Tajci @ SJA on Dec 6th
Tajci is coming to St. Joan of Arc on December 6th at 7 pm. Get your tickets online now, as we do expect to sell out. Order tickets here>
Told through Tajči’s stunning and engaging music, “A Christmas Concert Experience” is a story of our longing to believe, of awaiting the moment in which the “Word becomes flesh and dwells amongst us”. If you can only attend one event during the Holiday Season, this is the one that you, your children and your parents will all enjoy.
SJA Table Talk is a website with fun content to help you prepare for Mass as a family and to encourage faith-based conversations at the dinner table. The goal is to get our families into a rhythm of 2 quality meals per week and 10 minutes of preparation for Mass.
THIS WEEKS TABLE TALK (week of September 14th)
Conversation Starters for Family Time
- Seven Sorrows of Mary | September is dedicatd to the Seven Sorrows of Mary.
- Saints | St. Therese - The Little Flower (October 1)
- Saints | St. Francis of Assisi (October 5)
- Music | Listen to the Prayer of St. Francis (Make me a channel of Your peace)
- News | Vatican names Bishop Blase Cupich as Arch Bishop of Chicago
- Movie | The Giver - watch Father Barron's commentary on the movie 'The Giver'
- Movie | When the Game Stands Tall: Sport and Virtue. Jared Zimmerer (Word on Fire) interviews Coach Bob Ladouceur and Terry Eidson, inspiration for a new film titled When The Game Stands Tall.
- Enjoy some fun recipes in honor of St. Francis.
- Living the Gospel: The Twenty-Sixth Sunday (Sept 28th)
- Preparing for Sunday: The Twenty-Seventh Sunday (Sept 5th)
SEPTEMBER | DEDICATED TO THE SEVEN SORROWS OF MARY
The month of September is dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Devotion to the sorrows of the Virgin Mary dates from the twelfth century, when it made its appearance in monastic circles under the influence of St. Anselm and St. Bernard. In 1494 the feast appeared in Bruges, where the Precious Blood of Christ was venerated; later on it made its way into France.
September 14th is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Sorrows. This feast dates back to the 12th century. It was especially promoted by the Cistercians and the Servites, so much so that in the 14th and 15th centuries it was widely celebrated throughout the Catholic Church. In 1482 the feast was added to the Missal under the title of "Our Lady of Compassion." Pope Benedict XIII added it to the Roman Calendar in 1727 on the Friday before Palm Sunday. In 1913, Pope Pius X fixed the date on September 15. The title "Our Lady of Sorrows" focuses on Mary's intense suffering during the passion and death of Christ. "The Seven Dolors," the title by which it was celebrated in the 17th century, referred to the seven swords that pierced the Heart of Mary. The feast is like an octave for the birthday of Our Lady on September 8th. —Excerpted from Our Lady of Sorrows by Fr. Paul Haffner (Inside the Vatican, September 2004)
The Pietà (1498–1499) is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo, housed in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City. Read more about The Peita >
SAINTS | St. Therese - The Little Flower
Outside the little French town of Lisieux there stands and enormous and elaborately decorated basilica dedicated to a very simple woman who is also one of the most extraordinary saints of the church. Therese, also kow as the "Little Flower", was a young Carmelite nun who devoted her life to loving As a permanent novice, she would never be able to perform great deeds. She did however scatter flowers, each flower a little sacrifice and a little action for God and love. Therese emerged as one of the great "doctors of grace" in the Catholic tradition, once comparing herself to a little child who, knowing her deep incapacity to please the Lord with extraordinary works, stands before him and simply lifts up her arms, hoping to be raised up.
* Wear a small flower / rose to school on Oct 1
* Visit the National Shrine of St. Therese right here in Darien, IL.
10 Powerful Resources on Saint Therese
SAINTS | St. Francis of Assisi
Saturday is the blessing of your pets at SJA church in the north courtyard.
This much-loved saint was the son of a wealthy merchant and born in the 13th century. After a carefree life with other well-to-do young mean, he underwent a dramatic conversion experience - in prayer, he heard Christ calling from a crucifix in the church of San Damiano, saying 'Rebuld my church". And he took the message literally, building a new church there with his own hands. Disowned by his father, who felt he had humiliated the family, he gathered companions and went to Rome where they sought permission from the Pope to establish a new religious community which became one of the great Orders of the Church, the Franciscans. In popular culture, St. Francis has become the 'patron saints of animals' because of his approach to nature - loving the simple, everyday things provided by God and being grateful for them. His feast-day, along with that of St. Leonard, is thus associated with the blessing of animals.
Picture Above: Statue of Saint Francis of Assisi petting a dog and looking out over Monterosso al Mar, Liguria, Italy.
Read about how St. Francis is responsible for the Christmas Creche (Nativity Scene)
MUSIC | Prayer of St. Francis (Make Me a Channel of Your Peace)
This video was filmed in the hometown of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy. It was an honor for Angela Hastings to be able to film at such a holy place where St. Francis walked and preached the Gospel to the poor people of this land. Listen to Angela Hastings rendition while watching various scenes from Assisi, Italy.
NEWS | Vatican names Bishop Blase Cupich as Arch Bishop of Chicago
The Archdiocese of Chicago officially announced Francis Cardinal George’s successor at a press conference Saturday morning.
Watch the press conference with Biship Blase Cupich: Watch Now>
Read the article from the Sunday issue of the Chicago Tribune. Read Now>
MOVIE | The Giver - some very intriguing Christian Themes
A popular new film, "The Giver," reveals the surprising key to the authentic renewal of society: the recovery of our lost memory of Christ. Watch Father Barron's commentary:
RECIPES | St. Francis
In honor of St. Francis (Oct 4), enjoy Mostaccioli or Paletta di Mandorla - an italian almond pastry - the only food on earth that Francis was know to love. See Recipe Now >
If you need a really easy idea, just pick up some animal crackers and think of St. Francis when you serve them to your children.
GET TO KNOW THE GOSPEL - PREPARING FOR MASS
God's ways are far beyond the ways of human beings.
God is near to those who call upon him.
Paul tells the Philippians to live for Christ.
In the parable of the workers in the vineyard, Jesus teaches about God's generous mercy.
Background on the Gospel Reading
In today's Gospel, Jesus moves from Galilee to teach in Judea where he is sought out by great crowds and tested by the Pharisees on issues such as marriage and divorce. Jesus also encounters a rich young man who is unable to accept Jesus' demand that he leave his possessions to follow him. Jesus' response to the rich young man sounds very much like the conclusion we will find in today's Gospel: the first will be last and the last will be first.
On the surface, the parable of the workers in the vineyard appears to be an offense to common sense. Those who work a longer day ought to be paid more than those who work just an hour or two. When viewed in this way, the landowner seems unfair. That is because we are reading into the parable our own preconceived notions of how fairness and equality should be quantified.
A close read shows us that the landowner paid on the terms that were negotiated. The landowner, it seems, has acted completely justly. The parable goes beyond that, however, and we come to see that the landowner is not simply just, he is exceptionally just. He is radically just. He has given those who labored in the field for a full day their due pay. But he has also given a full-day's wage to those who worked only a single hour. No one is cheated, but a few receive abundantly from the landowner just as we receive from God more than what is merely justifiable or due. God, like the landowner, is radically just and abundantly generous. The workers who complain are made to look foolish as they lament the fact that landowner has made all workers equal. Indeed, what more could one ask for than to be treated as an equal at work or anywhere else?
The parable reminds us that although God owes us nothing, he offers abundantly and equally. We are occasionally tempted to think that our own actions deserve more reward, more of God's abundant mercy, than the actions of others. But God's generosity cannot be quantified or partitioned into different amounts for different people. When we think that way, we are trying to relate to God on our terms rather than to accept God's radically different ways.
PAINTING: “Remember your mercies, O Lord.” (Reponsorial Psalm). Rembrandt, St. Paul in Prison, 1627
PREPARING FOR SUNDAY - READINGS FOR 27TH SUNDAY (Sept 5th)
It is possible to turn from sin and preserve one's life.
A prayer to God for mercy.
Philippians 2:1-11 (shorter form Philippians 2:1-5)
Be like Christ who humbled himself and was exalted by God.
Jesus poses a question to the chief priests and elders on the meaning of obedience.
Background on the Gospel Reading
The context for today's Gospel is the mounting tension between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders. Jesus has entered Jerusalem and overturned the money changers' tables in the Temple. Jesus has caught the attention of the religious authorities; the chief priests and elders question Jesus about the source of his authority. Jesus refuses to name for these religious leaders the source of his authority. Instead, he questions the priests and elders through the parable we hear in today's Gospel. The answer given by the religious leaders is correct, but it convicts them for their failure to heed the call of John the Baptist and for their inability to recognize the Kingdom of God.
The situation Jesus poses is rather straightforward. Given the same task by their father, one son asserts his disobedience in words, but then obeys in his actions; the second son obeys with his words, but disobeys in his actions. The question that Jesus poses is pointed and direct: Which son did what the father wanted? All would agree that “actions speak louder than words” and that even if his words were disobedient, the son who did the work as ordered did the father's will.
Jesus' conclusion is also direct. The chief priests and elders, the ones who speak most often about God, did not act accordingly. They did not respond to the message of repentance announced by John the Baptist with a change of heart. Instead, John's message was heeded by those one would not expect to repent—tax collectors, prostitutes, and other sinners. Because of their actions, these sinners will enter the Kingdom of God ahead of the religious leaders.
Jesus could ask us the same question. Do our words indicate our obedience to God? If not our words, do our actions? God desires a full conversion of heart, that our actions (and our words as well) will give evidence of our love for God.
PAINTING: “There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower.” van Goch, The Green Vineyard 1888, detail
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