Greetings of Christ's Peace and Joy! Hope you all had a blessed week.
The Joy of Being Catholics
I am particularly amazed by two things in this story. First of all, the use of blog becomes a means of evangelization. Social media, if well used, can help the Church spread the Good News and lead people to Jesus Christ. This is totally different from the time of Jesus. When Jesus commissioned his disciples to "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you, until the end of the age" (Matthew 28: 19-20), he was probably not thinking about using internet, Facebook, or blog to make His message known. This new time and context we live in compelled John Paul II and Benedict XVI to call the Church for the New Evangelization. The message is the same, but the means of sharing this News have to be time appropriate.
The second thing I am empowered by is the sense of joy Jennifer experienced as a Catholic. Being a Catholic brought much more joy to her life. This makes me reflect: "How do I experience joy in my life? And how do other Catholics share their joy?"
Pope Francis in his recent apostolic exhortation letter titled, The Joy of the Gospel wrote: "The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew." We are reminded that when we have Christ in our lives, we have Joy. This joy can't be superficial. It affects every dimension of our lives. It empowers us to live joyfully, and to share this joy with others, which to me is the essence of the New Evangelization.
Speaking of the New Evangelization, our Parish Pastoral Council members and along with all the ministry leaders of our parish will have a day of reflection and renewal on the true meaning of the New Evangelization and methods of doing it on March 1st. Of course, the mission of the New Evangelization doesn't only belong to priests, religious and leaders of our parish. It is a mission that all baptized have. So in the weeks and months ahead, you will hear more from me and our parish leaders. My hope is that all of us will consciously become evangelizers.
We are evangelizers, when we participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal. We are evangelizers, when we strive to become "holy" and "perfect" as today's readings call us to be. We are evangelizers, when we share the joy that we have as Catholics.
May the Risen Lord deepen our Faith!
We are a vibrant, multi-cultural Catholic Church and the Center for Chinese Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Chicago. We promote Catholic values and serve Chinatown and the surrounding neighborhoods in welcoming all to share the Gospel, celebrate the sacraments, and perform charitable works.
To be Jesus Christ in Chinatown
St. Therese Catholic Church Mission Statement
"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.
Constantin Wu, son of Alexander Frehse and Judy Wu will be baptized on Sunday, March 2nd at 11:30am. Please keep them in your prayers.
+ Minister of Care Meeting
Will take place on Sunday, March 2nd from 12:30 to 1:30pm in the Santa Maria Room.
+ A GOOD LENTEN MOVIE - SON OF GOD
which opens in theaters in the US on February 28, is a film that brings the story of Jesus' life to audiences through compelling cinematic storytelling that is both powerful and inspirational. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score. The film spans from Jesus' humble birth through His teachings, crucifixion and ultimately ascension. The producers have made available Catholic resources for free to diocese and parishes on the site, which also includes Catholic endorsements from Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop Gomez, and more. It also includes a reflection guide and companion videos produced at the Diocese of Washington, DC. In particular, there are Action Plans that a diocese can use that will help them find ways to make the resources available to the parishes. You can view them here: http://www.seesonofgod.com/spread-the-word.html
+ The Faith Formation Ministry
will present a series of talks during 4 Fridays of Lent after the Stations of the Cross and a retreat on Saturday, the 12th of April. The speakers will be priests, a deacon and a Sister. The theme will be: From the Desert to the Garden Journey Closely with Jesus this Lent Watch for future announcements.
+ SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Once again St. Therese Church will be participating in the Chinatown Summer Fair. This is our biggest fundraising event, so please mark your calendars! Additional information will be forthcoming.
+ 2013 Tax Letter for Church Donations
Parishioners with assigned envelope numbers can contact the church office for a 2013 donation letter for tax purposes.
+ The Faith Formation Ministry
will present a series of talks during 4 Fridays of Lent after the Stations of the Cross and a retreat on Saturday, the 12th of April. The speakers will be priests, a deacon and a Sister. The theme will be:
From the Desert to the Garden
Journey Closely with Jesus this Lent
Watch for future announcements.
+ Save the date Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 11:00am to 12:00 pm in the St. Therese Community Room.
Liturgy on the Eucharist: growing in our love for the Mass and in our call to be Strong Catholic Parents!
+ Poverty Awareness Month
What does it mean to be living in poverty in America today? It's feeling that normal daily challenges are magnified one hundred times more because low-income persons are much more powerless because of the structures that oppress them. Help empower the poor during Poverty Awareness Month by taking part in the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). CCHD funds organizations like Metropolitan Tenants Organization who educate, organize and empower tenants to have a voice in the decisions that affect the affordability and availability of safe, decent and accessible housing. To contribute, meet our grantees and hear their stories, participate in the Youth Art Contest and more, visit chicagopeaceandjustice.org/poverty. "Amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others" (Pope Francis).
+ 2014 ARCHDIOCESAN ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL CONTINUES
"You are the temple of God."
(1 Corinthians 3:16)
Please spend some time this week reflecting on the Annual Catholic Appeal brochure that you received with your bulletin. Please remember that the Annual Catholic Appeal campaign is much different than a one-time special collection. It is a pledge campaign where you can make a gift payable in installments.
As you review the work enabled by your contribution to the Annual Catholic Appeal, please reflect on God's gifts to you. He has given you all that you have. Your gifts to our parish, to the Archdiocese and to the work of the Church throughout the world should be given in gratitude for the continuing gifts that God gives you.
Each pledge makes a difference because all parishes participate in the campaign and the gifts of many enable our Archdiocese to deliver needed ministries and services. Our combined gifts not only signify our gratitude to God, they fund a significant portion of the work of our Archdiocese.
After our parish goal of $8425 is reached in cash, 100% of any additional funds come back to our parish to help to fund our needs.
+ Gathering on the New Evangelization
Parish Pastoral Council Members and Ministry Heads will gather on March 1st from 10am to 3pm in the Community Room to learn and discuss on the meaning of the New Evangelization and methods of doing it here at St. Therese and beyond. If you haven't responded to your e-invite, please do so by Tuesday Feb. 25th. We appreciate your cooperation.
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."
+ 'Toddlers & Jesus'
Do you have a child who is 3 or 4 years of age and want them to learn more about God? A class time of about 20 to 30 minutes will be offered once a month. Are you interested? Please see Sister Caritas.
+ Children with Sr. Caritas learning about Jesus!
+ 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 March, 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.
+ Reception Team Needs YOU!
Each week and for special events, parishioners put together a snack or meal for our parish. To continue that tradition, we need your help! Please volunteer by talking to Gemma, Teresa or Anne at church, or email Anne at: firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the Fall Schedule. Thank YOU!
+ 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!
+ VIRTUS TRAINING
ALL volunteers interacting with children are required by the Archdiocese to be Virtus Trained. If you are a Catechist, a member of Choir, Liturgy, Young Adult Ministry (YAM), Hospitality, Eucharistic Ministry, OR would like to volunteer by interacting with children, please register for a class by visiting the website: virtus
+ 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: email@example.com.
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!
***The $50 increase from the previously budgeted level of $1,950 per week is needed to cover the anticipated increase in operating expenses in the new fiscal year. In addition to rising costs to our current utilities, the increase also includes a new water usage charge which the City will begin collecting from us this year. Thank you for your continued support in keeping our parish running!
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