Here Comes Decorating!

A Handmaid News

Other than some light choir practices the Christmas hymns don’t get underway until Our Lord arrives. And it’s unlikely you will hear “Here Comes Santa Claus!” echoing through our halls. But as the final week of Advent rushes to what the world has been waiting for we can be seen decorating our little corners here and there. We keep the …

It’s Beginning To Look Like Cleaning

A Handmaid News

It is still Advent though Christmas looms. Pre-decorating cleaning has begun, though not easy with a 25 foot ceiling. Poinsettias are waiting for placement, boxes are out of storage, as well as step stools, ladders, and grabbers. While there is the wrapping of gifts for the community and all the needed preparations for the coming celebration that would be recognized in …

Gaudete! He is Coming!

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

Rejoice! It’s Gaudete Sunday! We enter the third week of Advent lighting the rose colored candles and renewing our thanksgiving for the Incarnation. He is coming. He is coming to save us. He is coming to be one of us. This gives us all hope and joy, but not for the secular trappings of the coming holidays. It’s not about …

Divine Mercy Image for Cor Jesu

A Handmaid News

It was only fitting, after the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, a year that had our retreat focusing on Divine Mercy, to adorn Cor Jesu Monastery with its newest piece of religious art. Only it is not just “religious art”. It is the Divine Mercy image itself. The canvas print of the restored painting from Vilnius, Poland came …

Hymn folder and Hymnal

Music Music Music

A Handmaid Advent, News

As we continued unpacking and settling in after our Sisters joined us from our former Priory in Illinois, we finally got to boxes of music and tapped into the organ skills of our Lake Villa organists. This means we once again can sing the Mass, especially on Sundays and Solemnities to settings we learned as a community after the new …