2014 Father Mario Philippine Mission

2014 Diocese of Joliet University Mission to the Philippines


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  • “Here at St. Martin’s, We are One in Passion and Purpose...Jesus Christ!” April 13, 2014Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Last March 29th, some of the college missionary students who came with me to the Philippines this year
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  • 5th Sunday of Lent Happy Lent! Our RCIA people went to the Rite of Election at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet presided by Bishop Daniel Conlon, D.D. The Rite of Election includes the enrollment of names of
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  • 4th Sunday of Lent Happy Lent! Congratulations to our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) Catechumens (Now called the Elect. They are seeking Baptism, Confirmation & Holy Communion) and Candidates (Those seeking Confirmation and Holy Communion) plus their Catechists who have
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  • 3rd Sunday of Lent Happy Lent! Congratulations to Andy and Devan Gonzales for choosing the Lord Jesus for Ava Christine! What a beauty she is! Congratulations to David and Megan Blomberg for choosing the Lord Jesus for Melody Grace! May
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News & Readings

  • Kateri Tekakwitha first Native American saint
  • 3-Minute Retreats
  • Gifts of the Spirit

kateri-300-1226600By Claudio Lavanga, NBC News

sourced from http://worldnews.nbcnews.com

VATICAN CITY - She was known as Lily of the Mohawks, or the Pocahontas of the Catholic Church. But on Sunday, Kateri Tekakwitha went down in history as the first Native American saint.

Born more than 300 years ago in the Mohawks village of Ossernion - today Ausierville, forty miles from Albany NY - she was one of seven people canonized by Pope Benedict XVI Sunday in an open-air ceremony held in Saint Peter's Square.

One of the remaining six was also American: Mother Marianne Cope, a 19th century Franciscan nun who cared for leprosy patients in Hawaii.

Kateri had a short life – she died at 24 – and yet, as for most saints, her devotion to Christianity, sacrifices and "heroic virtue" were so inspirational that her legacy survived for generations.

Her mother was a Christian Algonquin woman who was captured during a raid and given as wife to a Mohawks tribal member. She was born in the middle of the 17th century, a time of infighting between rival American tribes, deadly diseases and colonization. And a time when French Jesuit priests preached in the area, trying to convert locals to Christianity.

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pathway4Come to the quiet
These 3-Minute Retreats from the Loyola press invite you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage. 

Knowing that not everyone prays at the same pace, you have control over the pace of the retreat. After each screen, a Continue button will appear. Click it when you are ready to move on. If you are new to online prayer, the basic timing of the screens will guide you through the experience. click here or on the image to begin your retreat.

3-minutos de retiro

giftsofspirit2-large-325x216On Pentecost Sunday, God breathed the Holy Spirit into the apostles to remind them that they were not alone. Jesus had died, risen from the dead, and ascended into heaven. Jesus' followers were afraid and unsure of their future. The Holy Spirit came to comfort them even though Jesus wasn't there to physically comfort them any more. What does the Holy Spirit mean to us today? Much the same thing it meant for the apostles. We too are recipients of the Spirit, given to help us in our lives. According to Judeo-Christian tradition there are seven Gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, understanding, right judgement, knowledge, courage, reverence, and fear of God. The best part is that you don't have to be religious to use them. These gifts are not beyond us or waiting to be found. They lie within each person waiting to be retrieved and used. And they can be reordered to act as a kind of guide to living out one's life and making decisions. Who doesn't needa little help with that?

Awe (Fear of God)

This is the gift that comes to us when we see the beauty of God's creation around us: a child splashing in a puddle on a sun soaked day, the beauty of nations coming together in peace at the Olympics, the grandeur of a snow-capped mountaintop. The gift of awe lets us see God in all things. It gives us that feeling of hope for our life and world. Maybe I get that feeling when I hear a good song, and I sigh feeling grateful for all God has given me. This is where our lives should start.


That awe brings me to my knees in reverence. It's a moment of surrender, like sharing a moment of awe with a friend — words fall quiet. There are no words to describe what you're experiencing. With the challenges of everyday life, the gift of reverence places God immediately in our lens. "Do not let your hearts be troubled," Jesus said. Suddenly we can find in our hearts a real trust and reliance on God. We want to be holy and live a better life! Anxieties and fears seem to melt away. Remember, this gift exists within us already. The only way to let it emerge is by pausing and being attentive to how awe-some creation can be (see previous gift). When this happens, reverence moves us to desire something greater, beyond us, and to find deeper meaning. It's like falling in love.
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Mass Times

Holy Week Celebrations

Holy Thursday
April 17th
Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper 6:30pm
Visitation of 7 Churches 7:30pm
Adoration until 10:00pm

Good Friday
April 18th
Celebration of the Lord's Passion 3:00pm
Living Stations of the Cross 6:30pm
(led by the 6th Graders)

Holy Saturday
April 19th
Basket Blessing 12 noon
Easter Vigil 7:30pm
Reception Follows

Easter Sunday
April 20th
Masses at
(Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Parish Council)
& 11:00am
(Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Filipino Ministries of Kankakee County)

Regular Schedule

Saturday Evening - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday - 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Daily Masses (M-F) - 7 a.m.
Saturday - 8 a.m.

Lenten Observances

Stations of the Cross

Fridays at 6:30 PM
March 7 - april 18th

Reconciliation Opportunities

St. Joseph Church, Bradley
Thursday April 10th
7:00 PM

Maternity BVM Church, Bourbonnais
Sunday, April 6th
4:00 PM Until 5:00 PM

Lenten Mission


Kankakee County Mission 2014

You are invited to our Lenten Mission Preached by Redemptorists Missionaries of Chicago
March 9 (Sunday) – March 12 (Wednesday)

St. Rose of Lima Parish

486 West Merchant Street, 815-933-9391

7 p.m. Everyday

Come one evening...Or better yet, Come for all 4 Sessions!

Reception follows.
Individual Confessions on Tuesday.
(Coordinated by the 4 parishes of the city.)

St. Martin Audio

Want to listen to this week's homily? We are now podcasting the Sunday homilies online each week. New homilies are usually available on the St. Martin web site every Tuesday.

Click here to get the lastest podcast

Lenten Regulations

(The 3 Pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving)

  • Everyone 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent
  • Everyone 18 years of age and under 59 years of age is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

On these two days of fast and abstinence, only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted on these two days, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices area allowed. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.

To disregard completely the law of fast and abstinence is seriously sinful.

Lent is the principal season of penance in the Christian year. All of the faithful are strongly urged to develop and follow a program of voluntary self-denial (in addition to following the Lenten regulations), serious prayer, and a performance of works of charity and mercy.

Mission Schools

Our Schools in the Mountains

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