Join us for March 6 Family Night Film: 'Son of God'

We welcome you and your family to join us for our March Family Night event! The evening event will feature a Lenten film favorite: Son of God.

Family Night Celebrating The Season of Lent
Friday, March 6 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

The festivities begin immediately after 6 p.m. Mass. Please join us for “Stations of the Cross” in the church. Our Lenten Feast is a meat-free pot luck event. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share. If you would like to bring some sweet treats to share, please do! Beverages will be provided and will include orange drink and ice water.

Teens: Open gym will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


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Be a Re-Gifter and Help St. Mary's


Did you receive any Christmas gifts that you really can't use?

Instead of leaving them in the closet, why not "re-gift" them to St. Mary's so we can use them at the Penny Social? Please bring all gifts to the "Re-Gifting Table" in the back of the church. While you may not be able to use that new gift, someone else may love it! So your donation can really help! Also feel free to bring in any other items you wish to donate to the Penny Social. We ask that all items be new and unused items only. Thank you! Mark your calendars for this year's Penny Social on Sunday, March 8.

Words from Cardinal Sarah on the Spiritual Crisis of the West


Just hours after his May 25, 2019 visit to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame of Paris and examining its near destruction by fire, H.E Robert Cardinal Sarah gave a Conference at Église Saint François-Xavier to present his latest book, The Day is Far Spent. In the book, he analyzes "the profound crisis of the West, a crisis of faith, a crisis of the Church, of the priesthood, of identity, a crisis of the meaning of man and human life." What he shared in Paris in May is documented by The Catholic World Report and begins as follows:

"This evening I would like to repeat these convictions I hold so deeply, by putting them into the perspective of a moving visit I made yesterday. Just hours ago I was at the cathedral of Notre-Dame of Paris. As I entered the gutted church, and contemplated its ruined vaults, I could not help but see in it a symbol of the situation of Western civilization and of the Church in Europe.

"It is a sad fact: today the Church seems to be engulfed in flames on all sides. We see her ravaged by a conflagration much more destructive than the one that razed the cathedral of Notre-Dame. What is this fire? We must have the courage to name it, because 'to name things wrongly is to add to the misfortune of the world.'"



A cultural identity crisis, Cardinal Sarah writes, is at the root of the problems facing Western societies. "The West no longer knows who it is, because it no longer knows and does not want to know who made it, who established it, as it was and as it is." While making clear the gravity of the present situation, the cardinal demonstrates that it is possible to avoid the hell of a world without God, a world without hope. He calls for a renewal of devotion to Christ through prayer and the practice of virtue.

Join Us Feb. 14th for Family Night


We welcome you and your family to join us for upcoming events!

March 6th 2020
6:30-9 p.m. in the school commons

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.

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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

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Former Abortionist Dr. Levatino Destroys Pro-Choice Arguments


Watch this video for a physician's defense of life over abortion. He explains the procedure, the law, the science, Planned Parenthood, and everything in between.

Baby Chris: A Week-by-Week Journey Through Pregnancy and Fetal Development



Priests for Life and a coalition of national pro-life groups have embarked on a unique project to highlight the humanity of the unborn.

At a time when protections for children in the womb are being eliminated in many states, the project urges people all over the U.S. to observe March 25 as the Day of the Unborn Child and then to follow the development of the unborn child for nine months until Christmas Day. As a guide, the project points people to an app that shows the developmental facts and stunning imagery of the child for each week of pregnancy.

Available now on android and iPhone stores is an app called “See Baby Pregnancy Guide.” Video footage of the unborn child far more powerful than anything ultrasound can accomplish will take users through each week of the development of the child dubbed “Baby Chris.”

“In the debate over abortion, the starting point is simple: who is this child? This project will answer that question in a definitive way, based on indisputable medical facts and astonishing imagery,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “This is an effort, moreover, of a wide variety of pro-life groups, and I’m grateful for the leadership of each and every one of my colleagues.”

During the nine-month journey, app users will be provided with resources for education, social media and prayer. See www.BabyChris.org.

“We want the whole country to see the baby in the womb as our youngest neighbor,” Fr. Frank explained. “By seeing these children and knowing more about their development, people can see more clearly that these are our brothers and sisters.

“Moreover, for Christians, we realize that the Annunciation is the event at which God himself became an unborn child. Jesus made the journey that every child in the womb makes, and this strengthens even more our awareness that these children are our brothers and sisters.”

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
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: