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

October 26th, 2014 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Book of Life

The Book of Life wiil be displayed on the screen in the vestibule of the church and also on our website. The Book of Life is intended to allow us to remember those who have died, our loved ones who have been born to Eternal Life. Those names enrolled in the Book of Life will be remembered in all the Masses on All Souls Day, Sunday, November 2. Your loved ones will also be remembered in the Masses celebrated during November.

Through the entire month of October you are invited to express your love in the Book of Life. Simply use the envelopes available in the vestibule. Please PRINT the names of your loved ones CLEARLY on the space provided on the envelope, so that we have the correct spelling of the names to list. If the names are not legible, we will not be able to include them. Put the envelope, along with your donation, in the box provided. You can also drop your envelope in the Sunday collection 

Please click on the candle to view the list

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


Annual Bake Sale - November 8/9

Attention all sweet appetites! Get your taste buds ready! Our freshmen, seventh and eighth graders are having a bake sale on November 8th and 9th after all the Masses. Cookies, brownies, cakes, fresh bread, and other great goodies will be available for the asking.
The money raised from the bake sale will go to alleviate the cost of Faith Formation for families in need. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Chili's Pepper Partner Fundraiser

Enjoy dining at Chili’s from November 1 to the end of January, supporting our Lifelong Faith Formation. Participating Chili’s locations will donate 15% (excluding tax) of your total in-in or carry-out bill to St. Peter Damian. t’s simple to participate, just bring in a voucher and present it when paying for your order. Vouchers can be found online, on the bulletin boards in the vestibule of the Church, or in all parish offices.
Feel free to copy and distribute vouchers as you like, just not on Chili’s property

Please click on this link to download the coupon

Children and Adult Choirs

Have you watched the choirs at Mass and thought, “I just don’t know if I’m good enough..” YOU ARE!! We welcome all boys & girls grades 2 – 8 to join us for rehearsal on Thursdays 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Adult choir rehearses on this same day from 7:45 – 8:45. Please see Jennifer Holcomb after mass or email me at

Let us pray for the Synod on the Family
Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops is being held in the Vatican from 5 to 19 October 2014, on the theme “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization”.

In the Chapter of the Code of Canon Law relating to synod assemblies, the Synod of Bishops meets in an extraordinary general assembly when the matter under consideration, while related to the good of the universal Church, requires rapid definition.

“It is very important that an extraordinary Synod has been convoked on the theme of the pastoral of the family”, said the director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J. “This is the way in which the Pope intends to promote reflection and to guide the path of the community of the Church, with the responsible participation of the episcopate from different parts of the world”.

“It is right”, he added, “that the Church should move as a community in reflection and prayer, and that she takes common pastoral directions in relation to the most important points – such as the pastoral of the family – under the guidance of the Pope and the bishops. The convocation of the extraordinary Synod clearly indicates this path. In this context, the proposal of particular pastoral solutions by local persons or offices carries the risk of engendering confusion. It is opportune to emphasize the importance of following a path in full communion with the ecclesial community”.

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