The Sacrament of Confession will be available all day. Please come and take advantage of this wonderful sacrament during Lent so you are prepared to receive the Risen King on Easter!
In light of recent scandals and controversies, many people find it challenging to be Catholic these days. There are a variety of opinions about the root of the problem and how to fix it, but seldom do we ask the essential question: “What does Jesus think about His Church?” In this Lenten parish mission, my desire is to help you see the Church, not through the eyes of the world, but through the eyes of Christ. My goal is not just to keep you Catholic, but for you to fall head-over-heels in love with the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church!
Fr. Jared Twenty
We will meet at 9:30am for a fun day of deconstructing, cutting and sewing angel gowns. All are welcome including those who do not sew but are willing to trace and cut patterns pieces.
If you do sew, please bring a portable sewing machine, rotary cutters, pins, seam rippers and your favorite scissors.
We will provide wedding dresses, seam rippers, patterns, examples, inspiration and LUNCH! So please RSVP to let us know you will be attending.
REVEREND JEROME P. KOUTNIK
DO I REALLY WANT TO CHANGE?
If you desire change — nothing will change the human heart so much as personal prayer. Time set aside for personal contact with God. A genuine spirituality requires some basic structure. Ideally trying to go to bed at the same time and waking up at the same time, I know there’s plenty of exceptions, but try your best and never hit the snooze button. Upon awakening, remember the morning offering, a traditional prayer, consecrating one’s entire day over to the power and will of God, including all my daily sufferings in union with the cross of Christ and all the holy Masses said throughout the world. A simple thank you God for waking me up and be with me this day in all my encounters using me as an instrument of Your peace.
I then immediately begin organized, structured spiritual exercises. I start with the sign of the cross, an examination of conscience, and act of contrition, plenty of free-flowing, Jesus-centered conversation and the rosary leading to the main course of scripture reading and mental prayer. Basically reading the day’s Gospel, slowly and thoroughly—finding key words or phrases consecrating on the Person of Jesus.
I use my imagination to visually enter the sounds, sights, smells and touch of each Gospel scene. Spending time in this prayer form (known as lectio divina) is of inestimable value to growing in the spiritual life. It creates a better preparation for daily and Sunday Mass, and will lead to a far better wisdom and understanding of Jesus Christ. A person’s mental prayer will gain one ever greater self control and creates within a more generous forgiving, sacrificial person.
I end with some form of resolution, a specific goal or commitment to live more closely in God and become more detached from the things of the world. I offer up all my daily sufferings in union with the cross of Christ and holy Mass.
The Adoration Chapel is the perfect setting for lectio divina. While at home, one can create a prayer space including a candle, an image of the Sacred Heart and/or statue of Mary, and a comfortable chair and/or place to kneel.
Prayerfully following this basic spiritual structure on a daily basis will change your heart, purify your soul, and increase your understanding of how deeply your love of God is.
Do I really want to change?
P.S. For further, more specific detailed information and structure, please go to:
Do you wonder how to get your loved ones back to Church? Come join your spiritual companions and Kendra for an engaging workshop on how to design, refine and deliver your God story that connects at a vulnerable level and inspires action.
Let’s work on how we are all going to help each other share our faith – it’s a group workshop with breakouts to show we are not alone and we can support each other through these challenging conversations with the ones so close to us.
A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Registration is required - please click the link above or call JoEllen Gregus at 815.455.5400x404 to register.
Each day across the US over 3,000 high school students attempt to commit suicide. 4 out of 5 of these students showed warning signs in advance. St. Thomas is offering a QPR Suicide prevention training to help parents and teens recognize the warning signs of suicide in friends and loved ones.