I am honored to have a few moments to introduce you to Little Flower Catholic Church and the wonderful people who call Little Flower their church home. God has an adventure waiting for every person and this includes you. We all have an unexplored journey just waiting for us to take the first step. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, Little Flower is here to walk with you. Here you can feel at home; here is a place to feel welcome; a place to be yourselves and to understand what God has in store for you.
Please accept my invitation to join us for weekend Mass or throughout the week. If you have any questions, please contact me through this website.
Blessings in your journeys,
Fr. John Nolan, VF
WELCOME, Mr. Josh Ebener
Little Flower Catholic School has a new principal. After a survey to determine the qualities most needed, the search committee selected Mr Josh Ebener to lead our school through this upcoming academic year. Mr Ebener comes to us through the public school system and was highly recommended.
Josh Ebener is a graduate of St. Bede Academy in Peru, IL and the University of Illinois, Champaign. He has a masters' degree in counseling and an administrative certificate from UIS. Josh came to this area with his first teaching job at Glenwood High School in Chatham (6 years) and he also taught at Springfield High School (13 years). After a variety of administrative jobs, Josh retired in June, 2014.
Josh and his wife, Shelley, have lived in Chatham for the past 34 years. Shelley taught at Little Flower School for a few years in the 1980s and she presently teaches at Chatham elementary. Josh and Shelley are the proud parents of two sons; Nick who lives in Broomfield, CO where he sells houses, and Luke, who lives in Davenport, IA where he is a youth minister.
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Today is Monday, August 3
Mass Today: 7:00 a.m.
Pope's Prayer for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
"If you knew the gift of God!"
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
Church of the Little Flower Mission Statement
Our mission guided by the Holy Spirit is to
- unite in our common faith, through celebration of the Word and Eucharist;
- form a caring, loving and prayer-filled community, strengthened by the sacraments, that reflects the presence of Jesus;
- bring Jesus' Presence to all, especially the poor of our world;
- recognize and affirm the gifts, talents and needs of others.
We journey together imitating the example of our patroness, St. Therese the Little Flower, in doing little things centered in the love of God and one another. We endeavor to make our parish a faith-filled community, a place to meet friends, and a place we call home.