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Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

9 Jan

“You don’t go to church on Sunday inorder to receive blessings. You go to church to say thank you for the blessings you’ve already received.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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A frigid Sunday morning here in Chicago, but the sun was shining. Matt and I bundled up and he walked me about fifteen minutes to St. Mary of the Angels Church on Hermitage. I wanted to make it to 8 o’clock Mass because the 9:30 Mass was in Polish. “My Polish not so good.” Actually, non-existent.

When we arrived at the entrance, an impressive stone staircase led to welcoming wooden doors, guarded by gigantic Corinthian columns. In other words, “Wow!”

Today’s Gospel was about the Three Wisemen or the Magi coming to visit the baby Jesus. I know it’s sacrilege, but I call them “The Three Wise Guys.” Father told us about paying our respect and sharing gifts, as the Magi did. I like that. The more you share, the more blessings you receive.

It was hard to stay focused on the sermon while I was awestruck by the amazing architecture, statues, paintings, stained glass,  and artwork inside the church.





I stopped after Mass to light a candle and say a prayer next to the Blessed Virgen statue. I had a lot to be thankful for.

I love visiting different churches around the country,  but Chicago has some of the most magnificent neighborhood churches that I’ve ever seen.

Mass was followed by a very nice breakfast at a local coffee shop with Matt. Later, he and I took the Metra back to Elgin so he could visit with Grandma. We visited and ate cake and took pictures. Then, he went back to Chicago on the 4 o’clock train. A busy day for us both.

It was a good Sunday.

Sunday Sermon and Some Spectacular Churches. 

5 Jul

Being a parent wasn’t just about bearing a child. It was about bearing witness to its life.Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

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It’s wonderful to visit new churches and see the artistry of these structures in different cities. 

Today, I had the pleasure of visiting Saint John Berchmans Parish in the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago. Father Wayne Watts was saying Mass at 8:15. Father Wayne will be one if the officiates at Joe and Lindsay’s  wedding next Saturday. It was nice to meet and talk to him after Mass. What a beautiful church. The stained glass windows were glorious. I miss that aspect in modern churches. 

Sermon after the Gospel. Father Wayne just got back from a conference in Rome, where clergy met with the Pope. So, Father spoke about how we can best serve our faith and give witness. He said we just need to lead good lives and be kind to everyone, thus representing our Catholic beliefs. ( My take…I think all faiths and religions, actually, everyone should bear witness in this manner.)

So, as a patent, I hope I not only bore two children, but bore witness to my faith through my life.

  
Father Wayne in the green vestments. 

   
   
There were so many windows. Too many to post. 

  
Many statues lined the walls, but St. Joseph is close to my heart for obvious reasons. I lit a candle. 

  
St. Helen’s across the street from Matt’s. Also lovely inside. 

  
Chicago is a city of many cultures with many beautiful churches in each neighborhood.