In the JosaFASTs this Lent, our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) candidates will be sharing their thoughts on the RCIA program, Lent, and their faith journey.  They have been meeting with the RCIA team for some months and now enter their final, intense period of formation and preparation for this significant moment in their faith lives.

My name is Sonia Avendano and I am a yoga instructor and manage the Corepower Yoga studio in Lincoln Park.  I am the youngest of three girls. I grew up in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and my parents live down the street from the church. We have been going to St. Josaphat since we moved to the neighborhood over 20 years ago. Both of my sisters were married at St. Josaphat and I will be getting married here in July.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, running outside, yoga and exploring neighborhood restaurants.

I was baptized Lutheran by my grandfather who was a pastor.  My mom and dad helped me make the decision to be confirmed in the Catholic faith. I was never confirmed as a child so I knew once I got engaged in order to get married at St. Josaphat, I would need to participate in RCIA. I considered briefly getting married outside of the church and it just never felt right. Speaking to my parents and seeing how important it was to them too, I knew that time had come for me to enroll in RCIA.

I chose to go through RCIA at St. Jospahat because it feels like home to me. When I step into the church, everything is familiar and I always feel comfortable.  Through RCIA, I hope to get to know the community better and most importantly, have a better understanding of the Catholic faith.


After I am confirmed, I look forward to getting married at the church! And also spreading the faith, the kindness and community.

 
Important Upcoming Dates!

Thursday, February 22nd - Informational Meeting for Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos Guatemala Trip, 7 pm

Monday, February 26th - Renew My Church Town Hall, 7 pm

Sunday, March 11th - Mass of Healing (Anointing of the Sick), 10 am

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

 
Renew My Church Town Hall
Come to the Renew My Church Town Hall on Monday, February 26 in the Church
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Men's Spirituality Group Meeting
The St. Josaphat Men's Spirituality group will meet next on Saturday March 3rd, 2018, at 6:30am in the Rectory.
SJS Applications
St. Josaphat School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.
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
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New Policy for Children in the Rectory
Jesus says, "Let the little children come to me." We love having children at the rectory. However, to keep in compliance with the Archdiocesan program for keeping children safe, we cannot have children under the age of 18 in the rectory without constant adult supervision. If you are in the rectory with your children, please keep them with you in your meeting. Thank you.