king will say to those on his right, “Come, you
who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared
for you from the foundation of the world. For I
was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty
and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed
me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared
for me, in prison and you visited me….Amen, I say
to you, whatever you did for one of these least
brothers of mine, you did for me.” (excerpt from Matt.
Illinois -- The coordinators of the upcoming Holy Week “Mercy
Missions” in Chicago, Illinois, are asking us to prayerfully consider
these words of Our Lord. Will you take
the time to help during this Lenten season 2013?
The Mercy Missions
will focus on the seven corporeal works of mercy mentioned
in the above scripture passage.
|Going out to bring Christ to others|
One missionary from a
past Chicago event recalls how her group affected the life
of an elderly woman in a nursing home.
After the missionaries discovered the woman was Catholic and brought
her a priest to hear her confession, the woman told
them “she felt like Christ brought us to her that
day and that he was smiling down at her.”
Missionary Michelle Cap
said, "For me, Holy Week missions in Chicago…showed me that
you don´t have to go far to make a difference. Sometimes the people most in need of your
love are in your own town…Not only was I able
to help others in my own community but, I was
also able to bond with other missionaries who had the
same love for their faith that I do.”
This year’s events will
take place from Wednesday, March 27, 2013 to Easter Sunday,
March 31, 2013, centering around St. Pius X Parish, 4314
S. Oak Park Avenue, Stickney, IL 60402.
Mission events begin on
March 27 at St. Pius, with the opening Mass at
6:00 pm. (A closing Mass, with the time
yet to be determined, will take place at St. Pius
on Easter Sunday.)
Participants can register to participate in the Youth
Mission and High School Mission programs, or the Family Mission
program. Family Day Mission activities will take place
on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30.
|Drawing strength from the Lord|
Registration begins at
1:30 pm, and Virtus Training (the "Protecting God’s Children" workshop),
which is required for anyone participating who is age 18
and older, will be available from 2:00 to 5:00 pm
on this day.
Click here for more information on the Chicago
Holy Week Missions. To register, young women interesting in participating
can contact Eleanor Segraves at email@example.com, and young men
should contact Fr. Jacob DuMont at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for the Family Missions, contact Daire Ryan at
Registrations received on or before March 1 qualify for the
early bird fee of $75 per person. The
registration fee after March 1 is $100. The
fee includes meals and lodging, and mission kit materials. (For
returning missionaries who already have mission kit materials, the fee
will be discounted to $50 for early registration and $75
for registration after March 1.) All registrations are
due by March 15. Checks, made payable to
LC Pastoral Services, and registration forms should be mailed to
Rae Joyce Baguilat at 3700 West 103rd Street, Chicago, IL
60655, RUBLOFF 110.
Locations around the country will be
sponsoring Mercy Missions in addition to Chicago. Click
here to find out more, or check out their