Issue of May 6, 2012 – May 19, 2012 The following items are condensed. For the complete articles, please read the print edition of The Catholic New World. To subscribe, call (312) 534-7777.
100 years of St. Jerome Croatian:
Parishioners gather for a group photo with Cardinal George following a centennial anniversary Mass at St. Jerome Croatian Parish, 2823 S. Princeton, on April 29. According to the parish website, Archbishop James Quigley asked a priest from Croatia to work with the Croatian community in Chicago and the parish opened Dec. 5, 1912. It is named after St. Jerome who is a doctor of the church. Pope Damasus commissioned St. Jerome to revise the Latin text of the Bible, which resulted in the Vulgate translation that is still in use today, according to Patron Saints Index. Brian J. Morowczynski/Catholic New World
Mother's Day Mass
Expectant mothers are invited for a special blessing at the annual Mother's Day Mass at Holy Name Cathedral May 13 at 11 a.m.
Auxiliary Bishop Francis Kane will be the main celebrant at the annual Mother's Day Mass for Expectant Mothers and will give a special blessing to all mothers, including those awaiting the birth of a child, and their unborn children. All expectant mothers will receive a silk rose, St. Gerard prayer card and medal. St. Gerard is the patron saint of expectant mothers.
All are welcome to this event, which is sponsored by the archdiocese's Respect Life Office. For information, contact the office at (312) 534-5355.
Memorial Day field Masses
Cardinal George and the auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Chicago will celebrate Masses at cemeteries throughout the archdiocese on Memorial Day, May 28 at 10:30 a.m.
The bishops and cemeteries are:
- Cardinal George at Queen of Heaven, 1400 S. Wolf Road, Hillside
- Bishop Raymond Goedert at Ascension Cemetery, 1920 Buckley Road, Libertyville
- Bishop Francis Kane at St. Michael the Archangel, 1185 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine
- Bishop John Manz at Maryhill, 8600 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles
- Bishop Joseph Perry at Resurrection, 7201 Archer Ave., Justice
- Bishop George Rassas at Calvary, 301 Chicago Ave., Evanston
- Bishop Alberto Rojas at St. Joseph, Belmont and Cumberland Aves., River Grove
- Bishop Andrew Wypych at Holy Sepulchre, 6001 W. 111th St., Alsip
For information on Masses in other cemeteries, visit www.catholiccemeterieschicago.org.
Pope: Don't let fear, search for superficial deafen God's call
God is always calling people to dedicate themselves fully to serving him, but they often don't hear because they are either too distracted or afraid they would no longer be free if they answered the call, Pope Benedict XVI said.
"Let us pray that all young people pay attention to the voice of God, who speaks to their hearts and calls them to detach themselves from everything in order to serve him," he said April 29 — the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
Wikipedia head joins Vatican meeting, talks about abortion controversy
The cofounder of Wikipedia told a Vatican audience that his online encyclopedia could contribute to peace by promoting "a more thoughtful world," even as the site was under fire for how it referred to those who oppose and support legalized abortion.
Jimmy Wales, who co-founded Wikipedia in 2001, was invited to address the annual assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. The meeting at the Vatican April 27-May 1 focused on Blessed John XXIII's 1963 encyclical "Pacem in Terris" and continuing challenges to promoting peace and justice in the world.