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Much of my family is Lutheran, and I was baptized in a Lutheran church in Indianapolis.  The witness of many faithful friends led me to ask more questions and grow more interested in the Catholic faith, and my fiancĂ©e Hope especially has inspired and encouraged me to dive deeper into my faith and the Catholic tradition. I also have been intrigued by online commentaries by Bishop Robert Barron; in many ways these lit a fire in my heart and mind that has drawn me to Catholicism.

When Hope and I moved to the Lakeview/Lincoln Park area last year, we attended Mass at St. Josaphat one Sunday, and were quickly drawn in by the friendliness of the parish community, the beauty of the church, and the reverence of the liturgy. St. Josaphat has been a wonderful place for Hope and I to pray together and grow in our faith, and I feel privileged to take part in the RCIA program here. We are getting married here at St. Josaphat this summer.

It has been inspiring and enlightening to hear and learn about different individuals' backgrounds and questions regarding faith and the Church, and our catechists have done an excellent job answering our questions and providing compelling information and explanations on a variety of topics. I am very grateful for how this process has strengthened my knowledge of the Church, and deepened my prayer life and relationship with God.

After Easter, I am excited to take part in the sacramental life of the Church even more fully, and to continue intellectual exploration into all different aspects of our faith lives. I look forward to seeing how God's graces will operate in my life and in the lives of my family, friends, and all others, and I will strive to continue growing in relationship with Jesus Christ.

 
Important Upcoming Dates!

Sunday, March 11th - Mass of Healing (Anointing of the Sick), 8 am

Sunday, March 11th - Youth Group Mass, 5 pm

Sunday/Monday, March 18th/19th - Parish Mission, 7 pm - 9 pm

 
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Best Lent Ever
Don't Just Give Up Chocolate For Lent. Join Us for Your "Best Lent Ever"

Schola Antiqua Chicago Performance
Hear Schola Antiqua perform in concert "Sound of Faith of Medieval Jerusalem" on Sunday, March 11th at 3pm at St. Josaphat Church.
Almoners gift cards available
Almoners gift cards are now available after Mass on Sundays during Lent. Please take a few to distribute to those in need that you encounter.

Sign up here to help distribute cards after Mass.
Men's Spirituality Group Meeting
The St. Josaphat Men's Spirituality group will meet next on Saturday March 17th, 2018, at 6:30am in the Rectory.
DINE AROUND
at Knife and Tine
Next Dine Around: Knife and Tine from 11:00-2:00pm on Sunday, March 18th, 1417 W. Fullerton. 20% of proceeds will go back to SJS! Call 773-697-8311
SJS Applications
St. Josaphat School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.
Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross trace the steps of Jesus to Calvary. This Lenten devotion will be prayed on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m, alternating each week between our Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph:

Wednesday, March 14th - IC Church
Wednesday, March 21st - St. Joseph Church
Wednesday, March 28th - IC Church

St. Vincent dePaul - stations in the church every Friday at 7pm, and at 3pm on Good Friday.

SJS Moe-Hawk Money Gift Cards Available
Purchase a gift card and a 2-10% rebate will go back to SJS school. Forms are due every Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. and you will receive your gift card(s) the following week. Questions/suggestions: Gina Lynch gmm1us@yahoo.com
Parish Development Council
Know Fundraising or Communications? Join the Parish Development Council! Contact the Office.
Men's Club March Madness Party
St. Josaphat Men's Club is hosting a March Madness Casino Party on Friday March 16, please consult the bulletin for details.
Social Justice Dinner
St. Agatha, our sister parish, hosts a dinner and a conversation on race the second Tuesday of every month. Contact Kim Nugent (kimanugent@yahoo.com) for more information. Upcoming event is Tuesday, March 13th starting at 6:30 pm.
Fr. Greg Boyle Book Discussion
Father Greg Boyle -- Book Discussion and Invitation to Hear Him Speak
Join us on Saturday, April 14 from 9-11 am in the Rectory to discuss Boyle's latest book Barking To The Choir