Cardinal Cupich Letter:
Illinois House Bill 40 (HB 40)
Illinois House Bill 40 (HB 40) would use tax dollars to pay for taking the life of a child in the womb through an abortion. The bill cleared the House Human Services Committee on February 9. It is urgent that opposition to this bill be exercised as soon as possible. Cardinal Cupich has provided a letter encouraging such opposition.
St. James Divorce Ministry is offering the Divorce Care program beginning in January. Divorce Care is a ten session journey aimed to provide education, support and healing. This free video seminar presented over multiple sessions meets on most 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month. Attend one or all sessions. Our ministry is geared towards supporting those that are separated/divorced/annulled to provide healing and renewal.
The Living Wisdom Program is a series of full-day workshops sponsored by Contemplative Outreach – Chicago. Based on the core practice of Centering Prayer, the program will increase awareness of and openness to the divine presence within us through additional practices rooted in the Christian contemplative tradition. Four all-day workshops will be offered at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Mount prospect on January 21, February 18, March 18 and April 8. More information is available at www.centeringprayerchicago.org/events/annual-fall-one-day-workshop-3.
Join Cardinal Cupich for Nightfever at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago, on Saturday, February 18, beginning with Mass at 7:30 p.m. Following Mass, Nightfever will begin at 9 p.m., with Adoration, Music and Reconciliation, and Night Prayer at 11:30 p.m. The doors of the Cathedral will be open to all this evening for prayer and reflection. For more information, visit www.nightfeverchicago.org.
St. John of the Cross parish in Western Springs, is offering the Divorce and Beyond program beginning Thursday, February 23. Divorce and Beyond is a seven session series intended to be a source of hope, support and spiritual growth for those who are separated and/or divorced. For more information, please contact Steve Weigand at 708.246.4404, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, March 18 at 11 a.m., St. Gertrude Catholic Church will host a Mass in partnership with the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Charities Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS) Ministry. This LOSS Mass is a unique opportunity for the community to come together and pray for those mourning a loss, for those who have lost their life, and for a greater understanding of respect life. Father Charles Rubey will preside at the Mass and speak about the LOSS ministry.
For more information, please visit www.catholiccharities.net/GetHelp/OurServices/Counseling/Loss.aspx.
To Rise With Christ - Instruction on Burial Rites Involving Ashes / Cremated Remains of the Deceased
Recently, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued an Instruction, To Rise With Christ, on the burial rites involving ashes / cremated remains of the deceased. Specifically, To Rise With Christ is addressing practices in society which have grown in popularity in recent years in regard to the care of cremated remains after death: the separation or scattering of ashes, the retaining or display of ashes in one’s home, or the use of ashes in the creation of jewelry. In all of these cases the Instruction reiterates the Church’s firm belief in the respectful care of ashes / cremated remains of the departed, such that “the ashes of the faithful must be laid to rest in a sacred place, that is, in a cemetery or, in certain cases, in a church or an area, which has been set aside for this purpose.”
Parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago are invited to plan and celebrate Inclusion Awareness Day this fall. Please consider October 9, 2016, or another weekend to renew your commitment to intentionally welcoming parishioners of all abilities every day of the year. Visit www.InclusionInWorship.org for more information.
Lifelong Faith Formation classes are now available through the Archdiocese Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry. These classes, which include a program for training catechists, extend the opportunity to be a part of the formation of the next generation of Chicago Catholics to every member of the Archdiocese. Whether you want to take a full course of study toward certification as a catechist, or simply participate in select classes to enrich your faith, these classes from the Archdiocese are an exciting new resource. All classes are online, so they fit into your everyday schedule, and affordable as some courses are available for only $14. You can complete the classes at your own pace and in your home. Topics include Scripture, John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, Church History and much more. For a full listing of courses and prices please visit www.formedcatholiconline.com/home.aspx?pagename=faith.
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