A Note From The Pastor

Category: Parish News,

Last weekend we had our joint Light of the World Retreat with St. Patrick’s here at OLH. It was a huge success. Forty people attended the Retreat, and experienced the Holy Spirit’s powerful, transforming effects. Special thanks to all who assisted with the Retreat, especially Bernie Oberdick who was truly the lynchpin of the whole operation!

Again, thanks to all, especially those from St. Patrick’s in Wadsworth who graciously shared their experience, and trained OLH volunteers to make this happen — we could not have had this Retreat without St. Patrick’s assistance.

As I didn’t write a column last week, I must also thank the Knights of Columbus for facilitating our Annual Oktoberfest, about two weeks ago. It was a great turnout, and the food was great. Additional thanks to the Women’s Club for providing the desserts.

We had our Respect Life Holy Hour last Sunday evening. For the past two-plus years, the Hazinski Sisters (Colette and Meredith), provided the music for us with the organ; I am grateful for all they did at our Parish; they are now both away at Christendom College. Please keep them in your prayers. So I am grateful to Manny Sajuan for volunteering to provide the music at last Sunday’s Holy Hour. Many of you commented on how much you loved his reverent, praise and worship style of music.  Manny has offered to help out in the future.  Thank you Manny!

With Fr. Mike having been released to pursue a religious vocation to the monastic life, I am once again by myself to handle all responsibilities and requests. I am looking into the possibility of getting some outside help as I had before with Fr. Ed Pelrine.  Until that happens, reluctantly, I’ve made the decision to Cancel the Wednesday and Saturday Morning Masses. Please note that St. Anastasia Parish, which has two priests, has an 8:30AM Mass on both Wednesday and Saturday Mornings. I apologize for the inconvenience. St. Anastasia is only 5 miles/9 minutes south of OLH.  This was a difficult decision for me; often I find that the week has gone by, it’s Friday night, and I still have many things to prepare for the weekend Masses. In addition I may have weddings, funerals, enthronements at parishioners’ homes, visits to the sick, and so on which further complicate my preparations. Thanks for your understanding.

Last week on Monday and Tuesday, October 1st and 2nd, Deacons Greg and Jim, five other parishioners, staff, and I attended a Renew My Church Summit. There were many presentations and breakout sessions to discuss how we as the Church of Chicago will renew our parishes.  All of us left the Summit feeling challenged, and having a sense of hope and courage about the future.

We will have our Annual “Blessing of Pets” Ceremony after the 11AM Mass this Sunday, October 14th, in the west parking lot by the main School entrance. This weekend we will also have our Annual Blessing of Ministers at all of the Masses. If you volunteer your time and/or talents to any of the various ministries here at OLH, please stand at the corresponding time and receive a Special Blessing.

Next weekend is World Mission Sunday, and we will have a Second Collection to support over 1,000 missions across four continents.  Please consider supporting the missions.

God Bless,


Fr. Paul