How to Make a Good Confession

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 March 26, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Gospel Reading
John 9:1-41
Jesus heals the man born blind
and reveals himself to him as the Son of Man.


Week of March 26, 2017

Dear Parish Family,

Today, we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Lent, known traditionally as Laetare Sunday or Rose Sunday. This observance dates back to when the penances and disciplines of the season were much more severe than they are today. Laetare Sunday marks the liturgical mid-point in the Lenten Season. “Laetare” comes from the beginning of the introit of the day meaning “rejoice.” We rejoice since our Lenten penances and disciplines will soon come to an end. The rose color (a light shade of purple) vestments worn on this day refer to the importance of the theme of Christian joy, even in the midst of the penitential season of Lent.

For those who have not been keeping the discipline of Lent, Laetare Sunday is an urgent call to repentance, that there is still time! We still have more than two weeks of Lent left, so if you have done nothing to renew yourself spiritually, to strengthen your relationship with the Lord and his Church, there is still time during the holy season to do so. 

It is also on this day that the Pope would bless golden roses. These roses symbolize the glorious resurrection and majesty of Christ that will be celebrated in a few short weeks. The Pope would send these golden roses to Catholic monarchs throughout Europe. 

Today, reminds us that there is a purpose for our fasting, an end in sight, and a wonderful reward waiting for us if we remain faithful to Jesus in his suffering and resurrection.  

Today’s Gospel is the story of the man born blind. Sinning is like being lost or blind. When one is lost or blind, no matter how hard one tries, one often cannot find one’s way out or even come to see true light. The miracle Jesus performs for this blind man reminds us that when we are lost or blind by the world of sin, it is difficult to help ourselves without the power of grace given to us by the Lord. However, the Sacrament of Reconciliation helps us to once again see the path that leads to holiness through his forgiveness and grace.

Last Sunday’s Gospel story of the Samaritan woman and this man born blind are at the heart of our journey through this Lent. They both stand as great teachings of conversion. As we prepare for Holy Week and Easter, let us experience what Jesus can do for us if we simply welcome the Sacrament of Reconciliation into our lives. As Jesus taught the Samaritan woman to follow him and gave sight to the blind man, he teaches us to trust in him and come to a new way of living with eyes of faith. In the beautiful hymn, “Amazing Grace”, may that one particular line stay with us this Sunday, “I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.” Thank the Lord for his goodness and for these last days of Lent so that we may be found, and thus rejoice with the coming of Easter.

Please pray for our candidates and all in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (the R.C.I.A.) throughout the entire Church this Lent. These catechumens and candidates continue to prepare for  the receiving of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation). Let our hearts be one with theirs as they seek entrance into the Roman Catholic Church and a greater relationship with Jesus in his suffering, death, and resurrection.

Let today be the day that we are found,
Father Noesen


St. Vincent's Table - Jan 2 - Mar 27
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
What is the Anointing of the Sick, and Who should be Anointed?

The Anointing of the Sick is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. The Sacrament makes persons stronger in body and spirit. This sacrament is a sign of Jesus’ great love and concern for the bodily and spiritual health His people. “By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayers of her ministers, the whole Church commends the sick to the suffering and glorified Lord, asking that He may enlighten their sufferings and save them” [Vatican II Lumen gentium #11].

This sacrament provides the sick person with the grace of the Holy Spirit by which he or she is brought to  health, trust in God is encouraged and strength is given to resist the temptation of the Evil One and anxiety about death. The one who is sick is able to bear his or her suffering bravely and to contend against it.

From the very beginning, the followers of Jesus used the powers they had been given to bring healing to the person by means of anointing. The Biblical passage most often cited to show that even the earliest of Christians anointed the sick and suffering members of the Community is the Epistle of James [5:13-16].

The celebration of this sacrament of healing should be celebrated with family, friends and anyone else in a support community. Suitable readings for the occasion are read to make the Word of the Lord a Word of strength and comfort. After the readings, the priests, in imitation of the Scriptures, lay hands upon the sick, in silence, invoking the Spirit of God. Then, the person is anointed by the priest on the forehead and hands. The priest prays this prayer as he anoints the person: “Through this holy anointing, may the Lord, in his mercy and love, help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord, who frees you from sin, save you and raise you up.”

WHO SHOULD BE ANOINTED?... A person who is seriously ill, one who is preparing for surgery, anyone recovering from an accident, anyone with a serious chronic disease or condition, a person suffering from a serious mental disorder, elderly people may be anointed if they are in weak condition, children may be anointed if they are old enough to understand the meaning of the sacrament and be comforted by it. 

In the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, the Church extends the healing hand of Christ to the person who is ill or weakened by age. It is in his or her encounter with Christ the Divine Physician, Christ the Healer that the person experiences His power through the sacramental anointing.

This Sacrament is celebrated in a communal way every First Saturday morning at the 8:30a.m. Mass. The Church recommends that a Catholic receives this Sacrament by first going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Father Noesen visits the sick each week and whenever he is called to do so.

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.

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High School Seniors: Apply for Annual Leadership Award

ATTENTION
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS!
FATHER JOHN M. SEBAHAR SERVANT LEADERSHIP AWARD

The Joliet Diocesan Council of Catholic Women has established the Father John M. Sebahar Servant Leadership Award to thank our Spiritual Advisor, Reverend John M. Sebahar and to honor him for his many years of faithful service and support of the Joliet Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. The award also recognizes Father’s pastoral care and his encouragement of the call to Christian service in our young women and men.

Two annual awards of $500.00 each will be given to one young woman and one young man residing in the Diocese of Joliet.

If you are interested in applying for this award, please contact Deacon Dunn  at the parish office for more information.

The deadline for submissions is April 14th.

Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation

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A Short Guide for Confession

I. What is Confession?
Confession is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ in his love and mercy to offer sinners forgiveness for offenses committed against God. At the same time sinners reconcile with the Church, because the Church also is wounded by our sins. 

This is good news for all of us, because we all are sinners and in need of God's forgiveness. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we meet Christ in the
person of the priest, ready and eager to absolve us and restore us to new life. We confess our sins to God through His minister, the priest, who absolves us in the name of Christ. 

For forgiveness of sins, three acts are required from the penitent as parts of the sacrament. These are contrition, confession and satisfaction.

● Contrition - or sincere sorrow for having offended God, is the most important act of the penitent. There can be no forgiveness of sin if we do not have sorrow and a firm resolve not to repeat our sin.

● Confession - confronting our sins in a profound way to God, by speaking about them - aloud - to the priest.

● Satisfaction - an important part of our healing is the "penance" the priest imposes on the penitent in reparation for one's sins.

II. How to Make a Good Confession
Confession is not difficult, but it does require preparation. We should begin with prayer, placing ourselves in the presence of God, our loving Father. We seek healing and forgiveness through repentance and a resolve to sin no more. Then we review our lives since our last confession, searching our thoughts, words and actions that did not conform to God's love, to His law or to the laws of the Church. This is called an examination of conscience 

To make an examination of conscience, one should:

• Begin with a prayer asking for God's help.
• Review your life with the help of some questions (see the following).
• Tell God you are truly sorry for your sins.
• Make a firm resolution not to sin again.

III. Examination of Conscience
Recall your sins. Calmly ask yourself what you have done with full knowledge and full consent against God's and the Church's commandments.

• Do I pray to God every day? Have I thanked God for His gifts to me?
• Did I put my faith in danger through readings hostile to Catholic teachings or involvement in non-Catholic sects? Did I engage in superstitious practices: palm-reading or fortune telling?
• Did I take the name of God in vain? Did I curse, or take a false oath?
• Did I miss Mass on Sundays or Holy Days of
Obligation through my own fault? Am I attentive at Mass? Did I keep fast and abstinence on the prescribed days?
• Did I disobey my parents and lawful superiors in important matters?
• Did I hate or quarrel with anyone, or desire revenge? Did I refuse to forgive? Was I disrespectful?
• Did I get drunk? Did I take illicit drugs? Did I consent to, recommend, advise or actively take part in an abortion?
• Did I willfully look at indecent photographs or watch immoral movies? Did I read immoral books or magazines? Did I engage in impure jokes or conversations? Did I willfully entertain impure thoughts or commit impure acts, alone or with others? Did I use artificial means to prevent conception?
• Did I steal or damage another's property? Have I been honest in my business relations?
• Did I tell lies? Did I sin by calumny, or detraction, of others? Did I judge others rashly in serious matters?
• Have I envied other people?

IV. Rite of Reconciliation
Begin your confession by making the sign of the cross and greeting the priest:

“Bless me father, for I have sinned."

You then continue: “My last confession was..." (how many weeks, months, or years?)

Confess all of your sins to the priest. The priest will help you make a good confession. If you are unsure about how to confess or you feel uneasy, just ask him to help you. Answer his questions without hiding anything out of fear or shame. Place your trust in God, a merciful Father who wants to forgive you.

Following your confession of sins, say: “I am sorry for these and all of my sins."

The priest will assign you a penance and offer advice to help you be a better Catholic. You will then say an Act of Contrition, expressing your sorrow for your sins. The priest, acting in the person of Christ, will then absolve you from your sins.

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An Evening with Bishop Robert Barron - April 19

bishop barron.pngTHE CATHEDRAL OF ST. RAYMOND NONNATUS PARISH IS HOSTING AN EVENING WITH BISHOP ROBERT BARRON AS PART OF ITS CENTENNIAL SPEAKER SERIES:  

Bishop Barron will be speaking at the Cathedral in Joliet on Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are now available here or at the parish rectory at 604 N. Raynor Avenue.

Bishop Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA. He is also the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic Faith, which aired on PBS.

Bishop Barron's website, WordOnFire.org, reaches millions of people each year, and he is one of the most-followed Catholics on social media.  

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults - A Journey in Faith

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish is looking forward to welcoming 12-year old Aidan Bolak into our Catholic faith. Aidan has been attending
weekly Wednesday evening RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) sessions since last October to learn about the Catholic faith and to develop a personal relationship with Jesus. Aidan is anxiously awaiting the Easter Vigil celebration where he will receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.

This celebration will be even more special for Aidan as his mother, Jennifer Wolverton, who has attended the sessions with Aidan, completes her initiation in the Catholic Church by receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation with him. Finally, Branden P. Griffitts, the son in law of Jim and Janice Dabulskis, will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Easter Vigil as well. 

Please pray for Aidan, Jennifer and Branden as they enter these final weeks of preparation for the Easter Sacraments.

Next Weekend... Little Sisters of the Poor

Next weekend, April 1st and 2nd, joining us for Mass are the Little Sisters of the Poor. Through their founder, Saint Jean Jugan, they have established a religious community in the Church that brings the helping, healing, loving, and saving hand of Jesus Christ into the lives of His beloved elderly poor.

This weekend, through the Sisters’ message and appeal, you and I are being given the incredible honor and privilege of assisting them in their beautiful work of “bringing” and “being” Christ to others. While our gifts assist the sisters in their work, I truly believe that WE are the ones receiving, WE are the ones being given the opportunity to grow in holiness, and WE owe them a debt of gratitude for coming to us and allowing us (in our own way — each according to the blessings we have received) to be Christ to his poor.

Let’s welcome the Little Sisters of the Poor, be attentive to their message, and generous in our response next weekend. I also want to encourage you to pray for vocations to this beautiful way of living religious life. Perhaps there are some young ladies interested in talking to the sisters about this beautiful vocation? Let us know — and one way or another we can help you explore the possibility.

The sisters’ visit next Sunday should be a wonderful time for all of us to grow in charity and in holiness. Let’s open our hearts and let the love of Jesus fill us up! 

God’s Blessings!
Father Noesen

Diocese of Joliet Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal Update

For the past two weeks we have focused our attention on the start of The 2017 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal. If you have not already returned your pledge card to the Chancery, please make your gift this week. Let’s all do something to join in the mission and work of the Church. Simply, do what you can, and we’ll have no trouble meeting and exceeding our parish target goal of $32,405. This year, let’s make the goal by the end of Lent. It would be great if we were the first parish in the Diocese to reach the target goal. I’m hoping many more parishioners will be part of the Bishop’s Deo Gratias Society, with gifts of $1,000 or more. Information about the Bishop’s circle was included in your appeal material, or on the Diocesan website.

The Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal is one way to recognize the good we do together in Christ, to strengthen our commitment to the work of the Church, to generously share our blessings with all, and to place ourselves in His loving hands! Your gifts, your support of the Diocesan Appeal, is much more than a gift to a particular parish, priest, bishop, or cause. Gifts to the Appeal are a response of faith, and a commitment to taking an active part in the work of Jesus Christ through His Church. Don’t miss this opportunity to grow in holiness, in your relationship with the Lord: It’s all for HIM! Much more than a “special”... “one-time” collection, the appeal is our annual way of being part of and supporting the operating mission of the “wider Church.” Let’s have a quick and successful Appeal, just as we have in the past.

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.

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

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

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.