Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday, April 13
Blessing of Palms at all Masses
4:00 p.m. Saturday Anticipated Mass in English
8:30 a.m. Traditional Latin Mass; 10:30 a.m. Mass in English
Lunch and film showing Jesus of Nazareth following the 10:30 a.m. Mass

Tenebrae (Service of Darkness)
Wednesday, April 16
7:30 p.m.
Sung by the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle
A very moving service filled with music from Gregorian chant to the best composers of the Catholic Church

The Sacred Triduum
Holy Thursday, April 17
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper: 7:00 p.m.
Church will remain open for adoration until 12 Midnight

Good Friday, April 18
Tre Ore (Three Hours)
with the Ars Viva String Quartet
Playing Franz Haydn’s
Seven Last Words of Christ
12 noon to 3:00 p.m.
  • Confessions from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.
  • Celebration of the Lord’s Passion and Veneration: 3:00 p.m.
  • Stations of the Cross: 6:00 p.m
Holy Saturday, April 19
Blessing of the Easter Food Baskets: 12 noon
Great Easter Vigil of the Lord’s Resurrection: 8:00 p.m.
(Please note: there is no 4:00 p.m. Mass)

Easter Sunday, April 20
8:30 a.m. Traditional Latin Mass
10:30 a.m. Mass in English

Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27
Regular Mass schedule
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Confessions will be heard during this time.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited at 3:00 p.m.

Get More from Lent with Four Apps

The National Catholic Register recommends four apps for mobile devices that just may deepen your Lenten efforts—search for them in your device's app store:

EWTN app: Read the four Gospels and get radio and video programs on demand
Lenten Reflections with Cardinal Dolan: View a brief video with Cardinal Dolan each day for Lenten reflection
Sinner2Saint: Helps you take up your cross and alleviate the same sins you have struggled with for years in a 21-day "Virtue Exercise" program
Rice Bowl: Catholic Relief Services app that helps you stick with the three pillars of Lent—almsgiving, fasting, and prayer

For more details, check out the full article.

Become Part of Our Parish's Prayer Tree

St. Mary of Perpetual Help Parish will be forming 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.

Catholic New World Newspaper Covers Trivia Night

Catholic New World, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Chicago, recently posted an article and photos from St. Mary of Perpetual Help's trivia night. Check it out! "Trivia: Can you eat alligator on Fridays during Lent?"

Take a Look Back at Triva Night

Take a look back at our first Trivia Night! All those depicted enjoyed a pasta dinner homemade by our very own chefs Ed and Deb and proved they were smarter than the average Catholic 5th grader, many took home raffle prizes, and one team took home the grand prize--a $50 gift for each member--after a tie breaker round. Maybe your team will be the one to win next time!

All of the proceeds went to support the Missionaries of Charity maternity home in Chicago that provides a haven for girls and young women who are pregnant. The mission of the Sisters of Charity maternity home is to save babies and women from abortion and to provide a loving and safe environment for both.

St. Mary of Perpetual Help at March for Life Chicago

Sunday's March for Life Chicago had a  huge turn-out of people from all over the city, along with St. Mary of Perpetual Help parishioners. We stood in solidarity with those suffering the effects of abortion. Those witnessing to their own continuing healing after abortion and those who have made the choice for life in spite of the difficulty of the situation emphasized the celebration of life during the event. Pictured top-right between two parishioners is Joe Schiedler, who won a U.S. Supreme Court case regarding our rights to work toward the protection of children in the womb.

"To Teach Who Christ Is": A Message from our Pastor

Dear parishioners and visitors,

For more than 130 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.

Your support of an important Archdiocesan initiative, “To Teach Who Christ Is,” will enable the continued restoration of our church building—in particular, painting the interior domes, pillars, and columns and replacing the carpeting and tile floor—and help meet financial challenges facing the schools, programs and other parishes that make up the Archdiocese.

The resonating theme of the initiative,“not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice,” embodies the teaching of stewardship and proportionate giving. I encourage you to watch the video below and pray about how your participation in this campaign will make a difference.

I am grateful for the ways God has blessed our parish, and I am honored to be Pastor of St. Mary of Perpetual Help. 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

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.

"Come and See" the Truth, Goodness and Beauty of Catholicism

We'll host a discussion series every second and fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the school library (enter through Lourdes Hall).  

April 14, 2014: St. John Paul II & Life of Passion

April 28th, 2014: Resurrection Notes (Palestrina and his Music)

Forming Disciples to Become Saints after the Heart of Christ

Come to Lourdes Hall on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. for a series of discussions on the Catholic Faith.  The 11:30 a.m. session is followed by open gym for families with children.   

March 30th, 2014: Anointing of the Sick: The Spirit of Healing
April 6th, 2014: Light and Resurrection 
April 13th, 2104: The Great Entrance  
April 20th, 2014: The Embrace of the Resurrection 
April 27th, 2104: The Fullness of the Resurrection 

Tuesday Evening Scripture Study

Please join us for scripture study on Tuesday evenings in October, when we'll focus on the theme of the mystery of faith. We'll meet each Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. in the Lourdes Hall first-floor conference room.

April 1st, 2104: Vision and Revelation 
April 8th, 2104: Prepare the Way of the Lord
April 15th, 2014: The Mystery of the Cross
April 22nd, 2104: The Peace of Resurrection 

Resources for Parents Just a Click Away

July 2013 through June 2014 is the Year of Strong Catholic Parents in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the Archdiocese has made some great resources available to parents on the Catholic Parents Chicago website. Resources include a book of the month, important Bible passages, and parent-to-parent wisdom.

This is the third year for the Strategic Pastoral Plan. National research and surveys from 8,000 parishioners guided those who created the Strategic Pastoral Plan to focus on parents as the primary educators in the faith formation of children, particularly as they prepare for the sacraments.

Check out Fr. Aschenbrener's webpage for resources on prayer and family faith formation, counseling, adoption, infertility, families with special needs and social media at One in Christ.

Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Mother of Perpetual Help,
with the greatest confidence
we come before your holy picture
to be inspired by the example of your life.

We think of you at that moment when,
full of faith and trust,
you accepted God's call
to be the mother of his Son.
Help us, your children,
to accept with joy our own calling in life.

When you learned that your cousin Elizabeth was in need
you immediately went to serve her
and offer your help.
Help us, like you,
to be concerned for others.

We think of you, Mother,
at the foot of the cross.
Your heart must have bled
to see your Son in agony.

But your joy was great
when he rose from the dead,
victorious over the powers of evil.

Mother of Sorrows,
help us through the trials and
disappointments of life.
Help us not to lose heart.

May we share with you and your Son
the joy of having courageously faced up
to all the challenges of life.