Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Darien, Illinois Announces SummerFest!




Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Darien, Illinois
Announces SummerFest!

Raffle, Concert, Food, Games, & More … All for a good cause!

Friday June 20, 2008 from 3 to 10 PM at Our Lady of Peace, 701 W. Plainfield Road, Darien IL 60561.

Details here …

Divine Mercy Sunday at Our Lady of Peace in Darien, Illinois – plus Novena


Our Lady of  Peace in Darien, IL will host Divine Mercy Sunday Liturgy and Devotions beginning at noon,
with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Roger Kaffer, followed by an entire afternoon of various activities, including a Holy Hour, Confessions, a Parish Social, a Divine Mercy Book and Religious Items Sale, a screening of the film “A Time For Mercy” … and more.

Sunday March 30th, from Noon until late afternoon.

Sunday, March 30, 2008:
Feast of the Divine Mercy

The Message of Divine Mercy is that God is merciful. He is love poured out for us, and He wants no one to escape that merciful love. The message is that God wants us to turn to Him with Trust and repentance while it is still a time of mercy, before He comes as the just Judge. This turning with trust to Him who is Mercy itself is the only source of peace for mankind. Turning to and imploring God’s mercy is the answer to the troubled world, there is no escaping that answer.
-Diary of St. Maria Faustina, In My Soul.
©1987 Marians of the Immaculate Conception.

Our Lady of Peace is proud to host
Auxilliary Bishop Roger L. Kafffer
as Main Celebrant and Homilist

Divine Mercy Sunday Program:

12pm Divine Mercy Liturgy

1:30pm Confession

3pm Holy Hour,
Rev. Walter Dziordz, MIC
-Procession of the Divine Mercy Image
-Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament
-Novena Prayers
-Chaplet of Divine Mercy
-Blessing of Religious Articles
-Veneration of St. Maria Faustina’s Relic

School Gym:

1-4pm Divine Mercy Gift Shop

1-4pm Reception

1:30pm “Time for Mercy” Video (will be repeated at 2:30 and 3:30, throughout the afternoon)
Narrated by Joseph Campanella, this film explores the signs of God’s mercy in our time.

Novena before Divine Mercy Sunday

A novena is nine days of prayer (nove’ meaning nine). It ‘s based on the 9 days of prayer that the Apostles prayed between Jesus’ Ascension and the sending of the the Spirit in the form of flames, at Pentecost.

The chaplet is a powerful prayer with oustanding promises. For those who need prayer – this prayer is only exceeded by The Mass and The Holy Rosary – in that order.

Everybody goes through times when they need prayer. You may have friends who have sick friends or family members in the hospital – endless waits in doctors’ waiting rooms – in hospital emergency rooms – in hospital patient’s rooms when one wishes they can find words and/or meditate on their loved ones and pray for them – well, this will surely help.

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

Click here for The Divine Mercy Novena

Submitted by Doria2

Father Corapi’s 100 Best “One-Liners”

johnc.jpg Father Corapi’s 100 Best “One-Liners”

Bob Stanley writes … I met and talked with Fr. Corapi several times. and was probably one of the first to video tape him when he came to St Elizabeth’s in Sacramento, in 1994. He came to my parish twice and I taped him both times. He had these terrible migraines in those days that were so bad, he had to lie down. He talks about that once in awhile on his EWTN program.I was privileged to be a Eucharistic Minister for his Masses in my parish … I wrote down many of Fr. Corapis one liners, and I have the first 100 of them from St. Elizabeth’s, posted here.


Abortion Changes You – New Resource Site

Abortion Changes You TM


Many men, women, family members and friends are seeking to make sense of their own or a loved one’s abortion experience.  You are not alone.

Abortion Changes You is an invitation for those who have been touched by abortion – men, women, grandparents, siblings, other family members and friends – to know that they are not alone and that healing resources are available.  Men and women are able to type in their Zip code and find local resources such as after abortion ministries and counselors.  The outreach includes the interactive Web site AbortionChangesYou.com and the book Changed

The Abortion Changes You outreach is close to my heart because I’ve been there.

When I became pregnant at 18, I had an abortion.

I was completely unprepared for the emotional fallout. I thought the abortion would erase the pregnancy. I thought I could move on with my life. I was wrong.

I experienced periods of intense anger followed by periods of profound sadness. With counseling and the help of supportive friends, I was able to enter into a healthy grieving process.  In addition to grieving the loss of my child, I slowly became aware of how my choice to abort had impacted my family. I was surprised and saddened that my parents, my sister, and even my living children struggled to deal with the loss of a family member through abortion.

Over the years I’ve heard many heartrending stories about abortion. Although each story is unique, a common thread moves through them all-abortion changes you. Although abortion has touched many of us, we rarely share our personal experiences regarding it.

This is what led me to write a book that shares some of the stories I’ve heard. Changed: Making Sense of Your Own or a Loved One’s Abortion Experience is an invitation to begin the healing process through a grief and loss healing model.

There was also a need for a safe space for people to tell their stories, explore the ways abortion has impacted them, and find resources. We created AbortionChangesYou.com to fill this need.

It is my hope that the Web site and book will assist you as you seek to make sense of your abortion or the abortion of someone close to you.

If you have not been touched by abortion, I hope that the Web site and book will aid you as you seek to sensitively and compassionately communicate with others about abortion.

View the 1-minute video about the outreach here.

Visit AbortionChangesYou.com.Be the first to receive an original edition of Changed.   

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This site is not a professional counseling site, nor is it meant to take the place of professional counseling. Sometimes an abortion experience can create intense emotions that you may not feel equipped to deal with on your own. Please use the Find Help locator to access national and local support resources. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) if you’re thinking about or planning to hurt yourself.

Abortion Changes You

Why do some traditional Catholics not agree with the Second Vatican Council?


Q: Why do some traditional Catholics not agree with the Second Vatican Council?

A: Anyone who understands the constant teaching of the Catholic Church knows that in reality, Vatican II didn’t make any changes to Church doctrine, at all.

All Vatican II did was reframe the various authentic teachings and practices of the Church in ways that the bishops hoped Protestants and others, would find easier to accept.

Forty years later, it’s clear to see that while Vatican II was a totally legitimate Council in every way, something went very, very wrong in the aftermath, and what actually resulted was religious chaos, scandal, and a massive defection from the true faith.

Lately, things appear to be getting better. Let’s all hope and pray that the light we presently see at the end of the tunnel, isn’t just another train.

How Do Christians Behave in Tough Times?


How Do Christians Behave in Tough Times?

Charles Colson

Across America, hundreds of thousands are walking away from their homes-unable to make mortgage payments. Defaults and foreclosures are skyrocketing, as housing prices continue to decline. As a result of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, the economy is being hammered, credit markets around the world shaken. Before it is over, sub-prime defaults may reach two to three hundred billion dollars, and trillions may be taken out of the economy.

For more on his, click here …

Straight Talk About the Gay Subculture


Straight Talk About the Gay Subculture 

It’s tough for “straight” people to understand the kind of social pressures and priorities that homosexuals bring upon themselves by “coming out” and attempting to affirm their homosexuality.

And whether sexual preference is actually chosen or inherited makes no difference whatsoever, when it comes to dealing with the many problems that are virtually “built in” to the gay lifestyle.

For an insightful look at this problem, through the eyes of a gay man, click here 



Some Words of Wisdom From A Good Priest


A few links to the wise words and faithful teachings of Father Dwyer … from Bob Stanley … The Catholic Treasure Chest.

Father Dwyer on the Church

Father Dwyer on the Mass

Father Dwyer’s humor

Food for thought from Father Dwyer

Father Dwyer … speaking about the Blessed Virgin Mary

“Top 100 Sayings” of Fr. Luke Zimmer

Solid Old Testament Precedent for Mary’s Eternal Virginity



Solid Old Testament Precedent for Mary’s Eternal Virginity

Under the Old Covenant Law … as described in the book of Numbers, Chapter 30 … God made divine provision for both women and men to make sacred vows, and subject to the acceptance and ratification of those vows by the father or the husband … those vows would then remain in effect for life.

Church tradition always held that the Blessed Virgin Mary was known to have been dedicated to God from a young age, and that she took a sacred vow to remain a virgin FOR HER ENTIRE LIFETIME.

We also knew that such a vow was totally legitimate and binding, even if the virgin maiden was to be married someday.

According to the Law, upon marriage, it would be left up to the husband (in this case, St. Joseph) to either accept or reject the wife’s sacred vow. If it was accepted, it immediately became binding on both parties, and remained perpetually in effect.

The apostles also knew Mary, and they accepted her perpetual virginity as a fact, just as the Catholic Church has always taught.

In light of this very strong biblical precedent, in light of the constant teaching of the Church on this matter, from the earliest days, and in light of the lack of ANY definitive New Testament evidence to the contrary … it’s high time our Protestant brethren stopped claiming that the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the Ark of the New Covenant, the Mother of the Church, and the holiest woman who ever lived, could have EVER broken a sacred vow.

It’s simply not right!     

Here’s the complete Old Testament text, from the Book of Numbers:

Num 30:1 The LORD told Moses to say to Israel’s tribal leaders:
Num 30:2 When one of you men makes a promise to the LORD, you must keep your word.
Num 30:3 Suppose a young woman who is still living with her parents makes a promise to the LORD.
Num 30:4 If her father hears about it and says nothing, she must keep her promise.
Num 30:5 But if he hears about it and objects, then she no longer has to keep her promise. The LORD will forgive her, because her father did not agree with the promise.
Num 30:6 Suppose a woman makes a promise to the LORD and then gets married. If her husband later hears about the promise but says nothing, she must do what she said, whether she meant it or not.
Num 30:7 (SEE 30:6)
Num 30:8 But if her husband hears about the promise and objects, she no longer has to keep it, and the LORD will forgive her.
Num 30:9 Widows and divorced women must keep every promise they make to the LORD.
Num 30:10 Suppose a married woman makes a promise to the LORD.
Num 30:11 If her husband hears about the promise and says nothing, she must do what she said.
Num 30:12 But if he hears about the promise and does object, she no longer has to keep it. The LORD will forgive her, because her husband would not allow her to keep the promise.
Num 30:13 Her husband has the final say about any promises she makes to the LORD.
Num 30:14 If her husband hears about a promise and says nothing about it for a whole day, she must do what she said–since he did not object, the promise must be kept.
Num 30:15 But if he waits until the next day to stop her from keeping her promise, he is the one who must be punished.
Num 30:16 These are the laws that the LORD gave Moses about husbands and wives, and about young daughters who still live at home.


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Submitted by Bob Stanley – with thanks to Dr. Brent M.

What’s the difference between saved and truly saved?



Q: What’s the difference between saved and truly saved? I hear that a lot here.

A: Hear this:

The difference is grace, which is a share in God’s very own divine life.

God is love. Love is just another word for charity.

Anyone who departs this sphere of existence with at least some charity remaining in their soul, is not likely to see eternal damnation.

1Co 13:1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
1Co 13:2 And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1Co 13:3 And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
1Co 13:4 Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely, is not puffed up,
1Co 13:5 Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil:
1Co 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth:
1Co 13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
1Co 13:8 Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void or tongues shall cease or knowledge shall be destroyed.
1Co 13:9 For we know in part: and we prophesy in part.
1Co 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.
1Co 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child.
1Co 13:12 We see now through a glass in a dark manner: but then face to face. Now I know in part: but then I shall know even as I am known.
1Co 13:13 And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.

The most effective way to remove the doubt about your eternal destiny is through a lifetime of full, active, and charitable participation in all of the work, worship, sacraments, and devotions of the Church.

Preferably, the Catholic Church … since it’s the only Church that Jesus ever founded, and eternally guaranteed, for the purpose of our salvation.

And lest any man should boast … the Church is not a work of man … but a manifestation of God’s love and supernatural provision.

Our participation in the Church is no more of a “work” than that of a patient who goes into the hospital to have life-saving heart surgery.

What Does “Hosanna” Mean?


Q: What Does “Hosanna” Mean?

A: “Hosanna” means … “Messiah Save Us!”

The context, is an emphatic “NOW!”

Mat 21:1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and came unto Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples,
Mat 21:2 saying unto them, Go into the village that is over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me.
Mat 21:3 And if any one say aught unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
Mat 21:4 Now this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophet, saying,
Mat 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, Meek, and riding upon an ass, And upon a colt the foal of an ass.
Mat 21:6 And the disciples went, and did even as Jesus appointed them,
Mat 21:7 and brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their garments; and he sat thereon.
Mat 21:8 And the most part of the multitude spread their garments in the way; and others cut branches from the trees, and spread them in the way.
Mat 21:9 And the multitudes that went before him, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
Mat 21:10 And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, Who is this?
Mat 21:11 And the multitudes said, This is the prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.

Fr. Tom Euteneuer: Walking with Jesus Christ Through the Week Called Holy.

Fr. Tom Euteneuer: Walking with Jesus Christ Through the Week Called Holy

A short excerpt from Fr. E’s weekly newsletter:

On Holy Thursday two great institutions are commemorated. Let us not overlook Our Lord’s firm desire to establish them as perpetual gifts for us: one is the sacred priesthood and the other is the Eucharist. He said that He “greatly desired” to eat that Passover with His disciples and that is because He wanted to entrust to certain unworthy men the awesome task of handing down the memorial of His inestimable Sacrifice “in remembrance of Him” to the end of time. Will we thank Him from the depths of our hearts this week for the infinite richness of His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Eucharist and for the blessing of His priest brothers who bring that Gift to us?

As we continue to walk with Him we reach the week’s summit on Friday – Calvary – but we notice that He is now accompanied in His suffering by His Mother. She was not at the Last Supper because She was not given the gift of the priesthood, but She walked with Him to another Altar of Sacrifice and stood there in perfect union with His redemptive suffering. Let us walk with the Mother of Sorrows on this sorrowful day to derive the deepest possible graces from the Cross that She so perfectly shared in. Then, when He is put in the tomb, let us stay by Her side on Holy Saturday, in vigil, contemplating, grieving for the sins that put Him there and waiting in “joyful hope” for the Day that will never end.

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What A Photo! North Pole Sunset.


North Pole Sunset.

Submitted by Dennis M.

Iraqi Archbishop’s death could drive Christians “underground”.

Archbishop’s death could drive Iraqi Christians underground

Baghdad, Mar 14, 2008 / 03:37 am (CNA).- A group called Iraqi Christians in Need (ICIN) has said that the killing of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho in Mosul could force the Church underground.

Archbishop Rahho was kidnapped by assailants on February 29 in Mosul. In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, Chaldean church officials said that the Archbishop’s captors made “impossible” demands in exchange for his safe return, among them financial support for opposing Americans.

Archbishop Rahho’s body was discovered on Wednesday. His abductors had claimed he was “very ill,” and later buried his body.

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St. Padre Pio exhumed, body is “well preserved”.


ROME, Mar 3, 2008 / 02:15 pm (CNA).- In the most discrete manner possible, the body of St. Padre Pio was exhumed at 12:30 a.m. Monday morning by a group of medical experts, while Church representatives observed.

Padre Pio was buried September 27, 1968 at the San Giovanni Rotondo shrine, just four days after he died.

“The body is well preserved” said Bishop Domenico D’Ambrosio of San Giovanni Rotondo-Manfredonia-Vieste, who observed the removal of the saint’s remains.

For more details, including a 2 minute video on the life of this great saint, click here.

Old Testament God = Wrath. New Testament God = Love. Please Explain.


Q: Old Testament God = Wrath. New Testament God = Love. Please Explain.

A: Catholics have always understood that God’s apparent attitude towards humanity was and is primarily a function of grace … which is a share in God’s very own divine life.

Grace comes in two varieties:

Actual grace … which empowers both saints and sinners to do God’s will.

Sanctifying grace … which transforms, makes one holy,
and which is typically required for admittance to heaven.

After Adam’s fall, and prior to Christ, the world was totally devoid of God’s sanctifying grace, dominated by Satan, and in open rebellion against God.

A technical state of war existed, and earth was a virtual hell … with mankind fighting on the side of Satan … in a form of forced slavery … under pain of death.

While we were still grevious sinners, and out of infinite love, God acted to redeem us. And by the power of actual grace, he raised up generations of priests, prophets, and kings, in order for his divine and perfect son … in the fullness of time … made of woman … under the law … to come into the world, as a man.

Before we could be redeemed, and before sanctifying grace and forgiveness could be offered to all, it was first necessary to destroy Satan’s evil dominion.

Jesus brought about the destruction of Satan’s earthly “reign of terror” by permitting himself to be put to death by Satan “The Prince of this World” … and his more than willing minions.

And since under God’s most fundamental law … no one … not even the devil … had the power or the authority to take the life of a sinless man … let alone the only begotten Son of God … the moment Jesus died, Satan was through!  

Once the dominion of evil had been destroyed, Jesus was raised up, and appointed the new and sinless head of all mankind.

The “New Adam”.

Under these new “terms” and under this new and divine leadership … God was more than willing to grant forgiveness, sanctifying grace, and peace to anyone willing to swear faithful allegiance to his son, Jesus … typically through the sacrament of baptism … which (among other things) also makes one an official member of the Church … “The People of God”.

The Catholic Church is God’s primary dispenser of grace in the world today. It does this freely … and it does this primarily by means of the seven sacraments … which were all personally instituted by Jesus … for that express purpose. 

Now .. thanks to God .. and through the work of Christ … we live in an era of grace … freely available to all … abundantly dispensed by and through the Catholic Church … the ONLY Church  that Jesus ever founded, authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed, … for the purpose of our salvation.

This divinely appointed era of peace between God and man was precisely what the angels foretold, on the first Christmas:

Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds watching and keeping the night watches over their flock.
Luke 2:9 And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them and the brightness of God shone round about them: and they feared with a great fear.
Luke 2:10 And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy that shall be to all the people:
Luke 2:11 For, this day is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David.
Luke 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.
Luke 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God and saying:
Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest: and on earth peace to men of good will.

Peace be to you!

Jesus was God sent by God so he could sacrifice Himself to God?



Q: Jesus was God sent by God so he could sacrifice Himself to God?

A: It’s called “God’s total self-giving for our salvation.”

And Jesus didn’t necessarliy sacrifice himself TO God.

Jesus sacrificed himself FOR us, at his Father’s request, since that was pretty much the ONLY way mankind could be redeemed.

Jesus’ heroic and selfless act of perfect obedience and charity … AS A MAN … IN THE FLESH … resulted in the destruction of Satan’s evil dominion … freeing mankind from eternal slavery to Satan, sin, and death.

And since that’s precisely why Jesus was sent … it certainly pleased God the Father … so He subsequently made grace, forgiveness, and peace available to all of humanity … through his divine Son, of course.

Don’t knock it.

How can sacrificing Jesus on behalf of the sinner atone for another’s sin?


Q: How can sacrificing Jesus on behalf of the sinner atone for another’s sin?

A: It’s tough to run a universe that’s out of balance.

Since man sinned and (among other things) separated himself from God, simple justice holds that it was up to man to atone for that sin.

But since man’s sin constituted an offense against the infinite dignity of God, no man, naturally born, had the ability to suitably atone.

Out of love for fallen humanity, God sent his divine son into the world as a man, to be the propitiation for the sins of the world.

Jesus’ mission was totally successful, and his great work certainly pleased his Father, who sent him.

Since Jesus is true man, the grace and mercy he obtained for us through his perfect life and sacrificial death, accrues to the benefit of all mankind.

Since Jesus is true God, the power and effectiveness of his great sacrifice is infinite and eternal.

The scales of divine justice have now been suitably and appropriately balanced.

Quebec’s Quiet Revolution (Almost No Marriage, Few Kids)

Quebec’s Quiet Revolution (Almost No Marriage, Few Kids)
by Charles Colson
March 12, 2008

One of our [readers] recently told us a story that was both fascinating-and disturbing. Her name is Tessa Littlejohn. She is a flight attendant who lives in Ontario. Tessa recently worked with another flight attendant from Quebec, whom I will call Cecile. As they worked, Cecile told Tessa all about her boyfriend, Gerard. Cecile was wearing a ring on her left hand, so Tessa asked her if she was engaged. Cecile blushed. “Actually,” she said, “Gerard and I have been married for two years.”

Then why on earth was she calling Gerard her “boyfriend”? Because, Cecile explained, no one in Quebec gets married anymore. If she referred to Gerard as her husband, Cecile said, “I would sound like an old lady. It would feel too weird.”

For the rest of the story, clck here.

Submitted by Doria2

Planned Parenthood has killed more Americans than all the wars that America has ever fought.

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Planned Parenthood has killed more Americans than all the wars that America has ever fought.

The Commonwealth of Virginia has just zeroed out Planned Parenthood’s funding. Other states should follow Virginia’s lead.

The amendment, cutting up to a half million dollars in funding from the abortion giant, passed by the narrowest of margins. The vote in the Virginia Senate was 20 votes in favor of the amendment and 20 against, and Lt. Governor Bolling had to break the tie. The amendment could still be vetoed by Governor Kaine later this month, although this would tarnish the moderate image he is trying to project. In all likelihood, Planned Parenthood faces a complete funding cut, and one that will last at least until 2010.

For more on this, click here.