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september 6 novena

2 Sep

The Filipino Families of Skokie (FFOS) members’ next Novena prayer is scheduled on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 3:00 in the  afternoon. This will FFOS’ 25th Anniversary. The 5:00 pm Mass will be offered for FFOS members.


The Filipino Families of Skokie was organized primarily as a spiritual group. The main purpose of our organization is to unite, promote, support, and engage in activities fostering and enriching the spiritual and cultural heritage of the members. In order to achieve these goals, member families are encouraged to attend and participate in parish functions and fund raising and other activities designed in promoting the spirituality, camaraderie, and well being of member families to include:

The Bi-weekly novena are devotions to the Santo Niño Jesus, Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima,  San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila and San Pedro Calungsod.

Please join us at St. Lambert’s Tainor Hall on Saturday at 3:00 in the Afternoon.


celebration of the feast days of sns. lorenzo ruiz and pedro calungsod

2 Sep

2014 San Lorenzo de Manila and San Pedro Calungsod- Bulletin

church leaders condemned the persecution and killings

1 Sep

Credit: Vatican Radio,

Mideast Church leaders denounce ISIS for ‘crimes against humanity’

Displaced Iraqi Christians take refuge at St. Joseph’s Church, Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan

(Vatican Radio) The Patriarchs and Church leaders of Eastern rite churches have again denounced what they call “crimes against humanity” committed by Islamic State (formerly ISIS) militants in Iraq and Syria. Meeting outside Beirut, Lebanon, the Patriarchs condemned the persecution and killings of Christians, Yazidis and other minorities, saying the continued existence of Christians in the region is being threatened by the jihadi group’s campaign of terror.

Thanking those who’ve been offering humanitarian assistance to the displaced, the Patriarchs are calling on the international community to stop the “criminal actions” of Islamic State and are challenging Islamic institutions to forcefully condemn the extremist group.

Continue reading HERE.

st gregory the great

31 Aug

Credit: CCTN YouTube Channel

CCTN’s new series of short informational videos about our Catholic Saints and the lives they lived.

St. Gregory the Great
Feastday: September 3


why a silence?

29 Aug

Published on Aug 28, 2014

Cardinal Donald Wuerl speaks out about the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq at the Catholic University Mass of the Holy Spirit on August 28, 2014

Also last week one of our parishioners at St. Lambert Parish made available an article from USA Today written by Kristen Powers. re-posted a similar article complete with video:

Kirsten Powers hits Obama’s inaction on plight of Christians in Middle East

by Aleister, Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 10:58am

…Kirsten Powers, usually the most liberal of the panelists, tore the president a new one:

“He has not uttered the word ‘Christian,’ and now suddenly he throws it in with the Yazidis,” Powers said. “We’re not doing any airdrops to the Christians, who are refugees in the Kurdish region. [Virginia Congressman Frank] Wolf has taken to the floor, I think, seven days in a row now, pleading with the administration: Please help these people. They need humanitarian aid; they need drinking water. They have nothing. They’ve lost their homes; they’ve lost everything.

The White House has done nothing; they’ve said nothing. And then the president goes on and goes into quite a lot of detail about the Yazidis, and never really gets into the specifics about Christians. I mean, it’s really unbelievable, and he has no right to invoke humantiarianism, because he is not a humanitarian president. A humanitarian president does not sit quietly by, while hundreds of thousands of Christians in Iraq [are uprooted or killed]– forget about the rest of the Middle East — and doesn’t say a word.”

Continue reading HERE.

alive again

28 Aug

Matt Maher : Alive Again

Matt Maher, a Catholic artist with his song, Alive Again, and a quote from St Augustine’s Confessions. A reflection on the Saint’s feast day on the 28th of August.

“Too late did I love You, O Fairness, so ancient, and yet so new! Too late did I love You! For behold, You were within, and I without, and there did I seek You; I, unlovely, rushed heedlessly among the things of beauty You made. You were with me, but I was not with You. Those things kept me far from You, which, unless they were in You, were not. You called, and cried aloud, and forced open my deafness. You gleamed and shine, and chase away my blindness. You exhaled odours, and I drew in my breath and do pant after You. I tasted, and do hunger and thirst. You touched me, and I burned for Your peace.” – The Confessions, X, 27, St. Augustine of Hippo

Read about Matt Maher

Read St Augustine’s Confessions