The Mission of Our Lady of the Angels
Our Lady of the Angels
Pray for us & bless our good work!
Go, Build My Church.
One day when Saint Francis went out to meditate in
the fields,  he was passing by the church of San
Damiano which was threatening to collapse because
of extreme age. Inspired by the Spirit, he went inside
to pray.

Kneeling before an image of the Crucified, he was
filled with great fervor and consolation as he prayed.
While his tear-filled eyes were gazing at the Lord's
cross, he heard with his bodily ears a voice coming
from the cross, telling him three times:

“Francis, go and repair my house which, as you see,
is falling into ruin.”

Trembling with fear, Francis was amazed at the
sound of this astonishing voice, since he was alone
in the church; and as he received in his heart the
power of the divine words, he fell into a state of
ecstasy. Returning finally to his senses, he prepared
to put his whole heart into obeying the command he
had received.

He began zealously to repair the church materially,
although the principle intention of the words referred
to that Church which Christ purchased with his own
blood, as the Holy Spirit afterward made him realize
and as he later disclosed to the friars. (Taken from
the web site of the
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal)

One day not too long ago, Fr. Bob also heard a voice
saying, "Bob, go and repair my house which, as you
see, is falling into ruin."  Of course, the voice
belonged to Cardinal George, but in our book, that's
close enough!  We are getting right to work -- not just
to restore the beautiful church but to also build a
community of believers in Humboldt Park.
The Church of Our Lady of the Angels -
A Jewel in the Heart of one of Chicago's Poorest Neighborhoods.
As you approach the church from the west and view the rather simple facade, you would never
imagine the beauty hidden behind the bricks, unless, of course, you were a parishioner here before
1990 when the last mass was celebrated before the church closed.  
Saints Bartholomew, James Minor, Philip and Thomas, along with a few prophets,
also await you in the stairwells and in the choir loft.  Bring your children and teach
them about the saints who so loved our Lord that they were  willing to die for Him
and suffer the cruelest of tortures rather than deny Him.  
If only we had such faith today!   If only....
Imagine the baptisms, weddings and other sacraments that took
place here many years ago.  
Stand on the altar,  look back at
the choir loft and imagine the voices lifted in joyful song in
praise of our Father.
Imagine those who might come to pray, to
find peace and to learn how to love a little better once these
doors are open again.  Just imagine the possibilities.
IT'S TIME TO IMAGINE....
NOW, IT'S TIME FOR REALITY...
While we have an unbelievable opportunity, our lovely church has been slowly deteriorating for the last
20 years.  The basement is in shambles and the building has suffered from extensive water damage.  
Imagine once again
the wonderful
programs and
celebrations that
could take place in
this great basement
space once the trash
is hauled out and
repairs made.
It's hard to imagine what went on in this kitchen!!!
Trash everywhere! Calling all strong & cheerful volunteers!
Lots of water damage!
Before we give you more
"reality," we thought we
would give you a glimpse
of a few more of the
beautiful stained glass
windows revealed from the
interior as the light shines
into that holy space.
BACK TO REALITY...
If you look beyond the ornate trusses, you can see the water
damage on the roof.  And using the confessional for a junk
closet (left) is brilliant - unless you want to get to Heaven!
We can't wait to restore the Sacred Heart Chapel!!!! (below)
The bathrooms are particularly lovely (not).
The instruments & organs are waiting to be tuned and played!
Let your love for one another be intense,

Be hospitable to one another
without complaining.

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve
one another as good stewards of God's varied
grace.

1 Peter 4:8-10

Have a most beautiful day.
Who will help Fr. Bob repair this church?
The faithful are already coming and Fr. Bob is grateful.
Come join Fr. Bob in this joyous work.
Be doers of the Word, not just hearers!
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer,
he is like a man who looks at his own face in a mirror.
He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked like.
But the one who peers into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres,
and is not a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts,
such a one shall be blessed in what he does.
James 1:22-25
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One could never know for sure, but those who would come might include the following:
the curious
the lost
the found
the seekers
those who love
those who need love
those who wonder who's that preacher who wears a gray robe and always smiles
those who know who he is
those who wonder why so many strangers come to their neighborhood to help them
those who understand why they come
those who need rest
those who seek peace
those who have no hope or who are losing it
those who just want a friendly smile
those who want to serve
those who seek to be part of a community of faith
those who are not happy in their own church
those without a church
those who live in the neighborhood and were raised Catholic
those who want to be fed more than what is offered at the mobile food pantry
those who attended the school and church many years ago...

It is possible that all of these could come.  With God, all things are possible.
And we have been planting the seeds...quietly, gently and lovingly.  Some will surely fall on good soil and take root.
Who is this on this
medal?  
What does this
mean?
Questions have been asked, and
questions have been answered.
Bonds have
been
formed.

Love has
been
shared.
To learn more about grassroots Evangelization, click HERE.
For an annotated bibliography of some important Church documents about Catholic evangelization, click
HERE.
For the answers to some FAQs about Catholic Evangelization, click
HERE.
When we open the church and
celebrate mass there, who would come?

The view
outside of the
Church from
Hamlin Street
(March 5, 2011)

Foundation in
disrepair....

No landscaping...

Concrete cracked...
Sidewalks and
steps crumbling
and cracked.
Not very welcoming entrances...  Doors in disrepair.

Who
will  help
repair my
house?
When you stand outside the
church and look up to the heavens,
if you look real close, you will
notice the cracks and crumbling
facade.

Little by little, penny by penny,
prayer by prayer....this too shall be
repaired-- just as we have repaired
the cracks in the rectory, Kelly Hall
YMCA and the convent-- with the
help of God and the many
awesome volunteers He brings to
be part of the Mission family.

God bless
all whose
Lenten
sacrifices and
prayers are
helping restore
the House of the
Lord.
Have a most blessed and holy Lenten journey!
May God bless you, and
keep you and those you love in His loving care all the days of your life.