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 […]

Happy 10th Anniversary Ladies Auxiliary

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Ladies Auxiliary Charter

Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus

Mary’s Millennium Council No. 12801

Founded March 21, 2005

Ten years ago today, a band of 26 devoted ladies, members of St. John the Evangelist Parish, were officially recognized by the Illinois State Council of the Knights of Columbus as a regularly constituted Ladies Auxiliary.  These ladies, many of whom are still members today, assembled on a regular basis and worked together with the Knights to perform countless hours of service to the church and community.  Congratulations on achieving this milestone anniversary and thank you for all you do.

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Anniversary Celebration Mass

Wednesday, March 25th  7 PM

 

Please join the members of the Ladies Auxiliary this coming Wednesday for a mass of celebration honoring all present and past members of the organization who have contributed countless hours of service over these past 10 years.

 

Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Mary’s Millennium Council No. 12801 Founded March 21, 2005 Ten years ago today, a band of 26 devoted ladies, members of St. John the Evangelist Parish, were officially recognized by the Illinois State Council of the Knights of Columbus as a regularly constituted Ladies Auxiliary.  These ladies, many […]

Lenten Season 2015

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Ash Wednesday February 17th

The past couple of Sundays, you’ve heard about the “Best Lent Ever” from the pulpit. St. John the Evangelist is teaming up with Matthew Kelly, the best-selling Catholic author in America, this Lent to bring a free program to parishioners.

Go to BestLentEver.com to signup for this FREE program.  You will then receive videos and other inspirational messages via your email.

 


Lenten Resources – 2015

BestLentEver.com
Word On Fire
3-Minute Retreats
Daily Reflections
Catholic Relief Services
Little Black Book

 

Every Lent do you wonder what to do for meatless dinners on Fridays? 

You don’t have to wonder any longer!

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This year, come to St. John the Evangelist Church in Streamwood for your Lenten Suppers.   The suppers will be served in the Parish Center every Friday from February 20th – March 27th (No Lenten Supper on Good Friday – April 3rd)

 

Stations of the Cross

We invite you to pray the Stations of the Cross with us at 7:00 PM (English) or 8:00 PM (Polish).

 

Follow the path that Jesus took to Calvary depicting the Passion of Christ.

 

If you have any questions, please call the Parish Office at (630) 837-6500 Ext. 20 or E-mail: Parish@mystjohns.org

 

  Ash Wednesday February 17th The past couple of Sundays, you’ve heard about the “Best Lent Ever” from the pulpit. St. John the Evangelist is teaming up with Matthew Kelly, the best-selling Catholic author in America, this Lent to bring a free program to parishioners. Go to BestLentEver.com to signup for this FREE program.  You […]

Corporate Mass

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Sunday February 8th the Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary members gathered for a Corporate Mass at 11 AM. One of the most important goals of the organization is to help strengthen the Church while providing opportunities for members and their families to grow in their faith. Thank you to those who joined us in prayer that weekend.

 

Knight’s Prayer

 Our Lady, Queen of the Knights, bless all the activities of our Order. Keep us true to our pledge, to extend the kingship of thy divine son on earth. Through Thine intercession, win for us the grace, ever to exemplify in our public and private lives, the virtues that should characterize those especially dedicated to the service of the heavenly court. Make us always aware that as your Knights, we are constantly observed, our faith judged, and our Order appreciated. Accept, O Mary, this renewed pledge of fealty and devotion, of Thy Servants, the Knights of Columbus.

 

Sunday February 8th the Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary members gathered for a Corporate Mass at 11 AM. One of the most important goals of the organization is to help strengthen the Church while providing opportunities for members and their families to grow in their faith. Thank you to those who joined us in […]