Welcome Assumption, BVM
I am excited that the parishioners of our Sharing Parish, Assumption BVM, will be coming to Immaculate Conception Church next weekend to pray with us on Saturday, February 7th at the 5:00 PM. Fr. Arturo Perez, the pastor of Assumption BVM parish and the Director of the Kolbe House prison ministry for the Archdiocese, will be presiding at the Mass. There will be a wine and cheese reception after the Mass in the Parish Hall.
This will be a great opportunity for us to meet, greet and get to know our friends that we spiritually and financially support throughout the year. If you are attending this Mass next Saturday, please block out some time so that you can attend the reception. It would be nice to have a “good showing” of folks from our parish.
It’s Just Around the Corner
We will enter the season of Lent in about two and a half weeks. Our Staff has been already been planning various events to help us deepen our faith during our 40 day journey with the Lord. The bulletin in the coming weeks will list the several opportunities for prayer, reflection, and acts of charity.
Liturgical Minister Update
I will be meeting with our current liturgical ministers to plan for the coming season of Lent, review our responsibilities and to take some time for ongoing formation. I ask that our Lectors, Extra-Ordinary Eucharistic Ministers, and Ushers attend one of the following sessions that will be offered at either parish.
- February 8th, 12:00 noon to 12:30 PM at St. Joseph
- February 14th, 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM at Immaculate Conception
- February 15th at 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM at St. Joseph
- February 15th, 10:30 to 11:00 AM at Immaculate Conception
Festival of Forgiveness
The parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago will be celebrating a Festival of Forgiveness on February 27th and 28th. There will be expanded opportunities for celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation in parishes across the Archdiocese. It is my hope and prayer that each of us as individuals will reflect on not only our experience of celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation but also our lived experience of offering reconciliation, mending differences, healing past hurts in our lives.
Is there a broken relationship that can be mended in your life? Can you pray for God’s grace to move into your life, helping you to reach out to heal what has been broken? In a recent letter, the Archbishop wrote to priests of the Archdiocese and he said, “I know that with God’s help we can make the Church a place where God’s mercy is freely and generously given.” May the same be said in our homes and in our relationships with others.
Meet the Archbishop Cupich
Archbishop Cupich is visiting each of the six vicariates in the Archdiocese. He will be visiting our vicariate, Vicariate II on Thursday, February 12th , and celebrating a Mass at St. John Bebeuf parish (8307 N. Harlem Ave.) in Niles at 7:00 PM. A reception will follow the Mass. There will be an opportunity to have your picture taken with the Archbishop (by a photographer).
Note that we are looking at ways to improve our current phone system at both parishes. We are making every effort to respond to calls and messages in a timely manner, and to make pertinent parish information easily attainable by parishioners. We thank you for your patience and we review the system.
2014 Contribution Statements
If you need your financial statement for the 2014 donations toward Immaculate Conception or St. Joseph parishes for your tax purposes please fill out the form and return it to the parish office or drop it in the collection basket. (The forms are also available on parish website.) We will mail you your statement.
On Saturday, February 14th for Valentine’s Day, at the 5:00 PM Mass, we would like to acknowledge all married couples and offer a renewal of vows with a special blessing. Please bring your spouse along.
My friends shared me a funny prayer that they found in church bulletin. They know I need a couple of cups of coffee in the morning to get the day going. Enjoy the spin on scripture.
Caffeine Is My Shepherd
Caffeine is my Shepherd; I shall not doze.
It maketh me wake up in the lecture halls,
It leadth me beyond the sleeping masses.
It restoreth my buzz,
It leadth me in paths of consciousness
For its name’s sake.
Yeah, though I walk in the valley of the shadow of addiction,
I fear no decaf.
For my coffee cup is with me.
My cream and my sugar, they comfort me.
They prepare a tall latte before me in the presence of fatigue.
Caffeine anointeth my day with pep;
My mug runneth over.
Surely richness and taste shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the coffeehouse forever.