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If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
~ Meister Eckhardt ~

Dear Friends,
Happy Thanksgiving! May your celebration be all that you need. Today, we are sharing Thanksgiving Day Meal Prayers appropriate for friends and families from diverse religious backgrounds or no religious affiliations. Please know that we are grateful for you today and always.

May your Thanksgiving holiday be filled with peace.

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We Grieve the Shooting in Colorado Springs

The Wheaton Franciscan Community joins the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in expressing our grief over the shooting in Colorado Springs. Our hearts and prayers go out to those family members, friends, and members of the LGBTQ+ community as they grieve the loss of those killed and injured in the Colorado Springs shooting on Saturday, November 19.

As people of the Gospel, we stand in opposition to all forms of exclusion and violence committed against any member of the human family. There can be no tolerance for hate. We pledge ourselves to work for the change of structures and systems that promote messages and actions of violence, particularly those directed towards persons who lack freedom and are denied human dignity. Our faith requires something more from us. We are called to be instruments of peace.

Creator God, Holy one, Maker of love and source of joy: we give you thanks for the
infinite variety of your creation. We bless you that we are wonderfully made and
that we are your beloved rainbow tribe. Grant us the courage to love our neighbors, to work for the end of violence and discrimination, and to share your grace with a world aching for healing. We pray because of Jesus, who shows us the way.

LCWR Statement

Thank You for the Fabulous
Thanksgiving Food Drive!
Paraphrasing Margaret Mead, Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the lives of many; indeed, that is what happened this Thanksgiving. Because of your generosity, we were able to fill the truck with bags of non-perishable food to create a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for large and small families in DuPage County (8 grocery carts full). In addition, we collected $2,450 in gift cards and cash to help with the purchase of perishable items.

Words simply cannot express the joy of your generosity. 
Thank you for being thoughtful, committed, and caring people of God living the call to feed the hungry!
Help the Wheaton Franciscan Community spread comfort and joy to
Canticle Place and Bethany House residents by donating
$25.00 Gift Cards to Target and


  • Sun, Dec 4 & Dec 11th before & after the 10:30 a.m. Mass
    • Our Lady of the Angels, 26W171 S. Roosevelt Rd, Ent #7
  • Mon, Dec 5th – Thurs, Dec 8th 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Wheaton Franciscan Administrative Entrance #5


26W171 S. Roosevelt Rd, Entrance #7, Wheaton

  • Sunday, Dec 4: from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec 11: from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Angels will be available to collect them from you

We are only able to accept gift cards from TARGET & AMAZON in increments of $25.00. This allows us to meet the needs of the residents and provide equal distribution.

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December 2022 Mass Calendar
Please Remember
  • Enter the building through Entrance #7 and exit the same way.
  • All participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted to the extent possible.
  • Masks must be worn for the duration of the Mass.
  • If you are feeling ill, please join us through Livestream
Please continue to stay connected with us through this newsletter and Livestream.

Announcements and schedule changes are listed on the Home Page of our website,

Please continue to check our website and this newsletter for updates on the liturgy schedule. If you miss the livestream of the service, you will find it archived on our YouTube Channel. 

Additionally, you can find audio recordings of the Sunday and Holiday homilies on our "Homilies & Reflections" page or by searching Wheaton Franciscans in your preferred podcast player. 

The Advent 2022 Season Begins!
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