April 30 - Holy Hour for Canonization of Dorothy Day
Save the date! On April 30, we will hold a Holy Hour for the Canonization of Dorothy Day at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, where our parish soup kitchen and food pantry serve our neighbors in need.
Dorothy Day was a 20th century Catholic convert and one of the founders of the Catholic Worker Movement. Day's radical vision of societal renewal - based on the Gospels and the Church's social doctrine - has influenced generations of Catholics, including those who started our parish soup kitchen at St. Thomas of Canterbury.
The Holy Hour begins at 5:30 PM. It will be presided by Bishop Mark Bartosic, with sung Vespers by the Canons of St. John Cantius. After the Holy Hour, we will have a discussion on the Catholic Worker, the movement founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin designed to facilitate direct practice of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy by sharing the lives of the poor.
Join the reading group (April 9 and April 23)
In advance of the Holy Hour, the cultural center at St. Gregory the Great is hosting a series of discussions on excerpts of Dorothy Day’s autobiography, The Long Loneliness. Join us to read and discuss her work, and what we can learn from her in living out the faith!
Saturday, April 9 and Saturday, April 23 at St. Gregory the Great
8:30 AM – Morning prayer in the Our Lady of Consolation chapel at St. Gregory
9-10:30 AM – Breakfast and discussion in the parish center
Registrations encouraged, but not required. RSVP to Mark Franzen or call the Parish Center at 773-561-3546.
Every Tuesday and Friday at St. Thomas of Canterbury, the Soup Kitchen provides a hot meal to those in need.
During Lent, we are resuming all-day Eucharistic adoration every Tuesday at St. Thomas of Canterbury, to pray for the work of the soup kitchen and the parish. This prayer takes place while soup kitchen volunteers are making preparations, and while those in need are being served.
As Catholics, we cannot separate service to the poor or the corporal works of mercy from the Eucharist. The Second Vatican Council says clearly: “The other sacraments, as well as with every ministry of the Church and every work of the apostolate, are tied together with the Eucharist and are directed toward it.”
March 2 is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the season of Lent. It is an obligatory day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. Abstinence from meat is obligatory for Catholics ages 14 and older.
During Lent, all Fridays are obligatory days of abstinence from meat.
In Lent, we will hold bilingual stations of the Cross every Friday at St. Ita church.
On Monday, Feb. 28th, we hosted a holy hour for the canonization of Venerable Augustus Tolton, a priest of the archdiocese of Chicago and the first recognized African-American priest in the U.S. We were grateful for Bishop Perry's presence with us. Venerable Augustus Tolton, pray for us!
El 6 de febrero, la comunidad hondureña celebró a la Virgen de Suyapa, patrona de Honduras. Presidió el P. Romert Morales y predicó el diácono Jaime Ríos.
¡Viva la Virgen de Suyapa!
La comunidad guatemalteca de nuestra parroquia María, Madre de Dios celebró el Cristo Negro de Esquipulas el domingo 16 de enero. El Cristo Negro es una imagen de madera oscurecida de Cristo consagrada en la Catedral Basílica de Esquipulas en Guatemala. A la imagen se le atribuyen numerosos milagros, y la Basílica de Esquipulas es el segundo lugar religioso más importante de América, después de la Virgen de Guadalupe.
Señor Jesús Crucificado, ¡ten piedad de nosotros!
Scenes from our parish feast day on January 1: the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The altar, with relics of St. Ita, St. Thomas of Canterbury, St. Gregory the Great and Franciscan saints, was reconsecrated by Bishop Bartosic.
May the intercession of Mary, Mother of God and our mother, guide us as a parish and help us spread the word of God to our neighbors and friends!