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About Saint Christopher
There was a martyr named Christopher who was beheaded in Lycia, in the time of the Emperor Decius (249-251). This is all we know of him.  His name, however has been invoked by Christians everywhere  as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, whose intercession is especially powerful.

The legend that has grown up about the name is familiar.  Christopher was a Canaanite 5 cubits (7.5 feet (2.3 m)) tall and with a fearsome face.  A giant of a man he was, originally called Reprobus, and determined to serve the mightiest king on earth.  When the king he chose to serve  showed fear of the devil, he left him and sought out Satan.  Satan showed fear at the sign of the cross, however, and leaving him, Reprobus sought Christ.

He vowed for the love of Christ to carry travelers on his strong shoulders across a dangerous river.  One night, being awakened by a child’s voice calling his name, Reprobus hastened to his task.  Suddenly in the midst of the surging waters, the giant who had never stooped beneath the heaviest of weights, was bent down under the burden of this child, grown heavier than the world itself.  “Be not astonished,” said the mysterious child, “you bear Him who bears the world.”  He then disappeared, blessing his carrier and naming him Christopher, “Christ-bearer.” 

He bore Christ in four ways, namely, on his shoulders when he carried him across the river, in his body by mortification, in his mind by devotion, and in his mouth by confessing Christ and preaching him.  Christopher is the patron of travelers and is invoked against perils from water, tempests, and plagues.

From the Lives of the Saints Copyright 1959 by The Catholic Press
( His feast, July 25, was dropped from the Catholic liturgical calendar in 1969 )

The St. Christopher image is taken from the stain glass window over the main entrance to
St. Christopher Church
Midlothian, IL
USA
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St Christopher Parish
4130 W. 147th St.
Midlothian, IL 60445  USA
(708) 388-8190   Fax: (708) 388-0072
stchris@stchristopherparish.com

Weekend Masses:
Saturday: 5:30pm (Vigil)
Sunday: 7:30, 9:30 11:00am
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Weekday Masses:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday - 7am
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday -8:30am
School Mass Tuesday 8:30am
(when school is in session)
Starting 2015, all weekday Masses
will be at 8:30am
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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:
Mon through Sat - 7:25am until 8:25am
(In the Oratory)
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SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:
4:00pm - 5:00pm every Saturday in the Reconciliation Room
(except Holy Saturday April 4th, 2015)

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His feast day,is
July 25th
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~ Christmas Eve Dec 24th: 4:00, 5:30 and 11:00pm Mass ~
~ Christmas Day Dec 25th: 9:30 and 11:00am Mass ~
~  New Year's Eve Dec 31st: 5:30pm Mass ~
~ New Year's Day Jan 1st: 9:30 and 11:00am Mass  ~