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Halloween for Catholics

30 Oct



The celebration of Halloween has dual origins. The first is in a pre-Christian Celtic feast associated with the Celtic New Year. The second is in the Christian celebration of All Saints Day (Nov. 1st) and All Souls Day (Nov. 2). In the British Isles November 1st is called All Hallows, thus the evening before is All Hallows Eve.

The Celtic Feast

The ancient Celtic peoples who inhabited England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Brittany (NW France) celebrated their New Year’s Day on what would be November 1st on our calendar. Prior to their conversion to Catholicism these peoples practiced a pagan religion controlled by a priest class known as Druids. The Druids are most famous for the stone monument of Stonehenge and other astronomical calendars that remain in their former domains.

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The Christian Feasts of All Saints and All Souls

During the first three centuries of Christianity the Church frequently had to operate “underground” due to the persecutions of the Roman state against her. During these periods there were many martyrs who died for their faith in Jesus Christ. The most renowned of these were honored locally by the preservation of the relics (if available) and by the celebration of the anniversary of their death, as a feast in honor of their birth into eternal life. As time passed, neighboring dioceses would honor each others martyrs and even exchange relics for veneration, the way the first century Christians kept the clothes and handkerchiefs touched by St. Paul (Acts 19:12).

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Ever wander about how the Halloween holiday began? Fr. Greg Friedman, O.F.M., explains the Christian background to this popular secular observance.

November 1 Novena

29 Oct

The Filipino Families of Skokie (FFOS) members’ next Novena prayer is scheduled on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 6:00 in the evening.


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 Gerry and Annie’s Place  on Saturday at 6:00 in the evening.

Coffee Hour

29 Oct

Meet your St. Lambert Family!

Coffee, donuts and a nice conversation.

Spend a few minutes with your parish family over a cup coffee. Join us for Coffee Hour every Sunday after the 10:00 am Mass at Roberts’ Hall, St. Lambert Catholic Church in Skokie. You can also join our Youth Church’s Parents Activities  at the church’s basement while enjoying your coffee.

Donations for the Coffee Hour are appreciated. Call Roger

This Sunday’s (November 2nd) group:

  • Benesa
  • Bolusan
  • Decilio
  • Diaz
  • Dulay
  • Esangga
  • Fernando
  • Lopez
  • Redito
  • Tangonan

does belief in afterlife cools one’s enthusiasms for this life on earth?

28 Oct

Credit: Catholic Education Resource Center (CERC)

Does Belief in the Afterlife Diminish Man?


It is commonly asserted, especially among atheists, that belief in an afterlife cools one’s enthusiasms for this life on earth.

This God-centered or theocentric view allegedly prevents human beings from truly being themselves and living up to their full potential. As a consequence, they fail to appreciate fully the richness and rewards of this world.

Two most influential champions of this man-centered or anthropocentric (or secular) view are Auguste Comte (1798-1857) and Karl Marx (1818-1883). For Comte, the Father of Sociology (which he initially termed “social physics”), belief in an afterlife produced “slaves of God.” In order to develop “servants of Humanity,” according to Comte, men had to turn away from the fictitious notion of a life after death and concentrate on the life they are living. His grand objective was to bring about “the triumph of sociability over personality.”

Karl Marx held that belief in an afterlife robbed man of his only opportunity to be fully himself. The practice of worshipping an unreal Supreme Being, he claimed, alienated man from his better self. Therefore, Marx could say that “It is easy to become a saint if one does not want to be a man.” “Atheism,” he wrote, “is a negation of God and seeks to assert by negation the existence of man.”

Orthodox Christianity teaches that there is continuity between this life and the next. A true Christian does not think of himself as someone standing at a bus stop and doing nothing more than waiting for the bus (that will take him to heaven).

The Christian regards his life as a gift from God and holds it sacred. He also valuates it in terms of an ideal, which is to say, something more perfect. Heaven is the reward for a life well lived. But if a person identifies his life with the ideal, it may not occur to him that it stands in need of considerable improvement. As a result, he loses an important incentive to work hard to improve himself. Would a factory worker expend himself if he knew that at the end of the month, there would be no pay check?

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The Coffinmaker

27 Oct

Credit: Marian Caskets,

Marian Caskets

Handcrafted natural wood caskets, inspired by the Life and Death of St. John Paul II

Every year, Americans bury enough metal in the ground to rebuild the Golden Gate Bridge, says Vashon Island coffin maker Marcus Daly. His simple, handcrafted wooden coffins are an economical and environmentally friendly burial alternative. But Daly believes a coffin’s most important feature is that it can be carried. Here’s why.

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sts. simon and jude

26 Oct

Credit: CCTN YouTube Channel,

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

Sts. Simon and Jude
Feast Day: October 28