A Year of Prayer at St. Josaphat

As a new Pastor, I spent my first year at St. Josaphat learning how the parish operates, how we celebrate liturgies and events in the life of the parish and I did my best to keep things running as smoothly as possible.  Now that I have a year under my belt, I have been working with the parish staff to discern where we should focus our energies this year as we strive to lead people closer to Jesus Christ. It became very clear to us that what is needed right now at St. Josaphat is a year dedicated to prayer.

After spending nearly three years with Jesus, the Apostles themselves felt a need to learn more about prayer so they asked him, "Lord, teach us how to pray, as John taught his disciples." (Luke 11:1) Prayer is something I think we all want to get better at.  It is, afterall, the main way we communicate with God.

Consequently, this year we are going to focus on teaching you different forms of prayer, spiritual practices, devotions, as well as provide you with opportunities to pray together as a community outside of Mass.  Our goal is to assist you in deepening your relationship with Jesus and expanding your spiritual resources when it comes to how you pray.

Keep an eye on the bulletin and our weekly email, JosaFAST, each week.  We will be featuring articles on prayer and will be inviting you to participate in different prayer events each month.  Please invite your friends and family to join you!

Hopefully, by this time next year, we will all feel closer to Jesus and have a better understanding of how God is working in our lives.   

God Bless,
Fr. Francis

Important Upcoming Dates!

October 13-14 - Open House Chicago

October 15 - Dine Around at Home Run Inn

October 18 - Women's Group Book Discussion

October 18 - Giving Tree Committee Meeting

October 20 - 8th Grade Car Wash

October 20 - Men's Spirituality

October 20 - Mass for Hope and Healing at Holy Family

October 25 - Vin Wine Tasting

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. 
Dine Around 
Eat in or carry out at 
Home Run Inn
3215 N Sheffield Ave on Monday, October 15th from 4-8pm, 30% of proceeds go back to St. Josaphat!
Giving Tree
Interested in being a part of the Christmas Giving Tree Committee? The first 2018 meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 PM in the Rectory.
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. 
Car Wash
Get your car sparkly clean in the parking lot on 
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.
Men's Spirituality
The Men's Spirituality Group will meet on Saturday, October 20th at 6:30am in the Rectory, Red Door Meeting Room.
Vin Wine Tasting
Thursday, October 25th 
 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!