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 August 28, 2016

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading
Luke 14:1,7-14
When you hold a banquet,
invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.

Week of August 28, 2016

Dear parish family and friends,

The end of August is upon us, and the warm summer temperatures are still with us. However, the season is certainly coming to an end as our young people return to school. Coal City and other area schools have already started a new year. Our Religious Education program will begin on Thursday, September 8th at 7:00p.m. for a family orientation in Berst hall. This meeting is mandatory for parents and their child or children. 

Class times will begin the week of September 11th.Classes for grades 1 through 4 will be on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:15p.m. until 4:45p.m. Classes for grades 5 through 8 will be Sunday mornings following the 8:00a.m. Mass until 10:20a.m. These times make it convenient for
families to attend either Sunday morning Mass. As in the past, I continue to remind parents to attend Mass with their children. This is mandatory because it is a command of the Lord and not just an invitation. We are obligated to worship the Lord on Sundays. Since a "grave cause" is needed to excuse one from this obligation it would be a serious or mortal sin to willfully skip Mass on Sunday or a Holy Day of Obligation, as the Church has always taught. Reasons such as the necessity to work to support one's family, child care, personal sickness or the care of the sick, necessary travel etc. would excuse a person on a particular occasion. To refuse that invitation for any other reason is thus seriously sinful. This sin and other mortal sins must be confessed in the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving Holy Communion.

Throughout the summer, the Religious Education building was cleaned, repaired, and made ready for the start of a new year. I want to offer a word of welcome to new parishioners and parents who have joined our parish and anticipate a good year for their children in our Religious Education program.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish is a great place to learn the Roman Catholic Faith. Our new director of Religious Education and Evangelization, Deacon William Dunn, has met with the catechists for this year’s program. All our catechists are volunteers, and they are enthusiastic about teaching and spreading the faith to our parish children. Our catechists are fine educators, dedicated to passing on the truths of our Catholic faith to our young people and their families. The programs they run for us are reflective of the great spirit of Christian family that exists here at
Assumption Parish. Our overall aim is to teach  children the truths of our Catholic Faith which we hope and pray will help and encourage you, parents, to be the best of teachers of your children. We are here to help you do that well and give your children a life-time of direction and faith.

 

I would encourage not only our parents, but everyone in our parish to do what they can to support the efforts of our Religious Education program for children. The responsibility of our Religious Education programs belong to the entire parish because the entire parish [through our Sunday Offering] supports all of our educational and spiritual programs. We are fortunate to have such fine programs and the grace-filled opportunity for EVERYONE to support and fulfill the Gospel command of Jesus to preach the Gospel to all people!

For those going off to local high schools and off to college, my prayers and blessings to you this coming academic year! Always remember, in all the new adventures life will bring, the one thing to never lose sight of is the Lord. If you would like to remain connected to the parish while you are away, remember to go to our parish website The most important thing in life is the salvation of your soul. Whatever new experiences high school and college may bring, make sure a devout and sincere practice of our Catholic faith is part of your life away from home. Don’t forget, young and old should remain close to the Lord. Sunday Mass, every Sunday, and a regular confession will keep you close to Jesus, help you grow in holiness, and help you to sort things out. A sincere practice of the faith will help to discern what really counts in life, and where priorities should be. Life can quickly become full. With so much, it’s easy to lose your way. With the Lord and his Church at your side, you won’t go astray. Have a great school year. In all things, put on the Lord Jesus and learn the things of heaven.

God’s Blessings!

 

Father Noesen



Thirty-Eighth Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass August 28

The Diocese of Joliet will hold its Thirty-Eighth Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet. If you are celebrating either your 25th or 50th anniversary this year, please contact the rectory so that we may submit your name to the Diocese for a formal invitation.

Those celebrating over 50 year anniversaries do not receive a formal invitation, but will be able to register to attend at a later date.

Twenty-Second Sunday Gospel Reflection

Twenty-Second Sunday Gospel Reflection
Luke 14: 1,7-14

Meals played an important role in the society in which Jesus lived. More than a time for sharing nourishment, they were a time to share ideas and to model different aspects of social relationships. In Luke's Gospel, the places that a person ate (at the home of a tax collector, 5:29), the people with whom a person ate (sinners, 5:30), whether a person washed before eating (11:38), and, as is the case here, the place that a person sits while eating are all important. The narrator says Jesus tells a parable, but it is really wise advice to both guests and hosts about finding true happiness at the heavenly banquet.

Jesus warns guests to wait before taking their places at the table lest they be asked to move if someone more important arrives. This is more than just a lesson about dinner etiquette. It is advice on how to find your true place in the Kingdom of God. Jesus advises hosts not to invite people who would be expected to repay them to dinner but to invite those who could not repay: the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. This is where real blessings can be found.

In these sayings, Luke gives us not only advice on how to approach the end times but also on how to live according to Jesus' vision of a good society. Luke's Gospel also advises us how the Church must be part of bringing about this society. It is yet another example in Luke's Gospel of the reversal the kingdom brings about.

Holy Baptism

 

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

We Welcome
Brock Michael Bailey
Child of Ryan and Kerrin Bailey

 

“I Want To Be Catholic…What Do I Do?”

If someone asked you this, what would you say? Do you know what is involved to become a member of the Catholic Church? What would you tell an adult who was baptized Catholic but has not received the sacraments of First Eucharist or Confirmation?

Each of us is called to be an evangelist so we should be aware of the process for adults entering the Church or desiring to complete the Sacraments of Initiation. 

On Wednesday August 31st at 7:00 pm there will be an information session held in the Parish Office. This session will explain the process to those who are thinking about becoming Catholic and to Catholics who want to know about the process. Call Deacon Bill, 815-634-4171, for more information.

WHO BECOMES CATHOLIC TODAY?
It’s no secret that today’s culture has little positive to say about Christian or family values. Many caught up by our culture have left their faith behind and seek to “fill” their lives with material items and other ways to make them feel good. There are others, however, who find themselves unsatisfied with what our culture offers and hunger for something more meaningful. For this reason people seek the faith at various times in their lives and reach out to the Catholic Church for
connection or reconnection. So, who are the people who join our Church today? They are:

•Young people who are engaged to marry Catholics are one of the major groups. At this time in their lives, young couples want to share their faith, lives, and values.

•Young parents who are expecting their first born or have children starting school often find that this is the time to join a faith community that will help them find
God in their lives and establish moral values in their family.

•People who are baptized either in the Catholic faith or another Christian religion but were not brought up or educated in the religion. As the years go by, they may seek to return to their Christian roots.

•People who have experienced grief or tragedy in their lives and are seeking to make sense of it. So often we hear people say, “I had Catholic friends or neighbors who had great suffering in their lives, and their faith seemed to sustain them. I want to find a faith like that.”

•People from all backgrounds that are seeking God in their lives…looking for answers to life and death questions. The Catholic Church offers great traditions of Scripture study, the worship of God in vibrant liturgies, intellectual studies in theology, joyful celebrations through the Sacraments, care for the sick and the dying, and love and hope for the poor of the world.

How Does a Person Become Catholic?
Through RCIA – The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The RCIA is a process by which the Catholic Church welcomes new members into its communal life. The RCIA is a living experience of the Church, and not just a series of classes, which teaches knowledge about the Church. Although there is instruction in the facts of the faith, instruction is but one part of a larger experience of knowing and sharing with other members of the Church.

Who Is RCIA For?
It is for non-Christian men and women; for Christians that are not Catholic; for Catholics who are baptized, but have little religious training.

How Can I Join?
Call Deacon Bill at the Parish Office, 815-634-4171; watch the bulletin, RCIA classes start in October!

Church Renovation Update - August 28th

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Week 3 was back to full-on demolition work with the balcony completely removed as well as the confessional and all trim. The east “hip” roof was removed which included the panel ceiling that was above the Altar.

In removing the tin panels we discovered painted art work that looked to be hand painted or stenciled on the original plaster.

With the roof removed they began to pull down the east wall. They started in the center area and will expand out to the corners and complete the removal of the wall next week.

Week 3 - Completed: Finished removing balcony and stairs, Removed "hip" roof on east side of church, Removed
confessional, all trim and mechanical in choir loft; Begin removing East Sanctuary wall.

Week 4 - Goal: Brace north and south walls at East Sanctuary wall; Continue removing wall down to foundation, Begin
prepping parking lot area. Weather has prevented work.

We Need YOU!!!

We Need You!
Be a good steward of the blessings God has given
you. Make a sacrificial offering of time, talent, and
TREASURE to make our dream come true.

To completely finish the renovation and expansion
project we are in need of substantial, sacrificial gifts to
reach our financial goal and meet our obligations.

Contact Father Noesen TODAY...Make your gift and be
part of history! As of August 25, we still need $800,000
more to reach our goal. At the end of the project we
will have to take a 4% loan to pay the remaining
balance. Please contribute today!

Why do we have artwork in the church? - August 28

The Importance of Beauty to the Catholic Church By Arthur C. Lohsen, AIA

“Beauty is indeed a good gift of God” – St. Augustine, City of God, Chapter 22

Continued from last week…

First is a misinterpretation of the results of the Second Vatican Council. In the final documents from Vatican II, the changes to the Mass and to churches were far more incremental and subtle than those actually made. The Council served as justification for a widespread purge of beauty from churches, driven by the notion that beauty is expensive, and that churches should not outwardly express wealth. Had there been a better understanding of the theological importance of beauty, perhaps this would not have happened to so great an extent.

Second, our society is one which attempts to define everything in relative terms. Absolutes, not only in the Church, but in such places as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, are no longer popular ideas. The phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” has been used to deny the idea that there could be such a thing as true beauty.

The third reason is one of atrophy. As artists and architects were no longer asked to design and appoint beautiful Churches, the skills to do so well have become harder to find. Many feeble attempts at beauty by the untrained have missed the mark, allowing the quest for beauty to be dismissed as unachievable and unrewarding.

So to address each in turn:

Beauty is the single aspect of God which can be expressed physically within the earthly realm. It is critical to the setting of the Mass. God is present at the Mass, in the Eucharist. The church stands as the dwelling place of the Lord on Earth, and a “reflects the Church dwelling in Heaven” (Built of Living Stones, #17). Beauty is not merely Man’s arrogance or a waste of resources which could be directed to the poor. Beautiful settings, artwork, music, and liturgy are appropriate and necessary aspects of God’s everlasting mystical presence before Mankind.

As far as the relativity argument is concerned, if everything is indeed relative, there are no absolutes, and not only does beauty not exist, but there is little purpose for God, either. One would never use the phrase “Truth is in the eye of the beholder”. (Then again, one might, but that is beyond the scope of this article.)

And the final point is one of supply and demand. If the marketplace, which is a crude way of lumping together all those who commission liturgical art and architecture, is demanding mediocrity, then that is what will be produced. Artists, architects, and craftsmen are always willing to go beyond, but need the encouragement, training, and resources to allow them to do so.

The wonderful news is that within the last decade there has been a strong resurgence in the appreciation, use, and creation of beauty within the Church. The desire for beautiful churches, artwork, music, and vestments is growing stronger every day. This can be attributed to the understanding that beauty is truly a means of perceiving and understanding the nature of God.

A GUIDE TO CATHOLIC TEACHING AND VOTING~

A GUIDE TO CATHOLIC TEACHING AND VOTING~
A Brief Catechism for Catholic Voters
Fr. Stephen F. Torraco, PhD

1. Isn’t conscience the same as my own opinions and feelings? And doesn’t everyone have the right to his or her own conscience?

Conscience is NOT the same as your opinions or feelings. Conscience cannot be identical with your feelings because conscience is the activity of your intellect in judging the rightness or wrongness of your actions or omissions, past, present, or future, while your feelings come from another part of your soul and should be governed by your intellect and will. Conscience is not identical with your opinions because your intellect bases its judgment upon the natural moral law, which is inherent in your human nature and is identical with the Ten Commandments.

Unlike the civil laws made by legislators, or the opinions that you hold, the natural moral law is not anything that you invent, but rather discover within yourself and is the governing norm of your conscience. In short, Conscience is the voice of truth within you, and your opinions need to be in harmony with that truth.

As a Catholic, you have the benefit of the Church’s teaching authority or Magisterium endowed upon her by Christ. The Magisterium assists you and all people of good will in understanding the natural moral law as it relates to specific issues.

As a Catholic, you have the obligation to be correctly informed and normed by the teaching of the Church’s Magisterium. As for your feelings, they need to be educated by virtue so as to be in harmony with conscience’s voice of truth. In this way, you will have a sound conscience, according to which we you will feel guilty when you are guilty,and feel morally upright when you are morally upright. We should strive to avoid the two opposite extremes of a lax conscience and a scrupulous conscience.

Meeting the obligation of continually attending to this formation of conscience will increase the likelihood that, in the actual operation or activity of conscience, you will act with a certain conscience, which clearly perceives that a given concrete action is a good action that was rightly done or should be done. Being correctly informed and certain in the actual operation of conscience is the goal of the continuing formation of conscience.

Otherwise put, you should strive to avoid being incorrectly informed and doubtful in the actual judgment of conscience about a particular action or omission. You should never act on a doubtful conscience. 

continued next week...

You Can Help Your Marriage…

Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse?

Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. This program has helped 10’s of 1000’s of couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. 

For confidential information about or to register for the September program beginning with a weekend on September 9 – 11 call 815-246-2080 or
email: retrouvaillejoliet@gmail.com or visit the web site at http://www.HelpOurMarriage.com

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

Online Giving

Thank you for your continued support of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish throughout the summer months of June, July and August. 

Summer is a busy time for everyone with vacations and other summer commitments. Because of this, our weekly contributions trend lower during this time.

If you haven’t done so, please consider setting up an E-Giving account for your regular giving. This allows for steady weekly contributions even when you’re not able to attend mass. A link to e-giving can be found here. I would be happy to assist you in setting up your account. We are just entering a new fiscal year with an annual Sunday Offertory budget set at $325,000. This places our weekly goal at $6,250. Thank you for your generosity and God Bless.

Sonia Hertogs, Business Manager

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.

Sincerely,
Gordon and Cathy Milne

The Power of Invitation - RCIA

The Power of Invitation - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Inviting someone to our Catholic faith is personal and critical. Most of the adults, who have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) over the years, did so because someone they knew invited and encouraged them to attend an inquiry session.

Our parish needs your help -- to be aware of people you know who do not belong to the Catholic church, and might be interested, and personally invite them.

Please encourage them and let us know who they are so we may invite them also.

Call Deacon Bill in the Parish Office at 815-634-4171

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.

 

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.



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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

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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

 

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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.”

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.