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Cardinal Francis George, the first Chicago native to serve as the local archbishop and a man who during his 17-year tenure became the intellectual leader of the American church, died Friday morning, April 17, 2015, at his home after a long struggle with cancer.
He was 78.
"A man of peace, tenacity and courage has been called home to the Lord," said George's successor, Archbishop Blase Cupich.
Cardinal Francis George was installed in May 1997, he arrived by way of the west coast, where he had spent less than a year as Archbishop of Portland, Oregon, and five years as Bishop of Yakima, Washington. He is the thirteenth Ordinary of Chicago since its establishment as a diocese in 1843.
The northwest side native, a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is the sixth Cardinal to lead the Chicago Archdiocese's 2.3 million Catholics. He has assumed a prominent position among U.S. bishops, serving as the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2007 to 2010. His pastoral leadership encompasses international and national audiences.
As a family of faith we congratulate our children who were confirmed on Saturday, April 25, 2015, by Bishop John R. Gorman. Even in retirement Bishop Gorman is ready to help. We hope this sets the tone for our children. While they will be given many cards and gifts wishing them well, the best gift parents, godparents and sponsor could give them is that of a good example. Faith, time shared in reflection, builds a solid foundation for our chldren and will be used every day.
We hope and pray that the gift of the Holy Spirit will guide them and assist them as they continue to develop and deepen their relationship with the Lord and with the Christian community in the years to come. Congratulations!
St. George Church
SAVE THE DATE: June 14 - 19, 2015
Totus Tuus is a diocesan catechetical summer youth program whereby seminarians and college students travel throughout the summer proclaiming the Gospel through Catechetical instruction, Mass, Confession, games, fun and more!
Entering Grades 1-6
Monday – Friday
9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Sunday - Thursday
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $30 Cost: $10
Family Rate: $60 for 3 or more children grades 1-6
To register or for more information please contact Parish Contact, Janelle Krzmarzick, firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-532-8234.
From time to time, I ask you all to think about what you can give to the church. It is an important question, which requires us all to reflect on the blessings given to each of us. As you know
St. George is able to serve this community only through the support of our parishioners. Our ability to continue
our mission is directly related to the generosity of this congregation. It is also important that we at
St. George learn how to accept your gifts in different ways. Not every donation comes in an envelope on Sunday. We realize that today, more and more of you would prefer to make your contributions through your checking account or credit card. I am happy to write that you now have that choice.
You are NOW able to use GiveCentral. It is a website approved by the archdiocese and our finance council for making contributions electronically. This website is safe, secure, and a paperless way to make your contribution. It was designed specifically for Catholic churches in Chicago and other churches have already found success with it. Thank you for your continued support of our ministry through your weekly sacrificial offering. God bless you throughout 2015!
Here is how to sign up for GiveCentral:
1. To access the GiveCentral website, just click on the GiveCentral image or go to www.givecentral.org and click on the "START GIVING" button.
2. Type our parish name in the search box and click on our picture when it appears below.
3. Choose an "Event" to which you would like to donate, entering the frequency, date range and dollar amount, then click "ADD TO MY GIFT BASKET." You may click "CHECKOUT" at any time, or add more donations if you wish.
4. When you are ready, click "MY GIFT BASKET" at the top of the page and verify your gifts.
5. Click "CONTINUE," then "COMPLETE PROFILE" to register.
6. Complete the simple registration form, then click "REGISTER AND CONFIRM GIFT."
7. You're registered! Check your inbox for an email from email@example.com.
Fr. Ken Fleck
Monday - Friday: 8 AM - Noon and 1 PM - 8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM - 6 PM