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Devotion to our Lady of Fatima

29 Sep

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Please join us, parishioners of St. Lambert Parish in Skokie and devotees of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Holy Rosary of Fatima starting October 2 – 10, 2014 at 6:45 in the evening for the 9-day novena. The Festival Mass, followed by a candlelight procession,  will be celebrated on October 11 at 5:00pm. A light refreshment will follow at Robert’s Hall. This is a St. Lambert Parish’s yearly event in observance of:

  • The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary which falls on October 7
  • The day of the last appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three children, Lúcia Santos, Jacinta and Francisco Marto in Fatima, Portugal on October 13, 1917
  • And October as the Month of the Most Holy Rosary.
Novena Schedule: October 2-10 at 6:45pm.

Please bring your friends and family members.

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St. Michael the Archangel

28 Sep

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St. Michael the Archangel

Feastday: September 29

The name Michael signifies “Who is like to God?” and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as “one of the chief princes,” and leader of the forces of heaven in their triumph over the powers of hell. He has been especially honored and invoked as patron and protector by the Church from the time of the Apostles.

Although he is always called “the Archangel,” the Greek Fathers and many others place him over all the angels – as Prince of the Seraphim. St. Michael is the patron of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police and sickness.

O glorious prince St. Michael,
chief and commander of the heavenly hosts,
guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits,
servant in the house of the Divine King
and our admirable conductor,
you who shine with excellence
and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil,
who turn to you with confidence
and enable us by your gracious protection
to serve God more and more faithfully every day.

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October: Respect Life Month

27 Sep

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October 2014: Respect Life Month

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap.,

Chairman
USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities

My dear friends in Christ:

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Pope Francis has captivated the world with his humility, warmth and compassion for each person. Vivid accounts of his tenderness for “the least of these”—the elderly, the imprisoned, those with disfiguring disabilities, the unborn, and many more—seize our attention. Why?

At the heart of each of these interactions is a truth which resonates in our hearts, revealing to us something essential to understanding ourselves and our purpose.

We are loved.

In his 2013 Day for Life Greeting, Pope Francis conveyed that “even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.” We see Pope Francis living out the truth of these words in his actions.

We want to be part of a society that makes affirmation and protection of human rights its primary objective and its boast. Yet to women faced with an unexpected pregnancy, abortion is often presented as their only “choice.” A large percentage of children pre-diagnosed as having Down syndrome are never given the chance to live outside their mothers’ wombs. Elderly members of our families fear they will become burdensome and seek physician assisted suicide. We see these and many more of our brothers and sisters pushed to the periphery.

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Day of Prayer for the Synod on the Family

27 Sep

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USCCB President Encourages Day of Prayer for Synod

September 19, 2014
Universal Day of Prayer on Sunday, September 28 Synod “an important moment” for Church and families, Archbishop says Recitation of Rosary encouraged during the Synod

ffosengland5WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has joined Pope Francis and the office for the Synod of Bishops in encouraging a universal Day of Prayer on September 28, for the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops addressing The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization (October 5-19).

“The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is an important moment for the Church and for families,” Archbishop Kurtz said. “I welcome whole-heartedly this day of prayer for the Synod fathers and for all who will participate. As the Church turns with special attention to the family, may God’s plan for marriage and the family be a source of hope and healing for all.”

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Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod

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.

Amen.

Honoring Sts Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungson

26 Sep

2014 San Lorenzo de Manila and San Pedro Calungsod- Bulletin

Sn Pedro Calungsod

25 Sep

stpedrocalungsod“If anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven” (Mt 10: 32). From his childhood, Pedro Calungsod declared himself unwaveringly for Christ and responded generously to his call. Young people today can draw encouragement and strength from the example of Pedro, whose love of Jesus inspired him to devote his teenage years to teaching the faith as a lay catechist. Leaving family and friends behind, Pedro willingly accepted the challenge put to him by Fr Diego de San Vitores to join him on the Mission to the Chamorros. In a spirit of faith, marked by strong Eucharistic and Marian devotion, Pedro undertook the demanding work asked of him and bravely faced the many obstacles and difficulties he met. In the face of imminent danger, Pedro would not forsake Fr Diego, but as a “good soldier of Christ” preferred to die at the missionary’s side. Today Bl. Pedro Calungsod intercedes for the young, in particular those of his native Philippines, and he challenges them. Young friends, do not hesitate to follow the example of Pedro, who “pleased God and was loved by him” (Wis 4: 10) and who, having come to perfection in so short a time, lived a full life (cf. ibid., v. 13).- Pope John Paul II on the Beatification of 44 Servants of God, March 5, 2000

Please join us in the celebration in honor of two Filipino Saints, St. Perdo Calungsod and St. Lorenzo Ruiz on Saturday, September 27, 2014, 5:00 pm Mass. A light refreshment will be served at Roberts Hall after the  Mass.

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