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April 22, 2012

‘This to me is a miracle on Iowa Street’

Volunteers distribute food to neighborhood residents March 2 at Kelly Hall, a center it shares with the YMCA and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Our Lady of the Angels Mission sponsors a food giveaway the first Saturday of every month.

Kelly Hall YMCA.

During the food giveaways, volunteers and the Franciscan Sisters take turns spending time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The mission plans to offer 24-hour eucharistic adoration in the church sometime in the future.

Franciscan Friar of the Renewal Bob Lombardo celebrates Mass March 2 in the rectory. His dog Liberty keeps watch outside the chapel.

Cardinal George accepts the gifts during Mass from Christine and Emil Lombardo, the parents of Franciscan Father Bob Lombardo, director of Our Lady of the Angels Mission. The rededication Mass for the church was held April 14.

From left, Sister Alicia Torres, Father Bob Lombardo, Alan Solowski, Eric Futterer, Sisters Kate O'Leary and Stephanie Baliga stand before an image of Mary at the end of Mass. They placed roses on the altar before Mary in thanksgiving for her intercession in the mission's work.

Servers Kyle Lee and Jamie Mueller prepare the altar during the Mass. Bishops Raymond Goedert and Alberto Rojas sit to the right of Cardinal George.

Volunteers, supporters and friends filled Our Lady of the Angels Church for the rededication Mass.

Story by Joyce Duriga


Photos by Karen Callaway


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