Parish Devotions and Prayers

Sunday Mass ~

Saturday Evening / 4:00 PM

Sunday Morning 7:30 AM and 11:15 AM

Confessions are heard on Saturday afternoon / 3:20 PM - 3:45 PM

Due to church renovation, Sunday Mass will be celebrated in Berst Hall.

Daily Mass and Devotions ~

Mondays- 8:00 AM Rosary / Communion Service

Tuesday- 8:00 AM Rosary / Communion Service at Immaculate Conception in Braidwood Mass at 6:30 PM at Assumption Parish                                                             

Wednesday-8:00 AM Rosary/ Confessions/8:30 AM Mass/ Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena

Thursday-8:00 AM Rosary/ 8:30 AM Mass at Immaculate Conception in Braidwood

Friday-8:00 AM Rosary/8:30 AM Mass at Assumption Parish.

First Friday-8:00 AM Rosary/Confessions/8:30 AM Mass

First Saturday-8:00 AM Rosary/ Immaculate Conception Novena/8:30 AM Mass with the distribution of the Sacrament of the Sick (First Saturday)

Additional Devotional Prayer Life at Assumption Parish ~

* Monthly Devotional prayers [Novena] to Our Lord and His servant, Saint Peregrine, patron saint of those who suffer with cancer or any incurable disease or condition, Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament - first Tuesday of the month following the 6:30 PM Mass

* Mother of the Eucharist Perpetual Adoration Chapel is located across from the church at 195 S. Kankakee St. The chapel is a place of silent prayer in the presence of Jesus Christ, truly present in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is solemnly exposed for adoration 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is a place of silent and reverent prayer. Everyone is encouraged to stop in anytime, make regular visits, and sign-up for a specific time of adoration each week.


Daily Rosary

The Rosary in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary is prayed every weekday in Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. Join us to honor the Virgin Mary, and to pray for your own needs, the needs of your family, the Church, and the whole world. There is no surer means of calling down God's blessing upon the family than the daily recitation of the Rosary. (Pope Pius XII)

Come honor Mary by praying the Rosary every weekday before the 8:30 a.m. Communion Services on Monday and Tuesday and weekday Masses. On First Saturday mornings of the month the Rosary is prayed before the 8:30 a.m. Mass. All are welcome to this beautiful devotion to ask Mary to protect our families, our Church, our Country, and the world!


Praying the Rosary

The purpose of the Rosary is to help keep in memory certain principal events or mysteries in the history of our salvation, and to thank and praise God for them. There are twenty mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these are divided into the five JOYFUL MYSTERIES, the five LUMINOUS MYSTERIES, the five SORROWFUL MYSTERIES, and the five GLORIOUS MYSTERIES.

1. While holding the crucifix make the Sign of the Cross,  and then recite the Apostles Creed.

The Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Apostles CreedI believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth .I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell.  On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

2. Recite the Our Father on the first large bead.

The Our FatherOur 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. 

3. Recite a Hail Mary for an increase of faith, hope and charity on each of the three small beads.

The Hail Mary: Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen 

4. Recite the Glory Be to the Father on the next large bead.

Glory Be to the Father: 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. 

5. Recite the Fatima Prayer "O my Jesus" on the large bead.

Fatima Prayer: "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls into Heaven, especially those in most need of thy Mercy". (Our Lady at Fatima, 13th July 1917) 

6. Recall the first Rosary Mystery and recite the Our Father on the large bead.

The Our FatherOur 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. 

7. On each of the adjacent ten small beads (also refered to as a decade) recite a Hail Mary  while reflecting on the mystery.

The Hail Mary: Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen 

8. On the next large bead, recite the Glory Be to the Father,  the Fatima prayer.

Glory Be to the Father: 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. 

Fatima Prayer: "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls into Heaven, especially those in most need of thy Mercy". (Our Lady at Fatima, 13th July 1917) 

 9. Each succeeding decade is prayed in a similar manner by recalling the appropriate mystery, reciting the Our Father,  ten Hail Marys,  the Glory Be to the Father,  and the Fatima prayer  while reflecting on the mystery.

10. When the fifth mystery is completed, the Rosary is Customarily concluded with the Hail Holy Queen,  and the Sign of the Cross.

The 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 valley, 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. 

The Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


Prayers of the Rosary

Let Us Pray:
"O God whose only begotten Son has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, Grant that we beseech Thee while meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may both imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord Amen."

"My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I beg pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You."
(The Angel to three children of Fatima, spring 1916)

For the intentions of the Holy Father, one may recite at the end of the Rosary one "Our Father", one "Hail Mary", and one "Glory Be".


The Mysteries Of The Rosary

The Joyful Mysteries:

(Said on Monday & Saturday - Sunday during Advent)

1. The Annunciation (Mary learns that she has been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.)

2. The Visitation (Mary visits Elizabeth, who tells her that she will always be remembered.)

3. The Nativity (Jesus is born in a stable in Bethlehem.)

4. The Presentation (Mary and Joseph take the infant Jesus to the Temple to present him to God.)

5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Jesus is found in the Temple discussing his faith with the teachers.)


The Luminous Mysteries:
(Said on Thursday)

1. The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan (God proclaims that Jesus is his beloved Son.)

2. The Wedding Feast at Cana (At Mary’s request, Jesus performs his first miracle.)

3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God (Jesus calls all to conversion and service to the Kingdom.)

4. The Transfiguration of Jesus (Jesus is revealed in glory to Peter, James, and John.)

5. The Institution of the Eucharist (Jesus offers his Body and Blood at the Last Supper.)


The Sorrowful Mysteries:
(Said on Tuesday & Friday - Sunday during Lent)

1. The Agony in the Garden (Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before he dies.)

2. The Scourging at the Pillar (Jesus is lashed with whips.)

3. The Crowning With Thorns (Jesus is mocked and crowned with thorns.)

4. The Carrying of the Cross (Jesus carries the cross that will be used to crucify him.)

5. The Crucifixion (Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies.)


The Glorious Mysteries:
(Said on Wednesday & Sunday outside of Advent & Lent)

1. The Resurrection (God the Father raises Jesus from the dead.)

2. The Ascension (Jesus returns to his Father in heaven.)

3. The Coming of the Holy Spirit (The Holy Spirit comes to bring new life to the disciples.)

4. The Assumption of Mary (At the end of her life on earth, Mary is taken body and soul into heaven.)

5. The Coronation of Mary (Mary is crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth.)       


St. Mary of Perpetual Help Devotions

A NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


St. Peregrine Devotions

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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 the first Tuesday evening of each month for Mass and devotions in honor of Saint Peregrine. The blessing of the sick with the relic of the Saint will be given, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be a part of the evening devotional service. 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.