Father Francis Li




From the Desk of Fr. Francis



previous November 23, 2014



Dear parishioners and friends of St. Therese Chinese Parish,


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



Chicago's New Shepherd - Archbishop Blase Cupich

On this Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the Lord tells us through the prophet Ezekiel in the first reading that the Lord is our Good Shepherd. It is comforting and reassuring to hear the Lord saying to us: "I myself will pasture my sheep; I myself will give them rest... The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy, shepherding them rightly."

What a timely message for all Catholics to ponder in the Archdiocese of Chicago! With the installation of the 9th Archbishop Blase Cupich on Tuesday, Nov. 18th, this local church has been in the spotlight for quite a few weeks. All the rituals and celebrations associated with the installation remind us of the apostolic nature and the universality and inclusiveness of our Church. The Catholic Church has its origins in Christ and has been handed down to us through the apostolic succession. The Holy Father is the visible head of the Church on earth. Each Ordinary in his own diocese is the visible head shepherd of the local church. All priests in his diocese are his "helpers" in pasturing the flocks of the Lord. This is why the office of the Archbishop is quite essential and indispensable to the well-being of the Archdiocese.

Archbishop Cupich in his homilies on this past Monday and Tuesday reminded us of this nature of our Church. He was called and sent here by the Holy Father to shepherd God's people. Speaking to his priests on Monday night on the Biblical passage of "dry bones" in the Old Testament, he told us that there is a lot of dryness in our time, and we are called to follow the Spirit in order to bring life to the dryness of our life and of others we encounter.

During his installation mass, he told us that change is hard, but change is necessary. Quoting Pope Francis a few times, he explains to us our connection with each other and with the Holy Father. Using the story of Jesus walking on the water, Archbishop Cupich jokingly said that we shouldn't expect him to walk on water. He added that he doesn't even know how to swim. But the point he was making is clear and significant, namely, despite all challenges we face as a church, we are confident to move forward because the risen Lord is on the same boat with us.

Through our baptism, we are connected as the Body of Christ. This spiritual reality we live in tells us that we all are called and sent to carry on Jesus' mission. We are called to be disciples, to be followers, and to be ministers; we are sent by the Lord through our Bishop and pastor to work in the vineyard of the Lord. What a great privilege as well as an awesome responsibility!





Peace~

Fr. Francis


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Parish Vision


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."

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 5, 2014)
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




+ Cantonese RCIA

We are looking into the possibility of starting a Cantonese RCIA program. If you know someone who might be interested, please invite them to consider it. If you are willing to help to jump start this program, please speak to Fr. Li.


+ Sacred Heart Club Christmas Gathering

We are inviting ALL NEW and PREVIOUS members of the Sacred Heart Club to a GATHERING on Sunday, December 7th at 12noon in the Community Room. If you know former members, please invite them to come. Everyone will have a good time!


+ Mandarin Bible Sharing

Meets every Sunday from 8:30am to 9:30am.


+ 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


+ WHO WILL FILL THESE SHOES?

Archbishop Blase Cupich, Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I. ,and Fr. Robert Barron are inviting men in the Archdiocese of Chicago, 16-35, to attend this exciting vocational event at Mundelein Seminary on FRIDAY, NOV. 28th, 2014 from 10am—2pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the priesthood and how to discern God's call.


+ English RCIA

Takes place every Sunday from 11am to 12:15pm.


+ YOUTH LEADERSHIP GATHERING

5-8pm, in the Community Room. on Nov. 28th.


+ 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


+ PARENT FORMATION

at 6:30 to 8pm in the Santa Maria Room on Nov. 28th.


+ Fr. John Phelps, C.Ss.R

President and Chief Executive Officer of Life Directions

 He co-founded in 1973 with four other concerned Detroit people. He is a Roman Catholic Priest belonging to a religious community of men called the Redemptorist Congregation. He was invited by the Redemptorists to bring Life Directions to Chicago in 1990. Fr. Phelps' primary work is among young adults (13-35 years of age) with a priority on those about drop out of Public High Schools and into self-destructive life choices. He is especially focused on young adults from 18 to 35 years of age who are economically poor. The vision of Life Directions is for Peers to Inspire Peers Through Forgiving. The work has impacted over 163,000 young adults in Detroit, Chicago, San Antonio, Tucson, New Orleans and Marion County, Oregon. He was also at St. Therese as one of the speakers for the Lenten Series in April.

Ushers, Greeters, Hospitality Ministers, Lectors, Translators, Musicians, Decoration Team, Eucharistic Ministers, and Opening Greeting and Announcements makers, please reserve the date and join us for this important opportunity to pray together and to renew our commitment as liturgical ministers of St. Therese Church.



+ Mandarin RCIA

Takes place every Sunday from 9:30am to 11am. We need parishioners to accompany both English and Mandarin RCIA candidates. If you are interested, please talk to Fr. Li.


+ CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT - POVERTY

What does Scripture tell us about poverty? In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples,"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." In these few words, Jesus invites us to live in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in order to honor Him.

Matthew's Gospel fuels the Catholic
Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) as they work to combat the threats that poverty poses and empower the poor through self-help programs. They fund organizations in your neighborhood including the Greenlight Movement who works to drive youth ages 10-24 to achieve success through non-violence, mentoring, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, music, art, and community service.

This November 22nd and 23rd, join the millions of generous Chicagoans and support the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to help fund remarkable organizations. Please visit: www.ChicagoPeaceAndJustice.org/CCHD for more information.


+

 Liturgical Ministers Gathering

"Why is the Word of God and the Eucharist
the way to a Joy No One Can Take Away?"

Led by Fr. John Phelps

Sunday, November 30, 2014
12:30 P.M. to 3:00P.M.

in the Community Room





+ INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE

on Wed., Nov. 26th at 12N , at First United Methodist Church,, 77 W. Washington Blvd. All are welcome.


+ INTRODUCING JAMES ERLER, S.J.

 James Erler, SJ, is excited to help coordinate Young Adult Ministry (YAM) at St. Therese! A St. Louis native, currently he is pursuing a Master's degree in Social Philosophy at Loyola University. James attended the University of Chicago where he studied History and Chinese and did studies in Ireland and at Peking University. Upon completion of his degree he participated in the Alum Service Corps program, teaching at St. Louis University High School and Loyola Academy of St. Louis before entering the Jesuits in 2011. Since then he has worked in Belize, Nicaragua, Denver, Kansas City, Mobile, and Lafayette, Louisiana.

After returning to Chicago last year, James became chaplain to Loyola's Women's Softball team, started learning Spiritual Direction, and helped Rose Lau with English RCIA at St. Therese. This summer he made his 8-Day Retreat in New York City and worked with St. Francis Xavier's Young Adult ministry in St. Louis, where he happily cheered on the Cardinals! He loves discussing prayer and service and all-things Ignatian/Jesuit Spirituality.




+ Thanksgiving Day
EUCHARIST and LUNCHEON Thursday, November 27, 2014


Thanksgiving Day
EUCHARIST and LUNCHEON
Thursday, November 27, 2014


St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church
will celebrate Thanksgiving Day Mass at 10:00am, and will host a Thanksgiving Day luncheon right after in the community room. All are invited and welcome to celebrate with us!

If you know of anyone, or an elderly who may be alone for Thanksgiving, please invite them to St. Therese to celebrate the Eucharist and to share a Thanksgiving meal with us.

If you are able to help out with preparing the meal or donating items for the luncheon, please sign up at the church entrance table. The following food items are needed to prepare the meal:

TURKEYS * HAMS *VEGETABLES & POTATOES * SWEET POTATOES * CRANBERRY SAUCE * TURKEY STUFFING
DESSERTS (CAKE, PIE, FRUIT) * DRINKS


If you plan to attend, please RSVP no later than Sunday, November 23rd, by either signing-up at the church entrance table or calling the Church office at 312-842-6777 so we can prepare an adequate amount of food. Thank YOU!



+
Healing


+ From Sr. Caritas….

Here is a follow up from last Sunday's 'Presentation on Prayer.' These are some websites where meditations or prayer starters are available. Sacred Space (Jesuit prayer site); cac.org (Meditation site); http://loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer.htm



+ 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 December, 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 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...



+ "Belonging to the King"



+ A Grateful Heart and Pope Francis' Vision of Mercy (YAM)



+ Archdiocese



+ 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?



+ Year of the Sacraments



+ Good News Dear Padre



+ ? 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 November 16, 2014

Sunday Envelopes
$ 1,214
   
Sunday Loose
$ 635
  July 1-To-Present (Actual):
$ 37,775
Total Collection
$ 1,849
  July1-To -Present (Budget):
$ 40,000
 
   
Weekly Budget:   % of Budget Attained:
94%
Last Year % of Budget Attained: 95%


We greatly appreciate the generosity of parishioners and friends of St. Therese Parish.
May God bless your generosity! and THANK YOU!


St. Rocco Mass on November 16th: $468.00 Thank YOU!

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