Welcome to The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

 Volunteers are needed Wednesday, August 12th for Pew Clean up. 
If you are available, Please meet at the Church at 9:15 a.m.

Family Faith Formation Parents, please call the office 815-634-4171 to
reserve your spot for First Holy Communion.  Thank you

















Also, A Girl Scout is collecting items for Help for Hope at Assumption Church and Immaculate Conception parish. There will be a collection bin at Assumption Church by the northeast entrance of the church, and the items  on the left are needed. 

The collection will be taking place this July and August, and in the spring. Feel free to donate and drop off items into the bin to help those in our community, especially during these uncertain times.
All donations are greatly appreciated!  Please contact Shaela O’Keefe (815) 634-9261 if you have questions. 

St. Isaac Jogues Live Mass
Saturday 4:00 p.m. & Sunday 10:30 a.m.

A Church view of socialism
Lawrence P. Grayson August 28, 2019

Almost a century ago, many influential Americans became enamored with the socialistic programs being developed in Europe and wanted to apply them in this country. In the 1920s, Benito Mussolini was favorably depicted on the cover of Time magazine, and the efficiency he achieved through government control of Italy’s economy was extolled on the pages of Forbes. About the same time, delegations of union leaders, academics and journalists traveled to Russia to tour collective farms, government-run factories and massive infrastructure projects being promoted by Joseph Stalin. A decade later, the totalitarian ambitions of these socialistic leaders would become evident in fascism and communism.

Today, Americans are once again expressing favor toward socialism. A May 2019 Gallup poll found that 43% of the people think socialism would be good for the country, although 51% think it would be bad. This is significantly more positive than a 1942 Roper poll in which 25% of Americans thought socialism would be “good” for the country and 40% thought it would be “bad”; the remainder at the time had no opinion.

In contrast to this favorable shift, every pope, from Pius IX in 1849 through Benedict XVI, has opposed socialism. Pope Pius XI, in his encyclical Quadragesimo Anno (“On Reconstruction of the Social Order”), went so far as to say that socialism is “irreconcilable with true Christianity,” and thus “no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist.”

What is it that merits such consistent and emphatic papal rebuke?

A look at socialism

Socialism refers to state ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange of wealth exercised through the government and its officials. It aims for economic justice and the general welfare of all by having people contribute according to their ability and to receive benefits according to their needs. This worthy though idealistic goal has been tried many times and failed repeatedly.

Under socialism, government officials develop rules and regulations that dictate how others can or cannot operate, and thus impose their judgement for that of the individual. As a result, it discourages personal initiative, while introducing state control.

Catholic doctrine

From the perspective of Catholic doctrine, socialism has several significant flaws. Two of the most fundamental are its view of the person and its treatment of private property.

Socialism treats people as groups, not individuals. Pope John Paul II, in Centesimus Annus (“The Hundredth Year”), described this error as “anthropological in nature. Socialism considers the individual person simply as an element, a molecule within the social organism, so that the good of the individual is completely subordinated to the functioning of the socio-economic mechanism.”

The collective nature of socialism violates an individual’s freedom to decide matters that lie within that person’s competence and reason. It usurps a person’s natural, God-given rights, which are inalienable, and replaces them with class privileges, whether based on economics, race, color, gender or, more recently, sexual identity. In radical attempts to promote equality among classes, it fosters an unequal treatment of groups, bestowing benefits on some but not others.

Socialism also denies a man’s natural-law right to private property and calls for redistributing wealth by taking from the rich to give to the poor. It matters little whether the state directly confiscates a person’s property or imposes overly high taxation; either way, an injustice is committed by denying a person his or her due. One congressional representative recently suggested a marginal income tax rate of 70% on the top earners, while another said rates could be “as high as 90%.” As Pope Leo XIII wrote in Rerum Novarum, “The State would therefore be unjust and cruel if under the name of taxation it were to deprive the private owner of more than is fair.”

As a philosophical construct, socialism substitutes government-provided security for personal freedom, state paternalism for self-initiative, government mandates for individual responsibility, and communal directives for personal conscience. In the extreme, socialism tends toward totalitarianism, for when people pursue their own interests in opposition to the state’s aims, the power of the government is often used to equalize the inequalities. As Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen wrote, “If the sheep will not of themselves run together in the unity of the sheepfold, then dogs must be sent barking at their heels.”

Democratic socialism

Some may argue that today’s trend toward socialism in America is not totalitarian but democratic. Democratic socialism, however, is only a form of socialism and shares the same goal — to address social and economic inequalities through the collective ownership of the means of production. Democratic socialists work to transform society from an emphasis on capitalism to that of socialism, using elections and policy reforms achieved within a democratic form of political system. The adjective “democratic” is appended to distinguish it from the Soviet or Marxist-Leninist form of socialism, which calls for a violent overthrow of the existing system.

Socialism in any form, however, whether presented as “democratic socialism,” or “moderate socialism,” or even “Christian socialism,” conflicts with Catholic teaching. Pope John XXIII stated in Mater et Magistra (“On Christianity and Social Progress”) that “no Catholic could subscribe even to moderate socialism.”

American understanding

While Americans have become more favorable toward socialism, they do not appear to know what it is. A September 2018 Gallup poll found that only 17% of Americans understand it as government ownership of the nation’s means of production — its traditional meaning and the one that excited the thought leaders of the 1920s. In contrast, 23% view it as equality in rights and benefits, while another 10% as free social services, such as medical care for all. The remaining half of the populace either have no opinion (23%), or a smattering of concepts such as getting along with people, social media, political liberalism, restrictions on freedom or a modified form of communism.

If Americans have such a wide diversity of ideas of what socialism means, how can so many intelligently say socialism would be good for the country? Without clarity of vision, how can the nation progress?

Church leaders

Pope Francis speaks often about the Church’s social responsibilities. Although he has not rejected socialism, neither has he promoted it. Rather, in a recent letter addressed to young economists and entrepreneurs around the world, he suggested a new and different type of economic system: “one that brings life not death, one that is inclusive and not exclusive, humane and not dehumanizing, one that cares for the environment and does not despoil it.” How this is to be achieved, he does not say.

Pope Benedict XVI in Deus Caritas Est (“God Is Love”) presented a key consideration in moving toward such lofty goals. “We do not need a State,” he wrote, “which regulates and controls everything, but a State which, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, generously acknowledges and supports initiatives arising from the different social forces and combines spontaneity with closeness to those in need.”

Catholic social doctrine, with its emphasis on human freedom, charity and love of neighbor, provides a way forward between socialism in its many guises and unfettered capitalism. The Church emphasizes the dual aspects of the right to own and the duty to share. The human person should use his God-given talents to the fullest and assist others with the fruits of his accomplishments.

Whether this nation moves toward or away from socialism will be determined by the people we elect to represent us. In the coming months of national campaigning, become informed, pray and then cast your ballot wisely.
Lawrence P. Grayson is a visiting scholar in the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America.

End Crisis & Division:
A Powerful Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows for
Peace in the United States

We need to pray for our country!

Recent reports show numerous riots occurring in the United States in response to the death of George Floyd. The situation causes unrest in society, whether it be physical, visual, or emotional.

Losing life is always tragic, as the Catholic Church teaches that every life is precious and deserves dignity. Let us pray the novena below for peace in our country and for the dignity and respect of all human life, from conception until natural death.

Our Lady of Sorrows is a very powerful intercessor. Many graces are attached to her devotion.

Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows for Peace

Most holy and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, you stood beneath the cross, witnessing the agony of your dying Son.

Look with a mother’s tenderness and pity on us, as we kneel before you. We venerate your sorrows, and place our request with dutiful confidence in the sanctuary of your wounded heart.

Present them, we beseech you, on our behalf to Jesus Christ, through the merits of His own most Sacred Passion and Death, together with your sufferings at the foot of the cross.

Through the united efficacy of both, obtain the granting of our petition.

To whom shall we have recourse in our wants and miseries, if not to you, Mother of Mercy? You have drunk so deeply of the chalice of your Son. You can with compassion receive our sorrows.

Holy Mary, your soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow at the sight of the Passion of your divine Son. Intercede for us and obtain from Jesus these petitions if they be for His honor and glory and for our good and the good of our nation.

For an end to all discrimination in our society,
Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us. For peace in our country, 
Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us.  For the protection of all human life, from conception until natural death, Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us.  
That the souls of the departed rest in the eternal peace
of your Crucified Son, Jesus Christ,  
Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us.  
That we may see each person as Christ sees us–made
in His image and likeness, 
Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us.  
That the families of those who have lost a loved one may know the comfort of Christ’s constant love, Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us.  For our president, governors, elected officials, law enforcement officers, and all public figures, that they may encourage and promulgate peace in a divided society, Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us.  For an end to all violence and civil unrest, Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us.That we may love one another as Christ loves us, even when we may disagree.   Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us.  Amen.


Mass Times at Assumption 
Reservation Required

Saturday 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 7:30 a.m. & 
 11:30 a.m.
1st Saturday of the
Month 8:30 a.m.

Sunday 9:30 a.m. I.C. mass will be held at Assumption church please make reservations on Immaculate Conception Website 

Holy Day of Obligation
Saturday, August 15th The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass at 8:30 a.m. 

Daily Masses
No Rosary or
Communion Services
at this time
Tuesday 6:30 p.m.

First Tuesday of the Month 6:30pm mass followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and Saint Peregrine Novena for the Sick and Suffering
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.
Friday 8:30 am.

Sacrament of Pennance/Confession Schedule
Saturday: 3:15 pm to 3:45 pm & 
Sunday following the 9:30 am mass at Assumption Church

Office Hours
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Wednesday Office is Closed
Friday 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Diocese of Joliet Announces Appointment of New Bishop, Most Reverend Ronald A. Hicks

Adoration Chapel 
The Adoration Chapel remains closed at this time.  Please check back for updates.

St. Vincent Meals

St. Vincent’s Meals are being served every Monday night from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Due to the Covid 19 restrictions we are doing carry out meal only where people can drive up and pick up their meals. Ignite Christian  Church 1180 West 1st Street Braidwood  will be hosting the meals in July and August.  If you would like to donate to help this ministry, please click the "Donate Now" button or send a check for St. Vincent Meals to the church office. Funds will be spent on food for the meals and the containers we put them in.  We are also looking for a few more volunteers who are willing to help with preparing the meals these next few months.
Please contact Cindi Grove if you are interested at 815-634-4171.  

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