New Years Greetings 2023
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Dear Friend's of CMCS,
We Send You Our Best Wishes For Peace
And Good Health In The New Year.
Most Reverend Joseph N Perry
CMCS Episcopal Liasion
Titular Bishop of Lead
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
Mr. Frank J Casella
CMCS Executive Director
Deacon John Rangel
CMCS Director of Mission
Deacon Alfred Coleman
Nonprofit Advisor
Mr. Oscar Griffin, Jr.
Parish Men's Groups Advisor
Mr. Terry Shelley
Team Leader / Young Adult Ministry Advisor

Catholic Men Chicago Southland
No blog post this week, so we invite you to watch this video of the Christmas Mass homily by Bishop Perry, where he reflects on the role of St. Joseph in the Christmas story. 
Mark the date for Bishop Perry's Chicago Catholic Men's Forum, Saturday, April 15, 2023, where he will share an historic message that you do not want to miss! More info at
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Books For Catholic Men
If you're looking for some books to grow your spirituality as a Catholic man in the new year, here are some that I have read recently (with link for digital copy from your local library). They all have an optional study guide for yourself or your parish men's group. And click here for more from the CMCS archive.  Enjoy!  - Frank J Casella
Becoming the Man God Intended 
Today millions of faithful men serve their families, their churches, their parishes and communities in quiet ways. They are the rock-solid foundation on which community life is built. In so many ways these men can be taken for granted and they can feel unfulfilled in their desire to grow in a closer personal relationship with God and others. This series of thirty meditations is offered as a way to explore what it means to become the man God intended you to be. 

Learning to Lead like St. Joseph
In a generation plagued by fatherlessness, fear, and indecision, men need a mentor. They need a man who models masculine strength and understands his God-given duty to lay down his life for his family, to provide for their every need, to protect them, to exemplify a life of virtue.

St. Joseph is that man.  Man Your Post: Learning to Lead like St. Joseph is a mission entrusted to you by a company of Catholic men who have faced challenges and found strength through the intercession of the head of the Holy Family, the man who provided for Jesus and Mary during their earthly lives and protected them on harrowing journeys as they fled from danger and battled the forces of this world.

By embarking on a tour of the Litany of St. Joseph, each chapter explores the power and freedom virtue brings to the lives of ordinary men trying to lead their families to heaven, virtues like justice, chastity, prudence, fortitude, faithfulness, and others. 

Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody

12 Stories of Real People Who Discovered the Life-Changing Power of Grace.  Forgiveness will unleash a power in your life that is underrated and often ignored. It is underrated mainly because it is underused. We fail to capture the power of forgiveness because we are afraid of it, because we have grown comfortable in our familiar wounds, or because we are sinfully stubborn.
But the power is there waiting for us. The lesson is simple: Give forgiveness and you will unleash a flood of grace on yourself and on those around you. When you clench your fists and grit your teeth in anger toward someone, you have no room in your heart for God to place His hand in yours. Replace your clenched fist with an open hand and watch as God fills your soul to overflowing. This little book, and the twelve real-life stories in it, will help you capture the power of forgiveness in your life. Because everybody needs to forgive somebody.
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“CMCS has been a great help in my walk with Christ on a daily basis.  I am surrounded by secular surroundings everyday and CMCS brings me “home.”  This group of men keep me grounded and express charity and humility, which is not easy to find these days.  The opportunity to listen to the wisdom of Bishop Perry is always enlightening and helps me in my growth in understanding the beauty of the Catholic faith.”


“My benefit from CMCS comes from the community of men I gather with and, our shared, interests, desires, and struggles with leading a Christian life.  Our community helps me realize that I am not alone as I strive to be a servant of God.  In this age where we race from chore to chore, and responsibility to responsibility CMCS provides me an opportunity to take time and think about God.  A time to step back to think about where I am at, where I have been, and where I want to be in God’s eyes when I enter eternity.  Of course the wisdom and guidance provided to us through the words of Bishop Perry are as the commercial says ………….. PRICELESS.”

The Catholic Man's Toolbox
Here you will find downloads for prayers and resources from Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry and the CMCS Team.
Called to Holiness: Tools for the Catholic Man
US Catholic Bishops Marriage Webstie: Unique for a Reason
Attend the Next: Annual Chicago Catholic Men's Forum
Pornography's Effect on Marriage: Hope for Married Couples 
 Spiritual Growth:  Books for Catholic Men
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