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Jan 2

On January 1, hundreds from throughout the Chicago-land area gathered to sing and pray for peace at the annual New Year's Day Taizé Prayer Service for the World Day of Prayer for Peace. Thank you to David Anderson and all those who make this moving prayer event possible. If you have not yet checked out Taizé at Ascension, mark your calendar! This monthly event draws people from all over the area. We gather the first Friday of the month in February-December at 7:30 pm in the Church. Go to our facebook page for a video from last night's service (viewed nearly 1,000 times already!)

Jan 2

On the Feast of the Holy Family we heard the Gospel story of when Joseph and Mary, worried sick, finally found the 12-year-old Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem. This was a family not without its stress and challenges. Recall that soon after Jesus was born they became refugees, fleeing to Egypt to avoid Herod's murderous bloodbath (not everyone was so fortunate: the feast of the Holy Innocents, the children that were murdered with the hope that Jesus would be among them, is celebrated each December 28th). In recent years we have become more aware of various refugee situations throughout the world, including those knocking on the door of our own country as they seek to escape the poverty and violence of their homelands.

Thank you to Celine Woznika, Mary Catherine Meek, the Peace & Justice committee, and the many volunteers who made this happen. The display of crèches from around the world was a powerful reminder of the connection between refugees today and the Holy Family. Thank you to Aracely's Bakery for donating delicious pan dulce and other delicious baked goods; and to the representatives from Loom and Catholic Charities Resettlement Services who were on hand to answer questions and share information. And thank you to the Art Institute of Chicago for donating tickets. 

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Dec 27

Join us January 1, 2019 for Taizé Prayer for the World Day of Prayer for Peace at 7:30 pm in the Church.

 

 

Dec 27

Join us on January 1 to honor the Feast of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. We will gather for Mass at 9:00 am