‘A few years ago there was a dear young family at my old parish. The parents worked diligently to inculcate the Catholic faith in their six children. Invariably, at specific points in the Mass, the parents would be whispering into their children’s ears while pointing at the altar and/or the priest. One Sunday at a crowded Mass, during complete utter silence at the raising and adoration of the Host at Consecration, their four-year-old daughter spontaneously intoned very loudly, very expressively, and very solemnly, “MY Lord … and MY God!”. Needless to say there was an enormous outbreak of smiles in the pews – and a priest fighting furiously to maintain composure and solemnity.’

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Getting old? God knows!

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come And the years approach of which you will say, I have no pleasure in them; Before the sun is darkened. and the light, and the moon, and the stars, while the clouds return after the rain; When the guardians of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, And the grinders are idle because they are few, and they who look through the windows grow blind; When the doors to the street are shut, and the sound of the mill is low; When one waits for the chirp of a bird, but all the daughters of song are suppressed; 5 And one fears heights, and perils in the street; When the almond tree blooms, and the locust grows sluggish and the caper berry is without effect, Because man goes to his lasting home, and mourners go about the streets; Before the silver cord is snapped and the golden bowl is broken, And the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the broken pulley falls into the well, And the dust returns to the earth as it once was, and the life breath returns to God who gave it. Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, all things are vanity! (Ecclesiastes 12:1-8)

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The Reality of the Devil

satanprideBY Father Andrew McNair, LC

The new millennium marks for many teens and young adults a renewed interest in spirituality.

What type of spirituality? Christian? No. Islamic? No. How about an Eastern spirituality like Taoism? Wrong again.

Try Satanism.

That’s right. The occult movement of Satanism ranks number one among teens and young adults as their preferred spirituality.

We could dismiss the ascendancy of Satanism in the United States as a fad of the young; something they will grow out of with time. In others words, it’s nothing to worry about.

In my judgment, that’s the wrong approach to the spiritual and cultural phenomenon of Satanism. People need to understand that Satanic spirituality leaves deep spiritual and psychological scars on its victims. Christians should know how to recognize and combat satanic spirituality. Where do we begin?

Let’s begin by reaffirming a basic truth: Satan exists. His demonic minions exist. Scripture and Tradition depict Satan as the supreme evil leader of the fallen angels who seek to disrupt God’s plan of salvation for humanity.

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Trek across the country reveals a pro-life America


Washington D.C., Aug 15, 2009 / 07:01 am (CNA).- After weeks of witness on the road, in church youth groups, and in front of abortion clinics, forty young people will end their three simultaneous cross-country pro-life walks across America in Washington, D.C on Saturday. The walk organizer said the endeavor helped women to reject abortion and revealed significant pro-life support. Three groups of young people with the group Crossroads began their respective walks in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles on May 23. They collectively logged 10,000 miles across 36 U.S. states in 12 weeks.

Each walker averaged over 1,000 miles and spoke to parishes and youth groups. They also engaged in “peaceful, prayerful” protests and sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics.

The effort has taken place annually since 1995. This year’s walk will end with a 1 p.m. rally at the U.S. Capitol.

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Special Screening: “The Passion of the Christ” – Palm Sunday afternoon


On March 16, Palm Sunday afternoon, at 4 PM in the church hall,
ACT … the Youth Ministry at Our Lady of Peace, in Darien, will be showing “The Passion of the Christ”.

Our Lady of Peace is located about 1/2 mile east of the intersection of Plainfield Road and 75th street, at 701 W. Plainfield Road, Darien, Illinois, 60551.  

Admission is free. All are welcome.

Join us for 7:00 PM Mass, after the movie.