Bring Your Pet to be Blessed on 
Sunday at 1:15 
in the Fr. Grassi Community Park

As I read about St. Francis of Assisi, I realized a new meaning of the word "saint." I have often been told that in order to be a saint you have to do a good deed for another person. At least, that is what I had always thought being a saint meant. My thoughts quickly changed when I read about St. Francis. His love and kindness towards animals of all kinds spoke to me. Of course! If there is a saint for healing, for love, and for protection, why couldn't there be one for animals?
 
In St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle Of Creatures, a hymn of praise that recapitulates Francis's journey to God, we hear St. Francis express his love for all creations and to treat them as brother and sister. This is important because it shows how valuable he sees life is for every being. He was dedicated to poverty, humility, obedience, patience, and compassion. In 1209, he received permission from Pope Innocent III to form a new religious order now known as the Franciscans. In 1224, Francis became the first saint in history to receive the stigmata (the wounds of Christ crucified). On October 4, 1226, Francis died in the town of Assisi and was quickly canonized by Pope Gregory IX.
 
So why do we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi? We celebrate Francis's life as we should all think and aspire to be like him. We should all treat every being with kindness and love, and we can remember St. Francis and his love.
 
St. Josaphat will be having a Blessing of the Pets in the Fr. Grassi Community Park on Sunday, October 7, at 1:15 pm. Bring your dogs, cats, hamsters, fish, turtles, guinea pigs, rabbits, and any other animal you may have as they are all deserving of a blessing and love.
 
~Jenna Dreixler
  Weekend Staff





 
Important Upcoming Dates!

October 6 - 8th Grade Car Wash

October 6-7 - "Sweater Weather" clothing drive

October 13-14 - Open House Chicago

October 18 - Women's Group Book Discussion

October 20 - Men's Spirituality

October 20 - Mass for Hope and Healing at Holy Family

October 25 - Vin Wine Tasting


Shop Around 
Roscoe Village
Shop for Schools on
TODAY, October 4th
10am-8pm
at participating stores on
Roscoe Street
Cradles to Crayons
Our 5th Grade Junior Girl Scout Troop is hosting a "Sweater Weather" drive for Cradles to Crayons, an organization that helps homeless and low income children in Chicago. Please bring new or gently used children's coats, boots and cold weather gear to church THIS WEEKEND, and the girls will be here to collect.  Thanks for your generosity.
Car Wash
Get your car sparkly clean in the parking lot on 
Saturday, October 6th!
 Our 8th Graders will be washing cars for $10 from 9am-12n to raise money for their trip to 
Washington D.C.
Volunteers Needed for
Open House Chicago
On October 13th-14th 
from 9am-5pm, St. Josaphat is a featured site in Chicago Architecture Center's annual Open House Chicago!  We need volunteer "hosts" for 2-hour time slots to welcome people into our beautiful church. 
Women's Group
Our next Book Discussion is
Thursday, October 18th
from 7-8:30pm in the Fireplace Room of the Rectory to discuss An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. 
Men's Spirituality
The Men's Spirituality Group will meet on Saturday October 20th at 6:30am in the Rectory, Red Door Meeting Room.
Mass for 
Hope and Healing
Mass for Hope and Healing on Saturday, October 20th 
11am at Holy Family Church 1080 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago
Vin Wine Tasting
Thursday, October 25th 
7:00-8:30pm
 at Vin Chicago
1826 N Elston Avenue
Proceeds benefit Unity Gala!
 $20 per person, reservations required to attend. To reserve your spot today, visit www.vinchicago.com/unitygala2019, or call Vin Chicago at 773-489-3454
Unity Gala is Feb 23!
The Unity Gala committee is looking for volunteers! Contact Katy Murray 
at katymurrayshc@yahoo.com for details. 
Shop and Support
Recycle your floral vases - bring them to Ashland Addison Florist Co. for a donation to St. Josaphat!

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

Shop sjs.shutterflystorefront.com and 
SJS gets 13%!

Thank you for your support!