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Issue of June 6 – June 19

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‘It begins’

The Archdiocese of Chicago welcomes 14 new priests “conformed to Christ” and ready to serve the people

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that through the sacrament of holy orders, “priests, by the anointing of the Holy Spirit are signed with a special character and so are configured to Christ the priest in such a way that they are able to act in the person of Christ the head” (No. 1563). That is what happened to 14 men on May 22 at Holy Name Cathedral when Cardinal George ordained them priests for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Our deacon community increases by 15

Fifteen men joined the largest U.S. diaconate community when Cardinal George ordained them permanent deacons May 23 at Holy Name Cathedral.

Cardinal comments on current abuse in the church

On Trinity Sunday, May 30, a letter from Cardinal George about current abuse going on in the Catholic Church was read or shared by audio recording in parishes throughout the archdiocese. The following is the text of the cardinal’s letter:

St. Theresa students show off knowledge of Abraham Lincoln

For years, seventh-graders at St. Theresa School in Palatine have had the opportunity to demonstrate what they learned about the Civil War during a history fair at the end of May, and often have heard from a Lincoln impersonator.

Catholic school students beat national averages

Catholic school students in the archdiocese again scored above the national average on standardized achievement tests administered earlier this year to third, fifth, and seventh grade students.

There’s really no such thing as a ‘retired priest’

Annual collection for Fund for Retired Priests will be June 13-14

Father Bill Gubbins is among roughly 220 retired priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Of course, the term “retired” is relative.

Evangelization Expos offer practical advice

At 9:30 a.m. on May 18, Annmarie Gesualdo entered St. James Parish hall in Arlington Heights in search of a road map. Three hours later, Gesualdo, a member of the evangelization team at St. Philip the Apostle in Northfield, left with direction as well as a renewed sense of energy and purpose.

Hope springs again at Our Lady of the Angels

Five years ago when Franciscan Father Bob Lombardo came to Chicago to minister at Our Lady of the Angels Mission in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park, most of the buildings were in a serious state of disrepair.

Why is offensive ‘Family Guy’ humor so popular?

Family Guy,” is a wildly popular animated comedy show that has been running for approximately 10 years on Fox (and, of course can be downloaded on Hulu, YouTube and iTunes). If you’ve never seen it, you should, because your kids most likely have. Brace yourself.

Church Clips: A Column of Benevolent Gossip

Something completely different — Old St. Pat’s Parish (W. Adams) really celebrates Pentecost. In 2008 they took the words of Acts literally: “When the day of Pentecost was fulfilled it found them together in one place.” So they had one big Mass at the UIC Forum. In 2009 they wanted to emphasize being “a mission church.” More than 400 people rolled up their sleeves at SuCasa Shelter.

The Family Room by Michelle Martin

When I took Teresa to the doctor last week for her four-month checkup, he pronounced her perfect.

In perfect health, I suppose he meant, and she seems to be. But I wouldn’t really argue with the idea that she’s perfect in any way, because that’s how she seems to me.

News Digest

5 Minutes with Father

He is: Father Kevin Spiess, ordained in 1986. During these 24 years he has been teacher, priest, pastor, and in administration in our archdiocese. His 38-year association with Lewis University in the Joliet diocese has been as part-time and full-time professor as well as dean. Ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago, he served recently as administrator of Divine Savior Parish in Downers Grove, Ill., and is now pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Joliet.