All Souls' Day

I've always been intrigued by the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), even before I watched the visually arresting and heart-string-tugging movie Coco. Celebrating our loved ones who have died, serving a feast in their honor, remembering them always as a part of our family -- these are such beautiful concepts.

It's been over 3 years since my dad passed away unexpectedly. Now that the shock and initial sadness has softened, I find that I love telling stories about him. I love remembering funny things that he did (there were a lot!). I love telling my daughter ways that she is like him, and telling her how amused he would have been by things she says and does. 

All Souls' Day ( Nov. 2) is a day to remember our loved ones who have died. It is a day to pray that they are in heaven with God, and that we will see them again when we join them in the Resurrection. Last year, Fr. Francis introduced a special evening Mass on All Souls' Day. It wasn't a Holy Day of Obligation, but something was calling me to that Mass. To find some healing, some peace, a special place to think of my dad with others who were grieving.

The Mass was beautiful. Church was mostly lit by candles. The music was moving and comforting. I vowed that I would promote the All Souls' Mass the following year, so we could have a larger community join in prayer for our loved ones. So here I am.

We have all lost people we love. Whether they died last month, or 30 years ago, we can come together as a community of believers, to pray for them, to remember them, to celebrate their lives. You are invited to bring a photo of your loved one(s) to church, to place on our Altar of Remembrance for the month of November. And please join us for Mass at  7 pm on  Friday, November 2.

~ Sue Fedea

Important Upcoming Dates!

October 25 - Vin Wine Tasting

October 29 - Pray and Party 

October 30 - Unity Gala Wine Collection

November 3 - Men's Spirituality Group

November 3 & 4 - Boomers Food Drive

November 8 - Evereve Shop Arond

Vin Wine Tasting
TONIGHT  from 
7-8:30pm  at Vin Chicago
1826 N Elston Avenue
Proceeds benefit Unity Gala!
 $20 per person, reservations required to attend. To reserve your spot today, visit, or call Vin Chicago at 773-489-3454
Pray and Party 
 All parishioners are invited to Pray and Party with the Pastors on Monday, October 29th at 6:30P! Gather with us at 
St. Michael's Parish Center, 
1633 N. Cleveland Avenue
for a special evening of prayer and pizza with the pastors of the Old Town-Lincoln Park "Renew My Church" grouping.  BYOB & please bring a "Trick or Treat" to share.
RSVP at 312-642-2498
Unity Gala 
 We'll be collecting bottles of wine (valued at $20 or more) for the Unity Gala's Instant Cellar during drop off at St. Josaphat School on the morning of  Tuesday, October 30th . Look for volunteer collectors outside in front of the church.
Men's Spirituality Group 
The Men's Spirituality Group will meet on Saturday November 3rd at 6:30am in the Rectory, Red Door Meeting Room. 
Boomers Food Drive
The Boomers Plus Club is organizing a Food Drive for Marillac St. Vincent Family Services on 
Sa-Su, November 3rd and 4th.
They will be collecting nonperishable food items before and after each Mass. Those in need will greatly appreciate your donations!
Bethlehem Arts is back!
At all Masses on 
November 3rd and 4th, we will host representatives of the Catholic Christian Community from Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the Holy Land who will be displaying handcrafted olive wood religious figurines and articles. These will be available for purchase after all the weekend Masses.  
Unity Gala is Feb 23rd
Unity Gala Auction Gift Card Drive: Ask your favorite restaurant, friend or business to donate one or two gift cards/certificates, or give those you have that aren't expired that you don't need or want. Gift cards or certificates can be for any value. Cards can be brought to school from November 5th-11th and to all masses November 10th-11th.
Shop and Support
Shop at Evereve in Lincoln Park
on Thursday, November 8th from 
5pm-8pm! 15% of your purchase goes back to SJS!  

Recycle your floral vases - bring them to Ashland Addison Florist Co. for a donation to St. Josaphat!

Shop and select St. Josaphat Parish as your charitable organization, and St. Josaphat gets  5% on eligible items!

Shop and 
SJS gets 13%!

Thank you for your support!