Mass and Sacraments Locations During Our Church Renovation

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 April 30, 2017

 Third Sunday of Easter

Gospel Reading
Luke 24:13-35
Jesus appears to two disciples who are walking to Emmaus.

Week of April 30, 2017

Dear parishioners,
On this Third Sunday of the Easter Season, we have the beautiful story of two disciples on their way to Emmaus. The disciples here are speaking of how they lost heart for the one that they had placed all of their hope in, Jesus. He was brutally murdered and their dream of a great Messiah for Israel died that day for them. They are devastated to say the least.

Suddenly a magnificent, yet mysterious thing happens. Jesus, even though they did not recognize him at first, begins to walk alongside of them. At first, Jesus acts if he is the only human being in all of Jerusalem who did not know what happened there the last couple of days. He lets the disciples tell him. They go on to tell Jesus of the astounding news that some women of their group could not find the body of Jesus even though a vision of angels announced to them that he had indeed risen from the dead. Then Jesus almost chastises them for their own unbelief. He proceeded to interpret all of Scripture that referred to him. He basically was saying to them, come on now - do not persist in your unbelief and hopelessness, but believe! They wanted Jesus to stay with them on their journey, and after he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, their eyes were opened, and they knew it was Jesus risen sitting before them in the “breaking of the bread.” They were amazed at what they heard and saw, and they had to run back as fast as possible to tell the others of what happened to them. The sun was setting and it was getting dark, but the light of faith, the joy of the risen Lord would lead them through any obstacle that would ever come their way. Nothing would stop them from proclaiming their experience, and they wanted others to know of it and rejoice.

We have all travelled the road to Emmaus. In one way or another at some time we have all had our hopes dashed. We are the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Christ joined us on the road and opened up the Scriptures to us so that we could see our cross or our dashed hopes taken up in the plan of God. We asked Christ to spend the evening with us and then we recognized him in the breaking of bread. Now we too say, “The Lord has truly been raised!" We know Christ is present with us. We are filled with joy! That joy will be fulfilled at the end of the new and eternal Jerusalem, the heavenly city ~ the fulfillment of Joy!

Happy and Holy Easter Season,

Father Noesen

Letter from the Little Sisters of the Poor

Here is a portion of the letter sent from Sister Margaret Charles, ISP from the Little Sisters of the Poor regarding YOUR generosity. Thank you so much for your giving heart.

“Father, I want to thank you for the opportunity for our Little Sisters to visit your parish. They received such a warm welcome and had such a nice time meeting the parishioners. Thank you also for arranging for their accommodations.

We are so grateful for your check in the amount of $2,184.50. This check, along with the individual donations directed to us, is a total of $3,934.50 given to us from the generosity of your parishioners! 

This will be a great help for us in caring for our elderly Residents. May God greatly reward your kindness and the generosity of your parishioners for assisting us in keeping the spirit of St. Jeanne Jugan alive, making St. Joseph’s Home a place of hope, where life is celebrated and lived to the fullest for as long possible!”

Monthly Devotions in Honor of Saint Peregrine

First Tuesdays following the 6:30 P.M. Mass in Berst hall

On the first Tuesday of the month, our parish holds monthly devotions in honor of Saint Peregrine, the patron saint of those who suffer from cancer or any incurable disease or condition.

The early facts about Saint Peregrine are few and uncertain. He was born in Italy around 1265. He and his family were part of the anti-Papal forces seeking to usurp the temporal power of the Pope in the Papal States. When Saint Phillip Benizi was sent by the Pope to preach reform, Peregrine, then a young man was part of the protest against him, and even struck the Saint. 

The moment of striking Saint Phillip seemed to drastically change Peregrine. This enemy of the Church had a dramatic change of heart. He began to channel his energies into good works and eventually he joined the Servants of Mary, and pronounced his vows as a Servite at the age of 30. He never was ordained a priest, never thinking himself worthy of such a great honor. But, he nonetheless dedicated his life to the sick, the poor, and the fringe people of society. He also imposed a special penance on himself- to stand whenever it was not necessary to sit. This led to varicose veins. The varicose veins deteriorated into an open, running sore on his leg. The sore was later diagnosed as cancer. The wound became so obvious, odorous and painful that the local surgeon scheduled surgery to amputate the leg.

Suddenly, Peregrine was confronted with the ugliness and suffering of his own life. The night before the operation he prayed before the crucifix in the Priory Chapter Room. His prayer led him to a deep trance-like sleep, during which he envisioned the crucified Christ leaving the cross and touching his cancerous leg. When Peregrine awoke, he discovered the wound healed and the leg saved.

He lived for twenty more years, and died on May 1st, 1345 at the age of 80. Canonized a Saint on December 27th, 1726, he has been named the patron Saint of those who suffer from cancer. The power of his intercession is known to be great.

Join us on most First Tuesday evenings for Mass and devotions in honor of Saint Peregrine. The blessing of the sick with the relic of the Saint will be given. If you, or someone you know is suffering, join us Tuesday evenings for prayer and ask for healing, an increase in faith, acceptance of God=s will, and strength to bear whatever God asks of you.

2017 Annual Diocesan Appeal Update

2017 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish

This Year’s Target Goal ~ $32,405
165 pledges received as of April 25th

We have met and exceeded our Target Goal!!
Pledges received $32,638
$26,301 paid to the Diocese of Joliet.

Thanks to the 165 who generously met and exceeded our target goal.

Please continue to pay on your pledge in a timely manner.

Thanks again for your support!!
God bless you,
Father Noesen

2017 Building Memorial Opportunities Brochure Now Available

Our new Building Memorial Opportunities brochure is now available online and in PDF format!

Please click the graphic below for the complete brochure.



Catholic Charities’ Angel Fund - DOUBLE YOUR DONATION!

Catholic Charities’ Angel Fund
Each day at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet we meet individuals and families who need an angel -- veterans who have lost their homes, single mothers who seek warm clothes for their children, and seniors who are forced to choose between paying rent and buying food. 

Thankfully, we have found someone who is so special and generous. that he is almost like an angel on earth. This anonymous donor wants to team up with you to continue to help our struggling neighbors. 

For every dollar you donate, our special angel will match it - up to $50,000. 

Please be generous. This is an opportunity to help someone who will have nowhere else to turn if Catholic Charities isn't there to help. Please send in a donation by May 31st. Make checks payable to:
Catholic Charities Angel Fund
16555 Weber Rd.
Crest Hill, IL 60403

Donations can also be made by clicking here or by calling Claudia at 815-724-1140. 

Bless you for your support of Catholic Charities. Together we are doing God's work - changing and saving lives!  If you can't send a gift, please remember the vulnerable and needy in your prayers.

Rent Assistance Funds Available

Catholic Charities' Daybreak Center currently has funds available for rent assistance.

• Income guidelines may apply.
• For more information, please call Catholic Charities' Daybreak Center and ask for the rent assistance procedure line.

We also provide assistance Emergency Services, including:
• Emergency food boxes.
• Vouchers for food, clothing, furniture, housewares and hygiene items.
• Prescription and identification assistance (when funds are available).

Daybreak Center: 611 E. Cass Street, Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: 815-774-4663 Fax: 815-726-1086
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
(closed noon-1:00 PM)

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

Eucharistic Adoration

By the end of the eleventh century, Eucharistic adoration as we know it, began to take shape. Until then the Real Presence was taken for granted in Catholic belief and its reservation was the common practice in Catholic churches, including the chapels and oratories of religious communities. Suddenly a revolution hit the Church when Berengarius (999-1088), archdeacon of Angers in France, publicly denied that Christ was really and physically present under the species of bread and wine. Others took up the idea and began writing about the Eucharistic Christ as not exactly the Christ of the Gospels or, by implication, as not actually there. The matter became so serious that Pope Gregory VII ordered Berengarius to sign a retraction. This credo has made theological history. It was the Church’s first definitive statement of what had always been believed and never seriously challenged. The witness came from the abbot-become-pope, whose faith in the Blessed Sacrament had been nourished for years in a Benedictine monastery.

Pope Gregory’s teaching on the Real Presence was quoted verbatim in Pope Paul VI’s historic document Mysterium Fidei (1965) to meet a new challenge to the Eucharist in our day — very similar to what happened in the eleventh century: I believe in my heart and openly profess that the bread and wine placed upon the altar are, by the mystery of the sacred prayer and the words of the Redeemer, substantially changed into the true and life-giving flesh and blood of Jesus Christ our Lord, and that after the consecration, there is present the true body of Christ which was born of the Virgin and offered up for the salvation of the world, hung on the cross and now sits at the right hand of the Father, and that there is present the true blood of Christ which flowed from his side. They are present not only by means of a sign and of the efficacy of the Sacrament, but also in the very reality and truth of their nature and substance. 

With this profession of faith, the churches of Europe began what can only be described as a Eucharistic Renaissance. Processions of the Blessed Sacrament were instituted; prescribed acts of adoration were legislated; visits to Christ in the tabernacle were encouraged; the cells of religious men and women, built next to churches, had windows made into the church to allow the religious to view and adore before the tabernacle.

From the eleventh century on, devotion to the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle became more and more prevalent in the Catholic world. At every stage in this development, members of religious orders of men  and women took the lead. The Benedictine Lanfranc, as Archbishop of Canterbury, introduced from France into England numerous customs affecting the worship of the Real Presence. St. Francis of Assisi, who was never ordained a priest, had a great personal devotion to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. 

His first admonition on the Holy Eucharist could not have been more precise. Sacred Scripture tells us that the Father dwells in "light inaccessible" (I Timothy 6:16) and that "God is spirit" (John 4:24) and St. John adds, "No one at any time has seen God" (John 1:18). Because God is a spirit He can be seen only in spirit; "It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh profits nothing" (John 6:63). But God the Son is equal to the Father and so He too can be seen only in the same way as the Father and the Holy Spirit. That is why all those were condemned who saw our Lord Jesus Christ in His humanity but did not see or believe in spirit in His divinity, that He was the true Son of God.

In the same way now, all those are damned who see the Sacrament of the Body of Christ which is consecrated on the altar in the form of bread and wine by the words of our Lord in the hands of the priest, and do not see or believe in spirit and in God that this is really the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was this clear faith in Christ's presence in the Eucharist that sustained Francis during his severest trials. It was this same faith which inspired a whole new tradition among religious communities. It is this same faith that beckons us to solemn adoration of Jesus Christ, really and truly present in the Sacrament of His most holy Body and Blood.... come, let us adore Jesus!

He is waiting for you in adoration. Give Him your heart, and HE will give you Heaven! Jesus is waiting for you! The Our Mother of the Eucharist Adoration Chapel is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week for private prayer in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Prayer of Adoration
The Most Blessed Sacrament, My Lord Jesus Christ, I
adore you in all the tabernacles of the world. I offer you
my life in reparation for the sins against the Blessed
Sacrament, the unworthy communions, disrespect, lack
of reverence in your Churches, and countless other sins
against your most Holy Body and Blood. Please, my Lord,
increase my faith in your Eucharistic presence so that my
devotion may be fanned into a flame of love of you and
that I may go into the world to proclaim your kingdom. I
ask this of your mercy in your Holy Name. Amen

Remember Your Parish...

Please keep Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in mind when making out your Will and in doing your Estate Planning. Remembering the Church is a beautiful and fitting way to make a lasting memorial statement of faith for future generations. It is a statement of gratitude to Christ and His Church for the gift of Faith and for the nurturing of that Faith you have received in this life, which hopefully sustained you and helped you along to eternal life.

Contact the Parish Office for a variety of creative ways in which you can remember the Parish in your Will and Estate plans. God Bless you for your generosity. The Christmas Collection is an important part of our operating budget. Please consider a generous contribution to the parish for Christmas. Don’t forget, with the New Year upon us, year-end giving is also a wonderful way to make a response of faith, help your Parish in its mission to make the Lord Jesus known, and to assist you with your charitable giving for income tax purposes.

Call the Parish Office and speak to Mrs. Sonia Hertogs, Parish Business Manager, if you need assistance.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

If you are interested in learning more about
the Catholic Faith or know someone who
would like to become a Catholic,
please contact Deacon Dunn
at 815-634-4171.

Although the RCIA program formally
began in September, the “Door of Faith”
is always open to you!

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

April 2 - June 26 - St. Vincent's Table


May 9 - Spring Luncheon to Benefit Building Fund

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June 10 - Carry Out Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit Building Fund

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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.

Diocesan Employment Resource Center (DERC)

Are you familiar with DERC? We are an employment network under the Justice and Peace Office of the Joliet Diocese.

We have a wealth of resources to help both job seekers and employers such as articles to help you with a job hunt, a list of community resources including job ministries, a free job board to post open positions, and many others.

If you are an employer or work in Human Resources you can post open positions to the job board. Please email Christine M. Kieta if you are interested in becoming an employer permitted to use the job board. You may also visit DERC’s website for more information on the ministry.

Follow us on Twitter and search for the Diocesan Employment Resource Center Facebook page and LinkedIn Group to meet fellow job hunters and improve your networking.

Marian and other Catholic Devotions at Assumption Parish


Grow in your love and devotion as a good Catholic should…
Marian and other Catholic Devotions at Assumption Parish


Pray The Rosary

Each weekday morning and on First Saturdays at 8:00 A.M. the Rosary is prayed in honor of the Blessed Mother. Join us as wepray for one another, for our parish and others through thewonderful intercession of Jesus' Mother and our Mother as well.

 Devotions in Honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Each Wednesday morning following the 8:30 A.M. Mass,Devotions in Honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help are held inchurch.

 Our Mother of the Eucharist Chapel

Our Mother of the Eucharist Chapel ~ make frequent visits to Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. The Chapel is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The door is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. After hours, you will need to obtain a "key card" from the Parish Office.

Jesus is waiting for you...Don't disappoint Him!

For more information about our beautiful Chapel, or to sign up for a specific hour of adoration contact Father Noesen.

 Saint Peregrine Novena and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Join us each First Tuesday of the month for 6:30 P.M. Mass followed by Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and devotions to our Lord through his servant, Saint Peregrine. Saint Peregrine is the patron saint of those who suffer with cancer or any terminal illness or serious condition. He is considered a wonder worker with the help of God's grace. Join us to pray for the sick and receive an individual blessing with the relic of the Saint.

Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Spiritual Direction Services for Assumption Parish

Assumption Parish now offers Spiritual Direction services, through Spiezio and Affiliates Counseling Services. Deacon John Spiezio is available for individual Spiritual Direction services. You can make an appointment with Deacon John by leaving a voicemail message in the parish voicemail through Spiezio and Affiliates. John will promptly call you back and schedule your meeting time to be held in the Parish Center building in a comfortable and private setting. There is a fair fee for spiritual direction services.

Fr. Noesen and the parish staff are happy also to refer you to Deacon John upon request. As we all navigate through our life journey’s it is often helpful to have a guide to listen to our life of faith with God and to assist us in moving into a more full union with God - which we all desire.

Deacon John has been providing spiritual direction and serving in ministry since 1999. He has a wise, gentle and spirit-filled way of guidance.

Please call us if you are interested.

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Join Us For The Praying Of The Most Holy Rosary



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.

7 Reasons to Return to Confession in Easter


Lent is a great time for Catholics to return to Confession, but it would be wrong to think that Easter is not. In fact, with a little reflection, we can find many reasons why Easter is a particularly graced time to go to Confession, even after a lackluster Lent. As a start, I propose seven reasons.

1. Confession is Christ’s Easter gift to the Church. On the first Easter Sunday, the Risen Christ appeared to his disciples and gave them the power to forgive sins. Christ breathed on his disciples and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven. If you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (Jn 20:22ff.). By this gesture, Christ instituted the Sacrament of Confession. Confession is His Easter gift.

2. The Risen Christ reconciled with two great saints: Peter and Paul. The Risen Christ reconciled Peter to Himself, healing his threefold denial by a threefold confession of love (John 21:15-17). Later, the Risen Christ converted Paul (then called Saul) who was still plotting the murder of Christians (Acts 9). These examples of Peter and Paul show not only how freely Christ offers mercy after the Resurrection, but how this Easter mercy has the power to turn great sinners into great saints.

3. The preaching of both Peter and Paul united Christ’s Resurrection and man’s repentance. After Pentecost, Peter’s first two sermons announce Christ’s Resurrection, but also our need for conversion: “Repent and be baptized!” (Acts 2:38) and “Repent, therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19). Paul, in recounting his preaching, highlights the same focus: he preached that all men “should repent and turn to God and perform deeds worthy of their repentance” (Acts 26:20). Resurrection and repentance are connected in the wondrous phrase: “repentance unto life” (Acts 11:18). The Risen Christ offers us eternal life, and we enter into this through repentance. For the baptized, Confession is the privileged sacrament of repentance unto life.

4. Divine Mercy Sunday and Good Shepherd Sunday: mercy is increasing. On the second and fourth Sundays of Easter, the Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday and Good Shepherd Sunday, respectively. Both are reminders that the mercy of Good Friday flows with increasing might throughout Eastertide and beyond. The Divine Mercy beckons the sinner home. The Good Shepherd draws back the lost sheep. In the confessional, the Father embraces us like prodigal sons, clothing us in His grace and adorning us with unearned gifts.

5. The work of Lent continues into Easter. The grace of Lent is often an increase of our self-knowledge. Maybe we realized that we commit a sin that we were unaware of before. Or maybe we see with greater clarity the depths of ours sins and the damage they cause. In such ways, Lent can show us where we need to grow, but such growth often demands much more than forty days. Whatever God began in us during Lent (even if we don’t sense it yet), the Divine Physician wants to continue in us throughout Eastertide. His graces of healing and strengthening await us in the confessional.

6. Penance is a virtue. Flex it. How can you get more out of your Lenten confession? Follow it up with confession in Easter. St. Thomas Aquinas aligns the Sacrament of Penance with the virtue of penance. As a virtue, penance is like a muscle: the more we repent of our sins and frequent the Sacrament of Penance, the quicker and better we will be transformed by God’s mercy. If we wait too long for the next Confession, our virtue atrophies and we return to Confession with great difficulty. Easter is a good time to flex the muscle.

7. Easter is the turning point, but the war is not over. The traditional icon of the Resurrection (i.e. the Anastasis icon) depicts Christ’s light breaking into a dark world. The icon shows the power of Christ’s light, but also the darkness lingering in the world. This ongoing battle between light and darkness will continue until Christ returns. For most of us, our call is mainly to conquer our vices and grow in virtue, all by the grace of God. In this battle between virtue and vice, Confession is indispensable: forgiving our sins and strengthening our union with Jesus Christ, our mighty God. In Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf makes a sort of Resurrection appearance to his comrades, returning after defeating an ancient evil in the earth’s depths. He tells them: “Be merry! We meet again. At the turn of the tide. The great storm is coming, but the tide has turned” (LOTR III.5). These words capture an important truth. Easter is a time to be merry, for Christ meets with us again and He has truly turned the tide of history. Yet, the great storm is coming. Christ assures His elect of victory, but also assures them of a real fight: “In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). No Christian is exempt from Christ’s call to arms—not even the hobbit-souled. Let us fight like Gospel men. Christ our hope has arisen.