Parent Meeting for Reconciliation
This Sunday, I look forward to meeting with the parents of our 2nd Graders who will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time in December. (The meeting is at 12:00 noon in the cafeteria of our parish school located on Hill Street.)
At the parent meeting we are given the opportunity to reflect upon the joy of receiving God’s forgiveness for our sins. The good news that gives us hope is that God never stops loving us. This is what we want our children to know and experience at their first confession and throughout their life as believers. Forgiveness keeps us connected to one another and offers us hope for the future. Without it, we are isolated and stuck.
Last Call! Last Chance!
This Saturday night is our Parish Benefit, The Sounds of Hill Street, along with our Split-the-Pot-Raffle. If you are reading this bulletin on Saturday night, I hope you will be part of the celebration. A great night has been planed; one filled with plenty of good food, music, and prizes. Enjoy the evening with your fellow parishioners.
Many parishioners in the last two months came forward and volunteered their time and talents. They worked hard behind the scenes to organize the event, which is no small thing. Thank you to all who sold raffle tickets; decorated the gym; solicited and packaged auction items; provided babysitting; designed the flyers for publicity and the parish mailing; worked the bar; served the food; and made phone calls to our sponsors. It is amazing how it all comes together.
The best part of the evening is to stand back and enjoy the gathering of parishioners in one place, and at one time. Rarely do we have the opportunity to be united in such a way because of our separate parish locations.
We will publish in the weeks to come how much money the Parish Benefit was able to fundraise for our parish.
How Are We Doing?
The members of our Finance Council will present our Annual Financial Reports next weekend for both parishes. This is shared with parishioners every October. (Note that St. Joseph and Immaculate Conception parishes are two canonically distinct parishes; therefore individual financial budgets and reports are submitted and reviewed by the Archdiocese.)
The financial report for each parish will be published in the bulletin; and also posted on our parish website if you cannot worship with us next Sunday. We kept the report transparent and simple to understand. Please take the time to read the report for it shows our strengths and identifies our challenges as we try to care for the spiritual needs of our parish.
In the past few years we have made significant financial improvements by decreasing our expenses. Yet, the report shows that more attention needs to be given to increasing our Sunday contributions so that we have available resources to support the ministries of our parish and the mission of Jesus Christ.
Parishioners are informed on a monthly basis about the parish’s financial status as we track how our Sunday collections relate to the current Operating Budget. If you have any financial questions, always feel free to contact myself, or Mark Besztrey, our Parish Business Manager, or any of the members of the Parish Finance Committee: David Nick, Danny Tamayo, Jennifer Grande, John Siebert and Nancy Wilke.
God calls us to be good stewards of what has been entrusted to us. Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph are beautiful communities of faith where we can graciously respond with our time, talents and treasures to God’s generous love.
Family Mass - October 25th- 11:00 AM Mass
Next Sunday, at the 11:00AM Mass the children and parents enrolled in our Religious Education Program and Parish School will be directly involved in the liturgy. It is an opportunity for children to more fully participate in the singing of the songs, reading of the scriptures and serving at the table of the Lord. We welcome all to our worship and prayer as our children lead us in prayer and give witness to their faith. There will be a reception after Mass in the school cafeteria at our Hill Street campus. Join us for cake, coffee and fellowship.
“Fly The W”
The city is buzzing as the Cubs push for the pennant. Hopefully there will be hundreds of blue W’s flying around town in the days to come. I have to pinch myself to make sure this is not just a dream and that we really did beat the Cardinals.
Holding On To Jesus
On Tuesday, I celebrated mass for our students at our north park campus. The gospel story was about Jesus being separated from his parents when they went to Jerusalem for the celebration of Passover in the temple. Our children shared lots of examples of when they too got lost from their family and friends. For some it was at Target, for others it was in a corn maze, and one boy mentioned Millennium Park.
At Mass we remembered the good news that God never wants to lose us, or be separated from us. Jesus wants us to hold on to his hand and stay close to his side. This happens when we pray to him every day.