|CONCERT AT QUEEN OF ANGELS
Pianist Tom Stevens and George Flynn will perform their original compositions in the church at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 20. They will be assisted by violist Doyle Armbrust and mezzo soprano Joanna Wernette. Stevens is a well-known Chicago area composer and musician. Flynn chaired the musicianship and composition department at De Paul University and continues to be involved with the DePaul professional contemporary music performance series. The concert is free. A reception will follow.
LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS! Let’s do a great big shout out to the Queen of Angels Men’s Club for their ongoing support of the parish and school needs. These guys know how to have a good time and in doing so, live the Gospel tenet of helping whenever and wherever needed. Most recently, the Men’s Club gave $3,500 to the parish to be applied towards the new parking lot. Thank you, gentlemen and now... let’s hear it for the boys!
|IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS ED CLASSES
Children not attending a Catholic school may be registered for Sunday Morning Religious Education Classes (Kindergarten through Level 7) and Confirmation Preparation (eighth grade through high school). These classes have already begun for the 2011-2012 school year. Classes are structured to help children learn and grow in their faith during each successive year. Preparation is included for the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation, but a well-rounded religious education includes much more. Help your children develop the gifts of faith that you and their godparents gave them at Baptism.
Children are invited to begin Religious Education when they are entering kindergarten or first grade. For students new to the program or transferring from another church or school, we will work with each family to place them in the appropriate program and class. Register at the parish office or by calling the Religious Education office at 773-769-4211.
TODAVÍA NO ES MUY TARDE PARA REGISTRARSE PARA LAS CLASES DE EDUCATIÓN RELIGIOSA
Las clases religiosas del año 2011-2012 ya comenzaron. Los niños que no asisten a escuelas católicas todavía pueden ser registrados para las clases de catecismo y confirmación que toman lugar los domingos por las mañanas. Las clases de catecismo son solamente para los niños que asisten a kindergarten hasta el séptimo año de primaria. Las de confirmación son solamente para estudiantes de octavo año de primaria y de secundaria.
Las clases de religión “riegan el fruto de Dios”. Las clases son estructuradas para que cada niño aprenda y crezca dentro de su fe. Estas clases incluyen la preparación para los sacramentos de Primera Reconciliación, Primera Comunión y Confirmación pero una educación religiosa bien fundada constituye de mucho más que esto. Ayude sus hijos a desarrollar los regalos de la fe que le fueron dados junto con sus padrinos el día de su Bautismo.
A diferencia de los que niños que asisten a escuelas no católicas, los niños son estimulados a comenzar su educación religiosa cuando están cursando kindergarten o el primer grado. Se les dará asistencia a aquellas familias que vienen de otra parroquia o escuela al igual que a los que son nuevos al programa para asegurarnos que sus hijos sean puestos en el programa y la clase adecuada. Usted puede registrarse en la oficina parroquial durante el horario habitual o llamando a la Oficina de Educación Religiosa al 773-769-4986 ext. 23.
A REFLECTION FROM SSVD In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us a parable to teach us how great God is and how generous, and then he calls us to this same greatness and generosity. As you put your gift in the Society of St. Vincent DePaul’s poor box, know that you are showing the generosity of God to those who are suffering and poor.
PRAY THE ROSARY ON SATURDAY Looking to take some time for prayer in your Saturdays? Join us to pray the Rosary after each 9 a.m. Saturday Mass. To volunteer to lead prayers, please call Joann at 773-583-1371.
REMEMBER A LOVED ONE Mass intentions may be offered in the name of friends or relatives, living or deceased, for those in need of extra prayers or in honor of a beloved saint. Suggested donation is $10 per Mass. Call 773-539-7510.
INTENCIONES DE MISAS Para pedir una intención especial para una misa en inglés o español, por favor visite el Centro Parroquial o llame al 773-539-3176. La donación sugerida es de $10 por misa.
EXPOSICIÓN DEL SANTÍSIMO Haga los viernes un buen día para orar y estar con el Señor. La iglesia estará abierta los viernes desde las 9 a.m. hasta las 5 p.m. Entre por la puerta que se encuentra sobre la Claremont, suba las escaleras y vire hacia la izquierda. Suba cinco escalones más y pase por la sacristía y detrás del altar. Allí entrará a la capilla de Veneración. El Santísimo estará expuesto en la capilla. Traiga su Biblia, rosario, libros y sus pensamientos. Pase algún tiempo con el Santísimo. Si usted lo desea, inscríbase para una hora de oración cada viernes. Favor de llamar al 773-539-3176.
THIRD ANNUAL PRO-LIFE WALK The Women’s Center “North versus South” 5K Walk for Life will be Sunday, September 25 to raise money to help save babies from abortion. Participants who raise $35 or more will receive a T-shirt, pro-life balloon, lunch, ice cream and more. Join the walk at Our Lady of Victory, 5212 W. Agatite. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m., with optional Mass at 9:30 a.m. and kick-off at approximately 10:50 a.m. For information and registration forms, visit the website at www.womens-center.org or phone 773-794-1313.
|CONSCIENCE RIGHTS VIOLATE SWEEPING HHS MANDATE
In implementing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the new health care reform law), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a rule requiring almost all private health plans to cover contraception and sterilization as “preventive services” for women. The mandate even forces individuals and groups with religious or moral objections to purchase and provide such coverage if they are to receive or provide health coverage at all. This poses an unprecedented threat to individual and institutional religious freedom.
The rule includes a religious exemption so extremely narrow that it protects almost no one. It covers only a “religious employer” that has the “inculcation of religious values” as its purpose, primarily employs and serves persons who share its religious tenets, and is a church organization under two narrow provisions of the tax code. A great many religious organizations—including Catholic colleges and universities, as well as hospitals and charitable institutions that serve the public—will be ineligible. Individuals and religiously affiliated health insurers will not qualify for the exemption.
The new rule would force insurance plans to cover “all Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity.” Never before has the federal government required private health plans to include such coverage. The FDA-approved “emergency contraception” (EC) drugs that are covered by this mandate can work by interfering with implantation of a newly conceived human being. Also, the drug the FDA most recently approved for EC, "Ella,” a close analogue to the abortion drug RU-486, has been shown in animal tests to cause abortion. Thus, the mandate includes drugs that may cause an abortion both before and after implantation.
-- ACTION: Please send an e-mail message to HHS by visiting www.usccb.org/conscience. Once you send your comments to HHS, you will be automatically invited to send a message to your elected representatives in Congress, urging them to support the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (H.R. 1179/S. 1467) to ensure that such federal mandates do not violate Americans’ moral and religious convictions.
-- MESSAGE TO HHS: “Pregnancy is not a disease, and drugs and surgeries to prevent it are not basic health care that the government should require all Americans to purchase. Please remove sterilization and prescription contraceptives from the list of ‘preventive services’ the federal government is mandating any drug that may cause an early abortion, and to fully respect religious freedom as other federal laws do. The narrow religious exemption in HHS’s new rule protects almost no one. I urge you to allow all organizations and individuals to offer, sponsor and obtain health coverage that does not violate their moral and religious convictions.”
-- WHEN: Send your comments to HHS by the end of the public comment period, September 30.