40 Days for Life Kick-Off in Downers Grove, IL – Sunday September 22 at 3:00 pm

2013 Fall Kick Off Event Flyer


Tickets still available for Tuesday January 10th Audrey Assad Christian Music Concert in Downers Grove

Please consider joining my family and support Holy Trinity Church by attending a Christian Music Concert with Audrey Assad. She is amazing and you can check out her website if you have not heard of her.

The concert will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 7pm at the historic Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove.

Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Students 17 and under.

Our very talented Parish Music Director Larry LaLonde and his male group with also perform to open the show.

Tickets will be available at the door.

Submitted by Daria S.

40 Days for Life update – Downers Grove, IL

40 Days for Life has begun and so have the miracles. No babies have been saved yet but a few special things have happened at our corner. A huge rainbow adorned the sky as people prayed the Rosary at the end of the day on Thursday. On Wednesday, a prayer volunteer received a very special phone call from a man while she prayed in front of the clinic. She needed to drop off paperwork to him but when she got there he said he had never called her. As long as she was there, she thought she would give him some Divine Mercy material. He was so happy to receive it and told her she was a sign from Jesus because He sent her there seeing that he didn’t ask her to come. Little miracles everyday bless the people who come out to pray.

Thanks to all who have signed up! We could use a few more people to sign up on Thursdays and Fridays. Please consider taking a time that you could possibly do once a week for the remaining 5 weeks. Why not call a friend to join you so you could double your prayer power? Please make sure that you come for the time that you have reserved. If you cannot keep your time, please let us know. We need someone there for every hour and please, try to be on time so the person before you is not inconvenienced.

On a sad note, someone mentioned, that a young man brought his girl friend into the clinic on Thursday and then he came back out and said that his girlfriend had an abortion 2 weeks ago and had to come back because “They didn’t get it all”. Think about this and please keep her in your prayers.

Again, thank you for being there. The moms see you, the workers see you, the drivers see you but most importantly of all, our All Loving God sees you and He smiles.

Blessings. prayers and love,

Your 40 Days Team



P.S. The Life Chain is on Sunday from 2:30-3:30 on 75th Street.

Area Scout Participation Requested for Downers Grove, Illinois – 40 Days for Life Autumn Prayer and Witness Campaign


Can You Answer the Lord’s Call?

Pray, Learn, and Enjoy Pizza too!
It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3 !!!

40 Days for Life’ is Coming!
Sept. 28th – Nov. 6th
Daily: 6am – 7pm

1. Sign up for a 1 hour time slot with your friends to PRAY to end abortion.

Location: Access Health Center
1700 W 75th Street
Downers Grove
(On 75th street, 1 block east of Woodward Avenue)

2. (Optional) After your prayer hour, TOUR the neighboring Woman’s Choice Services crisis pregnancy center to learn about the wonderful services available for moms to enable
a choice for LIFE!

3. Then, EAT at Nonnie’s (across the street) ½ OFF Pizza — Coupons will be available at the prayer site.

What is 40 Days for Life?
It is a constant prayer vigil outside of a place
where children are aborted.
Your visible prayerful presence is very powerful.

Read more (PDF file)

Contact Kim to schedule your troop:
(847) 651-6649 or email her at 40DaysDG@gmail.com

Visit the official website/schedule

Locate a vigil site in your area

Matt C. Abbott: The Latin Mass and one priest’s ‘science fiction’

In a recent parish bulletin, Father Bill Conway, pastor of Divine Savior Parish in the Diocese of Joliet, Ill., wrote (excerpted and slightly edited; click here to see the bulletin):

It is worth one’s time to consider what some of the Church’s leading theologians at the Second Vatican Council thought and wrote concerning the Eucharist and liturgy. In recent years one hears some speaking of the role of the priest in the liturgy as acting in persona Christi (‘in the person of Christ’). My fear with such language is that it may have the effect of clericalizing the celebration of the Eucharist, making the assembly once again a passive observer….

While I respect the decision of the Holy Father to permit the extraordinary rite of the Tridentine Mass (please note ‘extraordinary’), my criticism of this form is that by the very manner of its celebration it renders the role of the laity to being little more than onlooker. In fact, it was precisely because of this that the Council Fathers in Sacrosanctum Concilium mandated the reform of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Mass: ‘In the restoration and promotion of the sacred liturgy, this full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else (#14).’

Phrases such as in persona Christi [and] ad orientem, I believe, run contrary not only to the spirit of Vatican II but to the very tradition of the Church. Jesus did not celebrate the Last Supper with His back to the apostles (ad orientem) but rather reclined at table with them….

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Editor’s note: Well, Father Conway … you have at least, one small victory. Few lay persons (prior to Vatican II) would have had the temerity to criticize any priest’s writings, in this way! So much for that weekly installment of “Deep Thoughts In Downers Grove”!