COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccines Many people are conflicted about receiving one of the Covid-19 vaccines. I know Catholics and non-Catholics, political liberals and conservatives, medical and pharmaceutical professionals, etc. who refuse to take the vaccine and… others of the same...

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Annual Report 2020-21

A year and a half of pandemic, the Renew My Church discernment and decision behind us, many things have returned to normal—in person formation, Masses, celebrations, etc.—and many things have not… nor do we want them to. Our school has increased to 275 students, with...

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Our Lady of Czestochowa

In high school I learned about Our Lady of Fatima, her apparition and predictions for our world today. This led me to my vocation to Opus Dei and to the priesthood. I also learned about other apparitions, especially Our Lady of Lourdes.  I was ordained in the shrine...

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A Vision Overview of Renew My Church

This is my version of a general overview of Renew My Church that focuses us on building up our parish in Christ. I encourage all to keep it handy as we try to each do our part in great missionary task. We will be using this as we move forward in growing St. Mary of...

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The Assumption in the Bible

Today we celebrate Mary’s Assumption into heaven. Some are surprised that the doctrine of Mary’s bodily Assumption was not defined until 1950, using little biblical support. Pope Pius XII decreed that all Catholics must hold and believe as divinely revealed: “That the...

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St. Joseph: CREATIVEly Courageous Father

We are still in the year of St. Joseph, who is a wonderful example for fathers, men, and in fact all Christian men and women. As Pope Francis points out how St. Joseph helps us confront those difficult situations we didn’t expect: If the first stage of all true...

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Celebrating the Feastday of St. Mary of the Angels

In 1216, Jesus appeared to St Francis in a vision offering the Indulgence of the Pardon of Assisi that was approved by Pope Honorius III. This plenary indulgence ordinarily granted on August 2 and 15 to those honoring St. Mary of the Angels. This should inspire us to...

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Changes in Bucktown

Jezu ufam Tobie! These words summarize what our Lord taught St. Faustina—Jesus I trust in you—and are now displayed on the base of our statue of the Heart of Divine Mercy and Love!  Throughout our history St. Mary of the Angels parishioners have responded to the call...

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Polish Immigrants to Chicago

Like many other nationalities, Polish immigrants saw America as the “Land of Opportunity” while maintaining their national heritage and their strong faith in God. Before the immigration influx, the Bucktown area of Chicago was mostly open fields used to pasture goats...

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First Catholics in Chicago

The history of St. Mary of the Angels is a history of faith that began with great pioneers of the Faith in our city and state. This should inspire us to think big, long-term, and consider how each one of us can contribute to the future of the Catholic Church where God...

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