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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Freedom of Conscience and Religion

Celebrating July 4th—Independence Day—let’s pray for religious freedom and freedom of conscience for all Americans. Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers of this great nation, revealed how important freedom of conscience was: “No provision in our Constitution...

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St. Josemaría’s Attitude Toward Freedom

Philippe Lissac | GodongSaturday, we celebrated the feast St. Josemaría and the U.S. bishops are encouraging us to observe the Fortnight of Freedom. So, let’s consider St. Josemaría’s attitude toward freedom. St. Josemaría had a great love for freedom, while insisting...

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Heart of Divine Mercy and Love

We have a new statue at St. Mary of the Angels that was blessed and dedicated on the feast of the Sacred Heart, ten days ago. The statue integrates elements of traditional Sacred Heart images and the original painting of the Divine Mercy of St. Faustina. In the image...

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Heart of Divine Mercy

A new statue of Jesus arrived this week and was dedicated on Friday, the feast of the Sacred Heart. Saturday was the feast of St. Josemaría, who had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart under the title of the Merciful Love. The Merciful Love was a devotion that arose...

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Corresponding to Trinitarian Love

In his Angelus address, Pope Francis said: “the Eucharist is like the ‘burning bush’ in which the Trinity humbly dwells and communicates itself.” The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Trinitarian Love, where God humbly makes himself present to us.  In the Eucharist, God...

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Finding True Life in the Trinity

We all seek the fullness of life, both now and in eternity. But can we find it? What does it entail? These questions form part of an innate restlessness that is rooted in man’s very being (Cf. Gaudium et Spes, 4, 10). If we are to have any hope of reaching true life,...

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