Our parish community has strengthened over the years, and support for
bringing Knights of Columbus back has swelled. The Knights of Columbus
are looking for a few good men to join the society, which leads in
charity throughout the world. Come to the school building after the 10:30
a.m. Mass on Feb. 8 to become a Knight, support those who are, or find
out why Pope John Paul II referred to the Order as a "strong right arm
of the Church."
Knights: Remember to complete Form 100 and bring $15 for the initiation fee. Following the First Degree Ceremony, we'll discuss:
Join us Saturday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. in the school building for our second-annual trivia night! A $10 entrance fee ($50 for a team of six) includes a chili dinner for vegetarians and carnivores alike. BYOB—we'll supply the soft drinks. Tables of six will work together to try and
answer the most questions. Get ready to prove your knowledge of the Catholic faith, Chicago history, and more. We will have first, second, and third prizes. See you there! Help us plan properly—please register now.
Bust a move for a good cause! On April 11, 2015, the Young Adult group is hosting a "Dancing with the Angels" competition and open dance to benefit our parish's restoration as well as the good work of the Missionaries of Charity. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the competition will begin at 7:30 p.m.
$20 online, $25 at the door
Includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and soft drinks
$25 single dancer entry
$40 couple entry
1st Prize: $250 minimum (but could exceed, depending on number of competitors)
2nd and 3rd Prizes: Restaurant gift certificates
Dancers to prepare for 90-second qualifying round and 60-second elimination round dance routines
Acceptable dance styles: swing, ballroom, flamenco, ballet, and modern/contemporary
All dances and dress to be modest and in good taste, respecting it as a church event
Have you ever wondered what the Church really teaches about the role of women? Do you want to know more about the role of authentic feminism in our faith? Then come join our Endow group for women.
Endow is a Catholic educational program bringing women together to discover their God-given dignity and to understand their role in humanizing and transforming society. Endow utilizes small study groups, conferences, and retreats to cultivate faith, fellowship, and formation.
A New Endow 8 week study group will start February 4 at 6:30 pm, here at St. Mary of Perpetual Help. We will study Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Women. For more info, please call Nell Andrzejewski at (773) 927-6646.
Fr. Robert Barron of Chicago 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:
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 email@example.com. Prayers can also be written in our book of prayers located by the Marian Shrine.
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.
am grateful to everyone who contributed to and continue to give
to the Preservation Fund. If you were unable, as of yet, to
give to the campaign, you will have an opportunity over the next month to
make a pledge for the future restoration. Pledge cards will be available
after all of the Masses during the month of May. You can also contribute online through GiveCentral. As you can imagine, this church requires
a lot maintenance! The cost to maintain this church in all of its
beauty is rather high. The electrical, plumbing, painting,
exterior dome, bell towers, cleaning, air and heat all cost money. In
addition to maintaining the church, we have to provide salaries to the
employees who continue to make St. Mary of Perpetual Help a growing and vibrant
Without your generous contributions, we would neither be
able to worship God in this heavenly building, nor have priests to celebrate
Mass. As mentioned before, we cannot rely on a small number
of parishioners to carry this financial burden; we must all
contribute according to our means. Sometimes that means
making sacrifices for what is most important in life and
will last into eternity. 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 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
P.S.: See below for a glance at some of the "before" pictures of our ongoing restoration project.
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.
Come to Lourdes Hall on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 10:00 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.
July 2014 through June 2015 is the Year of the Sacraments in the Archdiocese of Chicago. In this fourth and final year for the Strategic Pastoral Plan, Chicago Catholics are asked to reflect on the purpose and meaning of all of the sacraments, with particular attention to Eucharist and Reconciliation. The Church will:
Dedicate homilies to educating parishioners on the meaning and purpose of the sacraments
Offer special retreats or programs of reflection on some or all of the sacraments
Provide catechetical instruction about the sacraments
Develop new aids for examination of conscience
Reach out to Catholics who are rarely or infrequently at Mass by creatively and imaginatively using various forms of communications
Embed the concerns of social justice and vocational awareness in all efforts
Have the interior and exterior lights of the dome lit in memory of deceased members of your family, to commemorate a special occasion, or for special prayers needed. Contact the Church Office at (773) 927-6646 or e-mail the parish at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule dates. The requested stipend is $25.00 and the intention is listed in the bulletin the week of the intention. It's a beautiful way to remember a special person or event!