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Sunday, November 23
8:30 am
† Viola Antonelli
10:30 am
Connie Howe
12:30 pm
Mass for the People
Monday, November 24
8:30 am
Brian McPartland & Laurette Daley
6:00 pm
Maria Milicevic
Tuesday, November 25
8:30 am
Maria Milicevic
Wednesday, November 26
8:30 am
† Cecelia Mitzel
6:00 pm
† Leopoldo Lopez
Thursday, November 27
8:30 am
Arleen & James Greenhalgh
Friday, November 28
8:30 am
† Tom Makris
Saturday, November 29
8:30 am
† Catherine & George Ewers
4:30 pm
† Jack Ippolito
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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I was born in Chicago into a very Catholic family, and my parents were my first teachers of the Faith. Growing up I wanted to serve God as a priest, and I attended Quigley South High School, the Preparatory Seminary for the Archdiocese of Chicago. After graduation, however, I felt that God was calling me to a different vocation than the priesthood. I studied at John Carroll University, and I spent my junior year of college at Loyola University of Chicago's Rome Center. Throughout college, my love for God and my relationship with Him matured, and I loved His Church in a whole new way after living in Rome.

While I enjoyed majoring in Comparative Literature, I felt that God wanted me to serve Him and His people as a physician. I studied medicine and specialized in Urologic Oncology. I have been married to Dr. Nanette Tibbitts, a specialist in Internal Medicine, for 33 years, and we have one son, Anthony James, an aspiring lawyer. I have always actively participated in the life of the Church, but when I began to feel that God was calling me to serve Him as a deacon, I managed to "avoid" responding to His call, despite the encouragement from a very special deacon. When God's call became impossible to ignore, I opened myself to Him, and He sent a very wise and holy priest into my life, who started me on the incredible spiritual journey of Diaconate Formation.

I learned so many things during my five years of Formation. Most importantly, I realized just how much God wants to be a part of our lives – how much He wants to have a close and personal relationship, a friendship, with each and every one of us. And that may scare some people. Initially it scared me. We may be afraid that if we invite God into our lives, He will demand difficult things from us, like asking us to give up our lives and become missionaries like Mother Teresa and live among the poor. But I learned that God never demands anything from us, and certainly never against our free will, which He gave us. He simply invites us to more. Jesus says that He came that we may have life and have it in abundance. I learned that when we open ourselves up to God, we discover that He has much bigger and better plans for us than we could ever imagine for ourselves. He's waiting to be part of our lives, and He's the greatest friend of all.

God Bless You,
Deacon Peter Auriemma

Esquina del Diácono

Queridos hermanos y hermanas:

Nací en Chicago en una familia muy católica, y mis padres fueron mis primeros maestros de la fe. Al crecer, yo quería servir a Dios como sacerdote, y asistí a Quigley South High School, el Seminario Preparatorio de la Arquidiócesis de Chicago. Después de la graduación, sin embargo, sentí que Dios me estaba llamando a una vocación diferente que el sacerdocio. Estudié en la Universidad John Carroll, y pasé mi primer año de universidad en la Universidad Loyola de Roma Center de Chicago. A lo largo de la universidad, mi amor por Dios y mi relación con Él maduraron, y me encantó su Iglesia en una forma totalmente nueva después de vivir en Roma.

Aunque disfruté con especialización en Literatura Comparada, sentí que Dios quería que él y su pueblo sirvo como médico. Estudié medicina y se especializó en Urología Oncológica. He estado casada con el Dr. Nanette Tibbitts, especialista en Medicina Interna, durante 33 años, y tenemos un hijo, Anthony James, un abogado de aspirante. Siempre he participado activamente en la vida de la Iglesia, pero cuando empecé a sentir que Dios me estaba llamando para que le sirvan como diácono, me las arreglé para "evitar" responder a su llamado, a pesar del estímulo de un diácono muy especial. Cuando el llamado de Dios se hizo imposible de ignorar, me abrí a Él, y Él envió a un sacerdote muy sabio y santo en mi vida, que me inició en el increíble viaje espiritual de Formación del Diaconado.

Aprendí muchas cosas durante mis cinco años de formación. Lo más importante, me di cuenta de lo mucho que Dios quiere ser una parte de nuestra vida - lo mucho que Él quiere tener una relación cercana y personal, una amistad, con todos y cada uno de nosotros. Y eso puede asustar a algunas personas. Inicialmente me asustó. Es posible que tenga miedo de que si te invitamos a Dios en nuestras vidas, Él va a exigir cosas difíciles de nosotros, como nos pide renunciar a nuestras vidas y ser misioneros como la Madre Teresa y vivir entre los pobres. Pero aprendí que Dios nunca exige nada de nosotros, y desde luego nunca en contra de nuestra voluntad, que Él nos dio. Él simplemente nos invita a más. Jesús dice que Él vino para que tengamos vida y la tengamos en abundancia. Me enteré de que cuando nos abrimos a Dios, descubrimos que Él tiene planes mucho más grandes y mejores para nosotros de lo que podríamos imaginar para nosotros mismos. Él está a la espera de ser parte de nuestras vidas, y Él es el mejor amigo de todos.

Salud,
Diácono Pedro Auriemma

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