Father Francis Li




From the Desk of Fr. Francis



previous May 22, 2016



Dear parishioners and friends of St. Therese Chinese Parish,


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

Thanks

Thanks to all fathers in the parish who cooked a delicious meal for our mothers on Mother's Day. Thanks to our School and Religious Education Program students for leading our parish May Crowning celebration, which was beautiful, on Sunday May 15th.

 

Deacon Daniel Kim, Sr. Qi, and I celebrated our graduation at Catholic Theological Union on May 12. Daniel has been with us on Sundays doing his practicum for almost a year . After his short vacation, he will return in June to continue for another year. Sr. Qi did her practicum in the spring semester. She helped with our Mandarin RCIA and Bible sharing. I am so happy to finally complete my Doctoral thesis. Heartfelt thanks to God and to all of you for your support and well-wishes.



 

World Day of Prayer for the Church in China-May 24

In a letter to Chinese Catholics in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his hope that the liturgical feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, might "become an occasion for the Catholics of the whole world to be united in prayer with the Church which is in China."

In his appeal on Wednesday, Pope Francis noted that the statue at the Shrine of Sheshan depicts Mary holding the Child Jesus in the air with his arms outstretched "in a gesture of love and mercy." He called on all Christians to "ask Mary to help Catholics in China to be ever more credible witnesses of this merciful love in the midst of their people, and to live spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built."

Below please find the English translation of Pope Francis' appeal for prayer for Catholics in China:

On May 24, Catholics in China will be praying with devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, at the Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai. In the statue overlooking the Shrine, Mary is holding up her Son, presenting Him to the world with arms open in a gesture of love and mercy. May we, too, ask Mary to help Catholics in China to be ever more credible witnesses of this merciful love in the midst of their people, and to live spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built.

Benedict XVI's Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan for the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China in 2008 can be found below:



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 mother's 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 God's 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 God's 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 for ever. Amen!

Source: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/05/20/popes_appeal_for_world_day_of_prayer_for_church_in_china/1145347




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
(June 3, 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 God's 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 God's 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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+ PRAYER/Faith Sharing Group

will meet on Friday, May 27th at 7:00pm in the community room. All are invited to attend.


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+ Spiritual Stewardship

By Kathryn Fong (a student in our Parish Religious Education Program and Daughter of George and Renee Fong)

 

Liturgy is very important in our faith, as are the Sacred Scriptures that are the life and strength. From my few experiences of serving in my ministry during Mass, I've learned that the role of Lector is very important and that a lot of preparation comes with it. Not only are Lectors proclaiming the Word of God, but in order to do so, they must realize and understand what they are reading. When reading scriptures, Lectors must combine both faith and skill as they are responsible for affecting God's presence amongst the Catholics gathered in worship.

From serving in the ministry I've chosen, I feel that I've been able to pay more attention to different scriptures now, and carefully read them, making sure that I understand what is being said.

This year, I have learned a lot about Confirmation and feel that I have been guided even farther in my faith. From the many discussions of scriptures to the relevance of religion in daily life, I've learned lots of things that have made me think about my daily life and how the risen Lord is working through me. Whilst in Mass every Sunday, I can feel the connection that goes through the community as we understand that God is and will always be there watching over and teaching us to be the best versions of ourselves. I have learned about what it is to be a good Catholic, about Jesus' example and sacrifice, and what we can do as children of God to spread and share His works. The lessons that we follow in my class along with our natural discussions have helped me in my life because it has made me think about the choices I make, the relationships I choose to keep, and who I want to be as I grow up. Although I feel that being a Catholic at times can be difficult and our desires push against our beliefs, I come to realize that we are always forgiven of our sins and that our faith in Christ is what keeps me going to be the best person I can be.

Confirmation is an important sacrament because it helps to deepen our lives with Christ in our society and world. By receiving Confirmation, I believe that my own personal relationship with Christ has been strengthened. I will continue to witness and give praise in my life and to remember the memories and lessons that I have made in my religion classes and I look forward to sharing the teachings and word of Christ.



+ Additional Easter Donations since April 18, 2016:

Bow Kam Dea (Susan) Woo $10
Anthony P. DiVittorio $25
Nancy Longmire $100
Total Easter Donations as of 05/16/2016: $21,490
Thanks to ALL who donated!



+ St. Therese School Graduates

Friday, May 27, 2016 at 1:00pm; Baccalaureate Mass and Sunday, May 29th at 1:00pm: Graduation/Commencement in church. Congratulations to the graduates of Class 2016! Please keep them in your prayers.


+ SURVEY

Please take time to respond to a parishioner survey designed to help Archbishop Cupich and the Archdiocese of Chicago better understand the perspectives of Catholics in our area. The survey is available at: www.archchicago.org/renew For those of you who have no access to the internet, please pick up a paper survey at the church entrance table, fill it out and return to church office. Thanks for your participation.


+ ATTENTION TEENS between the ages of 13-17:

Join St. Therese Youth Ministry on Fridays from 4:30 to 6:15 in the Community Room. We will be preparing for Summer Fair. Dates: June 3rd, June 10th, June 17th, June 24th, July 8th, July 15th. Please contact Pat Culen after mass or email him at patrick.culen@ecolab.com with any questions.


+ 43rd Annual Senior Unity Mass
Thursday, June 2nd at 10am. Catholic Charities invites all senior citizens to attend: Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago. Information Fair and Free Hot Lunch. Free parking. Please call to make your reservation: 312-655-7425 or email: ahamilton@catholiccharities.net


+ MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The annual Chinatown Summer Fair is SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2016.

To kick off and support the event, 50/50 Raffle Tickets are now available and will be sold after the 9:30am Mass -see Gemma Wong.

Our booth is one of the parish's biggest fundraising events. Please save the date and plan on being a volunteer. Your help is needed! Stay tuned for more information!



+ There is no Indonesian Mass today. The next Mass will be on June 12th.


+ Mercy Challenge
Forgive someone today. It could be the person who cut you off on the Expressway on the way to work. Or maybe it was a hurtful thing someone said to you over the weekend. Maybe it was a relative or friend who hurt you years ago that you haven't been able to let go. Practice forgiveness today and always.
~Clarissa Aljentera is Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation and Media Resources for the Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry.


+ Examining my Fiscal Conscience before Mass

By Tom Howard

When the collection basket comes my way, I rarely am caught off guard. You see, my dad trained me at a very young age what to do when the basket comes my way.

I received my first box of envelopes when I was 11 years old. This was a cool way to say thank you to Jesus. It was a big deal for me.

As an adult I have grown and matured in ways to be generous in parish life.

Examining my conscience a few minutes before the collection basket comes in front of me always seems to help. I usually do it before I write my check. Over the years this practice of mine has grown into a habit. This habit, in turn has helped me identify a few key reflection questions. I share them here with you and hope they are helpful:

  1. Specifically, how did I contribute my talents to parish life this week? Did I truly make myself available to the Lord in my Christian community?
  2. Temporally, how did I utilize my time this past week? Was I overly generous in certain areas while stingy in others?
  3. Economically, how did I access my resources this week? Was my saving, spending and giving in harmony with my faith?

The gold standard I strive for when reflecting on these stewardship questions is the poor widow found in Mark 12:41. This poor widow was admired by Jesus because she made a total self-donation of herself to her community. "She, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood."

弥撒前,省察我的奉献意识



(我没有译成"财经意识"或"金钱意识",因我觉得更应强调的是一个人的"奉献精神")

Tom Howard 著

弥撒中,当奉献篮传到我这儿的时候,我很少会猝不及防。你知道,父亲从小就培养我,当奉献篮传到我面前时该如何做。
我11岁时,第一次收到了我的信封盒。这是以一种很酷的方法向耶稣说"谢谢祢"。对我来说,这是一件了不起的大事。
当我成人后,我不断成长,变得越来越成熟,我以多种方法慷慨地投入到堂区生活中。
在奉献篮还没有传到我这儿之前,先花几分钟省察一下我的意识,永远是大有助益的。而我通常在写支票之前做这件事。多年下来,我的这一实践已成了一种习惯。反过来,这种习惯又帮助我辨识几个关键的反省题。在此,我把这几个题目与你一起分享,愿它们对你有所帮助。

  1. 特殊方面,本周我是如何为堂区生活奉献我的天赋的?在我的基督徒团体中,我是否真正地让自己为上主所用
  2. 现世方面,过去这一周我是如何利用我的时间的?我是否在某些地方很"小气",而在某些领域又特别"大方"?
  3. 经济方面,本周我是如何使用我的财经资源?我在存钱、花费和给予上,是否与自己的信仰协调一致。

在我反省这些管家身份的问题时,我努力遵奉的"黄金标准"(或"金本位")就是马尔谷福音第12章第41-44节中的那位穷寡妇。耶稣赞扬这位穷寡妇,因为她把自己所有的一切都奉献给了她的团体。"……这寡妇却由自己的不足中,把所有的一切,全部的生活费,都投上了


+ MISSION PRAYER

Good and Gracious God, we thank you for the gift of your love in our lives. We ask you to bless our parish as we prepare for our Parish Mission. We give you thanks for the many blessings you have bestowed on our community.

We pray that our Parish Mission will be a time of renewal for all of us. Open our hearts to hear your word and lead us to finding your presence in all that we do.

May our Parish Mission strengthen our community in living and professing our faith so that we may be a beacon of hope to those who come to us.

Help us to cherish your love and give witness to your saving grace among us. May our parish be protected from all harm and grow in the service of your name.

We ask this through Christ our Lord... Amen.


+ 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/.


+ PRAYER INTENTION:

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Larry Kirwan, our longtime friend and parishioner. Larry was a dedicated parishioner for over 40 years, and an usher at St. Therese for over 30 years. His funeral mass was last Saturday at our church. May he rest in eternal peace.


+ Please pray for the following Mercy Hospital Patients:

Kni, Edith, Dominique, Robert, James, Patricia, Brenda, Myri, Nancy, Mary, Sally, Margarita, Denise, Richard, Zhiping, Richard, Kazandra, Louis, Margaret, Terri, Joyce, Chavez, Kimberly, Constance, Michelle, Tinu, Bette


+ Spiritual Stewardship as a Catechist

I am Janet Fecteau, and I have had the joy and privilege of serving as a catechist for the past three years at St. Therese Church. I teach children in levels 4, 5 and 6 of our parish religious education program.

As much as I like working with children, I became a catechist in large part to learn more about our faith. While I was raised Catholic and have been a practicing Catholic, I didn't feel confident in explaining the faith in depth. Additionally, I had only a rudimentary knowledge of scripture and Church tradition and I found these areas especially interesting. I knew that if I was instructing others, I would have to deepen my understanding of the catechism.

For anyone who is interested in deepening their knowledge of the catechism, I strongly urge considering serving as a catechist. Our program has instructional books that include lesson plans and activities. The Archdiocese provides training and is making it easier than ever with its roll-out of online courses.

Perhaps you may want to help, but cannot commit to being a full-time catechist. Substitute catechists serve a vital role in filling in when the regular catechist cannot be there. Assistant catechists help with the younger children who often need personalized attention. Guest catechists provide the students with a new perspective and keep our program classes fresh. Also, there are roles in helping with adult catechesis and faith formation.

Now that I've been a catechist for a few years, it is very rewarding to see the students that I taught become confirmed and continue their faith as young adults. I look forward to learning the wonderful ways they are making a positive impact as adults.

If you would like to learn more about being a catechist, I would be happy to discuss how this form of spiritual stewardship may be right for you.


+ 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


+ 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 May 2016 planning Mass, please contact Sr. Caritas.


+ Public Parking Meters— is not FREE anymore on Sundays


+ 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.



+


"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...



+ "GOD IS LOVE"



+ Archdiocese Of Chicago



+ 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 May 15, 2016

Sunday & Holy Day Envelopes
$ 1,337
   
Sunday & Holy Day Loose
$ 583
  July 1-To-Present (Actual):
$ 89,774
Total Collection
$ 1,920
  July1-To -Present (Budget):
$ 90,000
 
 
Weekly Budget:
$ 2,000
  % of Budget Attained:
99%
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!


Collection at SMI May Crowning on May 1, 2016: $768 Thank You!
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