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Fr. McGivney Miracle Approved

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FATHER MCGIVNEY TO BE BEATIFIED!

On May 27th the Vatican announced that Pope Francis approved the promulgation of a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, a Connecticut priest who served his flock during the pandemic of 1890, before himself becoming ill and dying of pneumonia.

The pope’s action means that Father McGivney can be declared “Blessed,” the step just prior to sainthood. An additional miracle attributed to Father McGivney’s intercession will be required for his canonization as a saint.

McGivney is best known for founding the Knights of Columbus in 1882. Nearly a century before the Second Vatican Council, his prescient vision empowered the laity to serve Church and neighbor in a new way. Today, the Knights of Columbus is one of the largest Catholic organizations in the world with 2 million members in North and Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe.

The miracle recognized as coming through Father McGivney’s intercession involved an unborn child in the United States who in 2015 was healed in utero of a life-threatening condition after prayers by his family to Father McGivney.

A date will soon be set for the beatification Mass, which will take place in Connecticut. It will include the reading of an apostolic letter from the Holy Father and the bestowing of the title “Blessed” on Father McGivney.

Earlier this year, in an address to the Knights of Columbus Board of Directors, Pope Francis said the organization has been faithful “to the vision of your founder, Venerable Michael McGivney, who was inspired by the principles of Christian charity and fraternity to assist those most in need.”

“Father McGivney has inspired generations of Catholic men to roll up their sleeves and put their faith into action,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said. “He was decades ahead of his time in giving the laity an important role within the Church. Today, his spirit continues to shape the extraordinary charitable work of Knights as they continue to serve those on the margins of society as he served widows and orphans in the 1880s. Father McGivney also remains an important role model for parish priests around the world and left us a transformative legacy of effective cooperation between the laity and clergy. “

Born of Irish immigrant parents in 1852 in Waterbury, Connecticut, Father McGivney was a central figure in the dramatic growth of the Church in the United States in the late 19th century. Ordained in Baltimore in 1877, he ministered to a heavily Irish-American and immigrant community in the then-Diocese of Hartford. At a time of anti-Catholic sentiment, he worked tirelessly to keep his flock close to the faith in part by finding practical solutions to their many problems – spiritual and temporal alike. With a group of the leading Catholic men of New Haven, he founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church to provide spiritual support for Catholic men and financial resources for families that had suffered the loss of their breadwinner.

The fledgling group soon became a major force in the areas of evangelization, charity, racial integration, and the defense of religious freedom.

Father McGivney spent his entire priesthood in parish ministry and died of pneumonia on August 14, 1890— two days after his 38th birthday – after falling ill amid a pandemic. Recent scientific evidence indicates that that pandemic – like the current one – may have been caused by a coronavirus.

Known by his contemporaries for his devotion to the faith and his embodiment of the characteristics of the “Good Samaritan,” his cause for sainthood was opened in the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1997. St. John Paul II – who was pope at that time – lauded Father McGivney’s principles, stating in 2003, “In fidelity to the vision of Father McGivney, may you continue to seek new ways of being a leaven of the Gospel in the world and a spiritual force for the renewal of the Church in holiness, unity and truth.”

In March 2008, he was declared a Venerable Servant of God by Pope Benedict XVI, who during his visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral cited the “remarkable accomplishment of that exemplary American priest, the Venerable Michael McGivney, whose vision and zeal led to the establishment of the Knights of Columbus.”

Two recent books also tell the story of Father McGivney and his legacy: Parish Priest (2006), his biography; and the The Knights of Columbus: An Illustrated History (2020).

More information is also available at www.FatherMcGivney.org

Photos and other visual resources are available here.

FATHER MCGIVNEY TO BE BEATIFIED! On May 27th the Vatican announced that Pope Francis approved the promulgation of a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney, a Connecticut priest who served his flock during the pandemic of 1890, before himself becoming […]

Call to Action for Reopening

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MULTI-PHASED PLAN FOR REOPENING CHURCHES

Last week Cardinal Cupich announced plans for a gradual reopening of churches throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Starting this week, there will be virtual training of volunteers who will assist in this phased plan at each parish.

Complete details of the phased plan: Reopening Plans (May 13, 2020)

Mary’s Millennium Council & Ladies Auxiliary have a tradition of providing assistance to our pastor.    We have been in contact with Fr. Gregg and pledged our support in providing assistance as this plan unfolds.   He has informed us that at least initially, volunteers involved will have to be under the age of 65 or in good health.

Mary Alice Benoit, St. John’s Office Manager, is compiling a list of potential volunteers.   Brother Knights who fit the age guidelines should have received an email from the Grand Knight asking for volunteers.   Please respond to that email if you can help.

Watch for further updates on https://www.mystjohns.org/ and the https://www.archchicago.org/ websites.

As Knights, we are asked to Step Into the Breach, especially during this Covid-19 pandemic, to Leave No Neighbor Behind.

 

 

 

MULTI-PHASED PLAN FOR REOPENING CHURCHES Last week Cardinal Cupich announced plans for a gradual reopening of churches throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Starting this week, there will be virtual training of volunteers who will assist in this phased plan at each parish. Complete details of the phased plan: Reopening Plans (May 13, 2020) Mary’s Millennium […]

Spiritual Resources

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 Let Us Pray For Healing

Reflection: You, God and the Pandemic What are we to do when we can’t understand God’s plan? The answer is to focus on the next step — just the next step. READ MORE

Books Every Catholic Should Read During Quarantine Need something to read that’s spiritually uplifting? Take a look at these. READ MORE


Where to Watch Mass Online  Here’s a Schedule of Internet Broadcasts You Can Choose From.  READ MORE.

 

Mass from St. John the Evangelist Church

Follow St. John the Evangelist on Vimeo (so you don’t miss any future posts)
Archdiocese of Chicago YouTube Channel – Mass from Holy Name Cathedral
 

 

Alternatively, you can also watch Mass live daily at 12 noon from the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Here’s their YouTube page.

 



May is Mary’s Month – Pray the Rosary

Five reasons you should pray the rosary Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to “rediscover” the power of rosary during May, the month of Mary. But why pray the rosary? Here are five reasons. READ MORE

Seven Knights who embraced the rosary The rosary defines a Knight. Through their love of the rosary, these seven Knights — including Fulton Sheen and Scott Hahn — demonstrate why this prayer is right for you. READ MORE

Pope encourages new prayers at the end of the rosary Pope Francis offered Catholics two new prayers to be said at the end of the rosary which ask the Blessed Mother’s assistance during the pandemic. Find them here.

Rediscover the beauty of praying the rosary In response to Pope Francis’ call to Catholics to pray the rosary, Knights and their families are invited to participate in the daily recitation of the rosary broadcast from the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Share personal intentions by emailing prayerrequests@jp2shrine.org.

Virtual rosary check We want to see your rosaries! Post a picture of your rosary on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and be sure to tag the Knights and include the hashtag #RosaryCheck. Use the opportunity to teach others how to pray the rosary by including a link to the Knights’ A Guide to Praying the Rosary, available here

The Mysteries of the Rosary  available here

Saint John Paul II National Shrine – Holy Rosary Live at 8 PM Eastern  Daily in May

Welcome to the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary from the Luminous Mysteries Chapel at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC. Throughout the month of May, the Knights of Columbus, in union with Pope Francis, offer this prayer to Our Blessed Mother for your intentions and for an end to the pandemic. Please share your petitions in the broadcast comments or by email to PrayerRequests@JP2Shrine.org.



Virtual May Crowning  Mundelein Seminary

Welcome to the Mundelein Seminary Virtual May Crowning!
Fr. John Kartje (Chicago ‘02) was the main celebrant.



Listen and pray. Check our your local Catholic radio stations.  Relevant Radio (Chicago)

Watch and pray. Check out EWTN-TV if your service offers it, or on YouTube

 Let Us Pray For Healing Reflection: You, God and the Pandemic What are we to do when we can’t understand God’s plan? The answer is to focus on the next step — just the next step. READ MORE Books Every Catholic Should Read During Quarantine Need something to read that’s spiritually uplifting? Take a look […]

Food Pantry Needs Our Help

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Mary’s Millennium Knights & Ladies

Mobilize to Help Hanover Township Food Pantry

Across the nation, Knights of Columbus councils have answered the call to “Leave No Neighbor Behind” during this Covid-19 pandemic crisis. As you know, we support the Hanover Township Food Pantry in our council and parish throughout the year. With the cancellation of activities and masses, the monthly food drives have not occurred. The food pantry counts on those donations to supplement the purchasing that they do with funds from other sources.

We have two events going on during the month of May to come to their rescue and meet their immediate needs. We’ve scheduled a Virtual 5k Run / Walk which can be completed from May 1 – June 20. To participate, click on the link below to be taken to our dedicated registration page for the event.

There are several different registration options (with and without swag). Discounts are available for families, students, and seniors as well. Swag (t-shirs and participation ribbons) as well as medals for 5k participants that upload their results, will be presented at a later date when we are able to reopen our facilities.

After registering you then RUN a 5K or WALK (5k or less) any time between now and June 20th noon. Choose your route: take to the treadmill, run in your neighborhood, or follow the suggested course map (our certified course) Feel free to run a loop beginning at any point and proceeding in either direction. Capture your results using your phone or manual entry.

We encourage individuals to form teams and solicit donations to support the food pantry. 100% of proceeds, less convenience fees charged online, will benefit the Hanover Township Food Pantry. Depending on the purchasing ability of the pantry (there are limits) we will either provide the funds to them directly or purchase food and deliver to the food pantry.

Click Here to Register

 

Ladies Auxiliary Helping to
Stock Food Shelves Now

We have been in contact with the Hanover Township Food Pantry and have discovered that the pantry is in dire need. Unfortunately, because of the purchasing limits, they are asking for food donations instead of monetary donations. Right now they just aren’t able to keep enough food on the shelves.

St. John’s School is distributing school lunches to our parish families in Kyle Hall three days a week through May 15th.   We have setup a bin for food donations there and will be monitoring it and delivering to the food pantry.

If you are able, we are asking for donations to be brought to St. John the Evangelist School Kyle Hall (next to main school entrance on Parkside Circle) to help our community.  If these times don’t work for you, please email info@kofc12801.org and mention that you have food donations. Someone will be in contact with you to make other arrangements.

 

FOOD DROP OFF

DATES:  MAY 1 – MAY 15 — Monday, Wednesday, Friday
TIMES: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
LOCATION: KYLE HALL – St. John the Evangelist School
  (next to main school entrance on Parkside Circle)
513 Parkside Cir, Streamwood, IL 60107

 
MOST NEEDED ITEMS CURRENTLY:

Diapers – larger sizes

Canned goods – i.e.chicken, tuna, Spaghetti Os, chili, soup

Cereal

Peanut butter and jelly

Loaves of Sandwich bread

Mustard

Ketchup

Mayonnaise

We are also accepting Donations Online via the Virtual 5k Website:
Thank you for your consideration.  Together, we can make sure that no neighbor is left behind during these difficult times. 

“Whatever you do for the least of my brothers, that you do unto Me.”   God Bless !

 

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Mary’s Millennium Knights & Ladies Mobilize to Help Hanover Township Food Pantry Across the nation, Knights of Columbus councils have answered the call to “Leave No Neighbor Behind” during this Covid-19 pandemic crisis. As you know, we support the Hanover Township Food Pantry in our council and parish throughout the year. With the cancellation of […]

Divine Mercy Sunday

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Saint John Paul II National Shrine

Divine Mercy Sunday Mass celebrated by Knights of Columbus Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori. Followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet led by Archbishop Lori joined by the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. Celebrated at the Baltimore Basilica Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the Saint John Paul II National Shrine.

 

 

Pope John Paul II, who in 2000 canonized St. Faustina and established the Divine Mercy Sunday for the universal Church, said, “Those who sincerely say ‘Jesus, I trust in You’ will find comfort in all their anxieties and fears” (Krakow, Poland, June 7, 1997).

Download The Prayers Here

The Face of Mercy

Film from the Knights of Columbus can be streamed online, for free The Face of Mercy is a documentary about St. Faustina, her mystical visions and the role mercy has played in different people’s lives. Narrated by Jim Caviezel, it features powerful witnesses including Immaculee Ilibagiza, whose family was wiped out by genocide in Rwanda; a priest with a drug-dealing past; and a young widow who chose to forgive her husband’s killer.

Watch Film (click here)

 

Pope Francis Celebrates

Mercy Sunday Mass

Saint John Paul II National Shrine Divine Mercy Sunday Mass celebrated by Knights of Columbus Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori. Followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet led by Archbishop Lori joined by the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. Celebrated at the Baltimore Basilica Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the Saint John […]