In observance of October as Domestic Violence Month, Fr. Chuck Dahm, OP, will share his expertise on the subject at every Mass next weekend, October 18-19. The following article is adapted by the Archdiocese of Chicago, and was originally printed in “Warning Signs of Violent Love” by Vijai P. Sharma, Ph.D.
Most relationship dynamics form slowly and over time. If any of these 20 warning signs appear in your relationship, it’s time to take notice and help yourself so you don’t “fall into” a trap which becomes harder and harder to escape. But help and escape are possible.
The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated on Sunday, October 12 during the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Masses in English and the 12:30 p.m. Mass in Spanish. The sacrament is not used only as a final farewell and prayer prior to death. More so, it celebrates the comfort of Christ and the prayers of the Church for any Catholic person who has been baptized and is of sufficient age to be comforted by the Sacrament who:
has a long-term physical, mental or emotional illness,
is preparing for or recovering from hospitalization or surgery, or
may have a health condition that is controlled at the moment but could recur, such as a heart problem or cancer.
If you wish to receive this sacrament, you may bring family and friends to sit with you and be present with you at the time of anointing. May the persons anointed and those who love them be given God’s grace!
The candle near the ambo (pulpit) at the front of church burns at Masses during the month of October in recognition of the Church's designation of October as Respect Life month. The flame is reminder of the many souls that flicker so briefly and tenuously among us, and of how we as Catholics have a responsibility to tend and protect their lives. It also represents the hope we have to one day see a fulfillment of the Culture of Life in which each person's existence, from conception to natural death, is cherished by us here on earth as much as it is by God in heaven.
May this candle be a reminder to us all to take time in our prayers to remember one another in prayer and to pray for an end to abuses of all kinds against the dignity of life.
This is an important invitation to all people of the parish, both men and women 21 years or older. There has been a serious effort to join the many other parishes that recognize the need to provide a place of hospitality and faith enrichment for our brothers and sisters who live with various developmental and learning disabilities. These children, teens, young adults and adults have the right and the deep desire to find welcome and hope in their lives through an awareness of the God who loves all people.
We address every member of this parish to look inside their hearts and hear the call to BE CHURCH. Being a Catholic is not a passive assent, but a call to action.
ROSARY AND BENEDICTION FOR RESPECT LIFE MONTH The Respect Life Committee invites you to celebrate Respect Life Month in October by observing a holy hour of prayer in the church from 7 to 8 p.m. four Fridays in October: 3, 10, 17, and 24. Each hour includes solemn exposition, bilingual rosary and benediction, other prayers and music dedicated to God’s greatest gift.
Respect Life Month recognizes life in all its glory and in all its forms, providing many opportunities to embrace the whole cycle of life with which humanity has been blessed, from conception to natural death. Holy hours are scheduled for the first four Fridays in October. Please plan to attend these special, solemn evenings.
Are you a teen who is looking for something fun to do this summer? The North Side Kairos Retreat is a four-day retreat for North Side Chicago teens who have just completed their sophomore, junior or senior years of high school. On Kairos, you are invited to reflect on relationships with yourself, friends, family and God. The four days of Kairos are an opportunity to heal, rejoice, question, explore the Catholic faith, meet new people and have fun.
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Father Bill Eddy, Pastor of nearby Saint Hilary Parish and onetime Resident Priest at Queen of Angels in the late 1980s while he worked as a teacher at Quigley Preparatory Seminary North.
Many of our longtime parishioners remember Father Eddy for his down-to-earth nature and straightforward homilies. In the last few years, while Pastor at Saint Hilary, Father Eddy has been a regular confessor for First Reconciliation at Queen of Angels and celebrant of several parishioners' funerals.
Father Eddy passed away suddenly on June 6. He collapsed in his office at Saint Hilary Rectory and was found the following morning.
He will lie in state at Saint Hilary Church from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11 and Thursday, June 12. His funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 13, also at Saint Hilary Church. The church is located at California and Bryn Mawr Avenues in Chicago.
Father Eddy is survived by his two sisters, Judy and Kathy, and many loved nieces and nephews. Please keep them and the Saint Hilary community in your prayers.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.
Father Bill Eddy (far left) concelebrates at our Centennial Mass in October, 2009
Thank you to all who were able to attend our Advance Commitment Gathering this week for the "To Teach Who Christ Is" stewardship campaign. Please pray in thanksgiving for the many blessings you have received through our community, and ask God to guide you in how best to respond to those blessings through your support of the campaign. Commitment Weekend will be May 31 and June 1.
Campaign Video If you missed it at the gathering, or just want to watch it again, a video was prepared for the campaign which highlights the history and current life of our Queen of Angels community. The video is hosted at http://animoto.com/play/7k7O59Qi7HZ3PXg0zZ912g.
Thanks to the parishioners who contributed photos and edited the video, especially John and Kathleen Wannemacher, Michael Morgan, Jim Hohner, Kathleen McCarthy, Rachel Hohner and the parish archives.
Parish Picnic All are invited to a parish picnic in Welles Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 1. Join us for breakfast from the food truck Babycakes, a ministry fair, informal games and relaxing with your parish friends. It's BYOC -- bring your own lawn chair!
WELCOME TO THE TABLE OF THE LORD! Congratulations to the following children of the parish who celebrated their First Holy Communion at special Masses on Saturday, May 3. Please keep them and their families in your prayers as, strengthened by the Eucharist, they continue their journey of faith.