Bishop Joseph Perry: A Prayer for Employment

Pray this each day, whether or not you are employed.

O God, Father of us all, You bestow on us gifts and talents to develop and use in accord with your Will and to advance your kingdom on earth.  Grant to me, through the intercession of Saint Joseph, the man chosen by God to care for you in your childhood and youth, employment and work that I may with dignity provide for my family. Grant me the opportunities to use my energy and abilities for the good of those who depend upon me for care and support.  You placed me in charge of this family.  I beseech your assistance in helping me provide for them as you would have me do. You are our God and head of this family.  Amen

Bishop Joseph N Perry

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Manhood Monday: Living the Christian Lifestyle

Your weekly dose of “Living the Goodness of a Catholic Man”.

From Today’s Readings:

Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Alleluia  2 Tm 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

[1:910] Redemption from sin and the call to holiness of life are not won by personal deeds but are freely and graciously bestowed according to God’s eternal plan.

“If we are going to walk with God and become good Christians we need an inner strength which seems to come from a combination of grace and discipline. This strength is not something we can attain for ourselves; it is a gift God freely gives us when we cooperate with His plan for our lives. When we have this strength within us we will have a Christian effect on our families and other acquaintances. When we don’t have this strength, then the environment has an effect on us. So true is that saying, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything!””

~ Bishop Joseph Perry

God bless your day.

The CMCS-Team


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Are you a holy man?

Catholic Men Chicago Southland is about growing in holiness. No matter if it’s our personal life our our business life, when you grow in holiness the most basic benefits are ethics and integrity. Because when you get the persons right, then you get the life right.

Virtues of a Catholic Man

  • A Catholic man has some sense of what or whom he would die for if necessary.
  • A Catholic man passes his faith to his children and sees to their religious education.
  • A Catholic man informs himself about his faith, reads Scripture, select Catholic literature, and studies the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
  • A Catholic man insures that there are sacred symbols in his household, such as, a crucifix(es), Bible, use of sacramentals such as the Advent wreath, Christmas cre`che, etc.
  • A Catholic man leads prayer in his household at significant domestic events, such as, birth, Baptism, graduation, marriage, illness, death, and other special meals and events with use of a passage from Scripture or other Catholic sources.
  • A Catholic man practices presence with his wife and children.
  • A Catholic man invests himself in some project or apostolate at the parish or diocesan level.
  • A catholic man is faithful to his wife, his children, his Church and his friends, indeed all his commitments.

© Bishop Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago

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Thanks for Reading.

Make it a great week. See you back here again next Monday.

Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

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Manhood Monday: Living the Word

Your weekly dose of “Living the Goodness of a Catholic Man”.

From Today’s Readings:

Alleluia  HB 4:12

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The word of God is living and effective,
able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Are we willing to place our lives in the care of the God who created us out of love? Or do we know better than God about our needs?

Here are some ways to support living as a Practicing Catholic Man right now today:

Prayer:  Ten minutes each day, tell Jesus how much you love him, and make time to listen to the Holy Spirit speak to you.

Reading:  Subscribe to a daily Catholic devotional or read your Bible.  Tip: Ask God to speak to you, and then open the Bible and start reading the first thing that jumps off the page at you. IT WORKS!!

Virtues:  Read Bishop Perry’s Virtues of a Catholic Man.  Work on one at a time, but make it a goal to work on them.  Okay, some guys don’t like goals, so look at them as solving a problem (to grow in virtue).

Support:  Join or start a Parish Small Men’s Group. Join the CMCS Blog community and make comments (“Follow” here). Be at the next Bishop’s Men’s Forum each year on the Saturday after Easter Sunday.

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God bless your day.

The CMCS-Team


Frank’s Photo of the Week

Photo: Copyright 2014 Frank J Casella on Fine Art America Prints | Cards

Whatever your challenges are today, remember to take baby steps towards your goals. Ask God to show you the way. Then let Him.

Thanks for Reading.

Make it a great week. See you back here again next Monday.

Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director

A larger collection of photographs can be viewed on my portfolio.


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Living as a Practicing Catholic Man

With some you can do yourself and others we can help, just ask.

Here are some ways to support living as a Practicing Catholic Man right now today:

Kindness: Help each other make it through life.

Prayer: Ten minutes each day, tell Jesus how much you love Him, and make time to listen to the Holy Spirit speak to you.

Reading: Subscribe to a daily Catholic devotional or read your Bible. Tip: Ask God to speak to you, and then open the Bible and start reading the first thing that jumps off the page at you. IT WORKS!!

Devotion: Spend time each day with the CMCS “A Man’s Prayer” and / or “A Prayer for Employment“. (PDF) Let the words speak to you, direct you. Men have said how much these prayers are transformational.

Virtues: Read Bishop Perry’s Virtues of a Catholic Man. Work on one at a time, but make it a goal to work on them. Okay, some guys don’t like goals, so look at them as solving a problem (to grow in virtue).

Support Yourself: Join or start a Parish Small Men’s Group. Join the CMCS Blog community and nurish your spirituality (“Follow” here). Be at the next Bishop’s Men’s Forum each year on the Saturday after Easter Sunday.

Support Others: Donate to your parish first, then to CMCS your time, expertise, money (or subscribe to the sponsored Cell phone service – a great gift for Dad’s & Grad’s – Best of all supports Pro-Life!).

Worship: Worship the Lord Jesus Christ who makes life truly worth living, as opposed to the temporal things of this world – money, sports, food, cars, women / porn, booze, work, etc. – more of Christ, less of you. Keep it all in perspective and moderation, and remove what your conscience says is not good for you, as the Church teaches.

Courage: To be a great leader of people — inspire them to follow you, not your rules.

What is a CMCS-Man?

” We believe Jesus Christ set’s the tone and the description for authentic manhood. The Gospels offer the outline and formation for manly maturity and the carrying out of responsibility as a single man, as a married man, family man, widow and for a man’s last days as he prepares to meet his Maker! A man can’t go wrong with taking on the task of the Christian lifestyle. “

Bishop Joseph N. Perry

What does it mean to be a Follower of Catholic Men Chicago Southland or a CMCS-Man?

The only requirement to be a CMCS-Man is your commitment towards growing in holiness and LIving the Goodness of a Catholic Man .”

If there are no dues to be a CMCS-Man how is the apostolate funded?

CMCS is wholly funded by individual supporters who believe in the impact of our mission of fostering men to grow in holiness and make Jesus Christ the center of our daily lives – Living the Goodness of a Catholic Man.

  • CMCS is an Illinois State recognized nonprofit, and is not an IRS-certified charity. No revenue is generated by advertising, and funded only by individual support. Operation of CMCS is debt free, and administration is done by the CMCS-Team who gain no financial benefit from their engagement for this apostolate.
  • Gatherings/ Event Funding: Good stewardship means operating CMCS debt free, and keeping our gatherings and programs in the black, while charging an affordable fee (compared to the national average) so men attending events can bring other men with them.
  • Annual Funding: Become an CMCS financial contributor, monthly or one-time pay online, or download a donor form, on the About page.
  • Lifestyle Funding: Did you know that you can support CMCS at no additional cost to you? Visit CharityMobile.
  • Grant Funding: Each year CMCS holds a matching gift appeal through our mailing list, thus causing supporters dollars to multiply and grow through good Biblical stewardship. Grants otherwise don’t fund CMCS because there is no way to measure spiritual growth, and they like to see documented progress.
  • CMCS is a self-supporting Catholic Apostolate, is true to the Magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church, and hierarchical sponsored by the Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

If you have further questions about becoming a CMCS-Man or Contributor feel free to Contact Us.

How To Live As A Catholic Man In The Workplace

By Frank J Casella

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing”.   – Vince Lombardi

If you substitute “Prayers” for “Winning” then “Praying is not a sometime thing. it’s an all the time thing…………

Everything we do in the workplace as a Catholic Man must have a foundation of prayer.    Every decision that we make. Every action that we take. Every thought that we think, and every word that we say.

Because character and Integrity is what we do when nobody is looking.

If the boss asks you to cheat to make the company profit, do you do what the boss says or what God tells your conscience?  ‘Catholic guilt’ is really your will and your conscience boxing … with the Devil as the Ref.

Women.  Need I say more?

…. Respect her as a person and as the woman that she is. A rule I use is to always look at her in the eyes, or not lower than the bridge of her nose, and don’t let my eyes drop. Because I’m looking for the holiness inside for her true beauty.

If she dresses with ‘too much skin’ then I see her as Blessed John Paul II says “a work of art created by God”.   If you have ever visited St. Peter’s at the Vatican, women are to dress modestly as to not draw attention away from God. Some men I know appreciate the value of a work of Art more than the woman in their lives.

Likewise, if the way you dress causes a woman to look at you in in-modest ways  …  Married or not … Then you are a distraction (in the workplace) and not honoring God. True attractiveness comes from how we live our holiness. We don’t have to promote that by how we dress. Instead dress to earn respect from others.

Do you know the rules of your company manual?  How about your spiritual manual: The Bible and the Catechism?   Are you of the world, or just live in it?

When you walk through a room do people know you’ve been there in a positive way?  Does the light of Christ radiate from you and your personality?  Jesus made his presence attractive in a way that people knew quickly what He was about, and wanted what He had for them: God’s Love and the Gospel message.

Men, today we need to strive each day to be an better example of our relationship with God and the Holy Trinity. And one way to do this is by how we live the new covenant.

Do you milk the day to get a paycheck, or do you bring value to your firm by viewing your paycheck as a certificate of performance … Regardless of how the company treats you?  Are you humble or modest … do you look at others as better than yourself?

I know. Stay with me …

Do you pray for your company every day, as well as your boss and co-workers.  When someone is going through a life set-back do (show that) you care, and maybe a good listener, or do you look the other way?

Are you Charming.  Forgiving.  Patient.  Wait for God’s agenda … or on your own?

With all of this you might be saying “where is my freedom”?   “Don’t I have a right to do things the way I see them”?

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” – Pope John Paul II

Are you a winner?  Are you a pray-er?  It’s not a sometime thing.  It’s an all the time thing.

The way to conversion comes through prayer and living the Virtues of a Catholic Man.

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Frank J Casella is a Photographer, and Co-Founder of Catholic Men Chicago Southland Apostolate. Portions of this article are contributed by Deacon John Rangel, Co-Founder and Director of Mission of Catholic Men Chicago Southland.

Discipleship in Christ

These are the thoughts and questions that all of us men have during the seasons of life and desire to answer.

So, answer this … how does CMCS help you, as a Catholic man, to live faithfully the implications of your baptism and discipleship in Christ for these times?