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Books for Adults 

  • Catholic Spirituality for Adults series: Search this series at orbisbooks.com for complete list of titles and authors. 
  • With Open Hands by Henri Nouwen: Reflections on prayer
  • The How-To Book of the Mass: Everything You Need to Know but No One Ever Taught You by Michael Dubriel 
  • Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly  
  • Give Us This Day series from Liturgical Press: Published monthly, a lectionary based daily prayer including reflections and stories on the saints. 
  • Catholic Customs & Traditions: A Popular Guide by Greg Dues  
  • United States Catholic Catechism for Adults: A very accessible presentation of our Catholic beliefs; written by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  
  • Catholic Study Bible from Oxford Univ. Press: New American Bible translation with extensive fascinating commentary  
  • Prayer by Joyce Rupp  
  • Introduction to the Bible: A Catholic Guide to Studying Scripture by Stephen J. Binz  
  • My Life with the Saints by James Martin  


Children, Teens, and Family

  • The Clown of God by Tommie DePaola
  • God Gave Us You by Lisa T. Bergen
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robertson
  • He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson
  • You Are Special by Max Lucado
  • A is for Altar, B is for Bible by Judith Lang Main (Preschool)
  • Loyola Kids Book of Saints by Amy Welborn (3rd grade & up)
  • The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, 2ed, by Brian Singer-Towns
  • The DK Illustrated Family Bible by Claude-Bernard Costecalde (author), Peter Dennis (illustrator)
  • The Action Bible by Doug Mauss (editor), Sergio Cariello (illustrator): graphic novel introduction to the bible with stunning illustrations. Great for older kids.


Word on Fire: An outreach of Fr. Bob Barron to draw people deeper in faith
Learn@CTU: Educational resources from Catholic Theological Union, including Scripture reflections, podcasts, and lectures
Creighton University’s Online Ministry
Busted Halo: An online magazine for Young Adult spiritual seekers.
Word among us: Daily meditation based on readings; Sundays come with questions.
Jesuit Post: Jesuits thinking and writing at the intersection of faith and culture.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Keep up with daily Scripture readings, news, and resources from the church.


Laudate: A comprehensive app including Daily Mass Readings, Liturgy of Hours, New American Bible, the Rosary, and more!
My Year of Faith: Providing an online community of daily catechesis and challenges for spiritual growth.
Catholic Mass Times Church Directory:  Helps you locate the nearest churches and Mass times.
Saint of the Day: From AmericanCatholic.org.

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  • @jamesMartinSJ  (Fr. James Martin, SJ)



Buildings & Grounds Committee

The Building and Grounds Committee is a consultative body which assists the Pastor and the Business Manager in planning for the maintenance, repair, and replacement of property and equipment.  The Committee meets approximately six times per year.   Recent significant projects completed with the guidance and under the . . .

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Cardinal Cupich Statement Feb 2, 2019

Cardinal Cupich shared the following statement with all parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago on February 2, 2019.  If you prefer, click here for the audio file.     You may know that . . .

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Parish Commissions

Parish Ministries and Organizations are divided into 4 Commissions:   The Spirituality/Worship Commission encourages the work of sanctification/growth in holiness, through worship, renewal . . .

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Parish Pastoral Council

Parish Pastoral Council, 2017-2018: Curt Aronson – Chair Alex David - Ad Hoc Representative Kate DeVries – Staff Representative Mary Pat Flaherty –  Finance . . .

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Finance Council

The members of the Finance Council are:   Don Abbs Mike Bruni Mary Pat Flaherty Rob Metzger Jim Owen The Parish Finance Council is a consultative body that assists the Pastor in the administration and stewardship . . .

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