This year, the Church celebrates Catechetical Sunday on September 21, 2014, focusing on the theme "Teaching About God's Gift of Forgiveness." Those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith. - Adapted from the USCCB website
Let us Support the Dominican Sisters in Iraq
As the genocidal attacks intensify on Christians living in Iraq and the surrounding areas, Sr. Grace Henneberry (St. Pat's Alumnus) has provided stories for us of her sister Dominicans who still minister to those who are suffering. Above is a video of three of these Dominican Sisters - St. Catherine of Siena who have served the oppressed in Mosul, Iraq. To read more about their story, CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE. To watch their story, CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE.
The Triumph of the Holy Cross
Traditionally, Christians in Iraq (specifically in Christian towns) put a Cross that lights up at night on top of their homes starting the first week of September in preparation for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Although the refugees are out of their homes and they themselves are carrying their cross every day, some maintained the tradition by placing a Cross by their tents in their refugee camps as a reminder of their tradition and faith. May their faith increase more and more and may the Cross of Jesus give them light, strength and life instead of darkness, weakness and death that they are experiencing every day.
*NEW* To Watch a Slide Show of the Sisters' Celebration of the Triumph of the Cross, CLICK HERE!
If you wish to contribute directly to the sister's cause, please CLICK HERE (When redirected to the site, click "Other" and then enter "IRAQ"). St. Patrick's will take a special collection for the sisters the weekend of August 23-24. If you prefer to send a check, write it out to the Adrian Dominican Sisters (note it is for Iraq Relief) and send to...
Adrian Dominican Sisters
Attn: Iraqi Relief
1257 East Siena Heights Dr.
Adrian, MI 49221-1755
You can also contribute directly to the Chaldean Church (Mosul Relief) by clicking on the following link (and then click at top right corner of the page): http://www.helpiraq.org/
St. Columba of Iona (Feast Day - June 9th)
St. Brigid of Kildare (Feast Day - February 1st)
St. Patrick of Ireland (Feast Day - March 17th)
The History of St. Patrick’s Church dates back to 1838 with the arrival of the Rev. John Francis Plunkett, an Irish immigrant who came in answer to the call of the dying canal workers during the malaria epidemic of 1838. Father Plunkett was appointed the first pastor of St. Patrick’s Church by Bishop Gabriel Simon Bruté of Vincennes (now Indianapolis), Indiana.
With the building of the I&M Canal, many immigrant families had come to the area, most of whom were Catholic and came from the Emerald Isle. As the community grew, Fr. Plunkett began construction of a new church on Broadway Street just west of the Canal and south of Jefferson Street. Thus was born St. Patrick Church, the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Joliet and the second oldest in the Metropolitan Chicago area. It is now considered a landmark of Joliet.
During the next 175 years and seventeen pastors later, St. Patrick Church has flourished and experienced many changes. Our longest serving pastor came from Tipperary, Ireland in 1917, Rt. Msgr. Philip L. Kennedy. Upon his arrival, Msgr. Kennedy erected a new St. Patrick’s Church, School and Rectory. The first Mass was offered in the new church on Sunday, March 2, 1919. Msgr. Kennedy served St. Patrick’s from 1917 until the time of his passing in 1961.
St. Patrick’s has refocused itself back on its immigrant roots, not only serving those long-established parishioners who can trace their lineage back to the early years of the parish’s history but those new to the area from foreign countries who wish to receive spiritual assistance while providing for their families. To quote Pope Francis, St. Patrick’s Church of 2014 truly is “The Church of the Poor” in both flesh and the spirit, made up of a immigrant population from throughout the world. It truly is our pleasure and honor to serve all of them, namely all of us, pillars and neophytes to the parish, in the name of the Lord.
Protecting God's Children
For more information about the Pantry, please call (815) 727-4746. Those in need of food must live in the 60436 Zip Code
Please call this number for assistance and someone will return the call within 24 hours. All calls and visits are confidential.
From the "Whispers in the Loggia Website": http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/
Almost eighteen years ago, the then-rector of Dunwoodie and auxiliary of New York rushed to the family home of one of his seminarians. Chrism stock in hand and two stoles over his arm, he greeted his destination with an unforgettable line: "Eugene, we're going to make you a priest!"
Three hours after his ordination on a couch by the now-Cardinal Ed O'Brien, Fr Eugene Hamilton died at 24, taken by an incurable tumor in his chest.
Today in San Antonio, it happened again: in the last stages of a returned cancer now spread beyond treatment, William Carmona, 50, was ordained both deacon and priest on his deathbed by his bishop, Nashville's David Choby.
Born in Colombia as one of 13 children, the new priest's hospital-room rite – which came together in a matter of hours – owed itself to Fr Carmona's studies at Assumption Seminary, the bilingual house which has seen record numbers of men in formation over recent years as the Stateside church's de facto Hispanic majority continues its emergence into ecclesial life.
As the ordinand lay unresponsive in bed, a nurse keeping watch close by, the moving, surreal rite was captured by San Antonio's in-house Catholic Television arm... here below in full:
Much as the moment more than speaks for itself, God reward everyone who made it possible. And Danny... well, 'nuff said.
You can watch the video if you CLICK HERE.