Hello MidNorth Region Brethren
(Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, Michigan & Minnesota),

Greetings of God's love and mercy!

Our Regional Echo Conference has just officially been set. Below are the details:

Venue: St. Zachary Church - Gymnasium (same as last year's)

Conference Fee: $15 only - inclusive of Lunch 
(kids 8 to 12 - $5 / kids below 8 are free)


7:30 - 8:30 - Light breakfast (bagels, donuts, coffee)
8:30 - 9:00 - Rosary
9:00 - 9:30 - Worship
9:30 - 9:45 - Welcome
9:45 - 10:45 - Talk #1 "A Merciful God"
10:45 - 11:45 - Talk #2 "Mercy to Others"
11:45 - 12:00 - Sharer
12:00 - 1:30 - Lunch - Lunch - Lunch
1:30 - 1:45 - Gathering Song
1:45 - 2:30 - LCSC Pillars
2:30 - 3:30 - Talk #3 "Mercy to the World"
3:30 - 4:00 - Praisefest
4:00 - End of Conference

There is a 5:00pm Anticipated Mass at St. Zachary Church.
Also we will have Kids Watch, just like last year.

Early evening - SG bro Frank Padilla, wife Sis Gerry and our Country Servant bro Ed Yamba 
will fly immediately to New Jersey for the East Region Echo Conference the next day

Brothers and sisters, many where not able to attend the Conference Cruise last month.
This is the best time to hear all the talks once again from the conference. 
Let us really make sure we and the rest of our members all attend and be blessed.
As our theme for this Conference say in Ephesians 2:4 - He is "Rich in Mercy".

God bless,

bBarber Rabor
MidNorth Regional Coordinator

Area Servants, please forward and really invite your membership
for Illinois area - bRene please forward as well.
Thank you!
Aug 17, 2016 10:25 PM

Hello brothers and sisters,

I know at least half, if not most of our membership in our area don't have or don't use social media (i.e. facebook, instagram, etc..).. where we post almost instantly current activities in our community. And that is okay, just doing things old school.

So allow me to share to you once again some major developments that we have very recently in our area.. through this email.

At least another half of us were not able to attend the LCSC Pillars training we had over the weekend. As previously announced, we had 2 Full-time Workers from the Philippines who are going all over the United States right now presenting and promoting LIVE LIFE & LIVE PURE Movement.

Needless to say, their presentations as expected, were very current, relevant and very exciting. Hence, we immediately talked to some of the parishes here and offered specifically Live Pure to be given to the Youth of their Churches. Here's what transpired:

St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Morton Grove
We presented to head pastor Fr. Mario and Fr. Carlos. They were very excited and affirmed they could definitely use this program. They are just adjusting as the new pastor and new associate pastor of this parish. They said they will call me really soon.

St. Stephens Catholic Church in Des Plaines
We spoke with head pastor Fr. Noel and Fr. Ronald. They totally embraced our Live Pure program. We will conduct the different Live Pure Forums to their confirmandis on Oct. 15, 22, and 29. Probably this will be the first Parish in the USA to utilize our Live Pure Movement.

St. Catherine Laboure in Glenview
We spoke with head pastor Fr. Maina, though he had initial concerns with the two different existing CFCs, he was also excited to have Live Pure given to his Parish Youth Camp on January 2017.

St. Francis of Assisi in Bolingbrook
Through bRuben and bLu Coson, head pastor Fr Herb agrees also to have our Live Pure given to the Youth of their Parish.

St. Lambert Parish in Skokie
Though head pastor Fr. Simon wasn't really very excited yet when I spoke to him at Church about Live Pure when I presented to him (he only gave me 3minutes to explain).. but when some of his Youth leaders attended the Live Pure presentation of Ina in Bolingbrook, they were very excited and said they will personally convince their Parish Youth leader to have it given in their parish. I'm pretty sure this time we will now have a thorough Live Pure presentation also with Fr. Simon.

We are also currently setting appointments to different Catholic Schools and offer these Live Pure Forums to their confirmandis.

Brothers and sisters, truly the Spirit is moving with us so please schedule an appointment to your own parishes and let us know. We are very excited to present our Live Pure Movement to them.

Also, very important, on a different note, our Area bank account was hacked a few days ago, someone stole some $5000 from our account and we haven't fully paid yet our final bill for the SFL Conference. But God is good we got back every single dollar of it yesterday. Hence, we have now a new bank account number. So for those of you depositing your tithes directly to our old account number, it has been closed already. We have a new bank account number now. So please call our Area Treasurer bFerdie (630-981-7558) as soon as possible to get the correct account number to deposit to.

By the way, we also have a special visitor from the Philippines who will give a teaching to our Handmaids this Saturday at St. Lambert Parish in Skokie from 1:00 to 6:00pm. She is sMenchie Donato. She is also a full-time pastoral worker from the Philippines serving the HFLs. She just came from Europe.

Please save the date also for our Regional Echo Conference on October 8th. Our SG bro Frank Padilla and our Country Servant bro Ed Yamba will be here to give the talks. Details will follow.

And lastly, we will have the CFCFFL Annual Top Servants Gathering on October 28 to 30here in Chicago. Details will also to follow. We will be needing your support and service once again on this 3day semi-conference.

God bless you all.

-bBarber Rabor
area servant

Aug 11, 2016 1:41 PM
Area Teaching for the Month of August 

Hello brothers & sisters,

First, a big congratulations to our area for a very successful SFL/CBFL Conference. Truly when everybody come together, there is no task too big. Praise God once again for the privilege and the joy of service.

I know true servants need no recognition, but we just want to honor brothers and sisters who did things more than they were called to do and really went the extra mile. We will have this during our Victory gathering. Date and venue are still to be determined.

In the meantime, we will have our Monthly Area Teaching for the month of August. Please save the date and attend this joint assembly on:

Sunday, August 7, 2016
St. Francis of Assisi Parish
We will gather at 3:00pm and end by 7:30 or 8:00pm

This is once again open to all ministries. We will have 2 specials guests from the Philippines. Full time pastoral workers (FTPW) Xavy Xavier Padilla  and Ina Sabrina Gasgonia will talk about Live Life & Live Pure.

Brethren, let's equip ourselves, take advantage and learn more of these 2 pillars of our LCSC. Personally, after hearing these training talks myself last weekend at the LIFT meeting in Houston, for me these are two big ways to get inside our own parishes and could eventually make the Parish Priest and its Parish Council agree into having an LCSC in their church. So this is crucial brothers and sisters. I truly believe we have so much to offer. That is why I urge everyone to please attend and be inspired.

See you then!!

God bless!!

Jul 28, 2016 9:29 AM

Hello everyone,

Happy 1st day of summer! Hope everyone is enjoying the weather.

I would like to thank everybody for a very successful Area Picnic we just had over the weekend. The Camaraderie, Music, Games, Food and all the Fun & Laughter were truly a treat. Just like what I mentioned there, Community Fellowship is crucial in our growth and service. In fact it is really one of the "spokes" on how to Grow in the Holy Spirit (per CLS Talk#8).

Anyway, as we embark on the second half of the year, we would like to start out our service once again on the right track. Our Country Servant bro Ed Yamba will have his Pastoral Visit in our Area come July 2nd (two Saturdays from now). He wants to have a full-day with us to touch-base on the progress of the New Evangelization, updates on the LCSC and LIFT Training Weekend in Houston, our upcoming Conferences, introduce the "S.E.L.F." series of talks and just an overall presentation of our Community's direction. After the talks, we will have an open forum and Q & A with him.

I would like to request everyone to please NOT hold any household meeting on this week of July 2. Instead this will be our assembly & teaching week. Reserve this date brothers and sisters, and please SHOW-UP and SUPPORT as we gather to praise and worship and listen to the teachings and exhortations from our Top Servant-Leader here in the USA.

Here is our Program/Schedule:

What: Country Servant Update, Report, Presentation & Training
Where: St. Francis Parish, 1501 W. Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook, IL 60490
When: July 2, 2016 - Saturday, Whole-day

7:30 to 8:00am - Mass 
8:00am to 8:30am - "FREE" Light Breakfast, sponsored by our Area
8:30 to 9:00am - Worship / Prayer
9:00 to 9:30am - Introduction, Opening Message by the Country Servant
9:30 to 10:15am - TALK #1
10:15 to 10:45am - Group Discussion
10:45 to 11:30am - TALK #2
11:30 to 12:00nn - Group Discussion

12nn to 1:00pm - LUNCH BREAK  -  Bring your own Baon / Buy your own Lunch

1:00 to 1:15pm - Gathering Songs
1:15 to 2:00pm - TALK #3
2:00 to 2:30pm - Group Discussion
2:30 to 3:15pm - LCSC Updates
3:15 to 4:00pm - "L.I.F.T." and Pillars
4:00 to 4:30pm - Q & A
4:30pm - End with Praisefest

See you then everyone!

God bless,
bBarber Rabor
area servant
Jun 22, 2016 9:24 AM

June 18, 2016
Proesel Park 
6915 Kostner Ave.
Lincolnwood, IL 60712

Please reserve this date and be there as we celebrate our Annual Area Picnic. Bring all your household and bring your favorite dish as we have FUN, FOOD, FELLOWSHIP, MUSIC & GAMES with the entire CFCFFL Family here in Illinois.

Hebrews 10:24-25 "We must consider how to rouse one another to love and good works. We should not stay away from our assembly, as is the custom of some, but encourage one another.."

See y'all then.
God bless!!

May 27, 2016 7:49 PM

You just know it is going to be a blessed retreat when you see God's handprint all over it right from the start. From the venue, to the attendees, to the service team, the sessions and just the total experience we couples have shared over there this past weekend.

We also had 3couples (former SFCs) who attended that we can put on a CFCFFL household already.

Thank you all for your prayers. Thank you households from the West Suburbs, and Chicago Chapter for donating food and just helping out on whatever was needed. Thank you also HFL as always.

Special shoutout to Pogika bRene Garcia, Mark & Mabelle Galleza for their all-out service & support from the very beginning to the very end of the retreat.

Til the next back-to-back MER1 & MER2 again next year!!

God bless!!

Bro. Barber Rabor

May 26, 2016 6:50 AM
Hello brothers and sisters, MER1 & MER2 participants,

The love and peace of the Lord be with us all!

Exactly one week from now, May 21st to 22ndis our MER or Marriage Enrichment Retreat already. We are all excited and thankful for the great response we received from our community. We even have brothers and sisters coming in to join us from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.

We would like to give you all participants a heads-up on more or less what's going to transpire next weekend and also some of the things we need for you to bring or submit that is needed in our retreat.

First, for those out-of-state brothers that will arrive early and check-in on Friday night, May 20th, we have arranged with Techny already and all you have to do is get your room key from the Security Guard upon arrival. Just use the phone by the entrance to contact them so they can open the door and lead you to your reserved room.

For all of us arriving Saturday, May 21st, their doors will officially open at 8:00am. Please proceed to the 4th floor and proceed to Room 403. There you will register, set your belongings aside and have coffee/tea and bagel/donuts. Check-in will be after lunch.

Things to bring / submit:

1. CFCFFL ID (if you're new, we will give you one)
2. Bible & Rosary
3. Pen & Paper
4. Please email us ASAP (at barberr2@gmail.com) 2 or 3 of your Wedding pictures.
If you don't have a digital copy, just bring the pictures, we will scan it.
5. Email or text us ASAP also (847.219.5412) the title of your couple Theme song.
6. Email ASAP also your favorite couple or family Bible verse.. (if you filled this up on the Registration form, then you are ok)
7. Semi-formal attire for our Saturday Fellowship Night.
8. White Dress for sisters and White Polo with Tie (any color) for brothers for Sunday's Mass and Renewal of Vows.
9. Prayers for all of us to be touched and inspired by the Holy Spirit.
10. And of course your Hearts and sincerity to enrich our Marriages.

We will culminate after our 1pm Lunch on Sunday. So out-of-towners,
 hopefully you will be home dinner time :).

Once again address of Techny Towers Conference & Retreat Center is:

2001 Waukegan Rd.
Northbrook, IL 60062

We would like to thank each and everyone of you for giving your time and submitting yourselves in our Community's teachings on how to serve by enriching our marriages.

God bless!!

MER Service Team

For questions and more info, please do not hesitate to contact the team:

Barber / Ella Rabor - 847.219.5412 / 847.219.5438
CFCFFL Illinois - Area Servants

Manny / Margie Hermano - 630.915.7119 / 630.915.7117
CFCFFL MidNorth - Regional Coordinators

Rey / Au Manaloto - 773.600.9729 / 773.727.4654
CFCFFL Indiana - Area Servants

Bong / Dang Sabolboro -734.512.8510 / 734.250.1013
CFCFFL Michigan - Area Servants
May 15, 2016 7:14 AM
Brothers and Sisters,

Please mark your calendars for these activities and events lined-up for our area.

May 7, Saturday
CFCFFL Illinois Anniversary
9:00am to 4:00pm
St. Isidore Gymnasium
427 W Army Trail Rd
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
- I just spoke with Fr Bob Hoffenkamp he is excited to be our keynote speaker once again.
- this will serve also as our Teaching for the month
- the HFLs headed by sLucy will prepare for LUNCH, so we all just show-up there.
- Lunch Fee for Adults is $8 only.. 12years old and below is $6 only
- Afternoon activity, for a change, this time we will be showcasing talents from the community. YFLs will lead and prepare the program.

May 8, Sunday
Lay Ecclesial Movements meeting with Arch. Blasé Cupich
1:00pm to 3:30pm
St. Celestine Church
3020 N. 76th Court
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
- CFCFFL is in-charged of the Music Ministry headed by bLu Coson & bPaul Tideski

May 21 & 22, Saturday & Sunday
MER1 & MER2 - (simultaneous and back-to-back)
Techny Towers
2001 Waukegan Rd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
- we have already a number of registrants from Michigan
- we sent out already our Registration Form, please register asap, we are filling-up fast.

June 18, Saturday
CFCFFL IL Area Picnic
9:00am to 5:00pm
Proesel Park
7001 N Kostner Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
- Potluck Picnic again for our Area. Mass, Food, Fellowship, Music, Games, etc..

July 15, 16 & 17, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
CFC YFL Regional Conference
St. Patrick Parish Field Gym
638 N Calumet Rd
Chesterton, IN 46304
- Indiana might be the host for this conference, but they will be needing a lot of help from Illinois

July 22, 23 & 24, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
CFC SFL National Conference
Benedictine University
5700 College Rd
Lisle, IL 60532
- we are the host of this Conference
- we have already set-up the different committees, but we need your help so be part of any of the different committees
- our Family Min bOrland Dizon and SFL Coordinator bHenry Fajardo are the overall Conference Directors

July 30, 31, August 1 to 4Saturday to Thursday
CFC FFL Conference Cruise
An All Inclusive 5-day roundtrip Western Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Liberty 
from Galveston, TX to Yucatan (Progreso) Mexico to Cozumel, Mexico
- Fares from only $683 per person, based on double occupancy
- $657 per person for triple occupancy
- $656 per person for quad occupancy
- plus $75 registration fee per person
- rates include cruise fare (with all meals onboard), government fees & taxes and onboard gratuities (charged by Carnival Cruises).

God bless everyone,

bBarber Rabor

Apr 12, 2016 10:03 AM
1st Worldwide Podcast
with the Servant General
CFC-FFL will have its first ever worldwide meeting on the Internet. This will be on February 24 (Wednesday) at 8pm Manila time. The SG will talk about our life and mission, both in CFC-FFL and LCSC, and be available to clarify your questions. It will be for two hours, first for some teaching and other inputs, and then to answer your questions. Please see the links below.
These are critical times in the life of the Church and of the world, as we experience the incessant assaults on faith, family and life. We have been called and prepared for such a time. God is about a mighty work in the world today, and we are fortunate to be part of it. God has shown us the way to the New Evangelization, and how there can be true and widespread renewal in the world and in our Church.
But we need to be clear in what our call is, and how we are to properly respond to that call. As Jesus has said from the start, the harvest is rich but the laborers are few. We have been called to be those laborers. How have we responded? It should be made clear to you what the response ought to be. Then we can all move forward together according to God's call.
This is our first experiment, and depending on its usefulness and your support, there can be more to come. We can do this monthly, or whatever frequency seems best. There is much to be discussed and to be learned.
8-10pm Manila time was chosen to try to cater to the whole worldwide community across the time zones. The greatest challenge will be for our brethren on the West Coast of North America, when the podcast will start at 4am (not to mention Alaska at 3am), and to our brethren to the East in New Zealand, when it will be 1am. From then on it hopefully would be more convenient for everyone else in between -- 6am in Texas (USA), 7am in NY/NJ & Ecuador, 9am in Argentina, 12nn in Iceland & Ireland, 1pm in Italy & Austria, 2pm in Malawi, 3pm in Qatar, 4pm in UAE, 5:30pmin Goa (India), 7pm in Thailand & Vietnam, 10pm in Papua New Guinea, 11pm in Melbourne (Australia). Please check these times in reference to our start at 8pm in Manila. We start promptly.
God bless you all.
Feb 22, 2016 7:58 AM

Hello Brothers and Sisters,

Just an update regarding our Lenten Retreat on Feb.27th.

First, we would like to thank everyone for the tremendous response we got for this event. We have 170+ people and counting who have registered already.

However, according to bRuben Coson our Lenten Retreat Coordinator, the food caterers for this gathering can only accommodate lunch to 150 persons. So we would just like to inform everyone that if you will not make the cut-off of 150 you will still be included in the retreat but you will just have to get your own lunch elsewhere. There are establishments surrounding the area where you can eat though. Also, you will still need to pay $15 (half of registration fee) to help us cover the stipend costs for both priests and other incidental expenses for the retreat.

So to be fair, the first 150 people who will pay will be guaranteed a catered lunch (and breakfast pastries). As of now, only less than 100 people have paid so far.

So once again, please submit your payments asap to reserve your spot.

God bless,
bBarber Rabor
Feb 19, 2016 5:56 AM
Hello Brethren,

Happy Ash Wednesday!

I would just like to push again our Valentines Fundraiser this Saturday, Feb.13th. So far, with three more days to go, we are still just getting close to our desired number of attendees. Once again, as I've mentioned before, if we are going to celebrate Valentines anyway with our spouse, parents, children (at least youth), friends, household members, etc. please really consider celebrating it with the rest of us and help generate the funds needed for our YFL & KFL. Our Couple-coordinators are really working hard to make this day of hearts truly a special occasion for all of us.

Here are the details:

Holiday Inn Express O'Hare
6600 N Mannheim Rd.
Rosemont, Il 60018
Saturday, February 13th
Cost: $40 Donation - Dinner/Party
Formal Attire, Free Parking.

Once again this is open to all, so bring more friends and family.

On another note, Lent season officially starts today. As prayerful servants of God, a time of reflection, contemplation, retreat, discernment and meditation is really of high importance in our spiritual journey. In Isaiah 55:1-3, it says that that there is a spiritual food that nourishes the inner man and fills one's life with abundance in a way that all of a person's material things cannot.

So with that, please join us also at our Area Lenten Retreat at:

National Shrine of St. Therese
8501 Bailey Road
Darien, Il 60561
St. Paul Hall
Saturday, February 27th
Cost: $30 inclusive of Breakfast & Lunch

Yes there will be costs incurred again. But please do not let this hinder you from hearing God's message for us this lent. Let's be honest, we all spend on other stuffs anyway, (a nice meal here, a little buying there) so please let's not shortchange our God also.

Praying you'll receive this message in the spirit of love and service.

God bless,
Feb 10, 2016 2:04 PM
Hello brothers and sisters,

It's February already. It means in less than two weeks it's our Valentines Fundraiser Party already. Anyway, I would just like to stress really the benefits of having a party such as this.

1. It's Valentine's Day

First and foremost, of course it's the day of hearts. We are going to celebrate it with our loved ones anyway. We are going to have a date and spend a little bit more to make this night a little special anyway, so why not celebrate this special occasion with the rest of our friends in the community. With the dinner cost at $40 only per person, we will probably spend more if we decide to go on a date elsewhere. Our party even comes with free entertainment and a lot of dancing (up to midnight). So money-wise our event has surely more value.

2. It's a Fundraiser

Not only we will actually spend lesser with the entertainment value that our event will have, proceeds from this party will go to our YFL (and also to our KFL). To simply put it, you are already having a date with your loved one, you will be having a great time dancing and at the same time you are also helping your child and his/her ministry. For the YFL, lessen their conference fees this year and for the KFL, more funds for their camps. It's actually a win-win-win thing.

3. It's Fellowship time

Per our "Growing in the Holy Spirit" CLS talk, of the 5 spokes that we need to grow personally and communally, surprisingly Fellowship is the one that is not so much taken advantage of. Prayer, we always do this privately and in our gatherings. Study, we get this in our household and assemblies. Service, we have our CLS and rallies. Sacraments, we get this in our Parish. But Fellowship, things we do with our other friends, officemates and relatives, we don't do so much with our brothers and sisters in the community. This is a perfect time to just have pure fun with them also.

4. It's an Evangelization opportunity.

Since we are inviting people that are not part or members of our community. This is the best time and place to invite for a CLS. Not to preach but to show them hey we know how to have fun also. When their guards are down since they are in a party or celebration mode, an invitation for a future CLS is best received by them. Hence, we will have more prospects for evangelization. In fact this is really a creative way of bringing them closer to us and hopefully join our community eventually.

So there you go brothers and sisters, with the benefits mentioned above: we save, we help fund, we have fun and we can help spiritually. 

Why not go??

Let's all support our Valentines Fundraiser!!

Advanced Happy Valentines!!

God bless,

Feb 1, 2016 10:40 PM

Hi Sis. Cora,
Pls be informed that 4 balikbayan boxes of school supplies were delivered to the CFC FFL Home Ofc last friday Jan.22,2016.
Since the current school year is to close by March, we will distribute said school supplies during the school opening by June 2016.
Thank you very much.
God bless,
Isaias 'Bonjie' Bonjibod
CFC FFL / No One in Need
Jan 30, 2016 7:13 AM
2016 March for Life Chicago is here!!!!

What a privilege it is to once more be able stand up for Life and declare to the world that CFCFFL is there to "CHOOSE LIFE, RESPECT LIFE, and DEFEND LIFE," as our placards say.

FLASH NEWS!  Because of the predicted weather condition for Sunday, January 17th, the Timeline has changed.  The Program has changed - in that it will be shortened.  Instead of having two Rallies - one each before and after the March, we will have only one and that is BEFORE THE MARCH.  It will considerably shorten this year's March for Life Chicago.  The route planned for this year will still start and end at the Federal Plaza at 50 W. Adams Street, Chicago (Adams & Dearborn) and will officially start at 2:00pm.  Gathering and Music will start at 1:30pm.:

I'm resending the Coordinator's Packet.  Please read it, particularly re Transportation and Parking information.  Where possible, it is strongly encouraged that you take the Metra or Bus to downtown.  For those in the suburbs, discounted parking can be had at spothero.com and parking panda.com, subject to availability on a first come first serve basis.

There are several events sponsored by several parishes and groups prior to the March.  List of these events is available at respectlifechicago.org

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR PLACARDS - These were distributed last year by chapters/ministries.  I hope you have them - for those who cannot come and is in possession of these placards, please give them to those who are coming.  Also, please make sure you bring them back home with you.  

Let's all meet and gather at the same spot as last year - and that is at the foot of the stage on the left side facing the stage (stage right) I have a new CFCFFL Illinois banner (about 9' wide) and would like our YFL youth leaders to carry them and lead the march for CFCFFL.  We can all then march behind the banner.

This year, the March will be led by our very own EJ Yambao, a YFL product now a Students for Life leader.  He is the son of Eric and Meng Yambao of the West Chapter.  He will be the last speaker before the March.

Here are some guidelines for  Marchers:
1.  Revised Map attached (the map in the Coordinator's Packet has been superseded)
2.  Keep to the center of the street
3.  This is a family friendly event.  Be Nice, be joyful/peaceful/respectful.
4.  Counter Protesters are expected.  Do Not argue with anyone.  If you are having a problem, direct it to the Police.  If you see any other pro-lifers arguing with the other side, please discourage them from doing so and direct them to the police to take care of the issue. Do not engage.  Do not respond. Do not Touch.  Do not be forceful with words or action.  
5.  There will be hot coffee and chocolate for sale during the rally.
6.  There will be porta potties installed at the Plaza
7.  Dress layered to keep warm

Bring family and friends.  This will be an inspiring day to remember.  You will have a story to tell your children and grandchildren of how you have fought for a culture of life for them and their children.

Let's continue to pray for warmer temperatures on Sunday to the God who has control of all that He has created - the sun, the moon, the rain, the snow and yes - the weather temperature.  And because of this, we do not fear!  Nothing will stop us from promoting a culture of life not only in Illinois but for the entire nation. 

As Emily Zender, Chair of this year's March for Life Chicago, said:   "the march is going to be fantastic.  We've had incredible news coverage thus far - more than we ever have in the past.  The major networks have confirmed they plan to attend!  These changes will ensure we get the best of both worlds:  marching to save babies and staying warm". 

Let's all pray, "Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us and the 2016 March for Life Chicago and all the other marches in the country.  
For the sake of His sorrowful passion, Have mercy on us and on the whole world".

See you Sunday!  God bless,

PS:  For volunteer marshals, the 1:30p meeting time with Rich Wenzl still stands. Thank you for your most needed assistance.  As we have seen in the past, faithful pro-lifers are always present regardless of the weather.  So we still expect 8,000-10,000 on Sunday!
Jan 16, 2016 12:10 PM
(From our Pro-life National Coordinator - sMargie Hermano)

Dear Brethren,

As promised during the Evangelization Rally, I am resending excerpt from a previous email regarding the Jubilee Year of Mercy for you to study and understand how truly extraordinary the opportunities for grace our loving and merciful Lord is giving us this year.  Let us not pass this up; rather let's appropriate fully the boundless gift the Lord is awaiting to pour upon us and our loved ones (faithful departed included - when we offer the full or partial indulgence we could merit for the remission of their sins),     

Pope Francis has declared the new liturgical year the JubileeYear of Mercy which begins this Dec 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council.  It will close on Nov 20, 2016, the feast of Christ the King.

Pope Francis has given all the faithful the opportunity in this new liturgical year to gain a Plenary Indulgence EVERY SINGLE DAY as long as they fulfill the requirements explained in the LINKhttp.://www.thedivinemercy.org/jubilee/thebasics/indulgence.php

Further explanation of this Plenary Indulgence can be found in the official Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy (http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-presents-bull-of-indiction-of-jubilee)

I am also adding the youtube link of Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA talking about the Extraordinary Year of Mercy which is very interesting and informative.    For Household Servants, this is a great video to show at your household meeting during your topical discussion night. 

The Lord's Mercy is within easy reach for everyone.  There are many pilgrimage churches to choose from here in Chicago and the Joliet Diocese:


Holy Name Cathedral
State and Superior Streets

St. Anselm Parish
6045 South Michigan Avenue

St. Anthony Parish
11533 South Prairie Avenue

St. Bede the Venerable
8200 South Kostner Avenue

Chicago Airports Catholic Chaplaincy
O'Hare Airport Chapel*
Terminal 2, Mezzanine Level
*The O'Hare Chapel is located on the non-security side and accessible to all.

Chicago Airports Catholic Chaplaincy
Midway Airport Chapel*
Concourse C, Mezzanine Level
*The Midway Chapel is located on the security side and accessible only to travelers and Midway employees.

St. Columbanus Parish
331 East 71st Street

St. Ferdinand Parish
5900 West Barry Avenue

The National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini – Lincoln Park
2520 West Lakeview Avenue

St. Hyacinth Basilica
3636 West Wolfram Street

St. Ita Parish
1220 West Catalpa Avenue

St. Michael Parish – Old Town
1633 North Cleveland Avenue

Monastery of the Holy Cross 
3111 South Aberdeen Street

Our Lady of Mercy Parish
4432 North Troy Street

Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica
3121 West Jackson Boulevard

St. Peter’s in the Loop
110 West Madison Street

Queen of the Universe Parish
7114 South Hamlin Avenue

St. Rita of Cascia Parish
6243 South Fairfield Avenue

St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish
1351 West Evergreen Avenue

Suburban Cook and Lake Counties 
St. Peter Damian
109 South Crest Avenue

St. Mary of Czestochowa
3010 South 48th Court

St. Joseph
17951 Dixie Highway

St. Cletus
600 West 55th Street

Lake Forest
St. Mary
175 East Illinois Road

Lake Zurich
St. Francis de Sales
135 South Buesching

Marytown - National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe   
1600 West Park Avenue

Morton Grove
St. Martha
8523 Georgiana Avenue

St. John Vianney
46 North Wolf Road

Oak Lawn
St. Catherine of Alexandria
4100 West 107th Street

Old Mill Creek
St. Raphael the Archangel
40000 North U.S. Highway 45

Orland Park
St. Michael
14327 Highland Avenue

Volo (Round Lake)
St. Peter
27551 Volo Village Road

316 West Mill Street

Willow Springs
Our Lady Mother of the Church / Polish Mission
116 Hilton Street


Pilgrimage Churches in the Diocese of Joliet-in-Illinois

Savor this Year of Mercy dear brethren.  As the Lord beckons us every closer to Him, may we deepen our prayer life and live our lives holier this year than last. 

God bless.
Jan 11, 2016 8:52 PM