Mass and Sacraments Locations During Our Church Renovation


Temporary Mass Schedule
Until the dedication of Assumption’s renovated and expanded church:
Saturday Evening Mass ~
Assumption Parish - 4:00P.M.
(Confessions prior to Mass at 3:15p.m.)

Immaculate Conception Parish - 5:45p.m.
(Confessions following the Mass).
Sunday Morning Mass ~
Assumption Parish - 7:30 and 11:15 a.m.
Immaculate Conception Parish - 9:30 a.m.


Weekday Rosary and Daily Mass
will be celebrated in the Religious Education Building Tuesdays through Fridays.
(Enter through the south doors of the RE building and the chapel is located in the first classroom).

First Saturdays
Morning Mass will be celebrated in Berst Hall.

Weekday Confessions
heard on Wednesday mornings and First Fridays in the sacristy
(room as you enter the RE building).

First Tuesdays
6:30 P.M. Mass and Saint Peregrine Novena will be celebrated in Berst hall.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
in the sacristy (room as you enter the RE building).
Wednesday before the 8:30 AM Mass in Berst hall
First Fridays before the 8:30 AM Mass in Berst Hall
Saturday evening from 3:20 - 3:45 PM 

All Baptisms in Berst hall
Funerals and Weddings will be celebrated at
neighboring Catholic Parishes and Funeral Homes

Week of June 25, 2017

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading
Matthew 10:26-33
Jesus assures the Twelve that God cares about them.

Week of June 25, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

Out of his great concern for the pastoral care of the people of Immaculate Conception Parish, Bishop Conlon has appointed me pastor of your parish. I am  delighted to been asked to serve you and the spiritual needs of this parish. However, I will be retaining my pastoral duties at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Coal City where I’ve been pastor for the past eight years.

When I was ordained a priest [June 5, 1993], I promised to do my best to faithfully fulfill the duties of the Priesthood - to teach, sanctify and govern God’s people wherever I am called to serve. In my priesthood, I have always committed myself to the main function of the priest: to offer the holy sacrifice of the Mass and to absolve sins in the Lord’s name. I come to do my best - with the help of the Holy Spirit - to faithfully preach God’s Holy Word as found in scripture and in the traditions and teachings of the Church. 

I come to pray for you daily, to baptize, to anoint the sick and the dying, to witness the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and to bury our beloved dead. The sacramental life of the Church is so important and necessary for all of us. I hope to be able to bring Jesus to you in this special way, with love and devotion. Of course, there are so many other aspects of being a good pastor. But I believe that if we attend to God first, if we give him our best, and faithfully celebrate the liturgies of the Church, everything else will come in good time, and in accordance with God’s will for us.

And so, as I assume two pastorates, I ask for your prayers and patience as I come to Immaculate Conception Parish and get to know all of you. In Bishop Conlon’s sending me to you, all of us see the wider Church to which we belong. I hope that we continue to see ourselves not just as a local faith community living in Braidwood, Illinois, but rather as part of the Body of Christ - embracing the Diocese of Joliet and the Universal Church in union with our Holy Father, Pope Francis. 

Together, we are called by our baptism and confirmation to have a missionary zeal for souls. So, let us together promote not only care for one another, but also care for those who have been away from the practice of our Catholic faith, and to those who do not know Christ. Let’s strive together to invite others to return and even join the faith, to give ourselves completely to Christ. 

By prayer, example, works of charity, proper stewardship and penance, we are to point the way to Christ. We are to take our part in building up the Kingdom of God, here on earth. With your help and prayers, I hope that together we can deepen our Catholic faith, and live as faithful disciples of the Lord.

Over the next few weeks and months, I hope to become familiar with this parish community. Through our time together, I hope to get to know each and every one of you. I also encourage you to give of yourselves in service to the parish and mission of the Church whether you are a child, teenager, young adult or senior. We all hold a common  fraternal spirit as baptized brothers and sisters, and together, we are to share in the works, charities and duties of the Church.

Finally, I ask that we keep in our hearts and minds the words of Saint Paul, in his Letter to the Romans Love one another with fraternal love, eager to give one another precedence [Romans 12:10]. Please know that as I begin to assume my pastorate at two parishes, I will seek to be a good pastor. And, I pray that I can be a good spiritual Father to you. In like manner, I pray that you will help me, by prayer, example, patience, and kindness as I seek to fulfill my duties more faithfully.

May the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our Mother, protect and watch over us all.

Sincerely in Christ,
Father Robert Noesen

Thank You Father Show Reddy Allam


On Sunday, June 18th, you, the parishioners of Immaculate Conception bid farewell to Father Show Reddy Allam.

If you were absent, please be sure to thank Father for his priestly ministry and example these past six years as
your pastor.

If you were unable to join him for his farewell Sunday and would like to send him a note of thanks and good wishes, you can reach him at his new parish:

Saint Margaret Mary Parish
207 E. 5th Street
Herscher, IL 60941

A Matter of Balance Taking Registrations for July - September

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Please contact the parish office if you have interest
in attending class.


A New Parish Directory in the works ~ Volunteers are needed

A New Parish Directory in the works ~
Volunteers are needed to form a committee

As I mentioned back in May, in July we will begin a very important project to build-up our “parish family” of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. The Parish Council is offering us the opportunity to come together as “family” and produce another Parish Pictorial Directory. It’s been a number of years since a parish directory was compiled, and it’s time to renew our efforts to get to know each other a little better. I am inviting and encouraging ALL parishioners to be part of this important undertaking. I’m grateful for those who have already volunteered to help coordinate this effort. Please consider helping in their efforts by volunteering for any number of tasks associated with such a large project. You know the old saying... many hands make light work! Perhaps you can volunteer to sit in the back of church and help with photo session registrations; perhaps you can help by coming to the photo sessions and registering those scheduled. There are other jobs to be done. I would encourage you to consider giving some of your valuable time, call Trisha at the parish office, and do what you can to make our Parish Pictorial Directory a big success. 

So often around the parish we see people we “know,” BUT we don’t know their names, or their family. The Pictorial Directory will help us get to know each other a little better. This is so important in such a large parish. We have to make special efforts to reach out to others so that we can really say we are a “Parish Family.” I hope everyone will take part in this project.

Picture sessions begin today! Especially if your children are home from school for the summer, the July times slots are perfect for you to sign-up for a family portrait. Wouldn’t such a portrait, easily obtained through your cooperation with this project, make a great gift/remembrance for family and friends. PLEASE consider having your portrait taken and be part of this very special and important piece of building a solid family life for our parish. To have your picture taken, to be included in the Directory, and to receive a copy of the Directory will cost you nothing.

Only those who have their pictures taken will receive a copy. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet your fellow parishioners and lay-leaders in our wonderful parish. So, brush up your smile, and sign-up for a portrait TODAY! Family pets can be included in your photograph! All picture sessions will be in the Madonna Room. 

Father Noesen & Parish Council of Assumption Parish

Dates for Photography!
Wednesday July 5th 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday July 6th 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday July 7th 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 8th 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 9th 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday July 19 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 20 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday, July 21 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday July 22, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 23, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sign Up Online!  Just Click the Graphic at the Top Right of This Page!

Important Notice - Temporary Mass Schedule


Temporary Mass Schedule
Effective June 24th
Until the dedication of Assumption’s
renovated and expanded church:
Saturday Evening Mass ~
Assumption Parish - 4:00 PM
(Confessions prior to Mass at 3:15 PM)

Immaculate Conception Parish - 5:45PM
(Confessions following the Mass).

Sunday Morning Mass ~
Assumption Parish - 7:30 and 11:15 AM

Immaculate Conception Parish - 9:30 AM

Sunday Reflection ~ Gospel 10:26-33

Jesus assures the Twelve that God cares about them.

This week Jesus tells the disciples not to be afraid of those who would cause them bodily harm for proclaiming the truth, the Good News. He warns them to be afraid of the one who has the power to destroy both soul and body. This is a stern warning for all of us. Just as the disciples faced many difficulties in their mission we too if we are true to the Good News found in Scripture and the Teachings of the Church will face difficulties. Just as many people did not receive Jesus and his disciples well, the same can happen to us. Today’s Gospel offers all disciples of Jesus consolation against this difficult truth.

We must always keep focused. Those who can harm the body do not have ultimate power; God does. Still persecution and suffering can not be avoided or prevented. But Jesus reassures his disciples that God knows and cares about what happens to all his children.

We might not face the same type of persecution like the early disciples and martyrs but we do experience difficulties as we endeavor to live a Christian life. Sometimes we let the opinions of others prevent us from doing what we know to be right. We need the reminder that what God thinks about us is more important. We are reassured by the promise that God cares for us and protects us. As we share in the Eucharist each week, we find strength and nourishment to become like Christ. Whenever we receive the Eucharist and are sent forth in peace to proclaim Christ and the Faith we are to have in Him, let us remember that even the hairs on our head are counted by God, who loves us and strengthens us.

Totus Tuus ~ Catholic Summer Camp July 15 - 21


Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish and Immaculate Conception Parish in Braidwood is pleased to announce that we will again hold Totus Tuus [Latin for Totally Yours] a summer camp for children and teens.

The program will run at Assumption Parish Berst Hall from July 15 thru 21st. Last year’s program was a success, with over 60 children and teen participants!

Totus Tuus is a program sponsored by the Diocese of Joliet. Seminarians and College students travel throughout the Diocese this summer spreading the Good News of our Lord. A variety of activities include ways that lead us into a greater relationship with God, daily prayers and Mass, as well as arts and crafts, games, sports, and much more. This year’s theme is Salvation.

The grade school program, for children entering grades 1-6, runs Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 2:30 PM and the cost is $25 per child, the 7th grade thru 12th grade program runs Sunday thru Thursday 7:00 PM to 9 PM and the cost is $10 per teen. T-Shirts are $10 (optional). 11:15 AM Daily Mass Monday – Thru Friday and a Parish Potluck Dinner on Wednesday, July 19th at 5:15 PM in Berst Hall.

Registration forms need to be dropped off at the Parish Office by July 3rd. Children and Teens from neighboring parishes are welcomed to register. To register or for more information, please contact Assumption Parish Center at 815-634-4171.


2017 Building Memorial Opportunities Brochure Now Available

Our new Building Memorial Opportunities brochure is now available online and in PDF format!

Please click the graphic below for the complete brochure.



2017 Annual Diocesan Appeal Update - June 18th

2017 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish

This Year’s Target Goal ~ $32,405
192 pledges received as of June 18

We have met and exceeded our Target Goal!!
Pledges received $37,558
$32,033 paid to the Diocese of Joliet.

Thanks to the 192 who generously met and exceeded our target goal.

Please continue to pay on your pledge in a timely manner.

Thanks again for your support!!
God bless you,
Father Noesen

Food Pantrys at Assumption Church and Immaculate Conception

Braidwood Food Pantry
Community Care Center Food Pantry Open
Tuesday - 8 AM to Noon
112 S Center Street - Braidwood
630 738-8863 for more information

Coal City Food Pantry
Food Pantry Open
Monday and Thursday - 10:00 AM to Noon
Assumption Parish RE Building
180 S Kankakee Street - Coal City
815 370-7817 for more information

Eucharistic Adoration

By the end of the eleventh century, Eucharistic adoration as we know it, began to take shape. Until then the Real Presence was taken for granted in Catholic belief and its reservation was the common practice in Catholic churches, including the chapels and oratories of religious communities. Suddenly a revolution hit the Church when Berengarius (999-1088), archdeacon of Angers in France, publicly denied that Christ was really and physically present under the species of bread and wine. Others took up the idea and began writing about the Eucharistic Christ as not exactly the Christ of the Gospels or, by implication, as not actually there. The matter became so serious that Pope Gregory VII ordered Berengarius to sign a retraction. This credo has made theological history. It was the Church’s first definitive statement of what had always been believed and never seriously challenged. The witness came from the abbot-become-pope, whose faith in the Blessed Sacrament had been nourished for years in a Benedictine monastery.

Pope Gregory’s teaching on the Real Presence was quoted verbatim in Pope Paul VI’s historic document Mysterium Fidei (1965) to meet a new challenge to the Eucharist in our day — very similar to what happened in the eleventh century: I believe in my heart and openly profess that the bread and wine placed upon the altar are, by the mystery of the sacred prayer and the words of the Redeemer, substantially changed into the true and life-giving flesh and blood of Jesus Christ our Lord, and that after the consecration, there is present the true body of Christ which was born of the Virgin and offered up for the salvation of the world, hung on the cross and now sits at the right hand of the Father, and that there is present the true blood of Christ which flowed from his side. They are present not only by means of a sign and of the efficacy of the Sacrament, but also in the very reality and truth of their nature and substance. 

With this profession of faith, the churches of Europe began what can only be described as a Eucharistic Renaissance. Processions of the Blessed Sacrament were instituted; prescribed acts of adoration were legislated; visits to Christ in the tabernacle were encouraged; the cells of religious men and women, built next to churches, had windows made into the church to allow the religious to view and adore before the tabernacle.

From the eleventh century on, devotion to the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle became more and more prevalent in the Catholic world. At every stage in this development, members of religious orders of men  and women took the lead. The Benedictine Lanfranc, as Archbishop of Canterbury, introduced from France into England numerous customs affecting the worship of the Real Presence. St. Francis of Assisi, who was never ordained a priest, had a great personal devotion to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. 

His first admonition on the Holy Eucharist could not have been more precise. Sacred Scripture tells us that the Father dwells in "light inaccessible" (I Timothy 6:16) and that "God is spirit" (John 4:24) and St. John adds, "No one at any time has seen God" (John 1:18). Because God is a spirit He can be seen only in spirit; "It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh profits nothing" (John 6:63). But God the Son is equal to the Father and so He too can be seen only in the same way as the Father and the Holy Spirit. That is why all those were condemned who saw our Lord Jesus Christ in His humanity but did not see or believe in spirit in His divinity, that He was the true Son of God.

In the same way now, all those are damned who see the Sacrament of the Body of Christ which is consecrated on the altar in the form of bread and wine by the words of our Lord in the hands of the priest, and do not see or believe in spirit and in God that this is really the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was this clear faith in Christ's presence in the Eucharist that sustained Francis during his severest trials. It was this same faith which inspired a whole new tradition among religious communities. It is this same faith that beckons us to solemn adoration of Jesus Christ, really and truly present in the Sacrament of His most holy Body and Blood.... come, let us adore Jesus!

He is waiting for you in adoration. Give Him your heart, and HE will give you Heaven! Jesus is waiting for you! The Our Mother of the Eucharist Adoration Chapel is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week for private prayer in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Prayer of Adoration
The Most Blessed Sacrament, My Lord Jesus Christ, I
adore you in all the tabernacles of the world. I offer you
my life in reparation for the sins against the Blessed
Sacrament, the unworthy communions, disrespect, lack
of reverence in your Churches, and countless other sins
against your most Holy Body and Blood. Please, my Lord,
increase my faith in your Eucharistic presence so that my
devotion may be fanned into a flame of love of you and
that I may go into the world to proclaim your kingdom. I
ask this of your mercy in your Holy Name. Amen

Remember Your Parish...

Please keep Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in mind when making out your Will and in doing your Estate Planning. Remembering the Church is a beautiful and fitting way to make a lasting memorial statement of faith for future generations. It is a statement of gratitude to Christ and His Church for the gift of Faith and for the nurturing of that Faith you have received in this life, which hopefully sustained you and helped you along to eternal life.

Contact the Parish Office for a variety of creative ways in which you can remember the Parish in your Will and Estate plans. God Bless you for your generosity. The Christmas Collection is an important part of our operating budget. Please consider a generous contribution to the parish for Christmas. Don’t forget, with the New Year upon us, year-end giving is also a wonderful way to make a response of faith, help your Parish in its mission to make the Lord Jesus known, and to assist you with your charitable giving for income tax purposes.

Call the Parish Office and speak to Mrs. Sonia Hertogs, Parish Business Manager, if you need assistance.

Parish Events Requiring Berst Hall

Funerals and Luncheons provided by the Marthas,and other Parish Events requiring Berst hall ~

As we embark on a 9-month renovation of our 1889 church building, the church will be closed and we now have to move over to Berst Hall and the Religious Education Building for Sunday Mass, daily Mass and other worship services. Because of this necessary transition, everything and everyone will have to adjust to the temporary inconvenience this may cause. I ask for your patience and cooperation as we all go through this historic renovation. A few policies are in place regarding Berst hall and its availability during this 9-month period.

1) The celebration of the Saturday evening and Sunday masses is our main priority. Everything else is secondary. Social events and other parish functions will be allowed if parish policy is carefully observed by every group that uses the hall. During this time of transition and accommodation, the pastor's specific permission for the use of the building is necessary to maintain good order.

2) We will try and accommodate gatherings such as social gatherings, scouts, fundraisers, funeral luncheons, etc.. This will depend, however, on the cooperation of various groups and organization group. The Hall will have to be cleaned, chairs taken-down and re-set afterward. Everything must be kept in order for the celebration of Sunday Mass.

3) Funerals and Weddings will take place at the neighboring Catholic Parishes or funeral homes. Neighboring pastors and funeral directors have graciously offered their places as we go through this necessary transition period. The decisions regarding the parishes or places/manner for funerals will be decided by Father Noesen, taking into consideration the wishes of the families involved and the availability of churches, etc.

4) If funeral luncheons are going to be possible, we MUST have volunteers sign up and dedicate themselves to the set-up, take-down, and cleaning of Berst Hall. If we do not have enough volunteers, the Marthas will not be able to offer luncheons during this 9-month period.

Please consider becoming a volunteer to help the Marthas continue their ministry during the time that we are in Berst Hall for Mass. Call Trisha at the parish center office if you want to volunteer. All volunteers will have to be in place before any luncheon will be scheduled.


Father Noesen

April 2 - June 26 - St. Vincent's Table


June 28 - Choir Practice

Wednesday, June 28 - 7:00 PM

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Mother of the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel


The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us!

The Mother of the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is available for Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament seven days a week, 24 hours a day! Frequent visits to the chapel are encouraged. Everyone is welcome at any time.

We live in troubling times with many worries and decisions. Who better than Jesus to bring them to? Stop in any time of the day or night in the Adoration Chapel [located in the parish center — “across the street” from the church /enter through the east side entrance.

You can sign-up for ANY 1/2 HOUR or HOUR of the day or night...more adorers are always welcome and needed. Sign-up as an individual, or as a family/group. Commit to a specific weekly hour of adoration, and then, simply make sure someone is there from the family/group to fulfill the commitment. By making a “public” commitment to “be there,” the obligation becomes easier to keep, because others are counting on you.

Jesus is waiting for you… don’t disappoint Him!

We are always in need of more people to make the sacrifice of time and effort, to be with HIM in Eucharistic Adoration.

Diocesan Employment Resource Center (DERC)

Are you familiar with DERC? We are an employment network under the Justice and Peace Office of the Joliet Diocese.

We have a wealth of resources to help both job seekers and employers such as articles to help you with a job hunt, a list of community resources including job ministries, a free job board to post open positions, and many others.

If you are an employer or work in Human Resources you can post open positions to the job board. Please email Christine M. Kieta if you are interested in becoming an employer permitted to use the job board. You may also visit DERC’s website for more information on the ministry.

Follow us on Twitter and search for the Diocesan Employment Resource Center Facebook page and LinkedIn Group to meet fellow job hunters and improve your networking.

Marian and other Catholic Devotions at Assumption Parish


Grow in your love and devotion as a good Catholic should…
Marian and other Catholic Devotions at Assumption Parish


Pray The Rosary

Each weekday morning and on First Saturdays at 8:00 A.M. the Rosary is prayed in honor of the Blessed Mother. Join us as wepray for one another, for our parish and others through thewonderful intercession of Jesus' Mother and our Mother as well.

 Devotions in Honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Each Wednesday morning following the 8:30 A.M. Mass,Devotions in Honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help are held inchurch.

 Our Mother of the Eucharist Chapel

Our Mother of the Eucharist Chapel ~ make frequent visits to Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. The Chapel is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The door is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. After hours, you will need to obtain a "key card" from the Parish Office.

Jesus is waiting for you...Don't disappoint Him!

For more information about our beautiful Chapel, or to sign up for a specific hour of adoration contact Father Noesen.

 Saint Peregrine Novena and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Join us each First Tuesday of the month for 6:30 P.M. Mass followed by Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and devotions to our Lord through his servant, Saint Peregrine. Saint Peregrine is the patron saint of those who suffer with cancer or any terminal illness or serious condition. He is considered a wonder worker with the help of God's grace. Join us to pray for the sick and receive an individual blessing with the relic of the Saint.

Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions



 Jubilee Year Offers Celebrations for Devotees of Our Mother of Perpetual Help


On June 27, 2016, Redemptorists worldwide will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Pope Pius IX entrusting the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help to the Redemptorists, with the mission to “make her known” throughout the world. This year we’re marking the 150th Anniversary of Pope Pius’ entrusting of the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help to the Redemptorists.

In this novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help (also known as Our Mother of Perpetual Help from this icon pictured above) we pay tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary in asking for her assistance. This picture of the Blessed Mother with her Divine Son above has helped her provide strength, comfort and even miracles to the faithful for centuries! 

Oh Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke your powerful name, the protection of the living and the salvation of the dying. Purest Mary, let your name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, Blessed Lady, to rescue me whenever I call on you. In my temptations, in my needs, I will never cease to call on you, ever repeating your sacred name, Mary, Mary. What a consolation, what sweetness, what confidence fills my soul when I utter your sacred name or even only think of you! I thank the Lord for having given you so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name. But I will not be content with merely uttering your name. Let my love for you prompt me ever to hail you Mother of Perpetual Help. Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for me and grant me the favor I confidently ask of you.
(Then say three Hail Marys).

First placed in the Church of San Matteo in Rome in 1499, the picture was thought to be lost at one point after Napoleon’s armies sacked that church in 1798. Fortunately, however, it was in the care of the Augustinian fathers until Pope Pius IX ordered that the icon be given to the Redemptorist order at the Church of St. Alphonsus in Rome in 1866 for public viewing once again. Since then it has been copied and venerated in churches and homes all over the world.

Note in this picture how Jesus, while safely cradled in his mother’s arms, looks anxiously at St. Gabriel the Archangel, who holds the cross and nails for His Crucifixion. (St. Michael the Archangel, at left, holds the lance, spear, and the vessel of vinegar and gall for our Lord's Passion as well.) The Blessed Mother looks at us solemnly, perhaps as if in contemplation of her beloved Son’s future Passion and death for our salvation!

Remember that when we pray this novena to our Lady of Perpetual Help, that we are not choosing to worship her over her Divine Son. She is "our Mother on the order of grace,” according to a Vatican II document, and all the graces Mary gives us come directly from our Lord. She is always ready to intercede with Him on our behalf, but never for anything contrary to His wishes.

As long as we approach her as we do Him, with sincerely humble and contrite hearts, we can count on her aid and guidance. Mary’s last spoken words in the Gospels concerned her Son when she said at the wedding feast at Cana “Do whatever he tells You” (John 2:5). If we persevere in our intentions to do Christ’s will for us, we are doing hers as well.


Spiritual Direction Services for Assumption Parish

Assumption Parish now offers Spiritual Direction services, through Spiezio and Affiliates Counseling Services. Deacon John Spiezio is available for individual Spiritual Direction services. You can make an appointment with Deacon John by leaving a voicemail message in the parish voicemail through Spiezio and Affiliates. John will promptly call you back and schedule your meeting time to be held in the Parish Center building in a comfortable and private setting. There is a fair fee for spiritual direction services.

Fr. Noesen and the parish staff are happy also to refer you to Deacon John upon request. As we all navigate through our life journey’s it is often helpful to have a guide to listen to our life of faith with God and to assist us in moving into a more full union with God - which we all desire.

Deacon John has been providing spiritual direction and serving in ministry since 1999. He has a wise, gentle and spirit-filled way of guidance.

Please call us if you are interested.

How to Make a Good Confession
Join Us For The Praying Of The Most Holy Rosary



Join us for the praying of the Rosary every weekday morning, Monday through Friday and on the First Saturday morning of each month, at 8:00 A.M. in church.

The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was originally instituted to celebrate the victories of the Papal Forces over the Turkish invaders in the Battle of Lepanto in the year 1573. The victory was attributed to the praying of the Rosary. 

The development of the Rosary has a long history. First, a practice was developed of praying 50 Our Fathers in imitation of the 150 Psalms. Then there was a parallel practice of praying 150 Hail Marys. Soon a mystery of Jesus’ life was attached to each Hail Mary. 

Through the legend, which tells of Mary giving the Rosary to St. Dominic, the Dominicans have done much to spread the devotion of the Rosary throughout the world. In the 16th century the Rosary developed into its present form ~ The 15 joyful, sorrowful and glorious mysteries. The purpose of the Rosary is to help us meditate on the great mysteries of salvation.

Pope Pius XII called it a compendium of the Gospel. The main focus is on the Lord Jesus ~ His birth, life, death and resurrection. The Our Father reminds us that Jesus’ Father is the initiator of salvation. The Hail Marys remind us to join with Mary in contemplating these mysteries. They also make us aware that Mary was and is intimately joined with her Son in all the mysteries of His earthly and heavenly existence. The Glorys remind us that the purpose of all life is the gloryof the Holy Trinity.

The Rosary appeals to many. It is simple. The constant repetition of words helps create an atmosphere in which to contemplate the mysteries of God. We sense that Jesus and Mary are with us in the joys and sorrows of life. We grow in hope that God will bring us to share in the glory of Jesus and Mary forever.

During this month of the Holy Rosary, remember to pray the Rosary alone and with your family. It is a beautiful mediation upon the mysteries of our redemption: And just as the Blessed Virgin Mary was immersed into the mysteries of the Lord’s life, we too are invited into those same events so that we can inherit the promise of eternal life in Heaven with Him.

During this month of October, pray... and ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to pray for you, that you may be made worthy of the promises of Christ!

Please click here for How To Pray The Rosary

A Treasury of Catholic Prayers


The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen”

Hail Mary
“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen”

Our Father
“Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen”

Grace Before Meals
“Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts, which we are about to receive from Your bounty through Christ Our Lord. Amen”

Glory Be
“Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen”

Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer
(and prayers after daily Mass each day at Assumption Parish)
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell, Satan and all evil spirits, who wander around the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.”

“Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us…Live Jesus in our hearts, forever”

Angel of God
“Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen”

Act of Contrition
“Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You. I detest all my sins because of Your just punishments, but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin again. Amen”
OR “ Lord Jesus Christ, have Mercy on me, a sinner.”

Hail Holy Queen
“Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving O sweet Virgin Mary.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.”

Remember Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish

It’s been said that a Will is your last statement to God — a statement of faith, and gratitude for the gift of faith HE gave you in this life. It also is a statement of what you thought of all He had given you throughout your life. All the good things you received in this life are gifts from God.

A Will is a final public act of gratitude for His blessings to you. If, as we believe, God counts the hairs on our head, and knows if a sparrow falls from the sky, why wouldn’t He see what each person does with the final distribution of what He provided to him or her during their lifetime?... blessings He gave to help find Him, and build-up His Kingdom. A Will allows us to make a final statement, a final witness to our faith, and a final act of love and gratitude to God and the Church He gave us to draw us closer to Himself.

Please keep Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in mind when making out your Will and in doing your Estate Planning. Remembering the Church is a beautiful and fitting way to make a lasting memorial statement of faith for future generations. Parishioners could also name the parish as “beneficiary” on life-insurance policies, charitable trusts, and annuities. Remembering Assumption Parish in this way is a concrete statement of gratitude to Christ and His Church for the gift of Faith, and for the nurturing of that Faith you have received in this life, which hopefully sustained you and helped you along to eternal life.

Contact the Parish Office, and speak to our Business Manager — Mrs. Sonia Hertogs or call the Diocesan Development Office for a variety of creative ways in which you can remember the Parish in your Will and Estate plans (815) 221-6100.

God Bless you for your generosity!

12 myths about marriage annulments in the Catholic Church

MYTH NUMBER ONE: A Divorced Person is Automatically Excommunicated from the Catholic Church The truth is that divorce itself does not affect or alter a person's status in the Catholic Church. Divorce is a function of the civil law and secular courts. Although it has been a widespread misconception for many years, it is a myth that a divorced Catholic is "excommunicated," this is, not able to receive the sacraments within the Church.

MYTH NUMBER TWO: An Annulment Costs Thousands of Dollars The truth is that no Tribunal anywhere in the world asks for "thousands of dollars," although the fee requested for an annulment process does vary from one Tribunal to another. In the Diocese of Joliet, requests under $200 to help pay the salaries of the lay people that work in the Tribunal and help with the process for the Annulment, such as a psychologist. It is a myth that the process costs thousands of dollars, and in fact no one is ever turned away from a Tribunal because of their inability to pay a fee.

MYTH NUMBER THREE: Only Catholic Marriages Need to be Annulled The truth is that every marriage is considered a promise for life, a promise until death. It makes no difference whether that promise was made in a Catholic ceremony or not. No one, no matter what their religious affiliation or membership, is considered free to contract another marriage if they were married previously. Every prior marriage must be investigated and annulled before a person can enter a new marriage. It is a myth that no annulment is required if a person wasn't married in a Catholic ceremony.

MYTH NUMBER FOUR: If an Annulment is Granted the Children will be Illegitimate The truth is that an ecclesiastical annulment is concerned only with the spouses, and not the children. An annulment has no effect at all on the legitimacy of children, or other arrangements regarding children, such as custody or support. These are all concerns of the civil law, and an ecclesiastical annulment has absolutely no effects under civil law. It is a myth that granting an annulment makes the children illegitimate.

MYTH NUMBER FIVE: It Takes Three to Five Years to Get an Annulment The truth is that every annulment ease is different, and some processes are longer than
others, but few cases ever take more than 18 months from start to finish. Decades ago, it did take several years, but today the longest process is usually finished in 9 to 18 months. Some types of cases can be finished in a month or even less. It is a myth that the typical marriage annulment takes three years or more to complete.

MYTH NUMBER SIX: Anyone who Applies (and Waits Long Enough) Will Get an Annulment The truth is that Tribunals do give negative decisions. The burden of proving a case rests on the Petitioner, that is, the person who applies for an annulment. The Catholic Church presumes that every marriage is a valid union, and there must be sufficient grounds for declaring otherwise. The Tribunal will help the Petitioner to understand what's needed to develop a case, but if there isn't enough proof, the Tribunal will give a negative decision. It is a myth that everyone who applies gets an annulment.

MYTH NUMBER SEVEN: If Children were Born in the Marriage, It Can't be Annulled The truth is that the Catholic Church considers an openness to children to be a natural and essential part of sacramental marriage, but whether any children were actually born or not has no bearing on the possibility of an annulment. If children were born, it is important that both parents live up to their natural and legal obligations to their children. It is a myth, however, that a marriage can't be annulled if the marriage resulted in children.

MYTH NUMBER EIGHT: The Ex-Spouse Has to Agree to an Annulment Or It Can't Be Granted The truth is that both spouses have equal rights in an annulment proceeding, but that doesn't mean that the Respondent—the ex-spouse of the person who starts the annulment process—has to agree to an annulment. The truth is that the Tribunal judges can grant an annulment even if the ex-spouse is adamantly opposed to the idea of an annulment. It is a myth that both spouses have to agree to an annulment.

MYTH NUMBER NINE: An Annulment is Just "Catholic Divorce" The truth is that civil divorce and a church annulment are two vastly different things. A divorce is concerned with the legal realities of marriage only; an annulment is concerned with the religious and spiritual element—the sacrament of marriage. A divorce focuses on the end of a marriage; an annulment looks at the beginning, the very moment the couple said "I do." A divorce looks at marriage in civil law; an annulment looks at marriage from the perspective of the Gospel and of Church doctrine. It is a myth that an annulment is "Divorce, Catholic style."

MYTH NUMBER TEN: An Annulment Means The Marriage Never Took Place The truth is that an annulment can't erase history, and doesn't try to. An annulment in the Catholic Church deals only with the sacrament of marriage, and not the legal, historical, emotional truth of marriage. An annulment states that the sacrament was never present in the marriage, and not that the marriage never took place. It is a myth that an annulment means that the marriage never happened.

MYTH NUMBER ELEVEN: The Tribunal is Like a Courtroom, With Judges, Witnesses, lawyers, & Cross-Examinations The truth is that the Tribunal is a Court of Law for the Church, but it is very different from a civil courtroom. Depending on the type of case, the spouses may have Advocates, and there will be 1 to 3 judges, but most of the work is done in writing, and there is never an emotional courtroom scene as in television dramas. If a person appears in person to offer testimony, it is usually done in a private interview, and never with "cross-examination!" It is a myth that the Tribunal is like a TV courtroom.

MYTH NUMBER TWELVE: The Idea of An Annulment Is Pure Legalism in the Catholic Church The truth is that an annulment is "packaged" in a legal environment, since that is the best way to protect the rights and interests of everyone involved, but it is far more than a "legalistic process." People who've gone through an annulment have found peace and insight into themselves and their marriages. It is a myth that the only concern of the Church in an annulment is legalism, but through the Tribunal process the Church invites you to find healing, forgiveness, and new joy.

For more information, please contact Father Noesen.