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Sacred Heart Domestic Violence Outreach Ministry and our Pastor Father Jacek Wrona invite you to our Silent Witness Exhibit, Sunday September 23, 2018 from 2 to 4 PM. The silhouettes represent local victims whose lives were taken by domestic violence. The objective of the exhibit is to bring awareness and provide information to our community about domestic violence. For the past twenty years, the Exhibits have been the most powerful way to honor those whose lives were lost in acts of domestic violence and to begin the healing process through awareness, education and treatment programs in hundreds of communities across America and several other countries, worldwide.

The Exhibit is a visual representation consisting of life-sized, red laminated silhouettes of the women, men and children murdered in acts of domestic violence during a specific period within each state, county or city. The goal of each Exhibit is to create an engaging display that will rally community support to grieve the losses of human life, create awareness and education materials and programs by collaborating with concerned and passionate members of your local community.

Remember My Story. Remember My Name. In 1990, the Silent Witness Initiative began promoting and education to support an end to domestic violence through community-based exhibits. It started with a small group of volunteers in one state and grew into an international presence, with projects in all 50 states and 23 countries.

Silent Witness International is the leading voice that honors the lives of domestic violence homicide victims through family support, community connections, and advocacy for change.

Many men and women die each year in acts of domestic violence in the United States. Each one has a story. Join our efforts to end this tragedy. – Because we need to remember their stories. We need to remember their names.

  • Our Guest Speaker is Victor Pacini – Victor lost his sister Renee to domestic violence. He will tell her story and share his.
  • Responding to a Domestic Violence Call: City of Palos Hills Police Officer.
  • There will be community outreach resources providing information.
  • We will hold a candlelight vigil at the close of our exhibit to honor the victims of domestic violence.

This event will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Ministry Center located at 8245 W. 111th Street in Palos Hills, IL 60465. Any questions, please contact Elizabeth Droel at 708-974-3336 X 250 or


The 177 Project is an initiative from Adoration Artists designed to help spark a renewal in parishes across the country. We are firm believers in the power of spending time in front of the Eucharist and want to encourage that through a worshipful evening that fosters community within and across parishes. Over the course of three months, more than a dozen of the most talented artists in Catholic music will split up into teams of two and visit all 177 different dioceses within the US – including those in Alaska, Hawaii, and St. Thomas. CLICK HERE for more information and tickets.

Each evening will be centered around a Holy Hour. Upon conclusion of the Holy Hour, attendees will have the chance to enjoy a concert put on by the musicians traveling as part of the 177 Project. During the event, attendees will have opportunities for confession, to pray for others, to hear about the importance of (and even respond to) vocations, to say the rosary, to engage with local and national ministries, and to interact in a variety of other ways.

About Adoration Artists – At Adoration Artists, we believe that music is one of the few things that can be used to deliver Truth to people at all points in their Christian walks – from the nonbeliever to the devout. Through music, we find moments of connection between the created and the Creator that are impossible to find elsewhere. Five hundred years ago, benefactors ensured that talented creatives had the time and means to create and distribute works of art that glorified God. Our goal is to, collectively, once again provide a mechanism for equipping talented Catholic artists so that they can more effectively use their gifts for evangelization both inside and outside of the Church.


St. Lawrence O’Toole
4101 St. Lawrence Avenue in Matteson, IL 60443

Sunday, October 7 at 3 pm

Call for more information at 708-748-6090

We, in the United States share the conviction, now seen and acted upon in the International community, to enter fully into the spiritual warfare we are facing and to pray for our respective nations at this watershed moment in history. We hear the clarion call of the Holy Spirit, through the Immaculata, and each of us sound the reply: “I’m Going In!”


Academy of Our Lady/Longwood High School graduates of years ending in 3 and 8 will receive a special salute at the AOL Alumnae Association’s All-School Reunion 2018 on Saturday, October 13 from 5:30 to 10:30 pm at the Hilton Oak Lawn Hotel, 94th and Cicero Avenue, Oak Lawn.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6 to 8 pm (cash bar). Tickets are $55 ($60 after October 8). Also planned is a visit to the former AOL Campus, now the Chicago International Charter School/Longwood. For more Reunion information, call the AOL Alumnae Office at 773-445-2300 or visit the website


The Archdiocese of Chicago to Hold a Mass for Hope and Healing at Holy Family Parish

The Mass is held to pray for the ongoing healing for child and youth sexual abuse survivors and their families

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Assistance Ministry will hold a Mass for Hope and Healing on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11 am at Holy Family Church, 1080 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago. Fr. Michael Gabriel, pastor of Holy Family Church, and Fr. Larry Dowling, pastor of St. Agatha Church, will co-celebrate the Mass, where we will offer prayers for the ongoing healing of child and youth sexual abuse survivors, their families and the Church.

Michael Hoffman and Jim Richter, both victims-survivors, will give witness on behalf of victim-survivors of clergy sexual abuse. Attendees will include clergy, victim-survivors of clergy sexual abuse, family members and caregivers of survivors, church lay ministry staff, Catholic school leadership and many others who are committed to the protection and safety of children and youth.

“I attend this Mass every year and I am grateful for the opportunity to share something in common with abuse survivors in this heartfelt and prayerful liturgy,” said Hoffman. “This type of outreach has helped me to reconcile myself to the traumatic loss I experienced at the hands of my abuser. I am thankful for this healing opportunity.”

The Office for Assistance Ministry works to provide pastoral care, support and resources to victims-survivors of clerical sexual abuse and their loved ones in their efforts to achieve psychological, emotional and spiritual healing. The office was established as one of the first victim assistance ministries in the United States in 1992 to respond to the sexual abuse of minors by Archdiocesan clergy. Since its creation, it has provided services and support to more than 400 victims-survivors and their family members.

“I am grateful for the energy, support and company of others on this journey of hope and healing,” said Richter. “I pray that other victims who live in silence with shame and guilt will also find a way to emerge from the shadows of pain and loneliness to find a measure of peace and comfort.”

For more information on the Mass for Hope and Healing, visit the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth website  or the Healing Garden website.

For more information on the services provided by the Office for Assistance Ministry, CLICK HERE.

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