Oktoberfest

Save the Date...September 30th from 11:30-3:00 p.m. 


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Our annual Oktoberfest will offer great music, food, drinks and tons of raffle prizes. 

Garage Sale

Saturday, August 4th

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Our 11th Annual Garage Sale fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Thursday, Aug. 2 and Friday, Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we'll accept donations of clean, usable items (no older TVs, clothing, or bedding, please). Let us know if you have any items you would like to donate. Some items are especially popular! Ladies, if you have old jewelry, we want it! Men, we will take your old tools! We also take movies, CDs, albums, and books. And if you have it, furniture is always in high demand. Whether you're cleaning house, on the hunt for treasure, or both, we look forward to seeing you there!

Can you volunteer your time and energy to help us make this garage sale the best one ever?

We need YOU to make this a success! Please note that we have a few basic types of needs: MUSCLES, HANDS, and BRAINS.
  • "Muscles" are needed for labor jobs like moving tables, setting up tables, moving furniture, etc. 
  • "Hands" are needed for less labor-intensive work like sorting, cleaning, organizing, and pricing.
  • "Brains" are people who are good at math, good at dealing with people, quick on their feet, and able to tally items and make change in their head QUICKLY. Please keep this in mind when you select volunteer options.
We have broken the needs down into time blocks to make it easy for more people to help, but you can pick multiple time blocks if you are willing to commit the time.

Women's Faith Sharing Group


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This group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. on the patio located between the church and the rectory, or in the school building if it rains.  The purpose of the group is for women to grow together in their Catholic faith by sharing Catholic related topics with other women in the parish.  All women are welcome to attend.  

Join us for the Summer Women's Speaker Series


Join us for an evening of conversation and fellowship, while enjoying wine and snacks on the patio!

Three Good Reasons for Catholics to be Feminists
Samantha Povlock, Founder & Creative Director of FemCatholic
Friday, Aug. 3 at 7:45 p.m.

Building Habits of Daily Prayer
Antonia Summers, Homeschooling Mom
Friday, Sept. 7 at 7:45 p.m.

We will meet in the courtyard between the rectory and church at 1039 W 32nd St., Chicago. Questions? Contact Tess Barber.

New Releases from the Augustine Institute to Deepen Your Spirituality



Hear previously untold stories about Pope Saint John Paul II, better know and love the "forgotten Person" of the Trinity, and discover the deeper significance of the Hail Mary with new resources from the Augustine Institute. Books and DVDs now available for purchase provide insight into the Holy Spirit, true happiness, evangelization, and more.

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 coming September through May 2019. 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.

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 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

Every last Wednesday of the month after the 6 p.m. Mass, our parish book club meets in the formation room, located in the east sacristy of the church, at 6:30 p.m. Parishioner Andy Thornton will lead our discussion of Into His Likeness: Be Transformed as a Disciple of Christ by Edward Sri.

This book explores discipleship and what it means to live like a true disciple of Christ. What does that look like in everyday life? Sri gives readers a practical vision and roadmap for following Jesus as a disciple.

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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:

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.

Listening to the Bible? There's an app for that.


A new Catholic Bible app called "Truth & Life," available for free for smartphones and other devices, brings the eternal words of the Bible to life with a radio-drama style audio presentation. The production features a forward by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

The free version of the app includes the entire written text of the New Testament, made easily searchable, and a two-hour dramatized audio presentation of the Gospel of Mark. More audio is available for a fee.

Go to downloadjesus.com to try it out.