I had a great Easter Sunday. I enjoy celebrating the Mass for all who come to profess their faith in the Risen Lord.
It was a pleasure to meet and greet the folks at all the Masses that came through our church doors to pray and celebrate with us. I noticed that our visitors were family and friends from our local neighborhood and also some who flew in from places like Pittsburg, San Diego, Portland and Washington D.C. Those who were with us for the first time really noticed a strong spirit of warmth and hospitality. Their first impression was very positive and they wanted to come back again and pray with us.
Here is an email that I received on “Easter Monday” from one of our visitors.
Dear Fr. Larry:
My wife and I visited St. Joseph on Easter morning at the 8:00 a.m. Mass. Before Mass you stopped by to say hello and we are the couple from Detroit.
We both were very impressed with your parish. You have a welcoming feel, and it appears from the church paper, a dynamic parish program. We told you we normally attend Holy Name when we are in Chicago, but have found a new church away from home, at St. Joseph!
As you can see from this email, I am a funeral director and get around to a lot of parishes in our area. St. Joseph would rank right at the top of the list if you were in our area!
Don't know when we will be back in Chicago, but I will say hello when we visit again.
David A. Kesner, Managing Director
Thank you for extending your kindness to our brothers and sisters in Christ. I am proud of our parish.
Note that the Easter season will joyfully continue for 50 days. It concludes with the feast of Pentecost. We have a lot more “Alleluias” to sing!
Called to Serve
On Holy Thursday, our school celebrated the traditional rite of The Washing of the Feet. This gesture of sacrifice and service was modeled for us at the Last Supper by Jesus who showed his disciples his care for them.
Come To The Feast!
Our parish is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday night, April 29th. It’s a great opportunity for our whole parish to gather for some great food and fellowship. Make your reservation today.
Here Come the Brides!
There are over 40 weddings booked to be celebrated at St. Joseph church this year. Our church certainly is a very sacred and beautiful place for a wedding to take place.
We are in the process of recruiting and training men and women who can help as Wedding Sacristans. Often with a wedding there is a lot that goes behind the scenes to make the church experience personal, organized and reverent; for example, wedding programs, flowers, kneelers and candles are just some of the things that need to be put in place before the celebration of the Mass. The sacristans also assist the bridal party at the wedding rehearsal. It is a great opportunity for the sacristans, who represent our parish, to welcome those who are new to Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph, or who are visiting from out of town.
The commitment to this ministry would be minimal. Most weddings are scheduled for Saturday at 3:00 PM at St. Joseph. With a good response to this ministry, sacristans would be responsible for only about three or four weddings for the year. Please call our Parish Office, or email Samantha Stephens if you are interested. Training will be provided. Trust me, it is a very rewarding ministry that you will enjoy.