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Group News

April 2013

Meeting Other Mothers

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Naperville, Illinois Chairs: Kelly Heffron 630-956-4550 Kate Henry 630-364-1579

Ministries Spiritual: Lisa Walton 231-329-3130 Service: Kelly Heffron 630-956-4550 Kate Henry 630-364-1579 Social: MOMs’Activities: Mary Beth Zabinski 630-369-8439 Children’s Activities: Susie Bentley 630-677-1197 Communications: Lynn Esser 630-857-9502

A Message From the Chairs Dear MOMs, He is Risen! We are so grateful for the blessings God has heaped upon us, especially for the Gift of his Beloved Son! Spring is upon us, and we are turning our thoughts to the end of our MOMs Group year and already thinking about next year! If you are ready to take on a committee role for the MOMs Group planning events or handling communications, we need your help! Please consider helping us this coming year. Contact the MOMs Group at if you are ready to serve your fellow moms in a leadership role. Thank you for considering it! Have a very blessed Easter Season!

Save the Date -Church tour; date to be determined

God bless you, Kelly & Kate MOMs Group Chairs

Rosary Playgroup Come join us with your intentions as we gather to pray the rosary at 9:30 AM. Thursday, 4/25 at Grace Soraparu’s Home 5S715 Starling Court (Steeple Run) Naperville, IL 60540 (630) 774-6704

**Watch for the Evite to RSVP. Children are very welcome to play and/or pray. If you are interested in hosting a future rosary-playgroup, please contact Lisa Walton at 231-329-3130

Spring Playgroups Spring playgroups meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Please contact the MOMs Group if you would like to participate.

The Divine Mercy April 7th is Divine Mercy Sunday The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us — all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC: A - Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world. B - Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us. C - Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive. This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread. The message and devotional practices proposed in the Diary of Saint Faustina are completely in accordance with the teachings of Church and are firmly rooted in the Gospel message of our Merciful Savior. Properly understood and implemented, they will help us grow as genuine followers of Christ. Spend time to learn more about the mercy of God, learn to trust in Jesus, and live your life as merciful to others, as Christ is merciful to you.

What are the Works of Mercy? Corporal Works Feed the hungry Give drink to the thirsty Clothe the naked Shelter the homeless Comfort the prisoners Visit the sick Bury the dead

Spiritual Works Teach the ignorant Pray for the living & dead Correct sinners Counsel those in doubt Console the sorrowful Bear wrongs patiently Forgive wrongs willingly

Divine Mercy information was obtained from website.

The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy How to Recite the Chaplet The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. The Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Faustina and followed by a closing prayer. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------1. Make the Sign of the Cross In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 2. Optional Opening Prayers You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. (Repeat three times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You! 3. Our Father Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen. 4. Hail Mary Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen. Continued...

The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy, continued 5. The Apostle's Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. 6. The Eternal Father Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. 7. On the Ten Small Beads of Each Decade For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. 8. Repeat for the remaining decades Saying the "Eternal Father" (6) on the "Our Father" bead and then 10 "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion" (7) on the following "Hail Mary" beads. 9. Conclude with Holy God (Repeat three times) Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. 10. Optional Closing Prayer Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

FREE Crops for Moms If you are interested in finishing some photo projects or would like to learn how to start scrapbooking your family memories, please contact Lisa Walton @ to attend her Free Workshops. You will find the time and tools you need to complete your photo projects. Bring your own beverage/snack if desired. Sessions are 9am-Noon and/or 7pm-10pm on the 2nd Wednesday and Last Friday of the month! Visit her website for more details

Advertisements Whether you have started a new business, are looking for a babysitter or having a garage sale, we are happy to share the information. **Disclaimer: The MOMs Group does not endorse any outside advertisement, nor does it provide recommendations.

Do you have an interest in helping with the MOMs Group? Even if you cannot make a daytime commitment this is a fantastic way to help. We are looking for moms who might be interested in and assisting with our Communications team . Please contact the MOMs Group @ or Lynn Esser @

Meals For MOMs Our Meals for MOMs ministry is designed to help families put a hot meal on the table during a stressful or overly busy time. Most often, we’re providing dinners over a two-week period for women who have just welcomed a new baby into the home. But the ministry can reach out to other families too...If you know of a family who needs this ministry please do not hesitate to contact the MOMs group. If you enjoy cooking and would like to help out, do not hesitate to contact us or volunteer when a sign-up email is sent out.

MOMs Group Website We are officially online! Check out our link from the SSPP home page.

Habemus Papam!!! We congratulate and welcome our new pope, Pope Francis I! May God give him infinite wisdom and grace as he shepherds our Church. Let us remember to pray for him and his intentions.

Let us be inspired to love with purity, kindness, courage and true intention. Prayer of St. Francis Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.

May you & your family be filled with a renewal of Faith, Hope and Love this Easter Season. Jesus we trust in you! Sincerely, The MOMs Group