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September 13, 2015 ♦ Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said to him in reply,

“You are the Christ.”

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

630-355-1081

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Parish Staff Directory SAINTS PETER AND PAUL CHURCH 36 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville, IL 60540 (PHONE) 630-355-1081 (FAX) 630-355-1179 Office Hours: Mon-Thurs 7:30 AM-5 PM; Fri 7:30 AM-1 PM Website: www.sspeterandpaul.net Facebook: SS Peter and Paul New Evangelization PRIESTS Father Thomas Milota, Pastor .......................................... 630-718-2106 Father Raj Kocherla, Parochial Vicar ............................... 630-718-2105 Father Sebastian Gargol, Parochial Vicar ......................... 630-718-2104 PERMANENT DEACONS Deacon Ron Brown ............................................................ 630-718-2153 Deacon Michael Crowell .................................................... 630-718-2197 Deacon Will Marrero .......................................................... 630-718-2217 Deacon Kevin Neis ............................................................. 630-718-2216 Deacon Roger Novak ......................................................... 630-718-2258 Deacon Thomas Rehak ....................................................... 630-718-2158 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: Elizabeth Simeo ....................................... 630-718-2110 BUSINESS OFFICE Finance Manager: Tom Boler ............................................. 630-718-2100 Accountant: Christine LaMourie ........................................ 630-718-2102 Accounting Assistant: Rhonda Mucerino ........................... 630-718-2109 Facilities Manager: Frank Partipilo .................................... 630-718-2163 SCHOOL OFFICE……………………... (PHONE) 630-355-0113 Principal: Karen Meskill………………………….(FAX) 630-355-9803 NEW EVANGELIZATION Director: Sr. Sandra Zorko, OSF ........................................ 630-718-2154 Administrative Asst/Webmaster: Denise Stephen .............. 630-718-2156 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OFFICE .........................630-357-2436 (FAX)630-357-2458 ATTENDANCE ......................................................... 630-355-1139 Director of Religious Education & Children’s Ministry: Theresa Pratt ................................. 630-718-2133 Office Manager: Peggy Partipilo ........................................ 630-718-2138 SACRED WORSHIP Director of Sacred Music: Matthew S. Sprinkle .............. .630-718-2119 Liturgical Ministries Coordinator: Deacon Michael Crowell ... 630-718-2197 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 Sr. Sandra Zorko, OSF, Young at Heart Director ............... 630-718-2154 NURSERY COORDINATOR Donna Widmann................................................................. 630-718-2165 PERPETUAL ADORATION VOICEMAIL ................630-355-1014 ext 2442 PARISH COUNCIL MEMBERS Thomas Lupinacci, President/ New Evangelization Commission Brendan Heffron, Vice-President/ Worship Commission Stewart Mattson, Secretary / Member at Large Jerry Buch, Administration Commission Cheri Obendorf, Religious Education Commission Saskhya Roache, Parish Life Representative Dick Pugliese, Christian Service Commission Tobias Schlueter, School Board Representative Stewart Mattson, Member at Large

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John Moravecek, Member at Large Kristine Lewandowski, Member at Large Barb Hoyt, Member at Large Steve Keeley, Member at Large Scott Jenkins, Member at Large

WEEKEND MASS SCHEDULE Church: Saturdays; 5:00 & 6:30 PM Sundays; 6:30, 8:00, 9:30, 11:00AM, 12:30, 5:30 (Tridentine) & 8:00 PM Holy Family Chapel Masses 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: Consult the parish bulletin or website or call the parish office at 630-355-1081. 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: 11:00 AM (Holy Family Chapel) and 7:00 PM (Church) (No 11:00AM Confessions on 2nd Tuesday of the month) Thursdays: 7:15 AM & 4:30 PM (Church) Saturdays: 4:00 PM (Holy Family Chapel) Sundays: 7:00 PM (Church) (Confessions are also heard at 10:30AM on the 4th 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. The parish will also permit any individual who has been confirmed in the parish or graduated from our parish school or graduated from North Central College to be married at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church following all other requirements and given the permission of their proper pastor. 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 We baptize at SSPP each Sunday of the month at 2 PM. 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 of Saints Peter and Paul, Father Gregory Schaffer - Missionary Priest Fr. Gregory Schaffer is a missionary serving in Venezuela. Interestingly, 19 years ago as I was being reassigned from Saints Peter and Paul to the Cathedral in Joliet, Father Schaffer was leaving his comfortable home in Saint Paul, Minnesota to begin his work as a missionary. During those 19 years in Venezuela, he has directed the construction of a clinic, an orphanage, a career education center, a church, and so many other projects to serve the people of his extremely large parish. Father Schaffer has been to Saints Peter and Paul previously and we are glad to welcome him back. He had hoped to bring his dance group with him this year, but they were not able to obtain visas to enter the country. Please be generous to the Mission of San Felix. If you were not able to contribute today, please simply make out a check to "Saints Peter and Paul Venezuelan Mission" and we will make sure that the Mission of San Felix receives your donation. You can drop that in the regular collection next week or bring it to the parish office. If you would like to contribute, please make sure you do it before the end of September because we will forward the funds at that time. "I am spiritual, but I don't believe in organized religion." I hear these words more often today than ever before; however, the National Catholic Register had an interesting citation this month: "A new study suggests that joining a religious group could do more for someone's sustained happiness than other forms of social participation, such as volunteering, playing sports or taking a class,' The Washington Post reported. 'A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology by researchers at the London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that the secret to sustained happiness lies in participation in religion.' Said Mauricio Avendano, an epidemiologist at LSE and an author of the study, in a statement, 'The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and also as a coping mechanism during periods of illness later in life.'" There certainly does seem to be some truth in that last statement. I cannot tell you how many times I have gone to anoint someone or bring them the sacraments during an illness or in advanced age and a complete sense of peace overwhelms them. The challenge is that one must be prepared during the course of their life for that last moment that gives way to eternal joy. The remedy is not just the emotional high one gets from one's faith, but the belief that the Divine and Almighty God loves them and dwells within them. How could anything else compete with that? Opening of RE On September 22nd, Tuesday, Religious Education Classes begin. Please keep our young people in your prayers as they continue to draw closer to Jesus Christ and His Church, engaging both heart and mind. Please also be careful as you drive by the parish on RE days, Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday afternoons and evenings. Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive The Knights’ Tootsie Roll Drive is coming up next week. You may know the Knights as those faithful men in their impressive garb and the swords at Mass, but they do a great deal of wonderful charitable work helping children and many others in need. If you see them out and about, please give them a big "Hidey-ho" and donate to the Tootsie Roll Drive. May Almighty God bless you and keep you.

In Christ,

Fr. Thomas A. Milota MONKS OF NORCIA – “BENEDICTA” CHANT CD Back by Popular Demand! Some of you may be familiar with the Benedictine Monks of Norcia in that their founder and prior, Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB, has visited and given several presentations on the liturgy here at Saints Peter & Paul in the last few years. The monks have recently recorded a CD of Marian chant, recorded on location at their monastery in Norcia. This recording can currently be heard in the church and Holy Family chapel during confessions. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, we have a limited number of the CD’s available in the parish office for $15.00 each. The proceeds go to support the Monks of Norcia.


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September 8, 2015 Dear Parishioners, Thank you! Saints Peter and Paul had an operating deficit the two years prior to the fiscal year 2015; however, due to the generosity of our parishioners' response to our stewardship campaign, the strict fiscal responsibility of our administration and divine providence, Saints Peter and Paul realized a budget surplus in 2015. This surplus was used to replenish a portion of our savings which were used to repair the church roof, replace some antiquated lighting in the parish church and purchase the convent building at 115 N. Brainard Street as noted in the financial report. The home purchased as a convent now houses three sisters from the School Sisters of Saint Francis of Christ the King and is a parish asset which should gain in value in the coming years. Our sisters teach in the parish school, minister to the elderly and support the New Evangelization in the parish. Our total Sunday offerings for the 2014 fiscal year were $2,346,755 increasing to $2,372,808 in 2015. The collection taken to support housing for our sisters in 2015 was $39,335. For the present fiscal year, this has allowed us to increase our subsidy to religious education and, if this continues, will mean a small increase to the subsidy to the parish school next year. The parish school posted a surplus in 2015 amounting to $88,057 which remains with the school and is not transferred to the parish. New lockers were installed in the parish school this summer and a major technology upgrade was completed. The replacement of old doors, the installation of security doors, the replacement of the front and rear entry stairs should be completed this year. The endowment funds of the parish school continue to exceed $13,000,000 and are used exclusively for capital projects in the school, support of teachers' salaries and tuition assistance to families in need. Under normal circumstances, the school is allowed to take up to 4% of the prior three year average year-end balance each year for these purposes, but has never taken the full 4%. Please notice that all tuition funds collected by the school are used directly for school related expenses. The parish subsidy for the parish school for the fiscal year 2015 was $552,305. The religious education department expenditures were below budget last year. This year we hired a new youth minister and a part-time secretary to assist in the responsibilities of this important department of the parish. The parish subsidy for religious education for the fiscal year 2015 was $179,162. This is good news; however, it does not mean that our work is done. The parish savings accounts held locally and at the Diocese of Joliet will soon be approximately $550,000. Typically, the Diocese recommends that a parish keep 1/3 the amount of her annual operating revenue in reserve. Hence, Saints Peter and Paul's reserve goal is $750,000 which will leave us approximately $200,000 short of the reserve amount recommended by the Diocese. The parish continues to hold approximately $190,000 in "Pass It On" contributions to be used for a number of smaller projects to be completed in the next two years. "Pass It On" has successfully crossed the finish line and letters will be sent within the next month to all those who donated. On behalf of your fellow parishioners at Saints Peter and Paul, I would like to thank all of you for your generosity. May Almighty God bless you and keep you. In Christ, Fr. Thomas Milota


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Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church Church Financial Report, Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2015 Actual Fiscal 2014

Actual Fiscal 2015

Budget Fiscal 2016

Revenues

Sunday Offerings - BUDGETED

$

2,410,668

$

2,317,695

$

2,347,785

$

2,346,755

$

2,372,808

$

2,347,785

Christmas, Easter, Holydays and Sisters Housing Support Collection $ Rental Income, Capital Reserve, Stipends, Interest, Annual Appeal $ Refund and Other Donations Sub-Total Operating Revenues $

319,692

$

363,854

$

338,000

405,811 3,072,258

$ $

465,963 3,202,625

$ $

350,626 3,036,411

$

48,670

$

37,645

$

65,900

Total Revenues

$

3,120,927

$

3,240,270

$

3,102,311

Expenses Salaries and Wages Fringe Benefits (taxes, health ins. pension) Repairs and Maintenance Materials, Supplies and Services Utilities Other Operating Expenses Charitable Donation Expenses Rental / Housing Expenses Capital Improvements Investment in Religious Education Investment in School Diocese Assessment Diocese Liability, Property, Casualty Insurance Sub-Total Operating Expenses

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

921,581 329,151 159,759 338,106 150,769 28,772 135,546 70,690 187,129 571,570 149,998 44,438 3,087,509

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

897,966 315,122 136,463 305,022 131,913 13,200 116,128 26,700 21,846 179,162 552,305 158,454 47,993 2,902,273

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

937,872 329,457 145,110 319,928 143,613 12,200 110,000 20,260 3,500 215,688 545,221 160,614 49,435 2,992,898

$ $

68,851 24,000

$ $

31,727 113,635

$ $

49,500 57,460

$

183,056

$

$

3,230,691

$

3,099,858

$

9,579

$

2,453

$

585,000

$

-

Sunday Offerings

Music - Concerts / Fundraisers

Music - Concerts Transfer to Construction Account - Diocese (Footnote 1) Transfer to Parish Savings Account - Diocese (Footnote 2)

$

Total Expenses / Transfers

$

Net Operating Surplus / (Deficit) Before House Purchase

$

House Purchase (Footnote 3)

$

3,180,360

(59,433)

-

-

Average Sunday Offerings - ACTUAL

$

46,015

$

46,526

$

-

Average Sunday Offerings - BUDGETED

$

47,268

$

45,445

$

46,035

Footnote 1: The majority of this transfer in 2015 was for the upcoming church roof repairs and the new church sanctuary lighting project. The funding for these projects includes restricted donations from particular parishioners. Footnote 2: The $183,056 transfer to the Parish Savings account at the Diocese is to begin replenishing the reserve used for the purchase of the convent located at 115 N. Brainard. Included in this amount is the collection taken to support housing for the School Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King. Refer to footnote 3. Footnote 3: The house located at 115 N. Brainard was purchased to serve as a convent for the School Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King. The funds used to purchase the house were from the Parish Savings Account at the Diocese. No loan was required for the purchase of this house.


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Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church School Financial Report, Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2015 Actual Fiscal 2014 Revenues Tuition and Fees Tuition Assistance - Golf Outing and Donations Tuition Assistance - Endowment Church Investment in School Home & School and Annual Fund Endowments - Teacher and Capital Other Revenue and Donations Sub-Total Operating Revenues Bequest Total Revenues

Actual Fiscal 2015

Budget Fiscal 2016

$ $ $ $

2,459,629 93,528 571,570

$ $ $ $

2,399,543 90,281 552,305

$ $ $ $

2,350,190 70,000 50,000 545,221

$ $

201,319 160,000

$ $

290,451 200,000

$ $

205,000 356,349

$ $

286,661 3,772,707

$ $

210,215 3,742,795

$ $

93,000 3,669,760

$

10,000

$

$

-

-

$

3,772,707

$

3,752,795

$

3,669,760

Expenses Salaries and Wages

$

2,181,754

$

2,127,420

$

2,183,906

Fringe Benefits (taxes, health ins. pension)

$

815,712

$

756,506

$

799,605

Repair and Maintenance

$

123,355

$

125,430

$

121,600

Textbooks and Curriculum

$

86,064

$

115,486

$

121,110

Materials & Supplies, Services and Insurance

$

183,002

$

142,078

$

164,040

Utilities

$

108,136

$

98,344

$

102,500

Capital Improvements

$

2,576

$

1,031

$

42,000

Capital Improvements - Technology

$

102,993

$

53,130

$

64,349

Capital Improvements - Security Upgrades

$

18,587

$

$ $

79,303 3,701,481

$ $

71,928 3,491,354

$ $

Other Operating Expenses Sub-Total Operating Expenses

-

$

70,650 3,669,760

Bequest - Transfer to Construction Account - Diocese

$

-

$

10,000

$

-

Transfer to Construction Account - Diocese (Footnote 1)

$

-

$

163,385

$

-

Total Expenses

$

3,701,481

$

3,664,739

$

Net Surplus / (Deficit) (Footnote 2)

$

71,226

$

88,057

$

Number of Students in School School Endowment Funds (Footnote 3)

594 $

13,760,013

565 $

3,669,760 Budgeted - 550

13,720,111

Footnote 1: Represents the transfer to the construction account for the upcoming exterior door project to upgrade and enhance security and the recently completed new lockers installation. The funding for these projects includes a portion of the prior year surplus, Home and School funding, the bequest and other revenue. There is no impact to school budget as funding equals expected costs. Footnote 2: The 2013/2014 fiscal year school surplus was utilized in the 2014/2015 school fiscal year and included in Other Revenue. Likewise the 2014/2015 fiscal year school surplus will be utilized in the 2015/2016 budget. Footnote 3: The endowment funds are used exclusively for capital projects in the school, support of teachers' salaries and tuition assistance to families in need. The 2016 school budget includes endowment funding of approximately $406,000 for these purposes.


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Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church Religious Education, Youth Ministry and RICA Financial Report, Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2015 Actual Fiscal 2014

Actual Fiscal 2015

Budget Fiscal 2016

Revenues Tuition and Fees Church Investment in Religious Education Other Revenue Total Revenue

$ $ $ $

109,347 187,129 6,697 303,173

$ $ $ $

99,742 179,162 7,615 286,519

$ $ $ $

82,440 215,688 8,800 306,928

Expenses Salaries and Wages Fringe Benefits (taxes, health ins. pension) Repair and Maintenance Materials & Supplies and Services Utilities Other operating expenses Total Expenses

$ $ $ $ $ $ $

172,200 63,741 4,140 43,152 3,361 16,579 303,173

$ $ $ $ $ $ $

174,515 61,413 4,941 28,219 3,568 13,863 286,519

$ $ $ $ $ $ $

181,215 65,072 5,800 38,870 3,535 12,436 306,928

Net Surplus / (Deficit)

$

Number of Students in RE Program

Featured Lighthouse Media CD this week: “No Price Too High” In this stunning real-life drama, discover the sacrificial yet triumphant journey of a man of deep integrity and love for Christ. Reverend Alex Jones promised his congregation a real New Testament worship service. To prepare, he studied the works of the early Church Fathers. The astonishing events that followed culminated not only in his conversion to the Catholic Faith, but also that of 42 members of his flock. We have CD kiosks located in the vestibule of the Church, as well as in the adoration chapel. Please leave a donation, as this allows us to restock our supply. CDs can also be ordered directly from lighthousecatholicmedia.org.

Donate a Car, Transform a Life Have an old car taking up space in your garage or driveway? Donate it to Naperville CARES. Not all car programs are the same. Our car program repairs donated vehicles and gives them to families in need of transportation. Our waiting list far exceeds the cars we have available, so please consider donating your used car today. Call the Naperville CARES office at (630) 369-0200 or e-mail us at volunteer@napervillecares.org.

-

$

729

608

$

-

Budgeted - 525

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

09-18 – 20 – ID Drive (Tootsie Roll Drive) –Street Corners (Mark Getzin) – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 09-19 – Saturday – Rosary at Planned Parenthood Clinic – 9:00 AM (John Zabinski) – PRAYERS NEEDED 10-06 – Tuesday – Business Meeting – 7:30 PM 10-17 – Saturday – Rosary at Planned Parenthood Clinic – 9:00 AM (John Zabinski) – PRAYERS NEEDED 10-21 – Wednesday – Officers and Directors Meeting – 7:00 PM (Larry Pociask) 10-24 – Saturday – Darrell Hutton Memorial Blood Drive – 7:00 to 12:30 PM (Michael Van Bree) 10-25 – Sunday – Priesthood Sunday (Joe Hlava) 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, John Moravecek at 983-9209 or our Membership Director, Nick Thompson at 815-871-4218.


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Mass Intentions Saturday, September 12—The Most Holy Name of Mary 6:45 AM For the Protection of the Unborn 8:00 AM Truman Lawrence Cotten Vigil Masses for The Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 5:00 PM Carmel Falbo (A) 6:30 PM Don Wehrli Sunday, September 13 -The Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 6:30 AM Harvey Schielke 8:00 AM Angelita & Leondio Cuartero & Gorgonia/ Simplidio Naguit 9:30 AM Teresa Szulc 11:00 AM Gene Patton 12:30 PM Jean Colletti 5:30 PM Philip S. Reynertson (LATIN MASS) 8:00 PM Saints Peter and Paul Parishioners

Holy Family Chapel 9:30 AM 11:00 AM

Grace Jurjovec Rick Hines

Monday, September 14—The Exaltation of the Holy Cross 6:45 AM Donald Flowers 8:00 AM Lancelot Valldars (B) 5:15 PM Margit (A) and Joseph Tompos Tuesday, September 15—Our Lady of Sorrows 6:45 AM Charles Kasper 8:00 AM Margaret Arborgast 5:15 PM Anthony Feliciano Wednesday, September 16—Saint Cornelius, Saint Cyprian 6:45 AM Purgatorial Society 8:00 AM Charles Kasper 5:15 PM Leo Kuefler Thursday, September 17—Saint Robert Bellarmine 6:45 AM Amy Tobin 8:00 AM Robert Evans 5:15 PM Nina DiDomenico Friday, September 18 6:45 AM Fred Grillo 8:00 AM Josephine Papa (B) Saturday, September 19—Saint Januarius 6:45 AM Dennis M. Habbley (A) 8:00 AM Elizabeth Nicholls Vigil Masses for The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 5:00 PM John & Nan Deacon 6:30 PM Lisa Carducci (A) Sunday, September 20 -The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 6:30 AM Tom Egan House 8:00 AM Patrick McKenna 9:30 AM Al Ruppert 11:00 AM John McDonald 12:30 PM Janina Tomczyk 5:30 PM Alyce Kurzawa (LATIN MASS) 8:00 PM Deceased Members of the Dennison Family

Holy Family Chapel 9:30 AM 11:00 AM

Saints Peter and Paul Parishioners Deceased Members of the Saints Peter and Paul St. Vincent de Paul Society

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Please Note Opus Dei Confessions will be held Tuesday, September 15th in the upper level room U217/218. Please also note the change in time, as confessions are now held from to 11am-1pm. All-School Masses will be held at 8am on Mon, September 14 and Mon, September 21 The New Academic Year Begins Saints Peter & Paul School kicked off the 2015-2016 school year on Wednesday, August 26th. Our dedicated faculty and staff welcomed 537 students to their new year of classes, All-School masses, activities, athletic events and more. We look forward to another great school year where we partner with parents in the formation of their children both spiritually and academically. PARISH SACRIFICIAL GIVING We sincerely thank everyone for their generosity!

Fiscal Year-to-Date Information (as of 9-8-2015) Fiscal Year-to-Date Goal:

$

460,350

Actual Year-to-Date Collections Including Credit Cards:

$

438,766

Amount Below Goal:

$

(21,584)

Weekly Sunday Goal (based on 51 Sundays):

$

46,035

September 6, 2015 Regular Collection:

$

32,063

Sept. 2015 Credit Card (monthly budget $30,000):

$

7,500

Sept. 2015 ACH (monthly budget $10,000):

$

2,500

Sept. 6, 2015 Capital Reserve Gifts:

$

230

Year-to-Date Capital Reserve Gifts:

$

4,609

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


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Mark’s Gospel Corner In today’s Gospel from Mark 8: 27-35, Jesus and His disciples have begun the journey to Jerusalem. In the first part of the Gospel, Jesus announces publicly to all who will listen that the Kingdom of God is at hand. He heals the sick, calls sinners to repentance, raises the dead, and feeds the multitude. This section concludes with the crowd’s acknowledgement, “He has done all things well” (Mark 7:37). The second section of the Gospel, 8:22-10:52, is capped by the only healing miracles in Mark where sight is restored to the blind. These healing miracles shed light on the difficult transformation that must take place within the disciples. Jesus’ teachings are no longer directed primarily to the crowds, but to His inner-circle, to those who wish to follow Him. Three times Jesus will foretell His suffering and death, and afterwards He will give explanations and examples of what dying to self means in discipleship. Juxtaposed repeatedly beside these predictions and teachings are the Greek words, en te hodo, meaning, the way. Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, to be put to death, a death His disciples are called to follow, is the way in which spiritual blindness is healed, demonic power is destroyed, and the Kingdom of God is restored. The difficult transformation that Jesus wishes to accomplish in His disciples, and in us, is illustrated in the healing of the first blind man, which is accomplished only in stages (Mark 8:22-26). Peter’s triumphant confession of Jesus as the Messiah (Mark 8:29) is immediately dashed when he tells Jesus that He should not go to Jerusalem to suffer (Mark 8:3132). “But Jesus, turning and looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan, for you are fixing your thoughts not on the things of God but on those of humans’” (Mark 8:33). Peter’s way, the disciple’s way, our way, is not God’s way. Jesus restores the Kingdom of God through perfect obedience to the Father, even at the price of suffering and death. Jesus follows up this first prediction and Peter’s misunderstanding, with the teaching, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him renounce himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will destroy it; but whoever will destroy his life for me and for the good news will save it” (Mark 8:34-36). These words are then followed by the Transfiguration, where not only do His clothes become dazzlingly white, foreshadowing His resurrection and glory, but equally importantly, the Father’s instruction to Jesus’ disciples: “This is my beloved Son; listen to Him” (Mark 9:7). That is, follow the way, as difficult as it is, as it is the only path to resurrection and glory. But even now, Peter would prefer to stay put, saying to Jesus, “Let us build three tents.” It is as if Peter is saying, “Can’t we simply embrace the resurrection now and forget the cross?” The second and third passion predictions and the teaching that follows utilize a similar structure, or pattern, as the first. Jesus tells His disciples that is it necessary for Him to go to Jerusalem and suffer, followed by repeated teachings on what that means in the life of a disciple: Second Passion Prediction (Mk 9:30-32), Teaching about greatness (Mk 9:33-37), Reward and punishment (Mk 9:41-50), Divorce and remarriage (Mk 10:1-12), Necessity of becoming childlike (Mk 10:1316), Riches and eternal life (Mk 10:17-22), Third Passion Prediction (Mk 10:32-34), Rejecting places of privilege (Mk 10:35-45). Mark closes out the second section of the Gospel with the healing of a blind man. Bartimaeus, who is held up as the model disciple, hears Jesus on the way and disregarding the ridicule of the crowd, calls out to Him. Summoned by Jesus, he abandons what few possessions he has, and begs Jesus to cure his blindness. Jesus tells him that his faith has saved him: “And, immediately, he began to see again, and he followed Him on the way” (Mark 10:52). The Way of the Cross, the way of discipleship, is not an easy way. It is not the way of the world where greatness, riches, self-interest, pleasure, vanity, and privilege are valued and esteemed above God and the needs of others. Jesus is trying to teach us that this way ends in death. Only His way ends in life, eternal life, but He recognizes that it is a difficult way. Peter’s misunderstanding, the disciple’s misunderstanding, our misunderstanding is really an unwillingness or reluctance to follow The Way. Mark recounts this message to the early Church because they, too, wish to avoid the cross, to avoid the cost of discipleship, to avoid The Way. Mark wishes to remind the early Church and to remind us, there is no other way. In the end, total selfless love of God and neighbor is the only means of achieving true happiness. To strengthen us along The Way, Jesus gives us the Church, the Sacraments, and especially Himself in the Eucharist. Like Bartimaeus, we must listen for Jesus; call out to Him despite the ridicule of the crowd;, beg to be cured of our blindness; and then follow Him on The Way.


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Back to Basics Liturgically Speaking: What is the Liturgy? Over the next several months, these bulletin articles will be focusing on the liturgy, and specifically the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Since the Eucharist is the source and the summit of the Christian life, it makes sense to reflect often on the meaning of the Church’s liturgical prayer and its place in our lives. We’ll begin by asking, what is the liturgy? Asking what something is, is important because action follows upon being. For instance, I put gasoline in my car and get regular oil changes based on the nature of its engine. I water my house plants, and without water they die because they are vegetative life. For something to fully flourish, action must follow upon being. If actions are taken contrary to a thing’s being, that thing may languish or perish. Hence, entering into the liturgy and making decisions about carrying out the liturgy (action) must always be made in light of the nature (being) of the liturgy. Hence the question, “What is the liturgy?” Pope Pius XII offered this description of the liturgy in 1947: “The sacred liturgy is, consequently, the public worship which our Redeemer as Head of the Church renders to the Father, as well as the worship which the community of the faithful renders to its Founder, and through Him to the heavenly Father. It is, in short, the worship rendered by the Mystical Body of Christ in the entirety of its Head and members” (Mediator Dei, 20). The Second Vatican Council added this point as part of its description of the liturgy: “Rightly, then, the liturgy is considered as an exercise of the priestly office of Jesus Christ” (SC 7). The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that “The word ‘liturgy’ originally meant a ‘public work’ or a ‘service in the name of/on behalf of the people.’ In Christian tradition it means the participation of the People of God in ‘the work of God.’ Through the liturgy Christ, our redeemer and high priest, continues the work of our redemption in, with, and through his Church” (CCC1069). Church law (Canon Law) states that “Such worship takes place when it is carried out in the name of the Church by persons legitimately designated and through acts approved by the authority of the Church” (CIC 834 §2). So, “What is the Liturgy? -Liturgy is public worship. That is, liturgy is the worship of the whole Church, and is distinguished from our private prayer or private devotions such as the rosary, novenas, chaplets, etc. -The one carrying out the work of the liturgy is primarily Jesus Christ Himself. -The liturgy is considered as an exercise of the priestly office of Jesus Christ. Christ’s work as priest was (and remains) the worship of God the Father and our sanctification. So through the liturgy, Christ continues that work: the worship of God the Father, and dispensing God’s grace to make His people holy. -The liturgy is primarily the celebration of Christ’s paschal mystery. What is signified and made present in the liturgy is primarily Christ’s work on our behalf: his suffering, death and resurrection that sets us free from sin and reconciles us to God. -Liturgy is our participation in ‘the work of God.’ We, as members Christ’s Mystical Body the Church, participate in Christ’s work of worshiping the Father. Through the liturgy Christ also continues the work of our redemption in, with, and through his Church. -The liturgy must be carried out by the designated ministers using those prayers found in the liturgical books of the Church. We can’t just make up the liturgy as we go along. The liturgy is a part of our tradition - something that we receive, not something we create. -Hence, while we often speak of the Mass as “the Liturgy,” “liturgy” includes more than just the Mass. Liturgy includes all of the sacraments as well as things like funeral rites, exorcisms, certain blessings, and the Liturgy of the Hours. Do you want to be an Altar Server? Altar servers enhance the quality of liturgical celebrations by serving the priest at Mass and other liturgies. This is great way for young people to learn more about the Mass and to take an active role in the Church family. Boys and girls, 4th grade and older are invited to join the altar serving ministry. Training begins on Thursday, September 24th at 3:30pm for those students in our Religious Education program who wish to become new altar servers. Ss Peter and Paul school students will have their first training session on Friday, September 25th after school at 2:30pm. All training sessions will be in the church. We will also have two evening sessions – on Wednesdays, September 30th and October 7th, both at 6:30pm in the church. New servers are required to attend two training sessions before they can begin the “shadowing” portion of the training process. Parents, please accompany your child to one of the meetings for a short informational session. Contact Deacon Michael Crowell at mcrowell@sspeterandpaul.net


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Pray with us READINGS FOR THE WEEK

Monday: Nm 21:4b-9; Ps 78:1bc-2, 34-38; Phil 2:6-11; Jn 3:13-17 Tuesday: 1 Tm 3:1-13; Ps 101:1b-3ab, 5-6; Jn 19:25-27 or Lk 2:33-35 Wednesday: 1 Tm 3:14-16; Ps 111:1-6; Lk 7:31-35 Thursday: 1 Tm 4:12-16; Ps 111:7-10; Lk 7:36-50 Friday: 1 Tm 6:2c-12; Ps 49:6-10, 17-20; Lk 8:1-3 Saturday: 1 Tm 6:13-16; Ps 100:1b-5; Lk 8:4-15 Sunday: Wis 2:12, 17-20; Ps 54:3-8; Jas 3:16 -- 4:3; Mk 9:30-37 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. 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.

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 September 13: 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. For the healing of a family member. 2. For the health of a child, Jaden Long. 3. For the conversion of our country. FLAME OF FAITH 4. For the closing of Planned Parenthood. 5. For the safety of all travelers. 6. For more adorers to cover the vacant hours with you Lord.

Pray for the Souls in Purgatory Why not make a resolution to take a few minutes every day to pray or do some good work for the Holy Souls? It is so simple and they will be so grateful.

Please consider spending an hour with our Lord.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen O Lord, who art ever merciful and bounteous with Thy gifts, look down upon the suffering souls in purgatory. Remember not their offenses and negligences, but be mindful of Thy loving mercy, which is from all eternity. Cleanse them of their sins and fulfill their ardent desires that they may be made worthy to behold Thee face to face in Thy glory. May they soon be united with Thee and hear those blessed words which will call them to their heavenly home: "Come, blessed of My Father, take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Monday 1am Monday 2am Tuesday 2am Tuesday 8am Friday 1am Saturday 2am Saturday 4pm

"Let us pray a great deal for them and they will pray for us." -Venerable Cure d'Ars

Adorers are needed for the following hours:

Please consider visiting with our Lord at this time. Call Barb at 630-885-1726 or blandiak@gmail.com

PRAYER NETWORK If prayers are needed, please call Jay Albarran at 630-961-3835 or Connie Wanberg at 630-355-3056.


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Prayer Intentions 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 9 AM on Friday. 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 October we will remove names put on prior to September 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. Any names received after 9 AM on Friday will be included in the following weekend’s prayers. 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 9 AM on Friday.

Mary Lou Ackerman, Marcia Adams, Kelsey Allen, Maria C. Alonzo, Don Anderson, Cheryl Augspurger, Lorraine Babyar, David Bakke, Alli Bayer, Mike Bayer, Steven Bermes, Matt Bloodgood, Donna Booth, Rose Briceno, Evelyn Brown, Charles Bruce, Mary Bruce, Rachel Bryan, Alina Cardenas, Natalia Carlos, Don Cassa, Colette Cerulla, Mary Beth Cesare, Kirstin Chernawsky, Baby Franco Colasante, Baby Santino Colasante, Tracy Condon, Mike Considine, Toni Cooper, Patricia Cory, Fortunato Cruz, Victoria Cruz, Scott Dawson, Diane Dobbs, Mary Dorn, Karen Eggen, Charles Farrell, Thomas Farrell, Charles Faso III, Marilyn Feder, Betsy Feliciano, Julie Flick, Richard Flick, Robert Flick, Fran Ford, George Franicevic, Mary Ann Freitag, Randi Gatz, Mary Ginnan-Renzas, Edward Goerling, Joe Gorman, Emmerence Greenberg, Rose Grimes, Nikki Gudall, Don Haas, Mary Beth Harmon, Eileen Hawell, Jim Heffron, Sami Henderson, Constance Hennessy, Jacqualyne Hill, Penny Holtz, Bernie Hurd, Bishop Joseph Imesch, Jan Janczak, Mark Jenkins, Michael Joyce, Marion Kenny, Winifred Kolar, Mary Kouri, Maddie Kowalski, Nancy Kratville, Thomas Krauss, Kathleen Krutak, Ben Kujawa, George and Nora Kullick, Edmund Kurzawa, Jeanine LaBelle, Samantha Lent, Michael Lietz, Vi Livernash, Maria Macedo, Monica Macedo, Joan Marchaterre, Rose Marks, Tom Mathern, Babies Maria & Ben Mauloff, David McCarthy, Margaret McDonnell, Patricia McEttrick, Marlene Mikolajczyk, Tom Mlyniec, Barb Moceri, Diane Mrizek, Roger Mumper, Wendell K. Myles, Cesar Naguit, Zeny Naguit, Kim Nemeth, Dennis Nielsen, Frank Nitti, Eugene and Mercedes Niziloek, Ann Nowak, Fr. James Nowak, Tommy O’Grady, Matthew Ousterout, Jean Oxenreiter, Daniel Parker, Ben Parrilli, Dave Paulsen, John Pfeuffer, Patty Piekarczyk, Eva Prochorow, Jeanette Prochorow, Walter Prochorow, Lisa Rakowski, Katie Rommel, Sharon Ruff, Peter Ruocco, Harrison Ruzicka, Patricia Rynne, Maria San Juan, Catherine Sawner, Charles Schenk, Rita Schmidt, Roger Schmith, Betty Scholp, Bob Scholp, Virginia Schultz, Estelle Schuman, James Sheppard, Ysabelle Simbol, Sr. Aniceta Skube O.P., Irene Irene Slowik, Edward Slowik, John Stewart, Tom Stone, Jim Streu, Allison Surin, George Svec, Mark Szachnitowski, Eileen Szarek, Frances Tavernaro, Sheila Thornley, Jeannie Thorpe, Bernice Tokarski, Rebecca Tomsik, Bernard Toussaint, Akiko Toyohara, Sharon Tworek, Christopher Vacek, Laine VanHoutan, Noah VanHoutan, Diane Varner, Carmen Vasquez, Charles Villaseñor, Judy Vissepo, Betty Vose, James Walsh, Stephanie Watts, Marie Williams, Douglas Wilson, Janice Wilson, Audrey Witnik, Sylvia Wolfe, Beverly Wyatt, Rena Yarshen, Stephanie Young-Hayes, Bill Yudchitz, Ruth Ann Yunker, Deacon Kevin Zeeb, Jayne Zenker, Helen Zgoda, Mary Elizabeth Zink.

Newly added this week: Nancy Flory, Mary Lou Ackerman, Ethan Soto, Matt Dericco, Mary Switt, Ed Mohler, and Tom Quinn 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 Andrzej Kurtyka, Letitcia Antiporda, Aldo Balzarini, Pat Pradel, Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz, and Gustav Mueller.

Please Remember in Prayer our Men and Women Serving in the Military U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joseph Burns Daniel Caddigan Major Frank Girdwain Sgt. Mike McDonnell Airman Steve McDonnell Sgt. Zachary McKenty Captain Scott Paeth Major Tamara Prasse Sr. Airman Daniel Shea Senior Airman Amanda Shea Sgt. Dan Steenstra Sgt. Nicole Finnigan Underwood U.S. Army Captain Michael Caddigan Captain John J. Case Major Mary Cassidy Lt. Col. Richard Collage Captain Tom Crane Major Thomas E. Goerling Sgt. Anthony Gorup Spc. Jon Gurnik Lt. Col. Sean Hermick Sgt. Kellen Jones 1 Lt. Josh Laz Captain Stephen Laz Captain Aimee Laz Park PFC Steven Powell Major Michael Predny 1st Lt. Andrew J. Prunty Captain Daniel Rickert 1st Lt. David Rickert Harrison Ruzicka, SPEC. 4 Sgt. 1st Class Pamela Schmecht Sgt. Jeremy See Captain Stephen Stoll

U.S. Army (cont’d) SPC Robert Surran Sgt. Craig Vladika Captain Eileen White U.S. Navy LCDR Thomas Bock Captain Anthony Giglio Lt. Tom Kuhrt Commander Chris Kurgan Ensign Patrick Marsh Lt. Kaleb Moore Captain Debra Scheel Lt. Kasey Scheel Lt. Matthew Scheel Ensign Michael Schmitz U.S. Marine Corps Captain Kevin Bowler Captain Donald J. Carlsen CWO2 John Crites Sgt. Richard DiBiaso PFC Jonathon Dragovan Sgt. Luke Focer LCPL Daniel P. Hodgman 2nd Lt. Eric Hovey Sgt. Ivan Karamysev Major Pete Keough Gy Sgt. Conor Mahoney Sgt. Steven Oleksy II LCPL Matthew Prasse Corporal Joseph Taylor Staff Sgt. Marcin Tutaj U.S. Coast Guard P.D. John McNellis

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 630-355-1081. 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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Christian Service Happenings Thank You Saints Peter and Paul Parishioners We honor you Associate members of our parish group. Thank you ever so much; yes we thank you for all that you have done for the Society. You are probably curious who these Associate members are. Unlike members who actively participate in working with those who come to us for assistance, the Associate members are you:

You who said a prayer, recited the rosary for the poor and suffering who live in fear and doubt, loneliness and dread

You who shared some of your monies and gift cards with the Society to help those in need

You who donated food, clothing and furniture for those who are less fortunate

You who offered your business services at a discounted rate to those in need allowing us to stretch our dollars

You who volunteered to deliver food baskets and clothing to those in need during the holiday seasons

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You who volunteered to help with the clothing drive

You who took the time to say a kind word to someone less fortunate These are just a few of the ways that you have been a helper to the Society. Yes thank you our “Associate Members”. For without your generous support the Society would not have been able to help over 2501 individuals this past year. Thank you for the ministry of charity you have shown to those in need within our Parish boundaries.

Transitional Housing Ministry: Mentors Needed Volunteer mentors are the “heart” of the Transitional Housing Ministry. Trained mentors meet on an ongoing, regular basis with the families in the program and help them develop the life skills to achieve and maintain their self-sufficiency. At this time, there is a great need for an experienced mentor to work with a current family. Call Jack Flowers at 630-355-4886 if you can help. There is also an ongoing need for mentors – training is provided! A mentor training class will be held on Sept. 26. To sign up, visit www.bridgecommunities.org and click on Support Us. 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 6:30-8:00pm in the Ministry Center, Room 227, upper level. Contact Paulette Shea at 630-718-2127 if you have any questions.

Elizabeth Ministry SS Peter and Paul Troop IL0908 American Heritage Girls Troop IL0908 at SS Peter and Paul Parish is currently registering new and continuing members for the fall. Our troop will meet in September every second and fourth Monday of the month from 4:30-6:00PM. New members are always welcome. American Heritage Girls is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. The organization offers badge programs, service projects, girl leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences to its members. Home school, Public school and SS Peter and Paul students are welcome to join as well as girls from surrounding parishes. For more information, please contact Mary Beth Zabinski marybeth@zhitech.com or Lisa Walton lisawaltondpt@gmail.com for more details.

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 email her at: elizabeth_ministry@sbcglobal.net.


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Catholic Citizens of Illinois Annual Dinner

Church of Second Chances

Join Catholic Citizens of Illinois on Tuesday, September. Don't miss this important event featuring Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, speaking on marriage in anticipation of the Synod on the Family. Joseph M. Scheidler will receive an award for his lifelong defense of human life.

Our Church’s first principle of Social Teaching is “Life and Dignity of the human person”. Prisoners are not often treated with respect.

THE CARLISLE 435 East Butterfield Road; Lombard,Illinois Reception and Cocktails at 6:00 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m. $80 per person, or $700 for a table of 10, $40 for clergy. To purchase tickets, contact Maureen at 708-352-5834 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 1-815-221-6251 1-800-TNN-4MOM 1-800-67-BABY-6 1-800-NO-ABORT 630-261-9221 1-877-734-2444

JustMatters presents Church of Second Chances … eight sessions on indignities in our current prison system with a focus on “restorative justice”. By sharing the stories of incarcerated people through interviews, documentaries, presentations by experts, dialogue, and reflection, Church of Second Chances widens participants’ circle of connection. It explores the lived experience of people behind bars and exposes injustices in the judicial system through the lens of faith. It inspires a prophetic revision of incarceration that invites restoration, mercy, and reconciliation. Church of Second Chances will be offered at St. Thomas the Apostle, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville on Wednesday evenings: September 23 and 30; October 7, 14, 21, and 28; November 11 and 18 from 7:00- 9:30 p.m. To learn more and to register, contact: Mary Lopata-Course Facilitator mulopata@gmail.com or Anne Schultz 630.355.8980 x113

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