Today’s gospel takes us to the scene of the Last Supper. During the course of the meal that Jesus shares with his disciples, Judas is exposed as the one who will betray Jesus. He immediately leaves the meal, and Jesus continues addressing his disciples about the importance of this moment that he is sharing with them.
The Lord himself, when about to enter the most painful experience of his life, leaves with his disciples his most precious gift, the instruction to love one another as he loves us. Jesus made the distinguishing mark of his Church. As Christians we are called to love one another, and this mutual love is a sign to the world that we are the disciples of Jesus.
As we celebrate the love of Jesus that gave us the Mass, let us realize that we are called to make a difference in the world through our love. St. Theresa tells us: “Where there is no love, put love, and you will find love.”
Who has been for you an example of the self-sacrificing love of Jesus?
“Let The Children Come To Me”
Our children in Second Grade will receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday, April 30. This is the last Sunday when they come up with their parents during communion time and ask for a blessing from the priest or minister. How exciting it will be to receive the Eucharist for the first time. Please keep our children in your prayers as they journey through these final days of preparation. We are proud of them and we are inspired by their desire to come closer to Jesus as they share this sacred meal with us. We give thanks for those parents who have modeled their faith for their children.
At the 11:00 AM Mass next weekend we will celebrate the baptism for Stella Rae Stephens. Stella’s parents are Dave and Samantha. Dave works at Saint Ignatius College Prep and Samantha works as the IC-SJ Event Coordinator for our parish. Congratulations to them on the birth of their first child.
It was a pleasure last Sunday to experience the Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 9:30 AM Mass at Immaculate Conception.
There were about 25 children who were dismissed for the Liturgy of the Word, so that they could hear and reflect upon the readings for Good Shepherd Sunday. Thank you to the catechists who prepared the lesson plan for our children. The next Children’s Liturgy of Word will take place at the 9:30 AM Mass on Sunday May 22nd.
Faith And Motherhood
We will celebrate Mother’s Day next month. At our Masses we are inviting women from our parish to share a reflection on “Motherhood and Faith.” If you would like to be one of the speakers at Mass, please contact me. I can be reached at either of our Parish Offices.
Help the Vulnerable:
Every 30 seconds someone counts on Catholic Charities for help. We are now asking for your help. Please lend your voice to advocate for the State of Illinois to end its budget stalemate and pass a budget that cares for the poor and most vulnerable in our communities. Catholic Charities is currently owed more than $25 million by the State of Illinois – a number that grows by at least $2 million per month.
Please take time today to call your state elected officials with this simple message, “I am a voter in your district. I am contacting you on behalf of the poor and vulnerable people who depend on our state’s safety net of human services, especially the more than 1 million people served by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.”
If you do not know who your state representative and senator are, please call the State Board of Elections at (217) 782-4141 or visit www.elections.il.gov and click on “New District/ Official Search.” You can find more information and a template advocacy letter at www.CatholicCharities.net on the homepage.
Daddy – Daughter
I had a fun time at our school’s “Daddy – Daughter Dance” last Saturday. It was cute to see the fathers and young girls all dressed up. A handful of girls invited me to take a silly picture with them. During the evening, I looked around the dance floor and thought about all the weddings I will be doing in the future!