Greetings of Christ's Peace and Joy! Hope you all had a blessed week.
Thanks to all who attended our parish pilgrimage to Carmelite Shrines on Saturday Oct. 11th. Special thanks to Sr. Caritas and Tom Howard for their help, and to Joseph Kung for arranging our transportation and being the driver of the day for us. Of course, we are very grateful to God for a beautiful day! With our guide, Br. Michael, we were able to visit and learn more about the Shrines of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, of St. Therese with Father, and of Father Kolbe, and the Grotto, and the Chapels of Our Lady of Ostra Brama, of Litany and of the Highlanders. Praying the Stations and the Holy Rosary as a group were the highlights of the day. A school student told me that climbing up the Holy Steps on our knees before the 12th Station was very challenging, but the experience will not be forgotten.
What is a Pilgrimage?
The word "pilgrim," derived from the Latin peregrinum, expresses "the idea of wandering over a distance, but it is not just aimless wandering." It has specific religious and spiritual motivations.
What are some motivations for a pilgrimage?
Some pilgrimages are done in penance for sin; some are done in petition for a special blessing or favor; and some are undertaken simply out of devotion.
Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430) in his work, Peregrinatio, described a Christian spiritual journey as "a kind of self-imposed exile of the pilgrim in which he searched for God's Truth in his wanderings while visiting the holy shrines of the Faith."
So pilgrimages have to do with God and our spiritual lives. Through visiting holy shrines, churches, and sites of special spiritual importance, and through prayers at these places, one comes to a better awareness of one's relationship with God, others and oneself. Conversations, transformations, and healings can happen to those whose hearts are open during pilgrimages.
Saint Therese, Pray for us and our community!
To be Jesus Christ in Chinatown
"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."
Prayer to Holy Family
+ ******* 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.
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.
Thanks again to coordinator Sharon Wong, all her helpers, walkers and sponsors. Special thanks to our top three walkers (Mike Chan, Darlene Chan-Lowe, and Florence Yu) who raised over $1000.00 each, and to Lily May and Paul Lau for matching up to $1000.00 each.
+ SECOND COLLECTION FOR WORLD MISSION SUNDAY—TODAY!
This special collection is taken up under the auspices of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith to support the Church's mission work throughout the world, as well as the life-giving ministry of the Church among the poor and marginalized in more than 1,150 mission dioceses. If donating by check, please make it out to: St. Therese Church with the notation: World Mission. Thank you for your generosity!
+ National 54-Day Rosary Novena for Peace and the Family
October is the Month of the Holy Rosary. The Rosary Evangelization Apostolate is launching a National 54-day Rosary Novena on Sept. 29th - Nov. 21st for Peace and the Family . Information about the National Rosary Novena can be found at: www.rosaryea.org/index.php/hearts-united-programs/54-day-novena
There will be a Training Session on Greetings & Announcements after the 9:30am Mass on Sunday, November 2nd. Thank you for being our Liturgical Ministers!
+ Calling ALL 3 and 4 year olds - TODAY!
Today after the 9:30am Mass, we will have our monthly class - Learning about Jesus. All 3 and 4 year olds are welcome. Please meet Sr. Caritas at east steps of the Choir Loft.
+ Parent Formation—TODAY!
This year the Archdiocese is celebrating the Year of Sacraments. All parishioners are invited to the first in a series of parent formation sessions entitled, "Strong Catholic Parents" TODAY from 11 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. after mass. . Tom Howard will be the presenter.
+ Parish Pastoral Council
will meet on Tuesday at 7pm.
+ ANOINTING OF THE SICK
On Sunday, Oct. 26th Father Li will administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. All Catholic members who are chronically ill and/or have serious illnesses are invited to be anointed. Please sit in the assigned pews. If you are able to, please bring other members who are homebound and may need assistance in getting to church so they too can be anointed.
+ CALLING THE SACRED HEART GROUP
We will have a meeting of the new and current members of the Sacred Heart group on Sunday , Oct. 26th after the 9:30am Mass. Please attend for planning ahead.
+ English RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) Program
If you are interest, please call the parish office.
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+ Memorial Mass: Saturday November 1st, 10:00am
Praying for those who have died in the Lord has always been an important part of the Church's tradition. The month of November and particularly the celebration of the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls call us as believers to remember our own mortality and to pray especially for those whom God has already called to eternal life.
This year, St. Therese parish will again celebrate a special Memorial Mass for all the deceased of our parish. Those who have experienced the death of a loved one in the last year should have received a personal invitation through the mail. Other parishioners who have experienced the loss of a loved one recently are also invited to this liturgy. If you plan to attend, please sign up at the Church entrance table.
During the Mass and at the end of the regular Prayer of the Faithful, the submitted names of the deceased will be called and a designated member of the family will be invited to light a candle for her/him.
We hope you can join us to remember your loved ones who have gone before us, and to worship God through whose love we are in communion with those who have gone before us in faith.
+ Pilgrimage– Carmelite Fathers' Shrines Munster, IN - October 11, 2014
(2013年)八月，天主教的一個女修會——拯望會，在芝加哥的 Brighton Park創立了 「美滿中心」 。這是一個專為婦女提供資 源的中心。 地 址： 2648 W. Pershing Rd/39th Street (California 及 Archer Ave. 之間）. 電 話 (872)444-5148
拯望會於公元 1856 年創立於法國的巴黎。 創會後十一年 ， 這個修會在中國的上海開啟了它的第 一個使命； 藉著創辦及 經營學校、診所、孤兒院、 聾盲學校來答覆人們的需要。 修女 們也提供工作場地讓婦女們透過學習刺繡、 縫紉以賺取工資， 同時將她們的小孩子安置在附近的育兒中心照顧。不幸的是，在 1949 年代因政治 狀況發生變化， 修女們被迫關閉所有的服務機 構。 外國修女不得不離開中國，而中國修女們雖然得以留下， 但卻分散各處 ，而且再也無法在團體中生活。 幸好這使命藉著 區區幾位修女得以在台灣繼續開展， 並且延續到今日。 現在， 拯望會修 女願意在芝加哥繼續燃起為中國團體 服務的熱 忱。
這個為婦女服務的團體，取名「美滿中心」，位於一個包括各種不同種族（其中也有中國人）的新住民地區。 「美滿中心」所提供的主要服務是：個人的人格發展。中心的人員願意聆聽並回答中國婦女的需求。最近，這地區的西班 牙婦女答覆了我們的邀請並且參與了一些活動，例如：尊巴舞、藝術及手工藝、女性健康、美容小偏方等等。「美滿中心」 還提供了一項重要的服務，那便是：英文及西班牙文專業諮商。這項服務是免費的。如果中國婦女願意享有這項服務，將有 專人提供普通話翻譯。
A year ago, in August, the Society of Helpers a Catholic religious congregation of women opened a Community Resource Center for Women in Brighton Park on 2648 W. Pershing Rd/39th Street – between California and Archer Ave. in Chicago. Phone number: (872) 444-5148.
The Society of Helpers was founded in 1856 in Paris. It started its first mission in Shanghai China, eleven years after its foundation. The mission responded to the needs of the people by opening and maintaining schools, dispensaries, orphanages and schools for the blind and hearing impaired. The Sisters also provided workshops where women learned to embroider and sew and earned wages while their young children were taken care of in a child care center close by. Sadly, when the political situation changed in 1949-50, the sisters were obliged to close all their ministries. The non-Chinese sisters were asked to leave the country. The Chinese sisters remained but were dispersed and were no longer allowed to live in community. However, the mission continued in Taiwan with a small number of sisters to date. Here in Chicago the Helpers would like to keep alive the spirit of service to the Chinese Community.
The Community Resource Center for Women on Pershing called "The Circle" is located in a diverse neighborhood with many new-comers from various ethnic groups including Chinese. The focus of the service at the Circle is: personal development of the individual. The staff of the Circle would like to listen and respond to the needs of Chinese women. Currently Hispanic Women of the neighborhood have responded to the invitation and are attending activities such as Zumba, arts and crafts, women's health, beauty tips and so forth. An important service offered at the Circle is professional Counseling in English and Spanish. This services is offered free of charge. If there are any Chinese women who would like to make use of this service, a Mandarin translator can be provided.
We would like to invite you to visit the Circle and talk to us. Bring a friend. Please pick up a flyer for more details.
+ Virtus Training
on Sept. 30th, 5pm at St. Therese School. Register at www.virtus.org.
+ St. Therese School's $50,000
50/50 raffle tickets are available from students after mass.
+ From Sr. Caritas….
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 October, 2014 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 email@example.com.
+ 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."
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you know of inactive Catholics, please pass this on to 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.
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.
+ 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.
+ 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
+ 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.
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!
+ Does your company match donations?
Remember to check if your company matches donations - your gift could be multiplied!
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)
+ 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.
+ 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!
+ 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.
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.
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.
We greatly appreciate the generosity of parishioners and friends of St. Therese Parish.
May God bless your generosity! and THANK YOU!
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