Week of August 20, 2017

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading
Matthew 15:21-28
Jesus heals the daughter of the Canaanite woman
because of her great faith.



Week of August 20, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

Sunday is “the day” for the Christian Community to gather and celebrate the Eucharist, because it is a day of the Lord’s Rising to New Life…It is the day of Resurrection. Daily Mass attendance has become part of the spiritual life of priests, religious, and laity down through the centuries. Faithful Catholics have found that starting or ending the day with Mass has been a great way to keep the pressures of daily living in proper perspective. The Lord won’t give you more time if you attend daily Mass, but He will help you discern what’s really important in life, and what you should do with the time you do have.

Daily Masses are offered each week including Tuesday evening at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. This 6:30p.m. Mass is offered for everyone including those who are not able to attend morning Mass. Make the effort and sacrifice to attend daily Mass and the Lord will provide for you.

You’ve heard that our Religious Education Program for your children and teens will be a more “Family-centered Faith approach.” In the past seven or so years at Assumption Parish, we’ve offered Family Faith evenings and now we are going to make them a once a month event. No longer will we be offering weekly classroom sessions. Instead parents and their child or children will have monthly sessions to learn together the Catholic Faith. These sessions will be required of all Religious Education parents and their children. It will be a joint effort of both Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Immaculate Conception parishes. As our plans unfold, we ask you the parents to nurture the Catholic faith in your family. I charge you, as parents or grandparents, encourage your child/children and/ or grandchild to enter into this new approach. Together we plan to take our Catholic Faith more seriously. It is so essential for families to come together for Sunday Mass but too for opportunities to know, love and serve the Lord in this life. Approach this new year with an open mind and spirit and pray that you and your child or children will exercise the faith how the Lord intended it. Make sure you register for the program in these last days of August. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Deacon Dunn this week.

Enjoy the last days of summer,
Father Noesen

Sunday Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron

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SUNDAY REFLECTION BY BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
MATTHEW 15:21-28

Friends, in today's Gospel we witness the strange exchange between Jesus and a feisty woman. It is one of the only scenes in the Gospels where someone seems to get the better of Jesus. First Jesus refuses even to acknowledge her. Then his disciples tell her to back off. Finally, Jesus hits her with a devastating one-liner: "I have come  for the lost sheep of the house of Israel; it is not right to throw food to dogs."

This woman—probably a widow and certainly a foreigner—is given a triple brush-off. In this she stands for all those who stand outside, on the margins, alone. Then we hear the woman's snappy come-back: "Even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the master's table." She will not be put off by this brusque behavior.

Now, what do we make of this story? A long tradition stresses the perseverance of the woman in the face of the "test" that Jesus sets for her.

And there is something right about it. Augustine says that we pray in order to expand our will to accept what God is going to give us.


Catholic Charities’ Mobile Food Pantry is coming to St. Lawrence Church 8/21

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Catholic Charities’ Mobile Food Pantry is coming to St. Lawrence Church
135 Rice Road in South Wilmington (in the church parking lot)
Monday, August 21st from 4-6pm
(or until food runs out) RAIN OR SHINE!

The Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet Mobile Food Pantry is a traveling food pantry that delivers nutritious food (meat, produce and nonperishable items) to people in need. Participants are asked to bring bags, laundry baskets, or boxes to transport your food and grocery products through the line and back to your vehicle. A representative from Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet will be available at the Mobile Food Pantry to provide information about additional services provided by the agency, including:

• food and travel vouchers
• clothing and furniture vouchers
• financial assistance for prescription medication
• rent/mortgage assistance
• information/referral to other resources.

You do not have to be Catholic to participate. Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet helps people of all faiths and beliefs.

This Catholic Charities’ Mobile Food Pantry is sponsored by The Church of Hope.

Ceiling Tiles from Assumption Church For Sale...

Ceiling tiles from our church, that were not used in the new construction will be available for sale to parishioners after all masses at Assumption on 8/26 and 8/27.

Please click here for photos of the metal tiles and price list.  This is the only weekend the tiles will be on display and available. 

Fall Mum Sale - Order by September 17

The Knights of Columbus Council 1574 is selling mums to help raise funds for Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center in Coal City.  Please consider ordering your fall mums through us!

All orders are due by SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th.

PICK UP DATES:
Available for pick up after Evening Mass at parish you choose on Saturday, September 23rd.

 
Please click HERE for the order form.
How Can You Keep Your Kids Catholic? “Parents have the first responsibility” .

How Can You Keep Your Kids Catholic?

“Parents have the first responsibility”

So many families are overwhelmed with stress, disappointment, trauma and doubt. They are assaulted by divorce, unemployment and displacement, coupled with a pervasive identity crisis and seemingly fruitless search for meaning. Other issues include substance abuse, accelerating inclinations toward the occult and a variety of sexual addictions. Whether a symptom or a result of their unfulfilling lives, directionless young adults often subscribe to the trendy new faith: none.

Kids are caught in a perfect storm of physical, emotional and spiritual shipwreck. Unsurprisingly, U.S. suicide rates today, especially among teens and young adults, are at their highest in 30 years. Conversely, over the past two decades, numerous studies have determined that those who pray regularly and practice their Christian faith are less stressed, healthier, happier, more financially stable, more compassionate and more optimistic than those who don’t. And these studies aren’t from Catholic think tanks, but rather from notable polling groups such as Pew Research and others.

So how can Catholic parents ensure their kids will end up in the latter category, especially during and after college, a time when many routinely abandon their faith? Teach them personally, from day one.

Giving kids the unblemished truth about Catholicism, at each stage of development, shapes their early understanding of God, affection for Him and conscience, and helps them develop a spiritual “eye.” Parents — beyond Catholic schools, CCD programs, books, apps, Church youth organizations, etc. — have the primary responsibility before God to ground their children in the faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children” (No. 2223) and “should begin in the child’s earliest years” (No. 2226).

Kids should understand why Catholicism is the true faith instituted by Christ, so they don’t fall prey to religious indifferentism, believing one Christian denomination is as good as another, or that counterfeit religions are OK. Only Catholicism has the True Presence of Christ in the holy Eucharist, and six additional sacraments given by Christ for salvation. It’s the only one with papal authority for teaching clarity, long-standing apostolic tradition and unchangeable doctrine.

When quandaries arise in their lives, kids need their parents’ clarification and added information on why the Church teaches what it does. They cherish and feel safeguarded by their parents’ direction.

Family Tradition
Parents must exemplify credible Catholic living — regular family Mass attendance and sacramental participation, adherence to Church teaching, daily individual and family prayer, support and involvement with their parish, and avoidance of scandalous or risqué behavior. Otherwise, attempts at instilling faith in their kids will fail. In their marriage vows, Catholics promise God they will raise children in the Faith — which includes baptizing them as infants and initiation (after the age of reason) in the Sacraments of Penance, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation — in addition to teaching them Catholic doctrine.

When faith practice is interwoven into kids’ lives just like other customs — favorite vacations, holiday get-togethers, leisure activities — it implants as a comforting seed in their soul and psyche. Then when they’re thrown into storms of confusion, those moral etchings rooted there make themselves felt perennially. A well-formed conscience — when parents have cultivated it since childhood — can be a mighty compass. Without that bedrock of faith and knowing God’s expectations, kids succumb to slippery choices in a desire for popularity, comfort and love, and risk suffering deception, depression and loss. Catholicism holds teachings not heard anywhere else. Understanding them can make all the difference. When our young ones comprehend the benefits of God’s laws and His inherent wisdom — despite societal pulls — they’ll hang tight.

Clean college living can manifest like this in a strong Catholic student: prioritizing of God and proper use of His Name; maintaining chastity appropriate to his/her state in life; disavowing contemporary thinking on abortion, contraception or tolerance of decadence; honoring parents and rightful authority; remaining true to school and work commitments; avoiding popular forms of “ghost hunting” and channeling of the occult; sidestepping temptations toward alcohol, drugs or crime; and evading occasions of immodesty, sensuality or sexual activity. Kids with a solid Catholic core not only know the differences between right and wrong in many hard-to-discern scenarios, but have a sobriety and closeness with God — and the tranquility that accompanies it — that they won’t readily trade. Such a state of grace and moral integrity cannot be handed over at the eleventh hour — like keys to a new car. It must be an enduring part of them.

Do Catholic-faith attributes make a kid popular? Not typically. Parents have to examine their own motives here: Is their child’s spiritual well-being a priority, or is it rather adulation (which the parents might enjoy) around campus or at their summer home? Again, the Catechism sets it straight: “Showing themselves obedient to the will of the Father in heaven, parents must educate their children to fulfill God’s law” (No. 2222). Fulfilling God’s law should be foremost, and parents are held accountable for how they impart it.

Dare to Discipline
A kid who has it stands out. There’s no mistaking a young adult exuding humility, modesty, temperance, acceptance of criticism and a healthy work ethic. Sometimes that kid will beat out another from a loftier school for the same job — his character is simply more impressive.
“Allowing kids to grow up in idleness or immorality or in wasting inordinate time with TV, internet, cell phones, or with friends makes them lazy and irresponsible,” says Father Chad Ripperger, Ph.D., a theologian, psychologist and exorcist in the Diocese of Tulsa, in a recent lecture on Catholic parenting mistakes. “Not only should kids be made accountable for their errors and behavior, they should have ongoing commitments in the form of chores or work. Failure of parents to make them answerable and productive when they’re young will yield the 35- or 40-year-old who still lives at home, doing the same thing — nothing.”

Kids need an exacting sense of sin, knowing their true place before God and self-imposed boundaries in their lives, Father Ripperger says. They should know that demonic influences gain entree to people through prevalent mortal sins — such as alcohol and drugs, illicit sexual stimuli and behavior, dabbling in the occult, pornography and suggestive entertainment, and corrupt music and shows involving the diabolic and paranormal. The demonic aren’t entities to poke, he says — they dissipate people’s lives.

The Old Testament lays out a few basics for successful parenting and discipline.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way that he should go, / and when he is old he will not depart from it” (RSV). Simply put, teach him faith and character basics when he’s young and he’ll be loyal to them for life. Proverbs also says, “Discipline your son and he will give you rest; / he will give delight to your heart” (29:17, RSV). And the Book of Sirach advises: “He who disciplines his son will profit by him…. / He who teaches his son will make his enemies envious. / He who spoils his son will bind up his wounds / and his feelings will be troubled at every cry … / a son unrestrained turns out to be willful. / Discipline your son and take pains with him, that you may not be offended by his shamelessness” (30:2-3,7-8,13, RSV).

Effective discipline has another benefit: the youngster will be accustomed to boundaries on his wants and desires and be in the habit of exercising self-restraint over negative influences. This is a life-skill crucial for success in every personal, professional and social setting. When they have reached the age for college, choose a school with a Catholic support system. Even if a secular college is home to your child, ensure there’s a good Catholic center that offers Mass and the sacraments, and, ideally, other Catholic group activity. This helps kids continue in the communal life of the Church while they’re away. In addition to Mass, other faith activities could provide a vital stability to them, bridging faith traditions from home.

Engender Confidence in Prayer
Parents should also teach their children how to pray to develop a closeness with God, through the four forms of prayer (praise, petition, intercession and thanksgiving), and to dedicate daily time for it. 

With an understanding of the Mass as the greatest Catholic prayer, and the holy Eucharist as the source and summit of divine grace in the Church, kids will be fortified by God for the adjustments and stresses of college. Include a Catholic Bible, Daily Missal, Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Basic Guide to Conscience as campus-living supplies, which they can refer to. Once in the habit of revering and leaning on God — coming to Him as a friend, confidant and protector — kids will revert to this lifeline, not settling for substitutes.

“I’ve always found that a kid with a solid prayer life — which usually includes Mass attendance and frequenting the sacraments — won’t leave the Catholic faith,” says Father Kyle Walterscheid, former director of vocations in the Diocese of Fort Worth and current pastor of St. John Paul II University Parish in Denton, Texas, serving Catholic students from the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University.

Just like their propensity to investigate academic questions that seem confounding, college kids constantly question Church teaching.

“I hear and see everything under the sun,” Father Walterscheid said, but he patiently counsels: hear confessions, offer Mass, and point them to the Church’s positions in Scripture, apostolic tradition and the Catechism. “This is what a good Catholic center does. We answer their questions, assuage their doubts and help them mature in their faith.”

Christine Valentine-Owsik is president of Valentine Communications in Doylestown, Pennslyvania. She serves as publicist for Our Sunday Visitor and contributes to Catholic magazines.

Totus Tuus Thank You!

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A Big Thank You to the Host Families,
Dinner Families & the Marthas!!!

Religious Education - Explore Four!!!

 

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As you hear more and more about the Family Faith Formation Program, you have hopefully noticed that the students will be completing only three (3) chapters per month in their religion books. One session is completed at the monthly Family Faith Formation session and two sessions will be completed in the home with parents and children working together.

Why only three sessions per month? These three sessions are intended to “inform” the minds of both the children and parents. This catechesis is important for all of us - we all need to continue learning more about our faith and share it with one another. BUT, we also need to “form” our hearts. That is what “Explore Four” is all about.

Explore Four includes activities that occur in the parish or community that fall into one of four categories:
• Profession of Faith,
• Liturgy & Sacraments,
• Life in Christ and
• Prayer

Explore Four activities are activities that are intended to touch our hearts and our souls. Beginning in October, each family will be asked to explore an activity that falls into one of these categories. Some ideas of what this might look like:

• We all have a family member or friend who suffers from cancer or some other disease. Why not come as a family to the St. Peregrine Novena held on the first Tuesday evening of each month to ask St. Peregrine’s intercession for that loved one who is suffering?

• Have you ever spent time in the Adoration Chapel at either of our parishes? Why not spend an hour with Jesus in the Adoration Chapel as a family?

• How about joining other families in an outreach project for the poor and needy? 

• For second graders, seventh graders and eighth graders, Explore Four will mean attending a few additional sessions preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.

 

Throughout the year, we will provide families with opportunities and ideas that will take you beyond the study of the faith to becoming more a part of our parish communities. Explore Four will be explained in greater detail when we meet together at our Family Faith Formation sessions.

God bless you all!

Deacon Bill

Immaculate Conception Upcoming Events

Immaculate Conception Parish
The Rosebud, Pray Without Ceasing and Legion of Mary Ministries wish to join you in prayer ~

for families waiting to conceive or to adopt,

for children of families facing troubled times,
for grandparents’ concerns for troubled grandchildren,

for families who have lost a child
during pregnancy, birth, abortion or illness,

for mothers who have newly conceived, and
in gratitude for new birth or adoption.

Place a color-coded rosebud, tagged with your
intention(s), into the Rosebud Ministry vase at
Immaculate Conception Church.

On the tag, please include a phone number if you wish
someone to call you to pray with you on the phone.

News of prayers that have been answered are always welcomed!


Pray Without Ceasing will hold the monthly devotion on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 7:00p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Braidwood. The month of August is devoted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome.

Summer Giving

 

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. The only time one is dispensed from the obligation to attend is when a Catholic Mass is not available. 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.

Some parishioners take advantage of the convenience of automatic electronic giving through their credit cards 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. By scheduling automatic withdrawals from your checking or savings account, you conveniently and consistently contribute to the financial support of the parish.

Thank you for your generosity and care for your Parish and God’s Church!

Last Day to Schedule Your Portrait Session...

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LAST DAY - AUGUST 16th

Make Our Parish Your Spiritual Home!

Make Our Parish Your Spiritual Home!
Welcome New Parishioners ~
Register Today

Many Catholics attend our parishes for Mass and consider it their “home parish” without formally registering as a parishioner. Why not take the opportunity to become “one of the family?” Simply fill out the form below and return it to the Parish Office through the mail, drop it off, or return it through the Sunday Offering. Someone from the parish office will contact you to complete your registration. You may also call or stop in at the parish office to register:

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
195 South Kankakee Street
Coal City IL 60416
(815) 634-4171
Click HERE to register
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Immaculate Conception Braidwood
110 South School Street
Braidwood IL 60408
(815) 458-2125
Click HERE to register

If you would like to visit with Father Noesen or one of the Deacons and help you familiarize yourself with the Catholic Faith, or if you are sick and cannot attend Mass each Sunday and would like a visit from Father or one of the parish deacons, please call the parish office.

Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass

 

The Thirty-ninth Annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet. Couples celebrating anniversaries of 25 years, 50 years, and more than 50 years, are welcome to attend the event.

Couples will receive a special blessing during the liturgy and will receive an anniversary certificate after the Mass. Our celebrant will be Bishop R. Daniel Conlon.

Because of space limitations, there is not room for additional guests. However, if necessary, a caregiver/helper is very welcome to attend with the couple.

Pre-registration is required; please complete and return the form or register online by August 11, 2017. For more information, please call 815-838-5334.

 

Calling all moms and grandmas who have some available time during the day!

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Our MOPS ministry is looking for caring individuals to assist in watching our little ones during our meetings on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month (September - May), from 8:45 AM - 11:15 AM.

We are looking for at least two people to help out for each meeting but welcome anyone and everyone who would like to join us. Please contact Nicole Leman at (575) 322.6677 if you are interested in offering your time to help our community mothers live a full life as not only the mothers God calls them to be but also strong women their children can aspire to imitate. 

We thank you for your prayerful considerations and if you are unable to offer your time we ask for continued prayers for mothers everywhere. Thank you and God bless.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions.
The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary
by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

What does the Church mean by the Immaculate Heart of Mary and how are we to practice this great devotion? By the Immaculate Heart of Mary the Church means that aspect of the Virgin symbolized by the word “heart”, then her sinless purity expressed by the word “immaculate”. Calling Mary’s heart immaculate we know to be true and our devotion is honoring her for that great privilege.

What shall we say about Mary’s love? It was totally and exclusively human. Her Son’s Love was both divine and human as He was God and Man, but Mary’s love was always human because that was what she was, a creature – that was all the love she had. Well then, whom did Mary love? And how did Mary love? Both answers are the object of our devotion to her Immaculate Heart. During her life on earth Mary loved God with all her heart. Christ’s command in the Old Testament was followed perfectly, as Mary fulfilled it – loving her Divine Son as only a mother can love the fruit of her womb; she loved Joseph her devoted husband, to whom she was espoused, as only a devoted wife could. Mary is a model in a special way for women. Mary loved her relatives. We know that because when she first heard that her aged kinswoman was with child and would be needing help, St. Luke tells us that Mary ran across the hill country to a town of Juda to assist Elizabeth. Mary loved her friends. When invited to their wedding and they ran out of wine, Mary did something about it. She had no money to purchase it herself, so she asked the Giver of all gifts and the young couple had an excellent replenishment.

Mary loved John the Apostle to whom Jesus entrusted her on Calvary. She loved Peter whom she knew well. Trying to help she told her Son about Peter’s impetuosity, something He might well have seen, but He welcomed His Mother’s intuition. Mary knew Paul because Paul’s best friend was Luke, and of Paul, Luke spoke often to Mary. Paul never saw Jesus but we can be sure that Mary talked often to this great Apostle of the Gentiles. Mary loved greatly all the Apostles and disciples of her Son. Christ loved them and so did Mary. Weren’t they all with Mary on that day when the Holy Spirit came upon them at Pentecost? Now whom does Mary love? Mary, as the Church teaches, loves everyone, but especially those that most love her Son. Mary like every true mother gives her heart to those that love her Son.

How does Mary love? Mary during her life on earth loved sufferingly, for from the moment she conceived the Christ Child in her womb, she became the sorrowful Mother. Simeon early told her that a sword would pierce her heart and so it did.

Mary loved chastely. The essence of a chaste love is in the spirit, not in the body. She loved Joseph profoundly She loved him well; she did service to meet his needs. She thought well of him; she spoke well of him always. Her love reached Joseph and made him glad. Mary loved quietly. Think of their going to Egypt. Joseph was  commanded to go at night; Mary helped him and the Baby to ready each other and go.

Mary trusted when she loved. She had no idea of how she could conceive a child and remain a virgin, but she trusted that God, Who gave the request, would see it  through for her. Mary trusted perseveringly. Think of her faith on that first Holy Saturday as she waited. Saturday is Mary’s day in honor of her perseverance, as on that Saturday she waited for the Resurrection of her Son. 

Mary lived and loved effectively - she did something about her love for God. She did and still does intercede for sinful man, helping us obtain from God the graces we need. Mary goes to God for us, that is how Mary mediates for us because she loves us.

When we speak of Mary’s heart, which had a mortal existence and now, like her Son, is immortally living in Heaven. Her Assumption assures us she is body and soul, with her feelings there, thinking of us, understanding our needs and yearnings. There is in Heaven now a virginal woman’s body with a total purity of soul. She was always sinless by a unique prerogative; sinless at her conception in the womb of her mother Anne. Besides being sinless at her conception, Mary was sinless at birth free from the sins of the world all her life. She lived in the world but was not of the world.

She had never said “No” to God; God wanted her to be totally sinless because she was to be His Mother. Her Son was all good and almighty so it is not surprising that He did all for His Mother that He could do and that He did do. Mary’s complete sinlessness was dogmatically defined by Holy Church over a century ago.

Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary means two things. It means invoking her and imitating her. Invoking her is praying through her to God, beseeching her; while imitating her means striving to become like her, doing what she would do.

For what do we invoke Mary? What do we ask her to obtain for us? Through her Immaculate Heart we especially ask her to love like she does, sharing in her love for God and all mankind. We ask her to obtain for us her spontaneous doing of God’s Will. We ask her to become sinless as she was, before our lives are ended, using every grace God gives us as we strive for perfection. We ask her help that the maddening drives of our fallen nature become less compelling and our passions less masterful. We pray most of all that our sins which offend God become less deliberate and less frequent.

Next, in practicing devotion to Mary’s Immaculate Heart, we must strive to imitate her in her practice of love. We know that we often sin by saying “No” to God, but we can also sin by saying “Yes” to creatures against God’s Will. We can sin by indulging creature satisfaction deep down in our hearts without saying a word. To grow in virtue we must very often sacrifice creatures that God does not wish us to love. In fact, often our greatest obstacle to sinlessness is the attachment of our spirits to creatures against God's Will.

In our devotion to Mary’s Heart there is no more effective prayer than the Rosary which is about the mysteries of her Son’s life and hers. There is no better way to obtain through Mary’s intercession the help we desperately need to learn how to be loving and selfless. To gain this selfless love, we must also learn how to give ourselves in loving those thoughtless people who enter our lives unintentionally. The most grievous pain, the most patient endurance that people will demand of you is from the people you like, who will try your patience and not even know it. It is the good, unwitting people just being themselves who will crush the last iota of selfishness in you. They seem unaware of how tormented you are by their actions, the way they behave, what they say or don’t say. We all have much to learn. Let us ask Our Lady to help us. Say a little prayer to her in every emergency. When you must answer, when you are under pressure, ask help from the “Seat of Wisdom”, Mary’s title, and your words will be hers amiable and understanding.


 

“In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call
upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never
suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the
assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her
footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray;
while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as
she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she
holds your hand, you cannot fall, under her protection you
have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not
grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.”

“How good and pleasant it is to dwell in the Heart of Jesus!
Who is there who does not love a heart so wounded? Who
can refuse a return of love to a Heart so loving? Amen.”
– St. Bernard of Clairvaux

August Prayer to the Blessed Mother

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August Queen of Heaven, sovereign Mistress of the Angels,
who didst receive from the beginning the
mission and the power to crush the serpent’s head,
we beseech thee to send thy holy angels, that under thy
command and by thy power, they may pursue the evil
spirits, encounter them on every side, resist their bold
attacks, and drive them hence into the abyss of woe.

Most holy Mother, send thy angels to defend us
and to drive the cruel enemy from us.

All ye holy angels and archangel,
help and defend us. Amen.

O good and tender Mother!
Thou shalt ever be our Love and our Hope.

Holy Angels and Archangels,
keep and defend us. Amen

Food Pantries 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

Assumption 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.


August 18 - Catholic Charismatic Healing Mass

2017 JOLIET DIOCESE
CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC HEALING MASS

Friday, August 18, 2017
Father Paul Hottinger, Presider
Sean McGreal, Assisting
St. Margaret Mary Church
1450 Green Trails Drive ● Naperville, IL 60540

Sacrament of Reconciliation 6:30 PM ● Mass 7:30 PM

For more information,
please call Joey Rose at: (630) 926-6576

August 25 - A Swing and a Prayer Golf Outing

Catholic Charities is hosting A Swing and a Prayer golf outing on August 25, 2017 with a shotgun start at 1:00 PM at the Joliet Country Club.

Standard foursome of golf is $600 ($640 after 7/25) and cost for a single player is $150 ($160 after 7/25). All player fees include driving range, green fees for 18 holes of golf with cart, buffet lunch, two drinks on-course, and buffet dinner.

Tickets are available by calling 815-724-1140 or online at catholiccharitiesjoliet.org. Proceeds from A Swing and a Prayer benefit the programs and services provided by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet. Sponsorship opportunities are still available!

Contact Pete Kinsella at pkinsella@cc-doj.org or 630-495-8008. To learn more about the programs and services provided by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, visit catholiccharitiesjoliet.org.

August 26 - Chicken & Sweet Corn Dinner

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The Braidwood Knights of Columbus #1574 are having a Chicken and Sweet Corn Dinner on Saturday August 26 at the Immaculate Conception Parish Hall in Braidwood 110 S. School Street in Braidwood. 

The menu consists of Chicken, Sweet Corn, Cole Slaw, Bread, Deserts and Soft Drinks. Free Will donations will be accepted.

Proceeds will be donated to the Free Community Turkey dinner that is held in Diamond in November to help people in need.

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.

Sincerely,

Father Noesen

July 3 - September 25 - St. Vincent's Table

St. Vincent’s Table Location
July 3 - September 25
Serving free hot and nutritional dinners to
people in need or who are hungry
every Monday from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
in the Fellowship Hall at Ignite Christian Church
1180 W 1st St, Braidwood


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Mother of the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel

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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

A NOVENA TO OUR LADY 
OF PERPETUAL HELP

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 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

 

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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

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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.”

Please Remember Your Parish

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Please keep Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Par i sh and Immaculate Conception 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 your Parish Office for a variety of creative ways in which you can remember your Parish in your Will and Estate plans. 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.