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In all circumstances, give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
Happy Wednesday everyone, what a lovely Autumn Day, hope you got to enjoy some of it ...
Thanksgiving Day Mass and Meal - Please join us next Thursday for Mass at 9:30 am in St. Hedwig Church, as we give thanks for all of God's blessings. Afterwards, everyone is invited to stay for a Thanksgiving meal in the St. Hedwig Gym! If you, or anyone you know who does not have company to share a meal with, please invite them. All are welcome!!
Thanksgiving Meal Volunteers - As always, in order to make this event a success, we need your help. Making some Mashed Potatoes/Stuffing/Corn, etc ... ? Consider making a second batch for the meal after the Thanksgiving Day Mass. Can't cook ... ? No problem, we'll also need people to reheat the food, set up, servers and a clean up crew. Please visit this SIGN-UP GENIUS if you're able to help, or contact Louie Russo if you'd like to help out in another way.
Food Pantry Update - THANK YOU to everyone who has stepped up recently with donations of clothes and food. The needs of our Parish Food Pantry are constantly evolving, and right now we could REALLY use some TOILETRIES. Grab an one next time you go to Target!
Important Hymnal Update - Starting the First Sunday of Advent, December 3rd, the English Masses will be switching music resources. Read below for this important update!
TheBookof Names oftheDead - During the Month of November, the Church remembers our family and friends who have gone before us. Inscribe your loved ones inthebook and they will be remembered at Mass. There will be a book at both of our churches throughout the month of November. Just look for the Paschal Candle and the book!
Second Collection - There will be a special second collection this weekend, it will be in support of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. See below for more information about this important fund.
Gift Cards for Good! - See below about the "Gift Cards for Good Program".
Advent Potluck - Are you looking for new ideas of how to celebrate Advent in your family? See below for more information on our Advent Potluck on December 3rd.
Muchas Gracias -- The Parish Our Lady of Guadalupe committee wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to all of the BCAP community for their support in the “Pozole To Go” fundraiser recently, as well as the Kermes Food Festival back in September. Special thanks to all who helped prepared food, and worked hard to make these events a huge success. We look forward to celebrating the Feast Day next month.
The Holy Rollers Running Club - Calling all early risers and breakfast enthusiasts! We will be meeting EVERY Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. See the note below from Fr. Tom about the possibility of a new way to connect with your fellow parishioners.
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. These people are remembered each week as part of the Universal Prayer/Petitions. If you would like to add you someone's name to the sick list, please email or call the Parish Office. Please also email/call us when it's OK to remove them from the sick list as this helps to ensure our list is up to date.
Online Book of Intentions - Also, if you have a special intention that you would like us to pray for, see below for the link that you can click and then enter your intention. These intentions are also prayed for each week in the Universal Prayer/Petitions. They are private, no one can see them except us, and can be anonymous if you wish.
Daily Mass & Devotions - For the full list of Mass times and Devotions, please see the schedule below.
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.
We hope to see you at one of the Masses this weekend, and don't forget to bring a friend or two!!
God Bless, see you in Church!
Michael White, Director of Music and Liturgy AND the 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 Chapel at St. Hedwig will be open for Eucharistic Adoration Monday through Saturday from 7 am to 7 pm, with Daily Mass at 8 am. (Except for Wednesday's Mass, which is at 8:30 am at St. John Berchmans)
To gain access to the chapel, please contact the office for an access code.
GIFT CARDS FOR GOOD!
Our Gift Cards for Good program helps families in need create a joyful Christmas for their loved ones. Next time you're in the checkout line, please consider adding a gift card or two into your basket!
Food and Clothing Store Gift Cards will go a long way! Suggested minimum gift card is $25.
Gift cards accepted through Friday, December 15th and maybe dropped off at any of the Parish or School Offices.
Music Ministry Update
Dear Friends, in our continuing journey together as a “unified” parish, the Parish has decided to change our hymnals so that both churches are using the same book. Starting the First Sunday of Advent, December 3rd, at the ENGLISH Masses, we will be switching to the “Breaking Bread Missal”.
The Gather Hymnals at SJB, originally published in 2004, do not have the current translation of the Roman Missal, plus they are really showing their age, and have basically come to the end of their life cycle. We thank ALL who generously made a donation in support of purchasing these hymnals so long ago. The Gather Hymnals have served us well, but it’s time to move forward.
For those worshiping at SH … Breaking Bread is basically a combination of the two missals in your pews, the readings and music will all be in the same book.
Breaking Bread is a ‘annual resource’, meaning parishes get a new book each year. It is our intention, and hope, that this will be a temporary change as we work toward a more permanent HARD BOUND hymnal that will serve our whole parish community for many years to come.
The Music Ministers of the parish will work together to ensure an easy transition for your full, conscious, and active participation in our Liturgies.
Michael White Director of Music and Liturgy
Calling all early risers and breakfast enthusiasts!
Join us for a jog through God's beautiful creation, followed by a well-deserved refreshments where we'll chat about life, share stories, and maybe even debate who makes the best pancakes in town (without starting a theological war, of course!).
Age is just a number – whether you're a seasoned marathoner or someone who runs only to catch the ice cream truck, we welcome you with open arms and running shoes!
Let's lace up, break bread, and build community in the most divine way possible. See you at the starting line – and the breakfast table!
We will meet in front of the Rectory at St. Hedwig, 2226 N. Hoyne, at 8:30 a.m. every SATURDAY Morning.
We will run/walk down Hoyne towards the 606, from there choose whatever distance you want to do. After the 606 we will make our way back to the Hedwig rectory where we will enjoy a nice light brunch together. See you soon!
~ Fr. Tom
This weekend, our special collection will support the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
More than 37 million people in the United States live in poverty. This collection supports programs that empower people to identify and address the obstacles they face in bringing permanent and positive change to their communities. Learn more about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at usccb.org/cchd
Are you looking for new ideas of how to celebrate Advent in your family?
Join the SJB School, and Blessed Carlo Acutis faith community to celebrate the First Sunday of Advent on December 3rd from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the SJB Church Hall.
There will be family friendly Advent activities and meaningful conversation! Please bring a dish to share that is traditional to your family, and be ready to share about any special Advent traditions.
As always, we need YOUR help to make this event a success. Please visit our SIGNUP GENIUS page for information on how you can help.
Questions or interested in helping? Contact Joyana Dvorak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-213-3163.
All are Welcome!
Fellow parishioners, we need your help!
The parish food pantry is in dire need of the following:
· Paper products (Kleenex, paper towels, toilet paper)
· Dish and laundry soap
· Instant coffee
· Canned corn
Donations can also be dropped off at either the St. Hedwig office or the St. John Berchmans office, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
New and gently used winter coats and sweatshirts are also being collected for adults and children.
Thank you for caring about our neighbors who are less fortunate. God bless you.
BCAP - Weekly Mass
Sacraments and Devotional Schedule
*All are celebrated at St. Hedwig Church, except Wednesday's Daily Mass*
8:00 a.m. Monday, Tuesday; Thursday - Saturday
8:30 a.m. Wednesday - St. John Berchmans Church
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
After the 8 a.m. Mass on the FIRST *FRIDAY* of the Month. (*Note new day of the week.*)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
Monday through Saturday at 7:30 a.m
Saturdays at 4:15 p.m.
7 a.m. - 7 p.m. – Monday through Saturday (Please call the office for an access code to gain entry to the Adoration Chapel.)
Holy Hour - (En Español)
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. – Tuesday
Circulo de Oracion - (En Español)
Reflection, Prayer and Singing / Reflexión, Oración y Canto
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - 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
“There are people who suffer much more than me.”
Pope Francis is 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
Genaro Cortes, Antonio Alcantara, Lukas Fitzpatrick, Ryan Krug, Fr. Paul Reicher, Reynaldo Sanchez, Rachel Mauricio Elizar, 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, 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, Eleanor Rylko, Nancy, Brian, Jimmy Denges, & Crystal Mohetano.
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