Did you ever notice that every Mass said here at St. Josaphat is offered for a special intention? The intentions are listed in the Mass schedule on page 11 of this bulletin. (Go ahead, check them out!) The entire congregation prays for that intention during the petitions (Prayers of the Faithful) when we say, "For those who have died, and for the intention of this Mass: (named intention.)"

Masses are often offered for family, friends and relatives that have died. Praying for the dead is a Spiritual Work of Mercy. Offering a Mass for someone that has died is an especially comforting gesture to the family. We have Mass cards (sympathy cards) in the Parish Office that you can give to families to let them know that their loved one is being prayed for and when the Mass is being offered.

Mass can also be offered to commemorate joyful occasions and to give thanks to God for blessings received. I routinely celebrate Mass to give thanks to God for the birth of children, to remember their birthdays, to celebrate wedding anniversaries, etc. (The Parish Office also has appropriate cards for these occasions.) Mass can also be offered for a "special intention" when one wants the intention to remain private.

To understand why we haveMass intentions, it may help to reflect on why we celebrate Mass. At the Last Supper, Jesus instructed his apostles to celebrate the Eucharist as often as they gathered. Jesus wanted the Church throughout every age to participate in his Passion, his sacrifice on Calvary by which he died for our sins, and then rose from the dead.

Our Eucharistic celebration is an active participation in this sacrifice. It's not just a pious remembrance or symbolic gesture. Through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we are actively engaged in our Lord's Passion, death and resurrection and receive immeasurable grace from receiving the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.  

That's why having a Mass "offered" for someone, living or dead, is the greatest form of prayer that we can make on that person's behalf. Through the celebration of the Mass, our prayers are being united to our Lord's own Passion, death and resurrection, which we celebrate at every Eucharist.  

Here at St. Josaphat, we celebrate 9 Masses a week, sometimes more. Each one of these Masses is an opportunity to dedicate the prayers of the entire congregation to a living or deceased relative or friend, or to your own special intention. Just imagine all those prayers rising to God, our Father in heaven, through Jesus Christ his Son!

The season of Advent begins our new Liturgical Year, and our new 2018 Mass Book of Intentions is now open. I encourage all of you to consider requesting Masses to be offered for your loved ones throughout the year to remember them on their anniversaries, birthdays, etc.  

The customary offering for a Mass here is $20.  However, any amount that you would like to offer is completely acceptable.  Offering the Mass for your intention is more important than the donation that accompanies it.  You can request Masses by visiting the Parish Office during office hours: Monday - Thursday 9 am - 8:30 pm, Friday & Saturday 9 am - 5 pm, and Sunday 9 am - 1 pm.  Another option is to call the Parish Office, and our staff can send a Mass card directly to the recipient, from you.  (In this case, you can make your offering through Give Central, or send in a check.)  You can request a Mass at any time throughout the year.

As your Pastor, it is my great honor and privilege to celebrate the Mass for those people and intentions that you hold most dear. It is the very best thing that I can do as a priest to serve you. I look forward to our new liturgical year and to celebrating Mass for you and those you love.

God Bless,

Important Upcoming Dates!

Sunday, November 19th - Winter Athletes Blessing at 10:00 am Mass
Thursday, November 23rd - Thanksgiving Day Mass at 10:00 am 
Sunday, December 3rd - Breakfast With Santa at 9:00 am
Sunday, December 3rd - Advent Wreath Making and Blessing at 6:00 pm
Monday, December 18th - Parish Christmas Concert at 7:00 pm

Bring Pictures of Your Deceased Loved Ones for our Altar of Remembrance
And remember your loved ones by entering them into the Book of Remembrance at the side altar of the church.  Your intentions will be remembered at Masses throughout the month of November.
Winter Athlete Blessing
All parishioner athletes are invited to a winter sports athlete blessing at the 10:00 am Mass on Sunday, 11/19.  Wear your team gear!
Future Business Leaders Collection
Hats, gloves and scarves will be collected in the back of church from Nov. 26th - Dec 10th. 

Advent calendars will be sold at all masses on Nov. 25th - 26th. Proceeds will buy more hats, gloves and scarves.
Men's Club Gathering
Men's Club Gathering for Pool and Drinks at Drinkingbird at 7:30pm on 11/30/17
Windy City Ninjas
Drop your kids off at Windy City Ninjas on 12/02 from
6:30-8:30 pm and go Christmas shopping with your spouse!

$25 per child covers gym and pizza. $5 will be donated back to SJS. 

Breakfast with Santa
Come have breakfast with Santa! Sunday, December 3rd from 9 am - noon. 

Proceeds benefit SJS Staff Red Envelope Fund; please contact Molly Korsch with any questions (korsch.molly@gmail.com).

Advent Wreath Making and Blessing
Please join St. Josaphat Parish in making Advent Wreaths on December 3rd at 6 pm. A blessing of the wreaths will follow. 

Giving Tree
The Giving Tree is here! Choose a tag from the tree at the back of the church to provide Christmas cheer to someone in need. All gifts are due at the rectory by Friday, December 15th.
Unity Gala Sponsorships
LAST CALL to buy your Sponsorship to the Unity Gala! Deadline Extended! All Sponsorships MUST be committed by Monday November 20 to be listed in the invitation. Our goal this year is 85 Sponsorships!

Official Call for Auction Items
Do you have a vacation home you can lend us? Sports or theatre tickets? Restaurant gift cards? We'll take them!

 Contact katymurrayshc@gmail.com or fill out the online donation form on our parish website.