Week of October 15, 2017

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading
Matthew 22:1-14
Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a wedding feast.



Week of October 15, 2017

Dear parish family and friends,

Children usually imagine heaven as a beautiful place with white fluffy clouds and angels playing harps and singing around God. While no one alive can tell us what heaven is like, today’s Gospel gives us an image to assist in envisioning what it will be like when we rest in God’s eternal presence. Jesus describes  heaven as a wedding feast ~ an overabundant gathering of delectable food, choice wine, dancing, laughter, and fellowship. This, of course, is like nothing on earth. The royal host, God the Father, will spare no expense, and it will truly be a gala affair.

Everyone is invited to this feast of the kingdom of heaven, but first, they must make a radical choice. To be invited, one must first give everything to the King. Through our baptism, we received an engraved invitation. But, that invitation can be revoked if we do not spend our lives preparing for the banquet. Other invitations come our way and distract us from the greatest of all eternal realities. The person who seeks heaven must always be seeking entrance into that banquet by living their faith. Sin and the lure of other things can truly distract, and we may miss out when the time comes. Baptism is our required “wedding garment, and the constant practice of our Catholic Christian faith is assurance that the banquet will be ours one day for all eternity. If we choose other invitations that are from the evil one and continually accept the lure of his solicitations, we can be assured that the King will take notice when we die.

Invitations are given to every generation, but as Jesus says, there are few takers. In Jesus’ day and still today, people make up all kinds of excuses not to be a true disciple and therefore forfeit their invitation to the kingdom. Hopefully, we will not be one of those who foolishly choose to be indifferent. Let us remember that mere acceptance of the invitation, however, does not guarantee participation in the banquet. Guests at a wedding banquet are expected to appear in clean and neat clothing. That is one’s soul must be prepared to be allowed in.

And so, ask yourself, how clean is your wedding garment, your soul? Reflect on this and go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation to be made clean and ready for whenever death may come. Go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and get your garment (your soul) cleaned over and over again so that you may be ready to enter this banquet of heaven. Otherwise, the only invitation that will surely be yours is from the devil, with no banquet!

God’s Blessings!

Father Noesen

Volunteer Teams for Church Preparation

Volunteer Teams for Church Preparation

There is a light at the end of the tunnel….. and it is Majestic. As we near construction and begin work on the details inside and out, there are many opportunities for your offering of time and talent. We are forming specific teams to handle the various cleaning, moving and preparation activities over the next two months.

Specifically ... Pew Team, Cleaning & Setup Team and Landscape Team.

Please contact the Parish Office if you are able to offer your time and talent. 

Pew Team -Grab, Carry, Put Oct 16 (Mon) - Oct 24 (Tue)
Gunder Furniture will begin installing our Pews October 16th which should take about 5 to 7 work days to complete. Gunder will typically provide their own labor to  unload and move around all the various pew pieces while their technicians assemble and set the pews. If we can volunteer our own time we can receive some credit back. The requirement is 2 people per day, but you must stay the whole day. No 2 hour or half day shifts. Also the more days you can volunteer the better for continuity and consistency.

Cleaning & Setup Team - Move, Clean, Fluff Oct 2 (Mon) - Opening
The General Contractor is responsible for some clean-up as part of the scope of the project. But our new church will need that special and personal deep cleaning and prepping. Members on this team will prepare our church for opening day and beyond. Cleaning and stocking; Moving furniture, supplies and various items to the church; Adjusting cabinet and closet shelves; Setting up Choir area, Narthex and lobby area, Sanctuary and Sacristy; Decorating and more.

Landscape Team - Dig, Plant, Grow Oct 16 (Mon) - Opening
As you can see our new Church is in need of some nature. We have a Landscape Plan that offers a lot of variety in texture and color but we need time and talent from all you gardeners to see it grow. Member on this team will be following a design landscape plan that will include our new church as well as areas around the parking lot and Rectory. Moving dirt, mulch and rocks; Removing and leveling; Planting sod, plants and trees; Designing and building grottos.

The meaning of Fatima: 100 years later

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Our Lady of Fatima ~ The 6 apparitions of 1917

There were six Marian apparitions to the shepherd children from May 13 to Oct. 13, 1917. All of these apparitions took place on the 13th of the month except for the August apparition.

May 13, 1917
The children were tending their sheep near the Cova da Iria in Fatima, a few miles from their home. A beautiful young woman dressed in white appeared to them over the holm oak. The Lady said she was from heaven and wanted the children to return to the same place at the same hour on the 13th of each month for six months. She asked the children to pray the Rosary every day. 

June 13, 1917
Our Lady again asked the children to pray the Rosary every day, and she asked Lucia to learn to read and write. She revealed that Jacinta and Francisco would die soon, but Lucia would live longer. She then revealed that God wished to establish in the world devotion to her Immaculate Heart, and her heart would be a refuge and a way to lead people to God. 

July 13, 1917
The Lady disclosed a three-part secret to the children.

August 19, 1917
The children missed their scheduled meeting with the Lady at the Cova da Iria on Aug. 13 because they were detained by the anti-clerical civil authorities. The children resisted efforts to have them deny the apparitions. They were put in prison and released on Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption. The Lady then appeared to the children a few days later, on Aug. 19 at Valinhos near their home in Aljustrel. The Lady asked the children to continue to come to the Cova da Iria on the 13th of each month and to pray the Rosary every day. She told them that she would perform a miracle the last month (October). 

The Lady asked the children to continue to pray the Rosary for the end of the war. She told them that Jesus as well as St. Joseph would appear in October.

Oct. 13, 1917
The most dramatic of the apparitions. Some 55,000 people gathered on a rainy day near Cova da Iria in Fatima and witnessed the “miracle of the sun.” Some 20,000 other people witnessed the miracle from as far away as 25 miles. The sun started spinning and grew larger. It looked like it was going to fall on the earth. People fell to their knees in fear. The people then noticed that their clothes were completely dry even though they had been standing in the rain for some time. Even unbelievers and skeptics witnessed the phenomenon. The secular newspaper, O Século, had a front page story on “How the sun danced at midday in Fatima.”

While the people were looking at the miracle of the sun, the three children saw a sequence of apparitions. St. Joseph was seen with the Christ Child, and they appeared to bless the world. The Blessed Mother was seen robed in white with a blue mantel; then she appeared as Our Lady of Sorrows and then as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The Lady revealed her identity to the children as “Our Lady of the Rosary.” She asked them to pray the Rosary every day and to have a chapel built at Cova da Iria, the site of the apparitions. 


The Visionaries

Lucia dos Santos
Born: March 28, 1907
Died: Feb. 13, 2005
Bio: The oldest of the three visionaries of Fatima, Lucia was the youngest of seven brothers and sisters. She received harsh criticism after telling family and friends about the visitations, so much so that she was reluctant to return to the Cova da Iria on July 13, 1917. The other seers convinced her to go back. Following the deaths of her cousins, at 14 years old, she was sent to the Dorothean Sisters of Villar and in 1928 became a sister of St. Dorothy. In 1946, she entered the convent of the Carmelite Sisters of Coimbra and was known as Sister Maria Lucia of the Immaculate Heart. She was visited by Mary on several more occasions. Following her death in 2005 at the age of 97, Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 waived the normal five-year waiting period before the start of a canonization cause. 

Blessed Francisco Marto
Born: June 11, 1908
Died: April 4, 1919
Bio: Francisco was 9 years old at the time of the apparitions, during which he saw the Blessed Mother but could not hear what she was saying. Described in Lucia’s memoirs as a musically gifted boy, pensive and easygoing, Francisco chose to “console Jesus for the sins of the world” in private prayer following the apparitions. He fell ill during an influenza outbreak just one year after the apparitions at Fatima, and he embraced his suffering, reciting the Rosary daily as instructed by Our Lady. He received his first holy Communion on his deathbed. In her memoirs, Sister Lucia wrote, “He flew away to heaven in the arms of our Heavenly Mother.” He was beatified by Pope St. John Paul II in Fatima on May 13, 2000.

Blessed Jacinta Marto
Born: March 11, 1910
Died: Feb. 20, 1920
Bio: Jacinta was just 7 at the time of the apparitions. After seeing the vision of hell, the young girl dedicated herself to praying for the salvation of souls. She refused water during the hot summer. Like her brother, Francisco, Jacinta fell ill with influenza, but her suffering was even greater than his. She underwent surgery and several other minor procedures in order to try to save her life. Her pain was offered for the conversion of sinners. She suffered from pneumonia and tuberculosis, which forced her hospitalization, during which she was visited by the Blessed Mother three more times. The hospital chaplain refused to give her Communion, saying he would return the following day, but she died shortly after. She was beatified on the same day as her brother, May 13, 2000, by Pope St. John Paul II.


The Location of Fatima
The apparitions of the Blessed Mother of 1917 took place at the Cova da Iria (Cove of Peace) over a holm oak tree in the small village of Fatima, Portugal, a few miles from the children’s home in Aljustrel. The village was named Fatima after a young Muslim woman captured by the Portuguese following a military victory over the Muslims in 1158. Fatima became a Catholic and married one of the Portuguese knights named Gonçalo Hermingues. Unfortunately, she died soon after her wedding. Heartbroken, Gonçalo eventually entered a monastery. He did, though, have a small chapel built over the site where his young bride’s body was buried. 

This site came to be known as Fatima. Today, there is not only the Chapel of the Apparitions at Fatima, but also the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary (completed in 1953), where the tombs of Blessed Francisco, Blessed Jacinta and Sister Lucia are located. There is also the larger and more modern Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, which was completed in 2007. 

The Historical Context
The Fatima apparitions occurred during World War I, which was also a time when secular movements such as Freemasonry and communism were manifesting open hostility to the Christian faith. 

In 1911, the Freemasons in Portugal passed a law separating Church and State. One of their leaders, Alfonso Costa, even predicted that in two generations Catholicism would be completely eliminated in Portugal. The apparitions of Fatima, therefore, occurred during a critical time in the life of Portugal and the world.


THE SECRETS OF FATIMA
During the apparition on July 13, 1917, Our Lady revealed to the shepherd children a three-part secret. There is concern by some that the third part of the secret has yet to be fully revealed, but Sister Lucia before her death testified that “no secret remains.” 

The First Secret
The first part of the secret shared by Our Lady was a vision of hell, after which she taught the children a prayer to be recited after each decade of the Rosary: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of thy mercy.”

The Second Secret 
The second part of the secret concerned the end of World War I and the warning of a worse war during the pontificate of Pope Pius XI if people did not cease
offending God. (Pius XI was not elected until 1922). There was also the warning that if people did not convert, Russia would “spread her errors throughout the
world, causing wars and persecution of the Church.” Moreover, “the good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated.” The Lady, though, told the shepherd children: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

The Third Secret
lucia.jpgThe third part of the secret was kept hidden by Sister Lucia until she was ordered by the bishop of Leiria, Spain, on Jan. 3, 1944, to write it down. This letter was placed in the secret archives of the Holy Office in 1957. 

 Pope St. John XXIII in 1959 and Blessed Pope Paul VI in 1965 read the letter but declined to publish it. After the May 13,
1981, attempt on his life, Pope St. John Paul II asked for the letter. He later authorized the disclosure of the secret in conjunction with the May 13, 2000, beatification ceremony for Francisco and Jacinta Marto.

The secret describes an angel with a flaming sword in his left hand crying out: “Penance, penance, penance.” Then a bishop dressed in white (thought to be the Holy Father) joins other bishops, priests and men and women religious in ascending a steep mountain with a big cross on top. On the way to the mountain, the Holy Father goes through a city half in ruins, and “he prays for the souls of the corpses” he sees. At the top of the mountain, he kneels before the cross and is killed by a group of soldiers who fire bullets and arrows at him. Other bishops, priests, men and women religious and laypeople are also killed. Then two angels gather up the  blood of these martyrs into a crystal aspersorium andsprinkle the souls on their way to God.


First Saturdays
On Dec. 10, 1925, the Holy Virgin, together with the Christ Child, appeared to Sister Lucia in the convent of the Dorothean Sisters in Pontevedra, Spain. The Christ Child asked Sister Lucia to “have compassion on the heart of your most holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”

Then the Blessed Mother spoke to Lucia, and she promised “to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess [their sins], receive holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the 15 mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”

Some have claimed that the full third secret of Fatima has not been revealed. Sister Lucia, however, has confirmed the full text of the secret in two meetings with the secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the bishop of Leiria-Fatima. In the second meeting, Sister Lucia made it clear that “everything has been published; no secret remains.”


The Popes and Fatima

The bishop of Leiria, Portugal, gave official approval to apparitions of Fatima on Oct. 13, 1930, and since the pontificate of Pius XII (1939-1958), the Roman pontiffs have shown great devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. 

Pope Pius XII

  • Was ordained a bishop on May 13, 1917, the very day of the first Fatima apparition.
  • Consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1942 and stressed devotion to Mary’s Heart throughout his pontificate.
  • Explained how devotion to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of God is closely joined to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in his 1956 encyclical Haurietis Aquas.

Blessed Pope Paul VI

  • Renewed Pius XII’s 1942 consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Nov. 21, 1964, and sent a golden rose to Fatima as a sign of his devotion.
  • Became the first pope to visit the Fatima shrine on May 13, 1967, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the apparitions. On that date, he also issued an apostolic exhortation, Signum Magnum (“The Great Sign”) urging all the members of the Church “to renew personally their consecration to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of the Church.”

Pope St. John Paul II

  • Credited Our Lady of Fatima with saving his life from the assassin’s bullet on May 13, 1981. A year later, he made a pilgrimage to Fatima in thanksgiving for Our Lady’s intervention.
  • Carried out on March 25, 1984, Our Lady’s request in the Fatima apparitions to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in union with the bishops of the world. It is widely believed that the collapse of Soviet communism five years later was linked to this consecration.
  • Returned to Fatima on May 12-13, 1991, on the 10th anniversary of the assassination attempt. He returned again for the beatification of Francisco and Jacinta Marto on May 13, 2000, and the public disclosure of the third part of the secret of Fatima.

Pope Benedict XVI

  • As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he published on June 26, 2000, a commentary on the third part of the secret of Fatima.
  • Made a papal pilgrimage to Fatima in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the beatifications of Francisco and Jacinta.
  • In 2008, reduced the five-year waiting period to start a canonization cause following the 2005 death of Lucia dos Santos.
  • Pope Francis Led a formal “act of entrustment” to Mary, the Blessed Virgin of Fatima, on Oct. 13, 2013, at the conclusion of a special Marian day.
  • Has confirmed he plans to go to Fatima for the May 13, 2017, celebration of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions.

 

Eucharistic Adoration at our parishes...

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Eucharistic Adoration at our parishes...

As we return to the rhythms of the year I want to continue to encourage everyone to make use of our Adoration Chapels.

Spend a few minutes with Jesus during the week, really and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. The Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of the true Christian spirit. From the Eucharist flows all of the graces, power, works, and blessings of Christ through His Church. As Roman Catholics, and as a Catholic Parish, the Eucharist should be at the center of our lives. I hope everyone will make the effort to grow in their love, belief, and faith in Jesus Christ truly present in the Eucharist.

Stop in the chapels whenever you have a chance. If you’re able, consider a weekly commitment for a specific hour of adoration. Jesus is waiting for you in the Chapels 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Don’t disappoint Him. Give Jesus your heart, and He will give you Heaven!

Father Noesen

Congratulations Mr. Greg Cummins

I’m proud to announce that Mr. Greg Cummins from Immaculate Conception Parish, a candidate for the Permanent Diaconate, will receive the MINISTRY OF ACOLYTE this coming Friday, October 20th.

A special Mass with our Bishop will be held at Saint Isidore’s Parish in Bloomington. As an acolyte, Mr. Cummins is appointed by the Bishop to aid the deacon and to minister to the priest. It will be his official duty to attend to the service of the altar and to assist the deacon and the priest in liturgical celebrations, especially in the celebration of Mass. He also is designated to distribute communion as a special eucharistic minister when necessary.

Please pray for Mr. Cummins as he continues his studies and spiritual formation to become a permanent Deacon.

In Christ,
Father Noesen

Family Faith Formation - October 15th Message

 

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This month in our Family Faith Formation session and in our homes we will be learning about how God exists as One God in Three Divine Persons; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We acknowledge our belief in the Holy Trinity every time we make the Sign of the Cross when we begin and end our prayers, when we enter and leave a Catholic Church and whenever we seek God’s blessing.

The Holy Trinity is also firmly rooted in the statement “God is Love”. The Holy Trinity is a community of love with the Holy Spirit being the expression of the love between the Father and the Son. The Holy Trinity is actually the perfect example of the human family where the love expressed between husband and wife results in God’s gift of children.

The Holy Trinity is, of course, a great and wonderful mystery of three Divine Persons, coequal, in One God, which we cannot comprehend completely, but is revealed to us in the Sacred Scriptures, Sacred Tradition and the teachings of the Church. This will be a wonderful month of discovering how God reveals Himself to us and to our families as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In Christ,
Deacon Bill Dunn


RCIA...a Journey in Faith

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Thinking about becoming Catholic?

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults has begun and there is still time to join us! The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process for bringing into the Catholic Church both those who have never been baptized (Catechumens) and those who were baptized in a non-Catholic Church (Candidates for Full Communion). RCIA is also the best way for adult Catholics who have never received the Sacrament of Confirmation to prepare for that final Sacrament of Initiation.

Each year in October, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish and Immaculate Conception Parish begins a new class of RCIA. We invite those who would  like to join the Catholic Church or who is at least curious to understand the teachings and customs of Catholic Christianity. For those who have never been baptized, this process will culminate in Baptism at the Great Vigil of Easter in the spring. Those who are already baptized will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church by a profession of faith at the same Vigil. Finally, the newly baptized adults and those who make their profession of faith will all be confirmed and share in the Holy Eucharist for the first time at the Easter Vigil. 

While classroom work is a part of the process, RCIA is more than a class; it is a gradual introduction to the customs, beliefs, practices, prayers, and devotions of Catholicism. Those who participate will be guided by Deacon Dunn and others who assist him to understand the richness of Catholic worship and teaching as a preparation for making a profession of faith at Easter: "I believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God."

Call Deacon Dunn at the Parish Office to inquire about the R.C.I.A.

Family Faith Formation Fundraiser

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We are selling totes, accessories, kitchenware and tons more through a Mixed Bag Designs fundraiser! Packets will be handed out at Family Faith Formation dates October 15th and 18th. Fundraiser begins October 15th thru November 15.

To receive items before Christmas ALL ORDER FORMS MUST BE TURNED IN BY NOVEMBER 15TH. A big portion of every purchase goes to our Family Faith Formation Program.

Get a head start and check out the two catalogs online: myfundraiser.mixedbagdesigns.com/catalogs
Any questions? Give us a call!
Assumption or Immaculate Conception
Parish Offices
Phone: 815-634-4171 or 815-458-2125

When ordering through the website
please click on the link Fundraiser to Support
Shipping and taxes added when ordering online
Our Fundraiser ID #730757
Checks payable to:
Assumption Catholic Church Fundraiser

Autumn Festivities

October usually is an enjoyable time of the year in the United States. The autumn season manifests itself with wonderful fall foliage in many parts of the country. The temperatures are cooler, inviting people outdoors for nature walks, apple or pumpkin picking. School routines are more established and football season is in full swing. The celebrations of the Church for the month of October are also wonderful and unique. The feasts of some of the most popular saints of the universal Church are celebrated during this month: St. Therese the Little Flower (France), St. Francis of Assisi (Italy) and St. Teresa of Avila (Spain). These saints come from different countries, and in honoring these saints we can include cultural dishes or activities from each country to make the feastday even more special. Read more about the lives of these saints. Perhaps the family can pick one virtue that each saint practiced well and try
to implement it.

The feasts in October also include two of the most popular, time-honored devotions of Catholics, the devotion to the Holy Rosary (October 7) and the Guardian Angels(October 2). In October 2002 our Holy Father John Paul II wrote the Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae (the Rosary of the Virgin Mary)." This letter introduced five new mysteries, called the Luminous or Mysteries of Light, which are (1) Jesus' Baptism in the Jordan, (2) Jesus' self-manifestation at the wedding of Cana, (3) Proclamation of the Kingdom of God, with the call to conversion, (4) the Transfiguration, and  (5) the Institution of the Eucharist. Try to make a more concerted effort to pray the Rosary together as a family during the month of October, read the Apostolic Letter to understand the beauty of this devotion more deeply, and pray the new Luminous mysteries. October 16 is known as "Pope Day" on which we celebrate the gift of the papacy and our current pope.

Every person has a guardian angel assigned to them, and October 2 the Church celebrates the role of these Guardian Angels. We should show devout gratitude to God for placing these angels at our service. Having a guardian should give us confidence during all of life's difficulties. Every Catholic should know the Angele Dei(Angel of God) prayer and pray it often. The Directory on Popular Piety suggests that families pray it at morning and evening prayers or after the Angelus.

Diocese of Joliet ~ 40 Days for Life 9/27-11/05

 

Diocese of Joliet ~ 40 Days for Life  
Wednesday, September 27 - Sunday, November 5, 2017
40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program:
  • Prayer & Fasting
  • Peaceful Vigil
  • Community Outreach
40 Days for Life takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion.
The 40-day campaign tracks Biblical history, where God used 40-day periods to transform individuals, communities, and the entire world. From Noah in the flood to Moses on the mountain to the disciples after Christ's Resurrection, it is clear that God sees the transformative value of His people accepting and meeting a 40-day challenge. 
 
Volunteers are needed to pray at the following locations in the Diocese of Joliet:
  • Aurora: Planned Parenthood, 3051 East New York Avenue
            Contact: Catherine Walker at (224) 999-3701 or maddymorgan@gmail.com
           
            How can my parish get involved? Click here for full details.
    Contact: Bob, Caron, & Daria at 40daysdg@gmail.com
     
     

     

    Prayer of St. Augustine

    Prayer for those in need, especially for those
    affected by the recent hurricanes, earthquakes
    and other disasters ~

    Prayer of St. Augustine
    Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch,
    or weep tonight,
    and give Your angels and saints
    charge over those who sleep.
    Tend Your sick ones, O Lord Christ.
    Rest Your weary ones.
    Bless Your dying ones.
    Soothe Your suffering ones.
    Pity Your af

    Custom designed souvenir ceiling tiles from the old Assumption church

    Custom designed souvenir ceiling tiles from the old Assumption church are now available for $75 each. There are a limited number remaining. These tiles may be ordered by contacting Teri Boylan at 815 326-0254.

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    St. Vincent Meals at Assumption Church Through December

    We are excited to announce that the St. Vincent Monday night meals will be served out of Assumption of the BVM starting October 2nd and going until end of December. If you would like to donate funds to our St. Vincent table, please make check out to Assumption Church and put St. Vincent’s table in memo line. The meals will be of a carry out capacity until we get into our new church sometime in November. It is customary for the home church to furnish the desserts for the meals along with the cooking of the main meal. If anyone would like to donate desserts or volunteer your time, please call Cathy Milne at 815-518-2000.

    Help for Hope is a 501C3 nonprofit organization. We are all volunteers at Help for Hope, no one gets paid. 100% of the money donated goes to helping people. Help for Hope provides basic life necessities for those in need. Here is a list of what we provide:

    •  St. Vincent Monday Night Meals – provide financial aid and food co-ordinate volunteers
    •  Assumption Food Pantry – distribute food
    •  Provide personal hygiene products
    •  Provide baby products
    •  Provide cleaning supplies
    •  Provide rent and utility assistant
    •  Back to School Expo at High School every August
    •  Thanksgiving dinner distribution the Monday before Thanksgiving
    •  Adopt families at Christmas and provide Christmas gifts

    We have moved to our new location at 100 South Baima Street (the old School District Administration Office). We will be open Monday thru Friday 8:30 to Noon. We Care will come in on Tuesdays and the Salvation Army will come in on Wednesday. God Bless.

    Help for Hope
    100 South Baima Street ● Coal City, IL
    60416 ● (815) 518-2000

    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
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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.

    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 through Friday 8:30 AM to Noon
    NEW ADDRESS:
    100 S Baima Street - Coal City
    815 518-2000 for more information

    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.


    November 5 - Tree of Light Infant Memorial Mass

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    On Sunday, November 5, 2017 all families and individuals are welcome to attend this Mass at the Blanchette Catholic Center in Crest Hill. 
     
    This beautiful liturgy will remember babies who have been lost through miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, other pregnancy losses or early childhood death. At 2:00 p.m., a special tree blessing ceremony for family members to commemorate these babies will precede the mass. Family members may wish to arrive at 1:30 p.m. to sign in and to gather in the chapel.  A reception with light refreshments will be served immediately following.
     
    To register online, go HERE or call 815-838-5334 by November 1.
     
    If you are not able to attend but would like your baby remembered, please call us.
    November 11-12 - “Be Transformed” Fishers of Men Fall Retreat

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    December 6 - Assumption Ladies Night Out

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    January 6 - Trivia Night
    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


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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

     

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    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.

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    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.