Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles.
 Isaiah 40:31

September 28th, 2014 - Twenty sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year-End Financial Report

A copy of St. Peter Damian's 2013-2014 annual financial report has been mailed to each parish family, along with an accompanying letter from Fr. Walter and the parish Financial Council.  During masses this weekend of September 27 and 28, members of the council will present the report and be available for questions following the masses.  The gifts of time, talents, and treasure shared by the St. Peter Damian family has allowed our parish to continue to be a financially healthy and faithfully vibrant community.  Thank you for your generosity.

Eucharistic Adoration
Everyone is invited to come and spend some time with Jesus at the Eucharistic Adoration on the First Friday of October (October 3). Eucharistic Adoration will be held in the Chapel after 8:30 am Mass from 9:00-11:00 am. 

Parish Transformation Program

Join Parish Transformation Sessions every Monday from September 8 to November 10, at 7:00 pm
We will be reflecting upon how our parish is living out the mission of Christ in our community, I want us to think of this process as an extended retreat. We need to enter into this process with openness to where the Holy Spirit is calling us to go. The final product of the Parish Transformation process will be a strategic plan that includes specific actions, goals, and timelines that we will want to accomplish. However, it is important that we remember this is not meant to be simply a corporate planning process. This is an opportunity for us to grow spiritually, both as individuals and as a parish, and to take the next step in our collective faith journey. The sessions will be held in the Saint John Paul II Resource Center (lower level of parish office) at 7:00 pm. Please call our parish office or sign up in the lobby of the Church. Let us all pray to the Holy Spirit to guide us in fulfilling the mission of Jesus Christ entrusted to our faith community.

Parish Transformation Survey - On-line Version

Faith Formation Classes  

The beginning of the 2014-2015 Faith Formation year will begin on September 2nd.  Listed Below are the starting dates and times for all of our grade levels.  If you have any questions regarding the schedule please contact the Faith Formation Office.

September 2nd   1st Grade and 1st Communion 4:00PM-5:30PM

September 3rd    7th and 8th Grades    7:00PM-8:30PM

September 6th    1st Grade and 1st Communion 9:00AM-11:00AM

September 9th     Kindergarten       4:00PM-5:00PM
September 9th    3rd and 4th Grades    4:00PM-5:30PM
September 9th    5th and 6th Grades    7:00PM-8:30PM

September 10th  Confirmation    7:00PM-8:30PM

September 13th  3rd and 4th Grades    9:00AM-11:00AM

October 10th at 7 PM Movie Night 

In a world torn apart by persecution, war and oppression, three children in Fatima, Portugal were chosen by God to offer an urgent message of hope to the world. Based on the memoirs of the oldest seer, Lucia Santos, and many thousands of independent eye-witness accounts, The 13th Day dramatizes the true story of three young shepherds who experienced six apparitions of Our Lady between May and October 1917, which culminated in the final prophesied Miracle of the Sun on October 13th. Abducted from their homes, thrown into prison and interrogated under the threat of death in the government’s attempt to silence them, the children remained true to their story about the crucial messages from Mary of prayer, repentance and conversion for the world.

Our Lady gave a secret to the children told in three parts, from a harrowing vision of hell, to prophetic warnings of future events including the advent and timing of the Second World War, the spread of Communism, and the attempted assassination of the Pope.
Stylistically beautiful and technically innovative, the film uses state-of-the-art digital effects to create stunning images of the visions and the final miracle that have never before been fully realized on screen. Shot on location in Portugal and in the UK, the film has a cast of hundreds to re-create the scenes of the 70,000 strong crowds, with three young Portuguese actors playing the iconic roles of the Seers. Witness the greatest miracle of the 20th Century, and experience the incredible, emotionally-charged and harrowing world of three young children whose choice to remain loyal to their beliefs, even in the face of death, would inspire thousands.

Altar Servers Needed 

St. Peter Damian Parish is looking for additional altar servers.  This ministry consists of young people who are fourth grade and older and have a desire to serve the Lord in the Eucharistic Liturgy.  Servers commit themselves to be trained by attending several instruction sessions.  The sessions this year will be held on 3 consecutive Tuesday evenings:  October 7, October 14, and October 21 from 6 to 7 p.m.  Servers also commit themselves to keep their schedule of appointments.  Depending on the number of members, you will be scheduled to serve one mass about every 4 to 5 weeks.  Servers commit themselves to a term of 1 year, beginning in November through the following October.  They may renew their commitment annually for as long as they want to serve the Lord.  Parents also share in this ministry.  Since most students must be driven to church, you need to make the same commitment as the student and assist them in being faithful to the ministry.  There will be a meeting for the parents of those students interested in becoming altar servers on Tuesday October 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the back of the church.  Please attend this meeting if your student is interested in Altar Serving.  Our parish has always been blessed with a fine group of altar servers.  Please consider this ministry as a way to participate more fully in the Eucharistic Liturgy and serve the Lord.  Please discuss this great opportunity and sign up at Religious Education/Faith Formation.  If you decide to join this great ministry, please contact either the Faith Formation Office at 630-830-2295, or Karen Root at

Children Liturgy of the word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word allows children to deepen and explore their relationship with God. The intention of Children’s Liturgy of the Word is not to babysit or provide entertainment for children while mass is going on, but rather, it is a liturgical experience that lets children hear and respond to God’s Word . 

All children 3 years old and up are invited to join us as we begin the new year of CLOW on September 7th at the 9:30am mass.  The children will be dismissed after the opening prayer and be returned to parents during the Creed.  If you have any questions about this wonderful celebration for children please contact the Faith Formation Office.

Faith Formation Registration
We welcome all families who missed April registration to register for Faith Formation. We offer classes from Kindergarten to High School. Registration forms are available in the Faith Formation office and families may register during office hours. Please call, email or visit us in the office with any questions. 

October Month of Rosary 
The experience of the Saints bears witness to it: this popular Marian prayer [the Holy Rosary] is a precious spiritual means to grow in intimacy with Jesus, and to learn at the school of the Blessed Virgin always to fulfill the divine will.
To be apostles of the Rosary… it is necessary to experience personally the beauty and depth of this prayer which is simple and accessible to everyone. It is first of all necessary to let the Blessed Virgin take one by the hand to contemplate the Face of Christ: a joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious Face. Those who, like Mary and with her, cherish and ponder the mysteries of Jesus assiduously, increasingly assimilate his sentiments and are conformed to him.


Lifelong Faith Formation  
LIFELONG FAITH FORMATION is comprehensive (embraces all aspects of Catholic faith), holistic (approaches entire personal development; human, intellectual, and spiritual), cross- generational (reaches out to every age and stage of life). It goes beyond religious education. It involves the celebration of the Eucharist. It calls us to serve our parish community. It encourages us to share our time, talent, and treasure. It recognizes the Holy Spirit in our life. It consists of: Elementary Faith Formation for children in Kindergarten through sixth grade,
Junior High Faith Formation for 7th and 8th Grade and Confirmation preparation, High School Faith Formation - T.R.U.T.H. Youth - TEENS Rally & Unite Through HIM! Young Adult Faith Formation for young adults ages 17-35, Adult Faith Formation invites us to be nourished by the Word of God and the Bread of Life to be witnesses of the Risen Christ.

High School Interactive Classes 

Besides all activities planned with Youth Ministry, beginning this year our parish offers interactive High School classes. All who have registered please mark the following dates: 
Oct 8, Nov 5, Dec 10, Jan 7, Feb 4, March 11, April 8. 
We thank parents and high schools students for joining these classes

September 14 -Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass
The Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass will be held on Sunday, September 14. Couples married in 1964 interested in attending this celebration should contact their parish to register. For information call the Marriage 
and Family Ministries at 312-534-8351
Parish Registration Update
We are asking all registered parishioners to update their family information and provide your email address. We would like to begin communicating through email in order to communicate more effectively and save paper and postage. You can email the information to the parish office at
Daily Readings

Weekend Masses in the Church    
Saturdays at 5:00 PM
Sundays at 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 AM
Daily Mass in the Chapel    
Mass: 8:30 am
Monday through Friday
Sacrament of Reconciliation    
4:00 on Saturdays or by appointment
Office Hours    
Monday through Friday:
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Faith Formation Office Hours
Monday: 8:30 am -3:30 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am -9:00 pm
Wednesday: 3:00 pm -9:00 pm
Thursday: closed
Friday: 8:30 am -3:30 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am -1:00 pm