In 1878, the St. Mary Mokena Mission was less than 15 years old and numbered only about 30 families. Its small, rural congregation of German-speaking immigrants knew little English. That’s why German priests, like Father Sixt, were essential to keeping the Roman Catholic faith alive.
Father Dindo helped lead a group of pilgrims from St. Mary and other churches to the Holy Land in early November to visit key sites from the Bible, especially the New Testament.
Rainy weather moved the third annual St. Mary Marian procession indoors, but it couldn't drown out the sound of prayer and song permeating the church.
Even if you die in a state of grace, meaning you don’t have a mortal sin on your soul, you still aren’t necessarily ready for heaven. Certain Saints have reportedly had visions of Purgatory and the trials endured there.
It would be very difficult, if not impossible, to find an individual at St. Mary who is more widely beloved than Deacon Nabil Halaby.