Father Francis Li




From the Desk of Fr. Francis



previous January 31, 2016



Dear parishioners and friends of St. Therese Chinese Parish,


Greetings of Christ's Peace and Joy! Hope you all had a blessed week.

Catholic Schools Week

As one of the best Catholic Schools in the nation, St. Therese School is highly esteemed for its academics. As a Catholic School, we strive to provide a faith-centered education. Our children pray together every day; attend mass regularly; and have weekly religion classes.

On the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Bishop Alberto Rojas celebrated the 8am morning mass on Monday Jan. 25th, 2016 to start the week long celebration of our Catholic education. It was wonderful to witness how well our children participated in the mass. At the end of the mass, the 7th and 8th Graders received their National Junior Honor Society, CHI ALPHA MU Awards. Congratulations to all of them!



Below is a reminder of what Catholic Schools offer.

Faith...As children grow, they have many questions...about the world, their own identities, powers greater than themselves, and their relationship with God.

Focus...Individual attention, and the discipline and order that keep children safe, help children focus on what matters.

Achievement...Focusing on test scores has changed the way many schools teach students these days. In the Catholic schools, we take tests seriously and have great results, but we know they are only one measure of success.

Values...Distinguish right from wrong and learning to behave in a world full of troubles and temptations. We will do everything we can in partnership with you to raise your child in the right way.

Community...Sharing hopes, dreams, and service experiences with others is the best way to learn to treat others as you would like to be treated. As children grow and families become connected, the bonds of service and compassion that hold the school community together become stronger and stronger.

For more information, please see http://schools.archchicago.org/whycatholiced/catholiceducationtoday.aspx

The Feast of St. Blaise is on Wed. Feb. 3rd, so the "blessing of the throats" will take place on the weekend of Feb. 6th and 7th after all the masses.



Peace~

Fr. Francis


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Parish Vision


To be Jesus Christ in Chinatown



Values


Love, Faith, Community, Diversity, Ministry, Charity, Commitment, Growth



"The disciple simply burns his boats and goes ahead. He is called out… The old life is left behind, and completely surrendered. The disciple is dragged out of his relative security into a life of absolute insecurity… out of the realm of the finite… into the realm of infinite possibilities."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer





Prayer to Holy Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love,
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family
and its beauty in God's plan.


Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Graciously hear our prayer.


+ ******* Faith and Charity *******

In his Holiness, Benedict XVI's Lenten message: "The celebration of Lent, in the context of the Year of Faith, offers us a valuable opportunity to meditate on the relationship between faith and charity … The Christian life consists in continuously scaling the mountain to meet God and then coming back down, bearing the love and strength drawn from him, so as to serve our brothers and sisters with God's own love … In the Church, contemplation and action, symbolized in some way by the Gospel figures of Mary and Martha, have to coexist and complement each other."

Please join us, as a faith community, to set aside an hour once a month, to offer it in silent meditation before the Blessed Sacrament, and to pray together— the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

 First Friday of Each Month
(February 5, 2016)
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Eucharistic Adoration
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Silent Meditation
Benediction


The fruit of Silence is prayer. The fruit of Prayer is faith. The fruit of Faith is love. The fruit of Love is service. The fruit of Service is peace.
~Mother Teresa


+ A Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan

Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our
Mother, venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title
"Help of Christians," the entire Church in China looks to
you with devout affection. We come before you today to
implore your protection. Look upon the People of God
and, with a mothers care, guide them along the paths of
truth and love, so that they may always be a leaven of
harmonious coexistence among all citizens.

When you obediently said yes" in the house of Nazareth,
you allowed Gods eternal Son to take flesh in your
virginal womb and thus to begin in history the work of our redemption.
You willingly and generously cooperated in that work,
allowing the sword of pain to pierce your soul, until the supreme
hour of the Cross, when you kept watch on Calvary,
standing beside your Son, Who died that we might live.

From that moment, you became in a new way,
the Mother of all those who receive your Son Jesus in faith
and choose to follow in His footsteps by taking up His Cross.
Mother of hope, in the darkness of Holy Saturday you journeyed
with unfailing trust towards the dawn of Easter.
Grant that your children may discern at all times,
even those that are darkest, the signs of Gods loving presence.

Our Lady of Sheshan, sustain all those in China,
who, amid their daily trials, continue to believe to hope, to love.
May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world,
and of the world to Jesus.

In the statue overlooking the Shrine you lift your Son on high,
offering him to the world with open arms in a gesture of love.
Help Catholics always to be credible witnesses to this love,
ever clinging to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built.
Mother of China and all Asia, pray for us, now and forever. Amen!



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+ Annual Catholic Appeal

this weekend is the commitment weekend. This is a wonderful way to extend God's mercy to others. Please give or make a generous pledge!


+ St. Therese Choir to visit Astoria Nursing Home - TODAY!

Our Choir will be performing songs in both English & Chinese to help residents celebrate Chinese New Year. In addition, Lily May will play some Chinese songs on the piano. Lucille Li, a social worker at Astoria home, and former STC choir member, made this request to spread some cheer since the Chinese residents were transferred up north from St. Agnes Senior home, and are very removed from the Chinatown community. Choir performance will be from 11:30am-12pm at 6300 N. California Avenue.


+ PARENT FORMATION SESSION - TODAY IN CHURCH!

Have you ever wondered what difference being Catholic can, should, could make in disciplining your children? Immediately following today's 9:30am Mass, Thomas M. Howard, Director of Religious Education, will present at 11-11:45am "Integrating a Catholic Virtue-based approach to Discipline for Parents." All parents are welcome.
Religious Ed parents are required to attend.


+ ST. JAMES FOOD PANTRY - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! SATURDAY, February 13th

Each month we try to minister to the people of the area by serving at the St. James Food Pantry. We do this each SECOND Saturday. Would you be willing to take a couple of hours of your Saturday and help feed the hungry? We begin at 8:30 A.M. until about 11:00 A.M. Sign-up sheets are at the church entrance table. Please consider sharing your time and talents to serve others!


+ 2015 Tax Donation Letter

Parishioners with assigned offering envelopes, please contact the parish office to request your 2015 tax letter, if needed.


+ Next FRIDAY: Gathering for 7th and 8th Graders and High School Students:
St. Therese Youth Ministry meets the 1st Friday of every month in the Community Room of our Church at 6:45pm.
The gatherings will coincide with the regularly scheduled First Friday Holy Hour / Eucharistic Adoration celebrations that occur in church from 7-8pm. The next gathering will be on Friday, February 5th, 2016. Mr. Pat Culen serves as our youth minister. *Parents of parish youth are welcome to show their devotion to the Blessed Sacrament while parish youth attend their gathering!


+ PRAYERS

Please pray for the repose of the souls of Dr. Jose B. Delfin, father of Joe Delfin, and Mr. King Chiu Mui, father of Ernest Mui, who both passed away last week. May they rest in peace. Please keep their families in your prayers during this difficult time.


+ BLESSING OF THROATS

In honor of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, whose Feast Day is on Tuesday Feb. 3rd, the Blessing of the Throats will take place next weekend at the end of all masses.


+ St. Therese Church Welcomes...

My name is Bosco Ruan. I am a seminarian at Mundelein Seminary. During Holy Week last year, I came to St. Therese's for the first time. I was impressed by the kindness and zeal of this parish at that time. This academic year, I have had the opportunity to do my seminary apostolate here. Patrick, my fellow seminarian, and I are leading a Bible study group from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings. We are also participating in the Mandarin RCIA class from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and the Bible study afterwards. I love being here and serving the community with my best efforts. I am happy to see the growth of this lovely community and witness your enthusiasm and devotion to the Church. I am also very grateful for your reception and acceptance. I will cherish this experience. In the future, I am looking forward to being involved with the Overseas Chinese University Student Gathering. I will keep you all in my prayers and hope we can enrich each other in friendship.

My name is Patrick Gorman. I was born in the suburbs of Chicago and am now in my second year of seminary at Mundelein for the Archdiocese of Chicago. I grew up in Columbus, Ohio with my parents, two sisters, and my brother. I studied computer science at the University of Notre Dame for my undergraduate studies and at Purdue University for graduate studies. In 2009, I moved to China to study Chinese and work. It was while working at a microfinance nonprofit organization in China that I began to discern a call to serve Christ in the priesthood. After spending five years in China, I moved back to the United States in 2014 and entered the seminary. I love the people and the culture of China and am excited to have this opportunity to serve at St. Therese. I will hold the community in prayer and ask that you pray for me and my brother seminarians at Mundelein.


+ Please Make Your Gift to the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal "The Hands of Gods Mercy"

Many of you have responded to the Annual Catholic Appeal mailing from Archbishop Cupich. On behalf of those served by the ministries and services funded by the ACA, we thank you for your gifts. If you received the mailing and have not responded, please do so as soon as possible.

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis asks us to understand God's mercy in our own lives and then to be the hand of mercy for others. The ACA offers a wonderful opportunity to extend God's mercy to many others.

In addition to providing for ministries and services throughout the Archdiocese, the Appeal also funds services that are of great help to ministries here in our parish.

As we contemplate God's many gifts to us, we should also reflect on our gratitude for these gifts. Your financial support for the work of our parish, our Archdiocese and the Church throughout the world is, in fact, one way to express this gratitude. Please give generously to the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal.

When our parish reaches its goal of $____9,228__________ in paid pledges, 100% of the additional funds received will be returned to us for use in our parish.


+ "Holy Year of Mercy" Gift from St. Therese

Please pick up a "Holy Year of Mercy" card after mass today. It is a wonderful reminder for both the Corporal Works and Spiritual Works of Mercy that we are called to do especially during this "Year of Mercy."




+ Illinois Catholic Advocacy Network

The Catholic Conference of Illinois represents the Catholic Church at the Illinois Capitol, advocates for legislation that respects life and human dignity, the integrity of the family and marriage, and Catholic education and social services. The CCI has developed and maintains a grassroots email advocacy network called the Illinois Catholic Advocacy Network, or I-CAN for short. Archbishop Cupich recorded a short video promoting I-CAN to encourage Catholics to sign up for the network which is found at https://youtu.be/ruNHMrmH1XE. To join I-CAN or to learn more about the efforts of CCI, please access this link, www.ilcatholic.org/take-action/join-i-can/.


+ Please pray for the following Mercy Hospital Patients:

Kathie, Dorothy, Marchelle, Addi, Charlotte, Carlisa, Walter, Gladys, Pia, Debra, Arlene, Freda, Eric, Shelley, William, Lindon, Gregory, Chantay, Willie, Lou, Gloria, Raphael, Ramona, Phyllis, Loretta

+ Welcome Sunday

St. Therese, through Parish Transformation, has a new initiative: Welcome Sunday. Starting in September, it will Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated on Sunday, October 25. All Catholics who are ill, homebound and/or handicapped are encouraged to participate. If you know of someone who would desire this sacrament and needs a ride to Church that day , please call the Church and give us the information including a phone or way to contact them. We will also come to the homes and anoint people who are bed-ridden or "shut-in." Please call the Church and Father will arrange the anointing. We will also need some strong people to be present in front of Church that day to help people who need it. Thank be on the 4th Sunday of the month. We are asking parishioners to invite 1 or 2 Catholics and/or non-Catholics, to any Welcome Sunday mass: the 5pm Sunday vigil mass on Saturday, the 8am, 9:30am or 11am Mandarin masses. There are materials about what to do during mass and the meanings of the gestures and parts of the mass on the entrance table for you to give to non-Catholics before they come. This is part of our evangelization effort and Chinese Apostolate initiative to bring people to St. Therese. Please invite your family and friends.


+ FREE Books and Audio CDs are placed on the entrance table for you to pick.




+ In Pope Francis' own words from his speech to Congress Sept. 24, 2015

"Let us remember the Golden Rule: 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you' ...The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development. This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty. I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes. Recently my brother bishops here in the United States renewed their call for the abolition of the death penalty. Not only do I support them, but I also offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation." here


+ Calendars for 2016

Please pick up a copy of the English Liturgical Calendar after mass at the Church entrance table today. One copy per family please.


+ CHICAGO COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATION (CCHR)

is the enforcement arm of the City of Chicago's Discrimination Laws, assists Hate Crime Victims, provides Community Tension Intervention and Educational Workshops for Youth and Adults. It investigates complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, access to public places and services, and credit. It has enforcement powers to punish acts of discrimination. To report acts of discrimination, call 312-744-4111. They provide service in Chinese too. Flyers are available at the Church entrance table. For more information go to: www.cityofchicago.org/humanrelations.


+ BEATIFICATION OF POPE PAUL VI

On October 19, Pope Francis celebrated the closing Mass of the Synod on the Family and the beatification of Pope Paul VI. Read more on The Synod of Bishops on the family on Catholic News Service's special site. Read how Pope Paul influenced an American bishop and about his emphasis on peace and justice issues




+ Humility

As we labor for the spread of love and the protection of life, late Rafael Cardinal Merry Del Val's Litany of Humility can be our daily recitation:

"O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, from the desire of being esteemed, deliver me, Jesus; from the desire of being loved, deliver me, Jesus; from the desire of being extolled, deliver me, Jesus; from the desire of being honored, deliver me, Jesus; from the desire of being praised, deliver me, Jesus; from the desire of being preferred to others, deliver me, Jesus; from the desire of being consulted, deliver me, Jesus; from the desire of being approved, deliver me, Jesus. From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me, Jesus; from the fear of being despised, deliver me, Jesus; from the fear of suffering rebukes, deliver me, Jesus; from the fear of being calumniated, deliver me, Jesus; from the fear of being forgotten, deliver me, Jesus; from the fear of being ridiculed, deliver me, Jesus; from the fear of being wronged, deliver me, Jesus; from the fear of being suspected, deliver me, Jesus. That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it."


+ 'CLASSES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN'

after the 9:30am Mass for children 3-4- or 5 years of age. Meet Sister Caritas in the back of Church. All children are welcome and parents are also welcome!


+ Pope Francis on Family

On his visitation to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day XXVIII, he chastised a world civilization for making money into a god and its dismissive attitude toward the elderly: "You could easily think there is a kind of hidden euthanasia, that is, we don't take care of the elderly; but there is also a cultural euthanasia, because we don't allow them to speak, we don't allow them to act." Hours before, noting it was the Feast of Joachim and Anne, Mary's parents, and Grandparent's Day, the Pope catechized: "How important grandparents are for family life, for passing on the human and religious heritage which is so essential for each and every society! How important it is to have intergenerational exchanges and dialogue, especially within the context of the family." When nations are busy deconstructing the family, enacting euthanasia laws and promoting euthanasia sentiments, viewing the elderly as "unproductive" burdens, rejecting religious values treasured by the elderly as suitable foundations for societal norms, lynching conscience rights, and, ultimately, depriving citizens of wisdom which knows how ruinous these godless currents are, the Pope rightly exhorts the elderly "not cease to be the cultural storehouse of our people, a storehouse that hands on justice, hands on history, hands on values, hands on the memory of the people."

Marriage Issues – You probably have heard of the Supreme Court decision on Defense of Marriage Act. It is only the beginning. Brian Burch of catholicvote.org describes: "the Court invalidated a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and rejected the right of the people to defend a law passed by millions of citizens in California. The Court ducked the question of whether Proposition 8 in California is constitutional – and most importantly, did not create a constitutional right to same-sex marriage." Larry O' Neill author of the "Catholic Vote" states: "Both these are limited court rulings … not Roe vs. Wade type decrees that effect the whole country. In fact …The Prop 8 decision does not even address the merits of the case for or against marriage." In a scathing dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia said: "The majority concludes that the only motive for this Act was the 'bare ... desire to harm a politically unpopular group.' Ante, at 20. Bear in mind that the object of this condemnation is not the legislature of some once-Confederate Southern state…but our respected coordinate branches, the Congress and Presidency of the United States. Laying such a charge against them should require the most extraordinary evidence, and I would have thought that every attempt would be made to indulge a more anodyne explanation for the statute." Read more on: www.catholicvote.org; www.ilcatholic.org; www.usccb.org.


+ Planning Masses

If you would like your family to participate in the Febfruary 2016 planning Mass, please contact Sr. Caritas.


+ Public Parking Meters—FREE on Sundays

If you need a place to park on Sundays, take advantage—the parking meters are free!


+ The Women's Center News

We are happy to pass on your used baby equipment to mothers who cannot afford to buy it. Our need is great because we have two distribution centers. We have a great need for 6 strollers, 3 double strollers, 3 bassinets, 4 bouncers, 6 pack n plays, 2 high chairs, 3 changing tables, 2 wheeled walkers and 6 infant car seats. It will be a great help if you can deliver these to us. For our address, or if a pick-up by a volunteer is needed, please call 773-794-1313.

Diapers in sizes 1, 4, 5 and 6 are urgently needed. We also need gently used winter coats for all ages, boys winter clothing for ages 18 months and older and girls clothing for ages 18 months through 24 months. These must be delivered to us unless accompanied by baby furniture. The families who receive these things are grateful for your generosity. Call 773-794-1313 for our address. Please consider hosting a diaper drive or shower as a Confirmation project, for Scouts, service hours, etc. For information call Jackie at 773-794-8807 or email jkeenan@womens-center.org.


+ Bulletin Ads Wanted


Placing ads in our church bulletin is a very cost effective way for businesses to reach potential customers. It is also a great way to support St. Therese. The ads run 365 days a year at very low cost. If you know of any business that can benefit from this reach, please refer them to the church office (312-842-6777). Thanks for your help!



+ Respect Life News


The Hype – On the controversy over Pope Francis' so-called softening on the gay issue, the Archdiocese Respect Life Office Director Margie Breen comments, "… if the media had covered Jesus' interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well ..., they probably would have said that Jesus softened his stance on the sins of adultery and fornication. I don't think that they understand that with Catholic teaching comes a pastoral component, calling believers to meet people where they are at. We are supposed to walk with folks on their faith journey as others have walked with us. Remember, we are all sinners in need of God's mercy."
A Quote – "Catholics have an obligation to get involved in politics. We can't play the role of Pontius Pilate and wash our hands of it. It's easy to blame others. But people need to ask themselves: 'Me? What am I doing about it?'"
– Pope Francis




has resources to serve teens, women and their families facing unplanned pregnancies. We're here to help, without pressuring you. We can talk about your options as you plan for your child's future. We can help you whether you decide to parent your child, or make a plan of adoption. If you are not sure what to do, our 24-hour hotline has caring & professional counselors available to help you. Our services are free and confidential. Call 1-800-CARE-002 or 312-454-1717 or visit www.facebook.com/CCofChicagoAdoptionServices


+ Support the Campaign to Help Save Our Religious Freedom


As part of the Fortnight for Freedom, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is launching a nationwide text messaging campaign, asking Catholics across the country to text the word FREEDOM to 377377. This nationwide network will allow the USCCB to engage directly with Catholics around the country as threats to religious freedom emerge on the national, state and local level. If all Catholics in the country sign up via their mobile phones, it can create the most impactful advocacy networks in the country.



+ Free Bible


we thank the CityOf.com for donated 100 copies of Bible to our parish. If you need a Catholic version of the Bible, please pick up a copy after mass today.



+ Conversational English


We are still offering conversational English classes four times a week and are now accepting new students for the Spring sessions. If interested, please sign up at the church entrance table. Schedules can be worked out with the instructors.



+ Ministry of Care


We need Ministers of Care to bring the Eucharist to hospitalized and homebound parishioners. If you are trained or would like to be trained in this Ministry, please contact Fr. Li or Sr. Caritas.



+ ST. THERESE CHURCH WANTS TO HELP!




Do you come to church only on Easter and Christmas? Or not at all? Are you facing a life altering event: getting married, having a baby, having lost or in the process of losing a loved one, or dealing with a health diagnosis that is frightening? These are situations that need to be faced, either enjoyed and cherished or met with strength and action. Maybe it is time to go back to your roots as a Catholic to help you deal with these life altering situations.

St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church is a Landings parish. Landings was started by Paulist Fathers to help non-practicing Catholics explore their faith and return to the Church in a nonthreatening way. It is a way to share, to be heard and to listen to faith journeys of a group of inactive and active Catholics. All this is conducted with compassionate listening and utmost confidentiality. If you are ready to consider returning to the Church, we are here to give you a helping hand and ensure your safe landing!

Our spring sessions of 1½ hours a week for 8 to 10 weeks will start on Thursday, May 17th at 6:30pm in the St. Francis Assisi room at our church, located at 218 W. Alexander St., Chicago IL 60616. We offer sessions in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. For more information please contact either Sr. Anji Fan or Cita Orendain at our parish office: 312-842-6777 or email us at: landingsatsttherese@gmail.com.



If you know of inactive Catholics, please pass this on to them.

St. Therese wants to help them!



Landingswas created more than 20 years ago by the late Fr. Jac Campbell, a Paulist priest. He designed it for lay active Catholics to welcome, or "love back" inactive Catholics to the church. It was founded on the belief that we do not have to be trained theologians to share what we believe and to speak honestly about our faith, trusting in the Holy Spirit (from Landings International website). Since it started, over 1.5 million Catholics have returned to the Church through Landings.

Landings is the time for someone who has been away from the Church to explore his/her faith and future within the Church. It is a gentle way to connect with lay people who are steadfast in their faith and who practice it. Questions from the inactive Catholic are welcome and will be answered in light of an active Catholic's faith experience with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Questions that require deeper theological knowledge will be referred to the pastor.
Meetings are about an hour and a half long, once a week over a period of 8 to 10 weeks. There are 7 to 10 inactive and active Catholics combined in each group. Every active Catholic participant has been trained to be a "welcomer" in Landings.

There is a facilitator, a time keeper, a prayer leader and someone to bring the refreshments. A Participant's Journal is given to each participant in the first Landings session. Each participant is asked to read it carefully, a few days before each session. The Journal gives the full schedule of a Landings meeting. It also has 8 to 10 Catholic themes, 1 for each meeting, with references, to help participants understand and reflect on Church teachings and on how the faith is practiced.

Please bear in mind that Landings is not a counseling session or group therapy. It is simply a way for inactive Catholics to discern if coming back to the church is for him/her by listening, sharing and asking questions of active Catholics who are committed to loving them back to the Church.

If you know of any inactive Catholics, please pass this on to them. St. Therese wants to help them!

Landings Spring Session—will start on Thursday, May 16th at 6:30pm in the St. Francis Assisi room in church. If you know of any inactive Catholics who may benefit from this.



+ The Respect Life News



+ The United States Council of Catholic Bishops Postcard Campaign


The St. Therese Respect Life Ministry is participating in this campaign to (1) Prevent federal funding and promotion of abortion and (2) Protect rights of conscience in health care.
At all masses this weekend, ushers will distribute notes addressed to your senators and congressman that need your signature and address, if you wish to participate in this campaign. If you did not get one, there are some on the church entrance table. If you do not know your congressman's name, we will fill it in for you. After affixing your signature and address to all three notes, please deposit them in the baskets at the entrance or give them to an usher. Members of the Respect Life Ministry will be at the church entrance to answer your questions immediately after mass. They will also gather and mail the notes to Washington.
If you are interested in Respect Life Ministry activities and/or if you have suggestions for the Ministry, please put down your contact information on the Respect Life sign-up sheet on the table at the church entrance.



+ Family: The Foundation of Society


"I was a stranger and you welcomed me." (Matthew 25:35)

The USCCB states that preserving family unity is the cornerstone of comprehensive immigration reform.


Please let our elected officials know we support family union. Send an e-postcard to the U.S. Senate and Congress asking that they pass immigration reform that includes family reunification at www.justiceforimmigrants.org/


Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education
3525 S. Lake Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60653
Elena Segura (312) 534-5333, esegura@archchicago.org



+ Donations Now Accepted Online


Our parish is now able to accept donations online through PayPal. Please visit our church website at http://www.sttheresechinatown.org/church_home.html or in this page and you will see the yellow "DONATE" button at the bottom of the page.



How to Maximize your PayPal Donations in 4 Easy Steps

Our parish is now able to accept donations online through PayPal! Please go to www.paypal.com, or visit our church website at http://www.sttheresechinatown.org/church_home.html and click on any yellow "PAYPAL" button.

PayPal charges an administration fee per donation - but if you have a PayPal account, there's a way around that! When sending a donation:

  1. Please log in and go to the "Send Payment" tab.
  2. Fill in "Send To" as sttherese@archchicago.org along with your donation amount.
  3. Select PERSONAL; click Continue.
  4. Note in your Personal Message what you'd like your donation to go towards (e.g., weekly donation, Church Preservation Fund, Other - please specify).


The above steps should now show that the fee is $0 to both parties, and your donation will be sent 100% to St. Therese only!

Please note: For donors who do not have a PayPal account, PayPal will charge you an additional $0.59 flat fee to use a credit/debit card; this can be avoided by signing up for a free PayPal account or by using a personal checking account for the transaction.

Thank you for your continued support!



+ Does your company match donations?


Remember to check if your company matches donations - your gift could be multiplied!



+ Parking


If you are doubled-parked in our parking lot, please leave your phone number on your dashboard. This is so that the owners of the blocked cars can contact you in case they leave before you.



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"Do everything calmly and peacefully. Do as much as you can as well as you can. Strive to see God in all things without exception, and consent to His will joyously. Do everything for God, uniting yourself to him in word and deed. Walk very simply with the Cross of the Lord and be at peace with yourself." - St. Francis de Sales


+ Praying for Immigrants


The Office of Immigration of the Archdiocese of Chicago sponsors weekly prayers every Friday at 7:15am Prayer Vigil, to end deportations and Immigration Reform at Broadview Immigrant Detention Center, 1930 S. Beach Street, Broadview, IL



+ HOPE: An Immigrant Story


"I was a stranger and you welcomed me.."(Matthew 25:35)


Susan lives with the daily fear of being deported away from her husband and American-born child. She is afraid because of the violence in her hometown. In imitation of the Holy Family's flight into Egypt, Susan and her husband migrated to the US because "it would be a better and safer place to feed our child." After migrating to Lake County, she was an active member of her parish but is now undergoing initial deportation proceedings. Susan's faith sustains her as she notes, "the Lord is always with us" but her heart breaks when her daughter asks her "are you going to come home" every time she leaves for her case review.


How can we support immigrant families in the Archdiocese of Chicago?


ACTION: Go to http://www.justiceforimmigrants.org/index.shtml to learn more about issues facing immigrant families. During Advent, download the Office for Immigrant Affairs Advent Reflection Pamphlet at http://www.archchicago.org/Immigration/



+ Sunday Mass at Mercy Home on WGN!


The Sunday Mass at Mercy Home moves to WGN, Channel 9 beginning on January 6th. Sunday Mass can be seen every Sunday from 9:30-10:00 a.m.



+ Upcoming Special Events and Schedule



+ Hospitality Schedule



+ HELP STOP GUN VIOLENCE!


In addition to prayer and learning about the problem of gun violence, one way we can ACT, today, to save the lives of our children is to support the passage of the Certificate of Handguns Registration Act (HB5831). Petitions can be found at the church entrance table. Please sign & support this bill to help STOP GUN VIOLENCE!



+ Words from a new choir member....


Can't sing? I didn't think I could, either. I had every excuse - I can't sing, I don't know how to sing, I can't read sheet music. None of that matters. What matters is that I like singing and that I like spending time with people in the choir. Lily and Kimberly took care of the rest. They are teaching me how to read music, how to hear the right note, and how to sound great with everyone else. Best part is - I am having fun. If you were hesitant to join the choir for these reasons, please reconsider! You are welcome and we want you to join the choir. If you are afraid, feel free to talk to me about it! ...or at least sing during Mass!
~Anne Choate (annechoate@gmail.com)



+ Televised SUNDAY MASS!


A televised Sunday Mass is now airing on ABC Family from 5:30 to 6:30am each Sunday Morning. THE SUNDAY MASS is produced by the Passionist Fathers & Brothers out of New York City.



+ Please remember in your prayers those who are ill, hospitalized, and homebound...



+ 'What is LOVE?'



+ Letter from Archdiocese



+ Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)



+ Accompanying Jesus even in busy life



+ Office for Immigrant Affairs & Immigration Education



+ Parish Description



+ Marriage and the Supreme Court



+ WELCOMING RETURNING CATHOLICS



+ Mary, Mother of God



+ Mary, the Immaculate Conception



+ Come, Holy Spirit



+ RELIGIOUS FREEDOM



+ Can Saying the Rosary Renew our Lives in Christ?



+ Choir Corner



+ Evangelization



+ Bulletin Ads



+ Monies:



A REFLECTION ON GRATITUDE

To be grateful is to recognize the LOVE of GOD in everything He has given us— and He has given us EVERYTHNG. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.

Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.

~Thomas Merton

If we should deal out justice only, in this world, who would escape?
No, it is better to be generous, and in the end more profitable,
for it gains gratitude for us, and love.
~Mark Twain

Collection for January 24, 2016

Sunday & Holy Day Envelopes
$ 1,741
   
Sunday & Holy Day Loose
$ 712
  July 1-To-Present (Actual):
$ 58,820
Total Collection
$ 2,453
  July1-To -Present (Budget):
$ 60,000
 
 
Weekly Budget:
$ 2,000
  % of Budget Attained:
98%
Last Year % of Budget Attained: 97%


We greatly appreciate the generosity of parishioners and friends of St. Therese Parish.
Please consider giving one hour of your weekly salary as your contribution.
May God bless your generosity! and THANK YOU!


Mandarin Mass of 1/24/2016: $442 Thank YOU!

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