Photo by Romuald GluchSt. Ferdinand ChurchRectory: 5900 W. Barry AvenueChicago, IL 60634(773) 622-5900March 30, 2008Second Sunday of Easteror Divine Mercy Sunday
Page Four Divine Mercy Sunday March 30, 2008DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY"I shall sing forever the Lord's mercy." (Ps 89 ) This Sunday is popularly known as Mercy of God Sunday. Between1930 and 1938 Christ appeared to Sister Faustina, a Sister of Mercy in Poland who initiated the Divine Mercy devotion.She was canonized on April 30, 2000, the Sunday after Easter, the Feast of Divine Mercy. On Good Friday, 1937, Jesusrequested that Blessed Faustina make a special novena before the Feast of Mercy, from Good Friday through the followingSaturday. Jesus also asked that a pic-ture be painted according to the vision ofHimself as the fountain of mercy. Hegave her a chaplet to be recited and saidthat it was appropriate to pray the chap-let at three o'clock each afternoon (theHour of Great Mercy).During the Mass of canonization of St.the Great Jubilee, Pope John Paul II proacceptthe whole message that comes toSunday of Easter, which from now onDivine Mercy Sunday." The readings ontrust and the forgiveness of sins.Faustina on April 30, 2000, the year ofclaimed: "It is important then that weus from the word of God on this Secondthroughout the Church, will be calledthat Sunday are always about mercy,By the words "the whole message," theHoly Father was referring to the strictconnection between the "Easter Mystery of the Redemption" -- the suffering, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension ofChrist, followed by the sending of the Holy Spirit -- and this Feast of Divine Mercy, theOctave Day of Easter. This feast adds so much more meaning to the Easter celebrations. It was Jesus, Himself whoasked for it to be celebrated on this particular Sunday following Easter.“….On one occasion, I heard these words: "My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desirethat the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depthsof My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy.The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me,even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom itthroughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soulin its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from Myvery depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind willnot have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.”OUR STEWARDSHIP OFTREASUREPalm SundayMarch 16, 2008Envelopes: $ 8,773.00Loose Cash: $ 4,977.00TOTAL: $ 13,750.00Thank you for your continued supportof St. Ferdinand Parish!Dziękujemy za złożone ofiary. Bóg zapłać!Market Day is pleased to offer triple profit with thepurchase of new Market Day Gourmet products!Please place an order for our Market Day pick up sale onSaturday, April 12th from 10:00 to 11:00 amand help our school triple our profits.Simply place your order on line by Wednesday, April 9thby NOON or grab an order form in the back of the churchand return it to the school or rectory byMonday, April 7th.
March 30, 2008 Divine Mercy Sunday Page Five“Come…Grow With Us!”Open House and Science Fair:Sunday, April 13 th10:30am-1: 30pm2 nd Open House:Wednesday, May 14 th 6:00pm-8:00pm75 years of traditionpreparing students for the future!High attendance rates…Impressive test scores…Rooted in Catholic valuesVisit St. Ferdinand Catholic School at3131 N. Mason AvenueCall Andrea or Marta today:(773) 622-3022.Choose St. Ferdinand Catholic SchoolYour child’s future is worth it!ST. FERDINAND SCHOOL BOARDThe St. Ferdinand School Board is now acceptingapplications for membership. Any personwishing to serve on the Board must be a parentor guardian of a childe enrolled in St. Ferdinand School ora registered parishioner. Board members shall also be noless than twenty-one years old. Full and/or part time employeesof the school or members of their immediatefamilies shall not be eligible to serve on the Board. Nomore than one person from an immediate family shall beeligible to serve on the Board at the same time.If you are interested in additional information or in becominga member of the School Board please contact theschool office.Thank you in advance for considering this ministry.ST. FERDINAND SCHOOL BOARD NOMINATINGCOMMITTEE:MaryAnn Barnhart (773) 777-2349Richard Behrendt (773) 286-5373Randy Leavy (773) 794-0282MONTHLY CAUCUS FOR SENIOR CITIZENSThe Chicago Department on Aging conductsa monthly caucus for senior citizengroup leaders in the Northwest area.The caucus provides an opportunity forsenior citizen leaders to express theconcerns of their club members andt o hear relevant information which can beshared with their group. The next caucus for the Northwestarea will be held:When: Friday, April 4Where: Northwest Copernicus Regional Ctr3160 N. Milwaukee AvenueTime: Registration: 8:45amCall to order: 9:15amTopic:Speakers:“Consumer Fraud and Protection”Norman Gonsoulin or Pamela Moorefrom the Illinois Attorney General’sOfficeWho said there is no such thing as a FREE Lunch?St. Joseph Village of Chicago Welcomes you to stop inand view our beautiful, new Assisted Living and RehabilitationCommunity. Just for stopping in and taking alook, you can enjoy a complimentary lunch in our delicatessen.Stop in Monday through Friday between 11 am and 2:30pm tour with one of our Associated and enjoy soup, a hotentrée or sandwich and a beverage of your choice. Allfood is prepared on site daily by one of our ProfessionalChef’s .St. Joseph Village of Chicago4021 W. Belmont, Chicago(773) 328-5500Hurry in Today,The Free Lunch Offer Expires April 30, 2008(This flyer must be mentioned upon visit for your free lunch)
Page Six Divine Mercy Sunday March 30, 2008ORGAN FUND updateMy heartfelt thanks to all who have donated so far to our Organ Fund. As of Easter Sunday the total amounted to$155,657. A great amount of the collected total was possible thanks to one of our generous parish family which donated$51,000 toward our goal! I am deeply grateful for their generosity and kindness. It is a great help which enables us tostart the prep work including painting and carpentry at the choir area of our church.Every dollar, every donation that you personally or through one of our parish groups give, is very significant because wewill sooner be able to install the new organ. As we announced already, your name will be displayed on our specialbenefactor plaque in the church vestibule commemorating the 50 th Anniversary of St. Ferdinand Church.Sincere thanks to the TORCH (Teens Of Our Church) Youth Club and its moderators, Irene and Rob Heidelbauer. Theymade paper piggybanks and organized a collection among the youth and kids from our school and so far collected$2,000. The amount is not important as the idea of including our youngest parishioners into the fundraising efforts.Second collection next Sunday will be for the Organ Fund.As you may have noticed already the envelopes marked Building and Maintenance Fund are back. They were requestedby some of our parishioners especially those who attend Masses in our Chapel. They don’t feel necessary donatingmonthly to the Organ Fund, but would like to support the building and maintenance fund on an ongoing basis. We stillhave quite a few building maintenance items to complete e.g. finish renovatingthe sacristy and many things on the parish grounds after the long andhard winter. I would like to thank anyone in advance who is willing to supportthis fund as well.Let the blessings of Our Lord be the greatest expression of our thanks andgratitude for you and your family. Once a month a Mass is celebrated for theintention of all benefactors and supporters of our parish. God Bless you!Fr. Jason Torba
March 30, 2008 Divine Mercy Sunday Page SevenThe officers and members of Mater Christi Council—Knights of Columbus, which serves the parishesof St. Ferdinand’s, St. Pascal’s and St. Priscilla’s churchesInvite the parishioners of St. Ferdinand Parish to attendThe Annual Feast of the AnnunciationConcelebrated MassAnd Neighborhood Candlelight ProcessionMonday, March 31, 2008 at 7:00PMSt. Ferdinand Church5900 W. Barry StreetChicago, IllinoisPlease join the Most Reverend Thad J. Jakubowski, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Chicago and Prists andDeacons from the surrounding area for this most solemn feast.Throughout the world, Knights of Columbus celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation the day when Mary OurMother said yes to the Life of Jesus.Following the Concelebrated Mass the Blesses Sacrament will be carried in solemn candlelight processionthrough the streets of the neighborhood led by a brass ban playing hymns of praise. We the faithful will carrycandles as we recite the rosary and sign the praises of Mary and Her Son Jesus.After Benediction we invite you to share refreshments in Canning Hall.If you are pregnant or have recently been blessed with the birth of child or if you are in need of a special intentionfor your children, your family or yourself, please join us at mass and walk the procession.We encourage all to bring your rosary and candles to carry in the procession and we especially urge you tobring your children to this beautiful and solemn mass and procession.Parish groups are invited to attend and bring their banner. For further information please call (773) 202-0234.March 29, 2008 marks the 126th Anniversary if the Knights of Columbus.The largest Catholic, Family, Fraternal Organization in the world.
Page Eight Divine Mercy Sunday March 30, 2008The Sisters of ProvidenceThe Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods,Ind., will host a "Come and See" Retreat Weekend April11-13 for Catholic women between the ages of 18 and 42who are exploring the possibility of religious community.The theme for this year's retreat is "Hearing the Call ofJesus." The program begins on Friday, April 11, withregistration and a welcome gathering. Saturday's schedulefeatures time for prayer, information about the SaintMary-of-the-Woods College ministry, Eucharistic Liturgy,noon meal, a visit to St. Ann Parish ministry, informationabout prison ministry and a picnic dinner with agroup of women who are in Initial Formation. The weekendconcludes Sunday with a visit to the Sisters of ProvidenceBlessed Sacrament Chapel, small group sharing,Eucharistic Liturgy, noon meal and evaluations.There is no fee for the retreat. For more information,contact Sister Jenny Howard, vocation director, at 812-535-2897 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.The Fenwick High School Mothers' Clubinvites you to enjoy our "Pretty inPink" Fashion Show on Thursday, April17th. The Annual Spring Luncheon andFashion Show will be held at Drury Lanein Oakbrook Terrace. Boutique shoppingwill begin at 10:30 am followed bylunch and the fashion show at 11:30 am. Therewill be an assortment of prizes, including a rafflefor a diamond necklace valued at over $5,000 designedby Alan Rocca. Admission to the event is$55. Tickets are available by contacting Kim Trucco708-366-3809 or Carolyn Ryan 630-325-3911.Local Hospital EarnsNational RecognitionOur Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center (OLR),5645 W. Addison , is among the nation’s top five percentof hospitals with the highest survival and lowest complicationrates, according to HealthGrades ® , an independenthealth care ratings company. The hospital ranks amongthe top five percent in the nation for overall clinical excellence.As a result, OLR received the HealthGrades2008 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.The hospital also received five-star ratings, thehighest level, in eight clinical departments, and receivedSpecialty Excellence Awards for critical care, coronaryinterventional procedures and stroke care, which ranksOLR among the top 10 percent of U.S. hospitals in theseareas. For more information, visit olr.reshealth.org.MAN OF LA MANCHAThe Saint Patrick High School TheatreDepartment presents MAN OF MANCHA.Performances of MAN OF LA MANCHAare scheduled for 7:30pm on April 11, 12, 18 & 19and 2:00 pm on Sundays, April 13 & 20. Tickets for allshows are prices at $7.00 for students and $10.00 foradults and can be purchased by phoning 773.286.8470 or77.828.8844 ext. 277 or stpatrick.org/performingarts/tickets.htmREUNIONSaint Patrick High School announces it will be hostingreunions for the Classes of 1988 and 1993 on Fridya,April 4, 2008. Reunions are held at the school. If youhave any questions, please contact Dan Cheeseman at773.282.8844 ext. 230 or email him at email@example.com“AN AFTERNOON TEA”SUNDAY, April 13, 2008Door Open 1:00 pm * Tea Time 2:00 pmSponsored by St. Constance Woman’s ClubBorowczyk Hall * 5864 W. Ainslie Street * ChicagoAdvance Reservations OnlyWith payment of $9.00 by April 7Tables will seat 8 * Live music * RaffleReservation info—call Geri 773-775-7437National Health Care Decision DayWednesday, April 16 at 7:00PM—Makingheath care decisions is difficult in mostcircumstances and the fact that only 25%of Americans have advanced directivesindicates that most of us are not prepared. A noted chaplainthat specializes in end of life issues and an Elder lawattorney will provide insight and much needed informationto assist you in making future health care decisions.Please RSVP (773) 328-5500 St. Joseph Village, 4021W. Belmont, Chicago.
March 30, 2008 Divine Mercy Sunday Page TenZ biurka KsiędzaProboszcza ...Serdecznie dziękujemy tym wszystkim, którzy dotychczas złożyli ofiary na Fundusz na nowe organy.W sumie do Świąt Wielkanocnych zostało zebranych $155,657 Suma ta została zebrana dzięki bardzo dużejdonacji $51,000.00, którą złożyła jedna z rodzin naszej parafii. Jest to wielka pomoc dla nas, gdyż dzięki temurozpoczęliśmy już prace przygotowawcze na chórze gdzie będą zainstalowane nowe organy - malowanie pomieszczeńi prace stolarskie. Każdy dolar, każda ofiara jaką składacie indywidualnie, za pośrednictwem grupparafialnych do których należycie lub wspieracie różne akcje parafialne na ten cel jest bardzo ważna, gdyżczym więcej osób włączy się tę akcję tym wcześniej będziemy mogli mieć nowe organy w naszym kościele.Nazwiska ofiarodawców zgodnie z wcześniejszą zapowiedzią zostaną zamieszczone na specjalnej tablicy upamiętniającej50-lecie poświęcenia naszego kościoła.Chciałem też podziękować naszej grupie młodzieżowej TORCH i jej moderatorom Irene and Rob Heidelbauer,która zorganizowała zbiórkę na ograny wśród dzieci i młodzieży do specjalnie przygotowanych papierowychskarbonek, w których zostało zebranych dotychczas $ 2,000. Nie jest ważna tylko zebrana kwota,ale sam pomysł włączenia naszych najmłodszych parafian w tę akcję. Zachęcamy pozostałych parafian dowłączenia się w to dzieło. W następną niedzielę będziemy mieli kolejną zbiórkę na ten fundusz podczas drugiejskładki.Jak na pewno zauważyliście pojawiły się z powrotem koperty na funduszBulding and Maintenance Fund. Była to prośba niektórch parafian, którzyszczególnie uczęszczają na Msze św. do kaplicy, że nie czują się abykażdego miesiąca składać ofiarę na nowe organy, ale raczej chcą wesprzećfundusz naprawy i rozbudowy. Ciągle jest jeszcze wiele prac remontowychdo wykonania, m.in. chcieliśmy dokończyć remont zakrystiiw kaplicy, a także wiele prac na posesji parafialnej po długiej i ciężkiejzimie, potrzebujemy na to fundusze. Dziekuję tym wszystkim, którzy złożąofiary na ten cel oprócz wsparcia funduszu na nowe ograny.Za złożone ofiary niech Bóg wam wynagrodzi licznymi łaskami i błogosławieństwem.Raz w miesiącu odprawiana jest w naszym kościele Mszaśw. w intencji wszystkich ofiarodawców i dobrodziejów naszej Parafii.Szczęść Boże!Ks. Zdzisław Torba