This special collection, for the weekend of September 6 - 7, is being taken up for Catholic Relief Services as it provides humanitarian relief to the people in Iraq, Gaza, Syria and surrounding countries where refugees have fled.
Millions of our Iraqi brothers and sisters are suffering displacement and terror from the Islamic State of Iraq and greater Syria (ISIS). Religious minorities, including Christians, Shia Muslims, and Turken are being attacked and murdered.
Please pray for peace and unity and consider donating to Catholic Relief Services: www.ChicagoPeaceAndJustice.org/IraqEmergencyAppeal.
Letter to U.S. Bishops from Archbishop Kurtz Urging Solidarity with Pope and Action for Peace
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has sent a letter to all Bishops in the U.S. urging them to ask the Catholic faithful to "pray for peace and to support diplomatic efforts aimed at dialogue and reconciliation". He asks for our prayers regarding violence in the Middle East, Ukraine, Africa and Central America.
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
Unaccompanied Children at the Border
The Priests for Justice for Immigrants along with the Office for Immigrant Affairs & Immigration Education are appealing for support in responding to the needs of unaccompanied children at the U.S. border. Below are materials for Parish Bulletins, in English and Spanish.
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls - Volunteer
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is in need of volunteer tutors at their Girls' Campus, 11600 South Longwood Drive in Chicago. Tutors will be assigned to one resident of middle school or high school age to help students with reading, science or math. Tutors must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma, GED or be a college graduate.
For more information, please contact Dee Atkins at email@example.com or call 312-738-7552.
All are invited to attend a Back to School Sunrise Prayer Service and Mass that will be held at Oakwood Beach, 41st Street and Lakeshore Drive in Chicago, to pray for an end to violence, for the protection of our children, as well as for a successful and nonviolent school year. The morning will begin with Praise and Worship at 6:30 a.m. Mass will follow at 7 a.m. with Most Rev. Alberto Rojas and Most Rev. Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishops of Chicago, concelebrating. These prayer services are annually organized by the Black Catholic Deacons and the Office for Black Catholics of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Catholic Cemeteries Invites Everyone to Attend Our Lady of Guadalupe Sculptures Dedication
Most Rev. Alberto Rojas, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will dedicate a 12-foot Our Lady Guadalupe statue at Mount Carmel Cemetery, 1400 South Wolf Road in Hillside, at 9:30 a.m. The artist of this granite sculpture is Gianfranco Tassara of Inspired Artisans. The sculpture is a tribute to the Virgin Mary, who appeared to Juan Diego at the Hill of Tepeyac, near Mexico City in 1531.
Catholic Cemeteries Invites Everyone to Attend
St. John Paul II Sculpture Dedication
Saturday, September 6
Most Rev. Andrew P. Wypych, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will dedicate a 32-foot sculpture honoring St. John Paul II at Maryhill Cemetery, 8600 North Milwaukee Avenue in Niles, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 6. The sculpture has four sides, two of which depict St. John Paul II with mosaic renderings of his visits to Chicago. The third and fourth sides depict Our Lady of Czestochowa and the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Join Misericordia for their 34th Annual Family Festival on Sunday, September 7 at the Misericordia Home, 6300 North Ridge Avenue in Chicago. The festival will begin at 11 a.m. and there will be live entertainment, food and drink, children's games, kiddie rides, raffles and much more.
For tickets and more information, please call 773-273-2768 or visit www.misericordia.org.
Kolbe House, the Jail Ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago, invites you to a bilingual (Spanish and English) Mass at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, at Assumption B.V.M. Parish, 2434 South California Avenue in Chicago. We especially invite anyone who is personally affected by incarceration, a victim of crime, or anyone who wants to be part of our ministry through prayer to attend this Mass. If you are an ex-offender or have a loved one who is incarcerated, please come. If you need more information, please call Deacon Pablo or Fr. Arturo at Kolbe House: 773-247-0070 or email Pablo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you were married in 1964 and have not yet registered for the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass, there's still time! The Mass will be held on Sunday, September 14 at 2:45 p.m. at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. To register, call the Marriage and Family Ministries Office at 312-534-8351 or go online at www.familyministries.org.
Attend the Mass of Atonement and Hope to pray for the ongoing healing required for child and youth sexual abuse survivors, their families, the Church, society and for continued vigilance toward the protection of children and youth. Mass will take place at 10 a.m., at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1080 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago, immediately adjacent to the Healing Garden.