All of Us – #205

All of Us – #205

Long Hair David – After getting his driver’s license, David visited home during vacation and asked his dad for the family car. His dad agreed, but put forward three conditions - good grades in school, a neat room and a decent haircut. After several months, David came home again. He had followed the things that he had promised his dad, except getting his hair cut.

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All of Us – #204

All of Us – #204

Grow Your Faith This Summer – What are your plans for the summer? Do you have a couple of good novels that you plan to dive into? Have you targeted a new place on the map to spend some vacation time? Or, are you just going to hang around Chicago, and enjoy all that the city has to offer? Summer is a great time to take a breath and reorient our hearts and minds to the mission and message of Jesus Christ.

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All of Us – #203

All of Us – #203

Enjoy Your Birthday Gifts – It might seem weird, but actually the most appropriate song to sing at Mass this Sunday would be “Happy Birthday.” The feast of Pentecost is known as the “birthday” of the Church. We were born on this day. The Holy Spirit came and enlivened a group that had almost died. The risen Lord sent his living Spirit to be our life. 

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All of Us – #202

All of Us – #202

Word and Pictures — My bulletin column this week will be filled with lots of pictures from the multiple events that have recently taken place in our parish. It has truly been a busy month filled with a variety of celebrations.

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All of Us – #201

All of Us – #201

Congratulations "Father” Jin! – Nowadays, it is rare that you meet a young man who is preparing for the priesthood. That is why it has been a real blessing for our parish to accompany our seminarian Jinzhou Zhao these last several months, preparing him for his priestly ordination. Now, “Father” Jin, was ordained on Saturday, May 20th at the Divine Word Missionary Center in Techny, Illinois.

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All of Us – #200

All of Us – #200

“Dear Mom…” – There is an interesting old Jewish proverb. “God could not be everywhere; and therefore he made mothers.” Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who have been blessed with the vocation of motherhood. The beauty of today is watching how families humbly show their love and appreciation for their mothers who provide so much for them. Hopefully this is a prayerful and grace-filled day of recognition for many women. 

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All of Us – #199

All of Us – #199

I took a quick look at my personal calendar and realized that the month of May is going to be a real busy time for our parish. Many great things will be taking place every weekend. This is a good sign of a healthy and vibrant parish.
Thanks Mom! Mother’s Day is next weekend. This Sunday actually has one of the highest numbers for mass attendance, next to Christmas and Easter. I hope your family will be able to worship with us on Mother’s Day.

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All of Us – #198

All of Us – #198

Eyes Wide Open — As we continue our journey through the Easter season, we hear several post-resurrection stories that point to the faith of the early disciples of Jesus. Today we hear the story of the disciples who meet Jesus on the road to Emmaus. The following commentary on this scripture passage is from Word Among Us (Easter, 2017) “In the story, Jesus walks – disguised – with two disciples for a time as they grieve his death. It isn’t until they break bread together later that evening that they finally recognize him.

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All of Us – #197

All of Us – #197

I had a great Easter Sunday. I enjoy celebrating the Mass for all who come to profess their faith in the Risen Lord. It was a pleasure to meet and greet the folks at all the Masses that came through our church doors to pray and celebrate with us. I noticed that our visitors were family and friends from our local neighborhood and also some who flew in from places like Pittsburg, San Diego, Portland and Washington D.C. Those who were with us for the first time really noticed a strong spirit of warmth and hospitality. Their first impression was very positive and they wanted to come back again and pray with us. 

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All of Us – #196

All of Us – #196

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! – Happy Easter to all! Thank you for being with us this Easter as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Your presence at Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph parish today is a precious gift to our parish community. How good it is for us to gather and share in this Holy Eucharist. I am sure God is smiling down from heaven upon us today. 

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