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On Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 the 8th grade students from St. Ferdinand Catholic School along with Religious Education Students participated in one-day Confirmation Retreat at University of Saint Mary of the Lake/ Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. The beautiful and most peaceful retreat place in America. 
Retreat is a time away from our normal activities to spend time to get closer with God, to examine the priorities of life and to make concrete and practical resolutions for improvement. Retreat is a powerful step toward personal conversion which each of us need it. 

During retreat, Seminarian Sebastian Zebrowski gave the students tour at Mundelein Seminary, where students had a chance to visit a Chapel of The Immaculate Conception, and hear a story about the place that Cardinal Mundelein called " The Heart of the Archdiocese ". The students strolled through the woods and saw the beautiful lake. They visited Library which is known for its exquisite architecture, historic collection, and innovative services. They heard a conference given by Fr. Pawel Adamus, and watched the movie "DO YOU BELIEVE". At the end students participated in the Holy Mass, and returned home. 
At the retreat all of the participants had a chance to calm down their self and to experience some deep, moving religious thoughts. 

Beata Bosak 
St. Ferdinand Director of Religious Education

As we begin the New Year, we are invited to get closer to GOD, to deepen our Catholic faith, and to be real disciple of Jesus Christ.

God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted and thus heirs of his blessed life. 

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Consecration to St. Joseph

Dec 8, 2020 to Dec 8, 2021 has been declared the year of St. Joseph. 

In the midst of crisis, confusion, and a world at war with the Church, it's time to come home again to our spiritual father, St. Joseph. In this richly researched and lovingly presented program of consecration to St. Joseph, Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, brings to life the wonders, the power, and the ceaseless love of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church and the Terror of Demons. 

We would like to invite you to join in a Consecration to St. Joseph.

Just as Jesus and Mary entrusted themselves entirely to the care and protection of St. Joseph as the head of the Holy Family, so we too can follow their example. “Jesus, living under the roof of St. Joseph and being his Son, gave us a personal example of total entrustment to St. Joseph” (Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC). 

Each person can do the readings and prayers on their own. The book is available at or through Amazon, and other vendors as physical or e-book copy. Please get your copy now and get ready for a wonderful spiritual journey. 

What does it mean to consecrate yourself to St. Joseph? 

Prayer of Consecration to St. Joseph  

Litany of St. Joseph