On Saturday, September 30 the Filipino community hosted a reception to honor the Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz after 4:30 PM vigil at St. Gregory the Great. There was a choral and musical accompaniment during the Mass and attendees were invited to take a blessed medal of San Lorenzo. Afterwards, there was a full reception in the courtyard with wonderful Filipino food, pizza, and ice-cream!
Who is San Lorenzo?
September 28 is the Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz and Companion Martyrs. San Lorenzo was the first canonized Filipino and he along with five others were tortured and executed for the faith in Japan. Their sacrifice is celebrated at shrines at two of our parish churches -- St. Thomas of Canterbury and St. Gregory the Great.
Photos courtesy: Carmela Dumas & Stephanie Held
All parish offices will be closed on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 in observance of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. All usual Masses will be celebrated.
Todas las oficinas parroquiales estarán cerradas el miércoles 4 de octubre de 2023 en observancia de la Fiesta de San Francisco de Asís. Se celebrarán todas las misas habituales.
This week, 15 first-year students from Mt. Carmel High School came to Canterbury House (a ministry of Mary, Mother of God Parish) for a day of service and discussion. Director James Murphy lead students and their teachers in a discussion about the parish's Solidarity Gardens and what we can do to care for creation in our own lives.
The group then made sandwiches together and did homeless outreach in Uptown. They handed out sandwiches and spent time talking to our brothers and sisters living outside. It was a beautiful morning!
Mary, Mother of God Parish Pastoral Council
Meeting Minutes, Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
St. Ita Jubilee Hall
Present: Soledad Andrade, Frank Ativie, Lucy and Maria Cordon, Kokou Dagawa, Eunice Daniels, Mark Franzen, Stephanie Held, Yasha Hookens, Robert Krug, Greg Lindeman, Fr. Alejandro Lopez, Mercedes MacLaughlin, Fr. Romert Morales, Lionel Osaghae, Joyce Ramirez-Knight, Vince Singvongsa, Deacon Paul Spalla, Fr. Bob Sprott, and Friar Jason Warrer.
Not present: Ms. Christine Boyd, Fr. Thomas Fetz, Chris Grant, Heberto Machado, Jr., Michael Magada, James Murphy, Lorena Nava, Eva Niewiadomski, Deacon Juan Ramirez, Susan Silvano, Deacon Ron Stricker, and Diane Trinh.
Opening Prayer from Friar Jason Warrer, meeting began at 7:02pm. Approval of Minutes from the 06/15/2023 meeting approved through a first motion from Robert Krug, followed by a second motion from Frank Ativie. Abstention from Greg Lindeman.
This past Sunday, September 24th, members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society with help from our Religious Education students hosted an ice-cream social in Jubilee Hall at Saint Ita church. Everyone at the parish was invited to learn about the society and its mission to serve the poor. Attendees talked with current members about their work while enjoying an ice-cream sundae.
Learn more about the society and how you can get involved in our local chapter by clicking here!
Photos courtesy: Carmela Dumas, Esperanza Guzman, & Pamela Matambanadzo.
Mary, Mother of God Parish
Meeting Minutes for 9/25/2023
Saint Ita Jubilee Hall – 7 PM
Council members received the agenda, July meeting minutes, and financial statements and reports earlier via email.
The meeting began at 7:03pm with Father Alejandro leading attendees in prayer.
Carol Hanson made a motion to approve the minutes, seconded by Magali Duvivier. The minutes were unanimously approved.
Updates from Father Alejandro
Father will be going to Miami to stay for two weeks with his parents. His mother broke her hip and will be having surgery and rehabilitation. Currently, his siblings are there lending a hand, since his mother is the primary caregiver for his father. Father’s parents will be moving to Chicago and will be staying at Methodist on Ashland.
Fotos de la celebración de la Caridad del Cobre a las 8 de septiembre en Santa Ita (5500 N. Broadway). La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, o simplemente Cachita, es una de las advocaciones de la Virgen María. Ella es la Patrona de Cuba. ¡Después de la Misa, hubo una recepción con maravillosa comida cubana!
Crédito de fotografía: Carmela Dumas & P. Alejandro López
Last Wednesday, August 30th theology professor Bill Cavanaugh brought a class of incoming first-year students from DePaul University to visit our parish.
In the morning, the group volunteered at the St. Thomas of Canterbury Food Pantry and Solidarity Gardens and the St. Francis Catholic Worker. After lunch, James Murphy from Canterbury House — a ministry of Mary, Mother of God Parish — spoke to the students about the parish's outreach efforts in our soup kitchen, food pantry, and hospitality hours at Canterbury House.
Mark Franzen, director of St. Gregory’s Hall, led the students on a tour of the three parish churches focusing on the unique story each building tells about the faith and of the generations of immigrants who worshiped there. The afternoon was capped off with a tour of the studio of artist-in-residence Sarah Crow, who talked about her work and the relationship of the contemporary art world and sacred art.