Sign Up for 'Marriage 101' and '201' Workshops


Register today for marriage workshops offered through the Chicago Christian Counseling Center. Workshops are facilitated by Doug Hinderer (MA, LAMFT), a husband of 38 years and father of nine who is passionate about helping couples enjoy marriage as God intended.

Marriage 101: How to do Marriage Well

Offered 5 separate Saturdays in 2019
Jan 12 | Mar 9 | May 11 | Aug 10 | Oct 5

This is a one-day workshop for couples who are engaged or discussing marriage. Also a meaningful engagement gift! Coming from a solid Christian foundation, Marriage 101 will teach couples:
  • The "science" of marriage: What makes a marriage terrific or horrific
  • Skills that all happy couples possess
  • How to handle conflicts in ways that say "I love you"
  • Ways to grow daily in friendship, affection, and appreciation
  • How to create shared meaning in your life


Marriage 201: Marriage Tune-Up

Offered 5 separate Saturdays in 2019
Feb 9 | Apr 6 | Jun 1 | Sep 7 | Nov 9

This is a one-day workshop for couples who worry that their marriage is getting stale or want to breathe new life into their relationship. Coming from a solid Christian foundation, Marriage 201 will teach couples:
  • The "science" of happy marriages
  • How to handle conflicts in ways that say "I love you"
  • How to grow each day in friendship, affection, and appreciation


Information for All Workshops

Each workshop is limited to 10 couples

Location:
The Brief Lab
1331 Butterfield Road, Ste 300, Downers Grove, IL 60515

Time:
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Cost for each workshop:
$100 per couple
  • Includes continental breakfast, lunch, and all materials
  • Note there is a $25 non-refundable registration fee

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

Coffee for a Cause: Order St. Mary's Blend and Preserve the Parish



St. Mary's coffee, a project of Turncoat Coffee Company, seeks to animate the highest ideals of culture through the preservation and proliferation of the church's classical art, architecture, liturgics, and works of mercy.

Every bag of this premium, artisan roasted coffee helps to maintain or create sacred spaces for men and women to fully encounter beauty, goodness, and truth and thereby elevate and transfigure the culture around them, one bag at a time.

One hundred percent of the net proceeds from sales of St. Mary's coffee goes toward the preservation fund for St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church. Order some today!

Can We Think Like Jesus?


Remember the “WWJD” bracelets that reminded wearers to consider “What Would Jesus Do?”

A new book by Catholic radio and television personality and clinical psychologist Dr. Ray Guarendi could bear the abbreviation “WWJT” — “What Would Jesus Think?” Guarendi asks that question in Thinking Like Jesus, where he uses his clinical expertise, coupled with his faith, to tackle topics such as humility, the need for a will aligned with God, hurtful words, raising children and virtue. Read Tim Drake's review of the book at the National Catholic Register to learn more.

First Friday Family Night



All families with kids are welcome to attend "First Friday" Family Night. Gatherings are in the school, behind the church.

Next up:
Sports Night - ”Parents versus Kids”
Friday, Feb. 1, 6-9 p.m.

Wear your favorite team colors! We'll have a free throw competition, volleyball, and bags, as well as lemonade and power snacks: nachos, popcorn, pretzels, and cheese balls. Parents, you're welcome to bring your favorite snacks to share.

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Enjoy the Latest from the 'Faith & Culture' Website


Belloc vs. Tolkien: 2 Views of Anglo-Saxon England

Picture the scene. An expectant audience, which includes the great Catholic writer, J. R. R. Tolkien, awaits the arrival of another great Catholic writer, Hilaire Belloc, the latter of whom has been invited by the University chaplain, Monsignor Ronald Knox, to give a talk to the Catholic chaplaincy at Oxford University. Seated just behind Tolkien as Belloc gives his talk is the celebrated Jesuit, Fr. Martin D’Arcy, who records what subsequently transpired in his memoirs ...


Beauty Will Save the World

"His music gets inside of you so that you become the amplifier for it." So said my mother as we were driving home from a family gathering not long ago. Roo Panes’ latest album, Quiet Man, played on the stereo system. My mother’s comment struck me as unexpectedly profound. Having been an admirer of Mr. Panes’ music for some time now, I was pleased to see someone else share my deep appreciation for his lyricism ...


Jared Staudt on Belloc and Dawson

In the latest Faith & Culture Podcast, Jared Staudt and Joseph Pearce discuss history and education in the light of the works and words of Hilaire Belloc and Christopher Dawson.

Weekly Catechesis for 3- to 6-Year-Olds: Let Us Know If You're Interested



St Mary of Perpetual Help is growing! In anticipation of our young families' needs, four volunteer catechists came forward to be trained in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Level I. Meet our catechists.

Weekly sessions for 3- to 6-year-old children will be held for two hours each week this January. If you are interested in enrolling your child, please contact the front office. Provide the secretary your name, number and email so we can contact you with further details about the program.

Preservation Fund to Restore the Church



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 Sunday 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 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

Rethinking Mary in the New Testament

Every third Wednesday of the month after the 6 p.m. Mass, our parish book club meets in the faith formation room, located in the first floor of the school, at 6:30 p.m. Parishioner Andy Thornton will lead our discussion of Rethinking Mary in the New Testament, What the Bible Tells Us about the Mother of the Messiah, by: Edward Sri

Go to this website to order the book
https://www.ignatius.com/Rethinking-Mary-in-the-New-Testament-P3072.aspx

Catholics and non-Catholics alike may be tempted to assume they already know everything there is to know about Mary. Whatever your degree of knowledge and personal devotion to the Mother of God, this book will help you see Mary with new eyes and greater appreciation.

Renowned author and theologian Edward Sri deftly leads the reader through a detailed study of Scripture and makes insightful connections to deepen and transform our understanding of Jesus's Mother. Readable, compelling, and inspiring, this book will renew your vision so that you, too, can rethink Mary – the Mother of God and our mother.

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 7 p.m. with a meal followed by our faith formation. These gatherings take place at the school in the faith formation room.
If you are interested in joining our Council, please reach out to Rob Nolter at robert.nolter@gmail.com.  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.

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:

We are Catholic: Welcome Home

View these short videos from the "Catholics Come Home" campaign for inspirational messages about the Catholic Church throughout the world.

Please visit www.catholicscomehome.org.


Become Part of Our Parish's Prayer Tree

St. Mary of Perpetual Help Parish has formed a Prayer Tree ministry. A prayer tree consists of a small group of people quietly praying behind the scenes for their fellow parishioners, their families and our community. They pray for successful surgeries, medical needs, misfortunes, physical and spiritual challenges and so much more. There are no meetings, no minutes and no reports. All are welcome.

Prayer by many people can work miracles—and the prayer tree is a great way to accomplish it. If you are interested in joining the Prayer Tree or are in need of prayers, please contact Lucie Weir at 773-908-6046 or email her at lucie_weir@hotmail.com. Prayers can also be written in our book of prayers located by the Marian Shrine.