Renew My Church: Each One Discerning his Own Mission

The grouping team from St. John Berchmans, St. Hedwig, St. Aloysius, and St. Mary of the Angels presented our feedback report to the Renew My Church Commission. Now it is in the hands of the Cardinal and his teams. As we await our decision, let’s continue praying and...

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Renew My Church: Let us Dream

Our four parishes ended the grouping team meetings of Renew My Church with a quote from Pope Francis: “I dream of a ‘missionary option,’ that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and...

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Easter letter

Easter 2021 Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Mary of the Angels, Abraham accompanied his only son, Isaac, as he carried the wood up Mount Moriah—Calvary. There Abraham would tie his son to the wood to sacrifice him. As he raised the knife to slay him, an angel...

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Palm Sunday: Christ’s Kingship

In the first Gospel, we reenact our Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, when he rides in triumphantly, seated on a donkey. This was foreshadowed when David had his son Solomon mount his royal donkey and ride into Jerusalem to take possession of his kingship. So...

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Renew My Church: Come Holy Spirit

The grouping teams from the four parishes have embraced the task and, taking with them your feedback, they are beginning to dream and listen to the Holy Spirit. Let’s listen to Pope Francis who, in his recent book for the Church experiencing the pandemic, Let us...

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Renew My Church: Scenarios

Our grouping team has been meeting with a facilitator and the other grouping teams from St. Aloysius, St. Hedwig, and St. John Berchmans. After reviewing the strengths and challenges of the Bucktown, Wicker Park, and east Logan Square, we were presented with the...

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Renew My Church: Trust

We had a wonderful Renew My Church parish town hall last Sunday in which we discussed the challenges that the Catholic Church faces in the United States, Chicago, and here in Bucktown. We presented the particular strengths and challenges of our parish, and of the...

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Renew My Church at St. Mary of the Angels: Initial Feedback

We began Renew My Church the last week of January and solicited your feedback—120 of you completed our survey. You identified St. Mary of the Angels strengths as being an icon of faith in Chicago (61%), great at fostering spiritual growth (53%), large numbers for the...

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Beginning Lent Well

Ash Wednesday is three days away, which makes this a good time to develop a plan of attack to take full advantage of this Lent—a time of conversion and spiritual growth. Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return… Repent and believe in the Gospel. We...

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