Welcome to our parish
A message from Father Mike Foley

Dear Parishioners,

         As was widely reported in the press on Tuesday, Father Mike O’Connell, who served as pastor of Our Lady of the Woods from 1996-2012 was given permission by Cardinal George to return to his pastorate at St. Alphonsus Parish in Chicago. Father Mike had stepped away voluntarily from his parish in December following an allegation of abuse with a minor. The Full text of the statement by the archdiocese can be found on the website;  www.archchicago.org.

         It is important to note that Father Mike O’Connell was returned to ministry after the Cook County Sheriff concluded that the “allegation was unfounded.” And the Independent Review Board, based on the investigation for the Office of the Protection of Children and Young People found “No reason to suspect that sexual abuse of a minor occurred.”

         This has been a trying period for so many including and not limited to the people of Our Lady of the Woods, St. Alphonsus, and St. Michael. It has been especially painful for Father Mike, for his family and his close friends, and for anyone who has been hurt in any way by the actions of church leaders or anyone who has suffered physical or sexual trauma. These stories open up many wounds. When this allegation first came forward I asked parishioners to place everything in prayer.

        As this journey of healing begins I ask that we all keep everyone who has been touched by these events in prayer. I do mean everyone, even those unknown to us who may be in need of prayer. The journey of healing for Father Mike and for his current parishioners at St. Alphonsus will take time. This is also true here. I know Father Mike has been grateful for the prayers and support he has received from so many of you. In the next few weeks he will be concentrating his energies on reconnecting to the people of St. Alphonsus but please know that in the not too distant future we will also be able to pray with him as a faith  community.      

          At the end of every Archdiocesan message regarding sexual abuse accusations, resolutions, policies, etc is the reminder that “the abuse of any child is a crime and a sin.” This is followed by phone number and contact information. This is because it is a sin and every allegation must always be reported to civil authorities and properly investigated. This process can be very painful but it is exactly because of the thorough investigations conducted that we are able to welcome Fr. Mike O’Connell back.

In Christ,


Father Mike

Under the protection of the Mother of God, we are a faith community called by the Father, energized by the Son, and moved by the Spirit to unite in witnessing and proclaiming the Good News. We share in friendship, gather in worship, and do proclaim our desire to minister, welcome, celebrate and extend His Kingdom.

Bulletin Mass Times: Upcoming Events

Lenten Regulations
Fasting: Ages 18-59 on Good Friday,
limiting themselves to one full meal and two smaller meals each day,
with no snacking between meals.

Abstinence: Catholics age 14 and older
Abstain from meat on Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.

Holy Thursday
April 17, 2014
There is no morning Mass
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
7:00 p.m. Liturgy of Our Lord’s Last Supper
8:00 p.m. – Midnight Adoration

Good Friday
April 18, 2014
There is no Morning Mass
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
3:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
Presented by Youth Ministry
7:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death
Veneration of the Cross
Gospel of St. John presented by Youth Ministry

Holy Saturday
April 19, 2014
There is no Morning Mass
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayers
9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation
12 Noon – Blessing of Easter Food and Baskets
There is no 5:00 p.m. Mass
7:30 p.m. Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday
April 20, 2014
Feast of the Resurrection of the Lord
Masses 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
There is No 6:00 p.m. Mass

Divine Mercy Sunday
April 27, 2014
6:00 p.m. Mass

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