Greetings of Christ's Peace and Joy! Hope you all had a blessed week.
Thanks to Thomas Howard for his talk on "Sacraments and Social Sins" on April 4th, and to all who attended his sharing. Thomas challenged the participants to become more aware of the social sins that institutions and people commit and to think of ways we can make a difference with the existing economic and political systems throughout the World.
Beginning with Palm Sunday, we journey into the holiest week of the Church's liturgical year. With the waving of palms, the crowd welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem, where he suffered, died, and then was raised. The mystery of the passion of the incarnate God not only offers us comfort in the midst of our daily struggles, but more importantly, brings us hope for a brighter tomorrow and for eternal life.
The proclamation of the Lord's passion according to Matthew invites us to reflect on our redemption. I believe that the essence of the passion story is a story of love. Out of love for humanity, Jesus willingly left the gift of the Eucharist for us, and endured betrayal, suffering, and death on the cross. When we live the Last Supper, walk the Stations on Good Friday, and watch Jesus crucified, we are reminded vividly why he had to go through all these.
I think that everything we are and believe in is shared in the passion story of Jesus. When you listen to the long story today, listen deeply to where you need to "sit" in the story; pay attention to what touches your heart in the story; and open your eyes to how you need to grow and which character you might be; and wait in trust that all can be given to God and made new.
Let us continue to strive to journey closely with Jesus this Lent!
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.
+ GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS
Held at Holy Name Cathedral on Sept. 14, 2014 at 2:45pm. Couples married in 1964 who are interested in attending this celebration, please contact St. Therese church office to register. More info at the Marriage & Family Ministries Office: 312-534-8351 or www.marriageandfamilyministries.org
+ Lenten Regulations (Ash Wednesday, to the Paschal Triduum)
Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays of Lent.
Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound by this may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one's needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.
The special Paschal fast, as well as abstinence, are prescribed for Good Friday and encouraged
+ Church Decorations for Holy Thursday and Easter—Help Needed!
We need volunteers to help decorate our Church on Wednesday, April 16th at 6:30pm. Dinner will be provided at 6pm. On Saturday, April 19th, we start decorating with breakfast at 9am. The more volunteers we have, the less time it will take for our church to be decorated and cleaned. Please consider helping! Thank YOU!
+ CANTONESE LENTEN REFLECTION
Today from 11:00am to 12 noon, Fr. Regie will offer a reflection in Cantonese in the Santa Maria room.
+ Faith and Family—April 25th
Have you ever wondered how to make the faith come alive in your homes? What can be done with the children to help them to grow in their belief? Come and see if you are the only one asking these questions? A special series will be held for our parents. The first session will be held Friday evening, April 25th in the Parish Community Room. If you have had children recently baptized, you will receive a special invitation. All are welcome. It will be oriented to families with younger children.
+ CRS Rice Bowl
will be collected today. THANK YOU!
+ 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.
+ VIRTUS TRAINING
for adults ("Protecting God's Children") will be conducted by Mr. Tom Howard on April 30th at 6:30pm in the school auditorium. All parishioners are strongly encouraged to become trained, but those who work/are in contact with children are REQUIRED to be trained. Please sign up at (click here). Scroll down to the April 30th date for the St. Therese session, or choose another one as is convenient.
You may email Tom with any questions about Virtus: email@example.com.
+ THE TENTH ANNUAL WAY OF THE CROSS THROUGH DOWNTOWN CHICAGO
Good Friday, April 18th, 2014
Gathering at 8:45 a.m. at Daley Center Plaza
(Dearborn/Washington). Ending by 12noon at Holy Name Cathedral (State/Superior).
Walking in silence following the Cross,
with five stops for songs, meditations and readings from the Passion, "IS THERE A GREATER LOVE THAN THIS?"
+ A REFLECTION BY James Erler,Jr.:
Earlier this week one of my Jesuit brothers was killed by gunmen in Syria. He was an older man who chose to remain with the people he loved during civil war rather than fleeing to find safety elsewhere.
This Palm Sunday, I wonder why people still die violent deaths so many years after Christ did? And not just far away in Syria but here in Chicago as well…
I think Fr. Frans' death reminds us of the call to live out our Holy Week this year, and every year. We need to accompany Christ to Calvary precisely because so many other men and women and children are forced to every day. Ours is a mission for and with others.
But, like Jesus, Fr. Frans' death is not in vain: for any prayer that we offer on his behalf for the people of Syria he loved so much must be for him a little Easter! Any good deed that you offer in Jesus' name, big or small, is a living witness to Christ's self-sacrificial love. And just as Father Frans awaits the final Resurrection, so can we as we look forward to Easter this upcoming Sunday when we as one Church will cry out: "Christ is Risen; Truly He is Risen!"
~james erler, SJ
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ St. Therese School sends 3 Students to the National History Bee!
Three St. Therese School students, Sam Andriacchi (Gr 6), Lambert Hu (Gr 7) and Michael Chen (Gr 8), have all qualified to advance to the National History Bee in Atlanta, Georgia, June 6-8 2014. This is the first time in St. Therese history that more than two students have advanced to the national level of competition. Congrats and we wish them LOTS OF LUCK!
+ 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!
+ St. James Food Pantry
Volunteers Needed Saturday, April 12th, from 8:30am until about 10:30am. We need your help! We are especially looking for people to act as interpreters and to help with food distribution. We need 8 to 10 adults and any teens or young people who can help. This is your chance to help feed the hungry. We are only asked to help once a month. Bring St. Therese's caring spirit to those who need it! Please sign up today at the church entrance table!
+ 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!
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