Due to our church renovation please be aware of the following:

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

First Saturdays
Morning Mass will be celebrated in Berst Hall.

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

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

Sunday Mass and Confessions
3:20 P.M. to 3:45 P.M. on Saturdays / Confessions heard in Berst hall
4:00 P.M. Vigil Mass for Sunday in Berst hall
8:00 A.M. and 10:30 A.M. Sunday Mass in Berst hall

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

Week of October 16, 2016

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading
Luke 18:1-8
Jesus urges his disciples to pray and not lose heart,
for God hears and answers prayers.

Week of October 16, 2016

We, as Catholic Christians, are called to consistent and persistent prayer, and we are also called to not hesitate interceding on behalf of others. In today’s second reading, a letter of St. Paul to Timothy, we hear “Be persistent, whether it is convenient or inconvenient.” Within this letter, St. Paul virtually sums up all of the readings for this 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The key words of persistence and perseverance capture this Sunday’s scriptural message for us.

In the first reading today from the Book of Exodus, Moses models the importance of prayer. We read of him standing on a hilltop holding his staff in the air while a vivid battle was happening. As long as Moses keeps his arms held aloft, the Israelites have the better of the fight, but when his arms droop, the Israelites fall behind in the fighting. Two of his assistants, Aaron and Hur assist Moses by keeping his arms held high. Their persistence pays off as the Israelites win the battle. Moses could not have sustained this stance for long if Aaron and Hur did not intercede on his behalf.

Persistence is also the main lesson of today’s Gospel. The Parable of the Persistent Widow shows us the importance of persistence day and night. And the unjust judge is the one that the widow depends on to finally render a verdict on her behalf. 

All these lessons teach us the importance of persistent prayer and intercessory prayer from others. Just like we depend on the saints to intercede for us before the Lord’s throne in heaven for us, so are we, brothers and sisters here on earth to do the same for one another. This parable teaches us to pray and to never give up until we are answered by God. It’s the Lord’s promise to those who are persistent and seek intercession. Jesus says, “Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night?  Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.”

It’s true; sometimes we grow tired of praying. At these times, we need others to help us with their prayers. Let’s never give up! Let’s ask one another on earth and the saints in heaven to intercede for us on our behalf.

Have a good and holy week,
Father Noesen


On behalf of all of the staff, teens and parishioners of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, I want to thank Barry and Molly Sterba for their many years of dedication and service to the teens of this parish. Throughout these years, they have worked tirelessly in the important role of drawing our youth to Christ and helping them deepen their Catholic faith. 

Barry and Molly have decided to step away from their leadership role in Teens 4 Christ, citing the desire to devote more time to their growing children. Barry continues to serve our youth teaching in our 7th Grade
Religious Education class – the largest class this year – with the assistance of Brandi Thayer and Paul Hulbert.

Clearly, this creates a void that needs to be filled so that Teens 4 Christ can continue to grow and thrive in our parish. Prayerfully consider whether you might be the person that helps fill that void. So, if you are a high school teenager, a young adult or a young couple that would like to get involved with the teens of our parish and share your faith, please contract Deacon Bill Dunn at (815)634-4171 Ext. 5 to discuss the possibilities.

Church Renovation Update - Week 10

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Week 10 has been devoted to digging out the foundation / basement area. Both the South and North wall had to be cut back an additional 6 feet in order to have enough room for the very large footing piers that will support the corner where the addition will meet the existing.

The location of the new electrical transformer and pad is so close to the basement exterior steps (North side) we contracted Wren Construction of Coal City to shore up that area before digging.

Week 10 - Completed

• Removal of steel roof and covered with plastic.
• Continued digging of basement/foundation
• Remove 6’ of North and South wall. This included that last window which will be rebuilt when the addition is added.

Week 11 – Goal

• Install shoring in area for exterior basement stairs. Continue to dig and form basement and foundation.


Welcome to Our Newest Baptised Member!

Holy Baptism
O Lord,
by the mystery of your death and resurrection,
bathe this child in light,
give her the new life of baptism
and welcome her into your holy Church ~

We Welcome
Abigail James Peters
child of Beth and Timothy Peters

Sunday Sweeps Raffle!

Tickets are now available for the first annual Sunday Sweeps raffle. For $50 per ticket you will be entered into a weekly drawing for the entire year. The prize each week is $100 and you are eligible to win every week. That equals 52 weekly drawings at $100 each week for a chance to win $5200! The drawings will begin as soon as 200 tickets are sold.

Please help us spread the word and let people know about this great chance for fun and fellowship in our community. All proceeds from the raffle will go to support the church building and renovation campaign. If you have any questions or would like to buy a ticket see a representative after Mass each Sunday or go to the parish office during the week. Buy your tickets today! Thank you for your support and God bless!

World Mission Sunday - October 23rd

From Bishop Conlon

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Mercy Changes the World!”

On World Mission Sunday, October 23, Pope Francis invites each of us to be part of that change for our world of great need, calls us to announce the mercy of God, “the beating heart of the Gospel” (Misericordiae Vultus, 12).

On this 90th World Mission Sunday, our diocesan family joins our brothers and sisters around the world who will gather at the Lord’s Table to celebrate, with great joy, our common vocation as missionaries. Our prayers and financial help, through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, support the work of the Mission Church, its witness to Christ and service to the poor. 

“Let us not close our hearts within our own particular concerns, but let us open them to all of humanity.”
Message for World Mission Sunday, 2016

I echo these words of our Holy Father, asking you to open your hearts as you connect on World Mission Sunday with every corner of the globe… with the Americas, where catechists travel to remote areas to bring the Good News of God’s great love to families; with Europe, where new churches are being built to welcome faith communities, renewed after years of persecution; with Asia, where six million children receive an education from Religious Sisters in some 16,000 Church-run elementary schools; with the Pacific Islands, where 1,000 young men are preparing for the priesthood, to bring the Lord’s healing hope and peace to those in need; with Africa, where those who are sick are provided with loving care at 6,400 Catholic hospitals and small clinics.

And don’t forget the corners of the globe where the Diocese of Joliet serves. Your support helps us to continue our missionary work in the Philippines, in Bolivia, in Africa and in the Navajo nation. Each year hundreds of adults and young people donate two weeks of their time and talent to connect with other people in diverse cultures and live their vocation as missionary disciples.

Grateful always for your generosity of spirit and heart, and confident of your missionary commitment to share the joy of the Gospel and help the poor, I pray for blessings for you and your families!

Faithfully yours in the Lord,
Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon
Bishop of Joliet

Foster Grandparent Volunteers Needed

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet’s Foster Grandparent Program offers older adults an opportunity to help children in your community develop academic and life skills that are critical to their development and
future successes. Sharing your time and experience  can help children learn how to read, prepare younger students for school readiness, tackle tough subjects and make decisions that will keep them on the right path. 

We’ll match your skills and passions to opportunities that interest you, including those in elementary schools in Districts 86 and 89, faith based schools, Head Start sites, and pre-schools. 

Foster Grandparent Volunteers must be age 55 and older and willing to serve about 20 hours a week. Foster Grandparents who are income eligible will receive a tax-free hourly stipend to help cover costs associated with volunteering. You don’t need formal experience in tutoring and mentoring to become a Foster Grandparent Volunteer. Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet will provide pre-service orientation and training to prepare you for this rewarding opportunity.

In Will County, contact Mari at 815-724-1134 or mruiz@cc-doj.org to learn more about volunteering. 

For more information about the programs and services provided by Catholic Charities, visit catholiccharitiesjoliet.org

29th Sunday Reflection ~

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection
This parable is a lesson in persistence in prayer. While the parable seems to present prayer as nagging God for what we want, such a reading misses the point. God is not like the judge in the parable, worn down by requests and coerced to respond. The key is found in the description of the judge as corrupt and unjust. Since God can be neither, we must understand Jesus to be saying that if even an unjust judge responds to the persistence of the widow, how much more so will God listen to our prayers. God truly wants to hear our needs and respond generously. It is the final lament of Jesus that gets to the point of the parable.

The lesson is about the persistence of the one who prays. God wants us to be like the persistent widow, staying in relationship with God, confident that God hears and answers prayers. Then Jesus laments, “Will such faith be found when the Son of Man comes?” In this lament, Jesus notes how easy it can be for us to lose heart.

What is the Parish Purgatorial Society?

A Purgatorial Society is an association of Catholic lay people, religious, and priests who work together to assist the poor souls in Purgatory. Through prayers for the dead, Masses for the dead, and other acts of charity, the members of purgatorial societies attempt to offer prayers and sacrifices for the souls of the faithful departed, thus reducing their time in Purgatory and hastening their entrance into Heaven. At Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, the Parish Purgatorial Society is renewed each year during the month of November, the month of the Holy Souls. Scripture teaches us that it is a good and holy thought to pray for the dead, and to offer sacrifice on their behalf [2 Maccabees 12].

You may enroll the names of your beloved dead through the use of the envelopes placed in the back of church during the months of October and November. Or, fill out the form below, include your offering, and return to the Parish Office through the mail, directly, or through the Sunday Offering. The names are enrolled in our Parish Purgatorial Society, and are remembered by Father Noesen and in a special way at a mass offered each month for the Purgatorial Society. 

The teaching of the Church, drawn from divinely revealed Scripture and Tradition is clear: All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven [Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1031]. The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned [#606]. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire [#607]. As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come.

From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come [#608]. This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: "Therefore [Judas Maccabees] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin" [#609]. From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God [#610]. The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead: Let us help and commemorate them. If Job's sons were purified by their father's sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them. Judgment belongs to God. To presume it, to take it for granted as a “given,” would add insult to injury, and lead us to sin.

Never presume the mercy of God for you, or your beloved dead. Because of the Resurrection of Christ, we certainly hope for the resurrection, but we do not presume God’s mercy. There is a Heaven, there is a Hell, there is a Purgatory... and all three places are very real possibilities for all of us. It is for us to pray and offer sacrifice on behalf of the dead. They are unable to pray for themselves. But, we should remember, our Catholic Christian faith makes us confident and hopeful in God’s mercy and forgiveness. But, thanks be to God who has given us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ!... [1 Corinthians 15:57].

All Souls Day Remembrance In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, on All Souls Day, and in our Parish Purgatorial Society, please click here to request remembrance of Souls

Our 2nd annual Trivia Night is Nov 19th

Our 2nd annual Trivia Night on Nov 19th is fast approaching. This year we will have many more raffle prizes and silent auction items. We are asking all who plan to donate an item or monetary donation for the raffles to do so by Sunday October 30. This fundraiser is important to our building fund and our parish. Please plan to be a part of it by participating (tables of 8 are $200), donating raffle items by the deadline, or volunteering to help at the event. Contact Trisha at the Parish Center to reserve a table or drop off a raffle donation. Raffle items will be on display the weekend prior to the event. If you have any questions please contact Ruth Dillon @ (815) 341-9592

Saint Vincent Table…help to feed the hungry of our area…

For many years Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish has offered the area Saint Vincent Table for the hungry. Over twenty years ago, they offered a hot and delicious homemade meal on Monday evenings as well at other times throughout the year such as holidays. 

To further respond to the needs of God’s poor, pastors and various members of our area met to question how we can together make this effort to serve the hungry of our wider area. How can we join together as an Ecumenical group of Christians and people of God and serve those who are in need. Thus we discussed the possibility of continuing the Saint Vincent Table and of increasing our efforts to provide a weekly meal to the poor of our area at all our facilities.

This great and weekly effort will take volunteers from all our faith communities and other organizations that may choose to join us in this Christian work of mercy. Again, the most important key to this joint ecumenical ministry and community service is the need of weekly and consistent volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please call the parish office. A meeting will be held for all volunteers this Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00P.M. in Berst hall. Join us and sign up today. Serve the needy while getting to know your neighbors who seek to do good together as a loving and caring community.

Parish Events Requiring Berst Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Father Noesen

It’s time to renew Prayer List for our beloved Sick ~

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish will set aside a special section of our Sunday bulletin for prayers for the ill and infirm. 

The parish assumes that by making a prayer request,the individual or family gives permission to publicize the parishioner’s name. A family member or the sick person themselves must request the intention. Not every sick person that you know of does not necessarily want their name or situation known, so our parish will respect their privacy. 

All names must be renewed by calling the parish secretary.

Food Pantry at Assumption Church

The Assumption Staff is happy to announce that Gordon and Cathy Milne have generously offered to run the Food Pantry at Assumption. We are very grateful for this and thank them for volunteering their time to keep the pantry running. The Food Pantry hours beginning on July 28th will be Mondays, 4-6 pm and Thursdays, 10-12 pm (or by appointment).

Gordon and Cathy provided the following bio:
We currently operate an organization called Help for Hope here in Coal City. The organization provides rent and utility assistance along with personal and hygiene items. Our Board of Directors are made up of community leaders, with the president being Dr. Kent Bugg, Superintendent of Coal City School District. We work very closely with the social workers at the area schools. We will be holding a Back To School Fair on August 8th at the High School.

We treat each client with the respect and dignity they deserve, as Jesus would want us to do as Christians, regardless of their faith or Church affiliation. 

We are looking forward to operating the food pantry at  Assumption. We know there are many families struggling in our area, and we try to lighten the burden on them. Thank you for giving us this opportunity.

Gordon and Cathy Milne

Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mother of the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel


The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us!

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

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

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

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

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

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The Art of the Pledge - Please Read

“The Art of the Pledge”

Why would I complete a Church Renovation Pledge Sheet?

Reason #1:  Your TOTAL pledge amount will be applied to the $500,000 goal which we must reach in order to secure the diocesan loan needed to begin our project.  This pledge is needed to ensure that our renovation goes forward, this spring.  Therefore, your sheet completion is now urgent.

Reason #2:  You want to make a meaningful contribution to the campaign, but do not currently have the full amount at your disposal or you do not want to withdraw the full amount from savings.  Therefore, you pledge, so that you can budget your giving.

Reason #3:  By completing a pledge sheet you determine the total amount, period of time to pay, up to 5 years, and your frequency of payment:  weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.  You also can designate the method:  check, cash, credit card, which may be adjusted at any time. 

Reason #4: Your participation in the past and future fundraising events is extremely important and these events will continue for years to come, long after our renovation project is complete.  Right now, the proceeds of these events are designated for the Building Fund, but someday, our fundraiser proceeds will be designated for other parish or community needsYour pledge today is your personal, documented contribution toward the renovation project that is in front of us.

Reason #5:  You will experience a feeling of ownership, belonging and satisfaction, as you see the construction begin, and know that you played a large part in making that happen, not only for you today, but for your children, grandchildren and generations to come.

Pledge Sheets & Envelopes are at the back of the Church

Please make this a priority and return to the Parish Office or in the Collection Basket

If you need assistance in completing your Pledge Sheet, please contact the Parish Office

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.

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.

Little Sisters of the Poor


How To Go To Confession

In recent years many have turned away from the Sacrament of Penance. It has been so long for some people, they have “forgotten” how to receive the Sacrament. In order for all parishioners to make a good confession in preparation for the coming feast of Christmas, ample time is being provided to make a good confession of your sin. Take the time during this holy season of preparation to quietly and honestly examine your life. Identify sin and evil, and through the Sacrament of Penance ask the Lord Jesus for forgiveness. Open yourself up, in humility, recognize your need for a Savior, and come back to Confession... come back to the Lord with a repentant heart! Prepare your heart and your home for Christmas.

The second precept of the Church is very clear: You shall confess your sins at least once a year. This precept ensures preparation for the Eucharist by the reception of the sacrament of reconciliation, which continues Baptism’s work of conversion and forgiveness. [Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2042:83]

1. When entering the confessional, greet Father so that he knows that you are there, and that you are ready to begin.

2. Make the sign of the cross, saying: “Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been ____ (# of weeks, months, or years) since my last confession. It is important for the priest to know the time frame since your last confession.

3. An integral confession is still necessary. This means that we give Father the number of times and specific sin we have to confess. All mortal sins, meaning those which are against the Ten Commandments and the Precepts of the Church, must be confessed. Venial sins (those not as great) should also be confessed. Especially if you have been away from the Sacrament for a while, Father will help you make a good confession. Nothing may intentionally be kept from the priest, lest the confession be invalid. When you are finished
with your confession, let Father know... I am sorry for these, and all of my sins. Father will then offer counsel if he feels it necessary.

4. Father will give you a penance to perform: The penance must be done. If you are unable to do it, let Father know and he will explain, or impose another penance. If you fail to perform the penance given, then this too must be confessed in your next confession.

5. Father may then ask you to recite the Act of Contrition.  The Act of Contrition in posted in the confessional for your convenience.

6. Father will give the Absolution. It is in the words of Absolution that the sins are forgiven. Through them, using the priest as His instrument, Christ speaks to us.

7. After that, Father will dismiss you.

Join Us For The Praying Of The Most Holy Rosary



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please click here for How To Pray The Rosary

A Treasury of Catholic Prayers


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God

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

Remember Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish

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

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

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

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

God Bless you for your generosity!

12 myths about marriage annulments in the Catholic Church

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please contact Father Noesen.