Bridgeport's Biggest Garage Sale Is Saturday, Sept. 7

Start cleaning out those closets and basements with things that you would like to donate. Some items are especially popular! We accept jewelry, tools, electronics, furniture, books, and other household items. Please note: We do not accept televisions, large entertainment centers, TV stands, clothing, bedding, mattresses, or box springs. And if you have it, furniture is always in high demand! Drop off dates and times are Thursday, Sept. 5 and Friday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sell Your Own Stuff

We have a limited number of tables available on a first come basis. Rent a table at the sale for $35. You must come into the church office and pay in advance to secure your table.

Garage Sale Help Needed!

Bridgeport's Biggest Garage Sale is the biggest fundraiser for our parish. To keep it successful, we are in need of an army of volunteers to help set up, run the sale, and clean up the garage after the sale. Please give some of your time and energy to help make this year's Garage Sale another success. We need help on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 5-8. Volunteer sign-up sheets are located at all church entrances. You can also call the church office and give us your availability. Use this opportunity to help your parish in a way only YOU can help!

Collect the 'What Every Catholic Should Know' Series

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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.

Religious Education


Religious Education Signup

Classes begin September 8th, 2019

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The purpose of religious education is to pass on the teachings of Christ. We are here to assist parents in that work through classes, conversation, games, and prayer. We know God to be the source and summit of our entire life. Cultivating our relationship with God and with others is essential not only to our "church life," but certainly, to our entire life.

St. Mary of Perpetual Help offers Sunday classes for 1st-8th grade students. Our curriculum covers the fundamentals of our Catholic Faith in a way that engage both the intellect and the practical aspects of being Catholic. Our goal is to teach the Catholic faith so our children and teens become fully alive in the life of Christ. Our classes take place on Sunday’s beginning at 8:45 am in the school building.  We conclude the morning with 10:30 am Mass.

Please register in person after one of the Masses in August and on September 1st in the back vestibule. Classes begin September 8th.  There is a $25.00 late fee for families who register after September 8th.   If you have any questions, feel free to email our Religious Education Administrator, Aaron Lopez at aal66@msn.com. 


Summer Youth and Family Activities


FAMILY OUTING AUGUST 24TH, 2019
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FAMILY OUTING AUGUST 24TH, 2019

“BEACH PARTY AT 12TH STREET BEACH”
SATURDAY AUGUST 24TH, 2019 – 10AM TO 4PM
Meet in the school parking lot at 9AM
Our activities will include the following:
BOARD GAMES / BEACH VOLLEYBALL / BEACH BBQ

To sign up or for more information, please contact Aaron Lopez at aal66@msn.com  




Young Adult Women Summer Social (Ages 25-45)


Announcing the Young Adult Women's Summer Social!


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Join us for an evening of fun to get to know the women of our parish! 

August 23rd. 

We'll meet at 7:30 p.m. on the patio between the church and the rectory for dinner and drinks. Bring a dish or drink to share, or just yourself!

Contact Tess for further information or questions at tmcbarber@gmail.com 


Men's Group BBQ and Social

Men's Summer BBQ and Social on the Church Patio 


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September 12th 

All men from the parish are welcome to attend our summer BBQ and social.  We will meet on the church patio located to the right of the main church doors from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Please feel free to bring food or drinks to share.  Any questions, please contact Rob at robert.nolter@gmail.com
Sponsored by the men of Knights of Columbus. To learn more about our council and what we do here at the parish, please scroll down to the Knights ad.

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.

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:


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).


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.  
If you are interested in joining our Council, please reach out to Rob Nolter at robert.nolter@gmail.com.  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.