Congratulations Officers

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The fiscal Year 2015-16 officers of Mary’s Millennium Council #12801 Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary were installed at a joint meeting June 17th. Ed Adams, District Deputy, James Posch, District Warden, and Father Gregory Lorens, our Chaplain, all played an important role in these memorable installation ceremonies. Thank you for your time and your continued support of our council.

Congratulations to the New Officers of the Knights & Ladies.  Thank you to the outgoing officers for your past service.  Our council is strong due to the members that step up to lead us and also for all that participate in our various events.

Through the intercession of Mary, Queen of the Knights, and Father Michael McGivney, Founder of the Knights of Columbus, we pray that these new officers will lead us in our mission of service to St. John’s parish and the community at large.

For more information and images, see our article on the website:   2015-16 Officer Installation

The fiscal Year 2015-16 officers of Mary’s Millennium Council #12801 Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary were installed at a joint meeting June 17th. Ed Adams, District Deputy, James Posch, District Warden, and Father Gregory Lorens, our Chaplain, all played an important role in these memorable installation ceremonies. Thank you for your time and your […]

2015 Memorial Service

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Mary’s Millennium Council #12801 Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary gathered Sunday May 31st at the 9 AM mass for their annual Corporate Mass and Memorial Dedication Service. We were blessed to have Brother Knight Father Peter Damien in town from his new home in Nigeria.

DSCN0188_Fr_PeterFollowing mass, we went outside to the Knights and Ladies’ Memorial Garden for the blessing of new bricks for Father Ted Schmitt, our beloved Chaplain and Pastor, and Anastacio (Joe) Gonzalez, Jr. who have gone before us. In addition to the Knights and Ladies, family, friends and parishioners gathered for this brief memorial ceremony.  May they rest in peace.

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Video of Fr. Peter Damien’s Blessing of the Memorial Bricks


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click to enlarge Mary’s Millennium Council #12801 Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary gathered Sunday May 31st at the 9 AM mass for their annual Corporate Mass and Memorial Dedication Service. We were blessed to have Brother Knight Father Peter Damien in town from his new home in Nigeria. Following mass, we went outside to […]

Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day

Today we honor Mary, our Blessed Mother and Mother of Jesus Christ, as well as all mothers – living and deceased. In churches across the world, there were May Crownings and special blessings for Mothers.

This day has become a commercialized holiday in many parts of the world, especially in the United States. Hopefully that doesn’t change the underlying reason for the special observance – honoring those loving women who have given the precious gift of life. It is fitting that they be the recipient of gifts and loving affection today.

Some Facts about Mother’s Day History

The history of Mother’s Day is centuries old. During the 1600’s, the early Christians in England celebrated a day to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. By a religious order the holiday was later expanded in its scope to include all mothers, and named as the Mothering Sunday. Celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter), “Mothering Sunday” honored the mothers of England.

Later, as Christianity spread throughout Europe, the celebration changed to one honoring “Mother Church”, the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm. It then evolved into a celebration honoring all living and deceased mothers on “Mothering Sunday”. This celebration was discontinued when the settlers came to America but it would later resurface during the Civil War era.

President Woodrow Wilson declared the first national Mother’s Day, as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers whose sons had died in war. On May 9, 1914, he made the first official announcement proclaiming Mother’s Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May. He asked Americans to give a public expression of reverence to mothers through the celebration of Mother’s Day.

Happy Mother’s Day Today we honor Mary, our Blessed Mother and Mother of Jesus Christ, as well as all mothers – living and deceased. In churches across the world, there were May Crownings and special blessings for Mothers. This day has become a commercialized holiday in many parts of the world, especially in the United […]

Remembering Francis Cardinal George

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Francis Cardinal George, OMI

Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago
1937 – 2015

As you may already know, our beloved Cardinal George was called home to the Lord on Friday morning. He was a man of great faith and courage, a holy man who faced and overcame many obstacles during his life. His missionary spirit led him to travel the world as an Oblate of Mary Immaculate, then return home to Chicago. Not only was he a great leader here in our Archdiocese, but for the Church far beyond. Despite his wide-ranging responsibilities and commitments, he always considered the care and love of those in the Chicago area, in Christ’s name, as his primary mission.

Cardinal George was no stranger to the faithful of St. John the Evangelist parish. We were fortunate to welcome him here to our parish for our 50th Anniversary celebration in June, 2012. The picture above, taken by our parish photographer Robert J. Miskinis, was during Holy Communion that day.  The Cardinal was the first to use the chalice and patten donated by the Knights on the occasion of the 50th anniversary.

Cardinal George, a fellow Knight, often wrote letters, to the men of the parishes in the Archdiocese, encouraging them to join the Knights. In one of those letters he wrote:

“Catholics are called to a life of service. In a particular way, Catholic men are called to care for their families and to serve their neighbors, their parishes and their faith communities. I am pleased to share with you that a great and wonderful opportunity exists for a Catholic man to answer this call to serve by becoming a member of the Knights of Columbus.”  Read More: Letter from Cardinal George, Sept. 2012

cardinal_george_visitCardinal George last visited St. John’s in December.  The visit was much different than on the occasion of the 50th.  It was a private moment, shared only by Father Greg and a few members of the Knights & Ladies Auxiliary who were still at the church late that evening.  Despite the difficulty he now faced getting around, as his illness advanced, he wouldn’t miss paying his respects to Fr. Ted, his friend and fellow priest.  He is seen here signing the guest registry.

We’ve posted a special photo collection on our Facebook page: Remembering Francis Cardinal George O.M.I.

The Cardinal will lay in state at Holy Name Cathedral beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21.  You may visit the memorial website, at http://www.archchicago.org/passing-of-francis-cardinal-george/schedule, for details about the schedule of services and public visitation.  In lieu of flowers, Cardinal George requested donations be made to his favorite charities: the Catholic Education Scholarship Trust, a new endowment established through the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign to support scholarships for students in Catholic schools, or the Priests’ Retirement and Mutual Aid Association.

“As we mourn the passing of our beloved Cardinal, let us rejoice in the promises of our Risen Lord.  Please join me in praying for the repose of the soul of Cardinal George and in thanking God for his life and dedication to the Archdiocese of Chicago.  May Cardinal George rest in peace.”

~ Most Reverend Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago

 

Francis Cardinal George, OMI Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago 1937 – 2015 As you may already know, our beloved Cardinal George was called home to the Lord on Friday morning. He was a man of great faith and courage, a holy man who faced and overcame many obstacles during his life. His missionary spirit led him […]

10th Anniversary Mass

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On Wednesday, March 25th, the Ladies Auxiliary celebrated their 10th Anniversary at the 7 PM Mass.  Fr. Greg Lorens and Deacon Bob Esposito celebrated the mass.   At the conclusion of the mass, Father invited the ladies up to the altar for a special blessing.

ladies_trans_10thCongratulations to all the members of the Ladies Auxiliary for reaching this milestone anniversary.  The actual founding of the organization was March 21, 2005.

The celebration continues next month at the April Business Meeting, April 21 at 7 PM.  All Ladies, their guests, Knights, and Deacons are invited to attend.  Refreshments will be served following a short business meeting.

Click here for more images: Ladies Auxiliary 10th Anniversary Mass On Wednesday, March 25th, the Ladies Auxiliary celebrated their 10th Anniversary at the 7 PM Mass.  Fr. Greg Lorens and Deacon Bob Esposito celebrated the mass.   At the conclusion of the mass, Father invited the ladies up to the altar for a special blessing. Congratulations […]