Week of June 26, 2016
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear friends in Christ,
As of this last week, Mrs. Pam Middleton will no longer be working as our Coordinator of Religious Education. On behalf of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. I want to thank her for her many years of service to our parish.
Over this year, I have been meeting with parishioners and diocesan leaders who have helped me consider a new direction in our programs here at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. Along with the faith formation of our youth in our Religious Education program for elementary grades, our hope is to address the needs for universal Catholic catechesis, benefiting the entire parish community. This will include more adult education and formation.
I'm very pleased that Bishop Conlon has appointed Deacon Dunn to the parish and he will be assigned the new position of Director of Catechesis and Evangelization. As you may have read in a past article about him, he comes very equipped to handle this new position as a Catholic educator and Deacon. Deacon Dunn and I will soon be meeting with the Religious Education parish board and all the RE catechists as we once again prepare for a new year of Religious Education. Please keep Deacon Dunn in your prayers as he continues to acquaint himself to his new position and the parishioners of Assumption Parish.
At this time last year, many of our neighbors were hurting. Despite the terrible EF-3 tornado that struck the evening of Monday, June 22, 2015, there were many who were truly grateful that they were not killed or seriously injured. We give pause to remember how that tornado ripped through Coal City and Diamond and other surrounding areas we call home.
As I write to you today, I would like us to continue to thank Almighty God for his protection and his mercy. The storm could have been much more devastating in terms of loss of human life. Hundreds of homes and properties were destroyed, and the cleanup continues. I am sure most of our parishioners are pleased with their new and renovated homes even though many of the large trees and the original beauty of the landscape may no longer exist. Natural storms and devastation are just that, natural. Our Catholic and Christian faith teaches us that God does not cause these things; he does not wish these things.
The evil and destruction of this storm is an obscure and painful mystery to all of us. Much about this and other terrible things that happen to us is incomprehensible. One thing we know for sure that the Catholic Catechism teaches us ~ God is 100 percent good! He can never be the originator of something evil. God created the world to be good, but the world is not yet complete. In violent upheavals such as terrible storms and natural disasters, the world is being shaped and moved toward its final perfection. That may be a better way to classify what the Church calls physical evil, for example, a natural catastrophe.
The Catechism continues, Moral evils, in contrast, come about through the misuse of freedom in the world. "Hell on earth" - terrorism, suicide bombings, concentration camps - is usually man-made. The decisive question is therefore not, "How can anyone believe in a good God when there is so much evil?" but rather, "How could a person with a heart and understanding endure life in this world if God did not exist? Christ's death and Resurrection, dear friends, show us that evil did not have the first word, not does it have the last. God made absolute good result from the worst evil.
We believe that in the Last Judgement, God will put an end to all injustice. In the life of the world to come, evil no longer has any place and suffering ends. I once again want to thank all our parishioners and parish staff who worked really hard in outreach to those in need following the storm and devastation. So many of you, as well as friends from other parishes, other counties and states throughout the country gave of their time and financial gifts. These financial gifts received by the parish went to help the victims with expenses such as their insurance deductibles. So many other faith communities in our town also helped in giving the relief that was necessary to bring comfort and consolation in this most vulnerable time.
Since last year, our parish has established a "storm and emergency fund." We want to be prepared for immediate financial assistance if something like a tornado comes again. In our own way, let us also give thanks to those responders who helped the victims including Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet. For months after June 22, 2015, they provided on-site needs assessment, counseling for those who suffered emotional disturbance or uneasiness. They also along with our parish and other organizations provided assistance for prescription drugs, transportation, food, clothes, and temporary housing for displaced families. The need in these storm-ravaged communities was once great, but because of the charity of so many, the needs, especially material needs, were restored and satisfied. Even though most of the clean-up has been done, some still continues. Recovery for those struggling, especially psychologically and spiritually will be on-going.
I remind those who may know of someone in need of counseling to call upon our parish office including Catholic Charities. I ask everyone to continue to be generous as possible with everyone they meet including the victims of this storm.
I also ask for your continued generosity and financial support to Catholic Charities through the annual Diocesan appeal which we are collecting for at this time. We still need donations to this most important need in the Diocese so please give today. See the article in today's bulletin regarding the Appeal and how to donate.
Remember to always be neighborly and kind. May the Lord bless you, those dear to you, and all in our parish and our community.
Dear Parish Family,
I want to offer a word of thanks to the parishioners who remembered me on my 23rd Anniversary of Ordination, which I celebrated Sunday, June 5th.
I appreciate the notes, good wishes, and gifts people sent to remember me. Be assured of my prayers for you, and all those you love. Your kindness is yet another reminder of the great gift God has given the Church in the Ordained Priesthood, and the blessing
He has bestowed on me in choosing me as one of His own. I love being a priest, and am grateful for the Priesthood He has so wonderfully called me to share.
Sincerely in Christ,
For Church Families, the Scrip fundraising program is one of the ways to achieve the fundraising we need to support our Building Campaign.
Scrip allows families to buy gift cards for local merchants including Wal-Mart, Jewel, BP Oil and Chili’s to name a few. Every penny spent on the Scrip (gift) card is what is spent at the retailer. This program will not cost anything extra except a little time for planning.
The Great Lakes Scrip Center (GLSC) acts on behalf of Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City to purchase large amounts of Scrip from grocery stores, department stores, and other retailers. Because the Scrip is purchased with cash up front, the participating retailers offer a substantial discount. Assumption buys the Scrip from GLSC at a discount, and re-sells the certificates to our members for full face value. The bulk of the discount – from two to fifteen percent or more – is retained by Assumption as revenue. This revenue is applied toward the building renovation of our Church.
There are two ways that will be ways to purchase Scrip cards. The first is through “The Scrip Store”. The Scrip Store has retailer cards on hand for immediate purchase. Cards are sold on a first come, first serve basis. We will do our best to stock according to demand and make adjustments as necessary. The Scrip Store hours during the year will be announced. And retailers on hand will depend on our survey.
Please fill out this short survey by clicking this link. We want to get this up and running for our back to school and 2016 holiday season so we can take advantage of the gift card seasons. Thank you for your time.
Stewardship committee/Fundraising committee
Deacon Dunn will be having a Protecting God’s Children Class here at Assumption August 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Madonna Room.
Please register through Virtus
The Power of Invitation - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Inviting someone to our Catholic faith is personal and critical. Most of the adults, who have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) over the years, did so because someone they knew invited and encouraged them to attend an inquiry session.
Our parish needs your help -- to be aware of people you know who do not belong to the Catholic church, and might be interested, and personally invite them.
Please encourage them and let us know who they are so we may invite them also.
Call Deacon Bill in the Parish Office at 815-634-4171
July 9th – 15th, 2016
Totus Tuus is a diocesan catechetical summer youth program whereby seminarians and college students travel throughout the summer proclaiming the Gospel through Catechetical instruction, Mass, Confession, games, fun and more!
Entering Grades 1-6 Entering Grades 7-12
Monday – Friday Sunday - Thursday
9:00 AM to 2:30 PM 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $35 Cost: $25
Please Click HERE for Details!
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 24th Annual Will County Back to School Fair, coordinated by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at St. Clare Campus (1550 W. Plainfield Rd.) in Joliet (formerly the Guardian Angel Home). Please note that this is a new location this year.
This annual summer event is a major countywide effort to help families who are living on low-incomes access important services to begin the school year on a positive note. Children who attend the fair will receive free medical and dental services; vital information about local programs and services; and a new backpack with school supplies!
Please click here for additional details
Honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus
June is the month of the Sacred Heart
Pope Francis I
Th month of June is traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the highest human expression of divine love. Usually, early in the month of June we celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: the feast that sets the tone for the whole month.
Popular piety highly prizes symbols, and the Heart of Jesus is the ultimate symbol of God's mercy – but it is not an imaginary symbol, it is a real symbol, which represents the center, the source from which salvation for all humanity gushed forth.
In the Gospels we find several references to the Heart of Jesus, for example, in the passage where Christ says, “Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart. (Mt 11:28-29)”
Then there is the key story of the death of Christ according to John. This evangelist in fact testifies to what he saw on Calvary: that a soldier, when Jesus was already dead, pierced his side with a spear, and from the wound flowed blood and water (cf. Jn 19.33-34). John recognized in that – apparently
random – sign, the fulfillment of prophecies: from the heart of Jesus, the Lamb slain on the cross, flow forgiveness and life for all people. But the mercy and forgiveness of Jesus is not just sentiment: indeed it is a force that gives life, that raises man up!
So let us go to the Lord, Who is mercy itself. And, let us turn to the Virgin Mary: her immaculate heart – a mother’s heart – which has shared the “compassion” of God to the full, especially at the hour of the passion and death of Jesus.
May Mary help us to be meek, humble and compassionate with one another.
A Special Thank You to the adults who served our children in Grades 1 through 8 in the Religious Education Program this year!
Sue Aeschliman 1st grade
Tammy Salazar 1st grade
Roseanne Matteson 2nd grade
Melinda Solis 2nd grade
Ron Henke 3rd grade
Traci Curl 4th Grade
Julie Micetich 5th grade
Andrea Natyshok 5th grade
Teri Jo Boylan 6th grade
Barry Sterba 7th grade
Ken Bonomo 8th grade
George Kaluzny 8th grade
Cindi Grove (substitute)
Ken Bonomo, Jr.
May God bless you abundantly!!!
ADULTS NEEDED TO BE CATECHISTS FOR OUR CHILDREN FOR 2016 – 2017
If you are interested in volunteering as a catechist in grades 1 to 8, and have questions, please contact the parish office.
Remember that we never take a vacation from God, or from our obligation to attend Mass. When traveling, make sure you check out the Mass schedule for the area churches and attend Mass. This is easily done online or through the use of various APPS. The only time one is dispensed from the obligation to attend is when a Catholic Mass is not available or when one cannot find a catholic church. For the most part, that condition does not exist in the U.S.
Please remember as well, that while parishioners may be away and on vacation, the parish is not. Expenses continue as they do throughout the year. Please remain consistent in your gifts to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. Your weekly Sunday offering is important to our financial well being. If you are away, we appreciate it when you forward your “make-up” donations. The financial stability of the parish counts on regular Sunday contributions. Please continue to be generous.
Many parishioners take advantage of the convenience of automatic debits coming from their bank accounts to contribute regularly and generously to our Parish. We encourage parishioners to consider this convenient and easy way to make sure your responsibility to support the Church is taken care of on a regular basis.
If you would like to discuss the possibilities, contact the Parish Office. By scheduling automatic withdrawals from your checking or savings account, you conveniently and consistently contribute to the financial support of the parish. Please complete the form below and the Parish Office staff will contact you to complete the sign-up.
You can direct funds to...
Sunday contributions [monthly or bi-monthly] and the Church Renovation Building Fund
The Our Lady of Mercy Fund - to assist the poor.
Church Renovation and Building Campaign Fund.
RE Tuition payments
Holy Day contributions to the parish
If you’re interested, please click here or contact the Parish Office.
How does my Catholic Faith help me to make Moral Decisions?...
[Our Sunday Visitor — May 29, 2016]
When reported in the secular press, it sounds as though Pope Francis is “changing” the Church’s teaching, when, in fact, He is not.
He is, instead, enunciating that which we have always held in a new way. For example, in his apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia [On Love in the Family]
Pope Francis is helping priests to be better pastors, not giving individual consciences the ultimate authority to decide their spiritual state. “We still have to form conscience,” said Fr. Thomas Petri, academic dean at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.. “That’s what [Pope Francis] is doing with this exhortation, is helping people to
understand what the beautiful vision of Christian marriage is.” We are taught from an early age to form our consciences in the light of our Catholic teaching.
“To follow one’s conscience” is often misunderstood as something that allows us to do whatever we want, or as following the “feeling” we have that something is right or wrong. But our faith teaches us that “conscience is the voice of God resounding in the human heart, revealing the truth to us and calling us to do what is good while shunning what is evil” [from the U. S. Bishops’ 2015 document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, #17.] It is our responsibility as Catholics to form our consciences by developing the virtues of humility and prudence to discern true good in circumstances and to choose the right means of achieving it by maintaining a willingness and openness to seek what is right through studying Scripture and Church teaching by using our reason to study key issues in light of this teaching, and by prayerfully seeking the understand the will of God. Seen in this light, “conscience” is not a feeling, and following our conscience is not an emotional endeavor, focused on the self — our individual wants and desires.
A conscience has to be properly formed and informed by Scripture and Church teaching. And, all of this has to be done in humility — knowing who we are and who we are not, and knowing our place before God and others. The virtue of humility enables us to move outside of the self, and to conform ourselves, our minds and our hearts, to the likeness of Christ.
2016 Catholic Ministries Appeal
2016 Goal: $30,629
Pledged to Date: $29,481
Amount Paid to Date: $25,393
Please help the parish reach its goal!
We need an additional $1,148
to reach the 2016 goal set by the diocese.
Please prayerfully consider a donation.
NOW REGISTERING FOR AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER
Please contact the parish office if you have interest
in attending class.
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.
|† Shirley Johnson, Mother of Sandra Bolker|
|† Cheryl Bare, Daughter of Darlene and the late John Biniak|
|† Dennis Watson, Sr., Husband of Elizabeth|
|† June Krull|
|† John Manietta,Husband of Mary|
|† Margaret Phillips, Wife of Joseph|
|† Gary Simons, Husband of Kathleen|
|† Peter Pantaleone, Husband of Juanita|
|† Frank Zabloudil, Husband of Carol|
|† Suzanne Cassani, Wife of Eugene|
|† June Krull|
|† Marge Burgess|