August Word Search

At our last general gathering, Pat Cetera presented the latest word search. You can download the word search here. The theme for this word search is the Mass.



Saint of the Month

Mary Beth Murray presented our saint of the month, Margaret of Cortona.

The saints show us how to live as disciples of Christ. Mary Beth shared the lesson she learned from St. Maragaret: when you forgive, forgive passionately.

Heavenly Father, may we follow the example of St. Margaret by forgiving others as you forgive us. Amen.

St. Margaret of Cortona (1247-1297)




Day of Recollection

On September 10, Fr. James M. Ciaramitaro, OFM Conv will present Purgatory, the Gift of God’s Mercy at St. Colette Catholic Church, 2900 Meadow Dr., Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

This day is sponsored by the  Northwest Franciscan Community of the IHM (Palatine). All Secular Franciscans in the Mother Cabrini Region are invited to attend.

If you are interested in attending, please let our minister, Jerry Stecker, know. He will RSVP for our fraternity.

About the Speaker

Fr. Jim holds a master’s degree in Franciscan Studies from St. Bonaventure University (New York), and is the pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Rockford. In addition, he is the Provincial Spiritual Assistant for the St. Bonaventure Province of the OFM Conv. and spiritual assistant for St. Anthony of Padua Fraternity in Rockford. Fr. Jim is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker who will, in this Year of Mercy, provide us with a fresh, new and non-gloomy look at Purgatory and God’s loving mercy.

About the Event

The event is free, and lunch will be provided. Aside from Mass in the Chapel, all activities will take place in Halpin Hall, located in the church’s basement.

The agenda follows:

9:00 a.m.         Sign-in and breakfast (Halpin Hall, in the church’s basement)

10:00 a.m.       1st Conference: Purgatory, the Gift of God’s Mercy

10:45 a.m.       Break

11:00 a.m.       Mass (Chapel); Celebrant/homilist: Fr. Jim

Noon               Lunch

1:00 p.m.         2nd Conference: Continued Reflection on Purgatory, the Gift of God’s Mercy

2:00 p.m.         Break

2:15 p.m.         Holy Hour

3:00 p.m.         Evening Prayer (bring your copy of Liturgy of the Hours)

3:30 p.m.         Concluding remarks and dismissal