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 December 4, 2016

2nd Sunday of Advent

Gospel Reading
Matthew 3:1-12
John the Baptist appears in Judea
preaching a message of repentance.

Week of December 4, 2016

St. John the Baptist’s cry reaches out to us on this Second Sunday of Advent: “Prepare the way of the Lord.” He said this to those who needed repentance in his day and time, and the Church includes this phrase in our readings every Advent so that we, too, may be ready to receive the Lord. St. John is the voice of Advent crying out to us so that we may not be a people of sadness, but one of joyful hope. We may lament the fact that our weary world seems to be so far from the way of the Lord. Yet, we could do something about that in our witness to the Messiah who is to come again. St. John the Baptist is that mighty herald who announced the arrival of the great king of heaven, and we, too, can lend our voice and lives to do the same. Just as John’s whole purpose was to prepare for Jesus over 2000 years ago, his voice rings in our hearts to do the same again; this time anticipating the second coming of Christ.

As we seek to bear witness to Christ at the same time, we have to show others the way to truth, all truth found in Christ alone. Our responsibility to make Christ known and to bring others to him is great. We are not to rest until all have come to or back to Christ. 

“You know,” says Saint Augustine, “what each one of you must do in his own home, with his friend, his neighbor, his servant, his superior, his subordinate. You also know the way in which God  provides the opportunity, and the way he opens the door with his word. Do not be content, then, to live at peace with yourselves until you have won them all for Christ, for you have been won for Christ.” 

Our great joy this Advent will be that of having brought to Jesus, as John the Baptist did, many who were far away or indifferent. We should never forget that it is God’s grace, and not our human strength, that can move souls towards Jesus. Pray for those who need to hear the voice of St. John the Baptist.

Happy and holy Advent,
Father Noesen

The Sacrament of Penance for Advent

As we prepare for the coming feast of Christmas, we prepare our hearts as well as our homes. One of the ways we should do that is by making a good confession of our sins. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us: You Shall confess your sins at least once a year [#2042, CCC]. 

Especially during Advent, Father wishes to make confessions readily available to all, so, confessions will be heard during the following times...

Saturdays: 3:20 – 3:45P.M.

Sundays: 20-minutes before the 10:30 A.M. Mass.

Wednesday mornings : Before the 8:30 A.M. Mass

Other times as Christmas draws near.

Prepare for the Lord’s coming, not only at Christmas, but for his coming at the end of your own life, and at the end of time. Make a good confession of your sin in preparation for the coming feast of Christmas. The Lord is waiting for you with great compassion, mercy, and forgiveness. Allow His love to touch your heart

The Feast of St. Nicholas - Dec 6th

st-nicholas.jpgThe feast of Saint Nicholas is celebrated on December 6th: And so, on the evening before, before they go to bed, children in many European countries eagerly await a visit from Saint Nicholas — for in those lands it is the good St. Nicholas who brings gifts to children rather than Father Christmas, Santa Claus or the Three Kings.

Sometimes St. Nicholas visits openly, at family gatherings, and other times he comes unseen while children are asleep!

Like Santa Claus and Father Christmas he is generous with sweets and presents - if the children have been good. For centuries St. Nicholas has been loved and revered. Born in Asia Minor in the fourth century A.D., he became a Bishop at a very young age. 

Stories and legends of his great compassion and generosity spread rapidly. One story tells how he came to help a family so poor that the eldest of three daughters was about to be sold into slavery. Twice, unseen by anyone, Nicholas dropped a bag of gold through their window to provide marriage dowries for two of the daughters.

But as Nicholas secretly tried to leave gold a third time, he was discovered. “Promise never to tell anyone of this,” Nicholas insisted. And ever after, the legends tell, many of the best gifts of St. Nicholas have been left in secret. In some Countries children put their shoes outside their doors, Nicholas comes and fills them with sweets and little gifts. The custom of a visit from Saint Nicholas helps children to learn to appreciate the feeling of anticipation for the coming Feast of Christmas, it helps them [and adults as well] to keep a Christian focus on the Season, and reinforces the notion that all good things are ultimately a blessing from God,because of His love for us - shown to us in His greatest gift, the gift of Jesus Christ!

As we celebrate the Feast of Saint Nicholas this year, do something special for your family... in some way, make the goodness of this popular saint known. After all... he IS the REAL Santa!

Saint Peregrine Devotions - December 6th

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.

Holy Day of Obligation - December 8th

Thursday, December 8th
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
A Holy Day of Obligation

In 1854 Blessed Pope Pius IX proclaimed the infallible  statement: The most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin.

This doctrine is often misunderstood by Catholics and non-Catholics, alike. The dogma has to do with the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary within the womb of Her mother ~ NOT the conception of Jesus within the womb of Mary. Since Mary was to be the Mother of Jesus; the Word of God become Man, the Father had to prepare a ready, worthy, and willing resting place for His love come down to earth at Christmas. 

By special favor, because she was chosen to be the Mother of God, Mary was preserved free from the stain of original sin from the first moment of her conception. She was allowed to share, beforehand, in the gift of redemption won by Christ on the Cross. The feast of the Immaculate Conception comes nine months before the feast of Mary’s birthday, celebrated on September 8th. Her Immaculate Conception finds its completion in the Assumption, celebrated on August 15th. The dogma of the Assumption states that at the end of Her earthly life, since she who is sinless from the first moment of Her conception, should not have to undergo the corruption of the grave and is assumed body and soul into Heaven. 

Masses for the
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the
Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday, December 8th
8:30a.m. and 6:30p.m. Mass in Berst hall

Saint Mary, under Her title of the Immaculate Conception is the Patroness of the United States. December 8th is our national feast. Please remember what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us : All Catholics are bound to attend Mass the same as on Sunday. The obligation to attend Mass on Holy Days of Obligation is a serious one. To disregard the obligation is seriously sinful. Join us on December 8th as we celebrate “Our Mother’s Joy!”

Christmas Bake Sale - Dec 10th

Calling all Bakers!!!

Assumption Parish is having a CHRISTMAS BAKE SALE Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:00 a.m. until all sold

If you would like to donate a few dozen of your favorite Christmas cookies or holiday baked goods, please contact the Parish Office at 815-634-4171. We would appreciate all baked goods to be dropped off at Berst Hall on Friday, December 9, 2016 from 12:00 noon until 7:00 pm. If you would like to bake but have no way to deliver your donations, please call the parish office. For more info contact Teri Jo Boylan at (815) 326-0254.

All proceeds will help our Church Building and Renovation Project. Thank you for your support!

Annual Collection for Retired Religious - Dec 10-11.


Annual Collection for Retired Religious
NEXT SUNDAY — December 10th and 11th

Aging religious need your help. Thousands of senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests spent years working in Catholic schools, hospitals, and agencies— often for little pay. Their sacrifices leave their religious communities without adequate savings for retirement and eldercare. Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious collection helps provide prescription medications, nursing care, and more. Please give to those who have given a lifetime.

This Annual second collection will be taken up at all masses NEXT weekend. Envelopes are included in your packets. Please note: The monies collected in this annual appeal go to support the men and women in Religious Orders in the Church. Our Diocesan clergy [priests serving in parishes] must provide for themselves. Your gifts in this December collection go to assist “vowed religious” in the Church.

Trivia Night November 19th Photos
Advent Bible Reflections and Study

Prepare your heart and soul for experiencing Jesus' birthday with an Advent Bible reflection and study led by Deacon Bevan. Deacon Beven would like to offer lessons from Old and New Testament passages which fortell the coming of Emmanuel and the Nativity of Jesus Christ.

The sessions will be held on Monday mornings in Berst hall following the 8:30A.M. Communion services. The sessions will be held on December 5th, 12th and 19th. If you would like to join, please call the parish office.

Religious Education Thanksgiving & Christmas Fundraiser

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Our Religious Education Fundraiser has begun!

This year’s fundraiser features Monastery Candy made by the Trappestine nuns of Mississippi. These are fine candies that are rated as among “America’s 100 Best” candies by Reader’s Digest.

Buying Monastery Candy from our Religious Education students helps keeps our tuition costs among the lowest in the Diocese while supporting the Trappestine nuns.

This fundraiser is being offered now so that candy can be purchased for Thanksgiving gift-giving when you visit friends and family. These candies also make for excellent Christmas gifts. 

Orders placed before November 11th will be available for Thanksgiving. Orders received before December 12th will be available for Christmas. The final order for candy will be sent to the monastery on December 12th.

Order forms are available from Religious Ed students, in church or in the parish office.

Thank you, in advance, for your support! If you have questions, please contact Deacon Bill at the parish office at (815) 634-4171 Ext. 5

Thank You from Fr. Noesen...

Thank You!
I want to thank those who worked so hard and done a beautiful job planning and hosting our annual Trivia night event which was held Saturday, November 19th. I am grateful to the members of the Church Building and Renovation / Stewardship and Fundraising Committees of the parish. All have graciously donated their time and energy to this year's event. For two years now our Trivia night has been fun, helping to build community in our Parish, and raising necessary revenue for our Church Renovation and Building Project. I'm grateful for all of you for your attendance and for those of you who could not attend but generously donated to the event.

Thanks to all who support our parish. As we stand on the threshold of Christmas, I want to take this opportunity to extend my blessings and good wishes to all of you and your families. I hope that this beautiful season will be a time for all of us to renew our faith, hope and love. God has blessed us in so many ways. Let's do what we can to share those blessings with all those we meet. Let's be eager this Advent and Christmas to share our faith and the joy we have found in the Lord.

God bless all those for their continued support for Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish.

Sincerely in Christ,
Father Noesen

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.

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

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

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

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

Parish Events Requiring Berst Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Father Noesen

Food Pantry at Assumption Church

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

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

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

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

Gordon and Cathy Milne

Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mother of the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel


The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us!

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

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

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

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

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

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The Art of the Pledge - Please Read

“The Art of the Pledge”

Why would I complete a Church Renovation Pledge Sheet?

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

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

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

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

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

Pledge Sheets & Envelopes are at the back of the Church

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

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

Diocesan Employment Resource Center (DERC)

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

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

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

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

Marian and other Catholic Devotions at Assumption Parish


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


Pray The Rosary

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

 Devotions in Honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

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

 Our Mother of the Eucharist Chapel

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

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

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

 Saint Peregrine Novena and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

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

Spiritual Direction Services for Assumption Parish

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

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

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

Please call us if you are interested.

Little Sisters of the Poor


How To Go To Confession

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. After that, Father will dismiss you.

Join Us For The Praying Of The Most Holy Rosary



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please click here for How To Pray The Rosary

A Treasury of Catholic Prayers


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God

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

Remember Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish

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

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

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

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

God Bless you for your generosity!

12 myths about marriage annulments in the Catholic Church

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please contact Father Noesen.