Sunday!
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.
A mission statement says who we are and what we do. Please take a few minutes and reflect and pray on this mission statement. Does this mission statement describe our parish? As we continue to grow together, we can add to this statement.
Our vision is transforming spirits, hearts and minds.
A vision statement suggests how we need to grow. It is short, specific and memorable. Please take a few minutes and reflect and pray on this vision statement. Does this vision statement describe our parish? As we grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ through our participation in Blessed Carlo Acutis Parish, we want to nourish our spirits, hearts and minds.
We are welcoming, learning, believing, serving, celebrating,
understanding, sharing, diverse, community and focused on quality.
Core values are what we see as most important in our community. Do these values describe our parish?
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.
Goals help us to focus on what needs to be done in the year ahead. Do these goals describe our parish? Yoiur input is welcome.
Saturday, October 22, from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
St. Hedwig Parking Lot
We need YOU! We need you to not only come and have fun, but to help work the Oktoberfest as well!! Please visit our Signup Genius HERE and see how you can help!
Being Catholic - Did you know?!
The Canonization Process
Since today is the Feast of Blessed Carlo, here's a quick overview of what it takes to become a Saint. Carlo is the Patron of our Parish, but he's not quite a "Saint", so we can't call him Saint Carlo Acutis just yet! (But hopefully soon ...)
Saint of the Day Blessed Carlo Acutis
(May 3, 1991 - October 12, 2006)
Blessed Carlo Acutis' Story
Born in London and raised in Milan, Carlo’s wealthy parents were not particularly religious. Upon receiving his first communion at age seven, Carlo became a frequent communicant, making a point of praying before the tabernacle before or after every Mass. In addition to Francis of Assisi, Carlo took several of the younger saints as his models, including Bernadette Soubirous, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and Dominic Savio.
At school Carlo tried to comfort friends whose parents were undergoing divorce, as well as stepping in to defend disabled students from bullies. After school hours he volunteered his time with the city's homeless and destitute. Considered a computer geek by some, Carlo spent four years creating a website dedicated to cataloguing every reported Eucharistic miracle around the world. He also enjoyed films, comics, soccer, and playing popular video games.
Diagnosed with leukemia, Carlo offered his sufferings to God for the intentions of the sitting pope—Benedict XVI—and the entire Church. His longtime desire to visit as many sites of Eucharistic miracles as possible was cut short by his illness. Carlo died in 2006 and was beatified in 2020.
As he had wished, Carlo was buried in Assisi at St. Mary Major’s “Chapel of the Stripping”, where Francis had returned his clothes to his father and began a more radical following of the Gospel.
Among the thousands present for Carlo’s beatification at Assisi’s Basilica of St. Francis were many of his childhood friends. Presiding at the beatification service, Cardinal Agostino Vallini praised Carlo as an example of how young people can use technology to spread the Gospel “to reach as many people as possible and help them know the beauty of friendship with the Lord.” His liturgical feast is celebrated on October 12.
Carlo Acutis did not strive to become famous but rather to cooperate as generously as possible with God’s grace. That journey brought him many experiences, but they were all united by a burning desire to serve God and others as generously as possible.
Our popular fundraising event will be here soon. It’s “Pozole To Go!” The Our Guadalupe committee will be selling Pozole, with all its garnishments, on Sunday, October 30 after the 9:45 and the 11:30 am Masses at SJB and also after the 1 pm Mass at SH. We invite everyone to take some Pozole home that day to enjoy! All proceeds of the sale will go towards our Blessed Carlo Acutis Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration on December 12.
Atención miembros de la parroquia!
Nuestro evento popular de recaudación de fondos se llevará acabo muy pronto! Es “Pozole Para Llevar” Nuestro comité Guadalupano estará vendiendo pozole después de sus misas de 9:45 y 11:30 am en SJB y también después de la misa en español a la 1 pm en Sta. Eduviges el 30 de octubre. Les invitamos a todos a participar ese día para que lleven pozole a sus hogares para disfrutarlo. Todo lo recaudado es para la celebración de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe el 12 de diciembre en nuestra Parroquia del Beato Carlo Acutis.
Scripture Study Getting to Know St. Matthew
Tuesdays November 8, 15, 22 and 29th from 1:00PM – 2:30 PM
St. John Berchman’s Rectory
A new liturgical year begins in Advent. In this new year, the Gospel writer who will show us a portrait of Jesus will be Matthew. This Scripture study will help us to get to know St. Matthew and how he approaches Jesus.
Our leader will be Father Richard Grek, C.R., a Resurrectionist Father, who is also a retired pastor of several parishes in the USA.
If you are interested, please register by November 4th by calling Guille McMahon at 773-486-4300.
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
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, Grace Gauss, Tallulah Andresen, Robert Bauer, Antionette Krerowicz, Ana Flores,
Apolonio Alarcon, Antonio de Vera, Patricio A. Yanez Guerra,
Manglio Bonilla Gail, Jason & Family, Basilisa M. De Guzman, 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.
Requiescat in Pace
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul, and all the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
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