The Anointing of the Sick
As part of our celebration of the Feast of St. Josaphat we will share the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to anyone who wishes to be anointed. The Anointing of the Sick is for anyone ailing in body, mind, heart or soul (physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually). Even those who simply are feeling the diminishment brought on by aging are welcome to be anointed.

The Story of St. Josaphat
So much of life is about taking sides - whether it's bickering about who should get the last bite of pie, discussing who the best presidential candidate is, or cheering for our favorite team to win; everything we do is a claim of who we are. Our identities are built from our opinions and experiences, and much of what shapes us is our times of great distress, which often involves being on a side that was, perhaps, not at the advantage. Today, November 12, is the feast of our patron St. Josaphat. During his time of great distress, he was incredibly disadvantaged. The side he had taken was so outnumbered that he was killed in the streets by his neighbors.

The side he had taken was that of peace and unity.

The Church had gone through a schism in the eleventh century that split it into Roman Catholic in Western Europe and Orthodox in Eastern Europe. The mutual excommunications of the leaders on either side of the schism led to many centuries of anger and hatred. St. Josaphat, who was born in the sixteenth century, long after the schism had occurred, made it his goal to reunify the two sides in the name of Christianity. So many of Christianity's core values reflect forgiveness and community, and St. Josaphat embodied these ideals. Unfortunately, in his attempts to peacefully create harmony between the two sides of the church, he was martyred.

S t. Josaphat Parish was founded in 1882 by Kashube immigrants who hailed from an area that is now Pomerania in Northern Poland, which includes Gdansk. They were under Prussian rule, and spoke the Kashube language, different than Polish and German. These people did not feel welcomed in the ethnic Polish church of St. Stanislaus Kostka (nor did they consider themselves ethnically Polish), so they wished to form their own worship community. (n.b. In Chicago, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, parishes were typically formed to serve a certain ethnic group, and each parish's demographics evolved with their neighborhoods over time.) So why did our Kashube parish founders pick St. Josaphat as the namesake of their new parish, knowing that he was born in the Ukraine, entered the monastery in Lithuania and served in Belarus? We are currently researching this topic, as no one is quite sure! One educated guess is that St. Josaphat was canonized in 1867, around the same time as the founding of the parish, so he may have been a "popular" saint at the time.

Many of us parishioners of today may struggle to find ways to relate to St. Josaphat himself and/or our Kashube founders. But we can all take St. Josaphat's example and be on the side of unity. Community is an incredibly important part of any parish, and by being an active part of that community, we provide strength to each other. St. Josaphat died in the name of peace and unity, but his legacy can live on in each one of us as we, too, can embody the core ideals of our faith and help to create unity in our families, neighborhoods and world. And unlike St. Josaphat, we are at the advantage here, because we have a community to support us and add to our efforts. If each one of us can try to take the side of peace, our parish will be worthy of its name.

Advent Wreath Making!
Sunday, November 29, 6 - 7 pm

All Parish families are invited to join this event! Come to the church and create your own family Advent wreath and share cookies and cider.

We supply the materials AND clean up the mess! The entire experience lasts approximately 1 hour. We are asking for a donation of $20.00 per wreath to help defray costs. Contact the parish office, 773-327-8955, to RSVP!
Trivia Night!
Saturday, December 14, 6 pm
Trivia begins at 7 pm!

Join fellow St. Josaphat adults for an evening of trivia and fun in the gym! Pizza and salad will be provided, BYOB.  Funds raised will benefit the St. Josaphat School PTO!
Advent Reconciliation Service
Sunday, December 20, 3 pm
Breakfast With Santa
Special Request:
Parish Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 20, 5 pm
Breakfast With Santa
Parish Service Award Nominations
We present St. Josaphat Parish Service Awards to parishioners who have been giving generous service through a parish ministry or volunteer activity in the areas of Youth Ministry, Human Concerns, Education, Parish Life, Prayer and Worship and Lifetime Service.