HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY
“Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, and endures all things.”
—- 1 Corinthians 13:7
FROM THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL In the Gospel Jesus says, “Whoever fulfills and teaches the commands shall be great in the kingdom of God.” By your gift to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, you indeed put your faith into action as you fulfill the commands of Jesus.
|2011 ANNUAL CATHOLIC APPEAL
The theme of the 2011 Annual Catholic Appeal is “...seek first the kingdom of God...” (Matthew 6:33). Jesus taught that we are not to worry about the things of this world. Rather, we are to seek the kingdom of God and the Father will reward us. God provides all that we have and all that we are. Stewardship, in part, is the recognition of God’s gifts and the obligation to return a significant portion of our gifts to assist in his work. Our gifts to our parish, to our Archdiocese and the Church throughout the world are given in gratitude for what God has given to us. A gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal helps to provide education, services, and ministry to thousands within and outside of our Archdiocese.
The Appeal supports parish ministries that provide religious education to children, youth and adults in economically disadvantaged communities. It is one of the largest philanthropic sources of financial support for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. The Appeal funds services that are of great help to the ministries here at Queen of Angels.
Also, when our parish reaches its goal in paid pledges, 100 percent of the additional funds received will be returned to us for use in our parish. Please prayerfully consider a pledge to the 2011 Annual Catholic Appeal.
¡TODOS SON BIENVENIDOS! ¿Es tu primera vez en nuestra parroquia? ¡Bienvenidos! ¿Se ha mudado recientemente? ¡Que Dios bendiga su nuevo hogar! Por favor visite o contacte la oficina parroquial al 773-539-7510 para registrarse o arreglar su registración actual. ¡Gracias!
NICODEMUS MINISTRY When a parishioner dies, the priest celebrates the Mass of Christian Burial. The final Prayers of Commendation at the cemetery are led by a lay person. Laity are urged to lead their brothers and sisters in prayer. It is a sign that when a parishioner dies, other members of the parish —- and not just the priest —- pray. Volunteers are needed to minister to grieving families. Follow the kindness of Nicodemus who, with Joseph of Arimathea, buried Jesus. Training provided. Call the parish office at 773-539-7510.
CHOOSING TO BE CATHOLIC Charis Ministries, a Jesuit ministry for those in their 20s and 30s, will present Choosing to Be Catholic in a day-long retreat Saturday, March 12 at the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club, Wilmette. When it comes to faith, we have a choice. Why do you choose to be Catholic? Join other young adults to reflect on your Catholic faith and how it fits into everyday life. Visit www.charisministries.org for details and to register. Scholarships and payment plans are available.
JOIN US FOR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION ON FRIDAYS Every Friday, the Blessed Sacrament is placed out for veneration and prayer from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. To reach the Adoration Chapel, enter the church through the Claremont door, walk up the stairs, turn to the left and then to the left again. Walk down the passage behind the altar and enter the former baptistery where the Eucharist is exposed for veneration. Help us keep vigil with the Lord by making some time on Fridays for these beautiful moments of prayer. This is a wonderful way to feel closer to God. Visitors are asked to register in the sign-in book in the chapel when attending Adoration.
ONE DIME AT A TIME Did you know that each Box Tops coupon is worth a dime to Queen of Angels students? Last spring, our school earned more than $400 for our school library and classrooms through this program. Please clip Box Tops coupons from hundreds of products from Cheerios®, Betty Crocker®, Pillsbury®, Ziploc®, Kleenex®, Juicy Juice® and more. Drop off your coupons in the boxes outside the school office or at the back of church. Contact Mrs. Allen at email@example.com or Mrs. Diaz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTENCIONES DE MISAS Para pedir una intención especial para una misa en inglés o español, por favor visite el Centro Parroquial. La donación sugerida es de $10 por misa. Llame al 773-539-3176.
SATURDAY ROSARY 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, contact Joann at 773-583-1371.
CHOCOLATE BALL CELEBRATION The Chocolate Ball Carnevale Celebration will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1220 W. Lexington. Music, dancing, costumes, wine, chocolate, desserts and a silent auction are planned for the event. Tickets are $20. For tickets or more information, call 708-361-5411. Proceeds will benefit the Shrine.
ANSWER THE CALL Have you ever felt a tug in your heart towards the priesthood or religious life? For information about a vocation to priesthood contact Fr. Brian Welter at 312-534-8298 or email@example.com. Visit the website at www.ChicagoPriest.com. For information about the religious life, contact Sr. Elyse Ramirez, OP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-534-5240.
GORDON TECH MONDAY BINGO Play Monday Night Bingo at Gordon Tech College Prep High School, 3633 N. California. Enter through the gym. Doors open at 5 p.m. Play begins at 7 p.m. and ends by 9:20 p.m. Raffle, pull tabs, food and parking are all available. Proceeds benefit the high school which continues to serve the community.
CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM “I was a stranger and you welcomed me...” -- Matthew 25:35
“Between April 1997 and August 2007, the United States deported the lawful permanent resident mother or father of approximately 103,000 children. At least 86 percent of these children were U.S. citizens.” -- University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, et al., “In the Child’s Best Interest,” March 2010, http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/news/images/childsbestinterest.pdf.
Learn more through the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education at the Archdiocese of Chicago, 3525 S. Lake Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60653. Contact Elena Segura at 312-534-5333 or email@example.com.
TRADICIÓN, ARREPENTIMIENTO, FUNDACIONES La memoria histórica de las grandes obras de Dios, conecta a los creyentes con el pasado, no sólo como hechos pasados, sino como una narrativa que perdura en el presente y como una fuente de inspiración y aliento. Esta memoria está consagrada en una de las primeras afirmaciones de fe de Israel que se encuentran en el libro del Deuteronomio:
Mi padre era un arameo errante, que bajó a Egipto y se estableció allí con muy pocas personas; pero luego creció hasta convertirse en una gran nación, potente y numerosa. Los egipcios nos maltrataron, nos oprimieron y nos impusieron una dura esclavitud. Entonces clamamos al Señor, Dios de nuestros padres, y el Señor escuchó nuestra voz, miró nuestra humillación, nuestros trabajos y nuestra angustia. El Señor nos sacó de Egipto con mano poderosa... (Deuteronomio 26:5-8)
Una era tras otra se ha recurrido a este relato de la acción liberadora de Dios para entender que Dios continúa liberando a su pueblo.
El recuerdo de lo que Dios ha hecho es esencial. También Jesús mandó a sus discípulos: “Hagan esto en memoria mía” (1 Corintios 11:24). Y Jesús envió al Espíritu Santo para recordar a su comunidad de discípulos, su Iglesia, de lo que había dicho y hecho (Juan 14,26).
Con esta memoria y la conexión con el pasado, podemos permanecer fieles a nuestros fundamentos. También tenemos una medida de nuestro arrepentimiento, en el sentido de que sabemos cómo debemos volver atrás y cambiar nuestra manera de ser fiel a lo que Dios ha hecho por nosotros. Tenemos un sentido de continuidad a medida que avanzamos de esperanza en esperanza.
De ninguna manera nuestra relación con nuestro pasado se alimenta de un sentido de nostalgia. Por el contrario, nos orienta en nuestro momento presente y nuestro futuro mediante la identificación de lo que Dios ha hecho y, por lo tanto, lo que Dios está haciendo y hará en el futuro. Y es la Iglesia que tiene esta memoria sagrada, la conexión espiritual con nuestro pasado.
TRADITION, REPENTANCE, FOUNDATIONS The historical memory of God’s great deeds connects believers to the past, not just as past history but as a narrative that endures into the present and as a source of inspiration and encouragement. This memory was enshrined in one of Israel’s earliest affirmations of faith found in the Book of Deuteronomy:
My father was a wandering Aramean who went down into Egypt with a small household and lived there as an alien. But there he became a great nation, strong and numerous. When the Egyptians maltreated and oppressed us, imposing hard labor upon us, we cried to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and he heard our cry and saw our affliction, our toil and our oppression. The Lord brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand... (Deuteronomy 26:5-8)
Age upon age has drawn upon this narrative of God’s liberating action to understand that God continues to free his people. The memory of what God has done is essential. Jesus, too, commanded his disciples, “Do this in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:24). And Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to remind his community of discipleship, his church, of what he had said and done (John 14:26).
With this memory and connection with the past, we can stay true to our foundations. We also have a measure for our repentance, in the sense that we know how we must turn back and change our ways to be true to what God has done for us. We have a sense of continuity as we move forward into hope.
By no means does our connection with our past feed into a sense of nostalgia. On the contrary, it orients us to our present moment and to our future by identifying what God has done and, therefore, what God is doing and will do in the future. And it is the Church that holds this sacred memory, this spiritual connection with our past.
February 21 — Sharing: Maternity BVM (with regular collection)
February 27 — 2011 Annual Catholic Appeal Commitment