Being Catholic - Did you know?, National Eucharistic Revival, Lector Workshop and more ...
Rejoice and leap for joy!
Your reward will be great in heaven.
Happy Wednesday everyone, hope you are well on this beautiful day ...
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. Starting this week, there will be a weekly "Did you know?!" in this newsletter. It will sometimes be a word, or a place, or an object related to our Catholic Faith. So, did you know ... ?
National Eucharistic Revival - A 2019 study by the Pew Research center found out that only one third of Catholics believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. In response to this, the US Bishops Conference has established the "National Eucharistic Revival." It kicked off locally here in the Archdiocese of Chicago back in June on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (aka Corpus Christi) with Mass and a Eucharistic Procession around the neighborhood of Holy Name Cathedral. There will be a series of Archdiocesan wide events as well as Parish events. Watch this space!
Blessed Carlo Acutis Parish Lector Workshop - The Parish is sponsoring a workshop for English Speaking Lectors Current and New. See below for more information and to register. (A workshop for Spanish Speaking Lectors will be announced soon.)
Religious Education classes start SOON - Classes start on Sunday, September 18th ... If you have not already done so ... don't forget to register! See below to learn more.
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!! The Food Pantry at SJB is STOCKED and OVERFLOWING with Food! 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!!!)
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.
Mystical Body of Christ - Collectively, the human members of the Catholic Church, a spiritual body with Christ as its head, as united in the sacraments. The Church is "mystical" because the Church is a mystery (spiritual reality) revealed by God which must be accepted on faith. The Church is a "body" because it is made up of various parts and together form the body of Christ present on earth.
(In other words, YOU are a member of the "Mystical Body of Christ", the Church!)
Registration for the 2022-23 school year has begun. Classes will begin September 18, 2022 and will meet weekly in person at the St. Hedwig Church Site on Sundays from 9:00 am-10:45 am with Mass participation at 11:00 am. All classes are taught in English with bilingual material.Registration will close on Monday, September 12.
La inscripción para el año escolar 2022-23ha comenzado. Nuestras clases comenzarán el 18 de septiembre de 2022 y se reunirán semanalmente en persona en la Iglesia de Santa Eduviges los domingos de 9 :00 am-10:45 am con participación de la Misa a las 11:00 am. Todas las clases se imparten en inglés con material bilingüe. La inscripción se cerrará el lunes 12 de septiembre.
For more information and to register, please visit our Parish Website.
Para más información y para registrarse, por favor visite nuestro sitio web parroquial.
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saints of the Day for September 8
The Story of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Church has celebrated Mary’s birth since at least the sixth century. A September birth was chosen because the Eastern Church begins its Church year with September. The September 8 date helped determine the date for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.
Scripture does not give an account of Mary’s birth. However, the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James fills in the gap. This work has no historical value, but it does reflect the development of Christian piety. According to this account, Anna and Joachim are infertile but pray for a child. They receive the promise of a child who will advance God’s plan of salvation for the world. Such a story, like many biblical counterparts, stresses the special presence of God in Mary’s life from the beginning.
Saint Augustine connects Mary’s birth with Jesus’ saving work. He tells the earth to rejoice and shine forth in the light of her birth. “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley. Through her birth the nature inherited from our first parents is changed.” The opening prayer at Mass speaks of the birth of Mary’s Son as the dawn of our salvation, and asks for an increase of peace.
We can see every human birth as a call for new hope in the world. The love of two human beings has joined with God in his creative work. The loving parents have shown hope in a world filled with travail. The new child has the potential to be a channel of God’s love and peace to the world.
This is all true in a magnificent way in Mary. If Jesus is the perfect expression of God’s love, Mary is the foreshadowing of that love. If Jesus has brought the fullness of salvation, Mary is its dawning.
Birthday celebrations bring happiness to the celebrant as well as to family and friends. Next to the birth of Jesus, Mary’s birth offers the greatest possible happiness to the world. Each time we celebrate her birth, we can confidently hope for an increase of peace in our hearts and in the world at large.
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
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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