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From Fr Mike Shanahan | Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020
What is it about the crowd? The crowd plays a very significant role in story of the Passion of God which we read in today’s Gospel. The crowd listens very closely to the chief priests and the Pharisees who tell them to crucify Jesus. The chief priests were known to be the leaders of society and the religious establishment. These chief priests searched for false testimony against Jesus. They stripped him of his garments. Spat in his face. Mocked him. They set the example for the crowd. The crowd always follows, like bli...

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Archdiocese Guidelines for Holy Week
The Archdiocese of Chicago Guidelines Regarding the celebration of Holy Week The Chrism Mass will NOT be celebrated publicly, nor will we hold our annual Day of Reflection. Cardinal Cupich and the auxiliary bishops will celebrate the Mass in Holy Name Cathedral, which will be livestreamed for the benefit of the faithful to view in their homes. Holy oils will not be distributed until the current health crisis has abated. Palm Sunday and Holy Week Liturgies will not be celebrated publicly in our parishes. There are NOT to be any pub...

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Prayer Requests | March 29, 2020
FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL: Osmar and Marcela Rodriguez, Alfredo and Omaira Mahe, Ed Hannan, Nancy Coraretti, Armie Reyes, Gabriel Cabael, Hector De Leon, Christine Finnerly, Matilde Narvaez, Blaine Lisner, Mary Lou Thompson, Ana Perez, Bertha Bautista, Miriam Pureco, Marjorie Carmody and our parishioners who are ill or in nursing homes. OUR DECEASED: Eduardo Rizzo OUR YOUNG PEOPLE IN SERVICE: Daniel Baker, Jonathan Muñoz, Arnold Zumba

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Pope Francis Urbi et Orbi Blessing | March 27, 2020
A special Urbi et Orbi blessing The Pope also announced that on the following Friday, 27 March, he will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the Church. “I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication”, he said.  The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; and will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et or...

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Lenten Adoration | Praying the Stations of the Cross at Home
The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates specific events of Jesus Christ's Passion and Death. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are like a mini-pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day, with specific prayers recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are completed. The Stations of the Cr...

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