Advent Challenge

Complete Father Tom's Advent challenge each day for a chance to win several prizes such as religious gifts, gift cards, etc. You must complete the offering every day in order to win.

Click the calendar above to download a copy, or pick one up at church.

Holiday Coffee Roasts Are Ready

St. Mary's Coffee Christmas roasts are back for the holiday season! Celebrate with these delicious roasted coffees that also help support our parish. You can also buy coffee after Mass in the vestibule of the church.


SEEK | A little taste of the orient in every cup. We reckon that the three magi drank this exact coffee to get them through their journey. Our Ethiopian beans are medium roasted and lightly essenced with organic cardamom oil to awaken the seeker in all of us. 

6 oz. $10.00



FIND | Venerating the NiƱo Dios (Child God) is a long-standing Christmas tradition of Mexico. Our Mexico single origin is medium roasted and essenced with organic vanilla and cinnamon, two flavors synonymous with the Mexican pallet and Christmas!  

6 oz. $10.00



(NOTE: If you want to pay online and pickup in church, please indicate in the NOTES section which day you will be picking up.  Sat., 12/5 after 4pm Mass;  Sun., 12/6 after 10:30 a.m. Mass; Sat., 12/19 after 4pm Mass;  or Sun., 12/20 after 10:30 a.m. Mass.)

Above is the video Father Tom referred to in Mass this past weekend.  



ADVENT SEASON



















Click the image above to sign up for Daily Advent Reflections.  In the uncertainty of the world around us, we can lean into the certainty of our Savior and prepare ourselves for his birth.

Check out "The Search"

The Search is an innovative video series that tackles the key questions of every human heart. In seven beautifully filmed episodes, Chris Stefanick and experts from multiple fields of science, medicine, psychology, art, and religion examine our place in the larger story of existence. https://www.thesearchbegins.org/



FORMED: Great Catholic Content for Everyone

 

 

Diving into the beauty of the Faith has never been easier: at home, on the go, or from any internet connected device. Discover thousands of books, audio talks, movies, documentaries, and studies... there is something for every member of the family to help them grow closer to Christ and His Church. 


HOW TO SIGN UP: 
2.  Enter our Parish Name or Zip Code 
3.  Enter your name and email address

Want to learn more? Click here.

Great new YouTube Channel from Two Parishioners

Tune in for biblical insights, historical analysis, and lively cultural commentary from two of our parishioners — Daniel and Steven Alspach.


The Catholic Brothers


These two brothers spent over a decade in various forms of Protestantism, only to make an arduous intellectual and spiritual journey back to the Catholic Church. Tune into their lively dialogues, penetrating interviews, thoughtful film reviews, and sacred travels within the context of our ancient Faith.

New content is uploaded every Monday, so be sure to like, subscribe, and support this exciting effort. (Click the image above to view!)

Join us for Sunday Mass


  


While we have a very large church, COVID guidelines require us to register everyone who wants to attend each Mass. We also have a limit on the total number of people who can attend, based on current guidelines. You can also call the front office to register for a Mass.  Immediately after Mass your names will be discarded. 

Please note the following requirements if you choose to attend Mass:
  1. Please wear face masks while inside the church
  2. Please maintain six feet or further distance from each other and sit only in the assigned spaces in the church
  3. Please exit the church immediately after Mass as we need to clean the church between Masses
  4. Please do not congregate, socialize or linger before, after or between Masses.

These important guidelines must be followed if we are to be allowed to continue having Masses in person on the weekends.  Your cooperation is appreciated.





Please remember that those with chronic health conditions are advised to remain home and watch Sunday Mass on WGN TV Sundays at 9:30 a.m. or watch online by clicking the image below.


Resources for the Start of a Journey in Getting to Know God Better

Who is God? And what does Mary have to do with the quest to understand Jesus? Get ready to learn more about one of the great mysteries of our faith, and love God more with the help of these accessible and engaging books.

If we want to love God and make him the center of our lives, we would do well to settle this question at least in some small way. This book serves as a starting point for understanding what Christians mean when they say “God,” and to whom they are referring when they use this name. Part of the What Every Catholic Should Know series, God: What Every Catholic Should Know is born out of the recognition that God is central to the Faith, but we encounter misconceptions about God all the time. In an effort to clear up these misconceptions, this book addresses three major concepts—the nature of God, the Trinity, and the Incarnation—so that we may strengthen our faith and our ability to communicate it to other people.



In Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary, Dr. Pitre takes readers step-by-step from the Garden of Eden to the Book of Revelation to reveal how deeply biblical Catholic beliefs about Mary really are. Dr. Pitre uses the Old Testament and Ancient Judaism to unlock how the Bible itself teaches that Mary is in fact the new Eve, the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven and Earth, and the new Ark of the Covenant.

Collect the 'What Every Catholic Should Know' Series

"What's the Church's teaching on salvation?" "What are the Catholic themes in some of the greatest works of literature?" To provide clear and accessible answers to the most common Catholic questions, The Augustine Institute created the What Every Catholic Should Know series.

At every Sunday Mass, Catholics confess that Jesus came down from heaven "for us men and for our salvation." But what does "salvation" mean? In this robust and accessible book, scripture scholar and theologian Michael Patrick Barber provides a thorough, deeply Catholic, and deeply biblical, answer.



Renowned literary expert Joseph Pearce opens the door to authors like Dante, Jane Austin, Tolkien, and Chesterton in a clear and exciting manner—guaranteed to inspire and help you make the connections between great literature and great faith.

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 2020 
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.

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).


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.