Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe

by Bishop Ronald A. Hicks  |  02/11/2024  |  A Message from Our Pastor

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Throughout his pontificate, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has often spoken of the need for Christians to evangelize others through accompaniment. Through listening patiently, building trust, and being mindful of others’ dignity, we can help one another encounter Christ’s merciful love, especially those who suffer from emotional wounds, loneliness, and doubt. For Central and Eastern Europeans living in countries that experienced 70 years of communist oppression, the Church especially needs to accompany people to an encounter with Christ that is patient, understanding, and filled with hope instead of fear, anger, and anxiety.

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Parish Mission

by Rev. Gabriel Baltes, O.S.B.  |  02/04/2024  |  A Message from Our Pastor

Dear Parishioners,

I am writing to encourage all our parishioners to be a part of our annual Parish Mission scheduled for Monday, February 19th thru Wed, Feb 20  at 7:00pm. Each of these three evenings we will gather in the church for a Scripture service followed by a reflective presentation from the mission director. The overall theme of the Mission is expressed in its title, Let Us Dream The Path To A Better Future. Each of the evenings will have a specific focus that supports this general theme:

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Winter

by Rev. Gabriel Baltes, O.S.B.  |  01/28/2024  |  A Message from Our Pastor

The past two weeks we have witnessed the coming of winter a bit later than we may have wanted. I suspect most people, even those who dislike (or abhor) the winter season, would welcome, or at least tolerate, it more readily if it decorated the days of Christmas with a blanket of beautiful snow. That was not the case this past year of 2023 which hosted one of the mildest winters on record.

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Benefits of a Paper Calendar in the Digital Age

by Bishop Ronald A. Hicks  |  01/21/2024  |  A Message from Our Pastor

In an era dominated by smartphones and digital technology, the traditional paper calendar may seem like an antiquated relic from a bygone era. In 2011, I officially switched from my five-year calendar/planner, which sat with heavy prominence on my desk, to a digital calendar that automatically syncs with my phone. Admittedly, the digital calendar is much more convenient and efficient, and once I made the move, I had no regrets. Yet, I still miss some of the nuances of using a paper calendar.

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Epiphany of the Lord

by Rev. Gabriel Baltes, O.S.B.  |  01/07/2024  |  A Message from Our Pastor

Dear Parishioners,

Greetings to all in this holy time of Christmas. Today’s feast of Epiphany is one of several solemnities that is woven throughout the Christmas season. In the Eastern Church, this feast was celebrated even before December 25th was observed as the Lord’s Nativity. If we step back and view the entire Advent/Christmas cycle (which includes Epiphany) from beginning to end, we see that it possesses a dynamic movement that unifies those unique biblical events that we read about in the liturgies of this season. This movement can be summarized in four phrases.

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Beginning of the Christmas Season

by Rev. Gabriel Baltes, O.S.B.  |  12/24/2023  |  A Message from Our Pastor

Dear Parishioners,

We are only hours away from the official (liturgical) beginning of the Christmas season, even though the culture has been celebrating Christmas since October. No doubt most of us are tending to last minute holiday details such as, buying last minute gifts, wrapping presents, preparing food, cleaning homes, adding one more decoration to the tree or writing one last Christmas card. The excitement is almost tangible and so is the energy required to welcome in this “most wonderful time of the year.”

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Eucharistic Revival and Synodality, Together

by Bishop Ronald A. Hicks  |  12/17/2023  |  A Message from Our Pastor

Are you a Cubs fan? Or are you a White Sox fan? If you have any roots in Chicagoland, you instinctively understand that you must declare one or the other. It is common practice to choose one team — one is never a fan of both!

During these past two years, throughout our country and within the Catholic Church, that same principle seems to have been applied to the National Eucharistic Revival and the Synod on Synodality.

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Christians describe the season of Advent in a variety of ways

by Rev. Gabriel Baltes, O.S.B.  |  12/10/2023  |  A Message from Our Pastor

Dear Parishioners,

Christians describe the season of Advent in a variety of ways. These descriptions usually include the notions of watching and waiting, preparing for the celebration of Christmas and making ourselves ready for the final return of Christ at the end of time. All of these are correct. I would like to suggest that another way to think of Advent is with a focus on the themes of absence and presence.

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First Sunday of Advent

by Rev. Gabriel Baltes, O.S.B.  |  12/03/2023  |  A Message from Our Pastor

Dear Parishioners,

On this First Sunday of Advent, as the Church begins a new liturgical year, it is especially fitting that we recognize the tremendous success of the Capital Campaign in which we were engaged this past year. You will recall that this campaign was designed to raise the necessary funds that would allow us to repair and enhance the interior of our parish church for our Centennial Celebration that will begin on December 16, 2023 and conclude in December of 2024.

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