“Fulton the Great,” 30 Years On

Next Wednesday sees the 30th anniversary of the death of the prelate who, quite possibly, became American Catholicism’s most consequential product of all: Fulton Sheen, the Illinois farmboy who famously trumped “Mr Television” in the ratings and, in the process, delivered the death blow to the long history of societal suspicion directed at the church’s own on these shores.

With the evidence of his heroic virtue — the first step toward a possible beatification — soon to face investigation in Rome, the archbishop’s New York-based cause has sparked a worldwide roster of Masses to crop up to commemorate the anniversary, the largest of which will be held in St Patrick’s Cathedral at 5.30 Wednesday night, to be celebrated and preached by a well-known devotee of Sheen’s ministry in media: the Big Apple’s Archbishop Tim Dolan.

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Worldwide prayerful commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II

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Worldwide prayerful commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II.

His Eminence, Francis Cardinal George, along with Bishop Joseph Perry and the Pope John Paul II Adoration Association of the Archdiocese of Chicago are encouraging everyone to participate in the worldwide prayerful commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II. Every Adoration Chapel in the world is encouraged to open its doors for prayer this hour.

St. Marcelline Adoration Ministry is hosting an hour of prayer for everyone this Wednesday, April 2nd from 7-8pm in the church. There will be Eucharistic Adoration, A Divine Mercy Chaplet, and Benediction led by Deacon Mike Filipucci.

Please spread the word to your friends and family and the other ministries in the parish. All are welcome!

For more information contact: Carrie and Bob Alexander at 847-882-3250 or St. Marcelline Parish office at 847-524-4429.

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