It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of our annual festivities at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, IL this December due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is understandably difficult as the love of so many for Our Lady is incredibly strong and a most beautiful expression of Marian devotion. However, as was the experience of Saint Juan Diego on the hillside of Tepeyac, Our Lady promises to come and find us wherever we may be.
Please read the attached letter (available in English and Spanish) from me and Very Rev. Esequiel Sanchez and share the message in full with your communities. As you will see, there will be online opportunities to join together in prayer in honor of Our Lady who we know will receive our devotion gratefully and joyfully.
Bishop Robert Casey
Archdiocese of Chicago
Amnesty Gun Buy Back Event
$100 per gun, no arrests
Saturday, December 5, 2020.
Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church
1711 Simpson St. Evanston, IL
Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on Pope Francis’ encyclical letter ‘Fratelli Tutti’Oct. 4, 2020
Back in June, in-person weekend Masses at St. Nicholas restarted with much thought, preparation, and creativity. Since then parishioners have been attending mass in growing numbers in the Chapel, Church, and parking lot in both English and Spanish. Here is current attendance information...
Shoebox Christmas 2020-What a Christmas Gift!
Different Format, Same love!
DEADLINE: OCTOBER 30, 2020
TIME: Contact at J.BRABECK@HOTMAIL.COM OR 773.266.0819 to
arrange a drop off time.
PLACE: Drop offs will be made at 2422 W. Morse Ave., Chicago.
Wrap a shoebox so that it can be opened. Pack the shoebox with just one or more small gifts (ideas: small toy, candy, winter hat or gloves). No other clothing. NEW ITEMS only .
Add a personal note/photo.
Place a sticky note on the box noting the designated age range and sex. The age categories are infant, 3-5 yrs., 6-8 yrs., 9-12 yrs. and 13 and up. Rubber band the box.
We will accept extra small gift items for our empty boxes.
Contact me if you need extra empty boxes, wrapping paper, or other supplies.
SPECIAL ELVES NEEDED: Please contact me if you are willing to wrap 10-20 boxes to hold our extra donations.
If you can, email a photo to me of your wrapping activities!!
To learn more about this ministry see: http://www.spiritlakeministrycenter.org/about_shoebox_christmas.aspx
In anticipation of a safe and effective vaccine against the Covid-19 contagion, which could be available for distribution as soon as 2021, public authorities are now seeking input regarding formulating policies for the equitable allocation of the vaccine in our country.
As the information in this link indicates, public hearings starting this week will solicit verbal and written input from individuals and community leaders. Please review and share with your local community the information below.
It is important that the whole community participates. Active and reflective engagement through various listening sessions is an important contribution to the ethics of compassionate and inclusive healthcare. Specifically, we need to be clear about how population-wide, tax-supported doses across the country will be accessible to meet all the nation's needs. An agreed upon approach should meet distributive and social justice values that inform municipal, county, state and Federal governments' health personnel and foreseeably the various medical divisions of state and national military.
We might well understand that not all can receive a vaccination on the first day and there needs to be a prioritization of recipients, such as health care workers, police, firefighters, and other first responders, followed by at-risk individuals. At the same time, it is also a priority to ensure that those on the margins of society are considered and made active participants in this discussion. Pastorally, we can use this process to help offset social inequities, engage our neighbors and help build a healthier and just Chicago area community.
Please share this information with your parishioners and others in your community so that input can be fully inclusive. If you have comments or questions on this or related matters, please contact my Vicar for Health Affairs, Rev. William P. Grogan at 312.515.3152 or email@example.com