Catholics Care. Catholics Vote.
The Illinois general presidential primary will take place on Tuesday, March 15th. We are called to be faithful citizens and encouraged to exercise our right to vote.
Television commercials for the candidates have already aired on our local TV stations. Most seem to be negative ads that attack one’s opponent. The recent presidential debates remind me of the ruckus, animosity and disrespect found on the Jerry Springer Show.
What is unfortunate is that the individual positions and proposals of the candidates get lost in the cloud of insults and personal attacks. There is a lack of clarity as the real issues get sidetracked with destructive partisan rhetoric.
When I ask my friends, “Who are you going to vote for?” most find it to be a very difficult choice. The truth is that we will not find a candidate that will be in total agreement on such issues like immigration, religious freedom, abortion, war, economic policies, and protection of the environment.
Included in today’s bulletin is an article from the United States Bishops entitled, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizens.” Please take to time to read the helpful guide as you prepare to vote. The entire document can found at usccb.org.
Come To The Feast!
This Sunday we remember and honor the patron saint of our parish, St. Joseph, with our annual celebration of a “St. Joseph’s Table.” The potluck luncheon will take place at 12:00 noon in our school gym located at the Hill Street campus. I hope you, and your family and friends can join us for food and fellowship. It is a great way to foster a sense of community between our two parishes. Come enjoy the feast!
Can You Help?
We are in need of adults who can help on the SPRED program. SPRED (Special Religious Development) is a program created in the Archdiocese of Chicago, which trains and guides parishes to provide faith formation to persons with developmental disabilities and/or learning problems and become integrated into parish life. This is accomplished through small communities of faith at the parish level.
We are looking for catechists interested in serving in the SPRED program. This weekend an appeal is being made at all the Masses, and representatives from the SPRED program will be available to answer any questions about the program after Mass. Maybe God is calling you?
Did You Know?
On Sundays our parish offers a shuttle service for those who are unable to walk or drive to Mass. The service is used by several of our senior citizens. If you are in need of such assistance, you can call the Parish Office at Immaculate Conception, 312-944-1230, to arrange for transportation to and from church.
“By His Holy Cross, He Has Redeemed the World”
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of our Holy Week celebrations. We greet Jesus on his triumphant entry into Jerusalem as we listen to the powerful reading of his passion, which tells of his suffering and death.
On Palm Sunday, the Family Mass will take place at the 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Church. The children from our Parish School and Religious Education Program will be directly involved in the liturgy with their parents.
Today’s bulletin contains the complete schedule for our Holy Week services. I hope you and your friends will be able to attend these powerful liturgies that trace the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
During the month of March we will be counting the number of people who attend Mass. This will give us an idea if our parish community has grown within the last six months. The numbers for last weekend were:
8:00 AM – 81
11:00 AM – 177
5:00 PM – 110
9:30 AM – 108
12:30 PM – 63
Grasp His Hand
I received the following poem from the folks at our Saturday morning scripture group. May we allow the Lord to hold us, slow us down, feel his love.
Catch Me in My Scurrying…
…Catch me in my mindless scurrying, Lord and hold me in this Lenten season:
hold my spirit to the beacon of your grace
and grant me light enough to walk boldly,
to feel passionately,
to love aggressively;
grant me peace enough to want more,
to work for more
and to submit to nothing less,
and to fear only you . . .
Bequeath me not becalmed seas,
slack sails and premature benedictions,
but breathe into me a torment,
storm enough to make within myself
and from my self,
something . . .
a gladness of heart,
a pitch for a song in the storm,
a word of praise lived,
a gratitude shared,
a cross dared
a joy received. . . .