All of Us – #115

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We Need To Know

An important step in the Parish Transformation Program is to invite all parishioners the opportunity to share their reflections, perceptions and insights about their parish. Your feedback will help our parish to more vibrantly and effectively live out the mission of Jesus Christ. The variety of survey questions reflects the many dimensions of parish life.

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The Parish Transformation Program Parishioner Survey can be found here, or by visiting our parish website. Note that the survey is only presented in electronic form so that the information and data can be quickly compiled and reported back to the members of the General Team for review. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. All the answers will be keep confidential.

I am hoping for a high percentage of participation from our parishioners. The more feedback given, the better we will be able to accurately identify and respond to the needs of the parish. Please take the survey today. We are grateful for your input and support.

Answering God’s Call

The second collection today is for the Seminarian Education Fund that provides support for the training and education of men studying for the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The fund helps to cover the cost to educate each Archdiocesan seminarian as he proceeds through the various stages of formation before ordination as a priest for Chicago. Thank you for your financial support. Please keep our seminarians in your prayers.

Can You Serve?

We are in need of girls and boys who can assist at Mass (and weddings) as an altar server. We are currently recruiting and will be training those who are in 6th Grade or older. Details about the Altar Server ministry can be found in today’s bulletin and here on our website. It is truly a rewarding experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Plus, it is a simple way for a child to participate more in our Sunday worship.

Take A Guess

How many people do you think come through our church doors on a given weekend to celebrate the Eucharist? Every year, the Archdiocese requires all parishes to participate in an "October Count" so that the data gathered by the Office of Research and Planning can be reviewed and current trends can be identified among Catholics. The Archdiocese uses this information for future planning. The numbers below reflect our average Mass attendance for a month.

St. Joseph
8:00 a.m. – 60
11:00 a.m. – 196
Total: 256

Immaculate Conception
5:00 p.m. – 127
9:30 p.m. – 118
12:30 p.m. – 72
Total: 317

Studies show that 23% of Catholics attend Sunday Mass on a regular basis.

Please make every effort during the month of October to attend Mass at either parish. I ask families to commit to being present for all the four Sundays of the month. I am aware that there are plenty of near-by Catholic parishes that are just a few minutes away that can be alternative options for Sunday worship.

It will be interesting to see if our October count this year shows an increase in attendance from the prior year. Studies show that 23% of Catholics attend Sunday Mass on a regular basis.

I imagine that Pope Francis’ visit to the United States will have a positive affect upon those who may have drifted away from the Catholic Church. I admire his constant efforts to reach out to all God’s people and embrace them with God’s mercy. How inviting. How appealing.

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Have A Taste

As a sign of our parish hospitality, a wine and cheese reception will take place after the 5:00 p.m. Mass next Saturday, October 3rd in the Parish Hall at Immaculate Conception. I hope you can join us for fellowship. It’s always nice to mingle after Mass.

Blessing of Pets

In honor of the upcoming feast of St. Francis of Assisi, our annual Pet Blessing will take place on Saturday, October 3rd at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot at Immaculate Conception. So far I have been lucky-- no dog bites. I need to remember to bring the beef jerky.

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The Sounds of Hill Street, October 17th

I hope you can attend our upcoming Parish Benefit, The Sounds of Hill Street, on Saturday evening, October 17th. Our planning committee has been working really hard to make it a great night of fun. I look forward to hearing the songs from the Big Band Era. The night will have plenty of music, good food, and lots of great prizes for auction. It’s a wonderful party for all of us.

Today’s bulletin includes all the details about the event, as well as information about the Parish Raffle, and ways to donate auction items for the event itself. The easiest way to get tickets is to purchase them on-line here at our Sounds of Hill Street page.

You can order them… right after you take the parish Parish Transformation survey.

Drivers Wanted on Sunday Mornings

Our parish offers a “Shuttle Service” on Sunday morning for parishioners who cannot walk or drive to church. We are in need of volunteers on Sunday morning who can drive our parish van and shuttle parishioners from their home to church and back. If you are interested, please contact Mark Besztery, our Business Manager, at either Parish Office. Mark will be able to explain the requirements and expectations.

From Pope To Playoffs?

How about those guys in blue on the north side of town? You can feel the excitement in the air. Go Cubbies!

– Fr. Larry