Daily Life

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Sr. Jess helps get lunch ready at our Senior Program.

“So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides (Matt 6:31-33).”

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While our way of life has a daily rhythm, our schedule is flexible to make sure the needs our community and the needs of our neighbors are met to the best of our ability, always relying on God’s grace. Because of this, the work and study we engage in day in and day out will vary, but our goal always remains the same: to faithfully follow the will of Almighty God. We strive to do this as a community and through the work which God has entrusted to us: service to our brothers and sisters in need and Evangelization both in our neighborhood, around the Chicago area and beyond. The key to remaining faithful is simple: keeping our life centered on prayer, especially the Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. Here is a glimpse of what our week looks like:

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Fr. Bob offers Mass in Our Lady of the Angels Church.

SUNDAY

7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer followed by Mass

8:00 a.m. Breakfast/clean up

Free Day for Reading/Exercise*/Out at parishes/Events

5:00 p.m. Holy Hour (with Evening Prayer/Night Prayer)

6:00 p.m. Dinner/Recreation/Community Time

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Sr. Kate tends to the garden.

MONDAY-FRIDAY

6:30 a.m. Morning Prayer followed by Mass

7:30 a.m. Breakfast/clean up

8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Work period/study period

This time includes chores such as cleaning and caring for the Church, Rectory or Convent, organizing donations, correspondence, working with volunteers, reading and studying theology and/or Franciscan history/spirituality, and other activities that contribute to our formation or support our way of life and apostolate. Some members will be formally studying Theology at Mundelein Seminary on certain days of the week.

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Sr. Alicia helps prepare brunch for our Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast.

11:30 a.m. Lunch Prep (Office of Readings prayed privately before or after lunch)

12:00 p.m. Lunch/clean up

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Work period/study period

This is another flexible period that varies based on the day of the week and the needs of the community/apostolate.

5:00 p.m. Holy Hour (with Evening Prayer/Night Prayer)

6:00 p.m. Dinner/Recreation/Community time

Evening: Personal Time (Spiritual Reading, private prayer, study, etc.)

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Senior outing to Mundelein Seminary for a campus tour and luncheon.

TUESDAY

10:00 -2:00 p.m. Apostolate (Senior Program)

This weekly program with the senior citizens in our neighborhood includes a Bible study and lunch, as well as exercise class and an 0pportunity for computer classes or arts and crafts. When Fr. Bob began the Senior Program in 2009, many of these ladies and gentlemen didn’t know one another and infrequently left their homes. Now, many beautiful friendships have formed and there is a genuine care and concern for each member. Our community constantly is reminded of the Lord’s generosity through the affection of these dear friends of ours.

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Sr. Stephanie helps our neighbor at our Firs Saturday Food Give Away.

SATURDAY

6:30 a.m. Morning Prayer and Mass

7:30 a.m. Breakfast/clean up

Daytime Apostolate (Food Distribution, Retreat Groups, etc.)

5:00 p.m. Holy Hour (with Evening Prayer/Night Prayer)

6:00 p.m. Dinner/Recreation/Community time

 * Everyone is encouraged to take the time they need to exercise, whether it be running, biking or working out at the gym. We know that part of our responsibility is to take care of the bodies which God gave us, and so we try to live a healthy, balanced life, which includes good nutrition and exercise.