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Grant Skate Park and Virtual Tour

Sunday, October 11th, 2015
Sk8 Chicago


Variety #281 – (min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

While visiting the Niepokalanów of America in Libertyville, Illinois

Friar Didacus and Friar Gabriel went to work and had some fun down the road in Chicago.

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Sep 19 – Homily – Fr Elias: Reclaiming the Rainbow as Symbol of Mary

Saturday, September 19th, 2015
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Homily #150919b ( 13 min) Play – This homily given by Fr. Elias M. Mills is a reflection on the readings for the memorial of Our Lady of La Salette
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of La Salette – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 

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Sep 13 – Homily – Fr Joseph M.: You Are the Christ

Sunday, September 13th, 2015
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Homily #150913b (min) Play – This homily is a reflection given by Fr. Joseph M. McShane on the readings for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ave Maria!
Mass: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 50:4-9
Resp: psa 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
2nd: jam 2:14-18
Gsp: mar 8:27-35

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Aug 30 – Homily – Fr Alan: Even nature is affected by sin

Sunday, August 30th, 2015
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Homily #150830b ( 20min) Play – This homily is reflection given by Fr. Alan Wharton for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: deu 4:1-2, 6-8
Resp: psa 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5
2nd: jam 1:17-18, 21-22, 27
Gsp: mar 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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Stone bell tower at friary in Griswold on the home stretch – Hartford Courant

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Ave Maria!
This is an article by Janice Steinhagen from the local Connecticut newspaper the Hartford Courant on the building of our bell tower at our Griswold friary. There are more pictures on the Griswold Friar’s Facebook page.

Franciscan friars in Griswold are building a 3-story stone tower to house their community’s bell.It could be a scene from a medieval manuscript: monks in long grey robes mixing mortar and hauling it up to the top of a 3-story stone tower with rope pulleys. But it’s from modern-day Griswold, where the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate are on the home stretch of construction on the bell tower that has taken more than a decade to build.This year’s springtime weather has meant rapid progress on the project after a long hiatus, said Father Dominic Murphy, FI, the community’s vicar. “People like to see the friars working on it. It’s something we put ourselves into,” he said.

The facing stone was donated to the friars by two local families from fieldstone and walls on their properties.Three of the community’s nine members, including Murphy, have learned the skills of masonry to assist a professional mason in setting the facing stone around the cinder-block substructure. In recent months, the facing stone has slowly but steadily crept up the side of the tower toward the crenelated, or toothed, top.

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Jul 04 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: The Children of Mary Receive God’s Blessing

Saturday, July 4th, 2015
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Homily #150704m ( 18min) Play – God the Father blesses as His sons (and daughters) only those who, like his Son Jesus, live as children of Mary, their Most Holy Mother. God recognizes them as His sons (and daughters) through the grace of adoption not because of their own merits but because they have been clothed with the merits of Jesus and Mary. The way to win our Father’s Heart is through humble submission and obedience to Mary, His Son’s Mother and ours. However, we must always remember that in accepting Mary as Our Mother and consecrating ourselves entirely to her, we are also accepting the reality that our trials and sufferings are sure to intensify, because Satan has a special hatred for Mary and those who are her children. Although in the eyes of the world the children of Mary seem to be lost and confused amidst their trials and sufferings, in the eyes of God they are most blessed and will be constantly supported by their Mother.
Ave Maria!
Mass: The Immaculate Heart of Mary (Opt 2) – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jth 13:17-20; 15:9
Resp: luk 1:446-48a, 48b-49, 50-51, 52-53, 5455
Gsp: luk 2:46-51

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Jul 01 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: The Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Saturday, July 4th, 2015
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Homily #150701m ( 20min) Play – In today’s homily, Fr. Louis Maximilian compares the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament with the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross in the New Testament. The spilling of blood of the animals was not efficacious in and of itself in forgiving the sins of the people, but only in view of the Most Precious Blood of Christ shed during his passion and death.
Ave Maria!
Mass: The Feast of the Most Precious Blood – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: heb 9:11-15
Gsp: joh 19:30-35

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Corpus Christi in Bloomington, Indiana

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
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Variety #268 – ( 06 min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

This was the Corpus Christi procession which was conducted on the grounds of the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in 2015.

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Mar 29 – Homily – Fr Giles: Take Heed Lest Ye Fall

Sunday, March 29th, 2015
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Homily #150329a ( 8min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the Mass of Passion (Palm) Sunday.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Palm Sunday – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 50:4-7
Resp: psa 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
2nd: phi 2:6-11
Gsp: mar 14:1-15:47

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Mar 19 – Homily – Fr Giles: “St. Joseph: Model of Diligence”

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
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Homily #150319a ( 05min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the Solemnity Mass of St. Joseph Spouse of Mary.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Joseph Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2sa 7:4-5, 12-14, 16
Resp: psa 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29
2nd: rom 4:13, 16-18, 22
Gsp: mat 1:16, 18-21, 24

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Feb 28 – Homily – Fr Giles: “What God Wants”

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
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Homily #150228a ( 13min) Play – This is reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 2nd Sunday of Lent.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 1st Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: deu 26:16-19
Resp: psa 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
Gsp: mat 5:43-48

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Feb 22 – Homily – Fr Giles: “Lent: An Opportunity To Be Washed Clean”

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
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Homily #150222a ( 10min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 1st Sunday in the liturgical season of  Lent
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 1st Week of Lent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 9:8-15
Resp: psa 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
2nd: 1pe 3:18-22
Gsp: mar 1:12-15

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Jan 18 – Homily – Fr Giles: “Listening To God”

Saturday, January 17th, 2015
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Homily #150118a ( 12min) Play – This is a homily by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1sa 3:3-10, 19
Resp: psa 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
2nd: 1co 6:13-15, 17-20
Gsp: joh 1:35-42

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Jan 11 – Homily – Fr Giles: We are sons of God

Saturday, January 10th, 2015
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Homily #150111a ( 11 min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the Mass for the Baptism of the Lord. The Christmas season has concluded.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Baptism of the Lord – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 42:1-4, 6-7
Resp: psa 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
2nd: act 10:34-38
Gsp: mar 1:7-11

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Jan 01 – Homily – Fr Giles: Our Sanctification through the Mother of God

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
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Homily #150101a ( 14min) Play – This homily is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the first day of the new year for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God
Ave Maria!
Mass: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: num 6:22-27
Resp: psa 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
2nd: gal 4:4-7
Gsp: luk 2:16-21

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