All of Us – #171

Fr. Larry Lisowski Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish Catholic Church in Chicago

Being Faithful To Christ

Every year, the Archdiocese of Chicago grants an award to lay men and women for their dedication to the Church and its ministries. The Christifidelis Award is given to Catholic laypeople who actively participate in the life of their parish, and who model to others their desire to live out their call to be disciples of Christ. Their faithfulness to Christ and willingness to serve within their parish is an inspiration.

I am happy to announce that this year’s recipient for the Christifidelis award for Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish is John Siebert. John will receive the award this Sunday afternoon from Cardinal elect Blasé Cupich at Holy Name Cathedral.

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John, and his wife Kate, and their family have been active parishioners for over 20 years. Their family worships at both Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph churches.

In the past several years John has done a phenomenal job at helping to enhance the communications of our parish, as well as to reach out and evangelize those who are new to Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph. Through words and pictures John has helped us to tell the good news of what is happening in the life of our parish.

John has devoted over a thousand hours working behind the scenes, graciously sharing his talents and skills as a graphic artist and we rely on his marketing background to improve and clarify the image of our parish. The recent redesign of our bulletin layout and webpage design that reflects the combination of our two parishes is evidence of John’s work. In addition, John has helped us to enter into the 21st century by creating a parish Facebook page and a Twitter account.  

John has cranked out a ton of “PDF files” to help us promote the activities of our parish. He has designed raffle tickets, bulletin flyers, the Parish Transformation brochures, and our Annual Financial report, which helps keep parishioners informed.

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John was instrumental in creating our Parish logo; “A Family of Families” located at the entrance to both of our churches. He also created the design for the exterior signs of our church that have helped to increase the visibility of our parish within the neighborhood.

Today when people are searching for a new parish to call their spiritual home they automatically will click on a parish website to see what is happening. In fact, 80 % of those who check out our ICSJ parish website do so from their Smart Phone. 

As you know visual first impressions can be lasting impressions. People wonder what a parish looks like. John’s website design shows a vibrant, alive and active place that welcomes, informs and engages its parishioners.

We are grateful for the many ways that John has enabled us to express and promote the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ. I’m lucky if I could draw a straight line on a piece of paper. John has been a great resource and blessing for our parish. We would truly be lost without him.

Congratulations John! Well done! Thank you for your faithfulness and dedication. 

God's Healing Love

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, special Masses will be celebrated next weekend on October 29th and 30th at the 5:00 p.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. We pray for God's healing to be upon all who are ill in mind, body or spirit. The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be offered to those in need of God's grace and peace.

One of the huge misconceptions about this sacrament is that it is perceived as something reserved exclusively for those who are terminally ill. Not so. It is a sacrament for the living, like the others. Many people are anointed as part of their recovery back to full health. Plus the sacrament is administered to children, young adults as well as the elderly. 

More information about the Mass of Anointing is included in today's bulletin. Note that transportation to church is also available on Sunday. Please call to make a reservation for a ride.

Our Ministry of Care program provides the Eucharist and prays with those individuals who are unable to attend Mass on Sunday. Our ministers commonly visit parishioners in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and those homebound. Please call the parish office if you would like a Minister of Care to make a visit. 

Praying For Others

When we face the death of someone, even a person who is not Catholic, to have a Mass offered for the repose of his/her soul and to offer our prayers can be more beneficial and comforting than any other sympathy card or bouquet of flowers. To have a Mass offered on the occasion of a birthday, anniversary or special need is appropriate, beneficial and appreciated.

All members of Immaculate Conception and St Joseph Parish are welcome to request a Mass Intention to be said at an upcoming mass of their choosing. You can schedule a Mass intention on our website, or contact Clair Martin in the Parish Office at 312-787-7174

Go With A Winner!

Most of the people that I talk to are still undecided about who they will vote for president when November rolls around. Technically the Catholic Church is not allowed to endorse a particular political candidate because it would jeopardize our tax-exempt status that is honored with the understanding that there is a separation between church and state.

However, here is a simple suggestion. What about Joe Maddon? …And his running mate? That’s easy. Who else but, “Coach Ditka!”  

– Fr. Larry