Prayer 101
I have a best friend and I've known him since we were five years old. We both went to same grade school, high school and even college seminary. He knows everything about me. He knows my favorite food and drink. He knows how to make me laugh and how to make me angry. I call him at least twice a week since he lives in the Philippines. He knows all my problems and all my secrets. I tell him everything because I trust him. Yes, I do know everything about him to. That's how well we know each other.
This story illustrates what a prayer looks like. "Prayer can be formal or informal, verbal or nonverbal, active or contemplative. Prayer is communicating with God. Just as we talk and share with our best friends what is happening in our lives, so we talk and share with God. Just as we listen to our friends, so we listen to God." Prayer is an honest conversation with the Lord. We can tell him all we have in our heart and our life. Our prayer life is not always stable. My prayer life sometimes is like "raging bull" (roller coaster) at six flags. There are ups and downs, hoops and loops on my prayer life. St. Ignatius of Loyola calls it, "spiritual desolation." According to him, this spiritual desolation contains attributes "such as darkness of soul, disturbance in it, movement to low and earthly things, disquiet from various agitations and temptations, moving to lack of confidence, without hope, without love, finding oneself totally slothful, tepid, sad, and, as if separated from one's Creator and Lord." Friends, if you are experiencing this downfall in your prayer life, DON'T WORRY! IT IS NORMAL! Just don't stop trying but rather keep praying.
Whenever I feel that prayer is dry and difficult and I don't know what to pray or what to do or who to pray, I always use the technique that Pope Francis uses. This prayer has been around for a while but some sources are saying it was written by Cardinal Bergoglio. So here it is: Pope Francis' Five Finger Prayer:

1.  The thumb is the closest finger to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you. They are the persons easiest to remember. To pray for our dear ones is a "sweet obligation."

2 . The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show direction to others. Always keep them in your prayers.

3.  The following finger is the middle finger, which is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God's guidance.

4.  The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even that it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers.

5.  And finally we have our smallest finger, the smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. 
When you are done praying for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective, and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.

~Arthur Bautista

Important Upcoming Dates!

October 18 - Women's Group Book Discussion

October 18 - Giving Tree Committee Meeting

October 20 - Men's Spirituality

October 20 - 8th Grade Car Wash

October 20 - Mass for Hope and Healing at Holy Family

October 20 & 21 - Cub Scout Popcorn Sale

October 23 - Dine Around at Chipotle

October 25 - Vin Wine Tasting

October 29 - Pray and Party 

Women's Group
Our next Book Discussion is
TONIGHT, October 18th
from 7-8:30pm in the Fireplace Room of the Rectory to discuss An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. 
Giving Tree
Interested in being a part of the Christmas Giving Tree Committee? The first 2018 meeting is scheduled for TONIGHT, October 18th at 
7:00 PM in the Rectory.
Men's Spirituality
The Men's Spirituality Group will meet on Saturday, October 20th at 6:30am in the Rectory, Red Door Meeting Room.
Car Wash
Get your car sparkly clean in the parking lot this 
Saturday, October 20th!
 Our 8th Graders will be washing cars for $10 from 9am-12n to raise money for their trip to 
Washington D.C.
Mass for 
Hope and Healing
The Archdiocese of Chicago's Office of Assistance Ministry will hold a Mass for Hope and Healing this Saturday, October 20 at 
11 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 1080 West Roosevelt Road. Fr. Larry Dowling, pastor of St. Agatha Church, will celebrate the Mass, where we will offer prayers for the ongoing healing of child and youth sexual abuse survivors, their families and the Church.
SJS Cub Scouts 
After all Masses THIS WEEKEND, we have our very own SJS cub scouts that will be at the back of the church selling delicious popcorn. Please be sure to stop by and show your support to our troop! 
Dine Around 
 Chipotle Fundraiser on Tuesday, October 23, from4-8 pm
2000 N Clybourn Ave
33% of your purchase Goes back to St. Josaphat!
Vin Wine Tasting
Thursday, October 25th   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
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!