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December 16, 2012

Third Sunday of Advent

CHRISTMAS – NEW YEAR’S SCHEDULE 2012 RECONCILIATION SCHEDULE:

MASS SCHEDULE CHRISTMAS EVE, MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 Church: 4:00 PM 6:00 PM 8:00 PM – Tridentine Mass 12:00 Midnight – Adult Choir & Orchestra (Music begins at 11:00 PM) Chapel: 4:00 PM

CHRISTMAS DAY, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25 Church: 6:30, 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 5:30 PM Tridentine (NO 7:00 PM CONFESSIONS ON CHRISTMAS DAY.)

NEW YEAR’S EVE, MONDAY, DECEMBER 31 Masses: 6:45 AM, 8:00 AM, 5:15pm (Vigil)

Sunday, December 16:

7:00 PM

Tuesday, December 18:

6:30 PM

Thursday, December 20: 7:15 AM and 4:00 PM Friday, December 21:

7:00 PM

Saturday, December 22:

3:30 PM

Sunday, December 23:

6:30 PM

Tuesday, December 25:

No Confessions

Thursday, December 27: 7:15 AM and 4:30 PM Saturday, December 29:

4:00 PM

Sunday, December 30:

6:30 PM

Tuesday, January 1:

No Confessions

NEW YEAR’S DAY, TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2013 SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION Church: 6:30, 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:30 PM Tridentine (NO 7:00 PM CONFESSIONS ON NEW YEAR’S DAY.)

36 North Ellsworth Street Naperville, Illinois 60540-4619 www.sspeterandpaul.net

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Third Sunday of Advent

Parish Staff Directory SS. PETER AND PAUL PARISH 36 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville, IL 60540 (PHONE) 630-355-1081 (FAX) 630-355-1179 Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9 AM-5 PM; Sat 8:30 AM-4 PM Website: www.sspeterandpaul.net Facebook: SS Peter and Paul New Evangelization PRIESTS Father Thomas Milota, Pastor ........................................ 630-718-2106 Father Mark Rosenbaum, Parochial Vicar ...................... 630-718-2105 Father Josh Miller, Parochial Vicar ................................. 630-718-2104 Father Joseph Valentine, In Residence.............................. 630-718-2120 PERMANENT DEACONS Deacon Ron Brown ........................................................... 630-718-2153 Deacon Michael Crowell .................................................. 630-718-2197 Deacon Roger Novak ........................................................ 630-718-2258 Deacon Joe Verdico .......................................................... 630-718-2155 PARISH OFFICE Pastor’s Administrative Asst: Jessica Payne ..................... 630-718-2108 Office Manager: Gloria Villaseñor ................................... 630-718-2101 Bulletin Editor: Mary Kerner ........................................... 630-718-2110 Administrative Asst: Sarah Bogusz .................................. 630-718-2110 BUSINESS OFFICE Finance Manager: Tom Boler ........................................... 630-718-2100 Accountant: Shannon Findley ........................................... 630-718-2102 Accounting Assistant: Rhonda Mucerino ......................... 630-718-2109 Facilities Manager: Frank Partipilo ................................... 630-718-2163 SCHOOL OFFICE……………………... (PHONE) 630-355-0113 Principal: Frank Glowaty…………………………(FAX) 630-355-9803 NEW EVANGELIZATION Director: Michael Brummond ........................................... 630-718-2154 Coordinator for New Evangelization for Youth: Michael Lewandowski ............................ 630-718-2131 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OFFICE ..................... 630-357-2436 (FAX)630-357-2458 ATTENDANCE ................................................ 630-355-1139 Director of Religious Education & Children’s Ministry: Deacon Ron Brown ..................... 630-718-2153 Assistant Director: Theresa Pratt ...................................... 630-718-2133 Office Manager: Peggy Partipilo ...................................... 630-718-2138 SACRED WORSHIP Director of Sacred Music: Matthew S. Sprinkle ............. .630-718-2114 Liturgical Ministries Coordinator: Deacon Michael Crowell ... 630-718-2197 Sacristy Coordinator: Pam Adamski ................................. 630-355-0222 SERVICE MINISTRY Director: Deacon Joe Verdico ........................................... 630-718-2155 PARISH NURSE / PASTORAL MINISTRY Paulette Shea ..................................................................... 630-718-2127 SENIOR SERVICES Deacon Joe Verdico, Communion Call Coordinator ........ 630-718-2155 Paulette Shea, Parish Nurse............................................... 630-718-2127 Deacon Michael Crowell, Young at Heart Director .......... 630-718-2197 NURSERY COORDINATOR Donna Widmann ............................................................... 630-718-2165 PERPETUAL ADORATION VOICEMAIL............. 630-355-1014 ext 2442

PARISH COUNCIL MEMBERS Thomas Gavin, President, Christian Service Commission Thomas Lupinacci, Vice-President, New Evangelization Commission Jane Bowers, Recording Secretary Brendan Heffron, Worship Commission Jerry Buch, Administration Commission Bob Wold, Christian Education Commission Noelle Gollinger, Parish Life Commission

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Mary Beth Brummond, Member at large Paul Gallo, Member at Large Kristine Gorecki, Member at Large Dolly McCarthy, Member at Large Steve Keeley, Member at Large Margie Sznajder, Member at Large

WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE Church: Saturdays; 5:00 & 6:30 PM Sundays; 6:30, 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 AM, 12:30, 5:30 (Tridentine) & 8:00 PM Holy Family Chapel: Sundays; 9:30 & 11:00 AM (Childcare offered during 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM Masses. Call 355-1081 for info.) WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE Mondays — Saturdays; 6:45 & 8:00 AM Mondays — Thursdays; 5:15 PM First Friday — 12:00 NOON in the Adoration Chapel HOLY DAY MASS SCHEDULE 6:45, 8:00 AM, 12:00 NOON, 5:15 & 7:00 PM (Obligation may usually be fulfilled at the 5:15 PM Mass on the Eve of the Holy Day. Schedule does not apply on 12-25, 1-1 or if Holy Day falls on a Saturday or Monday.) RECITATION OF THE ROSARY: Tuesdays at 7:30 PM MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP NOVENA: Wednesdays at 7:45 AM RESPECT LIFE ROSARY: Wednesdays following 8:00 AM Mass VESPERS & BENEDICTION: Thursdays at 6:00 PM (Adoration Chapel)

SACRAMENTS RECONCILIATION SCHEDULE Tuesdays: 10:00 AM (Holy Family Chapel) and 7:00 PM (Church) (No 10:00AM Confessions on 2nd Tuesday of the month) Thursdays: 7:15 AM & 4:30 PM (Church) Saturdays: 4:00 PM (Church) Sundays: 7:00 PM (Church) (Confessions are also heard at 10:30AM on the 2nd Saturday of the Month in the Holy Family Chapel.) WEDDINGS At least one of the engaged persons (or their parents) must be a registered parishioner for a minimum of three months before the parish will check the calendar for a wedding date. To schedule a wedding date, one of the engaged persons should phone the Parish Office at 630-355-1081 or stop by the Parish Office during regular office hours. Please review the complete wedding policy at www.sspeterandpaul.net.

BAPTISMS Generally, we baptize at SSPP each Sunday of the month, (except the 2nd Sunday), at 2 PM. We also schedule baptisms on the 2nd Sunday of each month during the 11:00 AM Chapel Mass or the 12:30 PM Church Mass. Please review the complete baptismal policy at www.sspeterandpaul.net.

FOR CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM 1. Your family should be registered with the parish in order to have your child baptized. 2. If this is your first child, you must attend a baptism preparation class before receiving a date for your baby’s baptism. Call the Parish Office to sign up for the class. Classes are held on the 1st Monday of the month. 3. Call the Parish Office to schedule a date for your child’s baptism. For information on scheduling baptisms, weddings, sick calls, hospital calls, home communion visitation, adult instructions in the Catholic faith, or to register as a new parishioner, please call the Parish Office at 630-355-1081.


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A Message from our Pastor Dear Parishioners,

Gaudete Sunday “Rejoice in the Lord always!” The first words of our second reading today give this Sunday its name and its character. The dark violet of Advent is softened by the foretaste of the impending coming of the Light of Christ into the world. We are half way through our journey to Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Christ, the reason for the season. Christmas Please do not forget to prepare your souls as well as the dinner table and all of those presents. Please check the bulletin and our webpage for the confession and Mass schedules. Bishop Siegel Celebrating Midnight Mass and Mozart Present Bishop Joseph Siegel will be celebrating Midnight Mass at Saints Peter and Paul this Christmas Eve and the music will be out of this world. Matthew Sprinkle has arranged for an orchestra and the continually growing Saints Peter and Paul Choir has been working hard on some amazing music. Please join us at Midnight to celebrate the Savior’s birth. Church Decorating Would you like to help us decorate the parish church for Christmas? Please join us between 9 am and 5 pm in the church this Thursday and Friday. Spend all day with us or just come for an hour or two. All are welcome! Light the Way Thank you again to all of our volunteers who worked so hard on the Light the Way dinner. Not only did everyone have a great time, but our gross proceeds were nearly $10,000.00 higher than last year. The proceeds will go to continue the maintenance of our parish facilities in conjunction with “Pass It On.” May Almighty God bless you and your families. In Christ,

 

Fr. Thomas A. Milota

OPŁATKI There are a limited number of Oplatki (Christmas wafers) available at the Parish Office for $3.00 per packet. Parish Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm and Saturday 8:30am-4:00pm.

PLEASE NOTE:

Help start your Christmas week with a fresh take on the beauty of the Nativity. Our parish school's seventh grade students will be performing a radio play, “The Good News Chronicles,” telling the story of Jesus’ birth from the perspective of “on the scene” news reporters. North Central College’s radio station, WONC-FM, 89.1, will broadcast the play on Sunday morning, December 23, at 7:30 am. Wake up early and share the Saints Peter and Paul School's students’ imaginative and energetic characterization of a familiar story!

The Parish Offices will be closed from December 22, 2012 through January 1, 2013.

ALL SCHOOL MASS

Have a safe and blessed Christmas and New Year!

An all school Mass will be celebrated at 8:00am on Friday, December 21st.


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“Light the Way – 2012” Would Like To Thank the Following Sponsors For Their Generous Gifts: Dennis and Kathy Abboud April Building Services Brad and Patricia Barenbrugge Nowell and Kathryn Blecha Michael and Margaret Brennan Jim and Lynn Cannon Joan Case The Cleaning Company Stephen and Wendy Cornell Daprato Rigali Studios Jerome and Carol Doll Esser-Hayes Insurance Group Dr. Frank Folk Fox Valley Engineering Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home Thomas and Elaine Gavin

Joan Gerken Bob and Paula Henry Paul and Laurie Hruskoci Ray and Marilyn Jones Peter and Jennifer Knapp John and Liz Kuhn Richard and Mary Kuhn James and Mary Manwaring Millington Financial Advisors Jeanne Rechenmacher, Coldwell Banker Raymond Ritter Sequoia General Contracting Stanislaw and Marta Saj Skaluba Marty and Susan Szczech Mike and Margie Sznajder

Thank you to Ray Jones and his entire team from the parish and St. Patrick’s Residence in organizing and executing the Light the Way dinner. Also, thank you to all those who supported the dinner by your attendance or donations.

“Of all the old festivals, however, that of Christmas awakens the strongest and most heartfelt associations. There is a tone of solemn and sacred feeling that blends with our conviviality, and lifts the spirit to a state of hallowed and elevated enjoyment. The services of the church about this season are extremely tender and inspiring. They dwell on the beautiful story of the origin of our faith, and the pastoral scenes that accompanied its announcement. They gradually increase in fervour and pathos during until they break forth in full jubilee on the morning that brought peace and good-will to men. I do not know a grander effect of music on the moral feelings than to hear the full choir and the pealing organ performing a Christmas anthem in a cathedral, and filling every part of the vast pile with triumphant harmony.” Washington Irving (1783—1859)

Dear Friends in Christ, I invite you to join the Ss. Peter and Paul Adult Choir and Orchestra on Christmas Eve for the Solemn Mass at Midnight. The Mass will be celebrated by Most Reverend Joseph M. Siegel, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet. The choir and orchestra will lead us, in singing, with rousing settings of traditional Christmas Carols. In the spirit of this great Solemnity the choir will present W. A. Mozart’s epic masterpiece “Coronation Mass”. We will also present choral masterworks by G. F. Handel, W. A. Mozart, Josef Schnabel, John Rutter, Leo Nestor and other great composers. The preludes to the Solemn Mass begin at 11:00pm ––  Come celebrate with us the beauty and splendor of Christmas; and let the beauty and majesty of the sounds of this season lead you to heartfelt worship. O come, let us adore Him! In Christ, Matthew S. Sprinkle Director of Sacred Music


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Mass Intentions Saturday, December 15 Vigil Masses for the Third Sunday of Advent 5:00 PM Akilyna Siry Bisceglia 6:30 PM Pat Rechenmacher Sunday, December 16—Third Sunday of Advent 6:30 AM Rosetta Gervasi 8:00 AM Ss Peter and Paul Parishioners 9:30 AM James C. and James G. Tamborello 11:00 AM Thomas Gibbons (A) 12:30 PM Harry Ivans (B) 5:30 PM Agnes M. Schmit (B) (LATIN MASS) 8:00 PM Harold Issel

Holy Family Chapel 9:30 AM

Deceased Members of the Nagel and Whitt Families 11:00 AM Irene Mahoney Monday, December 17 6:45 AM Ferris Sullivan 8:00 AM Wanda Lee Grimes 5:15 PM Raymond Kuhn 6:00 PM Holy Souls in Purgatory (LATIN MASS) Tuesday, December 18 6:45 AM Robert Hurd Jr. 8:00 AM Connie Case Lally (B) 12:30 PM Holy Souls in Purgatory (LATIN MASS) 5:15 PM John Grimley (B) Wednesday, December 19 6:45 AM John W. Broeker (B) 8:00 AM Robert Pattermann (B) 5:15 PM Patrick Holloway (A) 6:00 PM Lawrence Cullitan (LATIN MASS) Thursday, December 20 6:45 AM Purgatorial Society 8:00 AM Poskonka Family 5:15 PM Bonny Michaels 6:00 PM Lawrence Cullitan (LATIN MASS) Friday, December 21 6:45 AM Brian Kill (A) (B) 8:00 AM Eric Dolinger (All School Mass) 6:00 PM Lawrence Cullitan (LATIN MASS) Saturday, December 22 6:45 AM Jack Caveney 8:00 AM Johnathon Holzer Vigil Masses for the Fourth Sunday of Advent 5:00 PM Elodia Parra 6:30 PM Deceased Members of the Koretke, Senft, Rohmer and Krass Families Sunday, December 23—Fourth Sunday of Advent 6:30 AM Larry Moore 8:00 AM Patrick J. and Evelyn M. Egan and Deceased Members of the Egan and McMahon Families 9:30 AM Ss Peter and Paul Parishioners 11:00 AM Jeannie Palermo (A) 12:30 PM Morgan Serino 5:30 PM Mr. and Mrs. Trinidad Gonzalez and Mr. and Mrs. Jose luz Salénas (LATIN MASS) 8:00 PM Mary Ryan (A)

Holy Family Chapel 9:30 AM 11:00 AM

Joseph Kupsche (B) Broccolo and Shabel Families

PARISH SACRIFICIAL GIVING We sincerely thank everyone for their contributions! For the new fiscal year, the weekly Sunday collection goal is $47,822.

Fiscal Year-to-Date Information (as of 12-10-12) Fiscal Year-to-Date Goal:

$ 1,147,735

Actual Year-to-Date Collections Including Credit Cards:

$ 1,074,027

Amount Below Goal:

$

-73,708

Weekly Sunday Goal (based on 52 Sundays):

$

47,822

December 9, 2012 Regular Collection:

$

49,729

December 2012 Credit Card Collection:

$

8,400

December 9, 2012 Capital Reserve Gifts:

$

106

Year-to-Date Capital Reserve Gifts:

$

12,528

Note: The parish will receive donations, usually by mail, with the request for the donation to be applied to Sunday offerings. These donations would not be included in a specific Sunday offering collection total but are included in the total year-to-date collections.

The next Parish Sacrificial Giving update will be included in the December 30, 2012 bulletin.


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Third Sunday of Advent

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Please Pray For... PRAY FOR THE SICK

PRAYING FOR THE SICK AND DECEASED

Please remember in your prayers, the following people who are seriously ill and others who are suffering with long-term or terminal illnesses:

Please note that if you wish to have a family member or friend’s name included with the petition for the sick which is read at weekend Masses, you must call the parish office by 3 PM on Saturday. Your loved one’s name will automatically be added into the sick list in the bulletin the following weekend. If you add a loved one’s name to the petition when you come to Mass, please follow up with a phone call to the parish office on Monday so the name may be included with the sick list in the bulletin. In the interest of keeping our sick list current, the first weekend in January we will remove names put on prior to November 1st, unless we hear from you or a family member that you wish a name to remain on the list. Call the Office, 630-355-1081, to add, remove or keep a name on the sick list. Deceased loved ones who are buried from SS. Peter and Paul Parish are automatically named in the bulletin and in the petition read at weekend Masses. Other recently deceased loved ones may be added to the petitions by calling the parish office by 3 PM on Saturday.

Kelsey Allen, Don Anderson, Donald Arter, Lorraine Babyar, Patrick D. Bakke, Donald Ballou, Paul Barber, Cullen Barry, Shirley Bayer, Peter Beerse, Christine Bermes, Steven Bermes, Genowefa Bogusz, Kathy Bohenek, Robert Boisdorf, Chris Boncza-Skrzynecki, Donna Booth, Rose Briceno, Evelyn Brown, Andrew “Al” Bryk, Margaret Bumford, Natalia Carlos, Sharon Carter, Collette Cerulin, Colette Cerulla, Mary Beth Cesare, George Chmielarz, Tim Collins, Eric Condon, Mike Considine, John Cooper, John Corcoran, Dan Crowley, Fortunato Cruz, Victoria Cruz, Baby Jackson Allen Curtis, Msgr. John Dalton, Scott Dawson, Bob Dee, Norma DeLaHoz, Warren Dixon, Jr., Diane Dobbs, William Dobbs, Lonnie Donahue, George Dreas, Lionel Dredze, Alice Durma, Robert Egan, Karen Eggen, Estela Encarnado, Charles Farrell, Thomas Farrell, Charles Faso, III, Marilyn Feder, Betsy Feliciano, Mina Fernandez, Nick Fisher, Julie Flick, Richard Flick, Robert Flick, Fr. Cassian Folsom, O.S.B., Fran Ford, Donald Fox, George Franicevic, Mary Ann Freitag, Mary Kay Gabriel, Cardinal Francis George, Mary Ann Gergits, Mary GinnanRenzas, Peggy Glass, Brian Goebel, Mary Gorecki, Jennie Grendahl, Judy Grganto, Paul Guinand, Eva Gustilo, John Haas, Kamran Hashemi, Sami Henderson, Constance Hennessy, Fr. Dan Hessling, Penny Holtz, Bernie Hurd, Darrell Hutton, Bishop Joseph Imesch, Abraham Isaac, Kenneth Jacob, Jan Janczak, Dolores Janik, Mark Jenkins, Paul Jewulski, Christine Jilek, Catherine Jurkowski, Joseph Kadlec, Nick Karas, Laurie Karuhn, Laura Keistler, Mike Kelly, Father George Klepec, Winifred Kolar, Steven Kolinski, Noreen Koppers, Irene Korczyk, Norbert Korczyk, Theresa Krass, Thomas Krauss, Marian Kreger, Dorothy Krushing, Jean Kuhn, Frances Kuhrt, Ben Kujawa, Alyce Kurzawa, Edmund Kurzawa, Mark Landiak, Samantha Lent, Thomas Lewandowski, Ann Lindberg, Michael Litz, Vi Livernash, Joanne Lobello, Albert Lowe, Albert Lucchessi, Maria Macedo, Monica Macedo, Ed Main, Melody Majewski, Baby GracieMae Mason, Joseph Mathews, Rose Marks, David McCarthy, Ian Patrick McDonagh, Patrick McDonagh, Margaret McDonnell, Patricia McEttrick, Jenna McKeown, Jeannine Meyer, Jeff Miller, Thomas Mittelhauser, Frank Mixa, Tom Mlyniec, Kim Moershel, Stephen Moershel, Brian Monaghan, Joseph Montani, Kathy Moran, Sean Moriarty, Jerzy Mraz, Ralph Mumper, Roger Mumper, Jeffrey Nestor, Quang Nguyen, Judith Nicoski, Dennis Nielsen, Frank Nitti, Thomas Martin O’Grady, Robert O’Malley, Kritter O’Sulliva, Jim O’Toole, Matthew Ousterout, Dr. Jim Paul, Carolynn Pavini, Antonia Petting, Patty Piekarczyk, Robin Prairie, Theresa Pratt, Walter Prochorow, Mary Rauch, Tom Rehak, Deacon Tom Richardt, Elizabeth Ritscherle, Fr. Gerald Riva, Katie Rommel, Vicki Rommel, Mary Rudnick, Peter Ruocco, Harrison Ruzicka, Michael Rynne, Julie Sanchez, Catherine Sawner, Charles Schenk, Betty Scholp, Robert Scholp, Sr., Virginia Schultz, Kristen E. Setinc, Sr. Aniceta Skube, O.P., John Smith, Mary Smith, Millie Solis, Fred Sparks, Fr. Christopher Steinle, Robert Stephen, John Stewart, Tom Stone, Allison Surin, George Svec, Lea Sweet, Eleanore Syoen, Eileen Szarek, Susan Szczech, Ellen Tarantino, Michelin Taylor, Sheila Thornley, Jeannie Thorpe, Bernice Tokarski, Bernard Toussaint, Dave Ulcycki, Christopher Vacek, Laine VanHoutan, Noah VanHoutan, Charles Villaseñor, Baby Daniel Vollman, Heather Vollman, Sarah Weiglos, Marie Williams, James Wilson, Vernon Witte, Debbie Wold, Becky Wolfe, Dorothy Wurmmest, Andrea Yarger, Rena Yarshen, Stephanie YoungHayes, Bill Yudchitz, Baby Regina Rose Zellner, Jayne Zenker, Linda Zenunovic, Phyllis Zenzola, Helen Zgoda, Loretta Zilis and Joseph Zver. Newly added this week: John Kennedy and Mark Schumacher. May they and their families be comforted by our prayers and Our Lord’s compassion.

We wish to offer our sympathy and a promise of our prayers to family and friends on the death of Esther Cacini, Mary C. Graham, Shirley Incaudo, Patrick Jarrett Jr. and Robert Schnabble.

Please Remember in Prayer our Men and Women Serving in the Military U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joseph Burns Daniel Caddigan Captain Frank Girdwain Sr. Airman Mike McDonnell Airman 1st Class Zachary McKenty Lt. Scott Paeth Major Tamara Prasse Sr. Airman Daniel Shea Zurich Shanahan Senior Airman Amanda Shea Sgt. Nicole Finnigan Underwood U.S. Army Major Ron Beaucaire PFC Daniel Bowe 2nd Lt. Michael Caddigan Captain John J. Case Major Mary Cassidy Major Richard Collage Captain Tom Crane Major Thomas E. Goerling 1 Lt. Josh Laz Captain Stephen Laz Captain Aimee Laz Park PFC Christopher Pavini PFC Steven Powell Captain Michael Predny 2nd Lt. Andrew J. Prunty Harrison Ruzicka, SPEC. 4 Sgt. 1st Class Pamela Schmecht SPC Robert Surran Sgt. Shaun Toney SPC Craig Vladika Captain Christopher White 1st Lt. Eileen White Sgt. Kellen Jones

U.S. Coast Guard P.D. John McNellis U.S. Marine Corps LCPL Jonathan Bonus Corporal Carlos Botero LCPL Marco A. Botero LCPL Daniel Botero Captain Kevin Bowler 1st Lt. Donald J. Carlsen CWO2 John Crites Sgt. Richard DiBiaso Sgt. Luke Focer LCPL Daniel P. Hodgman 2nd Lt. Eric Hovey Sgt. Ivan Karamysev Captain Pete Keough Gy Sgt. Conor Mahoney Sgt. Steven Oleksy II LCPL Matthew Prasse Corporal Joseph Taylor Staff Sgt. Marcin Tutaj U.S. Navy Lt. Ellen Bock Lt. Thomas Bock Ben Craig, AFW2 Commander Anthony Giglio Lt. Tom Kuhrt Commander Chris Kurgan Patrick Marsh, HM2 Lt. Kaleb Moore Captain Debra Scheel Lt. Kasey Scheel Lt. Matthew Scheel Bruce A. Zayas

If you would like to have a serviceman or woman included in the military remembrance list in the bulletin, please call the parish office at 630-3551081. To arrange a welcome home for your soldier or marine, contact Donna Morsovillo of Operation Welcome You Home at 630-302-2638 or donna@welcomeyouhome.org.


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Pray with us at the Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic in Aurora SSPP’S Next Third-Tuesday-of-the-Month Prayer Commitment: Tuesday, December 18th, 9 AM- 6 PM. Sign up for one hour at www.familiesagainstplannedparenthood.org or contact Kristi or Catie at sspplife@gmail.com A Ss. Peter & Paul Priest or Deacon prays at the clinic each Tuesday at 2:00 PM.

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READINGS FOR THE WEEK Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: 20Saturday: Sunday:

Gn 49:2, 8-10; Ps 72:1-4ab, 7-8, 17; Mt 1:1-17 Jer 23:5-8; Ps 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19; Mt 1:1825 Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a; Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17; Lk 1:5-25 Is 7:10-14; Ps 24:1-6; Lk 1:26-38 Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a; Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 21; Lk 1:39-45 1 Sm 1:24-28; 1 Sm 2:1, 4-8abcd; Lk 1:46-56 Mi 5:1-4a; Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19; Heb 10:510; Lk 1:39-45

All are encouraged to come.

If you love children and enjoy spending time with them, the Nursery has a part time position for you! The Nursery is looking for an individual (21 years of age or older) to work two Sundays a month for the 9:30am and 11:00am Mass. Qualified applicants must have completed “Protecting God’s Children.” Please contact Donna Widmann, Nursery Coordinator at 630-718-2165 to discuss this opportunity and apply.

Please note: There will be no Men’s Evening of Recollection on Monday, December 24th.

“The Word became flesh to be our model of holiness: ‘Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me.’ ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.’ On the mountain of the Transfiguration, the Father commands: ‘Listen to him!’ Jesus is the model for the Beatitudes and the norm of the new law: ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ This love implies an effective offering of oneself, after his example.” (CCC, n. 459)

ROSARY Come pray with us each Tuesday evening in the Church beginning at 7:30 PM. With our Rosaries, we will ask our Lady to intercede for our Holy Father’s special intention of the month, as well as for our own intentions and for world peace without the threat of terrorism. On the third Tuesday of the month, there will be a Rosary Holy Hour with Benediction. All are most welcome to join us. If there is a special intention that you would like to have remembered during the weekly Rosary, please email sspprosary@gmail.com or come to the Tuesday Rosary to add your intention.

se Plea e o N t

The 10:00am Tuesday confessions have been temporarily cancelled. The Tuesday morning confessions will resume on January 22, 2013.

Knights of Columbus Council No. 1369 Happenings 615 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville, IL 60563 www.napervillekofc.org

12-20 – Thursday – Adoration Chapel – 7 to 8 PM – Social to follow location TBD – (Eddie Collins) 12-25 – Tuesday – Merry Christmas 01-08 – Tuesday – Business Meeting – 7:30 PM 01-14 – Monday – Columbian Squires Meeting – 7:00 PM 01-19 – Saturday – Pro-Life Rosary at Planned Parenthood – 9:00 AM (John Zabinski) – PRAYERS NEEDED 01-20 – Sunday – Free Throw Contest – 7:00 to 9:00 PM @ SSPP Gymnasium (John Moran) 01-22 – Tuesday – Officers and Directors Planning Meeting – 7:00 PM (Larry Pociask) 01-24 – Thursday – Adoration Chapel – 7 to 8 PM – Social to follow location TBD – (Eddie Collins) The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic Men’s Fraternal Service Organization founded by Father McGivney. All of the good works we do are informed by our four core principles: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. The Knights also have an insurance program that has a top notch rating. For more information, please contact our Grand Knight, Edward Collins at 815-782-7388 or our Membership Director, Nick Thompson at 815-871-4218. The KC Hall is available for parties and meetings. Contact Rich Lichter at 630-355-2476 for more information. Our aluminum can collection has been a great success. It has provided us the funding we need to support our priests and seminarians. Please continue to drop off your aluminum cans next to the trailer behind the KC Hall.


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The New Evangelization Lighthouse Catholic Media CD’s Over the last few years, more than 8,000 CD’s have been distributed through the parish. Take a moment to stop by the kiosks at the entrance to the Church, Holy Family Chapel, and Adoration Chapel, and see the array of great Catholic speakers available. Titles for Advent and Christmas are now available. These CD’s make great stocking-stuffers and additions for under the Christmas tree – give a gift and evangelize at the same time! The Lighthouse CD’s are a great resource for the parish, but recently donations have fallen short of covering the costs. Please be sure to drop in the $3 donation for each CD, and, if possible, consider throwing in an extra dollar to ensure the perpetuation of this great outreach. Thanks! Gifts of Finest Wheat Winter Sessions Mark your calendars now for the next round of Gifts of Finest Wheat. Gifts of Finest wheat is an ongoing adult education opportunity at the parish. This Winter, we will focus on the topic of Revelation: God Speaks to His People by studying the document of Vatican II, Dei Verbum. The Pope has asked us to study the documents of Vatican II in this Year of Faith; will you answer his call? We will meet for 6 Thursday evenings beginning Thursday, January 10th, from 7-8:30pm. No registration or fees required.

Ongoing Adult Education Opportunities The Main Event –a thorough study of the Catholic Faith. The Main Event is open to anyone who wishes to come. Join us every Tuesday evening from 7:30-9:00 in the Ministry Center Social Hall. Couldn’t make it to our adult formation events live? Check out The Fisherman’s Net, your online portal to the New Evangelization at Ss. Peter and Paul: www.thefishermansnet.net. Also, be sure to visit the main parish web site (www.sspeterandpaul.net) and click on the icons in the upper right hand corner to follow the parish on Facebook and Twitter. Praised be Jesus Christ! Mike Brummond Director of the New Evangelization

EVENING PRAYER AND BENEDICTION

You are cordially invited to our

Please join us for Evening Prayer (Vespers) and Benediction, held every Thursday at 6:00pm in the St. Francis Adoration Chapel.

Young at Heart

CHRISTMAS PARTY

PRAYER NETWORK If prayers are needed, please call Jay Albarran at 961-3835 or Connie Wanberg at 355-3056.

Pro-Life Rosary The SS. Peter and Paul Pro-Life Prayer Group invites all members of the parish, friends, relatives, etc. to join them each Tuesday afternoon at 2:00pm to pray the Rosary for Life at the Planned Parenthood abortion Facility in Aurora. The Rosary is led each week by one of the parish priests or deacons, and is offered for the sake of our endangered preborn infants, and for the conversion of the staff and customers of that clinic. No sign-up is necessary for this spiritual effort against the work of the facility. Just bring your Rosary and a friend, and spend 25 minutes in this most important petition to the Lord against the work of the clinic. The Planned Parenthood facility is located at 3051 E. New York St., one block east of Eola Road. Ample parking is available in the lot of the Blockbuster video store.

Tuesday, December 18th 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In the Ministry Center Social Hall (lower level) • • • • •

Luncheon Entertainment Christmas Carol Sing-Along Games Raffle

Cost: $9.00 Please make checks payable to Ss Peter & Paul Church and send them by December 11th to Deacon Michael Crowell. Questions? Contact Deacon Michael at mcrowell@sspeterandpaul.net or (630) 718-2197 Parking will be available in the Jr. High lot


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St. Boniface’s Christmas Tree Saint Boniface’s birth name was Winfrith. He was born in Crediton (England) in the year 680. At an early age he felt that he was called to become a priest. First he went to a Benedictine monastic school at Exeter. He was a competent scholar. After a few years he went to another monastery at Nursling. There he became a Benedictine monk and later a Catholic priest. At the age of 36, in the year 716, he set off for the area known as Frisia (near modern day Holland), and embarked upon a mission to bring Christianity to the pagan peoples of the region. Finding it a great challenge to get his message across to these Norse pagans, Winfrith decided to go to Rome to seek some help for his conversion mission. He met with Pope Gregory. The Pope was impressed by Winfrith and his love of learning and his desire to spread Christianity. It was here that Winfrith was given the name Boniface by the Pope. In 722 Boniface was made a bishop and sent north to what is now central Germany. Although he was a bishop, he had no defined boundaries to his new “diocese”. He built an Abbey at Fulda (some 90 km North East of the modern city of Frankfurt). It became his spiritual domicile. He spent the next 30 years of his life establishing abbeys, monasteries and other religious centers, throughout central Europe. He was made an Archbishop in 732 by Pope Gregory II. For many years Boniface longed to return to the challenge of converting the northern pagans of Frisia. In his early 70s, he left his position at Fulda and set off with a party of fellow monks bound for Frisia. As legend has it, upon his return to the north, Boniface came across a human sacrifice taking place at the foot of an oak tree (oak trees were symbolic of the Pagan god Thor) in Geismar. Boniface stopped the sacrifice and took an axe and chopped down the mighty tree. Then, pointing to an evergreen (fir tree) that was growing at the roots of the fallen oak, Boniface said, “This humble tree's wood is used to build your homes: let Christ be at the centre of your households. Its leaves remain evergreen in the darkest days: let Christ be your constant light. Its boughs reach out to embrace and its top points to heaven: let Christ be your comfort and guide.” Legend has it that he used the triangular shape of the fir tree to describe the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Soon word of Boniface’s actions spread throughout the region. Pagans in the region began to accept Christianity as their belief. Most of the region however, was still problematic and hostile toward Christianity. On the June 5th, 754 Boniface and his fellow monks were attacked while on their way to spread the gospel to the town of Dokkum, Boniface was killed. His body was taken by the monks back to Fulda, and was eventually interred in the Abbey. Today this tomb is located in a crypt beneath the high altar of the baroque Cathedral at Fulda. He was canonized as a Saint shortly after his martyrdom. His feast day is June 5th. (Sources: The Catholic Encyclopedia, National Shrine to St Boniface, U.K.)

Submitted by Kevin Neis

CATHOLIC CHARITIES SERVES NEEDY FAMILIES

Attention Parishioners and Visitors Please consider spending an hour with our Lord. Adorers are needed for the following hours:

Sunday 2am Thursday 3pm Friday 6pm Saturday 11am Saturday noon Saturday 5pm Please consider visiting with our Lord at this time. Call Barb at 630-885-1726 or blandiak@gmail.com

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, hopes to make Christmas a little brighter for low income and homeless families in DuPage County. This year, through the Agency's Holiday Outreach Program, approximately one thousand children and their parents have already been "adopted" by donors and parishes. Although most families were "adopted" during the early fall months, Catholic Charities is still in great need of monetary donations to purchase gift cards for food and clothing for families who will ask for our help before and during the Christmas holidays. Your donation to purchase food and gift cards for these families and their children may be mailed to Catholic Charities' Holiday Outreach Program, 26 W. St. Charles Road, Lombard, IL 60148. If you prefer, you may donate small denomination ($10, $25 and $50) gift cards for area grocery stores and department stores (example: Target, Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Kohl's). Catholic Charities relies on the continued generosity of the community to help them serve every needy family. Thank you and God bless you.


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Youth News

ELIZABETH MINISTRY

The Saints Peter and Paul youth group is a great opportunity for teens to grow in their Catholic faith, and to put their faith into action. Our teens face tremendous obstacles and prejudice for their beliefs. Some of our teens have experienced ridicule for simply wanting to express their faith. This is very troubling, but our response should not be one of despair or anger. On the contrary, the right response is a proactive one. I firmly hold and believe that the youth group at Saints Peter and Paul is helping to deepen the teens’ relationship with God, as well as providing them with reasonable explanations for their faith. I also believe that the youth group is challenging the teens to be devout and loyal disciples of Christ and his Church.

As Mary went in haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth who was with a child to help and comfort her, so does our Elizabeth Ministry for all those who are in need. If you have experienced infertility, loss of a pregnancy, an infant or child death, you are not alone, many of our parish families have experienced the same and the Elizabeth Ministry would like to help you through it. On the other hand, if you are expecting for the first time, or you are new parents who just had a baby or adopted a child, the Elizabeth Ministry would like to celebrate with you and offer our services to you. Through prayers, adoration hours, and sharing personal experiences, our ministers will try to bring you some peace and comfort no matter what your situation is. Contact Sarah at: 630-809-5925 or at: elizabeth_ministry@sbcglobal.net.

The teen years are extremely busy and full of endless commitments. From getting that first driver’s license to sports, our teens are busy. There is no getting around that reality. However, statics show that there is a staggering number of Catholics who stop practicing their faith during their teen years and early adulthood. I do not believe that the reason that so many stop practicing their faith is because they are bad people. I believe that so many of our young people have never truly encountered Christ in a personal and real way. Also, I believe that many of our young people do not advance in the understanding and knowledge of their faith beyond an elementary level. Thus, as they mature and grow to adulthood, their faith stagnates and eventually disappears. While this is not the case with all of our young people, this is a reality and a challenge that our Church is facing. For the upcoming New Year, I invite all the teens who are between eighth and twelfth grade to join us on one of our upcoming youth nights. I also invite the parents to contact me and discuss how we can help the teens of our parish grow in their Catholic faith.

Please join us as we go to Drury Lane Theater to see

Youth Group Info: Mondays Bible Study – 7-9pm in the Teen Zone Thursdays Youth Night – 7-9pm in the Teen Zone If you have any questions, please contact me at: mlewandowski@sspeterandpaul.net (630) 718-2131. Sincerely, Mike Lewandowski

PREGNANT? NEED HELP? Waterleaf Women's Center National Birthright National Pregnancy Hotline National Adoption Hotline Rachel’s Vineyard Natural Family Planning The Nurturing Network Crisis Pregnancy Woman’s Choice Services Project Gabriel

630-701-6270 1-800-848-LOVE 1-800-535-9947 1-202-463-7563 1-866-99-4-GIVE 1-815-834-4065 1-800-TNN-4MOM 1-800-67-BABY-6 1-800-NO-ABORT 630-261-9221 1-877-734-2444

Date:

Thursday January 3rd, 2013

Time:

We’ll meet at the Church at 10:30am. Luncheon 11:30 - Show 1:30

Cost:

$40 per person

(Please make checks to Ss Peter and Paul Church and send them to Deacon Michael Crowell by 12/13/2012) Also indicate on your check whether or not you will be needing transportation to and from Drury Lane and also indicate your preference of chicken or fish. Questions? – Call Deacon Michael at (630) 718-2197 or email: mcrowell@sspeterandpaul.net


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Focus on Marriage From the Catholic Conference of Illinois’ Marriage Toolkit: 5) Marriage is not necessarily about raising children. What about heterosexual couples who are infertile or beyond childbearing age? If they can get married, why not a same-sex couple? A married heterosexual couple unable to have children due to age or infertility is a tragic yet foreseen way of life in accord with the natural law. However, their marriage remains valid because it is still unitive. Moreover, the marriage is procreative as this man and woman, biologically and neurologically wired differently, come together and complement one another in a special way. Their union involves not two of the same thing, but one entirely new union made up of different parts. This marriage is uniquely fulfilling because it embodies the fullness of humanity in microcosm. This complementarity – two radically different kinds of human beings joining – brings about the potential for a dramatic growth in fulfillment and holiness. Thus, marriage, even when children are not possible, remains a vocation. New life in the spouses emerges from their complementarity. Further, any heterosexual couple has the potential to be a mother and father to any children born or adopted. A same-sex couple inherently lacks the potential to be mother and father. 6) Shouldn’t same-sex couples have the same rights as other couples – like inheritance rights, hospital visitation, health care coverage, etc.? The fact is Illinois’ civil union law already provides these benefits. If there are certain accommodations for same-sex unions that still need to be and can be conceded by law, let’s look at those on a case by case basis. There is no reason to redefine and thus undermine marriage along the way.

One small change in your life.... can light the lives of many others

Create a Ripple – Catholic Relief Services “Whoever gives even a drink of cold water to one of the least of these my followers, will receive his reward.” Matthew 10:42 Catholic Relief Services CRS Rice Bowl Lenten program began in 1975 in the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania as an ecumenical response to the drought in the African Sahel. For more than 35 years, CRS Operation Rice Bowl has offered Catholics in the United States a way to connect with our brothers and sisters in need around the world through the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Nearly 13,000 faith communities across the United States participate in the program each Lent to demonstrate solidarity with the poor around the world. In 2012, Operation Rice Bowl was changed to CRS Rice Bowl to provide a year round activity to support the poor and vulnerable around the world. CRS Rice Bowl develops resources for parishes, schools, individuals and families. Pray with your family and faith community; fast in solidarity with those who hunger; learn more about the challenges of poverty overseas; and give sacrificial contributions to support those in need, you can make a difference in our world. Email: educationprograms@crs.org. “Create a Ripple” is an activity of the Joliet Diocese Social Justice Coalition (JDSJC), a ministry of the Office for Human Dignity, is made up of parishes and religious institutions in the diocese. Standing firmly on the ground of Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, led by the Spirit, afire for social justice, we are centered in prayer and united in right relationships as we raise awareness, educate, and take action to create a just world locally, nationally, and internationally. Please join us. Email: peace@dioceseofjoliet.org.


December 16, 2012

Third Sunday of Advent

St. Francis Chapel of Eucharistic Adoration Flame of Faith Candles Six candles burn perpetually around the Blessed Sacrament in our St. Francis Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. The burning candles serve as a constant prayer before the Lord, present in the Blessed Sacrament. Envelopes for you to have your intention remembered with one of these candles and prayed for ONE WEEK (Sunday to Sunday) are available in the Adoration Chapel. The intentions will be published in the bulletin.

Flame of Faith intentions for the week of Dec. 16th: The seven Day Devotional Candles, at the altar of our Lord, in the Saint Francis Adoration Chapel, are being offered for the following intentions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

For continued recovery of a loved one. For parents’ health. For the repose of the soul of Luise Kober Boldenweck. For the protection and safety of the Yaqoob family. For the rescinding of the HHS mandate. For improvement and healing of parents.

FLAME OF FAITH

Correction: Candle intention for 12/9 incorrectly stated for the repose of the soul of Mary Edward Selig, it should have been for the repose of the soul of Harry Edward Selig. Our apologies to the Selig family and we pray for the repose of the soul of Harry Selig.

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING MINISTRY Please know that any financial gift you can make to our ministry this holiday season in a pink THM envelope will be used to directly help the 4 homeless families currently in our program. Your tax-deductible contribution will enable us to continue to do God's work by helping these families with children have temporary housing and hope as they work so very hard to become self-sufficient. For more information, please call Jack Flowers at 630- 355-4886. Everyone involved in THM wishes you very blessed Christmas season!

Decorating the Church and Chapel for Christmas If you are one of those people who enjoy decorating your home for the holidays, we have a special opportunity for you. Come help us decorate our church and chapel. We will start decorating on December 20th and will do the final decorating on December 24th. Please call Pam Adamski at 630-355 -0222 if you would like to be included.

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Sadly, many women, men and families suffer at this time of year from an abortion experience. Possibly the best gift you can give someone in this situation is to refer them to someone trained to offer help and hope through the eyes of the Church. In our diocese, Rachel's Vineyard retreats have helped hundreds find peace and healing. The next retreat is scheduled for May 3-5 at the St. Charles Center in Romeoville. Contact Kay at 1-866-99-4GIVE. In addition, all pregnancy resource centers have trained staff and/or volunteers that can assist with post-abortion counseling. A great website to share with family and friends is www.hopeafterabortion.com The best Advent and Christmas gift to moms seeking an abortion is our prayers and presence. Most of the time we will never know how many hearts were changed, but God knows. Please consider praying in front of Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, December 18th. Our parish commitment is for PP's hours of operation and you can see the open hours and sign up at www.familiesagainstplannedparenthood.org; or you can just show up to pray the rosary at 10:00 AM with a group from our parish. Also, a reminder that a priest and/or deacon from SSPP says the rosary every Tuesday at 2:00 PM. This is a huge commitment on their part so let's support them whenever we can.

Legion of Mary Our Lady of Sorrows Praesidium… We welcome you to join us in praying the rosary and devotional prayers in the spirit of faith and in union with our Blessed Virgin Mother, as we fulfill the spiritual needs of our parish community. The Legion of Mary is the largest worldwide apostolic association of lay people in the Catholic Church who are devoted to our most Blessed Virgin Mother. Meetings are held every Monday evening from 7-8:30pm in the Ministry Center, Room 227, upper level. Please contact Paulette Shea at 630-718-2127 if you have any questions.

MOMS GROUP The MOMs (Meeting Other Mothers) Group brings together Catholic mothers committed to family and community service. We meet monthly for support, friendship and affirmation of our role as Catholic mothers. Our fellowship opportunities include playgroups, meals for moms, rosaries, service activities, moms’ night out and children’s activities. Check out our web link from the SSPP home page: http://www.sspeterandpaul.net/moms-group/ Please email ssppmoms@gmail.com for more information on group events. MOMs Group is always excited to welcome new members!


December 16, 2012

Third Sunday of Advent

BAPTISM INFORMATION What about Baptism? Do you want to have your child baptized? What a joy it is to experience the gift of new life that God gives to His people. Immediately the mystery of God’s love is revealed in the mystery of His creative power which He allows Christian parents to share. Ss. Peter and Paul Parish rejoices with all parents beholding this tremendous gift. Since the Sacrament of Baptism is essential to the Christian life, Ss. Peter and Paul Parish abides by all the norms set forth by the Catholic Church in administering the Sacrament of Baptism. We want the baptism of your child to bear the full Grace that Christ bestows in this sacrament and we do not want any obstacles which would be created by not following these norms. These norms are laid down by the Roman Catholic Church and are age old and time tested norms. We ask all parents to understand the sacred nature of this sacrament which these norms protect and therefore the inability for Ss. Peter and Paul Parish to compromise these norms without endangering this sacred character. The code of canon law declares: Baptism, the gate to the sacraments, necessary for salvation in fact or at least in intention, by which men and women are freed from their sins, are reborn as children of God and, configured to Christ by an indelible character, are incorporated in the Church, is validly conferred only by washing with true water together with the required form of words.1 Further, in order to celebrate the sacrament of baptism licitly the priest must have a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic religion; if such a hope is altogether lacking, the baptism is to be put off according to the prescription of the law and the parents are to be informed of the reason.”2 Please note that this is a direct quotation from the Code of Canon Law which is the universal law of the Roman Catholic Church. This well-founded hope is manifested not simply by the parents’ statements but also by their actions. The parents manifest this founded hope when they attend Mass regularly and seek an on-going relationship with the Church. 1 2

CIC 1983, canon 849. CIC 1983, canon 868,2.

Godparents When choosing godparents, it behooves the couple to be quite selective. The purpose of the godparent is to guide the child in the ways of the faith so that they might reach heaven. The Code of Canon Law explains that the godparent is one who “will help the baptized to lead a Christian life in harmony with baptism, and to fulfill faithfully the obligations connected with it.” This godparent must: • Have completed the sixteenth year.3 • Be a Catholic who has received their first communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation.4 • Lead a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken.5 • Not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared.6 • Not be the father or the mother.7 A life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken means

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someone who is practicing their faith weekly, believes what the Church believes, is validly married in the Church or living a chaste single life and has no other obstacles to being a good Catholic example of Christian life. A person of another Christian denomination or other religion cannot be a godparent; however, a Christian person of another Christian denomination may serve as a Christian witness which is not a godparent and whose name does not appear on the baptismal certificate.8 A Catholic cannot be a Christian witness. Any Catholic party is bound by the laws which govern godparents, cf. above. An individual who has left the Catholic faith cannot be a Christian witness because they have freely chosen no longer to live the Catholic faith. Parents may choose to have only one godparent. If the parents choose to have two godparents, one must be male and one female.9 The relationship of two godparents emulates spiritually the parenthood of the biological parents. Just as it is impossible to have two biological parents who are of the same sex so is it impossible to have two godparents of the same sex. 3

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CIC 1983, canon 874, 1. CIC 1983, canon 874, 1 7 CIC 1983, canon 874, 1 9 CIC 1983, canon 873

CIC 1983, canon 874, 1 CIC 1983, canon 874, 1 8 CIC 1983, canon 874, 2

In order to avoid any embarrassment on your part, it is advisable that you contact the parish office prior to choosing your godparents. Your godparents will be asked to have their parish priest fill out a godparents form testifying that they fulfill the canonical requirements. SSPP offers a Baptism Preparation Class for parents on either the 1st OR 2nd Monday of each month beginning at 7:30 PM in the St. Paul Center for the New Evangelization (formerly called Pastoral Hall). Our next class is Monday, January 7. If this is your first child, you MUST attend a class before receiving a date for your baby’s baptism. (Both mom and dad are asked to attend. Godparents are also encouraged to attend.) Please sign up for the class by calling the Parish Office, 630-355-1081. (Your family should be registered with the parish in order to have your child baptized.) If you have attended a class within the last 10 years (at any parish) you need not re-attend. If you attended at Ss. Peter and Paul, simply call the office to schedule your baby’s baptism and provide the date you attended; if you attended at another parish, you will be asked to provide a letter of verification. Generally, we baptize at SSPP each Sunday of the month, (except the 2nd Sunday), at 2 PM. We also schedule baptisms on the 2nd Sunday of each month during the 11:00 AM Chapel Mass or the 12:30 PM Church Mass. (The only exception is if a special Mass or event is scheduled by the parish.) Because baptism is meant to be a celebration of the community, we DO NOT schedule private baptisms. Also, we make every effort to limit the number of children baptized at our group ceremony to six and at Mass to two. Please check with the Parish Office to make certain the date you want is available before making plans with your family. The offering to the church for a baptism is $20.00. Couples may pay when they attend the Baptismal Preparation class or they can send payment to the parish office. Required paperwork MUST be submitted to the parish office no later than ten (10) business days prior to the baptismal date, or your date will be rescheduled. This includes all necessary information regarding family records and godparents. A sponsor certificate must be provided by each godparent who belongs to a different parish. The proper sponsor certificate for SSPP will be distributed at our preparation classes and may also be downloaded from our parish website. Christian witnesses are most welcome to celebrate with the family and community, but please note they are not recorded as sponsors on the baptismal certificate or in the baptismal register. Thank you for your cooperation and may Almighty God bless you and your family.


December 16, 2012

Third Sunday of Advent

MEN’S ANNUAL JESUIT RETREAT - 2013 Men from various Naperville area parishes annually attend a weekend Silent Retreat, modeled on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola, held at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington. Our 2013 retreat will take place on the weekend of February 22-24, 2013. Retreat Master for that weekend will be Fr. John P. Foley, S.J., founder of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago and Director of the Cristo Rey Network, which has established 24 high schools to serve disadvantaged and vulnerable youth throughout the U.S. Retreats begin with dinner at 7 P.M. Friday and end after 11:15 AM Mass on Sunday. Comfortable private rooms and delicious meals are provided for attendees. Due to the retreat’s popularity, we need to book places early. If you wish reserve a room or get further information on the Retreat, call Carroll Treacy at 630-420-7181 or e -mail to cjtreacysr@att.net N.B. Bellarmine Hall will offer 3 Silent Retreats in March and April 2013 for both women and men, plus 2 retreats for women only in April and May. Call Bellarmine Hall directly to get information, dates, and reservations for these special retreats at 847381-1261

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AURORA CENTRAL CATHOLIC PLACEMENT EXAM SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 2013 – 8:00 a.m. All 8th grade students are invited to take the Placement Exam at Aurora Central Catholic High School. The Placement Exam must be taken on this day in order to qualify for the many scholarships. Students are asked to arrive at 7:45 a.m. The exam will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude at approximately 11:45 a.m. No preregistration is needed. Exam fee $30.00 Attention Parents: Please join us during the Placement Exam for “Ask Father Etheredge” – A question and answer session! Join us for coffee, rolls, and pertinent information from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. For more information please call Brian Casey at (630) 907-0095 ext. 109 or email bcasey@auroracentral.com. Thank you!

Benet Academy Placement Exam Benet Academy in Lisle will administer the High School Placement Test (HSPT) on Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 9:00am12:00pm; 8:30 arrival. Admission priority is given to 8th grade Catholic applicants who test at Benet. The online application and more details can be found on the front page of www.benet.org.


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