All of Us – #100

Welcome Kate Ryan!

I am happy to announce that Kate Ryan has accepted the position of Music Director for Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph parishes. She will begin playing at our Masses on the first weekend of July.

Know that our search for a new Music Director was a long and tedious process. The Search Committee consisted of myself; Mary Beth May, our Director of Religious Education; Nora Lewis, a faculty member of our Parish School who teaches music; and Joan Moore; a parishioner and member of our parish choir. For the past three months we reviewed and sifted through nearly thirty applications and resumes. We conducted several “one-on-one” interviews with potential candidates from across the country. The candidates with the best knowledge, skill and ability were invited to rehearse with the choir. After listening to the feedback from the choir, and the recommendations from the Search Committee, it was apparent that Kate Ryan would be a great fit for Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph parishes.

Kate comes to us with lots of energy, enthusiasm and vast background in music education, management and theater. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Mary’s College (Notre Dame, Indiana) and a Masters of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory. She has experience working in Catholic parishes and planning Catholic liturgies. Kate has recently served as the Performance

Coordinator for the Community Music Program in the School of Music at DePaul University here in Chicago.

Kate currently lives in the western suburbs of Chicago and is in the process of relocating into the city so that she can be close to work. She wanted me to mention that she is looking for a 1-bedroom apartment in the Lincoln Park, Lakeview or Old Town communities. If you happen to have any connections or leads, let me know and I can pass the information onto Kate.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to Joan Moore who filled-in as our Interim Music Director for the past three months. She carried us, and the choir, through Lent, Holy Week and Easter Sunday. She covered our Spring weddings and recent funerals. She made our First Communion celebrations a joy-filled and indelible memory for our 2nd Graders and their families. She faithfully bounced back-and forth between the two parishes on weekends, making sure our 5 Masses were covered.

Thank you Joan for stepping up to the plate, and being there in our time of need. Truly, we would have been lost without you. Yes, your reward in heaven will be great!

On The Road This Summer

Often when summer starts many parishioners automatically pack-up, hit the road and bolt out of town for their summer vacations. There is a helpful website called that will locate the nearest place of worship so that you can attend Sunday Mass. Check it out. It is really slick. It will help you wherever you travel in the United States.

Also, many parishioners have found it helpful to register at  Give Central to make sure that their weekly contributions are consistent when they are away unable to attend Mass at our parish. You can create an account with Give Central, by visiting our parish website, You can specify your contribution amount and it will automatically and securely be transferred from your bank or credit card account to the Parish bank account. You can set up recurring weekly, monthly, or annual contributions; make special donations; and change your contribution at any time. E-Giving helps you simplify budgeting and planning your regular weekly contributions.

Note that our Parish Operating Budgets are based on the income from 52 weeks of Sunday contributions.

The First 100

You may have noticed that this is my 100th All of Us bulletin column. In the past two years, I have tried to write an article every week so that parishioners know what’s on my mind, and to keep them informed about the major events and happenings in the life of our two parishes and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

(The most I ever wrote in college was a twenty-five page term paper on Shakespeare that really wasn’t all that good. When I got it back it was dripping with red ink; and I got a C+ on it.)

I consider my bulletin space to be a helpful tool for communication. I know some pastors who never write a weekly bulletin column. I think they run the risk of leaving their parishioners to sometimes guess what’s going on.

Thanks for reading every week.

– Fr. Larry

Click here to view the complete 6/14/15 bulletin, here to visit our Parish website, and here to contact Fr. Larry.