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).
Morning Mass will be celebrated in Berst Hall.
heard on Wednesday mornings and First Fridays in the sacristy
(room as you enter the RE building).
6:30 P.M. Mass and Saint Peregrine Novena will be celebrated in Berst hall.
Sunday Mass and Confessions
3:20 P.M. to 3:45 P.M. on Saturdays / Confessions heard in Berst hall
4:00 P.M. Vigil Mass for Sunday in Berst hall
8:00 A.M. and 10:30 A.M. Sunday Mass in Berst hall
All Baptisms in Berst hall
Funerals and Weddings will be celebrated at
neighboring Catholic Parishes and Funeral Homes
Week of September 25, 2016
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In September our Religious Education Program began. We are off to a great start offering our young people enrolled in public school (and those preparing for the Sacraments of Eucharist and of Confirmation) a solid, faith-filled educational experience. Thanks to Deacon Dunn and Tricia DiChristofano in our Religious Education Office for the great work they do. And, special thanks to all the volunteers who make our program such a success. Thank you for sharing your faith with our young people. The Lord provides so many opportunities for service and witness to Him and His Gospel. Let’s make ourselves aware of those opportunities and do what we can to help further the work of the Church. Please support our Religious Education programs for our children with your prayers and when we offer Fundraising opportunities for the many expenses of this and all our programs.
Today’s readings continue last week’s focus on the use of our material possessions. In the first reading, the prophet Amos strongly criticizes the leaders of the Jewish people for hoarding the “things” of this world, the comforts of wealth, while lacking interior morality and justice. In other words, they had made the things OF God, INTO their God. They were living life without reference to God and his command to love others.
Saint Paul exhorts Timothy in our second reading to seek after integrity, piety, love, steadfastness, and a gentle spirit. By pursuing those virtues, we keep the proper balance in our lives. We then live life with reference to God, we grow in holiness, and we are able to see what really matters in this world. In this way, we can use the things “of God,” the blessings he has given us, as he intends. Our earthly possessions, our “comforts” are meant to help us find the Lord, and once we do, to acknowledge him as the giver of those blessings.
In the Gospel story of Lazarus, the poor man, can be one of the most frightening in all of Scripture. It paints a vivid picture of what awaits those who choose to make material wealth and possessions the center of their lives while ignoring the poor. It’s true! We sin in what we say and do, AND in what we FAIL to say and do. Those are what we call the sins of omission. Often, they go unnoticed in ourselves. Like the rich man, many of us have opportunities for good works right outside our door. And, also like the rich man, we can ignore their very presence. As Christians, we are called to be good stewards of God’s gifts to us. We are not to overlook those less fortunate, but rather we are to welcome and care for all that are in need.
It’s true! No one of us can do everything. But everyone can do something. If the saving, healing, helping and loving touch of the Lord Jesus is going to be seen, heard, and felt in our world, then it’s up to us: each one of us! We call ourselves his followers. With that privilege and grace comes great responsibility. Our love, our faith in Jesus demands a response — FAITH demands a response.
Let’s think about it ~ truly think about it…What are we doing or NOT doing to build-up his kingdom here on earth and make him known. The Lord is waiting for a response. How will we be judged? Truly, let’s think about it and do something about it.
Finally, I want to congratulate and thank Deacon Bevan and Deacon Dunn. This month both of these dedicated men celebrated their anniversaries of ordination to the Diaconate — Deacon Bevan on September 9th and Deacaon Dunn September 15th. I am grateful to both of them for their dedication to the ordained ministry and the service they render our parish and the Church as deacons. God bless them both as they continue to serve the Lord and His people as permanent deacons.
Week 7 was fairly quiet at the site. As we began to grade the area of the 2 lots on Oak it was discovered that the soil is not as stable as the rest of the area. This will require some re-engineering and will change the scope of the work. Perhaps quiet on the site but “shop drawings” have been approved and sent out for steel work such as basement stairs and floor support over the basement as well as some pre-cast concrete work.
We also saw the completion of getting the new power line run under Church Street, meter box installed and the pad for the transformer placed. And finally…Mike Beshoar and crew did quick work on removing the trees in the back area. When the survey stakes were placed we realized that there was just no way to keep those trees.
Week 7 - Completed
• Continue work on the parking lot.
• Electrical supply was run under Church Street to a new meter panel.
• Trees in parking lot area removed.
• Shop plans for steel and precast work approved.
Week 8 – Goal
• Abate and remove asbestos contaminated flooring, roof and tower siding.
Sunday Sweeps Raffle! The Stewardship committee of the parish is happy to announce it has started selling tickets for the first annual Sunday Sweeps raffle. For $50 per ticket you will be entered into a weekly drawing for the entire year. The prize each week is $100 and you are eligible to win every week. That equals 52 weekly drawings at $100 each week for a chance to win $5200! The drawings will begin as soon as 200 tickets are sold. Please help us spread the word and let people know about this great chance for fun and fellowship in our community. All proceeds from the raffle will go to support the church building and renovation campaign. If you have any questions or would like to be the first to buy a ticket see a representative after Mass each Sunday or go to the parish office during the week.
Buy your tickets today! Thank you for your support and God bless!
October is traditionally known as the month of the Most Holy Rosary. Early in the month, on October 7th, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. It 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 glory of 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 the 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! Let this month of the Most Holy Rosary help you to form a life-long, daily habit. Throughout the year, we pray the Rosary daily in at 8:00A.M. before the 8:30A.M. Mass, Monday through Friday. On the First Saturday of the Month, Rosary is prayed before the 8:30A.M. Mass. Join us!
The Blessing of Animals / In honor of St. Francis Next Sunday, October 2nd at 12 Noon, Deacon Bevan will confer the traditional blessing of animals in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Our pets are a reminder of the many ways God shows his love for us. This blessing reminds us too of the beautiful admonition found in the Book of Genesis… “Let them have dominion over… all the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth…have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” [Genesis 1:26, 28].
Again, the Blessing of the Pets will take place next Sunday at Noon outside the north entrance of Berst hall. Bring your pets [contained or on a leash] to receive this special blessing from the Lord, through His Church.
Our 2nd annual Trivia Night on Nov 19th is fast approaching. This year we will have many more raffle prizes and silent auction items. We are asking all who plan to donate an item or monetary donation for the raffles to do so by Sunday October 30. This fundraiser is important to our building fund and our parish. Please plan to be a part of it by participating (tables of 8 are $200), donating raffle items by the deadline, or volunteering to help at the event. Contact Trisha at the Parish Center to reserve a table or drop off a raffle donation. Raffle items will be on display the weekend prior to the event. If you have any questions please contact Ruth Dillon @ (815) 341-9592
For many years Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish has offered the area Saint Vincent Table for the hungry. Over twenty years ago, they offered a hot and delicious homemade meal on Monday evenings as well at other times throughout the year such as holidays.
To further respond to the needs of God’s poor, pastors and various members of our area met to question how we can together make this effort to serve the hungry of our wider area. How can we join together as an Ecumenical group of Christians and people of God and serve those who are in need. Thus we discussed the possibility of continuing the Saint Vincent Table and of increasing our efforts to provide a weekly meal to the poor of our area at all our facilities.
This great and weekly effort will take volunteers from all our faith communities and other organizations that may choose to join us in this Christian work of mercy. Again, the most important key to this joint ecumenical ministry and community service is the need of weekly and consistent volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please call the parish office. A meeting will be held for all volunteers this Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00P.M. in Berst hall. Join us and sign up today. Serve the needy while getting to know your neighbors who seek to do good together as a loving and caring community.
Tabernacle Placement …continued from last week…
Colin B. Donovan, STL
In 1969, revised in 1975, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) said the following:
It is highly recommended that the Holy Eucharist be reserved in a chapel suitable for private adoration and prayer. If this is impossible because of the structure of the church or local custom, it should be kept on an altar or some other place in the church that is prominent and properly decorated. The Eucharist is to be kept in a solid, unbreakable tabernacle, and ordinarily there should be only one tabernacle in a church.
The Code of Canon Law codified these developments in 1983.
º1. The Most Holy Eucharist is to be reserved regularly in only one tabernacle of a church or oratory.
º2. The tabernacle in which the Most Holy Eucharist is reserved should be placed in a part of the church that is prominent, conspicuous, beautifully decorated, and suitable for prayer.
º3. The tabernacle in which the Eucharist is regularly reserved is to be immovable, made of solid and opaque material, and locked so that the danger of profanation may be entirely avoided.
º4. For a grave cause, it is licit to reserve the Most Holy Eucharist in another safer and becoming place especially during the night.
º5. The person who has charge of the church or oratory is to see to it that the key of the tabernacle in which the Most Holy Eucharist is reserved is safeguarded most diligently.
Finally, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:
1183 The tabernacle is to be situated "in churches in a most worthy place with the greatest honor." The dignity, placing, and security of the Eucharistic tabernacle should foster adoration before the Lord really present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar.
One evident difficulty seems to arise in connection with 1) having a chapel of reservation and 2) complying with canon 938, 1. In some places it seems there is a tendency to read these in an absolutist sense not found elsewhere. By that I mean, if anywhere within the external walls of the church building there is a chapel of reservation then the law is satisfied and furthermore there cannot be a tabernacle in the main church. It is my experience that this interpretation does not prevail in other places, least of all Rome.
When the chapel of reservation is at the front end of a side aisle of a church, or prominently off of a side aisle (i.e. so that it is truly prominent and conspicuous from the main body of the church) then it will contain the only tabernacle in the church building). It is also thereby convenient for prayer and for retrieving and reserving the Eucharist at the time of Mass.
However, when there is a Eucharistic chapel that is not so prominent and conspicuous from the main body of the church, even though it be in the same church building, there will also be a tabernacle in the main body of the church serving as a sign of the Lord's Presence there. This can certainly be verified by a visit to Rome's many churches.
Ultimately, complying with the mind of the Church on the placement of the tabernacle rests with the bishop. As the Concilium letter noted, it is impossible to make universal law for all the particular circumstances of construction that may occur. Even though it is within the authority of the bishop, the laity certainly have a right to make their desires known to him.
Considering the loss of faith in the Real Presence that is evidenced by recent polls of Catholics and the obligation to foster adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, it would seem opportune to suggest to our pastors that the time has come to return the Tabernacle to a truly prominent place of honor in the main body of the Church. Some bishops have already concluded this and are doing it.
If you are seeking fulfilling part-time work, hold a current Illinois Professional Educator License or Substitute License, and wish to serve as a substitute teacher in one or more of the Diocese of Joliet Catholic Elementary Schools, your services will be greatly appreciated. Please complete an online Frontline Applicant Tracking application at: http:// www.applitrack.com/dioceseofjoliet/onlineapp/
If you do not have a teaching license, but hold a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution of higher education, you may apply for a Substitute License based upon transcript evaluation. This evaluation may be processed through any Regional Office of Education.
For additional information, please contact Karen Udell, Catholic Schools Office Assistant Superintendent of Leadership & Personnel, via e-mail at: email@example.com.
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.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish will set aside a special section of our Sunday bulletin for prayers for the ill and infirm.
The parish assumes that by making a prayer request,the individual or family gives permission to publicize the parishioner’s name. A family member or the sick person themselves must request the intention. Not every sick person that you know of does not necessarily want their name or situation known, so our parish will respect their privacy.
All names must be renewed by calling the parish secretary.
The Assumption Staff is happy to announce that Gordon and Cathy Milne have generously offered to run the Food Pantry at Assumption. We are very grateful for this and thank them for volunteering their time to keep the pantry running. The Food Pantry hours beginning on July 28th will be Mondays, 4-6 pm and Thursdays, 10-12 pm (or by appointment).
Gordon and Cathy provided the following bio:
We currently operate an organization called Help for Hope here in Coal City. The organization provides rent and utility assistance along with personal and hygiene items. Our Board of Directors are made up of community leaders, with the president being Dr. Kent Bugg, Superintendent of Coal City School District. We work very closely with the social workers at the area schools. We will be holding a Back To School Fair on August 8th at the High School.
We treat each client with the respect and dignity they deserve, as Jesus would want us to do as Christians, regardless of their faith or Church affiliation.
We are looking forward to operating the food pantry at Assumption. We know there are many families struggling in our area, and we try to lighten the burden on them. Thank you for giving us this opportunity.
Gordon and Cathy Milne
A NOVENA TO OUR LADY
OF PERPETUAL HELP
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.
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.
“The Art of the Pledge”
Why would I complete a Church Renovation Pledge Sheet?
Reason #1: Your TOTAL pledge amount will be applied to the $500,000 goal which we must reach in order to secure the diocesan loan needed to begin our project. This pledge is needed to ensure that our renovation goes forward, this spring. Therefore, your sheet completion is now urgent.
Reason #2: You want to make a meaningful contribution to the campaign, but do not currently have the full amount at your disposal or you do not want to withdraw the full amount from savings. Therefore, you pledge, so that you can budget your giving.
Reason #3: By completing a pledge sheet you determine the total amount, period of time to pay, up to 5 years, and your frequency of payment: weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc. You also can designate the method: check, cash, credit card, which may be adjusted at any time.
Reason #4: Your participation in the past and future fundraising events is extremely important and these events will continue for years to come, long after our renovation project is complete. Right now, the proceeds of these events are designated for the Building Fund, but someday, our fundraiser proceeds will be designated for other parish or community needs. Your pledge today is your personal, documented contribution toward the renovation project that is in front of us.
Reason #5: You will experience a feeling of ownership, belonging and satisfaction, as you see the construction begin, and know that you played a large part in making that happen, not only for you today, but for your children, grandchildren and generations to come.
Pledge Sheets & Envelopes are at the back of the Church
Please make this a priority and return to the Parish Office or in the Collection Basket
If you need assistance in completing your Pledge Sheet, please contact the Parish Office
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.
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.
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.
In recent years many have turned away from the Sacrament of Penance. It has been so long for some people, they have “forgotten” how to receive the Sacrament. In order for all parishioners to make a good confession in preparation for the coming feast of Christmas, ample time is being provided to make a good confession of your sin. Take the time during this holy season of preparation to quietly and honestly examine your life. Identify sin and evil, and through the Sacrament of Penance ask the Lord Jesus for forgiveness. Open yourself up, in humility, recognize your need for a Savior, and come back to Confession... come back to the Lord with a repentant heart! Prepare your heart and your home for Christmas.
The second precept of the Church is very clear: You shall confess your sins at least once a year. This precept ensures preparation for the Eucharist by the reception of the sacrament of reconciliation, which continues Baptism’s work of conversion and forgiveness. [Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2042:83]
1. When entering the confessional, greet Father so that he knows that you are there, and that you are ready to begin.
2. Make the sign of the cross, saying: “Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been ____ (# of weeks, months, or years) since my last confession. It is important for the priest to know the time frame since your last confession.
3. An integral confession is still necessary. This means that we give Father the number of times and specific sin we have to confess. All mortal sins, meaning those which are against the Ten Commandments and the Precepts of the Church, must be confessed. Venial sins (those not as great) should also be confessed. Especially if you have been away from the Sacrament for a while, Father will help you make a good confession. Nothing may intentionally be kept from the priest, lest the confession be invalid. When you are finished
with your confession, let Father know... I am sorry for these, and all of my sins. Father will then offer counsel if he feels it necessary.
4. Father will give you a penance to perform: The penance must be done. If you are unable to do it, let Father know and he will explain, or impose another penance. If you fail to perform the penance given, then this too must be confessed in your next confession.
5. Father may then ask you to recite the Act of Contrition. The Act of Contrition in posted in the confessional for your convenience.
6. Father will give the Absolution. It is in the words of Absolution that the sins are forgiven. Through them, using the priest as His instrument, Christ speaks to us.
7. After that, Father will dismiss you.
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!
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen”
“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, 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 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.”
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!
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.