Feast of Blessed Carlo Acutis, Oktoberfest, Catholic: Did you know? and more ...
You have received a spirit of adoption
through which we cry: Abba! Father!
Happy Wednesday everyone, what a beautiful day it's been! We are chock full o' news this week, so let's get started ...
The Feast of Blessed Carlo Acutis - NEXT Wednesday, October 12th, is the Feast Day of Blessed Carlo Acutis, our Parish Patron. If you're around, you are more than welcome to attend the 9 a.m. Mass with the SJB School students this morning. But otherwise, please join us on Sunday, October 23rd as we celebrate together as a Parish.
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 on Friday, October 14th at 7 p.m. See the flyer below for more information on how to register and sponsor. Raffle tickets will be sold after the 9:45 a.m. Mass and 11 a.m. Mass this Sunday.Or, you can visitGIVE CENTRALand buy your tickets there.Winner does not need to be present to win!
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 ... ?
Pet Blessing on Saturday October 8 - There will be a special Blessing of Pets outside church after the 5 pm Mass on Saturday, October 8th. Your friends of all shapes and sizes are welcome!
November Daytime Scripture Study - Getting to Know St. Matthew! See below for more info ...
Liturgical Ministers Dinner with Bishop Lombardo - Bishop Lombardo is inviting all the Liturgical Ministers to Dinner in thanksgiving for your service to the Church through our Parish Community. See the flyer 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 meets on Wednesday's from 6:30 - 8:30 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.
Food Pantry- PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!! If you or someone you know is in need of food, please do not hesitate to call the SJB Office at 773-486-4300 (9-4, M-F) and we'll take care of you!! Pass the word along, you do NOT have to be a parishioner or attend Mass at either SJB or SH to receive food!!!(Note: we are currently working to revamp the Food Pantry to make better use of the needs of people, and the available food, so watch this space!)
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?!
Lectionary - A book containing the Scripture readings for Mass. Ritual editions are used for proclamation; study versions are used for preparation, study, and prayer. Sundays and some solemnities follow a three-year (3) cycle [A, B, C]; weekdays follow a two-year (2) cycle [I & II]. Readings for the Proper of Saints, ritual Masses, and Masses for particular intentions are also included. These scripture readings are read by "Lectors".
Lector - A trained liturgical minister who proclaims the scripture readings (except for the Gospel, which is read by the Priest or Deacon) at Mass and in other sacraments, rites, and Liturgies. The Lector proclaims the readings from the "Ambo".
Ambo - An elevated pulpit from which the Scriptures are proclaimed during Mass. It is also known as the Pulpit.
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.
Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska Saint of the Day for October 5
(August 25, 1905 – October 5, 1938)
Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska’s Story
Saint Faustina’s name is forever linked to the annual feast of the Divine Mercy, the Divine Mercy chaplet, and the Divine Mercy prayer recited each day at 3 p.m. by many people.
Born in what is now west-central Poland, Helena Kowalska was the third of 10 children. She worked as a housekeeper in three cities before joining the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1925. She worked as a cook, gardener and porter in three of their houses.
In addition to carrying out her work faithfully, generously serving the needs of the sisters and the local people, Sister Faustina also had a deep interior life. This included receiving revelations from the Lord Jesus, messages that she recorded in her diary at the request of Christ and of her confessors.
At a time when some Catholics had an image of God as such a strict judge that they might be tempted to despair about the possibility of being forgiven, Jesus chose to emphasize his mercy and forgiveness for sins acknowledged and confessed. “I do not want to punish aching mankind,” he once told Saint Faustina, “but I desire to heal it, pressing it to my merciful heart.” The two rays emanating from Christ’s heart, she said, represent the blood and water poured out after Jesus’ death.
Because Sister Maria Faustina knew that the revelations she had already received did not constitute holiness itself, she wrote in her diary: “Neither graces, nor revelations, nor raptures, nor gifts granted to a soul make it perfect, but rather the intimate union of the soul with God. These gifts are merely ornaments of the soul, but constitute neither its essence nor its perfection. My sanctity and perfection consist in the close union of my will with the will of God.”
Sister Maria Faustina died of tuberculosis in Krakow, Poland, on October 5, 1938. Pope John Paul II beatified her in 1993, and canonized her seven years later.
Devotion to God’s Divine Mercy bears some resemblance to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In both cases, sinners are encouraged not to despair, not to doubt God’s willingness to forgive them if they repent. As Psalm 136 says in each of its 26 verses, “God’s love [mercy] endures forever.”
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.
Sayings of Blessed Carlo Acutis
“The Virgin Mary is the only woman in my life.”
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,
Felipe Caraballo, 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.
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