Thought for Advent

Wednesday, December 2 In today’s world, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Take time to sit quietly and reflect upon all that you have and all that is good. “This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.” Isaiah 25:9 To subscribe to receive these in your email each week for Advent: Salesian...

Proclaim God’s Love Webinar

Jubilee Year of Mercy: The Opportunity to Proclaim God’s Love Tomorrow, 12/3/2015 3:00-3:45 p.m. (EST) Pope Francis has called for a Jubilee Year of Mercy to begin on December 8, 2015 toNovember 20, 2016. Coupled with the energy of the New Evangelization, how can diocesan and parish leaders engage people with the message of God’s love during this Jubilee Year?  How can the Holy Father’s call for encounter be lived out during this year? Archbishop Leonard Blair, chairman, Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis will join Peter Murphy, executive director of the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis, and Susan Stevenot Sullivan, MTS, Director of Education and Outreach for the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development will explored these questions and much more during the 45-minute live event. This live event is FREE for myUSCCB members and $20 for nonmembers. Interested in a myUSCCB membership? Learn more here. *Live event link will be sent 24 hours prior. Website link:...

Cecilia

“He who sings prays twice.” St. Augustine “Lord, I Need You” by Matt Maher Head here for contemporary Holy music. The permanent link on our website can be found here: “Cecilia” under “TV and Radio” Why is it called “Cecilia”? “In the city of Rome there was a virgin named Cecilia, who came from an extremely rich family and was given in marriage to a youth named Valerian. She wore sackcloth next to her skin, fasted, and invoked the saints, angels, and virgins, beseeching them to guard her virginity During her wedding ceremony she was said to have sung in her heart to God and before the consummation of her nuptials, she told her husband she had taken a vow of virginity and had an angel protecting her. Valerian asked to see the angel as proof, and Cecilia told him he would have eyes to see once he traveled to the third milestone on the Via Appia (Appian Way) and was baptized by Pope Urbanus. Following his baptism, Valerian returned to his wife and found an angel at her side. The angel then crowned Cecilia with a chaplet of rose and lily and when Valerian’s brother, Tibertius, heard of the angel...

Catechetical Resources for Jubilee Year of Mercy

The Catechetical Office of the Diocese of Joliet have given us a great gift in this collection of resources for the Jubilee Year of Mercy about to begin! Year of Mercy Catechetical Resources Diocese of Joliet Official Year of Mercy page Official Vatican Website for Jubilee Year of Mercy A Year of Mercy with Pope Francis (Our Sunday Visitor) (Daily reflections booklet for adults) An Introduction to the Year of Mercy (Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions) (Free PDF) Bible Study: Divine Mercy (Stephen J. Binz) (30 Lectio Divina lessons from both the Old and New Testaments) Catechetical Leader eSources about Mercy (PastoralPlanning.com) (Materials for religious education, adult faith formation, RCIA and more) Webinar: Connecting to the Year of Mercy Using We Believe and We Live Our Faith (Sadlier Religion) (Available on demand) Doors of Mercy: Discovering God’s Covenant with You (Saint Benedict Press) (8-week study for adults – DVD’s or streaming video, leader pack. study guide) An Extraordinary Year of Mercy (4-video series for adults – Ascension Press) Holy Year of Mercy Resources (Sadlier Religion) (Free downloadable e-book, prayer card, activities) Living Mercy in the Year of Mercy (USCCB) (Free PDF handout/bulletin stuffer) Mercy and the Texts of the...