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Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Parish

 

Thank you for visiting our website, we hope you will find it helpful. Whether you are a regular parishioner or a visitor we want you to know how welcome you are.  If you are visiting us from another part of the country, or from another parish in the Joliet diocese, or from another part of the world we want you to know that the priests and people of St. Francis of Assisi welcome you to our parish.  Please feel free to contact us for more information.

 

Yours in Christ
Fr. Herb Essig, Pastor

 

Religious Education

 

 PER BISHOP PATE'S DIRECTIVE:  THE CHURCH AND PARISH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL THE GOVERNOR'S ORDER IS LISTED.
 

 

ALL RE CLASSES ARE CANCELLED FROM
MARCH 16TH THRU APRIL 11TH.

 

 

 

 

Rejoice & Be Glad 2020 Daily Reflections for Easter to Pentecost

Rejoice and Be Glad Easter to Pentecost 2020.pdf

 

Live Streamed Masses from the Cathedral of St. Raymond


The Diocese of Joliet provides live streaming Masses from the Cathedral of St. Raymond at 9:00am and 11:30am daily. Following the 9:00am Mass, there is an hour of Eucharistic Adoration. The marvel of live streaming is that it can be “called up” at any time and be available for viewing and prayer.
 


 The Cathedral of St. Raymond will also be live streaming the services of Holy Week as follows: 
Passion (Palm) Sunday, April 5th at 10:00am 
Holy Thursday, April 9th at 5:00pm 
Good Friday, April 10th at 3:00pm 
Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil, April 11th at 8:00pm 
Easter Sunday, April 12th at 10:00am
 

 

 

St. Francis of Assisi televised weekend Mass can be seen on the Sunday at 1:00pm on Comcast channel 6 and on AT&T U-verse channel 99.  The Sunday service is re-aired on every Wednesday at 12:00pm.

 

You can watch Mass on EWTN’s live feed here. It looks like they have Mass at 8 am EST and 12 pm EST on Sunday. Daily Mass throughout the rest of the week is at the same time. Here’s their schedule.


Bishop Baron daily Mass can be seen at https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/.  It will broadcast at 7:15 a.m. 


You can also watch Mass at Mercy House.

 

The Holy See, through the Apostolic Penitentiary, has offered two recourses for the faithful:
 
a) “Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. CCC, no. 1452).”
 
• perfect contrition requires
• the love of God
• the sincere desire for forgiveness
• the ardent commitment to receive the sacrament of reconciliation when available

 

 

Saints often made an act of spiritual communion when they couldn’t receive the Eucharist at Mass.

For various reasons we may be prevented from receiving the Eucharist at Mass. We may have broken the one hour fast, be in a state of mortal sin, or we could even be homebound, unable to leave our home to attend Mass.

 

In these cases the Church encourages us to make an act of “spiritual communion,” where we unite ourselves to God through prayer. It is a beautiful way to express to God our desire to be united with him when we are unable to complete that union in the reception of Holy Communion.

Countless saints incorporated this type of prayer into their daily lives, not being satisfied with receiving Jesus in the Eucharist once a week or even once a day. Making an act of spiritual communion for them was an essential part of life and drew them closer to God on a daily basis.

St. Josemaria Escriva encouraged everyone to make a spiritual communion as often as they could, “What a source of grace there is in spiritual communion! Practice it frequently and you’ll have greater presence of God and closer union with him in all your actions.”

Padre Pio also had a habit of making a spiritual communion throughout the day outside of the celebration of Mass. He desired to be always united with Jesus Christ in everything he did.

Below is a traditional prayer of spiritual communion that many saints have prayed over the years. It can be prayed if you find yourself at Mass unable to receive the Eucharist, or even in the midst of your daily work, lifting up your thoughts to God.

 

The ultimate goal of our lives should be communion with God and an act of spiritual communion can help a person draw closer to that goal.

My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masses

Daily
Monday: 7:30 P.M. Mass
Tuesday thru Saturday: 7:30 A.M. Mass
 
Weekend
Saturday 5:00 P.M.
Sunday 8:15, 10:00 & 11:45 A.M.
 
Holy Day
Please call the Parish Office
for Mass times.
 

Sarament of Reconciliation
Saturday,3:30 - 4:30 P.M., after weekday Mass, or by appointment.

The Deaf Apostolate of the
Diocese of Joliet 

 

 

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