Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: Old St. Mary

Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches brought my husband and I to Old St. Mary, Chicago’s oldest (founded in 1833 by the Paulist Fathers) and the first Catholic parish in the area.  Old St. Mary is on it’s sixth building.  The last time my husband and I visited this parish they were located at Wabash and Van... Read more »

Atheists who oppose abortion

I recently came across this video, “Atheists Who Oppose Abortion.” Watch these atheists eloquently speak about being pro-life. Please join me and other Catholics (and some not-so-Catholics!) on my Facebook page and on Twitter. I also write for Catholic365.com on occasion, so take a moment and check it out. Type your email address in the box and click the “create... Read more »

In Summer

In Summer
The older I get, the more I love summer. Despite the fact that I have my own “private” summers, I treasure every day during the summer. I’m not sure where all this came from. Maybe it’s the Chicago winters. I noticed my love for summer in the last few years. On my days off, I... Read more »
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What have you been reading?

I've had New York in my Nook forever.  When my daughter and I visited there in March, we stopped at a Barnes & Noble to wait for our hotel room to be ready.  As I browsed around, I saw this novel on a table.  I realized I had access to it from my app on my phone and started to read it.  The novel spans a nearly 500 year period and intertwines the characters from the early 1600's all the way to the present.  What a great book to read while in that wonderful city!  We walked the streets it described and visited the churches that had been built several hundred years before.  I finished the book after we got home.  It will always remind me of our trip.
What have you been reading?  I’ve been reading a lot lately and on a regular basis.  I do that sometimes.  Then other times, I go for long stretches and I don’t read anything at all.  I also like to mix it up.  I love fiction, but I also like a variety of other genres.  For... Read more »

Why does Planned Parenthood need to be funded in the first place?

Why does Planned Parenthood need to be funded in the first place?
Why does Planned Parenthood need to be funded in the first place?  Don’t they make enough money to do their genocide (oops! I mean women’s health care) in poor neighborhoods for free? I found a list of things that Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide from Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood Director turned pro-life advocate: This... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Thérèse Chinese Catholic Church

The cornerstone
Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches continues with  St. Thérèse Chinese Catholic Church.  It is a church close to my heart as our choir has been singing there since September 25, 2011. Santa Maria Incoronata was established in November 26, 1899 when the first baptism of the parish was performed.  The First Chinese Catholic Church in Chicago opened at... Read more »
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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Viator

Street side view of St. Viator
Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches brings us to St. Viator located at 4170 W. Addison.  St. Viator was established in 1888 by the clerics of St. Viator and the original site was at Belmont and Crawford (Pulaski). You can reach St. Viator’s at 773-286-4040.  Rev. Charles Bolser is the current pastor, but is retiring soon. Please... Read more »

Twenty years ago this week Chicago experienced the worst heat wave

Twenty years ago this week Chicago experienced the worst heat wave
Twenty years ago this week, Chicago experienced the worst heat wave in recent history.  According to the Chicago Tribune, the temperature was 106 degrees on July 13, 1995.  Over 700 victims were claimed by the intensity of that heat and our city was left reeling. My mother nearly died in that disaster.  I remember it... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: Holy Family

Healing Garden at Holy Family
The next stop on my Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches is Holy Family.  Holy Family began its journey in 1857 when Fr. Arnold Damen began it’s construction. Holy Family is forever linked to the Chicago Fire in 1871: According to legend, when the Chicago Fire started in 1871 (a few blocks east), it was spreading toward... Read more »
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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: Notre Dame de Chicago

Front entrance of Notre Dame
Our first stop this summer in my continuing series, Touring Chicago’s Beautiful Churches, is Notre Dame de Chicago.   Notre Dame is the “round” church in the “Little Italy” neighborhood. My husband and I are excited about the churches we will visit this summer.  What I’ve learned from this is that it’s impossible to capture... Read more »