Food Drive: Help Fellow Parishioners in Need

From Oct. 14 until Thanksgiving, we will be collecting food for our parishioners in need. Please place all nonperishable items in the back vestibule on the table.

Thank you for your generosity!

Men's retreat

Retreat from the world 


Gentlemen, are you in need of a chance to connect with God? Perhaps wanting to learn more about the Faith? Or just need a break from the world?  If so, the Knights of Columbus invite the Catholic Gentlemen of the Parish to join us on an overnight retreat at Cardinal Stritch Retreat House. The Parish’s very own Fr. Bart is leading those who attend. This is a great opportunity to grow in Christ and get to know your fellow Parishioners.

For more information about the retreat reach out to Phil Cavin at 319-483-8972 or cavinp18@gmail.com

From 5:00 PM Friday, December 1st – 3:00 PM Saturday December 2nd

Cardinal Stritch Retreat House,

1300 Stritch Dr, Mundelein, IL 60060

Cost is $88 (includes private room and three meals)



Contribute to the Christmas 'Giving Tree'



Parishioners have an opportunity to show their generosity to those most in need by taking a card from our giving tree in the back of the church and purchasing the gift. Each gift should be left unwrapped and placed under the tree in a bag with the original gift tag. The gifts will be distributed before Christmas by Our Lady of the Angels Mission. Gifts need to be provided by the morning of Sunday, Dec. 3. Thank you for your generosity each year to this cause!

"Lord, teach us to give and not count the cost."
—St. Ignatius de Loyola

Christmas Bake Sale and Breakfast with St. Nicholas



Come and enjoy fresh baked goods as well as a home-cooked breakfast Sunday, Dec. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school commons. The bake sale begins at 9:30 a.m. The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring the breakfast for all of our parishioners. There is no charge for the breakfast, but a free-will offering will be accepted.

St. Nicholas will be arriving around noon that day to visit with the children and maybe even have a gift or two for them. As always, there will be raffle prizes. Please set aside some time this day to enjoy great food and fellowship with your fellow parishioners. All are welcome!

The event will also include live nativity animals. Outside, of course ;-)

Celebrate the 'Rorate Caeli' Mass with Us Dec. 16 at 6 a.m.



The Rorate Caeli Mass is an ancient advent tradition held early in the morning, in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It begins in darkness, and as the sun rises and fills the church, we are to consider the light that entered the world at the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The additional beauty is that since our parish will have the Forty Hours Devotion, the Mass will be in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed, called coram sanctissimo, Latin for "Before the Most Holy, Face-to-Face..."

Catholic Women’s Bible Study Six-Part Series: Getting to Know Mary through Scripture

Join us for six evenings of discussion and fellowship as we study the Word of God together!

Session Two: Wedding at Cana, Garden in Eden
Wednesday, November 15 at 8 p.m.

Session Three: The Ark of the New Covenant
Wednesday, December 20 at 8 p.m.

Session Four: Mother Crowned in Glory
Wednesday, January 17 at 8 p.m.

Session Five: The All-Holy Mother of God
Wednesday, February 21 at 8 p.m.

Session Six: The Queen Assumed into Heaven
Wednesday, March 21 at 8 p.m.

Where: St. Mary of Perpetual Help Parish (1039 W 32nd St., Chicago), inside the church sacristy. Entrance is through the red door off the east parking lot.

Questions? Contact Tess Barber (630-701-5274).

An Inspiring Story About a Very Special Local Resident

A 77-year-old Chicago nun is working to end violence in her neighborhood by bringing neighbors together, and she told NBC’s Megyn Kelly on Monday that God is protecting her.

Sister Donna Liette works in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, an area Kelly called “one of America’s toughest neighborhoods.” She works with teenage boys — many of whom have been victims of gun violence — as well as their mothers.

Read the full article from The Blaze.

Calling All Gold Dome Donors



Dear parishioners and visitors,

For more than 134 years, St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church has been the spiritual home for thousands of Catholics. God has entrusted the care of this spiritual home to us so that thousands more for generations to come can call this beautiful church their home.


On the first two Sundays of every month, we take up a special collection for our Preservation Fund. One hundred percent of the money that is collected for this fund goes to restore the church. You can see from our before and after pictures that we have done quite a bit over the last three years. All of the domes in the church have now been completed, thanks to your generosity! In order to continue our ongoing restoration of the church, we need your help!

Prayerfully ask yourself, "what can I generously give each month?" Your contribution can be given in the Preservation Fund collection at Mass on the first or second Sunday of every month. Or you can also contribute online through GiveCentral. As I mentioned in a recent homily, let our restoration work here at the parish truly be a labor of love! As St. Mother Teresa once said, "I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I do know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, He will not ask, 'How much money did you make?' or 'How successful were you?' or 'How many good things have you done in your life?' Rather, He will ask, 'How much love did you put into what you did?'" As stewards of this church, may our generosity to restore this church be a labor of love for the Lord Jesus. Let us make sure this beautiful and vibrant parish is around for another 134 years so that everyone who comes to worship and adore the Living God in the Mass will continue to experience the most beautiful thing this side of Heaven: God's presence among us in Word and Sacrament.

Through the intercession of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, I pray that your continued generosity will keep St. Mary of Perpetual Help a beacon of hope and salvation for generations to come. I am forever grateful for your generosity and for the ways God has blessed our parish. I am truly excited about the great things we plan to accomplish together for this parish community in the years to come.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Thomas Aschenbrener
Pastor

Here is a quick slideshow of some pictures of the interior dome from before this stage of our renovation ...


... and here is a slideshow of the progress we've made with your generosity thus far:


Order Your 'Pligrimage of Prayer' Architectural Parish Guide



Normally, when we enter the church, we walk through it to admire the architecture, stained glass windows, and sanctuary. It's rare to find a church that offers a guide to explain the "what" and the "why." Consequently, most people miss out on the deeper meaning of what a church has to offer.

The goal of our parish's Pilgrimage of Prayer book is to help you appreciate what you see and help you come to a deeper understanding of why it is here. Our church is one of the most beautiful in Chicago, but without knowing and appreciating the meaning behind its beauty, we remain lost in the superficial reality of things. Churches are meant to draw us beyond this world into the heavenly reality; they are meant to teach us about the things of heaven and how to get there. Our hope is that this pilgrimage of prayer will deepen your understanding of things divine so as to enable you to grow in your love of God and neighbor.

The Pilgrimage of Prayer books are available for $20 each ($15 plus $5 shipping). Just make a $20 contribution through GiveCentral for each book you would like, then place your order with a message to Mona in our parish office. Include your address in your message, and Mona will verify your payment and ship you the book(s).


Join the St. Mary of Perpetual Help Book Club


Every last Wednesday of the month after the 6 p.m. Mass, our parish book club will meet in the school conference room at 6:30 p.m. Parishioner Andy Thornton will continue leading our discussion of Who am I to Judge by Edward Sri.  

Here's an introduction to the book: How do we talk about morality in a world that no longer believes in truth? When we're bombarded with messages of "Be tolerant" and "Don't judge" many people feel afraid to say anything is right or wrong. In this 8-part study program, Edward Sri uses engaging stories and the wisdom of the saints to unpack the Catholic moral worldview, and he equips us to engage relativism, appealing to both the head and heart.


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St. Mary's Moms' Group


What is the Moms' Group?

The St. Mary of Perpetual Help Moms' Group is designed to support and encourage mothers raising Catholic families. Join us and meet other moms in our community for faith, fellowship, and fun! This is a great time to build relationships in the church community with other mothers and for your children to develop relationships with other children. Please contact Tess Barber at tcmbarber@gmail.com for more information and upcoming events. 


Who Are the Knights of Columbus?

Gentlemen, are you interested in deepening your faith and helping the parish grow? If so, then the Knights of Columbus may be for you. The Knights are the largest Catholic Fraternal organization in the world that serve their parishes and communities through charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. Our Council at St. Mary of Perpetual Help has started to form our own traditions based on the four core principles of the Knights. We have attended a White Sox game, helped at parish events such as the Parish picnic and started a once-a-month faith formation for men. We currently meet twice a month.
  • The first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. as a normal business meeting. We meet in the school commons.
  • On the second Thursday of each month we have our faith formation and social meeting, which any Catholic male is welcome to join. It begins at 6 p.m. with a meal followed by our faith formation at 7 p.m. These gatherings take place at the church office.
If you are interested in joining our Council, please reach out to Philip Cavin or Frank Barber. You can find more information about our Council on our Facebook page. If you are interested in the Knights of Columbus in general please visit the Supreme website.

Matrimony: The Lifelong Union of One Man and One Woman in God's Plan for Life and Love


See a full series of articles on marriage and the family.

Popular 'Word on Fire' Website Proclaims Christ in the Culture

Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles started a website called Word on Fire in 2000, and over the years it has evolved from a simple way to share his weekly homilies to a place that attracts millions of visitors who can browse thousands of resources by topic, Biblical verse, Catechism paragraph, liturgical reference, and more. The site was recently redesigned, so check it out at WordOnFire.org. For a peek at some of the newest features, watch the video trailer below:

'Look at Me': Patricia Snow Diagnoses Our Need for Real Presence in a Distracted World


"Twenty-three years ago, under the pseudonym Catherine Maurice, a woman wrote a book about recovering her small daughter from autism. Still in print, the book is called Let Me Hear Your Voice, a quotation from the Song of Songs, God’s love song to humanity. In 1993 autism was not the byword it is today, and the author weaves into her story general information about the illness: its spectrum of symptoms and possible causes, the challenges of diagnosis, and the history of treatment, including treatments available at the time the book was written.

Very quickly, in her daughter’s case, Maurice stumbles upon what is still the gold standard for the treatment of infantile autism: an intensive course of behavioral therapy called applied behavioral analysis that was developed by psychologist O. Ivar Lovaas at UCLA in the 1970s. Following Lovaas’s protocols, employing part-time therapists but also giving herself wholeheartedly to the work, in a little over a year’s time she recovers her daughter to the point that she is indistinguishable from her peers."

Read the full article from First Things.