All of Us – #188

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

Congratulation to Tyler!

Tyler Hakala (front, left) with his family

Tyler Hakala (front, left) with his family

It was a pleasure and an honor for me to give Tyler Hakala his First Holy Communion at our school Mass on Tuesday. Tyler is in 2nd Grade. His parents are Uriah and Mona Hakala, and his younger sister is Violet. Tyler’s parents wanted their son to receive the sacrament before their family transfers to New Jersey next month. (Our First Holy Communion this year will be celebrated in May.) They were able to share the experience with Tyler’s classmates and teachers. Congratulations to Tyler and his family. 

Little Sisters of the Poor

This weekend we welcome the Little Sisters of the Poor to our parish. Their Chicago Home is one of over 180 Homes operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor in 31 countries throughout the world. Your prayers and financial support will enable them to continue the mission of caring for the elderly poor in a spirit of a joy and dignity. Any assistance you are able to give will be deeply appreciated.

Connected by Prayer

There certainly is a power that comes with prayer. Prayer can hold a faith community and a family together during tough times; it can foster forgiveness and understanding; it can inspire people to do great acts of kindness; it can bring us wisdom and peace in times of difficult discernment. 

Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph parish has a special ministry called, the “Prayer Connection.” Parishioners offer to pray for the needs of our parish and the special intentions that are submitted by parishioners. It is comforting to know that you are not alone and that someone is actually praying daily for you and your family.  

Mass for Shut-ins

Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph parishioners are invited to a special taping for Mass for Shut-ins on Sunday, February 26th at 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. If you will like to participate, please contact Kim Rak, our Director of Religious Education at 312-787-7174 or by email.

It’s Not That Far Away

As I flipped through my personal calendar I quickly realized that Lent is about ten days away. Ash Wednesday is on March 1st this year. 

The five weeks of Lent provide us with a sacred time of the year when we are invited to take a good look at our spiritual life through the lens of prayer, fasting and charitable giving.

This Lent, our parish is blessed to have Fr. Pat McGrath, from Loyola Academy, help us to enhance our relationship with God. He will be offering an afternoon of quiet reflection, conversation and observations entitled, “Finding God in All Things Amid Challenging Times” on Sunday afternoon, March 12th. More details are included in today’s bulletin.

Fr. Pat McGrath, SJ, is President of Loyola Academy in Wilmette. He is a popular retreat leader and noted homilist who focuses on the practical living of our Catholic faith. He uses storytelling, scripture and wisdom from the Catholic tradition and the spirituality of St. Ignatius to help us reflect and experience God.

I recommend blocking out the time now on your personal calendar so that you can attend the Lenten retreat. Consider this a spiritual gift to yourself. Come to the retreat especially if you are looking for something more than what you experience at Mass each week. Come to the retreat especially if you are struggling in your faith. Come to the retreat especially if you need to step away from the hectic pace of everyday life. Come if you are looking for peace, healing, comfort, affirmation, answers. Just come… and find God! 

– Fr. Larry