All of Us – #202

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

Word and Pictures

My bulletin column this week will be filled with lots of pictures from the multiple events that have recently taken place in our parish. It has truly been a busy month filled with a variety of celebrations.

A Great Night

Our first Welcoming Dinner took place a few weeks ago. It was great to gather and meet with those who are new to our parish. Folks had the opportunity to share where they are from and how they found our parish. There was a wonderful sense of community as people had the chance to mix, mingle and get to know one another. Many of our new parishioners expressed the feeling of being welcomed into the parish which is why they have called Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph their new “spiritual home.” 

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Not Your Typical “Church Ladies”

We are grateful for the women who host the weekly cake and coffee receptions after the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday. On the following paragraph, there is a picture taken of them on Mother’s Day. What a happy bunch.

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Giving Thanks With Father Jin

Fr. Jinzhou Zhao’s First Mass of Thanksgiving was a wonderful celebration last Sunday (photos below). It was great to gather with his friends who came from as far as Toronto, Canada and Wisconsin. There were also in attendance several fellow Divine Word Missionary priests and seminarians who reside in Hyde Park.

“Fr. Jin” gave a wonderful homily. He mentioned what it is like to have followed his priestly dream; one that has taken him from China, to Chicago, to Toronto, Canada, to Chicago, and now to Mozambique in Africa. Fr. Jin will be a great priest. We wish him the best in the days to come. Here are a few pictures from the 9:30 AM Mass last weekend. 

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A Bring Bag For Dad

Our parish will be hosting a Father’s Day Food drive to support our Parish Food Pantry through the summer months. You can take a grocery bag home from church today. Fill it up with some non-perishable items, and return your donations on Father’s Day, June 18the when you come to church.  

Also, on the flyer that is attached to the bag there is a space where you can write-in the name of your dad, and we will pray for them at all the Masses on Father’s Day. So, bring a bag for your dad! Thank you for your generosity.

Remember, Something Is Changing This Summer

In my bulletin column last weekend, “All of Us- #201”, I explained why our parish will be changing to a Summer Mass Schedule. Note that starting June 11th, there will not be a 12:30 PM Mass on Sunday afternoon at Immaculate Conception Church. If you did not read my article, you can find it posted on our parish website. 

The Class of 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 of Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish School! Their graduation takes place on Friday evening, June 2nd at St. Joseph church. We are proud of these fine young men and women who have received an excellent Catholic education. The list of high schools that they will be attending is quite impressive. Some are the best in the city of Chicago and the state. 

May God bless our graduates as they journey forward in faith to embrace many new endeavors in high school. I am confident that they will do great things in their life because of the solid formation and guidance they have been given by our dedicated faculty and staff. 

It’s Not About the Burger

The Memorial Day weekend is often viewed as the start of the summer vacation season. Gas grills are fired up for the first time on the patio or deck. The first hotdog and burger taste their best. Flowers might be planted in the pots around the house, which is a bold sign that Spring has sprung.

But let us not forget what Memorial Day is really about. We pause to remember the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The national holiday originated after the Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in military service. 

Much of the freedom we enjoy today is due to the thousands of men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Our liberty and justice, which are hallmarks of our nation, are rooted in the service they have given to their country. 

On Monday pause to say prayer of thanksgiving for our loved ones who have died, and may God continue to bless America!

– Fr. Larry