Homosexuality and the Catholic Church

Thursdays, February 23, 2017 with Fr. Jim Halstead from DePaul University and March 2, 2017 with Friar Johnpaul Cafiero and a panel from the AGLO and One in Love Ministries, 7:00-9:00 pm.

Two night series devoted to helping promote understanding and awareness around the issue of homosexuality and Catholicism. The first night with Fr. Jim Halstead will focus on an understanding of the Church teaching, and the second night with Friar Johnpaul Cafiero facilitating a panel discussion, will focus on the reality and challenges faced by gay Catholics today. Cost: Suggested donation of $10 per evening. To register, contact Mary Whiteside at 847-907-3450.

The Dangers of Human Trafficking

Presented by Sr. Jean Okroi, IBVM and Mindy, a survivor of human trafficking
Monday, March 13, 2017
7:00-9:00 pm

Sister Jean Okroi is a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Prior to her work on human trafficking, she was an educator, spiritual mentor, served in IBVM leadership and continues to assist religious congregations as they move toward the future.

Thirteen years ago, while participating in a human trafficking conference, she made a choice to focus her energy on a single justice issue – human trafficking. Since then she has raised awareness of this crime with university and parish groups, women’s organizations, medical students and social workers.

Sr. Jean initiated the Illinois Women Religious against Human Trafficking Committee seven years ago with the assistance of LCWR Region 8. The collaborative committee of ten women religious congregations and their associates raise awareness, advocate and assist survivors of Human Trafficking. Sister and committee were recognized for the work they do by the Paluch Family Foundation in 2016.

Along with Sr. Jean, we welcome Mindy, a courageous survivor of Human Trafficking, who will share her story with us.

Mindy is the author of Exposing the Darkness: From a Small Town Where People Don’t Talk or Tell. Books will be available for purchase on the night of the presentation. This program is for mature adults only.

Cost: Suggested donation of $10 appreciated
To register, contact Mary Whiteside at 847-907-3450 or mwhiteside@holyfamilyparish.org

Parish Mission 2017 “Open Your Hearts to the Lord”
Presented by Fr. Britto Berchmans

Sunday, March 19, Monday, March 20, and Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 7:00-8:30 pm.

Join us for our Parish Mission as we prepare for Lent and Easter as we enjoy three nights with Fr. Britto Berchmans. On Sunday evening, “Love Scripts,” we will begin our spiritual journey by recognizing that God not only loves us, but is in love with us. We need to develop the capacity to recognize God’s handwriting as He sends us love notes every day.

Monday evening, “Prayer: Getting in touch with the God Within” we will heed the command of the Lord to pray always, we seek to give expression to the groans and longings of our hearts. Prayer is basically our response to the God who has taken the initiative to love us unconditionally.

Finally, Tuesday night, “Rejoicing: Happiness and Fulfillment in Life,” will explore the elusive desire for happiness we have. In this talk, Fr. Britto outlines a simple approach to living our lives to the fullest. Drawing insights from positive psychology, spiritual life and common wisdom, he attempts to provide concrete steps to live more fully our everyday lives. There is no cost to attend the Parish Mission and registration is not necessary.

Book Discussion – Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus by James Martin
Discussion will be facilitated by Marsha Adamczyk, Director of Adult Faith at Holy Family
Tuesday, April 4 and Tuesday, April 11 
9:45-11:15 am

Please join our stimulating book discussion held before Holy Week. Books may be purchased directly from Amazon.com or in person at the Adult Faith Office for $12. Please read the entire book before the first meeting on Tuesday, April 4.

James Martin, SJ, a New York Times bestselling author gives us a clear portrait of Jesus’ compassion for our own struggles in this book, and reassures us that we can turn to Jesus completely – in mind, heart and soul.

To reserve a spot, please contact Marsha Adamczyk at 847-907-3458 or madamczyk@holyfamilyparish.org

Gospel of Mark
Presented by Fr. Tim Monahan

Tuesdays, May 2, 9 and 16, 2017, 7:00-9:00 pm
Suggested donation of $10 per evening.

To register, contact Mary Whiteside at 847-907-3450 or mwhiteside@holyfamilyparish.org