FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD ST. FERDINAND CHURCH RECTORY: 5900 W. BARRY AVENUE CHICAGO, IL (773) JANUARY 12, 2014

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1 ST. FERDINAND CHURCH RECTORY: 5900 W. BARRY AVENUE CHICAGO, IL (773) JANUARY 12, 2014 Photo by Romuald Gluch FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

2 Page Two The Baptism of the Lord Sunday January 12, 2014 Mass Intentions The sanctuary lamps this week are lit for: Ben Zablocki Rose Clemente MONDAY January 13, :00 AM Troccko and Handshiegiel Families rq. Family 12:00PM (Noon) Angel M. Tirado rq. Paul and Sylvia Angarone 7:00 PM Mass in Polish TUESDAY January 14, :00 AM Stanislaw Bielak rq. Wife and Sons 12:00PM(Noon) Tadeusz Gosciniak rq. Daughter Barbara 7:00 PM Mass in Polish WEDNESDAY January 15, :00 AM Malgorzata Woronicka 1 st Ann. rq. Daughter 12:00 PM (Noon) Florentyna Stawiak rq. Granddaughter 7:00 PM Mass in Polish THURSDAY January 16, :00 AM God s Blessings for Irek and Mateusz rq. Monika 12:00 PM (Noon) Krzysztof Dublasiewicz 1 st Ann. rq. Daughter 7:00 PM Mass in Polish FRIDAY January 17 Memorial of St. Anthony 8:00 AM God s Blessings for St. Ferdinand and NDHS Students and Teachers 12:00 PM (Noon) Thanksgiving for Blessings received 7:00 PM Mass in Polish SATURDAY January 18, :00 AM Mass in Polish 8:00 AM Louis Wlodarek rq. Wife 5:00 PM Ben Zablocki rq. Zablocki Family SUNDAY January 19, :00 AM Ewa, Jan Kabat; Maria, Jan Budzioch oraz ich dzieci 8:30 AM Rickey Pasko rq. Ronald and Dawn Pasko 10:00 AM People of St. Ferdinand 10:15 AM Mass in Polish 12:30 PM Christine and John Toporek rq. Joanne Moriarty 3:00 PM Mass in Polish 5:00 PM Unborn Children 7:00 PM Mass in Polish Marriage Banns Second: Wojciech Zaniewski and Monika Krawiec We Welcome in Baptism Kaya, daughter of Peter and Anna (Wlodkowska) Cygan Maria, daughter of Tomasz and Agata (Wawrzonek) Zabiegly Rest in Peace Please remember to pray for the souls of all our faithful departed, especially: Gary Hitchen Mary Kameczura Jan Danielowski Jerzy Labno William J. Krzyzewski Wieslaw Modzelewski Jozef Sadrowski Anastazja Jura Anna Nicpon Jovita R. Soriano DEVOTIONS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Held each Thursday following the 8:00 a.m. Mass DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed in English everyday from Monday to Friday following 8:00 a.m. Mass. Please take a short break from your busy life and join the ladies in prayers. On every Saturday right after 8:00 a.m. Mass prayer to St. Anne is being said. Please stop by the Church and offer to God at least a few moments of your time.

3 January 12, 2014 The Baptism of the Lord Sunday Page Three Remember in Prayer As members of the parish faith community, it is our responsibility to remember both in concrete and spiritual ways those who cannot celebrate with us each week because they are ill. Those who are sick in turn, remember all of us daily in their prayers and in their sufferings. We experience many blessings because of their remembering us. And so...please remember in your prayers: Irene Rowe Mary Ayello Florence Magro Sharon Moody Anthony R. Coco Veronica Signo Lottie Chrapla Violet Del Vacchio Rosalie Anastos Edward Waytula Pat Ostrowski William Keleher Arlene Garcia Diana Krzyzanowski Geraldine Spano Nick Paolino Theresa Duval Adam Shershen Bernice Lutke Jean Staniszewski William Napier Josephine Coco Laura Schofield Calvin Upton Julie D Agostino Luna Family Margery Janz Brianna Jurczykowski Susan Milostan Robert Malek Michael F. Coco Tish Vanoni Jodi Mack Geraldine Mack Agnes Coco Ester Baran Al Fitzgibbons Isabell Beyer Kathleen McGinniss Deadra Kusek Stanley Podgorny Tom Sobczak Marietta Falbo Laverne Greco Steve Johns Barbara Alderson Bernadine Jablonski Henryk Sykula Anna DeBold Kathleen Barr Mary Haltin Virginia Starsiak Veena Bhat Pat Flynn Maria & Veronica Segovia Frances Skrabacz Marion Watermann Richard Behrendt Irene & Joseph Biancalana Alice Marzec Thomas Heavey Maria Dysico A Prayer for the Armed Forces Almighty God, stretch forth Your mighty arm to strengthen and protect the men and women of our Armed Forces. As they face the myriad of challenges and decisions that each day is destined to bring, may they be anchored by their faith, protected by Your presence and comforted by the knowledge that they are loved by You and by this community of faith. Grant that, meeting danger with courage, and all occasions with discipline loyalty, they may truly serve the cause of justice and peace to the honor of your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.1st Sunday of Advent Daniel Guziec; SPC Jeffrey Foerster Our Stewardship of Treasure SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2013 Envelopes $6, Loose $3, TOTAL: $10,082. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013 Envelopes $5, Loose $3, TOTAL: $8,873. SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 2014 Envelopes $4, Loose $2, TOTAL: $6,449. Thank you for sharing your TREASURE with St. Ferdinand Parish Bóg zapłać! PLEASE REMEMBER ST. FERDINAND PARISH IN YOUR WILL. Thank you! The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. ~ Oscar Wilde Sincere THANK YOU to all who give their time to keep our church clean. Thank you for your faithfulness and dependability. Please know that your help is very much valued and appreciated. May God bless you abundantly. CHURCH CLEANING Anyone interested in helping to clean our church is welcome to join us: Mondays at 5:00 pm and/ or Fridays at 10:00 am ARCHDIOCESAN WEBSITE See what s new at We hope the features on this site like daily news, calendar events, information about the local Church and the Catholic Chicago blog will help the Archdiocese widen its reach and fulfill the call to share God's boundless love with all people. Visit and see what s new!

4 January 12, 2014 The Baptism of the Lord Sunday Page Four Educating Children in the Faith Parents have an obligation to rear and educate their children but it is vital for them to ask the question, "What does it mean to educate a child?" From a worldly standpoint, it is undeniable that the criterion for education is how successful the children will be when they become adults. Will they hold a position of importance and how much money will they acquire? Catholic parents must concern themselves with a different criterion: will our children obtain eternal salvation and behold the face of God? Will they reach the degree of union with God that He created them for or will they be condemned to hell for eternity? Parents must ask themselves the question: "What does God expect from us?" or "What are the duties of parents?" Parents must regard their children as children of God and respect them as human persons"(ccc 2222). "Every individual born and raised in a family constitutes a potential treasure which must be responsibly accepted, so that it will not be diminished or lost, but will rather come to an even more mature nature"(ltf). The process of education is one of "exchange" where the parents, who are the educators are in turn educated themselves. "Through the grace of the sacrament of matrimony, parents receive the responsibility and privilege of evangelizing their children"(ccc 2225). Parents can bear witness to our responsibility by, "creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule"(ccc 2223). Jesus teaches us these virtues throughout the Gospels and we are expected to imitate Him. "This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of Christian life in keeping with the Gospel"(CCC 2226). The moral education and spiritual formation of our children should be the fundamental concern of parents. The grace of state which is given to parents through the Sacrament of Matrimony along with the other sacraments, especially that of Holy Communion and Penance, are the primary graces given to us so that they may be channels of grace to our children. Parents can only communicate to their children what they possess, therefore they must be constantly maturing in their faith so that they can be an effectual channel of grace to their children. Parents' responsibilities to their children begin before the birth of their child and continue for the rest of their lives. Catholic parents are able to carry out these responsibilities through prayer and use of the sacraments. These are the means God has given parents to convey their faith so that their children might obtain eternal salvation.

5 Page Five The Baptism of the Lord Sunday January 12, 2014 DEACON IRV IS RETIRING The time has come when I must say goodbye to all of you as an active deacon. For twenty five years, I have tried my best to serve the priests and the people of this wonderful parish. In 1957, our family settled in St. Ferdinand parish and out four daughters attended our school. Under the leadership of Msgr. Matthew Canning, this beautiful building was built and completed in As a parishioner, I was privileged to serve in multiple ministries such as Chapel usher, lector/commentator, liturgy committee president, an Eucharistic minister at Mass, and as a minister to care at our local hospital and to the homebound. Subsequently, after three years of training, I was ordained a Permanent Deacon by His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Bernardin in April of 1988 for the Archdiocese of Chicago, Then as an official clergyman, I was able to baptize infants, perform marriage ceremonies, read the Gospels and preach at Mass. I have bee profoundly blest by the Lord. I sincerely thank you all of our parishioners and especially our pastor, Fr. Jason Torba for their generous kindness through these years of my diaconal service. May Almighty God bless Fr. Jason, his associates, and all parishioners, as He has blest me and my family.

6 January 12, 2014 The Baptism of the Lord Sunday Page Six IMPORTANT! As a result of the negotiations with the lawyers for some victims of sexual abuse, files of thirty priests who were removed from ministry because of child abuse are being made public. These are not new cases. All of them took place years ago and many of the priests involved are dead. Cardinal George has written an article to put the publication of these files into an appropriate context that we share below. Accountability and Transparency Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This January, as was announced a month ago in a press conference by a plaintiff s lawyer, documents relating to the sexual misconduct of thirty priests of the Archdiocese will be released as part of settlement agreements over the past years. All these incidents were reported over the years to the civil authorities and claims have been mediated civilly. Almost all of the incidents happened decades ago, perpetrated by priests whom neither I nor many younger clergy have ever met or talked to, because the priests were either dead or out of ministry before I came to Chicago as Archbishop. Nevertheless, the publication puts the actions of these men and the Archdiocese itself in the spotlight. Painful though publicly reviewing the past can be, it is part of the accountability and transparency to which the Archdiocese is committed. For more than twenty years, the Archdiocese has reported all allegations of sexual abuse to the civil authorities and to DCFS. Records of priests have been shared with civil authorities when asked for. Accountability to the civil authorities constitutionally responsible for the protection of children is part of the life of the Church here. The names of priests known to have abused a minor are published on the Archdiocesan website, and the Archdiocese will offer more information in the future. But publishing for all to read the actual records of these crimes raises transparency to a new level. It will be helpful, we pray, for some, but painful for many. Pope Francis has spoken several times in recent months about clericalism as a vice. Clericalism appears when a person or group decides it is not accountable for its actions. Clericalism in the clergy is evident when a priest decides he is not accountable to his bishop or to the faithful for what he teaches or how he celebrates the Church s liturgy or pastors the Church s people or when a bishop, in turn, is not accountable to his Councils and his clergy for his own ministry. Clericalism is spiritually deadly when a priest decides he is not accountable even to God and breaks his promise of chaste celibacy as well as the commandments of the Lord himself. The general discipline of the clergy weakened during the years when sex abuse was most prevalent, during the 1970 s and 1980 s. Chicago followed the now well known national trends. In the late eighties, however, the Archdiocese began to put its house in some order and started, sometimes hesitantly, to follow the path of accountability and transparency. Through the nineties, Archdiocesan policy still allowed some perpetrators a restricted form of ministry, with monitoring, that kept them from regular contact with minors. In 2002, the National Bishops Conference decided that zero tolerance was the only certain means to be sure children would not be molested, and I removed from all public ministry those who had been allowed some pastoral work under the rules in effect under my predecessor. Others have been removed as accusations came forward. So far as can be known from all our records, there is no priest in public ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago who has been found to have sexually abused a child, no matter when the abuse took place. A more recent episode that has created distrust and injured the Archdiocesan community is that of Daniel McCormack. The public story, up to this point, has been largely fashioned by plaintiffs lawyers and other activists and deliberately distorts or ignores points that would mitigate the charge of Archdiocesan neglect. For the sake of complete transparency, as well as accountability, I want to put on the public record the following facts: 1. Neither in Chicago nor in any previous posting as a bishop or a religious superior have I assigned to pastoral ministry or transferred for ministry a priest whom I knew to have sexually abused a child.

7 Page Seven The Baptism of the Lord Sunday January 12, 2014 When I came to Chicago as Archbishop, Fr. Daniel McCormack had a reputation as a dedicated priest and an effective pastor. He had been ordained by Cardinal Bernardin, who vetted his seminary record. He was already, before I became Archbishop, appointed to a seminary faculty, a position of trust. He had been elected by his peers to represent them on the priests placement board, a sign of confidence in his judgment by those who knew him best. Just months before his first arrest, he was recommended by those who worked with him in re organizing the parishes on the west side to serve as dean for that area. He was dedicated to ministry in African American parishes in poor neighborhoods. He was trusted and admired. The first association of his name with the possible sexual abuse of a minor was made for me in September 2005, when I was told that the police had arrested him, questioned him about the allegation and then released him without charges. He was put under monitoring and his ministry with children restricted while the Archdiocese began to investigate whether there was reasonable cause to suspect that he had sexually abused a child. The investigation was hampered because the various offices involved did not consistently share what they knew with each other or with me. Nor did the civil authorities share with the Archdiocese what they came to know in their investigations. From the time he was arrested and released to the time that he was arrested a second time and eventually pled guilty, no one involved in investigating the allegation, not even the review board that struggled with their justified concerns, told me they thought he was guilty. After McCormack s second arrest in January 2006, a number of incidents came forward that might have served as warning signals along the way, if people had been more wary. Each of them, when the record is fairly presented, was examined and responded to by the authorities concerned. The response, in retrospect, was not always adequate to all the facts, but a mistake is not a cover up. This is not a story that fits the template that has been used to report sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, which is why it s difficult to set the record straight. Nor is the record, even when set straight, one that any of us can easily put together with what we expect the Church to be. Telling the truth does not create an excuse for failure. But it makes a difference, as we go forward, to know in what the failure consists, to know that the truth has been told and that the Church is committed to accountability and transparency. Most of all, this Archdiocese is committed to trying to help victims of sexual abuse achieve the freedom necessary to live with dignity. The Archdiocesan Office for the Protection of Children and Youth is a ministry that brings hope and freedom to many victims. It is responsible for the extensive system of background checks and training in child protection that every employee and volunteer in the Archdiocese must undergo. Its story should be better known, again for the sake of accountability and transparency. Monetary recompense is part of helping victims and making reparation to them. The funding of sexual abuse settlements comes from a stream of revenue entirely separate from regular donations or investments. Over the years, the Archdiocese has bought a great deal of property for possible institutional expansion. Sale of some of that undeveloped property is the source of the revenues for funding sexual abuse settlements. It has not been and would not be used for normal Archdiocesan operating expenses. Finally, all our actions are transparent to the Lord, to whom each of us is accountable. He is a merciful judge, and I ask you to commend to him in your prayers the victims, the perpetrators and the Archdiocese at this time in our history. Once again, I apologize to all those who have been harmed by these crimes and this scandal, the victims themselves, most certainly, but also rank and file Catholics who have been shamed by the actions of some priests and bishops. Thank you and God bless you. Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. Archbishop of Chicago

8 January 12, 2014 The Baptism of the Lord Sunday Page Eight THIS WEEK AT ST. FERDINAND PARISH EPW is a retreat designed to help men who are college age and older discern God s call to priesthood. Throughout a weekend of prayer, discussion, and group interaction, men begin to understand God s movement in their life. EPW will be held at Mundelein Seminary, 1000 E. Maple Ave., Mundelein, IL. Mundelein Seminary, located about 30 miles north of Chicago, is easily accessible by car or train. For more information contact Fr. Francis Bitterman, Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Chicago, at or The Women s Center January 22 nd marks the 41st anniversary of the legalization of abortion which has resulted in the death of nearly 57 million innocent, unborn babies in this country, one every 30 seconds. We can only estimate how many women have undergone tremendous suffering because of their abortions. The Women s Center is a pregnancy resource center which has saved approximately 37,000 babies and their mothers from the pain of abortion in our 29 years of service. We offer them a choice other than abortion and provide counseling, material assistance and prayer support.. Save the date: Saturday, February 8, 2014 is the date for our 29 th Life Banquet. We are excited to announce our keynote speaker is Ryan Bomberger, Chief Creative Officer of the Radiance Foundation. Check out his website radiancefoundation.org.. For tickets call We are looking for gift and restaurant certificates, as well as tickets for sporting events, performances, museums and other venues for our silent auction. Contact Emily at These will be most appreciated. HURTING FROM ABORTION? There are people who understand and can help. Are you hurting emotionally and spiritually after an abortion? There is hope for your future! If you're suffering because of an abortion, you may feel alone. But you are not. Call HOPE. One on one lay counseling, referrals to trained priests and understanding professional counselors and day long retreats provided. Monday January 13, :00AM Friendship Club (Convent 2) 6:00PM Cub Scouts (Convent 1,2,3) 6:00PM Troop #51 (McManus Hall) 6:30PM Girls Socuts (Convent) Tuesday January 14, :00PM Radosci (McManus Hall) 5:30PM Zawaternik (Canning Hall) 6:00PM Chicagowskie Slowiki (Chapel) Wednesday January 15, :00AM Ladies of St. Ann (Convent) 2:30PM Legion of Mary (Convent) 5:00PM Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena (Church) 6:00PM Cub Scouts (convent) 6:00PM Chicagowskie Slowiki (Chapel) 6:00PM Kropeczki (Convent) 6:30PM Legion of Mary (Convent) 6:30PM Troop 51 Committee (Convent) Thursday January 16, :30PM Jr. Legion of Mary Adoration (Church) 6:00PM Girl Scouts (Convent) 7:30PM Filareci Choir (Chapel) 7:30PM School Board Meeting (Cafeteria) Friday January 17, :00PM Legion of Mary (Convent 2) 6:30PM Pilgrim Virgin (Convent 2) 7:00PM Teatr Scena (McManus Hall) 7:00PM Faustinum (Church) 7:30PM Youth Group (Rectory) Saturday January 18, :00AM Market Day (Cafeteria) 8:00PM Polish Saturday School 9:00AM Girl Scouts (Convent) 11:00AM St. Ferdinand Winter Dance (McManus) 5:30PM Holy Spirit Missionary Association (Convent) 6:00PM AA Meeting (Convent) Sunday January 19, :15AM Lednica (Chapel) 3:00PM Baptism in Polish (Church) 4:00PM Teatr Scena Polonia (McManus)

9 Page Nine The Baptism of the Lord Sunday January 12, 2014 PORADNIA ZAWODOWA ZRZESZENIA AMERYKAŃSKO POLSKIEGO ZAPRASZA na dwa bezpłatne spotkania informacyjne na temat świadczeń Social Security oraz pomocy w wypełnianiu aplikacji FAFSA (dofinansowanie federalne na studia). Pieerwsze spotkanie odbędzie się we wtorek, 14 stycznia o godz Na spotkaniu polsko języczni przedstawiciele biura Social Security zaprezentują między innymi następujące zagadnienia: Przegląd programow Social Security Zasady ubiegania się o świadczenia Zasady korzystania z usług tłumacza Spotkanie odbędzie się w Centrum Fundacji Kopernikowskiej przy 5216 W. Lawrence Aplikacje FAFSA będzie można składać w poniedziałek 27 stycznia od do w pracowni komputerowej Zrzeszenia Amerykańsko Polskiego przy 3815 N. Cicero. Pomocy przy wypełnianiu aplikacji udzielą przedstawiciele Illinois Student Assistance Commision (ISAC) Obchody Ogólnokrajowego Tygodnia Migracyjnego W Stanach Zjednoczonych, 5 stycznia rozpoczęły się obchody Ogólnokrajowego Tygodnia Migracyjnego. Hasłem tej inicjatywy episkopatu są w tym roku słowa: Wyjść z ciemności. Nawiązuje ono do symbolicznej ciemności, w jakiej muszą żyć imigranci i uchodźcy, gdy zamyka się przed nimi drogę do zalegalizowania pobytu. Cele tego tygodnia to modlitwa za ludzi o przemilczanym statusie imigracyjnym i przeprowadzenie tygodniowej akcji nacisku na amerykański Kongres celem zmiany prawa imigracyjnego. W 2014 r. Kongres musi zreformować nasz źle funkcjonujący system imigracyjny stwierdzają biskupi w wydanym oświadczeniu. Tegoroczny tydzień jest obchodzony w czasie, gdy w Kongresie trwa dyskusja nad nową ustawą imigracyjną. Abp Charles Joseph Chaput napisał na swoim blogu, że taka dyskusja trwa już od wielu lat: Zapomina się w niej, że dotyczy ona ludzi, których my sami stworzyliśmy, jako nową podklasę robotników budujących nasze drogi, zbierających nasze plony, sprzątających nasze hotele i strzygących nasze trawniki. Metropolita Filadelfii stwierdził, że uchwalenie reformy pomogłoby rządowi. Środki wykorzystywane obecnie na ściganie imigrantów o nieudokumentowanym statusie można by zdaniem hierarchy wykorzystać do walki z prawdziwymi kryminalistami, przemytnikami narkotyków, handlarzami żywym towarem czy potencjalnymi terrorystami. Inicjatywę Tygodnia Migracyjnego rozpoczęto w Stanach Zjednoczonych ponad 25 lat temu. Alicja Pożywio/ Polska Sekcja Radia Watykańskiego WYCHOWYWANIE PEŁNYCH WIARĄ DZIECI Archidiecezja Chicago Rok Mocnych Rodziców Katolickich Aby wypełnić formularz FAFSA potrzebne będą: Rozliczenia podakowe za rok 2013 i formularz W 2 (rodziców i studenta) Numer Social Security (rodziców i studenta) Dla stałych rezydentów numer zielonej karty Wysokość posiadanych oszczędności Po więcej informacji na temat spotkań mozna dzwonić pod numer telefonu wew. 414 Zrzeszenie Amerykańsko Polskie ogłasza zapisy na bezpłatne kursy zawodowe przygotowujce do uzyskania licencji stanowej ASYSTENTKI PIELĘGNIARKI I POMOCY REHABILITACYJNEJ Jursy trwaja trzy miesiące, prowadzone są w języku angielskim w małych grupach. Oferujemy pomoc w znalezieniu pracy. Po więcej informacji prosimy dzwonić pod numer wew. 401 i 403

10 January 12, 2014 The Baptism of the Lord Sunday Page Ten PIELGRZYMKA KÓŁ ŻYWEGO RÓŻAŃCA DO MERRILLVILLE SPOTKANIE STOWARZYSZENIA MIŁOSIERDZIA BOŻEGO FAUSTINUM Przyłącz się do Stowarzyszenia Bożego Miłosierdzia w naszej wspólnocie parafialnej, podejmując dzieła miłosierdzia każdego dnia. Zapraszamy na spotkanie formacyjne w piątek, 17 stycznia na godz. 7:00PM. W godzinie Miłosierdzia uproszisz wszystko dla siebie i innych. W tej godzinie stała się łaska dla całego świata miłosierdzie zwyciężyło sprawiedliwość. Koła Żywego Różańca zapraszają na jedno dniową pielgrzymkę do Merrillville w Indianie Niedziela 19 stycznia 2014 roku. Będzie to pielgrzymka dziękczynna ks. Józefowi Zuziak w jego 80 rocznicę urodzin i 45 rocznicę posługi kapłańskiej w Sanktuarium Matki Bożej Częstochowskiej w Merrillville. Ks. Zuziak jest promotorem pieszych pielgrzymek oraz piosenki religijnej w Chicago. Wyjazd z parkingu przy ulicy Belmont zaplanowany jest na godzinę 9:00 rano a powrót na 8:00 wieczorem. Opłata wynosi $50, w cenę wliczony jest przejazd luksusowym autobusem oraz bilet wstepu na bankiet z tej okazji. Po więcej informacji i rezerwację proszę dzwonić do pani Heleny: 773/ SĄD METROPOLITALNY ARCHDIECEZJI CHICAGO Informacje dotyczące możliwości unieważnienia sakramentu małżeństwa można uzyskać w Sądzie Metropolitalnym Archidiecezji Chicago. Kontakt w j. polskim z sr. Barbarą Kosińską dzwoniąc na numer 312 SPOTKANIA GRUPY AA Spotkania grupy AA Al Anon w języku polskim odbywają się przy naszej parafii w każdą sobotę o godz. 6:30 wieczorem w konwencie sióstr Misjonarek pod adresem 5936 W. Barry Ave., Chicago. Spiżarnia z żywnością znajdująca się w budynlu konwentu przy naszej parafii czynna jest w każdy poniedziałek od godz. 10:00 11:00 rano. Grupy Wsparcia dla osób z chorobami Nowotworowymi Informacje w Zrzeszeniu Amerykańsko Polskim dzwoniąc na numer wew. 316 lub u pani Gosha Thornton wew. 22 A nadzieja znów wstąpi w nas Niedziela, 26 stycznia godz. 4:30 pm Serdecznie zapraszają Koła Żywego Różańca W cenę biletu $20 od osoby włączony jest gorący posiłek, ciasto i napoje. Oprawę muzyczną zapewni p. Kazimierz Oleksy. Bilety do nabycia u członków Kół Różańcowych po każdej polskiej Mszy świętej.

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13 January 12, 2014 The Baptism of the Lord Sunday Page Thirteen ON MASHED POTATOES, SQUIRRELS, AND BAPTISMAL FOCUS Copyright 2013 by John B. Reynolds Support Staff Mrs. Dorota Gołda, Parish Secretary Sr. Bernadetta Gościniak, Administrative Assistant Ms. Elizabeth Ceisel-Mikowska, Bulletin Editor Mr. Kamil Duda, Website Designer/Editor Liturgical Bro. Dr. James Drangsholt, Music Director Mr. Kamil Duda, Polish Music Director Mrs. Betty Hotcaveg, Lector Coordinator Dcn. Irv Hotcaveg, Coordinator of Eucharistic & Ministers of Care Ms. Jane Lohrmann, Homebound Ministers of Care Scheduler Parish Council Mrs. Sophie Kass President, Stanley Mastalerz, Anthony Mangiaracina, Peter Holod, Irene Heidelbauer, Mary Ann Barnhart, Joyce McGiniss, Elizabeth Kata, Maria Gal, Br. James Drangsholt, ExOfficio Members: Dr. Lucine Mastalerz, Sr. Anna Strycharz Parish Finance Committee Mr. Tom Bucaro-Chairperson, Fr. Jason Torba, Mrs. Mary Ann Barnhart, Mr. Gene Szaben, ExOfficio Members: Mr. Martin Wojtulewicz- Parish Accountant, Sr. Bernadetta Gościniak, Dr. Lucine Mastalerz Parish Organizations and Prayer Groups Boy Scout: Mr. Vince Clemente, Coordinator Fish Fry: Mrs. Pat Wenzl, Coordinator Friendship Club: Mrs. Patricia Flynn, President Girl Scout: Mrs. Joyce McGinniss, Coordinator Knights of Columbus Mater Christi Council: Mr. David Rizzo, Grand Knight Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary: Marcia Codak St. Ferdinand Parish My wife still tells the story of me feeding our children when they were small. Sure, I did the airplane thing that some parents do, bringing the spoonful of mashed potatoes into Sarah or Paul s mouth from the wild blue yonder. But I often got distracted chatting with Gail even as I was on task with the feeding. On these occasions, I d bring the spoon to within inches of Sarah or Paul s mouth then stop to carry on the conversation. I kept the spoon roughly in place, though, so my children remained food focused and eager. And since many of the conversations were animated, the spoon went all over the place as I gestured this way and that. Similarly, Sarah and Paul s heads went all over the place as they followed my lead high, low, left, right. Both of our children grew up healthy and strong, so apparently enough food connected long ago. Just the same, this feeding foible has always remained for me a funny, funny visual. I think my short term focus improved over the next two decades plus probably because of increased work and home responsibilities but now I feel it slipping away again. There is no other say to say this: my attention span is growing shorter as I grow older. Gail has noticed it, too, based on the Father s Day card she gave me this past June and the references she made in it to me often being a bit confused by life. We both enjoy a comic in the Chicago Tribune called Frazz, in which the main character, a song writing marathoner/triathlete who works as a custodian at an elementary school, occasionally references his own short attention span by placing himself in conversation with say, the school principal or the English teacher, only to turn his head away mid sentence to point and say, Look, there goes a squirrel! Metaphorically speaking, I m seeing squirrels all over the place these days. And in truth, this doesn t bother me terribly because much of the stuff I ve let slip away is just periphery, anyway. But one thing is core, and I pray it never slips away. Today the Church celebrates the Baptism of our Lord. First Isaiah foreshadows it with one of his four servant songs: Thus says the Lord: Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased Then the Gospel gives it to us straight: After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens saying, This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. It s good to recall the Baptism of our Lord, of course, but more important, it s good to recall our own baptisms, and most important, it s good to recall what our baptisms specifically call us to: discipleship. This is who we are, after all. Life distracts us with many things ( Look, there goes a squirrel! ), and many of these things are good. Like Sarah and Paul focused on their mashed potatoes, however, we need to focus on our baptismal commitments, even as the world leads us high, low, left, right. It may be a funny, funny visual, but promises are promises, and keeping them is serious business. Ladies of St. Anne: Mrs. Violet DelVecchio, President Legion of Mary: Mr. Thomas Sobczak & Miss Aurora Almeida, Co-Presidents Legion of Mary, Juniors: Mrs. Emma Camara, President Irving Park Catholic Woman s Club: Mrs. Dolores Schoewe Market Day: Ms. Pat DelBoccio, Coordinator Polish Altar Servers Fr. Marcin Zasada, Moderator English Altar Servers: Fr. Marcin Zasada, Moderator Polish Club of the Good Shepherd: Mr. Andrzej Parada, President Polish Rosary Group: Mrs. Helena Lesak, President Polish School Parents Assn.: Mrs. Bogusława Łakomy, Pres. Radość: Miss Marzena Kulesza, Music Teacher Kropeczki: Sr. Anna Strycharz Zawaternik: Bernadetta i Jan Bobek St. Ferdinand Athletic: Mrs. Linda Ward St. Ferdinand Polish Highlanders Club: Mr. Tadeusz Kulasik, President St. Ferdinand School Board: Mrs. Mary Ann Barnhart, Chairperson St. Vincent DePaul Society: Mr. Stanley Mastalerz, President Teens of Our Church (TORCH): Fr. Marcin Zasada Youth Minister The Faustinum Association of Apostles of the Divine Mercy: Fr. Jason Torba, Moderator Ushers Club: Mr. Peter Holod, President Pro-Life Coordinators: Tony Mangiaracina, Helena Lasak Chapel Choir Conductor Julie Tupiak Word of Life Dito Camara Holy Spirit Missionary Association: Sr. Elwira Dziuk Notre Dame Athletics: Mrs. Linda Ward Notre Dame Board of Directors: Ms. Sue Miller & Ms. Noreen Musica

14 St. Ferdinand Church 5900 W. Barry Ave. Chicago, IL Phone: (773) St. Ferdinand Parish 1st Sunday of Advent Rev. Zdzisław (Jason) Torba, Pastor Rev. Marcin Zasada, Associate Pastor Rev. Albert Judy, OP PT Associate Pastor Rev. Raymond O Connor, CMF Weekend Help Irwin Hotcaveg, Deacon ENGLISH MASS TIMES POLISH Weekdays W ciągu tygodnia 8:00 AM & 12:00 Noon 7:00 PM Saturdays Sobota 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM (Anticipated) 7:00 AM Sundays Niedziela 8:30 AM 7:00 AM 10:00 AM (Chapel) 10:15 AM 12:30 PM 3:00 PM 5:00 PM 7:00 PM RECONCILIATION / SPOWIEDŹ ŚWIĘTA Monday Saturday / od poniedziałku do soboty 6:30 PM 7:00 PM Saturday / Sobota 8:30 AM 9:00 AM First Friday of the month / Pierwszy piątek miesiąca 6:00 PM 7:30 PM St. Ferdinand School: Dr. Lucine Mastalerz, Head of School Notre Dame High School for Girls Office: Irene Heidelbauer Director Religious Education Office: ex st Sunday of Advent1st Sunday of AdventSr. Anna Strycharz D.R.E. St. Ferdinand Polish Saturday School: ex 303 Sr. Genowefa Potaczała Principal Christian OutReach (COR): Mrs. Lu Caravette, Director Missionary Sisters of Christ the King Sr. Anna Strycharz, Superior Sr. Boguslawa Trus, Sr. Bernadetta Gościniak, Sr. Genowefa Potaczała BAPTISM: For Children: a pre-baptism class is required for Baptism of the first child. Classes are held in English on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30PM in the Church, and in Polish on the last Tuesday of each month at 7:30PM in the Church. Following registration, the sacrament of Baptism is celebrated in English on the second Saturday each month at 6:00PM and on the fourth Sunday of the month at the 12:30PM Mass. The sacrament of Baptism is celebrated in Polish on the first Saturday of the month at 6:00PM and on the third Sunday of the month at the 3:00PM Mass. Please call the rectory to register at 773/ For Adults: Classes are taught through the Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) on Sunday mornings at 10:00AM. Please call Stan Mastalerz, the RCIA Director at 773/ for more information. MARRIAGES: Must be arranged at least four months prior to the

15 CHURCH NAME AND NUMBER St. Ferdinand #639 ADDRESS 5900 Barry Avenue Chicago, Illinois PHONE CONTACT PERSON Elizabeth Ceisel-Mikowska or SOFTWARE Microsoft Publisher 2003 Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Windows 2000 Professional with Service Pak 4 PRINTER HP Photo Smart P1100 TRANSMISSION TIME Wednesday, 7:00AM NUMBER OF PAGES SENT Cover through 16 (ads on page 14 and 15) Page 16 is church copy SUNDAY DATE OF BULLETIN January 12, 2014 SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS Epiphany Sunday