Musing on Music: Reflections on the Hymns of Advent and Christmas (A Four-Part Virtual Event)

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The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, together with Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, present Musing on Music: Reflections on the Hymns of Advent and Christmas, A Four-Part Virtual Event

Amid the isolation of a lingering pandemic arises an opportunity for a sacred time to meditate on the promise of Emmanuel, “God with us.” Journey with us, virtually, as we explore four classical hymns of Advent and Christmas, creatively interpreted in the writing of Fr. Richard Fragomeni.

Each week a different presenter will focus on a different hymn, with the opportunity for reflection and small group discussion.

Together let us seize the opportunity to awaken from our slumber and with eyes of faith see in the darkness around us the birthplace of the Light, the Christ, to whom all the music of the heavens is eternally directed.

December 4Fr. Richard Fragomeni on “O Come, Divine Messiah”

Fr. Richard Fragomeni, PhD is a nationally acclaimed speaker, author, retreat master and teacher; Professor of Liturgy and Preaching, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Adjunct faculty, Department of Religious Studies, De Paul University.


December 11Julie Berggren on “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

Julie Berggren, MA, is a spiritual director, chaplain, and retreat leader.



December 18Br. Antony Julius on “Like the Dawning of the Morning”

Br. Antony Julius Milton joined the Franciscan Capuchin Province of Tamil Nadu, India in 2010. Recently ordained a deacon, he is currently at CTU studying for his M.Div. and M.A. in Theology while ministering at The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii.


January 8Catharine M. Lentz on “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

Catharine M. Lentz, JD, MA is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and RCIA at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Darien, IL. She has a Masters in Liturgical Studies from Catholic Theological Union and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School.

Join us on Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for as many of the sessions as you would like. Each is independent of the others. Register any time between now and the last presentation in January. There will be one link for all four sessions sent when you register, and a reminder with the link sent the day before each session.

Daybreaks: Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas by Fr. Richard N. Fragomeni, PhD, the book from which our pilgrimage draws its inspiration, will be available for you to pick up at either The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago or Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Darien for a $5 suggested freewill donation. You may also purchase it by clicking here. (You will be redirected to Give Central, where you may place a credit card order.  After the Shrine receives your order and payment the program book(s) will be mailed to you).  Please allow enough time to place the order and receive them via the Post Office.

Daybreaks is a prayerful resource that can be used for each and every Advent and Christmas season but it is not required to participate in this virtual event.

Please click here to register (you may register for any single date, various multiple dates, or all dates).

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Carl Wachsmann at or 312-421-3757 ext. 315 or Cathy Lentz at or 630-852-3303, ext. 5.

Freewill donations will be gratefully received.

Servant of God, Thea Bowman Prayer

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Prayer by Servant of God Sr. Thea Bowman
Creator God, Sr. Thea told us that, “if we walk on, and talk on, and work on, and pray on, and hold on, and love on in faith, we shall overcome. Overcome weakness, overcome fatigue, overcome exhaustion, overcome pain and loneliness, overcome frustration, overcome the prejudices and the stereotypes, the anxieties, the grief, the fear, the negative attitudes–all those barriers and boundaries that keep us apart, overcome racism and classism and sexism and materialism, all those ‘isms’ that keep us apart.” We ask you this, through your Son, the Prince of Peace, and in the Spirit of Hope, One God for ever and ever. Amen.


Lost Child – To Honor You

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Shared by one of our Lost Child pilgrims during our time together.

To Honor You

To honor you, I get up everyday and take a breath.

And start another day without you in it.

To honor you, I laugh and love with those who knew your smile

And the way your eyes twinkled with mischief and secret knowledge.

To honor you, I take the time to appreciate everyone I love,

I know now there is no guarantee of days or hours spent in their presence.

To honor you, I listen to music you would have liked,

And sing at the top of my lungs, with the windows rolled down.

To honor you, I take chances, say what I feel, hold nothing back,

Risk making a fool of myself, dance every dance.

You were my light, my heart, my gift of love, from the very highest source.

So everyday, I vow to make a difference, share a smile, live, laugh and love.

Now I live for us both, so all I do, I do to honor you.


We hope you find comfort in this beautiful honor to a lost child.

Please click here to make a freewill donations.   Thank you.

For questions or information, please click here to contact Cathy Lentz via email.