All of Us – #172

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

Being Faithful to Christ

It was a joy and honor to be at Holy Name Cathedral last Sunday and watch our parishioner John Siebert receive the Christifidelis Award from Cardinal elect Blasé Cupich. John has been recognized for the great service he has provided to our parish. He has helped to enhance our parish bulletin, web-site, and our communications through social media. John’s artistic skills are a wonderful resource for our parish. We are blessed by his creativity and generosity. 

John Siebert receive the Christifidelis Award from Cardinal elect Blasé Cupich

John Siebert receive the Christifidelis Award from Cardinal elect Blasé Cupich

Celebrating the Heroes of our Church

We celebrate the Feast of All Saints on Tuesday, November 1st; which is a holy day of obligation. In the ninth century, Pope Gregory IV designated November 1 as the day to remember all the saints living in God’s presence. We honor all the saints, particularly those who do not have their own special feast day, like St. Joseph.

Therefore, on All Saints Days we admire the hundreds of men and women, from around the world, who have lived an exemplary life by committing themselves to the gospel message and living the life of Christ. They have boldly modeled for us what it means to care for the poor and sick, stand up for peace and justice; be committed to prayer; teach and preach the Jesus story; and welcome the stranger. We try to follow their example.

We believe that they have already received their heavenly reward and that there is a prayerful spiritual communion between those who have died and are in heaven, and with those who are living. 

The Mass schedule for All Saints Day is as follows. Feel free to attend any one of our liturgies.

7:00 AM – Immaculate Conception Church
Fr. Larry McBrady

8:00 AM – St. Joseph Church
(School Mass for students at Hill Street Campus)
Fr. Larry Lisowski

10:00 AM – Immaculate Conception Church
(School Mass for students at North Pk. Campus)
Fr. Larry Lisowski

6:00 PM – St Joseph Church
Fr. Larry McBrady

“Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord”

The month of November is traditionally dedicated to remembering our beloved ones who have died. We hold in our prayers all who have gone before us in faith with the hope and confidence that they now share in the fullness of God's love for them in heaven. 

This Wednesday, we celebrate the feast of All Souls, November 2nd. I am sure that there is some part in us that will forever mourn the loss of a loved one. All Soul's Day is an opportunity to recognize that loss and sadness that we feel. But, it is also an expression of our hope and confidence that our loved ones are still with us in spirit. 

There is a helpful saying that goes like this: "When you remember someone, you keep a part of them alive." Part of them will stay with you, and be present to you forever. 

Throughout the month of November, the parish register, Book of the Dead, will be displayed in both churches. It lists the parishioners who celebrated their life-long journey of faith with the Mass of Christian Burial. Our Easter candle will also be lit during Mass in the month of November. It is a reminder and sacred symbol that we always are invited to live in the light of Christ, our Risen Lord. The light of Christ dispels the darkness of suffering and death. 

Parishioners are invited to bring pictures of their loved ones who have died and place them on the memorial table next to the Easter candle in church. The pictures will be on display during the month of November. May their souls and the souls of all our faithful departed, rest in peace. Amen. 

In the past year at Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish we have celebrated the life and faith of the following individuals:

  • Marion Tenney
  • Mary Louise Lollie

Respecting All Life

As we come to the end of Respect Life month, I ask you to take the time to read the article about adoption from the United States Conference of Bishopsin today's (10/30/16) bulletin.

To Teach Who Christ Is

Our capital campaign, To Teach Who Christ Is, has gotten off to a wonderful start. So far we have $859,210 pledged from 52 families. I am truly gratefully for their leadership and being a great example of stewardship.

Every registered parishioner will soon be receiving in the mail a packet of information and a commitment card. Please prayerfully consider how you can financially support our parish by making a pledge that can be fulfilled over the next 5 years. We are not all asked to give the same gift, but we are all invited to make the same sacrifice when giving.

The Archdiocese of Chicago has given us a tremendous opportunity to eliminate our $12 million debt by matching every $1 we raise with $11. This is a great sign of confidence by Cardinal elect Blasé Cupich in the future of Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish.

Being debt free will only increase the vitality of our parish and enable us to better carry on the mission and ministry of Jesus. If you have any questions about the campaign please give me a call. 

Welcome into God’s Family

This week I performed a “practice baptism” for our students in 2nd Grade who have been learning about the sacrament. It is a great way to show the kids what happens at a baptism and explain why we use such symbols like light, water, oil and a white baptismal garment. 

We decided to name the baby girl “Priscilla Wrigley.” I don’t know if there was ever an actual saint named

“Wrigley.” But after the World Series, bet Pope Francis will be getting a lot of cards and letters from Chicago Cub fans in 2nd Grade hoping to start the canonization process! 

GO CUBS GO !!!

– Fr. Larry