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  • January 21, 2018 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Our Lady of the Woods Parish 10731 West 131st Street Orland Park, IL 60462

    (708) 361-4754 Fax (708) 361-5965

    Parishoffice@ourladyofthewoods.org website: www.ourladyofthewoods.org

    Religious Education Office (708) 361-9435

    Mission Statement Under the protection of the Mother of God, we are a faith community called by the Father

    energized by the Son, and moved by the Spirit to unite in witnessing and proclaiming

    the Good News. We share in friendship, gather in worship, and do proclaim our desire to minister, welcome, celebrate,

    and extend His Kingdom.

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    MIKE CALLAHAN MICHELLE HILLIARD JOHN MAIER Pastoral Minister Coordinator of Pastoral Care Director of Liturgy SHELLY STANKO COLLEEN WALERY LAURIE LYONS Business/Office Manager Director of Religious Education R.E.P. Parish Outreach DOREEN DAWSON/KIM DUDA NANCY SCHOENBERG CHRISTINE COLLINS REP Secretaries Director of Music Ministry Youth Minister BRIAN ZIELINSKI NEIL BORGSTROM RON POTEMPA Athletic Coordinator Accompanist Director of Building and Grounds WEEKEND MASSES: BAPTISMS: Sunday at 12:30 PM. Arrangements must Saturday 8:30 AM, 5:00 PM be made in advance at the Parish Office. Sunday 8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM & 6:00 PM MARRIAGES: Arrangements should be made at the WEEKDAY MASSES: 6:30 AM & 8:30 AM Parish Office six months in advance. Pre-Cana required. CONFESSIONS: Saturdays at 9:00-9:30 AM REGISTRATION IN THE PARISH: Newcomers are and after 5:00 PM Mass welcome to the Parish and are requested to register at office PARISH BOUNDARIES: East 80th Ave., (west side), North Rte. 83 (south side), West Bell Rd. (east side) to 123rd Street to Parker Road (east side), South 135th Street (nor th side)

    Dear Parishioners, I recently received a Thank you letter from The Womens Center for your generous support of their work to assist women and their pre-born and newborn children. This year we made the largest contribution ever to their work: $18,313. You are making a differ-

    ence. This week we are remembering the 1973 United States Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade which effectively legalized abortion on demand in the United States. Within 7 years of that decision the number of annual abortions in the U.S. exceeded 1.5 million. Since then, the number of abortions in the United States has decreased by nearly 40% annually. This is good news but it still means that nearly one million pre-born lives have been extinguished. We are a long way from a culture of life. As a Catholic I am moved by the witness of so many that is rooted in love. When God looks at each person God does so in love. Each life is precious. When we look at others, most of us (myself included) are limited in our ability to see them with the eyes of love. People can become a label, a title, a problem, or an opportunity. Perhaps we minimize them because of language, religion, nation-ality. Too often in our world people come to see themselves as abandoned. Sometimes those with physical disabilities are seen as a problem. The child in the womb is seen as a problem. The elderly can be seen as a problem. A person of a race or ethnicity is seen as a problem. This is not the way of Christ! If we tried to love with the eyes of Christ, so much would be different. At the 6:00 Mass this Sunday evening we will celebrate the Mass for Life. We will be joined by parishioners from a number of other local churches. At this Mass we pray for the unborn, for women, for a respect for human life and human dignity. Let us continue to work for a world where all humanity is respected and cherished. In Christ, Father Mike Next week-end on Saturday evening OLOW will be hosting out second annual Trivia Night. This event is a great way for the adults of our community to enjoy each others company at an even-ing for fun and competition. Spaces for teams are going fast so sign up soon.

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    OF EVENTS SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2018 Mass 8:00AM, 9:30AM, 11:00AM, & 6:00PM Children of the Lord 9:30AM Baptisms 12:30PM Stagg Travel Group7:00PM MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2018 Masses 6:30AM & 8:30AM Scripture Study 9:00AM REP Classes 4:30PM & 6:30PM TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2018 Mass 6:30AM & 8:30AM Womens CRHP 6:30PM Mens CRHP 7:00PM Queen of Clergy Mtg--7:00PM WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018 Mass 6:30AM & 8:30AM REP Classes 4:30PM & 6:30PM RCIA 7:00PM THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018 Mass 6:30AM & 8:30AM CRHP 14 Meeting 6:30PM Earl Condo Meeting 7:00PM Smart Recovery 7:00PM Baptismal Preparation 7:30PM FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2018 Mass 6:30AM & 8:30AM SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018 Mass 8:30AM & 5:00PM Trivia Night 7:00PM SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 2018 Mass 8:00AM, 9:30AM, 11:00AM, & 6:00PM Children of the Lord 9:30AM Baptisms 12:30PM

    Please join us every morning at 7:50 in

    Church to say the Rosary. Please stay after Mass for the

    Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.

    Every Friday after 8:30

    Mass a Holy Hour for the Sacred Heart of Jesus with Benedic-tion is hosted. Please feel free to join


    Ministry of Care is an outreach service of Our Lady of the Woods Parish to those who are unable to attend mass due to sickness or age. Ministers of Care are parishioners who are commissioned by Our Lady of the Woods and have completed and extensive training program from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

    Our Ministers of Care have been trained to properly administer the Holy Eucharist to those who cannot come to church. Each minister offers compassion, prayer and Holy Communion to those who are sick or homebound. They also bring the Eucharist to Catholic patients in healthcare facilities such as Palos Community Hospital, Advocate Christ Hospital, Peace Village, Circle Inn, Sunrise Assisted Living Residence as well as homebound parishion-ers.

    If you have someone who is homebound or at one of the mentioned facilities that would like to receive communion at please contact Michelle Hilliard at the parish office. We will gladly have someone minister to your loved one.

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    Children of the Lord:

    4-5 year olds Sundays during

    9:30 Mass

    Monday: Grades 1-4, 4:30-6

    PM Grades 5-8, 6:30-8


    Wednesday: Grades 1-5, 4:30-6

    PM Grades 6-8, 6:30-8


    January 21 28

    February 4 18 25

    March 4 11 18


    April 8 15 22 29

    May 6

    **March 25:

    Palm Sunday Procession

    January 22 29

    February 5 12 26

    March 5** 12 19

    January 24 31

    February 7 21 28

    March 7** 14 21

    **March 5th, 6th and 7th are the next Family Formation Sessions. Attendance will be taken.

    Families must attend one of these sessions during our Parish Mission.



    (708) 361-9435

    Ash Wednesday, February 14

    REP will sponsor a Childrens

    Liturgy at 5:00 PM

    Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests know to God. Philippians 4:6 Prayer is powerful. As Christians, we do not equate prayer with magic but with an outward and inward expression of faith. Prayer is a means of opening our-selves to Gods voice and opening our hearts to the presences of Christ in one another. We use prayer to focus our minds, to nourish our spirits, to surrender to God our doubts, fears, grief, struggles, contrition and pain that they may be transformed into hope, joy, courage, forgiveness, comfort and peace. Prayer is personal and communal. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. (Matthew 18:20) By remembering one another in prayer we grow closer as a community of faith, rooted in unconditional love. If you are asked to pray for someone, take a moment and say a prayer. If you would like the parish to pray for a loved one please contact the parish office. Out of respect for the privacy of our parishioners, prayer requests to be shared at Sunday mass, must come from a family

    There will be a barrel in the Parish coat room. Leave your old palms there.

    These palms will be burnt and used for

    Ash Wednesday.

    Thank you!

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    If your family or someone close to you is in need, please contact us at (708) 606-5360. A representative

    will return your call as soon as

    possible to arrange a confidential

    conversation. Confidentiality and compassion are

    the cornerstones of our Ministry.

    Let us Pray Please join Our Lady of the Woods Parish as we

    continue to pray for those who have or are serving in the military. We pray for those who protect our country, for

    their safety, and well-being, especially,

    Adam Rodrigues Captain John Brooker CPL John P. Cherry

    Private Louis Piccione

    CPL Brandon D. Gabry

    LCPL Steve Olson Lt. John Spannuth

    Sgt. David A. Delach Colonel Jim Wall

    Brian Allen Bryan Lampinen

    Sgt. John P. Micham Sgt. Jesus M. Flores

    Lt.. Benjamin Feithen Sean Girouard

    Peter Michael Czerwien, Navy Robert Owens Larry Stolinski

    Captain Tom Buller Sgt. Greg Danko

    Mario Danko PFC Tim Radc


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