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

November 16th, 2014 - Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

The 9th Archbishop of Archdiocese of Chicago
installation Nov 18, 2014.
Please click here for the bio 


This Christmas season, St. Peter Damian is providing cheer to children and families in need who receive services from Catholic Charities. If you would like to make Christmas a little merrier for an individual who needs help, please choose an ornament from the Christmas tree that, is located in the lobby of the church. Each ornament indicates the name and age of the recipient in addition to several “wish list” items that they have provided.

Please take a tag from the tree and buy a gift for that person. After purchasing a gift, we ask that you wrap it, securely tape the tag on the top of the gift and return it by 11 am on December 7. This deadline is very important to ensure that the gifts will be distributed to the intended individuals . Please make sure that if you take a tag you buy and return a gift - we are counting on you. Show these individuals that people care about them.
Thank you and God bless you for your commitment to help the poor and vulnerable!

Annual Bake Sale - THANK YOU!

The Faith Formation staff would like to thank all the parishioners, parents, and students who helped make our November 8th and 9th bake sale a huge success.

A special thank you to all those students who helped price, organize and sell the goodies.
Because of the great efforts put out by those involved we were able to raise $1,010.00 to help assist families in Faith Formation. Please click on this link to view the album .

Christifideles Award received by Sue and Bill Virmond

Congratulations to Sue and Bill Virmond on receiving the Archdiocese of Chicago Christifideles Award.

Each year, the Archdiocese of Chicago grants two kinds of awards to lay men and women for their dedication to the church and its ministries. They are the Bishop Quarter and Christifideles awards and were given by Cardinal George October 26, 2014 at Holy Name Cathedral.

The Christifideles Award is given to Catholic laypeople who have, by participating in parish life, demonstrated the personal and ministerial renewal called for by the papal exhortation Christifideles Laici, calling the laity to the “vocation of responsibility for the church’s life springing from the gift and mission of their baptism.”

Bill and Sue Virmond have been a blessing to our parish family. They are great parishioners from 1977. Their three children went through our Religious Education program and their twin sons were altar servers for many years. Sue became the secretary for Religious Ed in the early 80’s where she continued to work until she retired in 2011. Although she is retired, Sue continues to come into the Faith Formation office every Monday morning and volunteers her time and talents. Bill serves as an usher at the 8:00am Sunday mass and helps out on Holy Days of Obligation as well as Christmas and Easter.

The Virmonds are very devoted to our parish. Bill and Sue are always willing to lend a hand where ever a hand is needed in the parish. They go about their work here in the parish with peace and giving hearts. Once again, congratulations to Bill and Sue. 

Adult Faith Formation Presents

The Eucharist is not a luxury, but a necessity, for without it, we would, in a spiritual sense, starve to death." In this presentation, Fr. Robert Barron offers inspiring insights into the mystery of Christ's presence in our lives and the centrality of the Eucharist as an important part of that presence. So many believers do not understand the mystery of the Eucharist, which Vatican II said is the “source and summit of the Christian life.” This fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light its reality as a sacred meal, the sacrifice necessary for communion with God, and the real presence of Christ.
The session will be conducted in the JP2 Resource Center (lower level of the Parish Office) at 7:00pm on November 20. Please call the parish office or email us at to register.

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

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: 
Dec 10, Jan 7, Feb 4, March 11, April 8. 
We thank parents and high schools students for joining these classes

Advantages of E-Giving
We would like to remind all who did not yet sign up to make contributions on-line that E-Giving is available!
Here are some of the benefits E-Giving provides for you:
1. Make one-time donations or easily set-up recurring gifts based on the convenience of your schedule,
2. Unable to attend services? You can now donate anytime, anywhere, 
3. Access your E-Giving history anytime, anywhere and have it available for tax time
    without waiting for us to mail it to you, 
4. All of your banking data is 100% secure and no banking information is stored by the church
5. Register online for upcoming events through E-Giving quickly and easily 24/7.
Please feel free to contact us in the church office for more information on this wonderful service or
click here to register
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