November 1st: ALL SAINTS DAY

Why Pray to Mary and the Saints when I Can Pray Straight to Jesus?

I have a "go to person" that I always ask to pray for me and that is my mother.  Many people ask us seminarians to pray for them and their intentions. It's a common practice to ask other people to pray (or intercede) for us.   (Fun fact: intercede and intercession come from the same root.)

Praying to Mary (the first saint, and Jesus' first disciple) and the other saints is similar to asking a friend or loved one to pray for us.  The difference is that Mary and the saints are in heaven, and are closer to God. Christians on earth may be physically separated from Christians in heaven but we are all connected supernaturally in the Mystical Body of Christ. Revelation 8:3-4 supports that saints pray for us: "... rose with the prayers of the saints from the hand of the angel before God.  James 5:16 says " The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects," and we are told to  "pray for one another. With this in mind, how greater are the prayers of Mary and saints, the righteous men and women, particularly Mary, who is most blessed among women.
We can also think of the Wedding at Cana story in the bible, Jesus' first public miracle.   Jesus listened and responded to his mother when she asked Him to provide more wine, when she asked him to help the bride and groom.  We can also extend this reasoning to Mary's intercessions on our behalf.

All Christians should have an intimate relationship with Jesus but also be united with Mary, holy men and women, and the other members of the Body of Christ in prayer.
~Arthur Bautista

Important Upcoming Dates!

November 2 - All Souls Day, Mass of Remembrance

November 3 - Men's Spirituality Group

November 3 & 4 - Boomers Food Drive

November 3 & 4 - Bethlehem Arts

November 5-11 - Unity Gala Gift Card Drive

November 8 - Shop Around: Evereve 

November 12-16 - Shop Around: Building Blocks

November 15 - Dine Around: Potbelly

November 16 - Play Around: Day off School Fundraisers

December 2 - Breakfast with Santa

December 7 - Dine Around: Roti
Mass of Remembrance
Join us TOMORROW, November 2nd (All Souls' Day) for our Mass of Remembrance at 7pm in the church.  Bring a photo of your departed ones to display on a special altar throughout the month of November.
Men's Spirituality Group 
The Men's Spirituality Group will meet THIS 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 THIS WEEKEND,  
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 THIS WEEKEND,  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
Tickets go on sale THIS SATURDAY, November 3rd!

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 Around: Evereve
Shop at Evereve in Lincoln Park  on Thursday, November 8th from  5pm-8pm! 15% of your purchase goes back to SJS!  
Shop Around: Building Blocks
Holiday Shopping at Building Blocks!   Earn 15-25% cash back for SJS when you shop November 12th-16th
3306 N Lincoln Ave or
Wicker Park
2130 W Division St
Dine Around: Potbelly
Dine Around Fundraiser at Potbelly a fter Parent Teacher Conferances! 
Thursday, November 15th from 4-7 pm
25% goes back to SJS
1422 W. Webster Ave
Play Around: 
Power Up Academy/Minecraft
Day Off School Fundraiser Event on Friday, November 16th from 10a-12n.
Ages 7 and Up,  $35 with $15 going back to SJS!
Power Up Academy/Minecraft
2867 N Clybourn Ave
Play Around: 
Windy City Ninjas
Day Off School Fundraiser Event on Friday, November 16th  from 9 am-12n. 
Ages 4.5+,  $50 with $10 going back to SJS!
Windy City Ninjas
2500 W Bradley Place
Dine Around: Roti
Dine Around at Roti for Lunch or Dinner from 11 am-8 pm
on Friday, December 7th
1000 W North Ave
20% goes back to SJS
Shop and Support
Shop code: FUNDRAISEJOSAPHAT to save 15%, and 15% donated 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!