Father Francis Li

From the Desk of Fr. Francis

previous November 22, 2015

Dear parishioners and friends of St. Therese Chinese Parish,

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


Thanks to all Liturgical Ministers who attended the day of renewal on Saturday November 14th. Led by Dr. Carol Walters, over twenty of our ministers spent a day reflecting on, "Go: the Call to Intentional Discipleship." Being the source and summit of our Christian life, liturgy has power to set us on fire in our mission to build up the Kingdom of God, and be bearers of the Good News. The love our ministers show for the Eucharist can be infectious.

Our work on Evangelization continues. We had almost 30 people who participated at the first Evangelization Training conducted by Deacon Keith Strohm, Director of the Office for the New Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Chicago. I was encouraged by the enthusiasm and passion of the participants. They are eager to know more about Jesus Christ and to bring others closer to Christ. Deacon Keith gave an inspiring talk on the basics for evangelizers. Quoting from the Concluding Document, Fifth General Conference of Latin American and Caribbean Bishops, Deacon Keith affirmed to us that, "knowing Jesus is the best gift that any person can receive; that we have encountered Him is the best thing that has happened in our lives; and making Him known by our word and deeds is our joy."

This personal encounter with Jesus compels us to establish the right relationships with others by building trust, fostering curiosity and openness and eventually helping others to be intentional discipleship. What's important to keep in mind in our spiritual journey and in our efforts to help others to be closer to Christ is that we have to be aware of the faith stages of people. It is helpful to know that according to Statistics, only 5% to 7% of Christians are intentional disciples. The rest of them are on different levels in their journey of faith. We need to find out where the others are in our evangelization ministry. This knowledge makes us more effective evangelizers.

Our next training session will be on Tuesday Dec. 1st from 7pm to 9pm in the Community Room. All are welcome.


Fr. Francis


Parish Vision

To be Jesus Christ in Chinatown


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
(December 4, 2015)
7:00pm— 8:00pm

Eucharistic Adoration
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Silent Meditation

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!

+ Catholic Campaign for Human Development - SECOND COLLECTION TODAY

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the official anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. This collection helps lift communities out of poverty through community-controlled self-help organizations and educate Catholics on the conditions and causes of poverty. Please give generously!

+ DANCING TODAY from 11:00am-12noon.

Please join us for some afternoon fun in the community room for free dance lessons in preparation for the Dance Party on January 9th, 2016! SAVE THE DATE!

+ Sunday, November 29th, First Sunday of Advent - The COMMISISONING OF ALL LITURGICAL MINISTERS

will be next weekend at the Saturday, 5pm and Sunday 9:30am Masses. All Liturgical Ministers are encouraged to attend to be commissioned.


On January 9, 2016, St. Therese Parish will host a Dance Party! Stay tuned for details.

+ Le Cantanti di Chicago HOLIDAY CONCERT
Sunday, December 20th at 6pm in Hyde Park. More information to follow.

+ Evangelization Training Sessions

will be on Monday Nov. 16th Tuesday Dec. 1st 4 Mondays in January
All six sessions are from 7pm to 9pm in the Community Room. Deacon Keith and people from the Office of Evangelization of the Archdiocese will provide the training. This will also be a great opportunity to deepen one's relationship with Christ as well as to acquire knowledge and skills in sharing our faith with others. This training is open to all. All parish leaders are strongly encouraged to attend.


All men in the Archdiocese between the ages of 16 and 35 are invited to a vocation event at Mundelein Seminary on Friday, Nov. 27th, 10am to 2pm. Learn more about the priesthood and how to discern God's call. For event information and to register, please go to: http://chicagopriest.com/who-will-fill-these-shoes

+ Cesebrating God's Mercy

In preparation for A Holy Year for Mercy
Dec. 8, 2015 to Nov. 20, 2016

A Day of Reflection led by Fr. Michael Callea, MIC

Fr. Michael Callea, MIC, is a priest of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, a congregation particularly dedicated to the promotion of the Mercy of God. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2002 and has served in many capacities, among which as Assistant Director of Evangelization and Development at the Marian Helpers Center at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. Currently he is a priest-in-residence at St. Mary Parish in Plano, IL, where he provides pastoral assistance. Additionally, he assists at St. Patrick Parish in Yorkville, IL, and Our Lady of Peace Parish in Darien, IL.

+ Ministry Enrichment Gathering

Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Divine Worship, Liturgy Training Publications is offering a Ministry Enrichment Gathering™ at DePaul University's Lincoln Park Student Center on January 23, 2016. This one-day event will welcome liturgical and catechetical ministers from throughout the Chicago area for a day of prayer, training, and formation: a time for those who minister in our parishes to reflect on the power of the liturgy for themselves and those they serve. To learn more about structure of the day and the content of the Gathering, please visit www.ministryenrichmentgathering.org.

+ "Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father." ~Matthew 5:16

In the last few weeks, we've heard a lot about thanking and glorifying God by offering up our Time, Talents, and Treasures; after all, God's gifts are meant to be shared! So now we ask you to let us know which TALENTS you'd be willing to share with St. Therese. Please fill out our Talents Survey (http://goo.gl/forms/BxpQtNmXmu), and then invite your family and friends to do the same (age 14 and up). Any information you share with us will be used only by St. Therese Church and will not be shared with a third party. And then when the right opportunity comes up, we will reach out to you to "shine before others!" Thanks in advance!

+ 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:

Bernice, Charles, Roseland, Willie Jean, Delores, Alice, Lavern, Karen, Bernice, Mary, Darlene, Lena, Amelia, Johnny, Rachelle, Diana, Joyce, Lucie, Mary

+ Baby Bottle Project

Beginning on the weekend of November 28th and 29th, St. Therese will once again participate in The Baby Bottle Project to benefit The Women's Centers of Greater Chicagoland. This non-profit organization directly assists mothers and families experiencing crisis pregnancies by offering emotional, financial, material, and spiritual support through counseling, clothing & monetary provisions, prayer, and other aid. By God's Grace, The Women's Centers have saved over 36,000 babies-and their mothers-from abortion since opening in 1984.
Please take a Baby Bottle home with you from church on November 28th and 29th, fill it with your spare change, and return it the weekend of December 13th and 14th. This is a simple, but crucial fundraising effort for The Women's Centers. Please return the Baby Bottles upon completion of the project so they can be recycled. St. Therese has always been generous in this drive--please continue to be so.
"It is always important to affirm that every person's life-including the child's and the mother's own-is precious and beautiful no matter the circumstances.." -Anonymous, on unexpected pregnancy, from the USCCB website
Thank you for helping defend life, and remember to keep all pro-life undertakings in your prayers.

+ 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.

+ Help Make St. Therese Accessible to Our Whole Community

***We have an upLIFTing update!*** September 8th was our Blessed Mother's birthday, but it was St. Therese Parish who received the BIG birthday gift: offers to match funds raised for our lift project! From September 8th through November 30th, up to $23,000 of donations to the Lift Project will be matched by four generous donors. Our benefactors understand that we wish to help our elderly, sick, and disabled brothers and sisters participate in mass and parish activities throughout the church building, so they are offering us this opportunity to be matched in our generosity - let's thank them by responding wholeheartedly to complete the project together!

Built in 1904, our beautiful church has never had easy access for the elderly or people with physical disabilities, but now we have an opportunity to make our church accessible to all and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We received a generous grant of $30,000, but we still need approximately $50,000 to complete the project by the end of this year.

As of today, we still need $1,372 to reach our goal!

Ways you can help:
  1. Donations in person or through mail.
  2. Online donations through Paypal or bank transfers; our email ID is StTherese@archchicago.org. State "LIFT" in the notes.
  3. Invite friends and family to join in the project!

Your generous offerings will ensure the success of this project, which will benefit not only our present parishioners and friends, but generations to come. As thanks, your donation will be listed in our weekly bulletin and will be acknowledged on a plaque upon the completion of the project.

We thank you for your generosity and your consideration of our request, and we will keep you updated periodically. Meanwhile if you have any questions about the project, please direct them to George Lee or Father Li.

And remember, donations must be received by November 30th to be matched - join #TeamUpLIFT today!

DONATIONS AS OF November 4, 2015:

Chris & Darlene Lowe $1,000
Betsy Young & Woodrow Lee $100
Maria & Anthony Vinci $50
"Anonymous Donors" $6,154
Sheila & Frank A. Bertucci $1,000
Anthony & Anita Spina $500
Joe & Dolly Marzullo $50
Loose Donations from St. Rocco Mass $750
Nancy Longmire $250
Campbell Culen $50
Chloe Culen $50
Katherine Moy $100
Teresa Au $50
Jim & Maryann Distasio $1,000
Paul Spalla $100
George Shile Chen $100
Michael & Frances Zec $100
Second Collection from SMI Mass $324
Second Collection from St. Rocco Mass $750
Joe & Dolly Marzullo $50
Chuck & Cindy Oi $1,000
Farlen Lee, Janet & Albert Moy $150
Wing Fai & Wai Kuen Chan $150
Amy & Edward Tse $300
Michael & Wanda Jordan $200
The Scuito Family $100
Peter Tse $800
Nick & Ellen Andriacchi $500
Gene & Teresa Lee $300
William & Margaret Moy $100
Jerome & Wendy Fluder $100
Judy Moy $100
Rose Marie & Phyllis Centofanti $50
Athena Design Group & Benny Wong $2,000
Gertrude Chan $100
Marion Roti $100
Daron Lee $100
Chi-An Yang $200
Nathaniel W. Hicks $100
Marilyn Leung $50
Wendy Sin $1,000
Larry Pusateri $300
The DiFranco Family $50
Stephen Delia $400
Steve & Kim Casey $150
Fr. Francis Li $300
Lia Kawazoye $100
Zita Chan $50
Sophie & Frank Nardi $500
Rose Ann Gurgone $100
Mary Shiu Foon Chan $50
Menacita Chan $100
Monica Lam $100
Lucy Wong $100
Mr. & Mrs. Tim Cheung $100
Fred Moy $100
Dorothy Albanese $100
Lucy Moy $100
Theresa Scopacasa & Jane Pivac $100
Kee Chung Leong $100
Marty Moy $100
Marie Chan & Family $100
Michelle Ryland $50
Daria & Tommy Longmire $150
The Orendain Family $150
Annie G. Lowe $200
Richard & Rita Young $200
Louis (Sonny) Spalla $200
Elaine Louie $200
So Sau Ho $400
Richard and Joanne Mellor $500
Frank Chin $1,500
TOTAL as of 11/18/15:   $25,628


Two Parish MembersWomen Evangelizers for St. Therese School Children

"You can be Mercy Hospital's little angels," Samantha Ng-Ortega recently shared during prayer with the St. Therese students at 7:45 a.m. on a chilly November morning. Samantha, a nurse at Mercy, serves as the Year of Service mentor in the Parish Transformation Plan. "Whatever small things I can do for God, I am happy!" **If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Mr. Howard.

Eva Feng will be mentoring two passionate, justice-centered 7th graders, Xinyue Yang and Samuela Kosipa, who are establishing a mental health awareness campaign in our school. "Drawing on my experience of advocating for the less fortunate, I look forward to mentoring these two young champions for justice," replied Eva.

If you have any talent you would like to share with our youth, please contact Mr. Thomas Howard.


Please plan on attending regularly scheduled Youth Ministry gatherings the first Friday of every month. The FIRST EVENT IS FRIDAY DECEMBER 4th 6:45pm-8:15pm in Church Community Room.
"Together as young people we will work towards responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community."

Parents of parish youth are welcome to show their devotion to the Blessed Sacrament while parish youth attend their gathering!

+ Thanksgiving Luncheon

+ Thanksgiving Day Food Donations

+ Dancing Fun - in preparation for our Parish Dance Party on January 16, 2016!


+ St. Therese Schools 50/50 Raffle

Please support our school by purchasing a raffle ticket for your chance to win! Contact school or church office for details and to purchase tickets.


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.


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."


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 November, 2015 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.


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.


"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


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...


+ 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


+ Mary, Mother of God

+ Mary, the Immaculate Conception

+ Come, Holy Spirit


+ Can Saying the Rosary Renew our Lives in Christ?

+ Choir Corner

+ Evangelization

+ Bulletin Ads

+ Monies:


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 November 15, 2015

Sunday & Holy Day Envelopes
$ 1,484
Sunday & Holy Day Loose
$ 521
  July 1-To-Present (Actual):
$ 38,437
Total Collection
$ 1,896
  July1-To -Present (Budget):
$ 40,000
Weekly Budget:
$ 2,000
  % of Budget Attained:
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!

St. Rocco Mass on November 15th: $371.00 Thank YOU!

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