CMCS Letter, February 2019

"The gentleman is the one who is modest and retiring, who waits first on the others and thinks of everyone but himself, and finds his chief happiness in making someone else happy; who, however poor and humble anyone else may be, bears to them the open palm of true nobility.” -- Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

A man's mission is to make his family successful. Just like in business, the function of the good boss / leader is to help make their employees successful, and thus bring in more business.  

As Catholic men, we strive to serve God by serving others without looking for any return. We do it because, when we fear God, then God shows us the way, the Truth, and the Life. 

One of the best ways to learn to do this is to nurture our spirituality with like minded men, by connecting the dots, so that we may work to replace bad habits with good habits. We all thrive on human interaction, to make time to be a better Father, Husband, and to live the goodness of a Catholic Man. That's why you're reading this (I hope). 

Look at the quote above, would your wife (if you are married) say that describes you?  I know that I too have some work to do! So that is the why and the purpose of the Catholic Chicago Men's Forum. We are all on this journey, together, that the digital world won't ever satisfy, but only human interaction and sharing of ideas, and connecting the dots. 

This is why I invite you today to open your calendar, and not only to check off April 27, 2019, but, to make the concentrated effort and time in your life to be there. Then to invite others from your parish, family, and friends that you care to help make successful too.

Because our calendars get filled up fast, now is the time to take action and work with your pastor or deacon to fill a table of eight for your parish (tickets are discounted for groups of four or more).

Know some guy's who should read this?  Click to forward this to an interested friend

You will be amazed how easy this will be the sooner you get started, before calendars get filled up, and when your pastor is behind it.

Download this form, make the list, collect the money, send it all in.

Check the site at for testimonials and learn how men like you and me walk away from this experience inspired, moved, and spiritually nourished. 

For tickets direct online, to bypass the event page, visit
If you are absolutly unable to make it to the Forum, donatons are accepted to support Free tcckets for Priests / Seminarians, and the unemployeed. Since we have donors who cover the expesnes of the facility and materials, ticket sales cover the expesnes for food, and then the remainder carries over to the general support of Catholic Men Chicago Southland who organizes the Forum.

We make this event 'locker room style' with no table clothes or banners, to keep the tickets affordable, with the mission to feed your stomach and then feed your Soul.   

Thank you for sharing your blessings, gifts, and mostly prayers! Please note that CMCS is an Illinois State recognized nonprofit, and is not an IRS-certfied charity.

Since Valentines Day is not too far away, thought you might be interested in this podcast about what Love is: 
EWTN Catholic Radio - Catholic Café 020919 - Feast of Saint Valentine

Read The Recent Entries On The Catholic Chicago Men Blog:  About Free Advice; The Importance of Your Own Thoughts; Bishop Joseph N. Perry: John 1, 35-42; Prayer for Priests; Fixer and Feeler. Click here to visit the blog. 

Also, in March the CMCS webiste will have changes. We are seeing a shift from viewing information on the website to gathering from feeds such as on social media. For this reason, many of the resources found on the CMCS website will now be provided at the bottom of this and future CMCS Letters (scroll down). 

More about this will be provided in next months CMCS Letter, but we wanted to give you a heads up in case you see the changes.

Speaking of which, do you need Secure Cloud Storage, Private E-mail address or Secure Inbox, Custom Domain Name or Blog, or Online Hosting or Servers?  For the month of February you can support CMCS with an increased commission from our provider when you purchase these services, no additional cost to you! 

Likewise, if you're looking to change your smart phone, or do the same for Valentines Day, please consider CharityMobile?  A portion of your monthly plan supports this apostolte. 

I personally use a flip-phone with texting for $20.00/month plus taxes. I than use a iPod Touch or iPad with WIFI for a more controlled digital strategy. To learn more what I mean, check out this podcast on Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. Read the blog post here. 

Finally, Deacon John Rangel, the CMCS Director of Mission, asked that I pass this challenge to you from the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus: 

Challenge by Archbishop William E. Lori:
This month I challenge you to hear the Heavenly Father saying these words -- "You are my beloved son" -- personally to you, and reflect on your identity in him. I reccommend that you do so, if possible, in eucharistic adoration. Second, I challeng you to spend time with someone who loves you unconditionally, and ask that person why he or she cares about you. The answer should give you a small glimpse of God's unconditional love for you.

Thank you, on behalf of the CMCS-Team, very much for being a CMCS-Man! God loves you and needs you to do His will, and we need you because we cannot do this without you. 

Please let us know how we can be of further assistance to nurture your spirituality as a Catholic Man, and to grow in holiness. 

Frank J Casella,
CMCS Executive Director, 
Co-Founder of Catholic Chicago Men's Forum
Catholic Chicago Men’s Forum - Saturday, April 27, 2019
The Restless Journey of Life: How are we as Catholic Men embracing the invitation and challenge to enter the journey? 
Our Vision: Nurturing Catholic Men's Spirituality in Chicago Southland.

Mission: Catholic Men Chicago Southland (CMCS) fosters Catholic Men in personal holiness, to make Jesus Christ the center of our daily lives. 
CMCS is a Catholic Apostolate of Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Executive Director, Frank J Casella

“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.”

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