Communal Reconciliation Service — Sunday, December 11

Reconciliation Service
Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sunday, December 11 — 5:00 PM in church

“O come, Emmanuel,” is a familiar prayer during Advent, but it is only one of several ancient Advent prayers crying out to God for what we need. The names we use to address God reveal our expectations of the divine, but we can also understand these same descriptions as God’s expectations of us as we join in the task of responding to the needs of the world. We do not always live up to our Christian calling, and Advent is an appropriate time to seek forgiveness and renew our commitment.

You are invited to a communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Approximately one hour, this service will include an examination of conscience, the opportunity for private confession, and a ritual focused on the “O Antiphons” of the Advent liturgy. Please join the parish community for this Advent prayer and recommit yourself to collaborate with Christ in building up the reign of God.

Evening Enrichment - Wednesday, December 14

Fr. John Cusick
An Adult Appreciation of the Christmas Story
Wednesday, December 14
7:00 PM — 9:30 PM
Cor Center
Speaker: Fr. John Cusick
Suggested Donation: $8

For those of us who are Christian, we may not be able to even remember a time when we didn’t know the Christmas Story, the story of the birth of Christ. Even before we were able to fully comprehend it, our parents, grandparents, and those who love us, told it to us over and over again. Yet it is so much more than a child's story. It is a story filled with wonder, meaning, and mystery for adults.

Join us for this special evening in Advent as Fr. John Cusick walks us through the familiar, yet somehow always new, re-telling of the Christmas Story. Employing Gospel texts and the rich tradition of Christmas lore, Fr. Cusick will tease our memory and imagination to discover anew the astounding possibility of God breaking into our lives.

Fr. John served as director of the Young Adult Ministry Office for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Crain's Chicago Business named him as one of seven ‘preachers to seek out in Chicago.’ Though retired from active priesthood, he continues to preach and teach in the U.S. and Canada.

Mass of Remembrance — Thursday, December 15

Mass of Remembrance

A Mass of Remembrance

Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 PM

The St. Margaret Mary Bereavement Ministry invites you and your family for a Mass of Remembrance to honor the memory of your loved one.

Please RSVP by December 13 to the parish office – 630-369-0777.

Christmas can be a particularly difficult time of the year. We urge you and your family to come together with other families that have experienced a similar loss, to celebrate Eucharist and light a memorial candle.....

Cookies and Carols — Wednesday, December 21

Cookies and Carols

St. Margaret Mary Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

 

St. Margaret Mary Parish first developed an online Advent Calendar in 1997, presenting an centuries-old tradition in a new way. We hope that the calendar will encourage you and your family to prayerfully participate in the Advent season. Please visit the calendar often during Advent.

Click Here to enter the calendar.

Learn about the Enneagram — Saturday, January 7

Enneagram

Enneagram Workshop

Saturday, January 7
Upper Room
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Presenter: Rev. Clare Loughrige
Fee: $40.00 (includes lunch)

The Enneagram is a diagnostic tool of one's emotional outlook on life. The nine personality types with their strengths, limitations, and blind spots aid one in spiritual transformation. This workshop is presented from a deeply spiritual perspective, helping participants listen to God’s invitations for growth on the spiritual journey.

After the day long workshop, there are three sessions offered for continued discussion of the Enneagram. They will be held on Feb. 6, 20 and March 6th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Upper Room. Clare will Skype with the group on February 6 and will be present in person on February 20th and March 6th.

Registration is $40.00 for the series and may be accessed by calling 630-369-0777 and sending a check to Sr. Madelyn Gould, 1450 Green Trails Drive, Naperville, IL 60540. Registration deadline is January 3rd. Checks should be made out to St. Margaret Mary Church.

Taking Dr. Jerome Wagner's test prior to our time together is highly advantageous — visit the Wagner Enneagram website. It takes about 30 minutes and costs $10.00.

Rev. Clare Loughrige is the Co-founding Lead Pastor (with her husband Scott) of Crossroads Church and Ministries in Marshall, Michigan. She is a certified Spiritual Director, and an Enneagram Author and Instructor. Clare is gratefully married 35 years, deeply blessed with 3 married children and 4 grandchildren.

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