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The Ringing of Church Bells

The use of bells in the Church dates back to the fifth century, when Saint Paulinus, the Bishop of Nola, introduced them as a means to summon monks to worship. In the seventh century Pope Sabinianus approved the use of bells to call the faithful to the Mass. The Venerable Bede, an English saint of the eighth century, is credited with the introduction of bell ringing at Requiem Masses. By the ninth century the use of bells had spread to even the small parish churches of the western Roman Empire. Church bells are rung to create a joyful noise to the Lord as described in Psalm 98:4... Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Protected under the Constitution, Church Bells can ring whenever, as often, and as long as the Church wants them to ring.

The practice of ringing bells to create a joyful noise for the Lord is based to some degree on the use of tintinnabula (or tiny bells) that were a part of ancient Judaic worship. Ringing the bells also gave notice to those unable to attend the Mass (the sick, slaves, outside guards, etc.) that something divine and miraculous was taking place inside of the church building. The voice of the bell would allow people to stop what they were doing to offer an act of adoration to God. Additionally, the bells helped to focus the attention of the faithful inside the church on the miracle that was taking place on the altar of sacrifice.

“High above the parish housetops I dwell, in heat and cold, in rain and sunshine, always faithful. At dawn, at noon and at evening, with the Angelus I recall the Incarnation and Mary's role. At early morn and for Sunday forenoon hours, I summon the parish to the worship of God. In the cold night air of Christmas Eve, I call the people to Midnight Mass. With peals of Joy, I announce the Resurrection feast and the others to honor the Savior and those to honor His Mother. In tones of happiness, I echo the joys of the bride and groom. And when the Angel of Death visits the parish with a doleful voice I toll the news abroad. My sturdy, consecrated body I dedicate to the service of God through the months and years, and my tongue I use only to call all people to Him. I am the Parish Bell!”

In Christ, 

Father Bader and Father Noesen

[From the ceremony of the dedication of the bells, Cathedral of Saint Raymond, Joliet. 1955]

Do you really honor the Lord's Day, or does your
Sunday look like every other day of the week?

 The Prayers of Saint Bridget
Authored By: St. Bridget Prayers Approved by Pope Pius IX
Magnificent Promises to Saint Bridget of Sweden


Question – Must one recite the prayers everyday without interruption to obtain the privileges?Answer –  One should miss saying them as few times as possible; but if for a serious reason one is obliged to miss them, one doesn’t lose the privileges attached to them, as long as one recites 5480 Prayers during the year.  One must say them with devotion and concentrate on the words one pronounces.  

Saint Brigit prayed for a long time to know how many blows Our Lord suffered during His terrible Passion. Rewarding her patience, one day He appeared to her and said: “I received 5475 blows upon My Body. If you wish to honor them in some way, recite fifteen Our Fathers and fifteen Hail Mary with the following Prayers, which I Myself shall teach you, for an entire year. When the year is finished, you will have honored each of My Wounds.”  


The Promises to Saint Brigit of Sweden Our Lord grants
these promises to all who devoutly recite the 15 Saint
Brigit Prayers every day for a year:

  1. I will deliver 15 souls of his lineage from purgatory. 
  2. 15 souls of his lineage will be confirmed and preserved in grace.
  3. 15 sinners of his lineage will be converted.  Whoever recites these Prayers will attain the first degree of perfection. 
  4. 15 days before his death, I will give him My Precious Body in order that he may escape eternal starvation, I will give him my Precious Blood to drink les the thirst eternally.
  5. 15 days before his death he will feel a deep contrition for all his sins and will have a perfect knowledge of them.
  6.  I will place before him the sign of My Victorious Cross for his help and defense against the attacks of his enemies.  Before his death I shall come with My Dearest Beloved Mother.  
  7. I shall graciously receive his soul, and will lead him into eternal joys. And having led it there I shall give him a special draught from the fountain of My Deity, something I will not do for those who have not recited My Prayers.
  8. Let it be known that whoever may have been living in a state of mortal sin for 30 years, but who will recite devoutly, or have the intention to recite these Prayers, I the Lord will forgive him all his sins. 
  9. I shall protect him from strong temptations. 
  10. I shall preserve and guard his five senses.
  11. I shall preserve him from a sudden death.
  12. His soul will be delivered from eternal death. 
  13. He will obtain all he asks for from God and the Blessed Virgin.  '
  14. If he has lived all his life doing his own will and he is to die the next day, his life will be prolonged.  
  15. Every time one recites these Prayers he gains 100 days indulgence. He is assured of being joined to the supreme Choir of Angels.  Whoever teaches these prayers to another will have continual joy and merit which will last throughout eternity. 
  16. There where these Prayers are being said or will be said in the future, God is present with His Grace.

The Prayers of Saint Bridget Authored By: St. Bridget

First Prayer  Our Father - Hail Mary
O Jesus Christ! Eternal Sweetness to those who love Thee, joy surpassing all joy and all desire, Salvation and Hope of all sinners, Who hast proved that Thou hast no greater desire than to be among men, even assuming human nature at the fullness of time for the love of men, recall all the sufferings Thou hast endured from the instant of Thy conception, and especially during Thy Passion, as it was decreed and ordained from all eternity in the Divine plan.  
Remember, O Lord, that during the Last Supper with Thy disciples, having washed their feet, Thou gavest them Thy Most Precious Body and Blood, and while at the same time Thou didst sweetly console them, Thou didst foretell them Thy coming Passion.  Remember the sadness and bitterness which Thou didst experience in Thy Soul as Thou Thyself bore witness saying: "My Soul is sorrowful even unto death."  Remember all the fear, anguish and pain that Thou didst suffer in Thy delicate Body before the torment of the crucifixion, when, after having prayed three times, bathed in a sweat of blood, Thou wast betrayed by Judas, Thy disciple, arrested by the people of a nation Thou hadst chosen and elevated, accused by false witnesses, unjustly judged by three judges during the flower of Thy youth and during the solemn Paschal season.  Remember that Thou wast despoiled of Thy garments and clothed in those of derision; that Thy Face and Eyes were veiled, that Thou wast buffeted, crowned with thorns, a reed placed in Thy Hands, that Thou was crushed with blows and overwhelmed with affronts and outrages.  In memory of all these pains and sufferings which Thou didst endure before Thy Passion on the Cross, grant me before my death true contrition, a sincere and entire confession, worthy satisfaction and the remission of all my sins. Amen.

Second Prayer…Our Father - Hail Mary 
O Jesus! True liberty of angels, Paradise of delights, remember the horror and sadness which Thou didst endure when Thy enemies, like furious lions, surrounded Thee, and by thousands of insults, spits, blows, lacerations and other unheard-of-cruelties, tormented Thee at will. In consideration of these torments and insulting words, I beseech Thee, O my Savior, to deliver me from all my enemies, visible and invisible, and to bring me, under Thy protection, to the perfection of eternal salvation. Amen

Third Prayer…Our Father - Hail Mary 
O Jesus! Creator of Heaven and earth whom nothing can encompass or limit, Thou Who dost enfold and hold all under Thy Loving power, remember the very bitter pain Thou didst suffer when the Jews nailed Thy Sacred Hands and Feet to the Cross by blow after blow with big blunt nails, and not finding Thee in a pitiable enough state to satisfy their rage, they enlarged Thy Wounds, and added pain to pain, and with indescribable cruelty stretched Thy Body on the Cross, pulled Thee from all sides, thus dislocating Thy Limbs. I beg of Thee, O Jesus, by the memory of this most Loving suffering of the Cross, to grant me the grace to fear Thee and to Love Thee. Amen.  

Fourth Prayer…Our Father - Hail Mary 
O Jesus! Heavenly Physician, raised aloft on the Cross to heal our wounds with Thine, remember the bruises which Thou didst suffer and the weakness of all Thy Members which were distended to such a degree that never was there pain like unto Thine. From the crown of Thy Head to the Soles of Thy Feet there was not one spot on Thy Body that was not in torment, and yet, forgetting all Thy sufferings, Thou didst not cease to pray to Thy Heavenly Father for Thy enemies, saying: "Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Through this great Mercy, and in memory of this suffering, grant that the remembrance of Thy Most Bitter Passion may effect in us a perfect contrition and the remission of all our sins. Amen.  

Fifth Prayer…Our Father - Hail Mary
O Jesus! Mirror of eternal splendor, remember the sadness which Thou experienced, when contemplating in the light of Thy Divinity the predestination of those who would be saved by the merits of Thy Sacred Passion, Thou didst see at the same time, the great multitude of reprobates who would be damned for their sins, and Thou didst complain bitterly of those hopeless lost and unfortunate sinners.  Through the abyss of compassion and pity, and especially through the goodness which Thou displayed to the good thief when Thou saidst to him: "This day, thou shalt be with Me in Paradise." I beg of Thee, O Sweet Jesus, that at the hour of my death, Thou wilt show me mercy. Amen.  

Sixth Prayer…Our Father - Hail Mary 
O Jesus! Beloved and most desirable King, remember the grief Thou didst suffer, when naked and like a common criminal, Thou was fastened and raised on the Cross, when all Thy relatives and friends abandoned Thee, except Thy Beloved Mother, who remained close to Thee during Thy agony and whom Thou didst entrust to Thy faithful disciple when Thou saidst to Mary: "Woman, behold thy son!" and to Saint John: "Son, behold thy Mother!” I beg of Thee O my Savior, by the sword of sorrow which pierced the soul of Thy holy Mother, to have compassion on me in all my affliction and tribulations, both corporal and spiritual, and to assist me in all my trials, and especially at the hour of my death. Amen.  

Seventh Prayer…Our Father - Hail Mary 
O Jesus! Inexhaustible Fountain of compassion, Who by a profound gesture of Love, said from the Cross: "I thirst!" suffered from the thirst for the salvation of the human race. I beg of Thee O my Savior, to inflame in our hearts the desire to tend toward perfection in all our acts; and to extinguish in us the concupiscence of the flesh and the ardor of worldly desires. Amen.  

Eighth Prayer…Our Father - Hail Mary 
O Jesus! Sweetness of hearts, delight of the spirit, by the bitterness of the vinegar and gall which Thou didst taste on the Cross for Love of us, grant us the grace to receive worthily Thy Precious Body and Blood during our life and at the hour of our death, that they may serve as a remedy and consolation for our souls. Amen.  

Ninth Prayer…Our Father - Hail Mary 
O Jesus! Royal virtue, joy of the mind, recall the pain Thou didst endure when plunged in an ocean of bitterness at the approach of death, insulted, outraged by the Jews, Thou didst cry out in a loud voice that Thou was abandoned by Thy Father, saying: "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?"  
Through this anguish, I beg of Thee, O my Savior, not to abandon me in the terrors and pains of my death. Amen.  

Tenth Prayer…Our Father - Hail Mary 
O Jesus! Who art the beginning and end of all things, life and virtue, remember that for our sakes Thou was plunged in an abyss of suffering from the soles of Thy Feet to the crown of Thy Head. In consideration of the enormity of Thy Wounds, teach me to keep, through pure love, Thy Commandments, whose way is wide and easy for those who love Thee. Amen.  

Eleventh Prayer…Our Father - Hail Mary 
O Jesus! Deep abyss of mercy, I beg of Thee, in memory of Thy Wounds which penetrated to the very marrow of Thy Bones and to the depth of Thy Being, to draw me, a miserable sinner, overwhelmed by my offenses, away from sin and to hide me from Thy Face justly irritated against me, hide me in Thy Wounds, until Thy anger and just indignation shall have passed away. Amen.  

Twelfth Prayer…Our Father - Hail Mary 
O Jesus! Mirror of Truth, symbol of unity, link of Charity, remember the multitude of wounds with which Thou was covered from head to foot, torn and reddened by the spilling of Thy adorable Blood. O Great and Universal Pain which Thou didst suffer in Thy virginal Flesh for Love of us! Sweetest Jesus! What is there that Thou couldst have done for us which Thou hast not done! May the fruit of Thy sufferings be renewed in my soul by the faithful remembrance of Thy Passion, and may Thy Love increase in my heart each day, until I see Thee in eternity, Thou Who art the treasury of every real good and every joy, which I beg Thee to grant me, O Sweetest Jesus, in Heaven. Amen.  

Thirteenth Prayer…Our Father - Hail Mary
O Jesus! Strong Lion, Immortal and Invincible King, remember the pain which Thou didst endure when all Thy strength, both moral and physical, was entirely exhausted, Thou didst bow Thy Head, saying: "It is consummated!"  Through this anguish and grief, I beg of Thee Lord Jesus, to have mercy on me at the hour of my death when my mind will be greatly troubled and my soul will be in anguish. Amen.  

Fourteenth Prayer…Our Father - Hail Mary
O Jesus! Only Son of the Father, Splendor and figure of His Substance, remember the simple and humble recommendation Thou didst make of Thy Soul to Thy Eternal Father, saying: "Father, into Thy Hands I commend My Spirit!" And with Thy Body all torn, and Thy Heart Broken, and the bowels of Thy Mercy open to redeem us, Thou didst Expire. By this Precious Death, I beg of Thee O King of Saints, comfort me and help me to resist the devil, the flesh and the world, so that being dead to the world I may live for Thee alone. I beg of Thee at the hour of my death to receive me, a pilgrim and an exile returning to Thee. Amen.  

Fifteenth Prayer…Our Father - Hail Mary 
O Jesus! True and fruitful Vine! Remember the abundant outpouring of Blood which Thou didst so generously shed from Thy Sacred Body as juice from grapes in a wine press.  From Thy Side, pierced with a lance by a soldier, blood and water issued forth until there was not left in Thy Body a single drop, and finally, like a bundle of myrrh lifted to the top of the Cross Thy delicate Flesh was destroyed, the very Substance of Thy Body withered, and the Marrow of Thy Bones dried up.  Through this bitter Passion and through the outpouring of Thy Precious Blood, I beg of Thee, O Sweet Jesus, to receive my soul when I am in my death agony. Amen

O Sweet Jesus! Pierce my heart so that my tears of penitence and love will be my bread day and night; may I be converted entirely to Thee, may my heart be Thy perpetual habitation, may my conversation be pleasing to Thee, and may the end of my life be so praiseworthy that I may merit Heaven and there with Thy saints, praise Thee forever. Amen.

In Christ

Father Raed Bader

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 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.


Confirmation Mass
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
at 7:00 p.m.  with Bishop Hicks

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 

Daily Masses
Rosary 8:00 a.m. Monday thru Friday (First Tuesday in October is rescheduled to October 13th) First Tuesday ay of the Month 6:30pm mass followed by Saint Peregrine Devotion and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
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.

Installation of Bishop A. Hicks
as Sixth Bishop of Joliet

September 29, 2020

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

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. 

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