Dear OLH Parishioners & Friends,
Since Fr. Paul is on his six month sabbatical program, I have been assigned here as the Administrator of Our Lady of Humility Parish while he is away. I am Fr. Jim and would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, and give you some background information so that we might begin a relationship for the short time that we will spend together. I have been a Priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago for over forty years (twenty-six years as a Pastor of a Parish). The assignments I had were in Chicago, or in suburbs next to the city. Being assigned to OLH is the most distant I have lived away from the city. So, if you tell me where to go (surely not to Hell, because I have been there), make sure you give me specific, correct directions.
I was born in Chicago to an American family of Polish heritage. We lived on the northwest side of the city, and always celebrated the Catholic traditions and culture my family treasured. My aunts, uncles, cousins, and all the family lived within three blocks of each other. We shared one TV, a telephone, wash machine, and hung the clothes in the backyard to dry during the 1950s.
Now everyone has a cell phone, I-pads, and their own laundry facility. Over time our lives have changed, and things have become more convenient. However, life continues to become more hectic and complex. My family now lives all over the world, and it is more challenging to get us all together to share the joys of being related to each other.
For the next six months, I will be here with you as your Spiritual Leader and Parochial Administrator. I hope that we connect and grow as God’s family sharing the resources and talents that the Lord has given us. During my first two weeks here, I have met an abundance of good and wonderful people who make up our parish community. This weekend we hear “The Parable of the Good Samaritan” at Holy Mass. This story always reminds me of the divine commission to be respectful to our neighbor who may be very different from how one would like a neighbor to be.
I am looking forward to meeting and working with all of you. If I mess up anything, please let me know, and we can work together to improve the situation. Have a blessed week!