All of Us – #191

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

A Truly Amazing Transformation

We hear about the transfiguration of Jesus in the gospel proclaimed on this the Second Sunday of Lent. For Peter, James and John this was a truly amazing moment on top of the mountain. They were able recognize Jesus for who he really is. On the mountain, Jesus shines as the true source of light that he is, and the Father affirms his delight in him and the trust he has placed in him. Through Jesus’ transformation, the disciples see the true face of Jesus, and there is not a thing they would change. They are given this sacred glimpse that helps them to understand that Jesus is fully human and fully divine. What happened on the mountain will be an inspiration of countless generations to come.

There are times in our life when we too get to experience the glory of Jesus. It can happen when we worship Him at Mass and in prayer. Jesus is glorified every time we go out of our way to help someone. He is glorified every time we confess our sins and forgive someone who has hurt us. 

Yes, this Lent we get to see the glory of Jesus when we fast, pray, and care for the poor. As we look into His eyes, we are transformed. The big question for us is: “After meeting Jesus, what will we do?”

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RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation

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Debra Wilson, Jamie Moore and Laura Gollehon are currently in our RCIA program this year. All of them have been baptized Catholic, and since October have been meeting weekly to pray and learn about our Catholic faith. Debra, Jamie and Laura are now in the final preparations to receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.  

Last Sunday was a special moment for our three candidates as they were recognized by Bishop Frank Kane at Holy Name Cathedral for the progress they have made in their spiritual formation. They were blessed by Bishop Kane, and supported by their sponsors as they prepare to be fully received into the Catholic Church. Please keep Debra, Jamie, and Laura in your prayers this Lent. We are proud of their desire to journey with us in faith, and we welcome them into our community.

Come To The Feast!

We will proudly celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph next Sunday, that actually is March 19th.  I hope you can attend our St. Joseph’s Table that will take place at 12:00 noon, in the Hill Street Campus of our school. There will be an array of food from our local restaurants. This is a great opportunity to foster the unity of our parish through food and fellowship. There is a seat for you at the table.

The Luck of the Irish

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, falls on a Friday this year. Cardinal Cupich has given a general dispensation to Catholics from abstaining from meat on this day.  Instead, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago who choose to make use of this general dispensation are asked to substitute another form of penance for the Lenten Friday abstinence.

Helping To Teach Who Christ Is

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Our bulletin today (March 12, 2017) lists all of our current donors who made a contribution to our capital campaign, To Teach Who Christ Is. We are grateful for their financial support that will eliminate our $12 million debt to the Archdiocese over the next 5 years. (The Archdiocese has graciously granted us a $11 to $1 match.)

Our campaign donors will also be acknowledged by individual memorial brick pavers that will be installed in the cafeteria courtyard at the Hill Street campus of our school. Their family name will be inscribed on the paver. 

If you would like to make a contribution to the To Teach Who Christ Is Campaign, you can do so here

Again, thank you to all who have helped to make a us a vital parish for the future. 

Michael R. O' Malley

Michael R. O' Malley

May He Rest In Peace

Funeral services took place for Michael R. O' Malley, on Friday, March 10th.  Michael is the beloved husband of Josephine Anne, nee Lyons. He is the loving son of the late Robert and Jeanne nee Koch; dear brother of Martin (Anne), Kathleen, Patrick, James (Diane), Daniel (Jennifer) and the late Timothy; and an adored uncle of many. Please keep Michael’s family in your prayers as they seek comfort in their time of loss. May

– Fr. Larry