This weekend is “Announcement Weekend” for the Annual Catholic Appeal, and next weekend is “Commitment Weekend,” when we will have our in-pew Appeal. Families in our Parish who have given to the Appeal in the past, should have received Pledge Forms in the mail from Cardinal Cupich. If you have received a Pledge Form, please complete it and mail it in, or bring it with you to Mass next weekend.
The theme for this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal is “Come, Follow Me … and share the Word.” Cardinal Cupich has asked priests to preach about the Appeal in their homilies, which I will do. Please refer to the Annual Catholic Appeal Brochure inserted into this bulletin. This week, I ask you to reflect on the Brochure, and prayerfully consider what pledge you would like to make at Mass next weekend.
The Appeal provides ministries and services throughout the Archdiocese which benefits our Parish. I invite all of us
to contemplate God’s many gifts to us, and renew a sense of gratitude for what we have. Your financial support for the work of our Parish, our Archdiocese, and the Church throughout the world is one way to express this gratitude. Please give generously to the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal. And please know that money donated to the Annual Catholic Appeal neither has been nor ever will be used to defray expenses related to abuse or misconduct issues.
As some of you may know, I have been working with the Pastors of St. Patrick in Wadsworth and St. Paul the Apostle in Gurnee (Fr. Jim Merold and Fr. Gregory Houck, respectively) to have a joint Parish Mission for our grouping. Our initial choice had to cancel, but Fr. Houck was able to obtain a phenomenal speaker. Please save the dates: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, April 7th, 8th, and 9th. I will have more details in next week’s bulletin.
From time to time the Archdiocese will host in each vicariate an “Andrew Dinner” for young, single, Catholic men, high school-aged or older who are interested in a possible vocation to the diocesan priesthood. There are no obligations; it’s an opportunity to share Evening Prayer, dinner, and conversations about priestly life with Bishop Alberto Rojas and Priests from Vicariate I. The next “Andrew Dinner” is scheduled for this Friday, February 22nd, from 6-9PM at St. Edna Parish [located at 2525 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights]. Please consider inviting a young, prayerful, Catholic man to attend. He may do so by contacting me, or the Vocation Office Special Events Coordinator, Shawn Lucas: email@example.com.
Let us continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.