This weekend is “Commitment Weekend” for the Annual Catholic Appeal. We will hear a brief recorded message by Cardinal Cupich, and then a few words by one of our OLH School Students, followed by an opportunity for all to participate in the in-pew solicitation process. Thank you for your past participation.
This past week, I met with the pastors in our grouping, Father Jim Merold (St. Patrick’s) and Father Gregory Houck (St. Paul the Apostle). We are still finalizing the details regarding our joint Parish Mission to be held at St. Patrick’s in Wadsworth on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, April 7th, 8th, and 9th. Fr. Ryan Adorjan will give the Mission; he is a recently-ordained Priest in the Diocese of Joliet, and a highly sought-after speaker. Prior to the start of each Mission, Confessions will be heard, and there will be Adoration. There will also be an opportunity for Confession for one hour after the Mission on Sunday and Monday. There will also be refreshments and fellowship afterwards. I will have more details in the near future.
As Lent approaches, the Church is in need of healing. Our political system is hyper-polarized; family relationships and people in general are so fragmented. A good Lenten theme this year would be one focused on healing and peace. Fr. Gregory Houck and Mary Penich from St. Paul the Apostle in Gurnee have created a Gospel-based ‘Blue Book’ for the upcoming 40 Days of Lent. Starting on Ash Wednesday and going through to Holy Saturday (the 40 Days), each day has:
- The Gospel of that day;
- A reflection question; and
- A healing exercise
The purpose of these Lenten Workbooks is to promote ‘healing and peace.’ If you can engage even just a few days of the 40 tasks, you will find your life is changed for the better. So I encourage you to take a Lenten Workbook home. They are Free. Take extras for your family members. The tasks are not time-consuming.
May we all live in Christ’s healing Presence and peace!