Week of May 29, 2016
Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Dear parish family and friends,
Today we celebrate our greatest treasure, God’s greatest gift to His Church, the gift of Himself, the Eucharist. Because in the Most Holy Eucharist, Jesus Christ is really and truly present — body and blood, soul and divinity — for our Salvation. Saint Augustine says when we receive the Eucharist worthily, we receive it unto our salvation, but when we receive it unworthily we receive it not unto our salvation, but unto our condemnation. Those words should make us all pause and ponder the great mystery we handle... God Himself!
Nothing is more important to the life of the Church, to the life of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, than the Eucharist, and the celebration of the Liturgy. They are the center of our Parish, and of our Catholic Faith... the source and summit of the true Christian life. I truly believe that our first, our best, our most special, and our highest regard should be with our church, our liturgy, and the celebration of the Sacraments.
If God doesn’t come first, we are lost. If we attend to God, give Him our first and our best, then everything else will come. The Feast of Corpus Christi is all about giving the Lord our first and our best. It’s about focusing our attention on the Real Presence of Christ, and recognizing the Gift that is given... finding our Real Treasure!
This weekend, as we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, I want to once again encourage every single parishioner to make a habit of stopping into Our Mother of the Eucharist Adoration Chapel [located across the street from the church ~north of the church].
Spend some time with Jesus, present in the Blessed Sacrament. Simply sit in His presence and ask Him to increase your faith and love. You’ll see... if you are quiet enough, and sit for a while... He will speak to your heart and fill you with great love, peace, and desire for Him. Your faith will come alive. Jesus is waiting for you in the Blessed Sacrament, don’t disappoint Him. Make the effort, give Him your heart, and He will give you Heaven.
If we are going to grow in our love for someone, and deepen our relationship with them, we have to spend time with the one we say we love. It’s that way with the Lord.
To love Him, we have to know Him, and to know Him we have to be with Him. Not only should we spend time in Eucharistic Adoration, but we should also be especially attentive to our reception of Holy Communion at Mass — recognizing the gift we receive. The Eucharist is our greatest treasure.
Today as we celebrate this feast in honor of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, let’s pray for a greater faith, love, and desire for Jesus, who is our life, our sweetness, and our hope. Behold the Heart, that has so loved us!
For Church Families, the Scrip fundraising program is one of the ways to achieve the fundraising we need to support our Building Campaign.
Scrip allows families to buy gift cards for local merchants including Wal-Mart, Jewel, BP Oil and Chili’s to name a few. Every penny spent on the Scrip (gift) card is what is spent at the retailer. This program will not cost anything extra except a little time for planning.
The Great Lakes Scrip Center (GLSC) acts on behalf of Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City to purchase large amounts of Scrip from grocery stores, department stores, and other retailers. Because the Scrip is purchased with cash up front, the participating retailers offer a substantial discount. Assumption buys the Scrip from GLSC at a discount, and re-sells the certificates to our members for full face value. The bulk of the discount – from two to fifteen percent or more – is retained by Assumption as revenue. This revenue is applied toward the building renovation of our Church.
There are two ways that will be ways to purchase Scrip cards. The first is through “The Scrip Store”. The Scrip Store has retailer cards on hand for immediate purchase. Cards are sold on a first come, first serve basis. We will do our best to stock according to demand and make adjustments as necessary. The Scrip Store hours during the year will be announced. And retailers on hand will depend on our survey.
Please fill out this short survey by clicking this link. We want to get this up and running for our back to school and 2016 holiday season so we can take advantage of the gift card seasons. Thank you for your time.
Stewardship committee/Fundraising committee
Dear parish family and friends,
I am so pleased to share with you the news that Bishop Conlon has assigned Deacon William Dunn to our parish.
I want to welcome him to Assumption! Along with Deacon William Bevan, Deacon Dunn will join the ranks of our parish staff beginning June 1st. I am very grateful to Deacon Dunn who asked to come to our parish so as to serve in his role as Deacon but also in other ways. At times when I’m unable to do so, he will assist me, together with Deacon Bevan, in sacramental duties including but not exclusively limited to Baptisms, prayer at wakes and burials, funerals and weddings without the Mass, visitations to hospitals and the sick, assist at Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation, and public devotional prayer services.
Born and raised in Riverside, Illinois Deacon Dunn and his wife, Janine, have been married 42 years and have four children who all live in the Chicago area. Deacon Dunn was ordained for the Diocese of Joliet in 1984 and has been involved in virtually all areas of diaconal ministry. He is a professional civil engineer, an appraiser of business jets, a teacher, a field advocate for the marriage tribunal, an on-call chaplain at an area hospital, a director of evangelization, and avid golfer.
He is delighted to be a part of Assumption Parish. Please welcome him to our parish family. May the Lord bless him and Deacon Bevan for their work and ministry among us.
Sincerely in Christ,
TOTUS TUUS is coming!
SAVE THE DATE: July 9th – 15th, 2016
Totus Tuus is a diocesan catechetical summer youth program whereby seminarians and college students travel throughout the summer proclaiming the Gospel through Catechetical instruction, Mass, Confession, games, fun and more!
Entering Grades 1-6 Entering Grades 7-12
Monday – Friday Sunday - Thursday
9:00 AM to 2:30 PM 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $35 Cost: $25
Please Click HERE for Details!
Tomorrow, Monday, May 30th, our country celebrates Memorial Day ~ a day which our Nation sets aside to honor all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and have given their lives in service to the Nation in the Armed Forces. Memorial Day is a kind of secular All Souls Day. Because of the sacrifice of so many, we enjoy the blessings of liberty and the responsibilities of freedom of living in our great Nation.
We are blessed in so many ways, but our freedom and blessings have come at a great price. As a Nation, we owe the men and women who have served in the military a debt of gratitude for the part they have played in securing the blessings of liberty we enjoy. On Memorial Day we remember in special way those who have fallen in the line of duty in defense of the United States of America.
They should never be forgotten for their sacrifice and bravery.
In recent years, other memorials and observances seem to have been “added” to the day’s observances, but we should never forget the focus and purpose of Memorial Day ~ it is a day that we as a Nation remember all those who have served in the Armed Forces, and have given their lives in service to our Country. In the Diocese of Joliet our Bishops and priests will celebrate Masses on Memorial Day at a few of our cemeteries. It is a day to honor the men and women of the armed forces. So consider attending one of the Masses tomorrow at the various sites below:
9:00 AM ~ Outdoor Mass at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Wilmington
10:00 AM ~Mt. Olivet Cemetery Braidwood ~ weather permitting
10:00 AM ~ Mt. Olive Cemetery, 1320 East Cass St. Joliet
8:00 AM ~ Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery & Mausoleum, 911 North Ave., Naperville
9:00 AM~ All Saints Cemetery, 1839 W Hwy Route 102 Bourbonnais
9:00 AM ~ Assumption Cemetery & Mausoleum, 1S510 Winfield Ave., Wheaton
9:00 AM ~ Risen Lord Cemetery 1501 Simons Rd. (127th), Oswego
9:00 AM ~ St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Joliet, on West Jefferson St. at Hunter Ave.
9:00 AM ~ St. Mary Nativity Cemetery, Crest Hill, on Caton Farm Rd.
10:00 AM ~ Resurrection Cemetery & Mausoleum, Romeoville at 200 W. Romeo Rd. (135th St.)
10:30 AM: Ss ~ Cyril & Methodius Cemetery, East Joliet on Rt. 6/Maple Rd.
How do we live the Eucharist… when we go to Mass on a Sunday? What is it for us? Is it just an opportunity to celebrate, a consolidated tradition, a way of getting one's bearings and feeling better, or is it something more? There are three signs for understanding how we experience this relation.
The first is our way of living with others. In the Eucharist Christ renews the gift of Himself that He made on the Cross. His entire life is an act of the fullest sharing of Himself for love. This is why He loved to stay with the disciples and with those He met.
For Him, this meant sharing their yearnings, their problems, that which stirred their soul and their life.
Now, when we participate in the Holy Mass, we find ourselves with many people, but the Eucharist that I celebrate, does it lead me to consider them as brothers and sisters? Does it inspire me to go towards the poor, the sick, the marginalized? Does it help me to recognize Christ's face in them?
The grace of being forgiven and willing to forgive is a second sign. In reality, those who celebrate the Eucharist do not do so because they believe themselves to be better, or wish to appear better than others, but because they are aware that they are always in need of being accepted and regenerated in God's mercy, made flesh in Jesus Christ. If anyone among us does not feel in need of God's mercy, if he does not consider himself to be a sinner, it is better that he not go to Mass! We go to Mass because we are sinners and because we wish to receive God's forgiveness, to participate in Christ's redemption, his forgiveness. That I confess that we say at the beginning is not merely a “pro forma,” it is a true act of penance! In that bread and that wine we offer and around which we gather, the gift of the body and blood of Christ for the forgiveness of our sins is renewed every time. This best summarizes the deepest sense of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus, and in turn it opens our hearts to the forgiveness of our brothers and to reconciliation. The relationship between the Eucharistic celebration and the life of our Christian communities is the third sign. It must always be clear that the Eucharist is not something that we do; it is not our commemoration of what Jesus said and did. No. It is an act of Christ! It is a gift from Christ, Who is made present and gathers us around Him, to nourish us with His Word and His life.
This means that the mission and the very identity of the Church spring from this, from the Eucharist, and there they assume their form. A celebration may prove to be impeccable, beautiful, from an external point of view, but if it does not lead to an encounter with Jesus, the risk is that it does not lead to the nourishment of our hearts and lives.
Through the Eucharist, instead, Christ wishes to enter into our existence and the permeate it with his grace, so that in every Christian community there is coherence between liturgy and life. All of us need to live the Eucharist with a spirit of faith and prayer, of forgiveness, of care for the needs of many of our brothers and sisters, in the certainty that the Lord will grant that which he has promised – eternal life.
Unanimous Win for Little Sisters of the Poor at Supreme Court
United Court throws out government cases [The Becket Fund]
Prayer works! On Monday, May 16th, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the government cannot fine the Little Sisters of the Poor. The Supreme Court vacated the lower court rulings against the Little Sisters, accepting the government's admission that it could meet its goals of providing the free services to women without involving the Little Sisters or using their plan. The Court also ordered the lower Courts to help the government choose an alternative method of providing the services that does not require the participation of the Little Sisters.
"All we have ever wanted to do is serve the neediest among us as if they were Christ himself," said Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial for the Little Sisters of the Poor. "We look forward to serving the elderly poor for another 175 years to come."
This is a game-changer. This unanimous decision is a huge win for the Little Sisters, religious liberty, and all Americans," said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. "The Court has accepted the government's concession that it could deliver these services without the Little Sisters. The Court has eliminated all of the wrong decisions from the lower courts and protected the Little Sisters from government fines."
The government exempts 1 in 3 Americans from the HHS mandate. It also exempts large corporations such as Exxon, Visa and even the government's own military family plan. A total of 100 million Americans are exempt from this regulation and could be eligible for coverage under the new solution chosen by the government.
"The Little Sisters won, but what this unanimous ruling shows is that there was never a need for anyone to lose," said Rienzi. "The government will still be able to meet its goal of providing these free services to women who want them-not just for those with religious plans-but for the tens of millions in exempted corporate and government plans."
The Little Sisters' win was also a win for other Becket clients, including Christian Brothers Services, Christian Brothers Employee Benefit Trust, Houston Baptist and East Texas Baptist Universities, Reaching Souls International, Truett McConnell College, and GuideStone Financial Services of the Southern Baptist Convention. Other parties in this case include Geneva College, Southern Nazarene University, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, and the Most Reverend David A. Zubik. All of these clients also had the adverse decisions in their cases vacated and sent back to the lower courts.
2016 Catholic Ministries Appeal
2016 Goal: $30,629
Pledged to Date: $28,086
Amount Paid to Date: $23,862
Please help the parish reach its goal!
We need an additional $2,543
to reach the 2016 goal set by the diocese.
Please prayerfully consider a donation.
The few remaining Martha Cookbooks will be at Carbon Hill School Museum for Purchase and also will be on Display. If you have questions please contact Michele Micetich 815-634-4213 or Betty Onsen (815) 634-8817.
JUNE CLASS IS NOW FILLED
Please contact the parish office if you have interest
in attending class in AUGUST.
Winter months are a good time to reflect on darkness and light. We pass a certain calendar date, and we know that the days finally begin to get longer. We spend more time perhaps lighting fires or candles to bring more light into our days. We truly appreciate days when the sunlight shines. We certainly are aware, that the stillness and darkness of winter is there. If we are in a good place, we take “care” of the darkness and try to bring about light.
This is how it is with our spirits and our emotional lives as well... We need to care for our darkness and live in the light. It is not wrong that we feel darkness sometimes in our earthly lives. There is pain, suffering, loss and sadness at times. We must be true to these times and care for them - they are not wrong, they are a part of human existence. But, we cannot “stay” in the darkness - we must seek out the light. God’s light and grace are always, constantly there for us in our darkness. Also, there are people along the way and things we can do to bring in more light. It is easy to get lost in the darkness but we must always seek out the light. Life is in fact - darkness and light. God’s light - is always there.
Please also know that Spiezio and Affiliates counseling services are available in your parish - you can find our number in this bulletin. Let us care for our darkness and live in the light!
The Marthas is the Parish’s Funeral Luncheon Committee. With Saint Martha as their patron saint, for over 25 years parishioners in this ministry has provided funeral luncheons for families of deceased members here at the parish. They serve the meal in Berst hall following the funeral and burial. There is something powerful about the gift of being able to give a family comfort, no matter what form, during their time of bereavement.
The Marthas also assist in helping to provide foods and services to our many parish functions. If you would like to donate a baked or cooked item, join the Marthas and help with the preparation of the meal or assist with the serving, set up and clean up at these Funeral luncheons. The number of our Marthas are dwindling and so we desperately need people to cook and bake but also serve at the actual events.
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.
“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 needs. Your 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
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.
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.
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 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!
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen”
“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, 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 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.”
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!
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.
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|† Shirley Johnson, Mother of Sandra Bolker|
|† Cheryl Bare, Daughter of Darlene and the late John Biniak|
|† Dennis Watson, Sr., Husband of Elizabeth|
|† June Krull|
|† John Manietta,Husband of Mary|
|† Margaret Phillips, Wife of Joseph|
|† Gary Simons, Husband of Kathleen|
|† Peter Pantaleone, Husband of Juanita|
|† Frank Zabloudil, Husband of Carol|
|† Suzanne Cassani, Wife of Eugene|