Sixth Sunday of Easter

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St. John the Evangelist – Vimeo

It’s hard to believe that it’s the Sixth Sunday of Easter already.  We hope that you and your families have been able to continue praying together at home using the various resources listed on our Spiritual Resources post or others you may have found.

Fr. Gregg and Deacon Bob Esposito recorded today’s liturgy and shared it on Vimeo.  The latest masses in English and Polish are posted each week on the parish website https://www.mystjohns.org as well.  We thank all involved for bringing us together virtually from St. John the Evangelist Church.

As Fr. Gregg mentioned in his remarks today, he asks for your patience for a little longer.  The Archdiocese of Chicago has unveiled a multi-phased plan, created in conjunction with the Bishops of Illinois and the State of Illinois government and health officials, to gradually reopen churches to some activities.   There will still be the need for virtual prayers for the immediate future, but there is hope for the future reopening.   Complete details of the plan can be found in Cardinal Cupich’s letter: Reopening Plans (May 13, 2020).

The Knights, Ladies Auxiliary, and other Parish Ministries, will be working with the parish staff to implement plans outlined by the Cardinal.  Please be sure to watch for updates on the parish and Archdiocese websites as well as Sunday bulletins posted on the parish website.   This Sunday’s Bulletins:  May 17th for Website          May 17th Print Version

 

Four tips to help kids focus

during streamed Mass

For kids, focusing during Mass is harder than ever now that Sunday is streamed. These four tips can help.

1. Redefine success – attending mass in your living room isn’t the same as attending in church.  Think about how you can enter more fully into the Mass

2. Let your kids pick the Mass – there are many online masses, many of which are available on demand, so even mass time can be tuned to the family’s needs.  Maybe your children really miss seeing your parish priest, or maybe they want to hear hymns like the ones sung in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception broadcasts sponsored by the K of C.

3. Read along with the prayers – we miss out on sensory engagement at home – there’s no smelling of incense for example.  It’s easy to be distracted. An easy way of adding more sensory engagement is to print out the Mass readings.

4. Celebrate Sundays – Just because churches are closed doesn’t mean that you have to go without the post-Mass hospitality — in fact, since days seem to blend together when you’re stuck inside, Sunday treats are even more important than ever to help mark the day as special.  Special brunches are especially encouraged as are phone and video calls with other family members and friends.

Originally published in a special bi-weekly edition of Knightline, a resource for K of C leaders and members.  (click here for entire story)

 

 

St. John the Evangelist – Vimeo It’s hard to believe that it’s the Sixth Sunday of Easter already.  We hope that you and your families have been able to continue praying together at home using the various resources listed on our Spiritual Resources post or others you may have found. Fr. Gregg and Deacon Bob […]

Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima

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The feast of Our Lady of Fatima is this Wednesday, May 13. We welcome all brother Knights and their families to join in a prayer re-entrusting the Knights of Columbus to Our Lady of Fatima. Did you know that, according to past Supreme Knight Virgil Decant, it was a statue of Our Lady of Fatima that inspired the Knights’ first Marian Hour of Prayer?

 

Knights of Columbus Prayer of Entrustment to Our Lady of Fatima
Offered in Fatima, Portugal, by Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori, March 16, 2015.

With filial love, we address you, O Mary, Our Lady of Fatima.

We, the family of the Knights of Columbus, come to this place hallowed by your apparitions a century ago, O woman clothed with the sun.

To you and to your maternal love we entrust our beloved Order.

Through you, O Mary, God’s only Son assumed our human nature so as to redeem us of our sins. Through your maternal love, Jesus entered the world to show us the Father’s love and to reveal fully our human dignity. Look upon us, O Mary. Pray for us sinners that we may open our hearts to the message of Fatima by turning from sin, doing penance and praying for peace in our troubled and violent world.

By your loving example and intercession, may we be confirmed in the Gospel principles of our Order.

O Mary — through whom Jesus, the very incarnation of the Father’s love, came into the world —
pray that we may be strengthened to live the principle of charity.

O Mary, through your Son the enmity of Satan was crushed, help us to live the principle of unity for the good of the Order, the Church and the world.

O Mary, whose love for your children is so evident in this holy place, help us to be strengthened in our fraternity in service to one and in service of all.

O Mary, assumed into heaven, pray that we may safely journey to our true homeland in heaven
by living the principle of patriotism and striving to build a civilization of love.

To you, O Mary, we entrust our Order — every Knight, every family member, every activity — that we may be pleasing in the sight of your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

The feast of Our Lady of Fatima is this Wednesday, May 13. We welcome all brother Knights and their families to join in a prayer re-entrusting the Knights of Columbus to Our Lady of Fatima. Did you know that, according to past Supreme Knight Virgil Decant, it was a statue of Our Lady of Fatima that […]

Happy Mother’s Day

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Today we honor Mary, our Blessed Mother and Mother of Jesus Christ, as well as all mothers – living and deceased.  Traditionally churches across the world extend special blessings to Mothers and may hold may also hold May Crowning ceremonies.  Since we are still sheltered in place, these blessings can only be done virtually.

Now more than ever we need to recognize 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.  So, do not forget your mothers this day.   For the living, reach out to them by phone or video chat.  Say a prayer for those that are already with God, and ask for them to be with us now during this time of pandemic, comforting us as they did when they were alive.  God Bless them all.

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Knight’s Prayer to Mary

Mary, Queen of the Knights, guide all the activities of our Order. Keep us true to our pledge to extend the kingship of your divine son on earth. Through your intercession, win for us the grace ever to exemplify in our public and private lives, the virtues which should characterize those especially dedicated to the service of God’s Kingdom. 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 loyalty and devotion of your Sons, the Knights of Columbus. Amen.

Fr. Gregg’s Mother’s Day Message

Dear Parishioners,

This Sunday, we celebrate Mother’s Day. This is an important day to remember the essential role that our mothers play in our lives. In my own life, my mother is a constant source of inspiration, and I will always appreciate the happy home she has created for me and my brother. She has formed our faith and has given us the tools to go out and live that faith in our own individual ways.

One special day is devoted to mothers everywhere for having given their children the gift of life. But for the mother who gave life to Jesus Christ, the entire month is set aside in Her honor. For more than 300 years, Catholics have designated May to be the month of Mary, a special time to pay homage to the mother of Jesus for Her gift to the world. The tradition developed out of customs dating back to medieval times, when May was a time of devotions in honor of the Cross and the new life it brings. One of the best known and most widely celebrated Marian traditions is the crowning of a statue of Mary.

While we should honor Mary all year, May is an especially important month to remember our Blessed Mother. Mary is the perfect model of virtue. She shows us what it means to surrender our lives to God and to trust in Him in every moment and every circumstance of our lives. She shows us how to be pure in mind and spirt and is our guide to finding true happiness in God. Our Blessed Mother, always teaches us and helps us grow in our faith and she brings us closer to her Son, Jesus.

Mary has a unique place in our Catholic faith. Her willingness to say “yes” to God’s calling is one which we try to emulate in our lives every day. Through Mary’s “yes” to God, we are also reminded of the importance of answering our own vocations. Although it is often difficult to find our place in this world, the example of the Blessed Mother reminds us that saying yes to God is the greatest choice we can make.

As we celebrate the mothers in our lives, let us also remember the special place that the Blessed Mother has in our faith. She protects us, guides us, intercedes for us, and helps us say yes to God’s calling in our own lives.

Holy Mary, Mother of God and our Mother… Pray for us!

God bless
Fr. Gregg

 

Download complete Sunday Bulletins: (Fr. Gregg’s message is in the second bulletin link below)

May 10th Print Bulletin

May 10th Website Bulletin

 

Today we honor Mary, our Blessed Mother and Mother of Jesus Christ, as well as all mothers – living and deceased.  Traditionally churches across the world extend special blessings to Mothers and may hold may also hold May Crowning ceremonies.  Since we are still sheltered in place, these blessings can only be done virtually. Now […]

KofC Giving Tuesday Now

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Donate May 5th – Donations will be Doubled up to $250K

100% of your donation goes directly to supporting those who need food and assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  With this special #GivingTuesdayNow match, your gift will be DOUBLED!

These are frightening and uncertain times for our world. This pandemic has affected people all over. Many have lost jobs, are unable to pay their rent or mortgage and are unable to provide food for their families.

It also presents an opportunity to come together with our communities. We have seen amazing acts of kindness, compassion and generosity. These acts of caring will help us to heal.

On May 5th, the Knights of Columbus Charities is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving. Knights around the world are stepping into the breach to make sure no neighbor is left behind. To solidify this, a generous donor has issued a challenge agreeing to match dollar for dollar every gift received up to $250,000.

Knights around the world are putting their faith into action and helping those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This #GivingTuesdayNow we hope you will join us.

Please mark your calendar and get ready to make a difference!

 Please help us spread the word as every dollar given will be matched up to $250,000.

 

P.S. Please know that if you are not in a situation to give, we understand. We hope you and your families are healthy and safe.

Donate May 5th – Donations will be Doubled up to $250K 100% of your donation goes directly to supporting those who need food and assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  With this special #GivingTuesdayNow match, your gift will be DOUBLED! These are frightening and uncertain times for our world. This pandemic has affected people all […]

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

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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 […]