October Fest, Patronal Feast Day Mass, Baby Bottle Fundraiser, and more ...
I consider all things so much rubbish
that I may gain Christ and be found in him.
Happy Wednesday everyone, so happy that you're here, lots of news to get to this week, so let's get started ...
October Fest-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!!
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.
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. Come on by and get your pets blessed!
Baby Bottle Fundraiser - Don't forget to pick up your Baby Bottle this weekend, see below for more information.
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.
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 have it's first meeting on Wednesday, October 5th. See below for more information...
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.
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.
Eucharist - Greek for "thanksgiving"; the sacrament through which Christ's self-sacrifice is made present in the bread and wine become his Body and Blood. It was instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper and is celebrated by the Church today in the Mass. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it is the "source and summit of the Christian Life (CCC 1324). It is also commonly used to refer to the liturgy through which the sacrament is conferred (i.e. the Mass.) And also, the consecrated Body and Blood themselves.
Eucharistic Adoration - A devotion in which one venerates and prays before the Eucharist, either in the tabernacle or exposed in a monstrance on the altar or in a chapel. Commonly a Catholic will spend a "holy hour" in such devotion.
The "Daily Mass Chapel" at St. Hedwig Church will soon be open for Eucharistic Devotion, stay tuned for more information coming SOON!
During the month of October, our parish will be participating in The Baby Bottle Project benefiting The Women’s Centers of Greater Chicagoland. This non-profit organization directly assists mothers and families experiencing crisis pregnancies by offering emotional, financial, material, and spiritual support through counseling, clothing & monetary provisions, prayer, and other aid. By God’s Grace, The Women’s Centers have saved over 40,000 babies—and their mothers—from abortion since opening in 1984.
Please take a Baby Bottle home with you from the church, fill it with your spare change, and return it the weekend of October 29th -30th .
Saint of the Day for September 28 St. Wenceslaus
(c. 907 - 929)
Saint Wenceslaus' Story
If saints have been falsely characterized as “other worldly,” the life of Wenceslaus stands as an example to the contrary: He stood for Christian values in the midst of the political intrigues which characterized 10th-century Bohemia.
Wenceslaus was born in 907 near Prague, son of the Duke of Bohemia. His saintly grandmother, Ludmilla, raised him and sought to promote him as ruler of Bohemia in place of his mother, who favored the anti-Christian factions. Ludmilla was eventually murdered, but rival Christian forces enabled Wenceslaus to assume leadership of the government.
His rule was marked by efforts toward unification within Bohemia, support of the Church, and peace-making negotiations with Germany, a policy which caused him trouble with the anti-Christian opposition. His brother Boleslav joined in the plotting, and in September of 929 invited Wenceslaus to Alt Bunglou for the celebration of the feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian. On the way to Mass, Boleslav attacked his brother, and in the struggle, Wenceslaus was killed by supporters of Boleslav.
Although his death resulted primarily from political upheaval, Wenceslaus was hailed as a martyr for the faith, and his tomb became a pilgrimage shrine. He is hailed as the patron of the Bohemian people and of the former Czechoslovakia.
“Good King Wenceslaus” was able to incarnate his Christianity in a world filled with political unrest. While we are often victims of violence of a different sort, we can easily identify with his struggle to bring harmony to society. The call to become involved in social change and in political activity is addressed to Christians; the values of the gospel are sorely needed today.
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
“Do not be afraid because with the Incarnation of Jesus, death becomes life, and there’s no need to escape: in eternal life, something extraordinary awaits us."
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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