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).
Morning Mass will be celebrated in Berst Hall.
heard on Wednesday mornings and First Fridays in the sacristy
(room as you enter the RE building).
6:30 P.M. Mass and Saint Peregrine Novena will be celebrated in Berst hall.
Sunday Mass and Confessions
3:20 P.M. to 3:45 P.M. on Saturdays / Confessions heard in Berst hall
4:00 P.M. Vigil Mass for Sunday in Berst hall
8:00 A.M. and 10:30 A.M. Sunday Mass in Berst hall
All Baptisms in Berst hall
Funerals and Weddings will be celebrated at
neighboring Catholic Parishes and Funeral Homes
Week of August 21, 2016
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear parish family and friends,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.” Luke 13
Jesus’ parable makes it clear that not all will be admitted to the table in God’s Kingdom, however, in context, those who have put off for too long the discipline of the narrow gate will be left out. Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel are spoken in answer to a common enough question: “Will only a few people be saved?” Typically Jesus, refusing to speculate, turns the question into a direct command. “Strive to enter through the narrow gate,” he says.
Jesus takes this opportunity to mention once again the difficulties involved in following him. He does not answer the question whether few will be saved, but he does say that many will not be. There is mention of the sad case of those who had been under the illusion that they were following Jesus but had maintained only a loose relationship with him. They ate and drank with him, indeed, but with no intimate fellowship. They heard his teaching, but they did not accept it as the Word of God to be put into practice. Jesus’ harsh words to “you evildoers” are meant as a challenge to the readers of today’s Gospel to redirect their steps toward Jesus’ ways while there is still time.
We are confident that God predestines no one to go to hell; for this, a willful turning away from God (a moral sin) is necessary, and persistence until the end. In the Eucharistic Liturgy and in the daily prayers of the faithful, the Church implores the mercy of God, who does not want any to perish, but all to come to repentance. “Father, accept this offering from your whole family. Grant us peace in this life, save us from final damnation, and count us among those you have chosen.”
It is tempting to speculate about who will be saved. But it is more important, today’s Gospel tells us, to submit to the discipline of the “narrow gate” that leads to the banquet of God’s Kingdom.
Give Jesus your heart and he will give you heaven,
If someone asked you this, what would you say? Do you know what is involved to become a member of the Catholic Church? What would you tell an adult who was baptized Catholic but has not received the sacraments of First Eucharist or Confirmation?
Each of us is called to be an evangelist so we should be aware of the process for adults entering the Church or desiring to complete the Sacraments of Initiation.
On Wednesday August 31st at 7:00 pm there will be an information session held in the Parish Office. This session will explain the process to those who are thinking about becoming Catholic and to Catholics who want to know about the process. Call Deacon Bill, 815-634-4171, for more information.
WHO BECOMES CATHOLIC TODAY?
It’s no secret that today’s culture has little positive to say about Christian or family values. Many caught up by our culture have left their faith behind and seek to “fill” their lives with material items and other ways to make them feel good. There are others, however, who find themselves unsatisfied with what our culture offers and hunger for something more meaningful. For this reason people seek the faith at various times in their lives and reach out to the Catholic Church for
connection or reconnection. So, who are the people who join our Church today? They are:
•Young people who are engaged to marry Catholics are one of the major groups. At this time in their lives, young couples want to share their faith, lives, and values.
•Young parents who are expecting their first born or have children starting school often find that this is the time to join a faith community that will help them find
God in their lives and establish moral values in their family.
•People who are baptized either in the Catholic faith or another Christian religion but were not brought up or educated in the religion. As the years go by, they may seek to return to their Christian roots.
•People who have experienced grief or tragedy in their lives and are seeking to make sense of it. So often we hear people say, “I had Catholic friends or neighbors who had great suffering in their lives, and their faith seemed to sustain them. I want to find a faith like that.”
•People from all backgrounds that are seeking God in their lives…looking for answers to life and death questions. The Catholic Church offers great traditions of Scripture study, the worship of God in vibrant liturgies, intellectual studies in theology, joyful celebrations through the Sacraments, care for the sick and the dying, and love and hope for the poor of the world.
How Does a Person Become Catholic?
Through RCIA – The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The RCIA is a process by which the Catholic Church welcomes new members into its communal life. The RCIA is a living experience of the Church, and not just a series of classes, which teaches knowledge about the Church. Although there is instruction in the facts of the faith, instruction is but one part of a larger experience of knowing and sharing with other members of the Church.
Who Is RCIA For?
It is for non-Christian men and women; for Christians that are not Catholic; for Catholics who are baptized, but have little religious training.
How Can I Join?
Call Deacon Bill at the Parish Office, 815-634-4171; watch the bulletin, RCIA classes start in October!
Week 2 saw more “behind the scenes” work instead of physical work as was the goal. Scheduling and logistics, plan reviews, asbestos testing and permits were the main effort. All necessary and now complete. Some demolition work continued later in the week with the rest scheduled for Week 3.
It’s important to note that the Coal City Village Board waived $3,696.00 of our permit cost by a unanimous vote by the Board. Thank you to the Coal City Village Board for your kind words in recognizing the community out-reach and support from our Church parishioners.
Week 1 - Completed
Construction permit received and posted;
Plans reviewed and approved;
Asbestos testing and mitigation;
Remove “white” garage;
Began demolition of the balcony
Week 2 - Goal
Finish removing balcony and stairs;
Remove "hip" roof on east side of church;
Remove Sanctuary wall (east);
Remove Sanctuary platform;
Begin prepping parking lot area. The plan is to build out the parking lot including curbs, drainage and gravel in the next 2 months Asphalt and striping will be applied at end of project.
The Importance of Beauty to the Catholic Church
By Arthur C. Lohsen, AIA
“Beauty is indeed a good gift of God” – St. Augustine, City of God, Chapter 22
Beauty is an integral and essential part of the Catholic liturgy. It is indeed a gift from God, as St. Augustine points out. But is much more than a fleeting stimulus to the senses. Beauty is an enduring, tangible, and necessary indication of the Lord. When beauty has been allowed to wither, the liturgy and the faithful are moved away, however unintentionally, from the divine presence.
My argument hinges on one simple question: do absolutes exist? If they do (and one would assume that anyone acknowledging the existence of God would concede that God would be an absolute), then one way of understanding God is through the aspects of His nature which may be perceived within the earthly realm. If absolutes do not exist, the whole point is moot, everything is relative, and there seems little need for any notion of the divine.
If we proceed with the assumption that absolutes do exist, and that perfection is possible, we certainly would have a hard time looking around and finding evidence to support that claim. Despite many centuries of attempts, Man has not been able to perfect much of anything. But our earthly realm is certainly not the entirety of Creation. The realm of absolutes, the place where everything can, and has been, perfected, lies in Heaven. Contrary to the laws of entropy, Man is driven to admire and to strive for perfection, and has been given the perception to understand that it is possible, but has been denied the possibility of achieving it during this lifetime.
And yet the understanding that Nature can be perfected is an incredible gift. For it enables us to perceive God within the earthly realm. If we make a list of several virtues, and contemplate their absolute perfection, are we not describing God? Perfect Truth, Love, Mercy, Faith, Power, Knowledge, Order… Have these descriptions not been used to describe the Heavenly Father? And when considered together, that God is not merely perfect Truth, but perfect Truth, Love, Mercy, and so on, does that not begin to describe the magnificence of the Lord?
To this list, I must add Beauty. Beauty has long been important to the Church throughout the centuries, as an appropriate setting for the Mass. But it has been marginalized in recent memory, under the assumption that it serves merely as a display of Man’s earthly wealth and arrogance. Beauty has been intentionally and systematically removed from the Church, to the point where many have felt the void. Why has Beauty been cast aside? There are three reasons:
Continued next week…
Deacon Dunn will be having a Protecting God’s Children Class here at Assumption August 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Madonna Room.
Please register through Virtus
Catholic Charities is hosting A Swing and a Prayer golf outing on August 26, 2016 with a shotgun start at 1:00 PM at the Joliet Country Club.
Standard foursome of golf is $500 ($540 after 7/26) and cost for a single player is $125 ($135 after 7/26). All player fees include driving range, green fees for 18 holes of golf with cart, buffet lunch, two drinks on-course, and buffet dinner.
Tickets are available by calling 815-724-1140 or online at catholiccharitiesjoliet.org. Proceeds from A Swing and a Prayer benefit the programs and services
provided by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Contact Pete Kinsella or 630-495-8008.
To learn more about the programs and services provided by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, visit: catholiccharitiesjoliet.org
NOW REGISTERING FOR AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER
Please contact the parish office if you have interest
in attending class.
The Diocese of Joliet will hold its Thirty-Eighth Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet. If you are celebrating either your 25th or 50th anniversary this year, please contact the rectory so that we may submit your name to the Diocese for a formal invitation.
Those celebrating over 50 year anniversaries do not receive a formal invitation, but will be able to register to attend at a later date.
Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse?
Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. This program has helped 10’s of 1000’s of couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage.
For confidential information about or to register for the September program beginning with a weekend on September 9 – 11 call 815-246-2080 or
email: email@example.com or visit the web site at http://www.HelpOurMarriage.com
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.
Thank you for your continued support of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish throughout the summer months of June, July and August.
Summer is a busy time for everyone with vacations and other summer commitments. Because of this, our weekly contributions trend lower during this time.
If you haven’t done so, please consider setting up an E-Giving account for your regular giving. This allows for steady weekly contributions even when you’re not able to attend mass. A link to e-giving can be found here. I would be happy to assist you in setting up your account. We are just entering a new fiscal year with an annual Sunday Offertory budget set at $325,000. This places our weekly goal at $6,250. Thank you for your generosity and God Bless.
Sonia Hertogs, Business Manager
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
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet Foster Grandparent Program offers older adults an opportunity to help children in your community develop academic and life skills that are critical to their development and future successes. Sharing your time and experience can help children learn how to read, prepare younger students for school readiness, tackle tough subjects and make decisions that will keep them on the right path.
We’ll match your skills and passions to opportunities that interest you, including those in elementary schools in Districts 86 and 89, faith based schools, Head Start sites, and pre-schools.
Foster Grandparent Volunteers must be age 55 and older and willing to serve about 20 hours a week. Foster Grandparents who are income eligible will receive a tax-free hourly stipend to help cover costs associated with volunteering. You don’t need formal experience in tutoring and mentoring to become a Foster Grandparent Volunteer. Catholic Charities,
Diocese of Joliet will provide pre-service orientation and training to prepare you for this rewarding opportunity. In Will County, contact Mari at 815-724-1134 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about volunteering. catholiccharitiesjoliet.org
The Power of Invitation - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Inviting someone to our Catholic faith is personal and critical. Most of the adults, who have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) over the years, did so because someone they knew invited and encouraged them to attend an inquiry session.
Our parish needs your help -- to be aware of people you know who do not belong to the Catholic church, and might be interested, and personally invite them.
Please encourage them and let us know who they are so we may invite them also.
Call Deacon Bill in the Parish Office at 815-634-4171
A NOVENA TO OUR LADY
OF PERPETUAL HELP
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.
Imagine going to the beach and seeing a young lady "sunning herself," fully dressed in a beautiful wedding gown... or going into a fine restaurant high atop the city skyline, and seeing a couple dressed in their swim suits. The whole thing sounds ridiculous. After all, people should know how to dress appropriately for any given social situation. We take it for granted. Or do we?
Summer is here, the weather is most definitely warmer. But, when we come to Mass on Sunday we should remember that we are in the holy presence of God, gathered with the members of His Body, temples of the Holy Spirit. When you stop to think about it, when we attend Mass we are witnessing a greater event than creation itself: After all, when God created the "heavens and the earth," and men and women, he was creating "creatures." At the celebration of the Eucharist, the Mass, in our very midst God is made really and truly present. We are in the presence of our Lord and God, our King. "Created" before our very eyes is God Himself!
When we come to Mass, everything about us should say "something is different," what we are doing is special and demands special attention, special efforts, the best we have to offer. St. Thomas Aquinas said that our outward actions and appearances should be a reflection of an interior attitude and disposition. At the same time, the outward appearance should help to form a proper interior disposition.
Clothing with suggestive and lewd slogans, while definitely part of the "pop-culture" is not appropriate for wearing in Church. "Short" shorts, "topless" tops are also inappropriate. Likewise, clothing worn at the gym or on the beach, while appropriate in those settings, does not reflect a proper disposition for entering the House of God. An overly casual attitude in this matter reflects and can even lead to an inappropriately casual attitude towards the Liturgy, the Eucharist, the House of God, the practice of our Catholic Faith, and ultimately, God Himself.
To dismiss the subject with the comment that "God doesn't care what we wear" is a rather cavalier attitude to take: It's best not to presume to speak for God. In fact, God does care that the internal and external actions of a person are in harmony, and bespeak a proper, disciplined, balanced, and appropriate spirit.
He does want our careful attention and our "best" for Himself. Discipline is one of the necessary ingredients to building holiness.
Just as we make the effort to dress appropriately for the gym, the beach, family funerals and weddings, that "special" date, etc... we should take the time and make the effort to dress appropriately for the greatest celebration ever given to humanity, to remind ourselves and others that "something wonderful" is happening, and, it deserves my special attention.
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
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.
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.
For more information, please contact Father Noesen.