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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St. Joseph: An accepting father

Continuing with his Apostolic Letter on St. Joseph, Pope Francis shows how the patriarch loved Mary, Jesus, and each one of us with an unconditional acceptance, even when he didn’t understand God’s plans: “Joseph accepted Mary unconditionally. He trusted in the...

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Renew My Church begins at St. Mary of the Angels

We have begun the discernment and feedback phase of Renew My Church here at St. Mary of the Angels. We have also met with the other grouping teams from St. Aloysius, St. Hedwig, and St. John Berchmans and we are getting to know each other and the process we are about...

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St Joseph: An Obedient Father

Fathers, do you want your children to obey you and to obey their mother? Really? Then all you should give them an example of obedience. If you obey God, his laws and commandments… if you obey your wife, anticipating her needs and requests, such that she doesn’t even...

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St. Joseph: a Tender and Loving Father

St. Joseph took a silent lead in the Holy Family. Fathers should strive to follow his example, lovingly supporting their wives as Joseph did Mary in her divine motherhood. Likewise, as Joseph was to Jesus, us fathers should be to their children: Joseph saw Jesus grow...

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St. Joseph: a Beloved Father

As we celebrate the New Year—a Year of the Family, a Year of St. Joseph—let’s reflect on Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Letter, which teaches us how St. Joseph’s paternal service was key to our salvation: The greatness of St. Joseph is that he was the spouse of Mary...

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Entrusting Ourselves to St. Joseph

On the feast of the Immaculate Conception, St. Mary of the Angels received a special gift from Pope Francis: he wrote us a wonderful apostolic letter, Patris Corde—With a Father’s Heart. We consider this a special gift to our parish, because we at St. Mary of the...

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