All of Us – #116

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Every Life Is Worth Living!

Pope Francis’ historic speech to the US Congress was powerful and prophetic. He challenged the leaders of our nation, and all of us, to care for one another; especially the poor, the suffering and those in need. We cannot live in selfish isolation. Rather, our society is at its best when the blessings and gifts that God has bestowed upon us are shared with those seriously struggling for the basic necessities of life. There is a dire need to close the ever-widening gap between those who have, and those who do not.

Pope Francis made his point simple and clear when he quoted sacred scripture. “Let us remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Mt 7:12). 

This Rule points us in a clear direction. Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us. The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.”

 

October 4th is designated as Respect Life Sunday. The theme this year is, “Every Life Is Worth Living.” Whether it lasts for a brief moment or for a hundred years, each of our lives is a good and perfect gift. At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God’s love.

Let us remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Mt 7:12).
— Pope Francis

Our relationships on earth are meant to help us and others grow in perfect love. We are meant to depend on one another, serve each other in humility, and walk together in times of suffering.

An elderly man whose health is quickly deteriorating; an unborn baby girl whose diagnosis indicates that she may not live very long; a little boy with Downs syndrome; a mother facing terminal cancer – each may have great difficulties and need assistance, but each of their lives is a good and perfect gift.

Experiencing suffering—or watching another suffer—is one of the hardest human experiences. But we are not alone. Christ experienced suffering more deeply than we can comprehend, and our own suffering can be meaningful when we unite it with his.

Both the websites for the Archdiocese of Chicago and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provide helpful information, educational resources, family activities and prayers that stress the importance of life from conception to natural death. We pray that the sacredness of life always be respected. May our words and actions proclaim how precious the gift of life is that God has given to us.

Little Sisters of the Poor Immaculate Conception St. Joseph Parishes Catholic Church Chicago

Little Sisters of the Poor

This Sunday we welcome the Little Sisters of the Poor who will be visiting Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph parishes. We are invited to support them in the good work that they do; caring for the elderly poor in a spirit of joy and dignity. The sisters provide care in 180 Homes in 31 countries around the world. Any assistance you are able to give will be greatly appreciated.

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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. Come and party with the Big Band!

Drivers Wanted

Our parish offers a “Shuttle Service” on Sunday mornings for parishioners who cannot walk or drive to church. We are in need of volunteers on Sunday mornings 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.

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.

The Parish Transformation Program survey is posted on our parish website. Note that the survey is only presented in electronic form so that the information and data can be quickly compiled by the Archdiocese and then 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 remain anonymous.

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.

– Fr. Larry