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POPE FRANCIS' LETTER TO FAMILIES

The Holy Father has written a letter to families, asking them to pray for the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October. Please make the Holy Father's letter available to your parishioners through your bulletin or website.

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Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools

2013 - June 2016

Below are bulletin inserts for each of the six core goals of the Strategic Plan for Catholic School:

The Archdiocese of Chicago Now in Third Year of Its Strategic Pastoral Plan: Reflect Christ's Light

July 2013 - June 2014

The third year of the Archdiocese's Strategic Pastoral Plan is The Year of Strong Catholic Parents and it began on July 1, 2013 and will end June 30, 2014. The Archdiocese of Chicago launched its Strategic Pastoral Plan: Reflect Christ's Light in July 2011 with the Year of Teens and Young Adults and followed up with The Year of Sunday Mass. The expectation is to grow the Catholic Community of faith in each parish over five years and to more deeply incorporate the faithful in the life of the Church throughout the course of their lives.

Still to come as part of the Plan:
• July 2014 – Year of the Sacraments

More information can be found on the Strategic Pastoral Plan web page, www.archchicago.org/StrategicPastoralPlan. If you have questions on the Strategic Pastoral Plan, please contact the Coordinator, Nancy Polacek, at 312-534-5316, or, strategicpastoralplan@archchicago.org.

LOSS Program for Children and Youth

The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago has a grief support program for Children and Youth who have lost a loved one to suicide. The LOSS Program for Children and Youth provides individual, family and group counseling, as well as parent consultation to families who have suffered a traumatic loss by suicide. There are no set fees for any of these services. LOSS program therapists also provide community presentations and workshops to parishes and agencies that are looking to educate parishioners and staff about children's grief and traumatic loss. Our presentations can be tailored to the specific needs of your parish. Please contact Jessica Mead, with the LOSS Program for Children and Youth at 312.655.7284, if you are interested in having a presenter come to your parish to address these issues with staff and parishioners.

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini National Shrine
Reopened in Chicago

After being closed for 10 years, the National Shrine dedicated to the first American saint in our country, has reopened and is beginning a new ministry as a stand-alone center for prayer, education, spiritual care, and worship.  When you visit the Shrine located at 2520 North Lakeview Avenue, you will be able to see Mother Cabrini’s furnishings and her personal belongings in the room where she died on December 22, 1917.  You will be able to pray and worship in the magnificent chapel built in her honor in 1955 where her relic is displayed.  The Shrine is open every day of the week on Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mass is celebrated at 4:00 p.m. (Sunday Vigil Mass) on Saturdays and 10:00 a.m. on Sundays.  There is Eucharistic Adoration on Fridays and the Sacrament of Reconciliation at 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  Call (773) 360-5115 for more information, directions and to schedule group tours. You can also visit the National Shrine at www.cabrinishrinechicago.com.

Mercy Home Sunday Mass
Has New Channel and Time

The weekly Sunday Mass broadcast from Mercy Home for Boys and Girls has moved to a new station and time. The Mass is now broadcast Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. on WGN-TV Channel 9, Chicago.

Visit http://www.mercyhome.org/sunday-mass-mercy-home to:

Receive a Mass Guide, attend a taping or view the celebrant schedule

Mercy Home Mentoring Program

A friend can make all the difference…Be that friend, consider mentoring.

The Friends First Program of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls is a one-on-one mentoring program for youth ages 9-17 in the Chicago area. Our purpose is to engage youth in fun, meaningful activities that promote healthy personal and social development.

To learn more about becoming a mentor, call the Friends First Program at 312-738-9560 or visit www.mercyhome.org/mentor.

Project Rachel

A post-abortion healing hotline
and referral service for women and men.

(312) 337-1962
(888) 456-HOPE

projectrachelchicago@gmail.com

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Help with your healing journey...

If you are a victim of sexual abuse by any Archdiocese of Chicago personnel including clergy, the Office for Assistance Ministry would like to help you on your healing journey. Please contact us for more information.

Thomas P. Tharayil LCSW, BCD – Director
Ruth Robinson – Assistant Director
Office of Assistance Ministry
Post Office Box 1979
Chicago, Illinois 60690-1979
312-534-8267 or 8256
866-517-4528 (toll-free)
www.archchicago.org
assistmin@archchicago.org

Archdiocese of Chicago

The Office of Conciliation

WHO WE ARE…A ministry in the service of peace through conflict resolution.

WHAT WE DO…Assist folks in preventing, managing and/or resolving conflict that occurs in parish or ministry life. We fulfill this mission through our consulting, training, and mediation ministries.

WHO WE SERVE…All the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

WHAT WE PROMISE…
Respect…For your privacy and your story
Deep Listening…To the facts; to your feelings
A Commitment to…Peace and Reconciliation
A Commitment to…the Gospel message, especially as expressed by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.
…And Finally…
Our Best Wisdom and Counsel…”Outside the Box” thinking       …New ways of “seeing” and resolving conflict.

Vocations to the Priesthood

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The Archdiocese of Chicago Vocations Office helps men discern a call to the priesthood through retreats, visits to the seminary and discernment opportunities. As well, the Vocation Office works with men to determine their eligibility to apply to the seminary for the diocesan priesthood in Chicago. Finally, the Vocations Office actively works to create a culture supportive of vocations through promotion, education, and parish based efforts to raise awareness.

More information on becoming a priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago is available by contacting:

Fr. Brian Welter
Archdiocesan Vocations Office
312-534-8298
Email: vocations@archchicago.org

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