Young Adult Women's Faith Formation Group

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The Young Adult Women’s Faith Formation Group is hosting a three-part Lenten Bible Study on March 13, March 27, and April 10. Each session is from 7pm - 8:30pm in the school building behind St. Mary’s of Perpetual Help. Come for faith-filled conversation, fellowship, and snacks. This is open to all young adult women (ages 25- 45) from any parish in the Bridgeport area.

Lenten Activities at a Glance

Daily Mass
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m.
  • First Saturday: Traditional Latin Low Mass
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 3 p.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Wednesday: 5:15-5:45 p.m.
  • Saturday: 3-3:45 p.m.
  • Sunday: 7:45-8:15 a.m.; 9:45-10:30 a.m.
Stations of the Cross
Friday: 6:30 p.m. (after the 6 p.m. Mass)

15-minute Lenten Meditations
Following the 6 p.m. Monday Mass

See also 40 Cans for Lent, Men's Lenten Day of Reflection, Best Lent Ever, and St. Joseph Table activities.

Make the Most of These 40 Days with Lenten Resources from the Augustine Institute

This Lent, spend 40 days with Mother Teresa

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Let Mother Teresa of Calcutta be your guide with a remarkable new devotional book, I Thirst: 40 days with Mother Teresa. I Thirst invites you to spend a few minutes every day being inspired by the spirituality of Mother Teresa.

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40 Cans for Lent

The idea is simple: A one-can-per-day donation inspired by Christ’s 40 days of fasting in the desert, for hunger knows no season and may affect those closest to us in our parish community!

The goal for the 40 Cans for Lent food drive is to establish a food pantry at St. Mary of Perpetual Help to aid those who come to our door in need of assistance. Help the Knights of Columbus achieve this goal by bringing in food items throughout Lent or providing a monetary donation. There will be a designated drop off area in the back vestibule of the church for all donations. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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Save the Date for St. Joseph Table: March 24

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Sunday, March 24 following the 10:30 am Mass we'll host our St. Joseph Table. All of the proceeds will go to assist our parishioners in need. Come and honor St. Joseph and enjoy some delicious homemade Italian Cuisine and desserts!

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.

Click here for information: Marriage 201: Marriage Tune-Up

Offered 5 separate Saturdays in 2019

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

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!

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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

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 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 Thinking Like Jesus, a new book by Catholic radio and television personality and clinical psychologist Dr. Ray Guarendi.

Remember the “WWJD” bracelets that reminded wearers to consider “What Would Jesus Do?” This book could bear the abbreviation “WWJT” — “What Would Jesus Think?” as Guarendi asks that question and 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.

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.
At our next faith formation meeting, we'll discuss "Telling the Truth," an article by Fr. George W. Rutler from Crisis Magazine.

If you are interested in joining our Council, please reach out to Rob Nolter at  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.

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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 For a peek at some of the newest features, watch the video trailer below: